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The Euro

michael posted more than 12 years ago | from the rfid-tags-coming-soon dept.

The Almighty Buck 1162

Dizer writes: "Today sees the historic introduction of the new European Currency (Euro) into European hands. The Eurozone market, with a population of 300 million people, will be cashing in their Punts, Francs and Deutschmarks in favour of the new common Euro currency. This is the biggest currency transition in history, vive l'Europe! See stories on ireland.com or the BBC."

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My anus itches (-1, Troll)

Yebyen (59663) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770528)

First post, and my anus itches.

Re:My anus itches (-1)

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Re:My anus itches (-1)

The Turd Report (527733) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770546)

Welcome to the Troll Empire!

Re:My anus itches (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770557)

Please someone explain how this sack of shit posts a string of FPs with a +1 bonus?



The world is truly coming to an end.

Re:My anus itches (-1, Offtopic)

Yebyen (59663) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770595)

HEH.

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The Burning of Idols (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770530)

New Mexico church books
December 31, 2001 Posted: 8:38 AM EST (1338 GMT)


ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico (AP) -- As hundreds protested nearby, a church group burned Harry Potter books, Ouiji boards, and the complete works of Shakespeare.

The complete works of Shakespeare.

Jack Brock, the Christ Community Church founder and pastor, said the books burned Sunday were "a masterpiece of satanic deception."

"These books teach children how they can get into witchcraft and become a witch, wizard or warlock," Brock said. Members sang "Amazing Grace" as they threw book and magazines into the fire.

Across the street, protesters chanting "Stop burning books" stretched in a line a quarter of a mile long.

By the way, the church's/intellectual terrorist's
email address is
ccc@ccc3.org

. . .maybe they were looking for a few terabytes of information?

The website is here [ccc3.org]

. . .maybe a few script h4xx0rs will help them spread the Word.

Re:The Burning of Idols (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770552)

"These books teach children how they can get into witchcraft and become a witch, wizard or warlock," Brock said. Members sang "Amazing Grace" as they threw book and magazines into the fire. "

If only.

I tried reading shakespeare and all I got was a headache.

I mean, I rather liked Harry Potter, but I'm still waiting for a flying motorcycle and a giant to get me into witchcraft.

Personally, I settle for a BJ from Denise Richards, I can do without the rest of the magic crap.

Re:The Burning of Idols (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770624)

ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico (AP) -- As hundreds protested nearby, a church group burned Harry Potter books, Ouiji boards, and the complete works of Shakespeare.

Did they take your copy away? Did they prevent you from aquiring any of these items?

No?

Then why do you have a problem with certain individuals or groups choosing for themselves to reject certain items and demonstrating that rejection publicly? Overboard? Perhaps. Intellectual terrorism? I don't think this measures up...maybe if they offed Rowling (personally I'd be happy if she went away) or burned down several book warehouses. I also reject Harry Potter shit. Partly because I despise commercialism and partly because I don't like the values it teaches. For similar reasons, I didn't bother attending last nights so-called "first night celebrations"...some stunned boomer soccer-mom's ideaof fun: No alcohol, face-painting, folk music, tarot-card reading, and art-fags prancing around on stilts! What fun...NOT!

I guess what I'm trying to say is: You want them to butt out of your life, why don't you butt out of theirs?

First Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770531)

wooo!

White Power! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770532)

First racist post!

(we don't need no stinkin' euros)

So the storys... (1)

Stone Rhino (532581) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770533)

Are from Ireland and britain... Both are countries not using the euro!

Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (2)

EnglishTim (9662) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770542)

Read the Story.

Ireland *has* changed over to the Euro.

Re:Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (1, Troll)

Stone Rhino (532581) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770549)

The story is from *BRUSSELS*. BRUSSELS is not in ireland. ireland is more or less a part of britain, and follows their economic policy.

Re:Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (2)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770559)

ireland is more or less a part of britain

Wow, you could get so very very beaten up for saying that. It would be like saying "Texas is really just part of New York, and tends to follow their policies." Not only wrong, but it would piss off both a lot of New Yorkers and even more Texans.

Re:Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770561)

Wow. You're really a dumbass. Perhaps you should, oh you know, learn something before blithely contradicting someone who's correcting you.

Re:Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (1)

dbolger (161340) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770563)

Iknow, I know, I'm responding to a troll here, but patriotism says I have to direct this idiot here [utexas.edu] .

Dave.

Re:Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (2)

EnglishTim (9662) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770571)

Ireland is not part of Britain. It is a completely seperate country which *has* now gone over to using the Euro. Perhaps you are confusing it with Northern Ireland, which is probably best described as a self-governing part of Britain.

Re:Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (1)

Stone Rhino (532581) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770581)

thank you for correcting me. that was my mistake. this was not a troll.

Re:Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (1)

EnglishTim (9662) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770590)

A pleasure to be of service ;)

Re:Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (1)

cscx (541332) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770572)

ireland is more or less a part of britain

Northern Ireland is, but Ireland is not.

Re:Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (1)

Boandlgrama (300771) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770576)

Yoo know the difference between *Northern* Ireland and the *Republic* of Ireland?

The RoI issued the Eure, Northern Ireland still uses the Pound.

Re:Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (2, Informative)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770582)

The Republic of Ireland, home to the Irish Times, gained independence in 1945, and has (until today) used its own independent current (the punt) since. Northern Ireland is still part of the UK.

Re:Ireland *has* changed to the Euro (1, Insightful)

p3d0 (42270) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770591)

ireland is more or less a part of britain
Yeah, just like the US is more or less part of Britain.

Ireland *is* part of the Euro-Zone ! (2, Informative)

defender (10322) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770565)


Ahem, Ireland is part of the Euro Zone...
The UK was EuroSceptic and opted out. But the attitude seems to be changing...
The countries partaking in the Euro:
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Norway
  • Greece
  • France
  • Luxemburg
  • Austria
  • Finland
  • Belgium
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Spain

The official (non-responding) Euro website: http://www.euro.ecb.int/ [ecb.int] ...

Re:So the storys... (2)

Majix (139279) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770575)

The countries using the euro are:

Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

Also, some small states like San Marino, Monaco, the Vatican etc. will be using the euro, and Cuba (the government at least). Major chains in the UK will also accept the euro.

Re:So the storys... (1)

the bluebrain (443451) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770602)

Austria - check, France - check, Germany - check, Italy - check, the Netherlands - check, Portugal - check, Spain - check.

damn I've got a lot of left-over currency to swap. Good excuse to go on a round-Europe trip :) ?

That's because ... (1)

Tim Ward (514198) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770647)

... stories from Ireland and the UK are likely to be written in English. The /. audience includes a good number of Americans who would probably prefer a story in English to one in Italian or Dutch or whatever.

first post!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770534)

oh yes. taste the beaver
lick the clit

its a pity (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770537)

thats its aleady been counterfited.

Simple question.. (2, Interesting)

dj28 (212815) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770538)

Why did Britain (the country with the most stable currecny) opt out of using the Euro?

Re:Simple question.. (-1)

The Turd Report (527733) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770541)

'Cause the Euro sucks balls.

Re:Simple question.. (-1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770547)

Because they are smart enough to realize what the outcome will be.

Re:Simple question.. (2)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770551)

Partially, I think you answered your own question: the stability of the pound, and the fact that it often outperforms the dollar, makes it easier to maintain as a separate currency.

Also, there's a lot of political resistence to Europeanization in the UK. Many there seem to still think of the Continent as chaotic, unreliable, and irrational. There is an ongoing political pressure to slow down the UK's entry into the EU.

Ireland, on the other hand, has done extraordinarily well with European integration, and the Irish pound has been replaced by the Euro.

Re:Simple question.. (1)

LordNimon (85072) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770599)

Many there seem to still think of the Continent as chaotic, unreliable, and irrational.

Yeah, but at least they don't have bad teeth. That should count for something, right?

1 [OT] (your sig) (1)

Stone Rhino (532581) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770613)

some good people post less than 1, even logged in users. for a while I was, because I made the mistake of getting first post. So don't assume that because a post is 1 that it lacks good content.

Re:Simple question.. (3, Insightful)

mESSDan (302670) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770608)

The fact that Ireland has done extraordinarily well with European integration is probably NOT why it is using the Euro. Ireland has had more than its share of problems with the English, and probably welcome any changes that lead it away from English dependence.

Re:Simple question.. (2)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770650)

The Republic of Ireland as a political entity has reasonably amicable relations with the UK, and its monetary policy is almost certainly not dictated by a need to distance itself from London. Ireland's current economic success depend partially on a very well-educated but less expensive English-speaking workforce, and some good economic policies. Ireland could have maintained its old currency and still have not a whit of dependence on the UK - it might, however, have lost its strength as a bridge between the European and the US economies.

Re:Simple question.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770554)

stable?
haha. we have nothing on the Deutschmark

Re:Simple question.. (1)

steeph (85070) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770555)

Because actually the Pound has been the most UNstable currency?
Anyway, the britons always have been a bit different. Guess they want to keep it that way.

Re:Simple question.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770662)

Really? So whos economy is still forcast for growth in the first quarter of 2002? Whos monetary policy has helped to keep inflation and interest rates at sensible levels, consistently driving the growth of the economy?

Hint: It ain't Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Ireland....

Re:Simple question.. (4, Informative)

NoOneInParticular (221808) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770558)

Not really, before the euro, the deutchmark was the most stable currency. Remember 199x (x &lt 5), when the British pound was forced out of the EMU (monetary union) by Soros (amongst others). At that time, which was not too far in the past, the pound was the weakest currency, a state they shared with the Italian lire.

Re:Simple question.. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770578)

We fought Jerry in the beaches, the air, the water and we beat them.

And the rest of the continent was no help.

I lost a leg and an arm to Mustard gas in WW I and I can tell you that as a home guard during WW II, the british are strong, and the rest of the continent is weak.

When the Euro fails, they'll be rallying around her majesty's currency like they did in 1914 and 1939.

I suppose the Americans will have to save us for the first time in this century as well.

Oh, and its bad form to call jerry "the hun", or "those frigging Nazi's". Hardly any Germans are nazi's anymore. Just the ones with no hair and who sing "deustcheland uber alles".

Bloody krauts!

Re:Simple question.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770610)

i have only one thing to add.

5-1
5-1
5-1

*ahem*

Re:Simple question.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770623)

That's was the girl's club you played.

Our men's club is considered too powerful for you guys.

Re:Simple question.. (1)

MrBandersnatch (544818) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770588)

If I recall correctly the main reasons bein given were that we [ the UK ] would be surrendering control of our economy and ability to control interest rates/ fight inflation by addopting the Euro. However, the real reason is as has been said is that there is a lot or irrational resistance to becoming integrated into Europe to this extent.

Re:Simple question.. (1, Funny)

cscx (541332) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770589)

You try successfully using a currency calculator after downing 2 pints of Guiness...

The British pound stable?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770617)

In my lifetime the British pound has devaluted inummerable times. It's value has been slashed to a third against the DM and the dollar in 25 years and at the moment it is grosely overvalued. 1 pound should be worth something in the neighbourhood of 0.80 euro's. It is on the market 1.60 euro's. If Britain would join with this exchange rate its econimie would be into a 10 year long recession before the wages and cost of living would be in line with europe

Re:Simple question.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770627)

Becuase we don't like to be like everyone else on the planet, we are different thank god and proud of it.

Re:Simple question.. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770644)

The UK opted out of joining the party back in the early 90s while the Conservatives were in power. The current 'New' Labour government has promised a referendum - they want us to join the Eurozone but prefer to leave it to the voters to take the blame for either joining or staying out.
The UK government's policy right now is that we should join the Eurozone "when the time is right" and "when certain conditions are met". The media are now bored with asking what the conditions are, because Blair refuses to state the conditions, just in case we happen to meet them, and then he'd have to make a decision.
Personally, I think Blair will wait about 6 months so that we can see that the Euro hasn't blown up in French and German faces, and then he'll set a date for the referendum.
Current opinion polls suggest us Brits don't want to adopt the Euro. However, I'd guess that 90% of the public are clueless about the implications, and all they see are rabid tabloid headlines that make it look more like a Martian invasion than a currency change.
The primary objection from those in the know is that losing the pound means losing control over setting interest rates. The primary objection from those without a clue is the change from pounds and pence to using Monopoly money.

Re:Simple question.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770661)

"However, I'd guess that 90% of the public are clueless about the implications"

A slightly sarcastic question here:

Which side of that percentage are you on?

Xenophobia and pig headedness ? (4, Insightful)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770663)

Is one answer, there are others, our economy is out of step with that of Europe, we have very different tax rules.

But IMO as a Brit the real reason is that we hate the fact that someone else came up with a better idea. Personally I can't wait to use the Euro in the UK as then it will make getting a mortgage or a loan from A.N. Other country much easier and I can pick the rates in a much more competative way.

The next few years should be great for the UK as we aren't going into recession (touch wood) so we'll hopefully steal a march. We could steal a much bigger march as the strongest fish in the Euro.

fuck the euro! (-1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770539)

I'm betting it will collapse in 8 months, anyone else want in on this? We all know what happens when europe tries to agree on something.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770540)

first post!!!

So what ASCII value will the Euro be? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770545)

On the modern Sun Keyboards there is a Euro Symbol next to the $ but I never got it to work.

Re:So what ASCII value will the Euro be? (1)

steeph (85070) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770566)

ALT-(numeric) 0128 on my WinKeyboard

Re:So what ASCII value will the Euro be? (4, Informative)

laurens (151193) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770570)

I think it's alt+numeric 0128: Yup :-)

Re:So what ASCII value will the Euro be? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770601)

Replying to self: on my Windows laptop, ofcourse... YMMV.

It's actually... (2)

root_42 (103434) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770641)

...hex 0xA4 or 164 decimal. And it's not really ASCII but it's part of the ISO 8859-15 [czyborra.com] character set. That's also what you've got to tell all your X11 applications. And you must have ISO 8859-15 aware fonts installed, which is the case with recent Linux distribution (e.g. SuSE 7.3 is fully Euro enabled).

Re:So what ASCII value will the Euro be? (0)

core10k (196263) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770646)

That looks like a T with an o right beside it...

Re:So what ASCII value will the Euro be? (1)

am 2k (217885) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770636)

The Euro-symbol ( - hope you can read it) is only part of the character set ISO 8859-15, which is an extension to the well known ISO 8859-1.
US Mac users can access it by using opt-shift-2.

Euro coins (1)

dbolger (161340) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770553)

While January 1st sees the Euro becoming legal tender in the Eurozone states, we (at least here in Ireland) have had coins available since the middle of December as part of our governments "Get Ready for the Euro" scheme. IMHO the coins are too small and "fiddly" compared to the old Irish coins I'm used to. Still, I guess this is how my parents/grandparents felt when we switched to decimal. All it will take is some getting used to :)

Dave.

Re:Euro coins (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770638)

the euro coins are quite ok from a german point of view, imho. but the cents are unusual, we had thrown away our 0.20-coins ages ago... and the 0.50 is bigger and in the same style than the 0.10, strange...

i'm asking me, how long will it take not calculating everything back to the old currency?

btw, 1:~2 in germany or the netherlands is easy, but in austria 1:14... or italy 1:x*10^y...

Will slashdot change? (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770560)

Will Slashdot change the category from the almighty buck to the almighty Euro?

Re:Will slashdot change? (5, Funny)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770573)

After all, all they have to do is turn the Quake II icon sideways.

No, you loonie (-1)

The Turd Report (527733) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770577)

If the Euro becomes 'mighty', but I expect the sun to become cold and dim before that happens.

Re:No, you loonie (-1)

The WIPO Troll (267426) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770620)

I expe€t Slashdot to be dead and gone by then.

Suck it hard! (-1)

The WIPO Troll (267426) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770564)

Su€k my €o€k!

Re:Suck it hard! (0)

core10k (196263) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770631)

Holy shit! That's the Euro symbol? How come it's showing on my computer, I'm using the default Windows 98 fonts and common sense dictates that I shouldn't be...

Anyways, it's nice to see John Carmack get the respect and recognition he deserves.

Yet another Zionist conspiracy (-1)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770567)

The New World Order comes ever closer with the introduction of this single currency. What do you expect when you permit Jews the power of commerce?

Interesting to note... (2, Funny)

Jon Abbott (723) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770568)


...is that there are already reports of homeless people saying, "Willing to spare a Euro?"

"Special tacos" are back for the new year (-1)

WeatherTroll (529760) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770574)

This is an important warning to all slashdotters. CmdrTaco has been luring people (mainly underage males) into the slashdot compound to eat his "special taco".

You may be wondering what CmdrTaco's "special taco" is. You will be wishing that you hadn't been wondering after you finish reading his post. To make his "special taco", CmdrTaco takes a taco shell and shits on it. He then adds lettuce, takes out his tiny withered dick (otherwise known as his "Commander"), puts his "special taco sauce" on it which means he jacks off on the taco, and adds a compound to make the person who eats the taco unconcious. Of course, the compound does not make the person unconcous until the taco is fully eaten. Thus CmdrTaco force feeds the taco to the unsuspecting victim. After all, who would knowingly eat shit and CmdrTaco's jizz.

After the victim is unconcous, he is held against his will and used for CmdrTaco's nefarious homosexual purposes. This includes shoving taco shells up the victim's ass, taco snotting, and getting JonKatz involved. Trust me, you do not want JonKatz anywhere near your unconcious body. Also, rumor has it CmdrTaco is looking for a new goatse.cx guy. Don't let it be you!!!!!

The last thing you may be wondering is how this goes along with "taco snotting", or what "taco snotting" is. George WIPO Bush and The WIPO Troll have been doing considerable work explaining what "taco snotting" is. Please see his FAQ on "taco snotting" which can be found as a -1 rated comment on most slashdot stories.

Please, if CmdrTaco offers you his "special taco", RUN LIKE HELL!!!!!!!!

Not everyone is happy in Ireland (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770583)

about the Euro. See this opinion column [ireland.com] .

News for nerds, stuff that matter? (1)

jsse (254124) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770584)

Absolutely a news for nerds! I mean, an integration of Punts, Francs and Deutschmarks into one Euro! That means it can solve the portability problem for 300 million people!! Now we won't be vendor-locked to use obnoxious currency...

Oh wait...

Picture of bills with US bill (5, Interesting)

Therlin (126989) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770586)

I was able to get a hold of a couple Euros and I took a picture with the only bill I had at home at the moment (a $2 bill)

Picture of a 5 Euro bill, 10 Euro bill, 1 Euro coin [fhsu.edu]

They are pretty cool looking.

Re:Picture of bills with US bill (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770600)

You moron! Two dollar bills don't exist. It must be fake.

Re:Picture of bills with US bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770609)

You are a moron yourself. They do in fact exist. They are just not so common.

Re:Picture of bills with US bill (2)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770657)

They do in fact exist. They are just not so common.

Which, if you have a sense of humor like mine, makes it great, great fun to use them to pay for things when the cashier is too young to know they exist, or older and obviously uneducated.

~Philly

Re:Picture of bills with US bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770612)

There is a 2 dollar bill, stupid ape.

Re:Picture of bills with US bill (2)

AnalogBoy (51094) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770614)

I want my money to look like a MS Software License too!!! :)

Actually those look really cool.. I wonder why the US keeps this drab, slashdot theme with the currency.. I know! lets convert to the Euro too! :)

I wish I understood the principles of economics.. I didn't have any classes in school about it (That i was awake for, long story).. I'm sure there is one or fifty /.ites (/.ians?) who would be willing to share their totally objective view.. i just have to say something inflammatory and utterly unfounded.. lets try this:

The US could transition over to the Euro overnight! It would have NO impact on our economy, and would make the world a better place, fostering peace between nations.. and bill gates would have another economy to help!

okay. that should do it.
:)

Re:Picture of bills with US bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770658)

Yeah, except the US is not in Europe. They should have named it the UN Dollar if they really wanted the US to participate. And, it should look exactly like the US Dollar. EXACTLY. This would be one step closer to out plan of taking over the world. (read Manifest Destiny, but only for the world) Nexxt step is to take over the Moon People.

Re:Picture of bills with US bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2770615)

I was really wondering about the durability of the material on th Euro notes... Here in the US we put our notes through some extreme testing (washing in the machine, crushing, extreme temperatures, etc etc.) That hologram deal on the right of the euro note seems like it would make it very fragile. Any comments?

Re:Picture of bills with US bill (1)

bnatale (532324) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770628)

The Euro bills consist of cotton and can be washed at 60C in your washing machine without damage.

Re:Picture of bills with US bill (1)

Therlin (126989) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770635)

It's hard to explain the feel of these bills. I live in the US so I handle US bills daily. These Euros feel a little different but they feel sturdy.

The hologram is only on one side of the bill, it's not visible on the other side.

My guess is that these bills were through all kind of checks and experiments before being given the final approval. Probably the same type of stuff that we did here when we released the new dollar bills.

Re:Picture of bills with US bill (1)

tempmpi (233132) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770655)

I agree with you on your opionion that the euro coins and bills look nice, but I do not like the fact that there aren't any real builds/persons/whatever are on the bills. Why are there just drawings of imaginary buildings on the euro bills ? Shouldn't real bills have drawings of real things ?
The coins are really cool. There are different version of the coins, one version for every state that uses the euro.
BTW:heise.de [heise.de] has an interressting article a about faults that happend in ecommerce shops because of the change.(in german/ use the fish)

One simple reason why it won't work: (1, Interesting)

SlackMeister (137105) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770604)

common-currency zones must have two things: free movement of capital and free movement of labor. When the factories in Detroit lay people off they can move to Dallas, LA, etc. But when people are layed off in Paris they won't be able to chase jobs to Berlin. It's not a problem if both countries have their own currency that they can devalue to discount their products, but with a common currency the country with high unemployment will be stuck, much like Argentina's problem when they pegged their currency to the US dollar and therefore priced themselves out of competition with other south american nations.

Unless people can freely move to where the jobs are, all Euro-using countries will start to look like Argentina in 10 years.

We can... (2)

EnglishTim (9662) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770611)

We can get jobs in other Euro-zone coutries. We have been able to for some time, even though (here in Britain) we have not opted to become part of the single currency.

Re:One simple reason why it won't work: (2, Interesting)

fidget42 (538823) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770633)

I agree 150%. In the US, we have problems where states compete against each other for business and the political backlash that causes (S. Carolina gives incentives to pull corporations from Verginia, etc.). Here, there is a stable overseeing government to keep things civil, but the EC does not have that sort of power. I expect the next five years to be very uncomfortable in Europe as nationalism gets entered into the equasion.

Re:One simple reason why it won't work: (4, Insightful)

nchip (28683) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770656)

When the factories in Detroit lay people off they can move to Dallas, LA, etc. But when people are layed off in Paris they won't be able to chase jobs to Berlin.

uh. labor CAN move freely within EU. try learning facts of the world outside USA before bashing. could be enlightening exprience.

Re:One simple reason why it won't work: (1)

Ewan (5533) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770659)

Europe (or rather the European Union, which is 15 countries, including those now using the Euro) already has free movement of labour between the nations, and has done for several years now.

As a British citizen, I can up sticks today, and move to Germany and start work immediately without any need for visas, paperwork, or anything at all (except learning better German maybe!).

Euro Snotting! (-1)

The WIPO Troll (267426) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770606)

By J. Wipo Troll, Esq. [slashdot.org] , $Revision: 1.16 $
[This arti€le attempts to do€ument a vile, ungodly pra€ti€e that runs rampant through the homosexual geek and ha€ker €ommunity, a pra€ti€e known as Ta€o-snotting, or simply snotting. Ta€o-snotting is something that few geeks dare talk about in free or open €onversation, but it is nonetheless a widely-pra€ti€ed and dangerous form of homosexuality. If you or anyone you know has ever engaged in Ta€o-snotting, please get professional help [adequacy.org] before it is too late. ed.]

Why do I keep re€eiving emails from an individual €alling himself €mdrTa€o?

You have been re€eiving unsoli€ited mailings from a €ertain
Robert €mdrTa€o Malda [cmdrtaco.net] , owner of the popular te€hnology website slashdot.org [slashdot.org] . A€tually, its not a very popular site in the €ommon sense of the word; the site is rife with pimply, antiso€ial geeks and ha€kers, zit-fa€ed nerds, €ommunists, dirty GNU hippies [yahoo.com] , and other so€ietal reje€ts and out€asts. Its also home to one of the worlds largest suspe€ted pædophile rings, the infamous Slashdot €rew.
Whenever Mr. Malda gets bored (and who wouldnt, running a site like
Slashdot all day), he roams through the user database, penis in hand, looking for people who might enjoy engaging in homosexual a€tivities with him. How he determines this is anyones guess; but if you have a homosexual-sounding ni€kname, or a ni€k with a letter of the English alphabet in it, youre a potential €andidate.
This time, he found
you. Lu€ky you.

Mr. Malda seems to be speaking in some sort of €ode. Do you know what it means?

€mdrTa€os €ode language is relatively easy to de€ipher. This pervert prefers to speak in thinly-veiled sexual innuendo (yes, thats right: he wants you) to evade the wat€hful eye of Slashdots parent €orporation,
VA Software [yahoo.com] . Mr. Maldas €ommander is, of €ourse, his penis: a small, withered little thing that lives in his pants and only €omes out in the presen€e of other male geeks or at the be€k and €all of Maldas own lubed-up right hand. His Ta€o bells [sonymusic.com] are the shriveled testi€les that droop beneath his €ommander, and his Ta€o sau€e is his thin, runny semen. It should be more than obvious to you now what he means if he asked you to ring his Ta€o bells or taste his gourmet Ta€o sau€e.
I would also guess €mdrTa€o asked you to engage in a pra€ti€e known as Ta€o-snotting and, if he was in a parti€ularly depraved mood at the time, a €ir€le-snot.

Good Lord. And, yes, he did. What is Ta€o-snotting?

Ta€o-snotting is the term used by Robert Malda to refer to the depraved a€t of fellating another man (homo- or heterosexual; €mdrTa€o is rumoured to prefer raping unwilling vi€tims), then blowing the semen out his nose and ba€k onto the fa€e and body of his vi€tim. Naturally, a long, bubbly stream of milky-white semen is
left on €mdrTa€os fa€e [go.com] , dribbling out of his nose and down his €heek: hen€e the term, Ta€o-snotting.
And if thats not bad enough
A €ir€le-snot is a Ta€o-snotting
€ir€le-jerk, another pra€ti€e €ommon among the Slashdot €rew [bastardgenres.com] . €mdrTa€o, €owboiKneel [aol.com] , and Homos get together and snot ea€h other with their gooey, sti€ky €um spooging their jizz-snot all over ea€h others fa€es and pasty, white bodies, until theyre €overed head to toe with their own and ea€h others man jui€e. This vile, ungodly ritual €an go on for hours. For the homosexual penetration that follows this lengthy foreplay, Roblowme is usually there to provide plenty of anal lubri€ant; he owns a limousine servi€e and has ample supplies of motor oil and axle grease ready to go.
To €omplete this perverted orgy, fellow faggots Mi€hael, Timothy, and Jamie will usually join in, dressed in tight leather mo€k-S.S. uniforms, ja€k boots, and leather gloves. The homosexual shenanigans that follow are nearly beyond des€ription. The whole group begins to snot ea€h others spunk and whip ea€h others pudgy asses with riding €rops and €hains until their pale, white geek bodies are exhausted and soaked in stinking sweat from the hours of passionate, homosexual revelry.

Ewwwwww. So, €an I stop re€eiving these emails?

Hopefully, but I wouldnt €ount on it.
To begin with, you most likely forgot to un€he€k the Willing to Snot €he€kbox in your a€€ount preferen€es. €mdrTa€o has probably already got the hots for your wad (do you have a homosexual-sounding ni€k?), and hes probably already been lurking outside your bathroom window for weeks with a €amera, some tissues and lube, just waiting to poun€e and de€lare you his new bit€h. Theres no es€aping a geek in heat (trust me), so its probably too late for you, but you €an possibly re€tify this situation. To remove yourself from €mdrTa€os sights, log into your Slashdot a€€ount, go to your user page, €li€k on
Messages, and un€he€k the box next to Willing to Snot. Maybe hell ignore you. Probably not.

I €ant stop re€eiving these emails from €mdrTa€o!?

If you indulge him in a Ta€o-snot or two, he
might leave you alone. You might also want to look into mail filtering, restraining orders, or pur€hasing a heavy, blunt obje€t €apable of warding off rampaging homosexual geeks in heat. Trust me, when they €harge oh, the humanity. If he gets you, and you let him Ta€o-snot all over you, you will most likely end up tied up in his basement to be used as his sex slave for the rest of your life (or until he a€€identally drowns you in spunk in a €ir€le-snot).

Have you ever been Ta€o-snotted?

Unfortunately, yes. I first met Mr. Malda at an
Open Sour€e €onvention [amazon.com] . He invited me ba€k to his room for a game of Quake and some gourmet Ta€os, but when I got there, the perverted geek jumped me and hand€uffed me to his bed, stripping me. After taking his €ommander out of his pants, Mr. Ta€o made me su€k the withered thing six times, virtually nonstop. He then performed his vile Ta€o-snotting ritual on me three times over the next two hours, bringing me to orgasm after orgasm after sweaty, mind-numbing orgasm then he snotted my own thi€k, gooey jizz ba€k onto my fa€e out of his nostrils! He snotted me two more times, first into my mouth, then again on my exposed belly.
€mdrTa€o invited several of his Open Sour€e (or rather, Open Sau€e man sau€e) buddies over to €ontinue their ungodly snotfest. European ha€ker and known überfaggot Linux Torvalds
raped my ass [yahoo.com] with his monolithi€ kernel [yahoo.com] ; his partner-in-€rime Anal €ox used their network sta€k in a multitude of unspeakable ways on and in every orifi€e of my defenseless, tender, young body. Mi€hael Sims was there in his leather Nazi uniform, €aning my previously-virginal ass with a bamboo pole and ranting about all those €ensorware [spectacle.org] freaks out to get him.

That is so disgusting! How did you finally es€ape?

After about 16 hours of €ountless unholy, homosexual atro€ities perpetrated against my restrained body, they all finally went to sleep on top of me, sweat-soaked and exhausted. I was left there, €ompletely €overed in bubbly, translu€ent jizz-snot, €hained to the bed, with half a dozen fat, pasty-white fags lying around and on top of me. Fortunately the spooge €oating my flesh worked wonderfully as a lubri€ant I was able to squirm my way out of the hand€uffs and slip out the ba€k door (of the apartment, not their ba€k doors). Im just glad I survived the awful ordeal. These sexually-repressed ha€kers had a
lot of built-up spunk in their wads I €ouldve easily been drowned!

Thats horrible. Does Ta€o-snotting have anything to do with €mdrTa€os spe€ial ta€o?

No, thats a different disgusting perversion €mdrTa€o indulges himself in. Mr. Malda is usually not satisfied with merely snotting your own jizz ba€k onto your fa€e, he most often enjoys involving his own bodily fluids in his twisted games.
WeatherTroll [slashdot.org] has spent some time trying to edu€ate the Slashdot readership [slashdot.org] about this vile pra€ti€e (emphasis added):
You may be wondering what €mdrTa€os spe€ial ta€o is. You will be wishing that you hadnt been wondering after you finish reading this post. To make his spe€ial ta€o, €mdrTa€o takes a ta€o shell and
shits on it. He then adds lettu€e, takes out his tiny withered di€k (otherwise known as his €ommander), puts his spe€ial ta€o sau€e on it whi€h means he ja€ks off on the ta€o, and adds a €ompound to make the person who eats the ta€o un€ons€ious. Of €ourse, the €ompound does not make the person un€ons€ious until the ta€o is fully eaten. Thus €mdrTa€o for€e-feeds the ta€o to the unsuspe€ting vi€tim. After all, who would knowingly eat shit and €mdrTa€os jizz?
After the vi€tim is un€ons€ious, he is held against his will and used for €mdrTa€os nefarious homosexual purposes. This in€ludes shoving ta€o shells up the vi€tims ass, Ta€o-snotting, and getting Jon Katz involved. Trust me, you do not want Jon Katz anywhere near your un€ons€ious body. Also, rumor has it €mdrTa€o is looking for a new
goatse.€x guy [goatse.cx] . Dont let it be you!
Different ungodly perversion, yet no less revolting. It should be €lear to you now that Robert €mdrTa€o Malda is a very, very si€k individual, as are most of the Slashdot editors.

Does Jon Katz get involved in any of this? I thought he was a pædophile, not a homosexual.

A€tually, Jon Katz is a
homosexual pædophile. Hes also a €oprophilia€, and, many suspe€t, a zoophile.
Mr. Katz is somewhat of a loner and doesnt involve himself in the €ir€le-snots, but that doest mean hes any less of a freak than the rest of the Slashdot €rew. Katz often engages in a game €alled
jui€y-dou€hing [aol.com] with a harem of little-boy slaves that he has €olle€ted over the years: yet another vile pra€ti€e whi€h involves administering an enema to himself of the little boys urine (for€ed out of them with a pair of pin€ers), spooging the vile mu€k from his ass ba€k into the enema bag, then dribbling and slathering the goo all over himself and the boys €hained, naked bodies. If hes in the mood, he will sometimes skip refilling the enema bag from his distended anus and just squirt it from his ass [microsoft.com] onto the €rying, terrified boys. Unwilling boys are further tortured with the pin€ers until they €omply and allow Mr. Katz to jui€y-dou€he them at will. A boy will usually last about two years before Mr. Katz either a€€identally drowns them in diarrhea or kills them on€e they get too old, usually around 13 or 14.
Not €ontent with being a pædophili€ €oprophile, Mr. Katz is
also quite the zoophile. As if the sexual es€apades with the helpless little boys arent enough, Jon usually enjoys his jui€y-dou€hes best when his penis is firmly planted in a female goats anus [yahoo.com] . He is also rumoured to get off on wat€hing his little boys eat the goats small, bean-like turds, and he often kills his older boys by letting his goats trample them.

Are you getting hard writing this?

Why, yes. :) Join me in a WIPO-snot?

No, thanks. Im already €mdrTa€os boi toi.

________________________________________
$Id: ta€osnotting.html,v 1.16 2001/12/28 21:20:03 wipo Exp $
€opyright © 2001
J. Wipo Troll, Esq. [slashdot.org] Verbatim €rapflooding of this do€ument is permitted in any medium, provided this €opyright noti€e is preserved, and next time you take a dump, you think of the WIPO Troll and all hes done to make Slashdot a better pla€e.

conversion (2, Redundant)

qqtortqq (521284) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770622)

1 euro is equal to the following: Austrian Schillings = 13.7603 Belgian Francs = 40.3399 Dutch Guilders = 2.20371 Finnish Markka = 5.94573 French Francs = 6.55957 German Marks = 1.95583 Greek Drachmas = 340.750 Irish Pound (Púnt) = 0.787564 Italian Lira = 1936.27 Luxembourg Francs = 40.3399 Portugese Escudo = 200.482 Spanish Pesetas = 166.386

Euro symbol support in Linux? (1)

ewan9 (217735) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770625)

I've tried a few things but it seems difficult (or impossible?) to get the euro symbol working in console, KDE and other X applications. Mozilla seems to be the only app that automatically supports both displaying and producing the symbol.

So, has anyone successfully got the euro symbol to work in Linux (particularly Red Hat)...?

Are we becoming like star trek? (3, Interesting)

alen (225700) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770629)

First we have international trade and monetary agreements like nafta, european union, european common market and the upcoming north and south america trade zone. How far away are we from a one world federal union? Europe is already moving to a common legislature and and some common agencies like approving corporate mergers.

I think in the next 20 years as trade zones evolve we will see the union of trade zones until there is true free world trade. Then in our lifetimes we may see the start of a common world government.

oh yay (-1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770652)

Germany tried something like that and look what happened. We don't need a world government. Thank god bush told them to stick the kyoto treaty up their ass.

United States of Europe New Currency THankful... (-1)

tealover (187148) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770630)

their new currency isn't the ruble

Europe celebrating its collective freedom rolled out the world's newest
currency, the Euro. A symbol of the United States of Europe's
interdepence and unity as an economic force, the Euro finds a home in a
Europe that would look much different were it not for the United States
of America. A lot of celebration is going on in the streets of Europe
today but not much recognition is being paid to the nation that put
itself on the line fighting to ensure that a democratic and free Europe
existed. That is a shame.

45 years ago the Soviet Union, in its quest to install a worldwide
communist hegemony, had reached its tentacles as far west as East
Germany. Eastern Europe fell entirely unders its yoke; The same
Eeastern Europe that so desperately yearns to be accepted into the
European Union. What stalled the Soviet Union's path of European
domination? Yep, the United States of America.

What has the United States of Europe done to thank the United States of
America from rescuing them from a lifetime of borscht soup and
blintzes.....nothing, except blocking ol' Jack Welch from taking over
Honeywell as an expression of European economic strength. Europeans
have shown themselves to be the most ungrateful people on the planet.
The Japanese have shown a stronger fidelity to the United States of
America...and they were only nuked by them....twice. Maybe that's
where the United States of America went wrong. We didn't nuke Europe.
It's still not too late, I suppose.

I hope it works! (1, Interesting)

Martigan80 (305400) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770634)

I realy hope this currency unification will help. But I have a feeling it will also do harm, for instance in a couple of years Italy will not be able to make some "trademark" wines because the EU is shifting production locations for all countries involved.

Different versions of the Euro... (3, Interesting)

wavecentral (442848) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770642)

Interestingly enough, each member of the EU has a series of euro coins for their own countries. Sort of like how the US has produced quarters for different states. It's quite nice and still perserves the autonomy.

Also, an interesting note, is that the EU states will still need to produce their own stamps but put them in the EURO currency pricing, which will be nice for collectors and more autonomy.

FYI, I was over in Germany for three weeks and spoke to a couple of folks about how they viewed the EURO. Alot of the older folks were worried about how non-assest items will be valued. For example, appraisals. Something that use to be appraised for 5.500 DM, will it be assessed at 2,811 EUROS come a couple months down the road?

Pictures of euro coins and notes (1)

kingdon (220100) | more than 12 years ago | (#2770653)

There is various information at eu.int [eu.int] and the European Common Bank [ecb.int] site, including pictures of the coins (both by themselves and in publicity-photo type poses), various policies (such as how you say "euro" and "euros" in various languages), and more.

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