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Comment Re:I've always thought that the best way for Israe (Score 2, Insightful) 379

It's not defense, it's a rampage. Almost a genocide.
You should remember that Israel (which have one of the best armies in the world) is fighting against a ethnical group without army.
If anyone else in the world did that, We could call it a massacre, a butchery or even a genocide.

Comment Re:Of course it was calm (Score 2, Informative) 86

how in the hell a flamebait like this is modded +5 Informative?

And Chile is not a beacon of democracy: they had the worst dictatorship (and the longer) in the whole south america.
Yes, they have a good rate of gdp/capita. But mostly because they are sitting on a giant copper mine.

Comment Re:The title says it all. (Score 5, Insightful) 2219

You're right. Always some post catches my eye, I read most of the comments. And the comments are always better than the post itself (which, by the way, is usually submitted by someone from the community). The discussion at slashdot is (most of the time) high quality. Actually, I don't know any other site with such high quality discussion (yes, it could be better, but if you feel down about the quality here, go check the discussion on youtube).

Slashdot is all about it's contributors. Without you, people, this site would be a empty shithole.

Comment Re:Common sense? In MY judiciary? (Score 1) 457

that's a i thing I never quite understood.
Here in Brazil, the fastest possible road is fixed at 110km/h (which is ridiculous, given that this kind of roads are the near perfect-ones). Usually a road have the speed limit of 80km/h (or 60km/h in urban areas). Why in the hell even 'economic' cars can go up to 160km/h? I would buy easily a car 10% cheaper for 40km/h less. And even if nobody else does, why the government don't enforce, let's say, 120km/h for cars?

Comment Re:Not "US spying" - cost and technology... (Score 2) 439

Grippen WAS the frontrunner in the beggining. The technicians from the brazilian airforce always said the grippen was better (for some reasons I don't really know).
In the last government, the french Rafale was the frontrunner. The reasons were not technical, but political: to get close to france and, maybe, get a chair at the UN backed by France.
Then the president of Brazil changed (Lula -> Dilma) and the odds changed too. The f-18 was, then, the frontrunner with the new president. But after the NSA shit, things changed back again.

Comment Re:Rule #1 (Score 1) 894

Brazilian here.
Guns are common place where I live. The thing in Brazil is that the law do not allow you to use your gun outside your property, but it's very easy to have access to guns to 'keep at home'. Anyway, it's a stupid law: if you shoot someone on the streets, the last law you are concerned it's the law about the limits of your gun.

Comment Re:Rule #1 (Score 1) 894

Don't know, but I Think USA is more comparable (GDP per capita, etc) to Germany than to Mexico.
And, of course, if your neighbor (that you have 3k miles of borders) have easy access to guns, probably your country will have easy access to guns no matter what laws you implement.

Submission + - Japanese engineers plan to turn the moon into a giant solar panel station->

LavouraArcaica writes: It sounds like a tale from a science fiction novel, but a team of Japanese engineers really is hoping to turn the moon into a giant solar panel.

Shimizu, a giant civil engineering and construction firm, plans to install a 'solar belt' around the moon's equator.

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Comment Re:What it will be used for... (Score 3, Insightful) 178

I really can't see how GPS (or galileo) (or odometer checking) could be more usefull than taxing the gas/diesel, since both systems could be cheated, but you cannot drive without gas.

And there is another point of taxing gas (versus km driven): it estimulates people to buy more economic mileage cars.

So, why change a system that (a) works and (b) it's fair to a system that can be cheated and it's not so fair?

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.