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Comment Pretty lacking compared to Twitch (Score 1) 94

I watch a lot of spedrunners and the occasional eSports event on twitch/hitbox. I watched a friend try out youtube's streaming today, because he was excited about it. It seemed competent but not really a serious threat to twitch, at least for now.

First, the pros:

- They appear to offer lower quality re-encodes to all streams, whereas Twitch only provides them for partners and streams with a lot of viewers (because re-encodes cost them CPU). This is a nice perk for people who would like to stream at a high resolution/bitrate, but still allow users with bad internet / mobile users to watch them.
- Support for higher bitrates (above 3500kbps)
- Youtube has built-in "DVR" functionality, where you can pause and rewind the video at any time during a stream, and then catch back up to "live" when you choose. This is actually a very cool feature that is not offered by Twitch, Hitbox, etc.

And now, the cons:
- The interface is bare bones. There's no way to pop out the stream video or the chat. The streamer "profile" page is AWFUL. There's no indicator on the main youtube site that someone you're following is currently livestreaming--you have to go specifically to the gaming subdomain and then pop out the right-side panel.
- The chat interface doesn't support commands or even emotes (/me). It has no timestamps. It has no user list to see who is watching (no way to know if the person you're chatting with has suddenly left)

It remains to be seen whether ContentID (or similar) will become a serious problem with youtube's streaming service. It also remains to be seen if they'll follow in twitch's footsteps and implement those silly graphical chat emotes--they're a big part of the twitch culture, and are obviously rather popular, though I for one would be glad to see them go.

Comment Everybody loves specs! (Score 1) 558

I know the summary said "best one", but screw you.

Primary desktop (work, games, screwing around on /.):
Core i5-4670
ASRock Z87 Pro3
GeForce GTX 660
16GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 RAM
2TB Hitachi spinning disk
256GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD
A pair of 24" Dell U2412M 1920x1200 monitors

HTPC (watching movies, occasional couch gaming):
AMD Phenom II 965
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3
GeForce GTX 560
16GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 RAM
2TB Western Digital spinning disk
Pioneer DVD-RW optical drive
Hauppauge WinTV PVR-250
50" Samsung DLP 1080i TV

Work Laptop (Excel, general computing while travelling):
15" Retina MacBook Pro (2012)
Core i7
8GB RAM
GeForce GT 650M
500GB SSD

Comment Re:Just take a hardline stance on trolling, etc (Score 1) 116

Account bans are not going to be as effective as you claim in a free-to-play game.

It may help somewhat, but the trolls can trivially create a new account or 10 whenever they feel like being an asshole. And they'd get away with it, because they've already had their fun by the time Riot/etc. review the complaint and ban their worthless account.

Comment Re:Go to hell (Score 1) 218

Somehow they state that people spend 5 times more on insurance than it costs to deal with the problem... Why should I belive the numbers weren't manipulated (upwards, obviously)?

First, phone insurance is kind of a scam. Second, I'd wager that most people buying said insurance are far more concerned about dropping their phone and breaking/losing it than they are about theft--and no numbers are provided for those costs.

Submission + - Why is Slashdot ignoring the advice of so many developer articles. 2

An anonymous reader writes: Over the years, Slashdot has recycled plenty of articles about lousy UX, lousy design, lousy graceful degradation, lousy development practices, lousy community management, even lousy JavaScript implementations creating security problems. Did Slashdot read any of those articles?

Submission + - Fuck beta 1

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.

Submission + - User Backlash at Slashdot Beta Site-> 3

hduff 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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Submission + - Boycott Beta 2

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

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Businesses

US Postal Service To Make Sunday Deliveries For Amazon 258

guttentag writes "The New York Times is reporting The USPS has struck a deal to deliver Amazon's packages on Sundays — a first for both. The Postal Service, which lost nearly $16 billion last year, often loses money on first-class mail delivery, but package delivery is profitable. The Postal Service said it expected to make more such deals with other merchants, seeking a larger role in the $186 billion e-commerce market. For this holiday shopping season, Sunday delivery of Amazon products will be limited to the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas. In 2014 it is expected to expand to other cities including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix."

Comment Re:I think they were just bored (Score 2) 225

If you are retired, why not take the chance on $20 vs a sure $5 you don't need?

But TFA says exactly the opposite occurred--"older adults tended to prefer to lock in guaranteed earnings over gambling on a bigger win".

The noteworthy part of the study is not simply that the elderly made less money, but that their decisions were inconsistent and irrational.

Comment Re:Mobile is the future. (Score 1) 315

With the exception of Angry Birds (great for killing time on public transport) what smart phone games have original ideas

Angry Birds isn't even original. It's pretty much just a colorful reskin of flash games like Castle Clout and Crush the Castle, which predate it by a year or so.

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