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Comment: Re: Citizen of Belgium here (Score 1) 1222 1222

Given the average cost of land in Greece is around €7k/acre as far as I can tell, or €4.5m/sq mile. Greece is only 51k square miles. Greece's GDP is only €220m.

Now that they're bordering on default, I'd be okay with them paying in dirt. Maybe 10x the value of the land, or 1/10th their area. Or at least putting that on the table to light their fires and maybe scare them into doing something financially responsible for once.

I mean, don't get me wrong, I am sure the problem isn't entirely their fault, but I would have more sympathy of they spent more effort working than whining, and instead of protesting austerity actually started acting austere with their milk and honey pension/retirement system and culture of sleeping on the job/corruption.

Comment: Bullshit (Score 1) 834 834

The article is more than a little disingenuous. A more appropriate title would have been "The F35 multirole strike fighter can't dogfight against one of the greatest air superiority dog fighting planes every designed".

The F22 is the competition for the F16. The F35 is the competition for the F18 Superhornet and the A10.

No shit the F35 can't compete against the F16. It was never designed to.

Comment: Garbage in, Garbage out (Score 1) 256 256

Diversity metrics are bullshit anyways. The people that I know who were hired by Facebook were Jewish, a group that, while having white-ish skin, is just as discriminated against as blacks are.

But is that taken into consideration? Humankind isn't divided into white, asian, hispanic, and black.

Comment: Re: What are... (Score 0, Flamebait) 273 273

I think we Americans enjoy the Imperial system so much because of how upset it makes NonAmericans that we use a completely fucking arbitrary set of measures instead of THEIR completely arbitrary set of measures, and we haven't been peer pressured into adopting the other arbitrary set of measures in 100+ years.

And as for that bullshit about logical units your science teacher told you, here is the historical definition of a metre before being redefines to be more precise but just as arbitrary in 1983:

"1 â„ 10,000,000 of the distance from the Earth's equator to the North Pole measured on the circumference through Paris."

And the candela:

"The candlepower, which is based on the light emitted from a burning candle of standard properties."

And now the Imperial units are pegged to the redefined Metric ones anyways.

Comment: Re:Mixture (Score 1) 312 312

Asshole politicians are a real problem that exist.

In the face of the successful 7N6 ban, the failed but attempted M855/SS109 ban, the attempted technical internet discussion ban from ITAR, the attempted blocking of the FCC Net Neutrality rulings.... your advice is to be REACTIONARY!?

Comment: Re: Reddit.... (Score 1) 474 474

I am not sure what your issue with posting AC is. There are lots of reasons to post AC. After all, Slashdot has a "popular opinion conformer" known as the mod points, where if you say something that doesn't jive with the Slashdot party line, like failing to criticize the Imperial measurement system, the U.S., Christianity, firearm owners, the NSA, AGW denial, or the US President or parties , you are likely to get karma bombed.

And that affects your visibility in future posts as well. The AC function is pretty important for preventing Slashdot from becoming 1984.

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