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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:Americans don't know how to care for animals (Score 1) 279

by DustinB (#46124593) Attached to: Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

I think unfortunately most Americans are asied on bits and lumps of dried meat and canned foods. I'm American and our culture here is very much to toss in our mouths anything tasty. There is absolutely zero awareness that our bodies are both physically and chemically comprised of the nutrients we ingest. I try to inform others about this and am often looked upon as a health nut for just encouraging ingestion of real food. Nothing extreme, just actual food. We are raised on foods that solely come from packages, whether plastic or metal so the idea of real food perplexes many.

Comment: Re:Use film to inspire scientific dreaming (Score 1) 171

by DustinB (#42484049) Attached to: NASA Considers Putting an Asteroid Into Orbit Around the Moon

I agree with everything you said... education is key. Growing up in a small football town with terrible education my parents were early internet adopters and gave me full access to it. It utterly opened my eyes to a bigger more amazing world beyond small-town football and religion. I hope to see amazing changes with information access and specifically web-based schooling to provide quality education independent of geography, local funding, etc.

Comment: Use film to inspire scientific dreaming (Score 5, Interesting) 171

by DustinB (#42481721) Attached to: NASA Considers Putting an Asteroid Into Orbit Around the Moon

It would be spectacular if movies were made based upon potential Nasa missions and the awesome adventures that would entail. Perhaps that would get through to the masses. Unfortunately these thins are so mind-boggling to our uneducated masses that they don't see the amazing technical feat and engineering this requires, nor the art and wonder of it all. It's beyond their culture of lulz, shopping, and life stress. We love our movies though and they can still help us remember how to dream. I'd love to see a resurgence of sci-fi with an aim at inspiring us to push forward.

The Internet

AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan 342

Posted by timothy
from the do-you-hear-that-tremendous-whining-noise? dept.
holdenkarau writes "Several news sources (Mashable, The Inquistr, etc.) are reporting that AT&T is blocking in the southern United States. That server is used for the infamous /b/ board (the home of anonymous). TechCrunch calls the decision to block 4chan 'stupid,' noting that they may have 'opened perhaps the most vindictive, messy can of worms.' The Inquisitr suggests that 'The global internet censorship debate landed in the home of the free.' moot (who runs 4chan) asks users to call AT&T, while some others suggest more drastic action (like cutting AT&T fiber)." Update: 07/27 09:23 GMT by T : Readers' comments below suggest that a) the purpose of the block was to curtail the effects of a serious DDoS attack and b) that the block has now been lifted, at least for some regions.

Don't panic.