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Comment: Why not make it an option? (Score 2) 86

by aardvarkjoe (#49824659) Attached to: Enter the Polls! Now On the Front Page

So, whoever made the decision to do this, please comment:

You obviously knew that some people were going to dislike putting polls in the front page. (People have already brought up multiple valid reasons why it's a bad idea in this thread.) Making it possible to exclude polls from the front page should be trivial -- most obviously, just create a new "poll" topic and then existing options can be used to exclude those from my news feed. So why didn't you do that?

Every time there's a controversial decision in regards to Slashdot, the editors are always quick to claim that they're trying to do what's best for the users. But decisions like this make it obvious that you're not. If you actually were considering what your readers want, you would never have made this change without at least providing an option to turn it off.

Comment: Re:Does US have any real jurisdiction over FIFA? (Score 1) 185

by dcw3 (#49823919) Attached to: Indicted Ex-FIFA Executive Cites Onion Article In Rant Slamming US

30 years ago = 80s, so yes we agree. Prior to that, not so much. And http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B... helped bring attention to the sport in the U.S. Certainly, as we become more Latin, we'll see much more. But, the best thing FIFA could do for itself financially would be to bring the games to the U.S. Thus far, their marketing of it here pales in comparison to that of other sports.

Comment: Re:US world cup (Score 3, Informative) 185

by dcw3 (#49821313) Attached to: Indicted Ex-FIFA Executive Cites Onion Article In Rant Slamming US

As an American who's spent a not insignificant portion of his life in the great white north (I also have family there), I don't understand why it is that only Canadians seem to bring this up. Americans have no interest in Canada ever becoming a state. You're our best trading partner, and have a long history of being one of our best allies. Many of us have even accepted hockey, but we draw the line at curling.

Comment: Re:Does US have any real jurisdiction over FIFA? (Score 1) 185

by dcw3 (#49820923) Attached to: Indicted Ex-FIFA Executive Cites Onion Article In Rant Slamming US

And that, in short, is the kind of response you would get from 99% of US sports fans...

Just my $.02...as another American, I'd have agreed with you about 30 years ago. But then along came soccer moms, and their kids have grown up, and another generation of kids playing have taken their place. I believe we're now at about 98.5%.

Comment: Re:Does US have any real jurisdiction over FIFA? (Score 0, Offtopic) 185

by dcw3 (#49820889) Attached to: Indicted Ex-FIFA Executive Cites Onion Article In Rant Slamming US

Now, you stupid barbarians, you have to learn 2 things:

1) there is a good reason THE WORLD calls real football... "football"

2) there is a good reason THE WORLD use the metric system - "off-topic", i know, but...!

Yank here...1) We don't give a fuck 2) See 1.

Comment: Re:Seems to Be a Pattern of Behavior (Score 1) 375

by aardvarkjoe (#49814579) Attached to: SourceForge and GIMP [Updated]

I was actually quite surprised at how responsive the owners have been on those two issues. They clearly invested a lot of money and time into beta, and I dread to think what kind of favours Bennet was offering, but in the end they listened to us.

The anti-beta crowd essentially managed to make the comment threads unusable for a couple days before Slashdot finally relented. I think that was more a matter of them realizing that by the time they rolled out the beta, all the normal readers would have already been driven away.

Comment: SubjectsSuck (Score 4, Interesting) 375

by aardvarkjoe (#49814503) Attached to: SourceForge and GIMP [Updated]

The original announcement for when Sourceforge added the "feature" of injecting malware into installers said that the money earned would be shared with the developers. So I have to wonder: did they send the GIMP a check? Have the GIMP developers demanded that Sourceforge do so?

On the assumption that Sourceforge did not, it seems like they've just burned a bridge that they shouldn't have. They killed any trust that users would have had for SF projects a long time ago, but developers who were willing to sell out have stuck around. But now that developers know that SF is willing to just assume control of a project (and the associated profits), why would any developer continue to use SF.

+ - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional-> 5

Submitted by tresf
tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP", Sourceforge had this response:

In cases where a project is no longer actively being maintained, SourceForge has in some cases established a mirror of releases that are hosted elsewhere. This was done for GIMP-Win.

Editor's note: Gimp is actively being maintained and the definition of "mirror" is quite misleading here as a modified binary is no longer a verbatim copy. Download statistics for Gimp on Windows show SourceForge as offering over 1,000 downloads per day of the Gimp software. In an official response to this incident, the official Gimp project team reminds users to use official download methods. Slashdotters may remember the last time news like this surfaced (2013) when the Gimp team decided to move downloads from SourceForge to their own FTP service.

Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for Windows via its official Downloads page.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.
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