I wonder if people who make the tulip comparison actually get what happened there. Tulips take years to grow, and can be multiplied. Suddenly a new type of tulip came into existence because of a viral interaction. A handful of rich traders (and some others trying to get in on the action) tried to corner that market, so the initial bulbs were extremely valuable. They took very large future options on them. Then at the height of the bubonic plague, the society temporarily collapsed and tulip prices went along with them. As it was mostly option contracts, they were largely not executed, so it didn't end up being a major issue. There are some lessons to learn there, but even if Bitcoin collapses, it will be completely different.
Great! Lets do a 100 dollar bet: if the price at January 1st is lower than now I pay you $100, otherwise you pay me $100. You're in?
I once accidentally worked for the US Postal Service for a year and a half
Accidentally? How did that work? Did you think it was a sysadmin job when they were talking about mail delivery system?
I know a bunch of teachers and school administrators. None of them are described by those points, so I wonder what you are going on about?
Also 'failing in life' are usually the people with some dates and crappy grades.
Why would they drop Germany?
Except of course when it's perfectly fine to describe this as a bullet, there is absolutely nothing in the word bullet that requires the existence of gunpowder. Hell, bullet just means small ball by origin.
No, we just consider these things as part of development rather than plan for the perfect case and go overtime on the slightest road bump.
I do work in software dev.
We have this thing called planning and project management, where we just finish the stuff in the time allotted to the work, and people get to spend the rest of their time with their families or however they please.
Whatever floats your boat though.
This is not about all of China, it's about (part of) Shaanxi province. 37 million people live in this province, and it's about the past 3 months. Chances are still pretty slim that you will die of this of course.
Still, there is a atmosphere right now, what makes you say it can't possibly be enough? Did you do the math?
What makes it not enough? In any case, at least you can land a person on mars now, and grow plants inside some kind of protected environment. Venus would take ages to even get it suitable to get anything on the planet that won't melt.
Of course, for now it looks like neither will even start happening in any of our lifetimes.
I don't think many moderators really actively mod a post down just for disagreeing, even when it looks like it. The comments on Slashdot can be slanted, but nearly any thread will show multiple opinions.
For any piece of writing you must know your audience. Any audience has things they like and dislike more, on average, and Slashdot is no different.
Think about a thread about teaching creationism in school. You can not just come here on Slashdot and blurt out that everyone here will go to hell because they do not support god in this topic. However, if you give a well-written, polite comment in disagreeing with the overal opinion, you will get modded up. Hell, starting out your post with 'I know this is an unpopular opinion around here' is bound to get you modded up.
Also, keep in mind why people disagree with something and then mod it down. Often they just really think the other side has an illogical and stupid opinion (we all have those sometimes), so the modding down in such cases is not really about disagreeing, it's about feeling the post is illogical or such.
And how exactly do you know that all governments do this? That the British are in the same boat as the Americans has long been suspected. I don't see the Belgians mass monitoring Verizon calls in the US, do you?
What are you doing on Slashdot? We don't read articles here. I find the fact that you are asking this very disturbing.
They quit in 2008, and restarted recently.