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+ - Technocrat.net revived->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Bruce Peren's Technocrat.net, the once favorite geek site frequented by Slashdot, has been revived as of February 19th. The site has revived and taken offline several times over the years. Bruce Peren says he is once again bringing the sight back due to a recent surge in popular demand from fans."
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+ - Fishing line as artificial 'muscle'->

Submitted by brindafella
brindafella (702231) writes "Researchers have made what they describe as an "almost embarrassing" discovery, that twisted nylon fishing line can form a "powerful, large-stroke, high-stress artificial muscles" capable of lifting as much as 100 times more weight than human muscles and contracting by 49%, and "generate 5.3 kilowatts of mechanical work per kilogram of muscle weight, similar to that produced by a jet engine." They twisted the fishing line, then heated it to 'set' the shape-memory muscle. The scientists are from the Australian Research Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong, and the University of Texas. It's published in Science magazine."
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+ - Dice, what are you getting by butchering Slashdot ? 2

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Before I register my account with /. I frequented it for almost 3 weeks. If I were to register the first time I visited /. my account number would be in the triple digits.

That said, I want to ask Dice why they are so eager to kill off Slashdot.

Is there a secret buyer somewhere waiting to grab this domain, Dice ? Just tell us. There are those amongst us who can afford to pay for the domain. What we want is to have a Slashdot that we know, that we can use, that we can continue to share information with all others.

Please stop all your destructive plans for Slashdot, Dice."

+ - Richard Nixon Announces His Approval For Slashdot Beta 3

Submitted by MightyMartian
MightyMartian (840721) writes "Former US president (and everyone's favorite funny man) Richard M. Nixon announced his approval of the Slashdot Beta site.

"I was just telling Pat this morning as I made sweet Nixon love to her that what the web needed was a whitespace-riddled atrocity. Slashdot Beta is the Tet Offensive of discussion sites, so screw you, you stupid hippies."

Henry Kissinger was said to have been very pleased as well. Dr. Kissinger was quoted as saying "In Soviet Russia, Slashdot betas you!""

+ - Can I buy the Classic interface? 3

Submitted by Max Hyre
Max Hyre (1974) writes "LWN almost went under a number of years ago because its volunteer editors couldn't afford to keep it up. The readers rose up and insisted that they be allowed to pay for it.

Can we do the same for Classic?

I'm a nerd. I read. I'm the one in the museum ignoring the display and reading the description. I want text, easily accessible, clearly laid out, and plenty of it. I'll pay to keep the UI I know and love.

The Beta has none of those characteristics. The Beta site is repellent, unusable, and unneeded. I won't use it, and if ``Classic'' goes away, I won't visit /., and it'll be a pity.

How much do you actually receive in revenue for each user? I suspect I'll match it to keep the status quo. Ask us what it's worth to us. I'd certainly pay $1/month, and would think about $5/month. I bet that I'm not alone."

+ - Owner: Vote, your choice: Get rid of Slashdot:Beta OR everyone goes elsewhere-> 1

Submitted by Ying Hu
Ying Hu (704950) writes "Slashdot Beta is not Slashdot: http://slashdot.org/journal/63...
What was loved about Slashdot does not appear in the new design — those creating the latter, please fire yourself and go work for a commercial consumer site (which we never read, and never will). OUR site should work without JavaScript, and JavaScript that IS used should to do something actually desired by a reader or commenter, not waste our bandwidth and CPU, and electricity, sending CRAP onto our computers. Improvements/ plugins, http://userstyles.org/styles/9..., won't be enough."

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Opinion of slashdot beta? 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "What are your thoughts about slashdot beta? Post your complaints here so that I don't have to see them elsewhere. Additionally, if the beta is so bad that you don't want to stay, what other news website do you recommend?"

Comment: Re:By reef... (Score 2) 277

by Andhesaidtome (#46138291) Attached to: Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef
WTF is a cubic ton? Contrary to what the enviro-warrior propagandists would have you think, this is not an evil coal waste product. It is dredge spoil from the ocean floor, the like of which has been dredged and dumped from every medium/deep water port along the coast. The only reason this is getting airplay is because the dredging is to expand a coal loading port, not a commercial fishing or leisure craft port. They couldn't get enough traction to stop the ships navigating through the reef to they are going after the next softest target.

Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 104

by Andhesaidtome (#45350981) Attached to: High-Gain Patch Antennas Boost Wi-Fi Capacity In Crowded Lecture Halls
I have, lamenting each time that our education system is releasing Network Admins into the wild with no RF knowledge. The story should have been...

We have now realise the error of our ways and are introducing compulsory RF Theory subjects to all our Networking courses.

Of course as others have said this is more marketing 'case study' by the antenna vendor than story. Notice TFA mentions that they did test antennas from other vendors, but give no indication of the relative performance. My bet is that most would be within the margin of error and that the ultimate choice came down to the discount they received for pushing out the 'case study' as news.

Comment: News? (Score 5, Insightful) 104

by Andhesaidtome (#45342763) Attached to: High-Gain Patch Antennas Boost Wi-Fi Capacity In Crowded Lecture Halls
It is hardly newsworthy that a group of IT network techs 'fixed' their coverage and performance problems using directional antenna technology. Radio techs have been doing exactly that since they learnt about propagation. A newsworthy story would be that they have (finally) started incorporating at least basic RF theory in all IT networking related courses and subjects.

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