Right. Which was about a third of the country, and precisely the people that would have voted the other way.
If I recall correctly, based on the polls before all this happened, more than 50% of those areas were happy to stay Ukrainian. Of course, voting while armed pro-Russians stay around the see-through ballot boxes might have skewed the final results (as happened in Crimea). However, they didn't allow the voting to happen, so the point is moot...
"the encryption keys will be stored off-shore" is different from "the encryption keys will be stored off-shore for ever"
Indeed, as you need the key every time the data is read...
It may take some time for people in EU to realize their gas prices going up. When they do see the bill rise, they will blame Russia easily enough.
I think you have this backwards. I believe it is a question on how dangerous/blameful Europe sees Russia, and exactly how big the bill from switching the supplier will be...
His manner is coarse
It's not "coarse", it's abusive. Namecalling, mocking, ridicule, hyperbole. That's abuse.
If you read the message, you may have noticed that he called the code shit, not any person coding it. Same with all other colorful language. I wouldn't get offended.
Technically it is an opposite of a fan. Not that that really changes your point. I believe I smiled because of the absurdity. Perhaps because I had just been reminded of the world of Calvin and Hobbes. The person in the strip has a fantastic idea which is then shot down by a stupid pun by a talking windmill. Could be that partial reason for the smile is the appearance of the windmill itself, as windmills have made several appearances in xkcd in different contexts.
But yes, you disliked it, I enjoyed it, XKCD hopefully goes on.
Its not 'wordplay'; its a cheap pun. A big fan says its not a big fan. I really like XKCD, but that was terrible.
Windmills do not make great fans.
I don't agree with this. I don't think he is personally all that famous, rather his work is famous.. And while I am not a huge fan, I am a fan nevertheless, and personally got rather good value (enjoyment, joy) for my money... Good enough that I consider the idea that Watterson should give a little back kind of offensive towards the man himself.
They take a sample from every herd, because even if it would only add $0.01/lb of beef, would there actually be time to analyze all 33M slaughtered head of beef every year?
In Finland they check every healthy specimen over 30 moths old and sick ones that are over 24 months old at time of slaughter. Texas might have a cow or two more, but something something economics of scale might be of some help.
Anyway, beef has been big business in the US for a long time. Why is (according to the Minnesota Dept of Health) the disease rate still 1/1,000,000 per year? http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/cjd/cjd.html
I honestly hope the disease rate stays low.
In my experience the AMD drivers&software have been more stable. Probably I just have bad luck, but just today I got a pop-up from the Nvidia Experience that there's an update. Clicked it and got 'cannot connect to Nvidia servers' or something similar. The last driver update failed to update one of the components. And the display adapter has crashed once (managed to recover though).
I'm currently using GTX 670 (got the Windforce model and it is really quiet) and I'm reasonably happy with it, but I had none of the update problems with my previous HD6850. Of course, my thinking may be coloured by the horrible nvidia chipset I once had. Or the lack of support for my previous laptop gpu. Compared to those, my current GPU problems are minimal at worst.