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Comment Re:And the hits keep on coming ... (Score 1) 1066

Yes, polls were the source. But the polls weren't completely off. The actual results were within the margin of error of at least most polls. Also, there were several polls that predicted Trump winning. The polls also did predict to a degree the regional difference, so in all likelihood, to a degree, they are right on the generation difference, and other ones as well, but of course, with some margin of error.

The exit polls are probably more accurate than the pre-election polls since they better take into account voter activity and last minute change of heart etc. However, they of course have their weaknesses as well (for example, some groups might be less likely to reveal their vote, and they don't take early voting into account). All this said, I think there's still pretty well reason to believe the generation difference really is greater than the regional difference.

Completely different thing is the voting activity. It could have shifted the results completely if the voting activity was similar in all of the groups. For example, the younger the people, the less likely they were to vote.

Comment Re:Amidst Winter? (Score 1) 138

It makes no sense to define the seasons by the months globally. Think about the southern hemisphere for example - the seasons are timed exactly the opposite in there as in the northern hemisphere, so saying that "winter is the time from December to February" (or whatever like that) in a global context is simply nonsense. Also, there are even different seasons in different parts of the world (for example, wet season and dry season in the tropics). You can read about the seasons in Finland in the web pages of the Finnish Meteorological Institute at http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi... if you want to know more.

Comment Re: Neat that it's possible, but insignificant (Score 1) 181

You can't really scale a step into many, you'll just multiply it instead. Also, you can take just one first step when you're walking. Whether or not this can cover all of the oil production is irrelevant - this would just be a first step. Then you do something else for the remainder. Add to this improvements in renewable energy and excess energy production development - these are all important steps, even though it is very unlikely a single one of them will solve all of the issues related to fossil fuel.

Comment Re:This stuff drives me nuts (Score 1) 166

Well, SFTP and FTP can be run over a secure channel like a VPN or SSH tunnel -- in fact SFTP was designed to run that way as it provides no authentication capabilities of its own

Do you perhaps mean FTPS, not SFTP? FTPS is basically FTP over a secure channel (as HTTPS is to HTTP), while SFTP is a completely separate protocol (SSH File Transfer Protocol - an extension to the Secure Shell protocol). You can also tunnel FTP over SSH, but it is yet a different type of connection.

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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Press_Freedom_Index)? 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.

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