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+ - Slashdot forces a beta site by default

Submitted by kelk1
kelk1 (660671) writes "As a poor submitter found out (https://developers.slashdot.org/story/14/02/05/2328224/html5-app-for-panasonic-tvs-rejected---jquery-is-a-hack), Slashdot (https://slashdot.org) suddenly forced a preview of its beta site without any warning on all its viewers.

Judging by the comments, the feedback was immediate and clearly negative.

I cannot speak for the forum moderation side, but my reaction to the front page was an knee jerk: "Oh no!, not another portal full of noise I cannot speed-read through." Text and hyperlinks are what we need, please, and as little graphics as possible. Think lynx, thank you."

+ - Dice, what are you getting by butchering Slashdot ? 2

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Before I register my account with /. I frequented it for almost 3 weeks. If I were to register the first time I visited /. my account number would be in the triple digits.

That said, I want to ask Dice why they are so eager to kill off Slashdot.

Is there a secret buyer somewhere waiting to grab this domain, Dice ? Just tell us. There are those amongst us who can afford to pay for the domain. What we want is to have a Slashdot that we know, that we can use, that we can continue to share information with all others.

Please stop all your destructive plans for Slashdot, Dice."

+ - Nerd website found to make viewer's eyes bleed

Submitted by grommit
grommit (97148) writes "http://slashdot.org/ is a website that is testing out a new "Beta" web design specifically crafted to make the viewer's eyes bleed. Editor samzenpus is quoted as saying, "We were hoping for at least a 70% eye bleed rate (EBR) but when we found out that we're actually generating 95% EBR, we were ecstatic. We are proud to break new ground in unreadable web design!""

Comment: This isn't a leak. (Score 5, Insightful) 185

by El Neepo (#34545152) Attached to: Sheriff's Online Database Leaks Info On Informants

The article makes this situation comparable to the current wikileaks situation, which it isn't.

Some IT person left the data freely accessible on the internet and eventually a crawler found it. They're guessing it was a malicious person but in all odds it is not.

This is just another IT mistake not an act of whistleblowing or terrorism or something else the government wants to make illegal.

Comment: Re:I always laugh when I see this (Score 1) 450

by El Neepo (#34501740) Attached to: Facebook's Zuckerberg To Give Away Half His Cash

What entitles you to an illusion of a third option?

The society and both the rich man and the poor also prevents the poor from simply stealing from the rich man. Society benefits the rich man by protecting his goods, therefore the rich man owes something back. The poor man contributes to society (not all poor people are poor because they're "lazy") therefore also deserves some benefit.

A civilized society benefits all. All should benefit from living in a society.

Comment: Aging reversed? (Score 1) 554

by El Neepo (#34372764) Attached to: Aging Reversed In Mice

Sounds like they simply corrected a disease that was purposefully inflicted upon the mice. I don't see this as "Aging reversed" more like "Abnormally quick aging can be corrected."

I believe the end of the Nature article link agrees. It also points out that shortening telomeres isn't the only thing that causes aging and it's defects.

That said, this is a good baby step forward.

Comment: Re:Flash, that big a deal? (Score 2, Informative) 159

by El Neepo (#32886358) Attached to: BlackBerry Tablet Confirmed, Supports Flash

It's actually important for me.
From Google Analytics and Yahoo Finance

Thank you for informing me of legitimate Flash uses. Those and Hulu, that someone else mentioned, are good uses of Flash.

However, I do still think that the lack of Flash support isn't a way to shoot yourself in the foot. Apple obviously didn't support it. I'm just wondering if any other companies will follow suit because of whatever reason or do they really believe Flash is a must-have.

Comment: Flash, that big a deal? (Score 4, Interesting) 159

by El Neepo (#32885884) Attached to: BlackBerry Tablet Confirmed, Supports Flash

Does Flash support really make or break the deal when buying a smartphone or a tablet? Do people really double think that iPhone/iPad purchase just because of Flash? Does anyone even on Slashdot go Android just because of Flash?

Maybe I'm biased as I have an iPad but lacking Flash is a minor annoyance at best. If I switched to some other OS for a tablet or smartphone, Flash support is way at the bottom of the list of features I would switch for.

Personally, I think Flash needs to just die as it's only used for games and annoying ads.

Also, I really don't see why Flash should be in the headline. Unless BlackBerry is really targetting the Farmville segment of users.

Comment: Re:Glad I shelled out for premium hardware! (Score 1) 145

by El Neepo (#32662756) Attached to: iPad Left Vulnerable After Record iPhone Patch Job

Most phone/devices do not get updates, even premium ones. How many other consumer devices that are 3 years old still get updates?

My 1st Gen iPhone isn't getting the updates either. Do I wish did it? Of course.

I got good updates and upgrades for 3 years. It was worth the cost.

Comment: Re:I'd rather hear about a next gen console (Score 1) 286

by El Neepo (#32564372) Attached to: Project Natal Renamed 'Kinect'

I'd rather hear about "minor" upgrades to the 360/PS3. While this motion controller may not be anything revolutionary when compared to the Wii, some people might find it fun and buy it as a totally optional upgrade.

The example of the 360's DVDs is valid but does solving that problem require a totally new console? There could be another optional upgrade to Blu-ray (I wonder why that isn't out yet) to increase disk capacity.

I'd rather have small ones too just because I'm not ready to buy a totally new console when good games with really good graphics are still coming out for my existing one.

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