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Comment Growth problem is not syntantic (Score 1) 96

I actually got banned for a day for "over-replying", not to one person mind you, but just in general. Replying to peoples tweets is apparently disruptive, funny as I thought it was the point and that I was participating.

It's a social networking site that doesn't encourage social behavior, unless it pleases, and puffs-up the poster.

The site is ridiculous as anything but a corporate announcement site -- and this is why it's going to ultimately fail. My guess is that it will be dominated by "news" and product marketing more and more each year until it's irrelevant.

Comment Seems silly.. (Score 2) 482

Why complain about this. If you're storing your passwords in your browser - im not sure how this qualifies as being significantly worse -- they can already just sit down at your browser and change your passwords - which is worse since it locks you out of your own account.

Just dont save passwords if you cant secure your workstation i think is common sense.

Comment Re:Relevance? (Score 1) 169

That kind of overselling is very common in all litigation - this is what lawyers do.

I doubt very highly that his sentence would have been lower if it wasnt included. His crime was release of info -- just accessing the documents with wget may not have even landed him in jail if he had kept them to himself -- tho he most likely would have lost his clearances.

Regardless, the kid was an idiot and had this coming. You dont walk up to a grizzly and poke it in the eye with a stick and then stand there smiling at it,

Comment Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (Score 2) 529

And after the pinky swear there's jail time. At some point you have to either trust some people or use robots. It's like asking someone to watch your kid or your house -- you assume they wont kidnap your kid or steal your stuff - but in the end, you're running on faith once you're on down the road.

You don't fix government or the law by circumventing it, just like you don't fix murder by taking your own personal vengeance on the killer. Do you think Mr. Manning looked at each of those cables and decided which ones were bad and which ones were not bad? Or if they would hurt someone if they were released?

Sometimes the courts don't work -- sometimes your vote doesn't get counted -- sometimes people in the government are dishonest -- and there is no Santa Claus. Doesn't mean you stop going to work, and start learning chinese.

Comment Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (Score 1) 529

Usually if someone can download a document like that it's because there are legitimate procedures under which they do so. Those documents arent just being stored but are rather a part of workflows that are defined by the mission of the installation he was at.

This is why they try to check your background and make you take oaths.

Both Snowden and Manning took oaths with a clear understanding that they would be severely penalized if they violated that trust. It's unfortunate they didn't use a more legitimate whistle-blowing channel - they've thrown away their lives.

Comment Re:States really need revenue (Score 1) 364

Nice chart. Are we to assume that "potential GDP" is not some inflated economist machination used to make charts like this slant one way or another?

Why would one not just select the chart that has the actual amount spent each year by those two groups on those services? Perhaps they don't make the same story you're peddling here?

Comment Re:I think... (Score 1) 304

I think depending on the application, which garbage collector you're using, which JVM (client vs server), and any number of other facets... that you would have a hard time making the argument that one or the other was "faster". For any given application you will almost certainly have to micro-benchmark to figure out which makes more sense -- and only when you're targeting the windows platform, as mono appears to lose handily (

I think the Dalvik bytecodes are nearly identical to normal JVM codes. It even accepts classes generated by the Scala compiler just fine. But you are correct it is a different VM -- just the same language. Then again there are more JVMs for windows/linux/etc than just the Oracle one too, so when does it stop being Java?

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