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+ - Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links->

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An anonymous reader writes "Only days after receiving harsh criticism from all corners of the internet for taking down links to news articles, Google has started to reinstate those links. Google's Peter Barron denied that they were simply granting all "right to be forgotten" requests. "The European Court of Justice [ECJ] ruling was not something that we welcomed, that we wanted — but it is now the law in Europe and we are obliged to comply with that law," he said. Still, Google's actions are being called "tactical" for how quickly they were able to stir public dissent over the EU ruling. "It's convenient, then, that it's found a way to get the media to kick up the fuss for it: there are very few news organisations in the world who are happy to hear their output is being stifled. A few automated messages later, the story is back in the headlines – and Google is likely to be happy about that.""
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Comment: Re:Such a stupid click-bait article (Score 1) 353

I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the actual size of the Bugatti, either, given the differences I highlighted above.

In actuality, the Bugatti has a 28% larger wing area (despite its smaller wingspan) than the Bf109. They're also quite comprable in length - the 100P is only a meter (i.e. 11%) shorter.

Comment: Re:Such a stupid click-bait article (Score 1) 353

When you're arguing against sloppy writing, don't exaggerate the size differences among the contemporary planes.

Yes, the P-47, a ground attack fighter, is bulkier -- dramatically, even -- than the P-51 or Bf109 interceptors. However, it's only 4 feet wider and longer than the Mustang - about 10% more. Compared to the Messerschmitt, it's 25% longer and wider, and 32% taller. The Thunderbolt would barely be twice, not three times as large - and that's only if using a gross overestimation like comparing the total cubic volume of their bounding boxes.

See same-scale models for a side-by-side comparison of the difference. Dramatic? Yes. Three times the size? No.

TL;DR - The Bf109 is between three quarters to four fifths the size of a P-47, not 'one third' as claimed above.

+ - Ask Slashdot: What's there to like about the BETA?-> 7

Submitted by Narnie
Narnie (1349029) writes "I come to /. not for the nearly interesting pseudo-tech articles, but for the lively, self-moderated discussion. Today I'm bit surprised to see every discussion summarized to fuckbeta. Popping up all over the place there's discussions about beta and even alternatives being revived and created. As I tend not to RTFA, I haven't sampled the beta myself. So, I ask you guys, what's there to like about the BETA and what's there to loath?"
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+ - Slashdot users give new beta design a huge Bronx cheer 2

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Alice Marshall reports that:

Slashdot users are extremely unhappy with the new Slashdot Beta design. The comment section of every single post is devoted to dissatisfaction with the new design. ... ... The thing to keep in mind about community sites devoted to user generated content is that the users generate the content.


+ - Dice runs scared. 6

Submitted by cfulton
cfulton (543949) writes "Slashdot management was found hiding under their desks today after a full scale nuclear meltdown on their site. Unable to post a reasonable reply to the thousands of negative comments on their BETA format, they simply modded down all the relevant comments. Then after running around the office for a while they all hid under their desks hoping it would all just go away."

+ - slashdot drives away people with beta 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For many months now, people have been quietly redirected to slashdot's beta site ( Any negative feedback of the beta is ignored and/or disavowed. The majority of viewers do not like the beta — resulting in major loss of viewership.

Will slashdot alienate existing users of the site and keep pushing the beta OR will it keep the users and boot the beta?"

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.