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Comment: Re:Ignore the draft registration issue. (Score 1) 734

by Friggo (#49196247) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

I'm not a citizen and I was forced to register and required to prove it at my next green card interview.

Yes if you are a male of 18 years of age you are required by law to register for Selective Service. Isn't it just strange, the way the feminist groups aren't fighting for equality and screaming about the total lack of gender-blind inclusiveness on this issue?

Clearly, "equality" means "I get the same privileges you get, but I definitely don't want the same responsibilities you potentially could be saddled with".

Then perhaps US males should campaign to get rid of the draft on gender equality grounds?
I don't hear you fighting for males to get less pay for the same work so that we can get gender equality, why would you think that females should do something similar?

Comment: Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (Score 2) 212

by Friggo (#47817595) Attached to: Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

I don't know exactly what the EU regulation says, but it could be that they allow for different levels for regular food stuff, and food stuff gathered from nature (mushrooms, berries and game). At least that's the divide that the Swedish levels go by. The limts is Sweden for regular food stuff is 300 Bq/kg, and for wild game, mushrooms and berries it is 1500 Bq/kg.

Comment: Re:quelle surprise (Score 3, Informative) 725

by Friggo (#47393173) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Nuclear power is an imperfect example as well, because the argument there isn't about the science - no one is disputing that nuclear reactions exist, and that electricity can be generated. The argument is more about whether humans can build and manage nuclear power plants with the near perfection that is required.

Oh, ye of little faith. There are absolutely people who believe that nuclear reactions doesn't not work.
There are nutters everywere.

Comment: Re:Graphene products - where to dump them?? (Score 1) 88

by Friggo (#46703285) Attached to: Samsung Claims Breakthrough In Graphene Chip Design

Since graphene is pure coal, it would be rather easy to burn it.
I am sure it would be quite easy to make it react with other chemicals to dissolve it. Maybe you could even make alcohol from it? The possibilities are endless. Just because it is mechanically strong doesn't mean it is indestructible.

Comment: Re:Man of La Mancha (Score 3, Insightful) 354

by Friggo (#43084797) Attached to: Canonical Announces Mir: A New Display Server Not On X11 Or Wayland

Let me tell you a story. A bunch of Swedish guys stay in a hotel in the US. Their manager speaks Spanish and chats to the staff. The staff complain the Swedes don't tip. So the manager talks to them and explains they should all put a dollar bill on the table each day. Some of them leave change and the cleaners tell the manager this is unacceptable. Eventually all but one of them do the crisp $1 per day thing. The one that doesn't claims that tipping is feudal and turns the cleaners into supplicants, the hotel should pay the staff a decent wage like in Sweden, the US should have a social democratic party like in Sweden to stick up for the workers and so on and so on and refuses to do it.

When he checks out he finds out the cleaners have put on the porn channel every day after he left the room and turned it off just before he got back.

I think we can all learn a lesson from that story, can't we?

I would say that the lesson is that hotel cleaners in the US are criminals. And that the tipping system in the US sucks.
If the cleaners (or others in the service industry) feel they are entitled to the tip, it is not really a tip any more, it is just a hidden direct taxation for services.

Comment: Re:Average consumer intelligence level declining. (Score 1) 353

by Friggo (#42340621) Attached to: ISP Data Caps Just a 'Cash Cow'

It is interesting and a bit sad that 1.5 MB/s (during off-peak hours no less) seems to be something to brag about in the US.
I also have internet through cable and I consistently reach bandwidth of 12.5 MB/s round the clock (100 Mbit/s plan). I also have no caps whatsoever and could get a plan with 200 Mbit/s, but I don't think it warrants the price difference for me at the moment.

But then I actually live in a country that actually cares about its people and not just the profits of the corporations.

Progress means replacing a theory that is wrong with one more subtly wrong.