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+ - Dice Holdings has written off Slashdot Media at the close of 2013-> 3

Submitted by moogla
moogla (118134) writes "Apparently Dice.com could not make Slashdot work they way they wanted to; with a murky plan to tap into the Slashdot-reader community to somehow drive attention or insight into other Dice Holdings properities, they've burned through

$7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media

and have only started to realize some improvement on related sites. With ad revenue declining and not expected to pick up (read: everyone who uses Slashdot uses adblocking softwarwe), it appears that the Slashdot stewardship experiment by Dice Holdings has been a financial failure. Since the site has been redesigned in a user-hostile fashion with a very generic styling, this reader surmises Dice Holdings is looking to transform or transfer the brand into a generic Web 3.0 technology property. The name may be more valuable than the user community (since we drive no revenue nor particularly use Dice.com's services)."
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+ - Fuck beta 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The beta is bad. It's so bad. The comments are reduced in screen width about 50%. Subject lines are deemphasized, scores are minimized, etc.

The discussions are the reason to come to Slashdot, and the beta trivializes them entirely. It looks like the comment section on a generic news site.

The comments now look like an afterthought, whereas they used to be the primary focus of the site."

+ - User Backlash at Slashdot Beta Site-> 3

Submitted by hduff
hduff (570443) writes "Look at almost any current Slashdot story and see loyal, long-time members rail against the new site design, willing to burn precious karma points to post off-topic rants against the new design and it being forced on users by the Dice Overlords. Discussion has begun to create an alternate site."
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+ - Boycott Beta 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.

Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators — only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors — only discuss Beta
http://slashdot.org/recent [slashdot.org] [slashdot.org] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

Captcha: fuckbeta

http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4757125&cid=46169357
http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4757125&cid=46169451
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4757045&cid=46168351
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4756947&cid=46167453"

+ - I am Slashdot 1

Submitted by OzPeter
OzPeter (195038) writes "I submit stories. I read stories. I add comments. I moderate comments. I am the reason that there is ad revenue.

I am Slashdot.

(please propagate the "I am Slashdot" meme in anyway you can)"

+ - /. Goes down in flame war 5

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Slashdot users flame all site stories with comments about the sites forced switching over to Beta version. The comments are relentless, calling for a ban of the site from Feb 10 to Feb 17. The following post is being made in every story comment:
On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.
Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.
If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this [slashdot.org] in a new tab. After seeing that, click here [slashdot.org] to return to classic Slashdot.
We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott [slashdot.org]
Moderators — only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors — only discuss Beta
http://slashdot.org/recent [slashdot.org] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories
Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.
Captcha: fuckbeta"

+ - Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Slashdot Classic and Slashdot Beta Continue to Co-Exist? 9

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Slashdot has been a big part of my life since I had my my first stories accepted over ten years ago. Some people my age do crossword puzzles to keep their mental agility, some do sudoko, or play bridge. I enjoy searching for and putting together a story a day for slashdot because it helps keep me on my toes to have readers find errors and logical fallacies in my submissions and I enjoy learning from the different points of view expressed on a story I have submitted. That's why I have been so discouraged in the past several years to see readership in slashdot drop off. As a close observer of this web site, I know that ten years ago it was unheard of for any accepted story to get less than 100 comments and there was at least a story a day that got over 1,000 comments. Those days are long gone. Not it's not uncommon to see some stories garner only a few dozen comments. That's how web sites die. If you slip below a critical level of readership, readers will abandon the site completely. I know from my own experience running a web site devoted to the Peace Corps that I used to have hundreds of comments to some of my stories but once comments slipped below a certain threshold, then they disappeared altogether. I think that slashdot is nearing that threshold and I fear that imposing Slashdot Beta on the site's readership will push it over the edge and I don't want to see that happen. I'd like to propose that slashdot continue running slashdot classic and slashdot beta in parallel. I'll stick with classic most of the time. One of the best features of slashdot classic is that comments can be displayed in four formats (threaded, nested, no comment, and flat) and in two directions (oldest first and newest first) providing a lot of flexibility in watching conversations develop. I switch between the formats several times a day depending on what I want to see. But slashdot beta also has its advantages in certain situations. Slashdot needs a blockbuster story or two every day where people can pile on and slashdot beta facilitates this by putting the most commented story at the top of the page and I think that is a good thing. Still I'll use slashdot beta occasionally when I'm on a mobile device but slashdot classic will be the format I use on my desktop. So don't deprecate slashdot classic. That would be like Microsoft disabling Windows 7 and forcing everyone to use Windows 8. And not even Microsoft is that stupid."

Comment: Re:Not money, precedent. (Score 1) 1010

by Atrox Canis (#45600977) Attached to: EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

office couldn't know electrical draw.

Well not if they were stupid I suppose. But anyone with any intelligence could find out what the power draw of a Nissan Leaf was.

it's good to bring the hammer down hard on stupid electric car owners who think their being "green" gives them a right to tresspass or skank power.

I find the inability to use capital letters, and the use of the word 'skank" are an infallible guide to stupid people.

Do you know how everything in the world works? Well then, you must be a stupid person. Do you use regional dialect that someone else might not understand? Well then, you must be a stupid person. do you occasionally mistype a word in your sentence? Well then, you must be a stupid person.

Comment: Re:Before we get a OMG about this (Score 1) 1010

by Atrox Canis (#45600823) Attached to: EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

Are the only damages (or potential damages) the $0.05 in electricity?
What if that particular circuit was being used for other things, like running a pump to deal with some flooding, and plugging in the car was enough to blow the braker?

So the next time you run a red light should we lock you up for killing the children that could have been crossing the street at that intersection?

No, you would get a ticket. And the jackass that willfully plugged his car into the outlet without permission should have gotten a ticket.

Comment: Re:Orders of magnitude errors dont inspire confide (Score 1) 534

by Atrox Canis (#45434219) Attached to: Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated By Half

As someone who understands this process, findings like this lend tremendous credibility to the scientific community, and yes, boost my confidence in the work they're doing and the integrity of the published results. It's what makes science the best method we know of for understanding reality.

I'm not arguing the validity of the results from the research. But, just for arguments sake, lets play with the idea that the researchers published a report that established that they had overestimated the temperature differences by 50%. Would you still, right now, be compelled to say this lends tremendous credibility to the scientific community? Would it boost your confidence in the work they're doing? Would the integrity of the published results be less than previous studies have provided?

Before jumping to the conclusion that I'm a denier...

I have been convinced that the Earth is in a warming phase.
I have been convinced that humans should reduce the output of greenhouse gases.
I have also been convinced that most of the carbon credit and associated businesses that have been started to support it are, shall we say, powered by less then altruistic motives.
I have been convinced that some politicians and business leaders are making significant amounts of money or adding to their power and influence by evangelizing the push to blame all global warming on human influence.

I don't take the extreme position that we are the only cause. Some small amount of climate change can be attributed to human activity. And, we need to get off carbon based energy production. And we need to be better stewards of all of our natural resources. We are not doing a very good job of convincing the majority of the population. Part of the problem is that even though we own the information outlets, we are using failing methods to get our message across. Stop tell everyone that "deniers' are slack-jawed mouth-breathers. All of us need to stop being bullies that act like pussies when we don't get our way. Basically, we need to stop being jackasses to anyone that asks a question or expresses a difference of opinion and we might actually start to make some headway.

Comment: Re:Partisan BS (Score 3, Insightful) 658

by Atrox Canis (#45203873) Attached to: Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

Thank you for the additional information. This seems reasonable.

Note to editors: if the story is running on foxnews, you're pushing a biased partisan version that won't have the facts.

Note to Aighearach: if the story is running on MSNBC, you're hearing biased, paritsan version that won't have the facts. FTFY

Comment: Re:Just another example... (Score 1) 455

They targeted more conservative groups than liberal groups. So, your argument is technically accurate. I don't know if this fits you but I know a guy that pretends to be obtuse just for the sake of making an argument. Your argument being valid doesn't necessarily translate to your point being valid.

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