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+ - EU abandons plans to convert UK to metric

Submitted by SeeSchloss
SeeSchloss (886510) writes "After years of trying to get Britain to switch to the metric system the EU has finally decided to give up the fight. Conversion was initially a precondition for UK's membership of the European Union, in 1973, and the deadline had been regularly extended since then. Should we add back the UK to the list of the three countries in the world which do not use the metric system (Myanmar, Liberia and the United States)? It looks like the more a country waits before switching to the metric system, the more difficult it is, most countries did it while their litteracy rate was low and avoided most of the problems the UK or the US would be facing now. Do you think it is realistic to expect the UK or the US to switch to the metric system now? Do you think such a conversion is even useful outside of technical fields (I hope we all agree that it is needed in space research, for example)?"
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+ - Breaking: Grand Theft Auto IV Delayed->

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njkid1
njkid1 writes "Were you expecting to play GTA IV this holiday? Well, you're just going to have to wait. Take-Two and Rockstar have just moved the title into next year, leaving Halo 3 to potentially dominate even more this holiday season. Take-Two has reduced its guidance for the year as well."
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+ - What should I ask Slashdot?

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TodMinuit
TodMinuit writes "Dearest Slashdot: Recently, I've wanted to ask Slashdot something. Unable to come up with a question myself, I thought who better to ask what I should ask Slashdot than Slashdot itself? Surely the very people answering the question are quite capable of coming up with one. So, Slashdot, what should I ask Slashdot?"
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Performs Illegal Operation, Shuts Down

Submitted by mail.app
mail.app (891519) writes "Microsoft Performs Illegal Operation, Shuts Down Microsoft Corp. issued a surprise press release this morning announcing that the company had "performed an illegal operation and would be shut down." Company executives refused to provide further information regarding the cause of the unexpected shutdown, only issuing a cryptic error number of $00038FF577 and advising all interested parties to "contact their system administrator.""
Mozilla

+ - Firefox No Longer Alternative Enough

Submitted by
Kelson
Kelson writes "The Alternative Browser Alliance, which promotes the use of alternative browsers over Internet Explorer, has stopped promoting Firefox after nearly two years. According to the announcement, Firefox has sold out, gone mainstream, and "is no longer an alternative web browser."

Reportedly the site will throw its weight behind iCab, as it is guaranteed to remain alternative since it will never run on Windows Vista.""

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