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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Opportunist Re:Nothing to do with hole size (94 comments)

Ok, I'll say it if nobody else does:

There are already a certain kind of giant holes on the golf court. Though they're not in the ground, they're the ones playing.

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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Opportunist Re:Learning Golf While Young (94 comments)

Hey, he kept his control on the golf area. Like some German soccer player said, regarding the fan riots, "Violence does not belong in sports. Leave it at home."

7 minutes ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Well considering that.. (361 comments)

The world wide inequality R/P 10% rate is 12. World wide Gini index is 39 (USA 45, Europe 25-30).

An "international" R/P rate is quite moot since I can't earn my money in country A where income is high while living in country B where cost of living is cheap. One could now start to put something like the Big mac index against it to see what purchasing power actually means and how "poor" poor actually is.

It doesn't really improve the US position vs. European countries if you ask me.

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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:I'm not worried about poor students (361 comments)

College degrees have been too expensive to the point where not getting one meant that you earned more money during your lifetime without one than with one for a while now. What I mean is that we're getting towards the point where you will die in debt from your college education.

But the scam is being perpetuated. By the same people that suffer from it. Because if I needed a college education that broke my back to get this job here, why should I hire you if you don't have one? You should suffer just as much as I did, for I would envy you your "free pass" if you didn't.

yesterday
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RIP, NASA Moon Landing Engineer John C. Houbolt

Opportunist Re:RIP you steely-eyed missle man (31 comments)

The problem is that we're not standing on those shoulders. We've hooked up our hammocks up there so we can twitter comfortably.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Never forget where you came from (361 comments)

Potatoes and cottage cheese actually make wonderful dinners. And rice and beans go splendid together, if you find some kind of grease to glue them you're golden.

And if you're contrary to expectations still hungry after that Lucullan crapulency, you can always dissolve some stale bread in a cup of water. You can actually kinda bake that if you like, gives it a nice toast-y touch.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Ultra-frugal cooking (361 comments)

What did work out incredibly well for me was moving in with other students. Not only do you get to have some kind of company without "wasting time" on it (and no matter what you might think, you need people to talk to or you go nuts), it also means that you can much more easily stretch the food money. Cooking for 3 is more efficient than cooking for 1. And more fun too (unless you have a weirdo like one of my former roomies who has a ... let's say rather special taste. I still say he only did it 'cause he wanted to avoid cooking duty). It also takes less time if you split the housework.

We still come together every other week, one of us cooks and we chat. It's a nice little reminder of our university years, despite us splitting up and moving apart (still within driving distance, fortunately), one of us having a family now, the others engaged or divorced... it's nice to see people you know develop and it's interesting to see how things turn out.

Seriously, unless you absolutely cannot stand people near you, share an apartment with two or three others. Life gets a LOT cheaper that way and you actually get to stay in touch with humanity despite studying.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:I'm not sure how common it is... (361 comments)

Well, that's the difference between universities in the US and around here in Europe. There, you have to be rich to get through. Over here, you have to be smart, because universities can afford dropout rates around 90-95%.

Tuition is cheap (and if you're halfway intelligent, free) around here. So, as one may assume, the auditorium is packed in the first semesters. I mean literally. Get there early or you won't even get to stand on the stairs (to get a seat, you should be in at least an hour before it gets going). If you want to get into a seminar, camping in front of the place where you get to register might be a good idea. It's not exaggerating too much when I say, the best friend of a new student is his sleeping bag.

That in turn means that tests are brutal for the first few semesters. I do not exaggerate, at least 9 out of 10 students will not even get past the first semesters.

But that also means that everyone, literally EVERYONE who holds a degree from my university is one of the top 5% of the people in the field. Else, he would not have that sheet of paper.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Grad school is voluntary... (361 comments)

But that's the freedom of choice! Nobody forces you to choose either or. Some like it warm, others like to eat. You can make that choice individually! That's free market, in a socialist world they'd probably make you eat and turn on the heating. Without even caring whether you want that!

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Well considering that.. (361 comments)

We're far from that. Let's take a look at the Income equality by country.

Let's just take the richest/poorest 10% comparison. The US has a factor of 15.9. Meaning that the richest 10% make about 16 times what the poorest 10% make. With this, they're in the great company of splendid equality paradises like Uganda, Georgia (the country, not the state...) and Iran.

There is not a SINGLE European country with a worse ratio than the US. Granted, the aforementioned Georgia along with Portugal and the UK are coming close to it, but none of them is actually WORSE. Most central European (and let's also lump in the Scandinavian) countries revolve around a disparity factor of about 5-8.

That means that we're looking at about three times more equality in Europe than the US.

Btw, the 20% rich/poor ratio doesn't get much better for the US. It goes down to a "mere" 8.9 times more money in the 20% rich than the 20% poor, but it's still more than twice the ratio of Finland and Sweden.

A look at the Gini map also tells a lot (ok, if you know what the Gini coefficient is), with Europe lighting up in green and the US being in a group with such equal rights beacons like China, Argentina or Iran.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Well considering that.. (361 comments)

Erh... yes, it is. There are still a few countries where "poor" just means "only has a place to live and food, but no luxury stuff". Of course, rich also only means that you have more than you can spend, not more than some small nations can spend.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (361 comments)

I don't think the Russians would ask you for permission.

Wait, you really think you could stop them if you wanted? Now that's cute.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Slowly, Mr Uljanov (361 comments)

Switzerland is great, Austria is better. Same language but FAR better social services and more foreigner friendly. Payment is lower, though, but so is cost of living.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Slowly, Mr Uljanov (361 comments)

It's got nothing to do with "socialism". Quite far from it. What it has to do with is completely fucked up tax and tax money politics in Germany. There is a very easy fix for it: Stop bailing out banks, stop pumping money into bailout funds for high risk investment banks (actually, tax the fuckers 'til it's no longer profitable to leech the industry to death), stop destroying the middle class and instead tax capital gains more and you're set.

Of course, nobody really wants that. Especially not "Mutti". And as long as you keep voting that ... thing in, no pity from this side of the border.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:How's your Russian? (361 comments)

You don't really spend a lot of time working with EU military, do you?

I had my share of work with various armies of this planet. Including Russian, various European countries and of course US. Without wanting to start a flame war, but if the average US soldier is about as motivated, trained and bright as the people I had to deal with, waiting for the US to bail the EU out is NOT really something that I'd consider a sound strategy...

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (361 comments)

Stop bailing out banks, stop "saving" Greece so they keep buying your submarines and there's suddenly a whole lot of money for education without bleeding the middle class dry.

As long as you keep voting in that helmet hairdo she-male, you should not expect any pity from me!

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (361 comments)

If you don't mind having a room in a multi-room apartment and sharing the apartment (not the room, of course) with a few other students, you can actually live fairly cheaply... ok, not in Paris or London, but almost everywhere else.

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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Ahh (361 comments)

A quick search didn't turn up any universities that are free either. But there are quite a few where 1000 bucks a semester or less buy you the ticket to ride.

And let's be honest here, if 1500-2000 bucks a year break your back (with a minimum wage that revolves around 8-10 bucks an hour, depending on country), I guess you have worse problems to deal with.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Opportunist Re:Ahh (361 comments)

Actually yes, your chances that you will get an education for free are pretty high.

What? Oh. No, of course not if you only speak English and not the local language. Silly me, I thought you wanted to learn, not just get a sheet of paper for free.

yesterday

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Bush shoe attack beneficial for its maker

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "You might remember how Bush was attacked by a reporter with his shoes. Now, some people wondered why. Some wondered how he got through security with his assassination devices. Some wondered whether his bodyguards were having a field trip day and how this was possible.

Others wondered "what shoes are those". And they found out. It was the Ducati Model 271, now redubbed the Bush-Shoe. And sales are skyrocketing. The Turkish company making them can't keep up with the demand. Who said that a personal visit of a politician couldn't be beneficial for the economy in the country?

How to interpret this is maybe up for debate. Personally, I think some people took "voting with your feet" and showing their political view with them to a new level."

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Stupidfilter: The end of Trolling on /.?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "What would /. be without "FRIST POST!", In Soviet Russia memes and a confirmation of netcraft? Well, if Stupidfilter becomes what it claims to be soon, we might find out. The makers of this OSS claim that they can (soon) filter out stupidity, ignorance and trolling from boards, making the life of moderators and administrators worldwide a lot easier. Currently it relies mostly on the amount of CAPS in a text, the mix of letters and some statistics. Soon it shall become able to sense typos and grammatical errors, which shall hopefully increase the chance to catch dumb postings. Of course, the implications are that non-native speakers (like me) might get caught in the filter due to a (possibly) higher rate of misspelled words and a (likely) smaller vocabulary. And of course it can be used as a "content filter", to keep out unwanted opinions. So whether this technology will bring us less trolling or less freedom to discuss (or whether it brings us anything at all), only time will tell."
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When Amazon sells Audiophile cables...

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "...comments go berserk. Now, I certainly don't want to decide whether audio equipment that costs 10k is worth it, or at least improves sound quality in any way. I even don't want to judge whether cables that only transmit digital data can have a positive impact. Personally, I don't see why a "better 1 or 0" makes better sound.

But what I know is that when Amazon sells such a gem, people go berserk with comments. Some even found Jesus in their BBQ sauce.

The first Audiophile vs. Anti-Audiophile war on Amazon. Truely a good laugh.

(to be honest, I just submit the story hoping to find out whether it's possible to create a /. effect on Amazon...)"
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Large Hadron Collider - The doomsday device?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  about 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "We're all going to die! The LHC (Large Hadron Collider), the big underground donut in Genf that shoots little particles onto each other, is going to create a black hole that is going to swallow us all alive!

Or so Mr. Walter Wagner claims on his homepage. He demands in no uncertain terms that this project is to be put on hold until the dangers can be assessed, after all we only have one Earth, and no backups to restore from.

A bit of insight from people who know more about those things would be interesting. Can energy that could possibly heat a cup of coffee create a tempest in the teapot? And more important, what motivates people to prophesy doom? I mean, when you're wrong, you're ridiculed, when you're right, you're dead... how do you win?"

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Amazon delists music after battle with MI

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "It all started with Amazon buying music cheaply abroad and selling it expensively in the EU. Now, the music industry did not like that of course, deemed those imports "illegal" and sent a cease and desist letter. Amazon decided to bend to the MIs will. And do more than that. They not only delisted the CDs required, they pulled almost everything from Sony and Warner (and a few topsellers of Universal and EMI) from their range of products. In the meantime, after a quick talk, it seems the problem has been resolved. For now. Neither side really considers it settled, it just seems both agree that such a battle should not be fought right now, in the week before the big spending event. Though one has to wonder: Who is actually in the stronger position when they canot find an agreement?"
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