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Comment Re:$36 Mil is chump change (Score 1) 69

Or in Redneckistan Virginia, 50/25 (FiOS) for $45.

Nice, but then you'd have to live in Virgina! (I kid... Apparently Viginia is quite nice, and the guy who said that was a Pakistani Muslim immigrant so the whole "redneck" thing has to be exaggerated, or at least in suburbia.)

"Martha, there's a nice young man at the gate trying too sell me FiOS... Can you bring him a bowl of that squirrel stew and my checkbook?"

Comment Re:Now taking bets... (Score 2) 214

You are very, very naive. NSA IS a core part of government and they have a "intelligence" shitpile on EVERY American by now. They decided Obama's shitpile was smelling better than Romney's.

The NSA were just following orders. All the programs you are so scared of now were put in place during a Republican mandate and are only scaled up versions of what they have been doing for decades. I can only speculate why they were allowed to continue.

Complaining that a lawful government agency was following orders and fulfilling a mandate related to national security is naive.

Comment Re:not exactly a lot of money? (Score 1) 99

Just like software optimization. When you've got '1000 things' to fix, you've really got 1 thing to fix: Process/Culture. There is a difference between premature optimization and not doing stupid slow things.

Even if you can eventually 'fix' the mess, it's now a mess with the inner loops optimized, not cleaned up. The original team is likely making another mess.

Not at all, you can be inefficient in non-critial code if it makes it easier to understand or maintain.

But if you're attacking a performance problem you don't start by wasting your time and money on little pointless fixes, you go for the root of the problem with extreme prejudice.

"Well we're still bottlenecked on the DB, but I made the pages load 5ms faster by spending the day optimizing our CSS."

And now nobody will understand it... thanks Bob...

Comment Re:The only way to teach the police statesome resp (Score 1) 330

The U.S. has overall been a force for good in the world, but do not fail to consider your failings as well. Military force requires oversight.

No worries then - they provide oversights aplenty.

I know you're being ironic but... On a global scale, significantly better than average. From an ideal perspective, never enough.

Comment Re:Now taking bets... (Score 1) 214

Honestly if I was working for GCHQ or NSA my response would be: "Of course we're bloody spying, that's what you damn well pay us to do."

Mr. Clapper didn't take that approach because he knows damn well if he told us what he was doing, we'd tell him to stop and/or stop the payments.

Mr. Clapper does not take that approach because he's not allowed to take that approach. Like the Marines, if the NSA is doing something it's because they've been TOLD to do something. (Same for SAS and GCHQ)

Comment Re:not exactly a lot of money? (Score 2) 99

I agree! The budget is so big that we shouldn't even consider looking at an item if it isn't in the "top 100" projects list.

In this sense, let's buy everyone an Alienware computer, upgrade to the most expensive brand of toilet paper, put in a soda fridge that is fully stocked for all federal employees, paint the building every year, and invite Britney Spears to the company picnic.

Waste less than 1% of the budget is still waste. The fact that the employees themselves thought that it was enough waste to report it should be an indication.

True... but this is like software optimization, you can spend your time fixing 1000 things that have a 0.00126% impact and you're still fucked.

Or you can go after something that will actually make a difference.

Comment Re:Now taking bets... (Score 1) 214

I suspect most if not all nations do it to some extent, the questions are which ones and to what extent.

It's not a question of who is spying, it's a question of who is going to get caught spying.

Honestly if I was working for GCHQ or NSA my response would be: "Of course we're bloody spying, that's what you damn well pay us to do."

Comment Re:The only way to teach the police statesome resp (Score 1) 330

There were some pretty nasty genocidal maniacs running around in Europe just 60 years ago.

It takes a considerable amount of balls to play that card after Vietnam, Cambodia, and the so called War on Terror which were all just political power moves back home.

The U.S. has overall been a force for good in the world, but do not fail to consider your failings as well. Military force requires oversight.

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