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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

Keyboard Rage In Seismic America... (191 comments)

...Earth shakes You.

Oh, wait.

5 days ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Keyboard Rage Re:Simulate this... (172 comments)

Result of bug: Google car intact and still functional, passengers fried to a nice crisp gold-brown color, expected to taste like pork buns.

about a week ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Keyboard Rage Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (172 comments)

No. However, unlike a simulation, where the only values taken into account are those put in by the programmers and the car's designers (for stuff like wear-rates of mechanical parts), a test track will at least show values closer to real use, and may reveal unexpected hardware failures.

about a week ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Keyboard Rage Re:legal issues. (391 comments)

Unfortunately the Netherlands have a large amount of people who think it's alright that extreme rightist asshats spew hateful speech, but when a Muslim does it they need to be expelled.

about a week ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Keyboard Rage Re:Seems to be working really well... (391 comments)

According to Dutch media, at least one of them is....British.

Perhaps they are afraid someone will recognize the voices? Why would that be a problem? Or are the people making these videos UK security agency implants?

about a week ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Keyboard Rage Re: Jurisdiction 101 (391 comments)

So did the Scottish.

about a week ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Keyboard Rage Re:Might makes right ? (391 comments)

Ostrich? Isn't that the local people's name for Austria, which is short for Australia?

about a week ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Keyboard Rage Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (239 comments)

For an obvious example of how bad Wikipedia can be, check out their articles on paranormal events. A lot of articles explain things like UFO sightings without any scepticism and present so-called 'facts' in revised historical contexts.

about a week ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Keyboard Rage Re:Raise the bar? (341 comments)

The bar that in Europe is placed much higher than (apparently) in the ole US of A, a concept that Uber appears to have some trouble grasping (not so Uber, eh?). So a business model that might work well in North America due to the abyssimal suckage of 'real' taxis there comes up at the bottom of the barrel at the other side of the Atlantic.

about two weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Keyboard Rage Re:Picking nits.. (341 comments)

Gah, Slashdot doesn't take all Unicode characters properly :/

Read "Europe is not the USA"

about two weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Keyboard Rage Re:Picking nits.. (341 comments)

Your "possible slacker" would likely not get a taxi license in Europe, first and foremost because his car is not up to standards. Europe USA.

about two weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Keyboard Rage Re:Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Uber was (predictably) banned in a couple of Dutch cities for basically the same reason as in Berlin. Taxis here need licenses and have to adhere to strict guidelines due to serious issues with price-fixing and unacceptable behaviour by (not always) unlicensed taxi drivers (including robberies) in the past. Uber's reaction was "The law is obviously wrong and needs to be changed the future. We expect that this change will be made soon.".

This showcases some incredible arrogance and lack of understanding of how things work. A) Those laws and rules are the way they are because of historical reasons; those reasons are very likely to rear their ugly head again when licenses are abolished. B) Exclusive deals (e.g. where Uber would be the only one to be able to provide unlicensed taxis) are against European law. C) A company can't decide for everyone what the law should be; changes to the law will have to be agreed upon by all parties (and taxi unions are powerful). D) Suggesting that a law ought to change 'soon' because it means company X can't use their (obviously flawed) business model might work in a highly corrupt country (or one that does not care about consumer rights); it has no place in a democracy, and considering Uber seems to think it it ought to work that way maybe means Uber should be investigated for possible corruption practices...

about two weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Keyboard Rage Re:What a bunch of pansies (409 comments)

So, the worst that could happen is if the poor sod's plane would disintegrate above a populated area, sucking him into one of the engines, and sending his remains downwards on the population in a fine mist?

Sounds like a plan.

about a month ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Keyboard Rage Re:Why do you think that (409 comments)

Of course, it would be quite ironic if a mishandled case of a deadly disease would accidentally wipe out the USA's foremost expertise center on contagious diseases. And embarrassing. And very bad.

about a month ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Keyboard Rage Re:NIMBY at its finest (409 comments)

Perhaps Obama is the Antichrist afterall and this is his way of bringing the world to its end! Ebola for everyone, instead of equality for everyone!

about a month ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Keyboard Rage Re:PANIC! (409 comments)

I've had some success starting off in US labs. Especially those that keep samples for a longer time. There I made a killing, twice. Once during the original exposure phase, and once about 30 years onward. It was a very fun birthday party, except that all the invitees were dead at the end, which was a bit of a downer.

Perhaps this year I'll be able to make my first transcontinental experience!

about a month ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Keyboard Rage Re:The American Dream (570 comments)

Russia is not a communist country anymore (they wish they were!). I have some trouble determining whether your post is sarcastic or not, by the way. Having relatively high taxes on income and sales is not necessarily bad; it allows for better government facilities for citizens (such as a medical system that isn't terribly expensive for the care it provides).

about a month ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Keyboard Rage Re:Please Explain This Crap (868 comments)

"amazingly measured manner"?

What would consist a "minor" escalation in your world? Nuking a city off the map?

about 1 month ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Keyboard Rage Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (868 comments)

Simple.

The Israeli offensive is a war against terrorism. It aims at the complete destruction of terrorists. Therefore, there is no collateral damage involved. They are killing terrorists, potential terrorists (men), future terrorists (children), terrorist production facilities (women), terror tunnels (tunnels), terrorist protectors and repairers (doctors, hospitals), terrorist shelters (houses), terror-learning centers (schools), terror fuel (power plants), terror exchange facilities (airports - already destroyed a long time ago), and terrorist and antisemitic ideas (any form of criticism of the state of Israel and its actions).

about 1 month ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Keyboard Rage Re:The point? (454 comments)

I bet the remaining 95% chemical, biological, and possibly nuclear warhead missiles will be more than enough to lay Israel to waste. You see, with that kind of weapon, only a 100% effective (which isn't possible) defense system will prevent damage. So it's a waste of money anyway.

about a month ago

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