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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

by Dopefish_1 (#46624865) Attached to: Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

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.

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

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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?

+ - 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.

+ - 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 [] [] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

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

Captcha: fuckbeta

US Postal Service To Make Sunday Deliveries For Amazon 258

Posted by samzenpus
from the rain-shine-or-weekend dept.
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.

Comment: Re:Dell U2412M (Score 1) 375

by Dopefish_1 (#42905365) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

I have to second this. I had been looking to upgrade an aging 1600x1200 LCD for a while, but the only affordable monitors I could find were 1080p and I really couldn't justify an "upgrade" that actually lost me vertical resolution.

I finally picked up a U2412M last year, and have been extremely pleased with it. Thinking about grabbing another to replace the mediocre Hitachi serving as my 2nd display.

Always draw your curves, then plot your reading.