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Comment Re:This is why we need rust (Score 1) 100

I hope you're just being sarcastic, but in case you're not, ...

- This is a hardware issue, not a programming language problem
- Rust helps to prevent programming bugs with memory, like dangling/null pointers, buffer overflows etc. But it has control over the memory layout, which is a crucial requirement in implementing a row hammer attack, so a row hammer attack with Rust would likely be very suitable for implementing such an attack
- Even if there was a programming language that prevented this by doing some memory layout randomization or similar, it would also lose performance due to non-contiguous memory (prefetching will not work and there will be cache misses), and thus it also would kill the battery life
- Even if ignoring the points above, it would require a massive amount of work to move away from JavaScript on web pages
- We would also require the OS, including the kernel, written in such language (which probably would not be possible, since there would be an abstraction of memory, which doesn't play nice with many device drivers etc.)

Comment Re:Mikko Hyppönen, dammit! (Score 1) 38

That is true. But at least the proper transliteration was used - I've seen names like Hämäläinen being transliterated as Haemaelaeinen, which is plain horrible (it's the German transliteration, and it just does not work with Finnish). Related to comments below, "door" could be a less ambiguous example for how 'o' is pronounced in Finnish.

Comment Re:Goodbye, internet! (Score 1) 296

Yes, and yet: it still ranks higher than some of the countries who will now have more of a say in how things are handled. Insomuch as managing DNS is concerned, I don't believe there were wide disputes. This is a power grab by other countries, and I don't really see how it should be important to them unless they plan on making substantial changes. That should probably concern you, but since you seem to think the USA sucks, maybe you'll bake yourself a cake and celebrate or something.

Don't forget people: USA is pure evil, so anything that knocks them down a peg must be good for the good folks of the world. Or something, right?

You fail to see this from the eyes of residents of other countries. How about we would move the control to the country with highest Press Freedom Index, which would be Finland ( That would invalidate your argument, but I don't still think it would be a good situation (and I'm born and raised in Finland).

This is not about USA being evil or not, it is about a single country having so much control on osmething so fundamental. Think about a situation where for example one country would be in charge of the whole electricity grid operation (pun not intended) - it would be pretty scary, wouldn't it?

Comment Re:This is my shocked face (Score 1) 275

Hmm. I have no memory of any Japanese manufactured stuff with low quality, not even mentioning a reputation of such for their products in general. I do, however, remember that in the 80's most things with "Made in Hong Kong" text had a similar reputation (when Hong Kong wasn't a part of China). Interestingly, Hong Kong is one of the more expensive places to live now, so I don't know if they even have cheap labour or cheap manufacture anymore.

Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

I purchased a small office grade Canon laser printer. It started complaining about low toner levels before half of the rated start pack page count was printed, and eventually it would refuse to print more than one job without switching power off/on due to "toner having ran out" even though the print quality was still fine, for the next ~500 pages. Then soon after replacing the toner, the printer started to misalign colors despite of recalibrating and then there started to be paper jams. The power on/off cycling had to continue, because now one of the color toners was "empty". The printer was priced at €300 on a discount, the regular price was about €500. Canon refused to do anything about the printer since the warranty had expired, instead they recommended a different model that actually looked almost identical but they said that it had much higher quality mechanics. You can probably guess that after this experience I wasn't going to invest on Canon lasers anymore.

Then I bought an HP officejet. It's pretty comparable in speed and the inks are cheaper - and it does no bullshit "empty" cartridge warning without the rated page count having been printed. Also, the printer itself cost only something like €150. Only weaker side so far is the scanner which doesn't feel as robust as the Canon one, but so far it seems to be okay. I would have been willing to pay a bit more for a more robust scanner, though. But anyways, since the brand cartridges are so cheap, I have no problem using the vendor's cartridges, though in general I think that this HW DRM vendor lock-in should be banned by law for other than safety critical equipment, and also any product doing this should have this kind of information labeled clearly on the box.

Comment Re:not necessarily a bad thing (Score 2) 237

Maybe you don't realize how much people are indirectly dependent on the internet. If internet is taken down, a lot of other services will go down as well. For example, without internet banking, the banks will not be able to handle the inflow of customers anymore. I don't know how much grocery stores depend on the internet for things like ordering food etc., but I would assume they do that. Public transport may use the internet, and with hindered public transport, the streets will get more clogged. Lots of work gets almost impossible due to multi-site collaboration no longer working properly. The internet is also used more and more in health care.

All in all, the internet is so much more than just the web pages. I sure hope things like the power grid or the telephone network are still managed on a completely separate channel, but I don't really have facts on that.

Comment Re:This is a comment subject (Score 1) 17

Argh, Slashdot should really have better notifications, I always miss replies to my posts. But going to the point...

OK, you asked for some (manufactured) controversy, so here are some starters for a debate.

I actually didn't ask for controversy, I was just wondering if the controversy is the thing that often spurs conversations, or what was the reason for the lack of conversation, because I find these news very interesting and also very good. The AC's comment below ( offers an interesting view on this, in my opinion.

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