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Not only is it equally applicable to both sexes in british english (although it's generally far more common to see terms "acting like a cunt" applied predominantly to males), but in certain contexts it's used as an honorific or even as a term of affection as well, much like the endlessly versatile "fuck". I thought this was common parlance in all commonwealth streams of english (although I've only really been exposed to UK, kiwi and ozzie flavours myself), do the canadians not do the same thing or is "cunt" just as verboten there as it is in the US?
To decry someone solely because of their idiomatic use of a word is a wonderful exercise in self-fulfilling hypocrisy.
As an aside, and speaking as a luddite who still uses a Nokia E6 because it's got an amazing QWERTY keyboard, does windows phone mandate signing up for account, or is it optional?
It seems that both the iphone and android are both nearly useless without signing up for an account (although you can have an android ROM without the gapps loaded, it will apparently severely restrict what you can run on your phone) and I'm of the opinion that any device that requires an account in order to function essentially has unfettered almost-always-on access to your phone as well as trying to lock you in to some service or other (having all your personal data held ransom by a third party is a great bargaining chip).
Looking for information on whether devices require accounts or not seems moot too, since most people don't consider it to be a problem. I couldn't even find out if a Jolla has a compulsory account or not...
At this rate I'll need to build my own phone out of toothpicks and silk-wrapped wire.
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Once they are finished with their nerd cleansing, they can build a new Slashdot. A sexier Slashdot. A Slashdot the kids can dance to.
They aren't ignoring you. They are exterminating you."
In the comment threads, tangents, or arguments you might want to browse at -1, frequently develop. I'll open those in a new tab for later perusal so my reading of the on-topic discussion isn't interrupted. As far I can tell, in beta there's absolutely no way to do this - one discussion means you should have only one page open apparently, no matter how many facets it may contain. If you want to cross-reference between two different tangents in the same story, you have to open another tab and then click click scroll click click expand more click click scroll scroll scroll click to find the other one instead of just doing a middle-click or right-click new-tab.
The designers seem to have been drinking the kool-aid labelled "everyone uses a single fullscreen window, no-one uses tabs, there's no such thing as middle-click or right-click but everyone loves endless scrolling and jabbing the 'would you like to know more?' button". I'd wager the average slashdotter drinks from the kool-aid labelled "fuck beta".
That's one of my more minor complaints, of which I've submitted to the official feedback
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Have you even seen an elephant penis? Because I have, and the colors align to Slashdot. The beta is so bad, Roland Piquepaille is surrendering his account (as the French do). The GNAA has reorganized to post fake job offerings on Dice.com with an emphasis on affirmative action. Profane Motherfucker has come out of retirement simply to say: "fuck this shit.""
Change happens, and for those of us who work with technology for a living it is the only constant. Change is a process and in and of itself is not a bad thing when it offers improvement. Unfortunately the change that has been offered negatively impacts the look, interface and most importantly the functionality of Slashdot.
Many people have had trouble reverting back to the classic interface. The new interface simply does not offer the functionality of the old. Things like statistics, comments and layout are very difficult to find. You have a community that lives and breathes data and want to know their data. How is my comment ranked, how many people responded – it’s really all about the dialogue. Can I get the information that I want in a readily digestible format?
As you’re well aware the new site does not offer the very thing that people come here for. This in and of itself is not why your community has organized a boycott of Beta. The boycott was originated because the new version will be implemented whether the community wants it or not.
I want to explain why this change has gone down people’s throats about as well as Windows 8’s Metro interface. The reason has absolutely nothing to do with the interface and everything to do with the perception that the editors and management of Slashdot appear to have.
The message that has been consistently handed down is that we are “your audience”. We are not your “your audience” we are your product. People do not come to Slashdot for the news stories, there are untold other sites that provide those as well as professional and original writing about them. People come here for the community of insiders from across the industry.
Please respect the community and stop what you’re doing. You have commented that you don’t want to maintain two code bases. Your community works in the industry and understands this, which leads many to suggest you abandon the new code base entirely so that you are only maintaining once code base. Tell us what your trying to accomplish and I would imagine that a wide range of experts would be more than willing to help you meet your goals."
They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".
Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.
Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the slashdot.org name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience"."
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"I come not to praise Slashdot, but to bury it".
Dice have no reason to keep the comment system - commenters don't make them any money. Large click-through rates on huge adverts and paid placements/slashvertisements make money, and those are things that the current user base are extremely sensitive and hostile to. So the easiest solution is to gut slashdot from the inside out by destroying the thing we come here for - then all of us pesky marketing-resistant geeks will fuck off someplace else, leaving the site free for either a) an eternal september's worth of users from elsewhere or b) strip-mining of the
Either way, given the way this beta has been foisted upon everyone with next to no feedback being listened to, I think dice has decided that