This might be somewhat old news (at least in this day and age) - but I just read that FRA, the National Defence Radio Establishment of Sweden, may get an extra budget of 200 million SEK to improve their monitoring technology. Why? Well, they need it to be able to also monitor communication through mobile applications such as Skype, Viber and Wordfeud (of course!).
You can Google-search “FRA law” for more information about the controversial law in Sweden if you haven’t heard of it before.
What do you think? Is this money well spent? And especially to all (none Swedish) students: What is your opinion about the Swedish FRA law?
I just find it a bit funny that they need these extra millions just to e.g. be able to monitor the popular game Wordfeud and even more so because of what technology they already posses. Back in November 2007, FRA bought a supercomputer from Hewlett Packard, which then was ranked as the 5th most powerful supercomputer of the world. But hey, that was 4 years ago, and according to the organization TOP500’s ranking of November 2011 the computer is today only the 126th most powerful supercomputer of the world. And honestly, who hasn’t bought a new computer the last 4 years?
Footnote: At #44 you find KTH's "Lindgren" with its 36384 processor cores, peaking at 305 teraflops.