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Comment Re:Who wrote the summary? (Score 1) 236 236

"So go ahead and kick the cripple, it's easy and fun. right."

I deeply sympathise with you, as I myself suffer from a mild form of dyslexia and have over the years taught students suffering from full dyslexia .

I understand your reaction to my post. The problem with online forums is the remoteness of context; what you see is what you get. To slightly modify the old saying, "Never attribute to malice that which may be explained by ignorance".

Comment Re:Available credit on a debit card (Score 1) 133 133

"My reasoning is that "amount available to spend" on a debit card is how much money you have, and "amount available to spend" on a credit card is your credit limit."

Wrong, I'm afraid. My UK bank account provides me with an automatic overdraft limit, plus an 'emergency' short-term (high interest) excess overdraft. So when I go shopping with my debit card the 'amount available to spend' includes the unused portion of my overdraft limit.

Comment Re:it has already gone wrong (Score 1) 142 142

"The original design worked great. Change for the sake of change is bad, and undoubtedly will cost Slashdot in pageviews. The search for alternatives to slashdot is now commencing for me."

Hear! hear! Another turn-off is the full-page-width for comment lines. There's a good reason for paper publications using colums.

Comment Re:Give It To Them (Score 2) 114 114

"You do realize that essentially only 2 things combined caused him to fail? The invasion of Russia being delayed by a month alone might have made the difference, but the attack on Pearl Harbor sealed the deal. Without the latter, the US likely would not have entered the war in time to save Britain, which was on the brink of surrendering..."

Am I correct in assuming that you are not a historian?

Comment Re:Is that unreasonable? (Score 1) 282 282

"Is that unreasonable? If there were evolutionary pressure (ie, short people kept being killed before reproducing), and tall people got multiple mates, I could see this change happening within twenty generations."

Twenty generations sounds like guesswork, as it doesn't take into account regression - tall parents tend to have taller-than-average offspring, but not as tall as their parents. Likewise, short parents tend to have children who are taller than they are. The same, some experts argue, applies to measured IQ.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder