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Comment: Re:Not the worst keyboard (Score 1) 91

by Lazarian (#46322861) Attached to: Nostalgic For the ZX Spectrum? Soon You Can Play With a New One
I remember back in the day that at least a couple electronics hobby magazines had articles showing how to upgrade the ZX81 keyboard using surplus keyboards meant for a failed computer from Texas Instruments called the TI99-2. They were pretty decent, well made units that were easy to rewire and sold for ten bucks. I don't think I got around to hooking it up though. Memories...

+ - CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta-> 23

Submitted by Robotron23
Robotron23 writes: Slashdot's finest editor to date has been mercilessly locked in a basement filled with fuzzy dice Dice created to furnish Google's self-driving cars. Screaming, followed by sounds of frenzied masturbation, have been reported from the subterranean dungeon. "There's no way enough ejaculatory fluid is getting sprayed on our dice to make us care about this deluded protestor's opinion." a Dice executive commented earlier. Former Slashdot owner turned professional millionaire Robert Malda, expressed support: "No porn. More dice than a casino. Lame."
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+ - Can I buy the Classic interface? 3

Submitted by Max Hyre
Max Hyre writes: LWN almost went under a number of years ago because its volunteer editors couldn't afford to keep it up. The readers rose up and insisted that they be allowed to pay for it.

Can we do the same for Classic?

I'm a nerd. I read. I'm the one in the museum ignoring the display and reading the description. I want text, easily accessible, clearly laid out, and plenty of it. I'll pay to keep the UI I know and love.

The Beta has none of those characteristics. The Beta site is repellent, unusable, and unneeded. I won't use it, and if ``Classic'' goes away, I won't visit /., and it'll be a pity.

How much do you actually receive in revenue for each user? I suspect I'll match it to keep the status quo. Ask us what it's worth to us. I'd certainly pay $1/month, and would think about $5/month. I bet that I'm not alone.

+ - Owner: Vote, your choice: Get rid of Slashdot:Beta OR everyone goes elsewhere-> 1

Submitted by Ying Hu
Ying Hu writes: Slashdot Beta is not Slashdot:
What was loved about Slashdot does not appear in the new design — those creating the latter, please fire yourself and go work for a commercial consumer site (which we never read, and never will). OUR site should work without JavaScript, and JavaScript that IS used should to do something actually desired by a reader or commenter, not waste our bandwidth and CPU, and electricity, sending CRAP onto our computers. Improvements/ plugins,, won't be enough.

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Comment: Northern Gateway (Score 2) 301

"Note that if Canada really wanted to export their oil overseas, they would have just built a pipeline to one of the Canadian ports." The Northern Gateway pipeline would enable us to do that, but it is under immense opposition as well by native and environmental groups as well. It would take oil from Alberta to the port terminal in Kitimat, BC. Funny thing is that oil is already being shipped overseas from Kitimat from oil being supplied by rail or other pipelines. These groups only pay lip service to environmental concerns: it's all about money. They could care less if another Lac Megantic disaster happens (unless it happened on a native reserve), they will have us ship oil by rail and oppose any pipeline until they get paid off in perpetuity. These groups are literally trying to keep Alberta's oil industry hostage. The Keystone XL crosses into the states, hence you guys tend to hear more about it in the news.

Comment: CFL Recycling? (Score 1) 1146

by Lazarian (#45699369) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

One of the biggest problems regarding CFLs is their mercury content (Actually almost all fluorescent lights use mercury, not just CFLs). Seeing how most of all these fluorescent bulbs end up in landfills, I would have thought there would be more initiatives for people to recycle these bulbs. Maybe something like a refundable recycling fee, similar to beverage containers. That and making outlets selling them have a drop-off for dead ones where the mercury is recovered.

Many times I've seen building renovations where some idiot fires the old tubes into a dumpster to hear them go pop. Maybe if there was a dollar a piece recycling fee, it would reduce how much of that stuff ends up in my tuna sandwiches.

Comment: Re:Siberia (Score 1) 332

by Lazarian (#45576751) Attached to: The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes
I remember reading something about a phenomenon referred to as the Ganzfeld effect, which may be what you might have experienced. I think it referred to a group of people who were travelling in winter through a featureless snowscape, and in some way because they had a limited visual input, they described having some sort of heightened state of awareness, even going so far as suggesting a sort of empathic connection with their fellow travellers. It was a fascinating read if I could find it again.

Comment: Re:"Domestic"? (Score 2) 190

by Lazarian (#45039903) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Time To Regulate Domestic Drones?
By labelling a remote control airplane a "drone", you can scare the public into thinking that there's roving bands of high school kids dropping Preadator UAVs on top of their babies playing in the backyard. In reality they can justify banning the decades old hobby of flying RC aircraft, and companies like pork processing plants won't have to worry about being caught dumping pig blood into public waterways via some guy with an RC plane with a camera.

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