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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

xfizik Easy (250 comments)

The easiest way to solve problems with gas supply in Europe is to build more pipelines to/from Russia that bypass areas of political instability. Firstly, allow the construction of the South Stream pipeline - paid for in full by Russia. Secondly, open the second half of the OPAL pipeline to Russia. Neither of those options would cost Europe a cent.

about three weeks ago
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Darth Vader, Yoda, Chewbacca Aim To Invade Ukraine's Govt. In Upcoming Elections

xfizik Re:Ironically (63 comments)

Yeah, hard to argue with this...

about 2 months ago
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Darth Vader, Yoda, Chewbacca Aim To Invade Ukraine's Govt. In Upcoming Elections

xfizik Ironically (63 comments)

Ironically, those Star Wars character candidates are more adequate than most of Ukrainian mainstream politicians...

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

xfizik Re:Fine! (365 comments)

but Canada has far tighter immigration controls than the US

No it doesn't. If you work in certain fields, all you need to do is show up at the border with a letter of employment.

Only if you come from certain countries (possibly just the U.S.). If you come from one of the countries targeted by this H1B extension program (e.g. India), you most certainly need more than just a letter of employment. Not to mention that you won't be allowed on the plane without an entry visa.

about 2 months ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

xfizik Re:to sum it up: (200 comments)

Mangalyaan's six month mission is about collecting data that will be studied, reviewed, and scrutinized for far longer than the age of a "Gravity" blu-ray. It will continue to pay dividends long after its orbit has decayed. its actions pave the way for discoveries into planetary physics and science, not coffee mugs and concession sales. Mangalyaan's science may one day help solve some of the most complex questions in astrophysics, or it may help start colonies on other planets. Mangalyaan's goal is science, knowledge, and progress toward a bright future.

I think you are getting a little over-excited about the importance of Mangalyaan to "planetary physics and science". As the article correctly states, it's essentially a demonstration that "we can do it too" (from the Indian point of view). Its scientific value is fairly small given the number of Mars missions other countries have launched or will launch in the near future. It does help build local expertise in space engineering in India which one day may or may not make a significant contribution to mankind's efforts to solve complex scientific questions or colonize other planets.
P.S. It has nothing to do with astrophysics.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

xfizik Re:The over-65's swung it for No (474 comments)

Analogies are just analogies. My point was that one doesn't have to be oppressed to want to be independent. If you like marriage analogies, you may have heard of "irreconcilable differences".
Is the UK oppressed by the EU? No? Then why are they threatening to get out all the time?
I don't pretend to know what Salmond has managed to put in the heads of a significant chunk of the Scottish population, but comparing Scotland to a whiny wife who couldn't pay her bills definitely stinks of the infamous English snobbery and (false!) sense of superiority - something you accuse Salmond of. The UK itself is so deep in debt, that it has no right to lecture anyone on finances.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

xfizik Re:The over-65's swung it for No (474 comments)

Does one have to be oppressed to want independence? Do children leave parents' nests to live on their own because they are oppressed or because it's natural to want to live independently?

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

xfizik Re:The over-65's swung it for No (474 comments)

Yeah, I'm sure the Scotts would be living in stone age now if it weren't for the English.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

xfizik Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

That was before 2008.

about 2 months ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

xfizik Re:But the movie selection still sucks (178 comments)

You think Netflix's selection is shit? Try Netflix Canada. They'd have to pay me to subscribe to their service.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

xfizik Re:The over-65's swung it for No (474 comments)

It seemed like the over-65's were more concerned about their pensions with all the threats of financial pressure coming from London. Their concern was not unjustified, but it's sad that the concept of independence and sovereignty boils down to mere money for some (or most) people.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

xfizik Re:A glorious victory for all (474 comments)

For the Scottish people - their heritage and nationality received much attention (hell I didn't know there WAS a Scottish flag before this).

Oh, boy. Should I make a nasty comment about American education? Well, here is another revelation for you - the Scottish flag is part of the UK flag https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

xfizik Re:Hmm... (474 comments)

So 1 in 4 Americans wants to secede, 1 is an idiot. What about the other 2 (out of 4)?

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

xfizik Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

In 30 years, the way things are going the UK proper may as well be bankrupt, socially and racially divided, a shadow of its former glory, and Scotland might regret having not voted yes, even if their oil runs out.

about 2 months ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

xfizik Re:Mozilla's losing coolness (112 comments)

On the other hand, I can't imagine switching to Google Chrome (from Firefox).
Well, I can imagine it if Mozilla magically disappeared, but as things stand right now, I don't see myself switching if foreseeable future. There is much more to the Internet than just Google.

about 2 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

xfizik Re:Slashdot jumps the shark (789 comments)

I don't see how more aggressive can't be reasonable. In the case of the whole Ukrainian mess, we don't know based on what information Putin makes his decisions. Although, I bet he sees a vastly different picture than people whose only source is main stream media do. After all, we have newspapers and TV whereas he has arguably some of the best intelligence agencies at his disposal. I'd like to think that whatever Putin does is reasonable, even if just from his own point of view.

about 3 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

xfizik Re:Unreal... (789 comments)

Good grief. Some 'stuff' universally 'matters.'

Some stuff that actually happened in this reality sometimes matters.

about 3 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

xfizik Re:Unreal... (789 comments)

Yeah, because "field commanders" have access to nuclear weapons. Are you for real?

about 3 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

xfizik Unreal... (789 comments)

Regardless of political preferences... I simply can't imagine in what form those threats could have been made. Phone call? Letter? Email? How can anyone be so [IMHO, unrealistically] stupid to mention using nuclear weapons knowing that every word in today's communications is being recorded and would be published by the opposite side?

P.S. Thank you Slashdot for posting at least 2-3 stories about Ukraine every day. I guess this is really the stuff that matters to nerds that much.

about 3 months ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

xfizik And then ... (322 comments)

What are the chances that once it's built, the U.S. will find that Nicaragua is not democratic enough to operate it "independently"?

about 4 months ago

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