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Which Amdahl's law?[edit]

In the section "Guns don't kill people; doctors kill people," did you really mean Amdahl's law of parallel computing, or is there some other Amdahl's law that isn't currently on the English Wikipedia? I do understand how the former might be relevant, but this deserves clarifying in the article. --Eighty5cacao (talk) 19:46, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

The Wikipedia article begins by expressing Amdahl's law in the general sense that speeding up a loop that takes 3% of a program's runtime can never reduce runtime by more than 3%. (Aside from possible cache capacity miss effects, that is.) The parallel processing sense of Amdahl's law is a more specific example, but the law itself refers to speedups of all sorts. The point I was trying to get across is that legislators who want to reduce death should choose to target causes of more deaths first, just as computer program optimization efforts should target parts of the program identified by a profiler as taking proportionally more CPU time. --Tepples (talk) 21:10, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
Well then, sorry for oversimplifying. I didn't really have that much trouble understanding what Amdahl's law is about. --Eighty5cacao (talk) 01:11, 16 January 2014 (UTC)