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Comment: Re:So why is Uber is in difficulty? (Score 1) 50 50

The difficulty is right here, from that link:

In January, Seoul city started offering rewards of up to 1 million won (£608) for people who reported private or rented car drivers providing transport through Uber.

In December, South Korean prosecutors indicted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and the company's South Korean unit for violating transport rules which require drivers and vehicles used in taxi services to be licensed.

Comment: Re:MAD (Score 1) 342 342

No, they couldn't. The V2 was't design for delivering gas.
It's warhead detonated on impact. Its a very inefficient method of delivery, because most of the gas would bury into ground at supersonic speed.

Anyway 3172 rockets was an equivalent of a single large scale bombing mission over Germany done with Lancasters.

Comment: Re:MAD (Score 1) 342 342

It's a myth. Hitler killed millions of people with gas.

He had them, but the Allies had much more. He didn't use it, because they would hold all the cards in a gas war.

For example, the horse-drawn transport in the German Army was extremely vulnerable to gas, the Western Allies were riding on trucks.

Hitler had no defective means of delivery those weapons, but the Allies hold air supremacy over Germany - at a moment's notice they could have drenched the German Army, the cities in gas, and the countryside in anthrax.

Comment: some don't agree with that (Score 3, Informative) 365 365

http://srsroccoreport.com/germ... :
Since the introduction of the Renewable Energy law in 2000 aimed at replacing coal and gas-fired as well as nuclear power generation by so-called renewable energy sources, the household price for electricity has jumped by more than 200%. German customers now pay the second-highest electricity prices in Europe. At the same time, the task of stabilizing the grid against the massive erratic influx from solar and wind power plants that produce without regard for actual need has pushed the operators to their limits.

One of the major problems with wind and solar is that the projects aren't commercially viable without huge Govt subsidies including long-term contracts by energy utilities to pay 2-4 times the going wholesale electric rate for solar and wind generated power.

+ - User Backlash at Slashdot Beta Site-> 3 3

hduff writes: Look at almost any current Slashdot story and see loyal, long-time members rail against the new site design, willing to burn precious karma points to post off-topic rants against the new design and it being forced on users by the Dice Overlords. Discussion has begun to create an alternate site.
Link to Original Source

+ - Boycott Beta 2 2

An anonymous reader writes: On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.

Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators — only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors — only discuss Beta
http://slashdot.org/recent [slashdot.org] [slashdot.org] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

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+ - /. Goes down in flame war 5 5

An anonymous reader writes: Slashdot users flame all site stories with comments about the sites forced switching over to Beta version. The comments are relentless, calling for a ban of the site from Feb 10 to Feb 17. The following post is being made in every story comment:
On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.
Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.
If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this [slashdot.org] in a new tab. After seeing that, click here [slashdot.org] to return to classic Slashdot.
We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott [slashdot.org]
Moderators — only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors — only discuss Beta
http://slashdot.org/recent [slashdot.org] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories
Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.
Captcha: fuckbeta

+ - Alternatives to Slashdot post beta? 8 8

An anonymous reader writes: Like many Slashdotters, I intend to stop visiting Slashdot after the beta changeover. After years of steady decline in the quality of discussions here, the beta will be the last straw. What sites alternative to Slashdot have others found? The best I have found has been arstechnica.com, but it has been a while since I've looked for tech discussion sites.

Comment: Re:Americans surrendered in Vietnam (Score 1) 380 380

I think it is not quite right. Paris was declared an open city because its defence wasn't possible. The French government relocated to Bordeaux and continued the fight from there.

Germans were assisted in those catastrophic strategic defeats by lots of luck.
There were moments all the nazi nonsense could have been sent straight to hell. But the luck was with them.

Comment: Re:Americans surrendered in Vietnam (Score 4, Informative) 380 380

Well, both were political decisions and nothing wrong with them.
The US left Vietnam because the fight there was more and more pointless. But certainly it wasn't a sign of weakness. After all the American intercontinental missiles were as deadly and accurate as ever.

They lost a battle but the simultaneous detente with China showed the Soviets their place.
A battle was lost but shortly afterward the Soviets were losing one political battle after another anyway.

France still existed after the armistice, and both the UK and the US were maintaining friendly relations with her.

There is nothing wrong with admitting defeat after a good fight. France asked for an armistice after the best French armies were destroyed, after the fight had become pointless, after the defence of her territory and the civilian population wasn't possible anymore.
Exactly as the American soldiers during the battle of Chosin Reservoir.

Maybe it was a mistake but it was their mistake.

But the small France (in comparison with Germany) and millions of her fallen soldiers in both wars don't deserve the "one french rifle never fired, only dropped once" treatment.

The destroyed German planes weren't available over London a few months later.
The first class, prewar trained German soldiers, the destroyed - by the French or simply by wear and tear equipment weren't available in Russia.

Among them the thirteen most modern German Panzer IIIs and Panzer IVs, destroyed in minutes during the battle of Stonne by a single French tank commanded by captain Pierre Billotte - despite being hit by 140 antitank rounds.

Comment: Re:Americans surrendered in Vietnam (Score 4, Informative) 380 380

That the French surrendered immediately is the largest bs imaginable.

They asked for an armistice the much larger Germany after over a month of brutal fighting, after they lost 360 000 soldiers (excluding prisoners) and over 2000 planes (although some of them were British).
After their army had been destroyed (for various reasons but cowardice wasn't one of them), after their logistics had been damaged beyond repair.

In that one month almost as many French soldiers were killed or wounded as the Americans during the entire ww2.

Those soldiers didn't die because of wine overdose. Those planes didn't rust on the ground.

They killed or wounded over 150000 Germans, destroyed over 1000 German planes. Just in that one month. Not bad for the first years of the WW2. They certainly were better and more effective fighters than the Soviet soldiers in the first months of Barbarossa.

During the Great War they almost single handedly hold up the Germans for years for the price of millions killed or maimed.

Please don't spread that bs, it was the staple of the Nazi propaganda in the occupied territories, and later of the Soviet propaganda in the Warsaw pact countries.
In the 1940 France was fighting as courageously as any other nation. The later defeat looked as bad as any defeat: in Philippines, at Smolensk or Stalingrad - because it was a defeat, not because they were Frenchmen.

And I'm not a Frenchman, never even been there too.

Comment: Re:capable for 3 week missions (Score 1) 179 179

Soviets had much better nuke delivery system in space (fractional orbit bombardment system - FOBS) than the Space Shuttle in 1960's. It was called R-36-O:
http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/russia/r-36o.htm/
It was phased out in 1983 because depressed trajectory SLBMs were cheaper and better.

Comment: Re:Bye-bye! (Score 2) 997 997

From your own link:

By 1905 the eight-hour day was widely installed in the printing trades - see International Typographical Union (section) - but the vast majority of Americans worked 12-14 hour days.
On January 5, 1914, the Ford Motor Company took the radical step of doubling pay to $5 a day and cut shifts from nine hours to eight, moves that were not popular with rival companies, although seeing the increase in Ford's productivity, most soon followed suit.

Comment: Re:Very sensitive people? (Score 1) 432 432

Is this some kind of joke? Kill birds in seconds? Let's see, a typical line-of-sight microwave transmitter:

Caregon IP-MAX
traffic throughput = 150-400 Mbps
frequency range= 5 to 38 GHz
Maximum Power Consumption = 25W - 80W

Stratex Networks Eclipse
traffic throughput = 155 Mbps
frequency range= 5 to 38 GHz
Power Consumption = 40W - 50W

Ericsson MINI-LINK HC
traffic throughput = 155 Mbps
Power Consumption = 48-110 W

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