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AGPL 3.0 - that is unfortunately a deal breaker for many.

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By great job are you referring to the flirting with Putin's Russia, the pathetic attempts to collect war debt from Germany or something else entirely?

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Obviously Greece is not making new friends at the moment, but given the situation they are currently in, yes I think this action will help them.

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In what way exactly would it help to alienate the only parties that can provide sustainable assistance to Greece now and and in the foreseeable future?

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Greece is one of the Euro zone countries that economically suffers the most from the EU sanctions against Russia. Their "flirting" with Russia, as you said, is merely trying to find a way to continue to sell greek agricultural produce to Russia. Given the economical state of Greece I think that's a pretty sensible approach.

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Russia's share of Greek exports is less than 2%. Total value of the goods covered by the Russian sanctions is approx mio 200 EUR / year. I sincerely doubt that it is worth jeopardising EUs long term economic support to the Greek economy in an attempt to circumvent Russian sanctions even if individual Greeks or even sectors are hit hard by them.

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@peterfirefly (sorry, I can't reply directly to you because of the negative karma of my original post)

Yes, the EU are of bigger importance, but OTOH those trade partners are still there. Only the exports to Russia are lost. If the trade amount relative to GDP really is 1%, that would amount to more than 2 billion Euros in lost trade. Greece is small and in a precarious financial situation, I can understand why they risk to affront other EU members for those 2 billion.

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The Greek loss due to the Russian undeclared war against Ukraine is tiny, even if it meant that all the trade with Russia disappeared (which it doesn't).

Compare with Finland and Sweden when the Soviet Union fell.

They were hit a lot harder but they cleaned up and enacted reforms. They certainly didn't complain that Greece was unreasonable for not lending (or giving) them money so that things could continue as before.

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Not only after Soviet Union fell. Also in the current trade war, Greece's problems from Russian sanctions are negligible when compared to Sweden and particularly Finland. Russian trade was almost 10 % of Finnish exports in 2012 and has since then collapsed. Finland will very soon be in a position where it is not possible to pledge any bailout money for Greece. Even if not counting the political fallout.

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> sorry, I can't reply directly to you because of the negative karma

There's a delay on replying sometimes but it isn't karma-related.

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How much of Greece's foreign trade is with Russia? Isn't about 1%?

Do they not trade more with Turkey (and Germany) and about a handful of other countries?

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All of these things should have happened a long time ago. Better late, than never.

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Greece should have flirted with Russia earlier? I don't get that.

Of course, regarding requirements for compensation from Germany, it would have made sense to ask those in 1980, i.e. before joining an economic community with Germany, a community whose purpose was to put back wars and their compensation requirements, and start up a free trade area and bind economies together to avoid further clashes and wars.

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Greece couldn't have asked in 1980. There was a debt conference in the early 1950s -by the world war winning superpowers of the time- that postponed compensation questions until the reunification of Germany (then thought to be coming soon). In 1990, after the reunification, the same superpowers convened again, and decided _instead of all countries and without consulting_ to drop the debt.

A mandatory loan from the Greek government to finance the German war effort would be at around 11 billion euros now. It is a multiple of that for many other EU countries.

I'm not saying that this "repay the war debt" is a good idea, but there certainly are a lot of hard to contest historical arguments for the validity of a small part of their claim.

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Just for the record: Greek governments did demand war compensation before 1980, but Germany argued that that question has to wait until unification. After 1989 it was "too late"

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As Taleb points out himself it is in fact possible for the Wilson paper to be wrong even if the math is correct. This is exactly what this: http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/jour... paper demonstrates to be the case.

Quote:

"The misleading conclusions all resulted not from incorrect math but from overgeneralizing from narrow assumptions or parameter values. For example, all of their models implicitly assumed high relatedness, but modifying the model to allow lower relatedness shows that relatedness is essential and causal in the evolution of eusociality. Their modeling strategy, properly applied, actually confirms major insights of inclusive fitness studies of kin selection."

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While US export control based on crypto have been changed, they still do exist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Export_of_cryptography_from_the...

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this is the source of e.g. Skype's installer requiring you to acknowledge you are not in Iran, NK, or Syria (that list might have changed recently)

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No

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Excellent application of Betteridge's Law.

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Thanks for the vagrant files, super easy to set up.

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5 and counting.

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Since both Opportunity and Curiosity are on the surface of Mars how can their present distance from Earth differ by 6+ mio. km? And even with Mars Express in orbit it doesn't appear right that it should be 20+ mio km closer to Earth. I wonder if these were the distances relevant when th probes were launched?

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Remarkable consensus regarding Iain M. Banks and Vinge being top choices. Vinge I would have expected due to his background in Computer Science, but M. Banks is a very positive surprise.

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Caveat regarding note to Hollywood: Please only allow Nolan to direct, otherwise we are not interested.

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Actually, I always wanted to see Luc Besson (Fifth Element) direct a movie of Consider Phlebas.

Edit: On the subject of Banks movies - one scene I would love to see (in addition to the CAT escaping from The Ends of Invention) is the scene with the Ethnarch and Zakalwe in UoW, might make a splendid cold open.

"I," said the man, "am called Cheradine Zakalwe." He leveled the gun at Ethnarch's nose. "You are called dead."

I just realised how carefully worded that is...

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If that means we get Jean Reno as Bora Horza Gobuchul, I'm in.

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He's really bad at sci fi.

Inception doesn't make any sense (sense in terms of being sci fi, it's good entertainment).

Nor do the climactic action scenes in the Batman movies: a mega powerful microwave device that only affects the water inside of far away pipes and a portable, self sustaining fusion reactor that blows up when its battery dies.

The Joker's speed with setting up explosives is also a little bit ridiculous, but that's less of an offense against possibility than the above.

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