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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?"


Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "BETA BOOOOOOOO"

+ - How to fix Slashdot Beta? 17

Submitted by Forbo
Forbo (3035827) writes "Since the migration to Slashdot Beta was announced, it seems all meaningful discussion has been completely disrupted with calls to boycott and protest. Rather than pull an Occupy, what can be done to focus and organize the action? What is the end goal: To revert entirely to the previous site, or to address the problems with the new site?"

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928