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+ - 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

+ - Alternatives to Slashdot post beta? 8

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Like many Slashdotters, I intend to stop visiting Slashdot after the beta changeover. After years of steady decline in the quality of discussions here, the beta will be the last straw. What sites alternative to Slashdot have others found? The best I have found has been, but it has been a while since I've looked for tech discussion sites.

Comment: Re:Lose the Popcorn (Score 1) 865

by NickDanger3rdEye (#38540962) Attached to: Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

The *only* reason that I hate movie theatres is that there are always dozens of people around me who do not know how to eat quietly. Close your mouth before you start chewing (that includes the first chomp). Learn how to grab popcorn without ruffling your hand around for 2 minutes (better yet, lose the popcorn all together! Let's find a quieter food to associate with movies!)


Comment: Re:Bombs.. (Score 1) 161

by NickDanger3rdEye (#38100526) Attached to: Giant Chinese Desert Mystery Structure Solved

Totally off-topic, but I wonder why the trees/bushes are growing predominately on the remains of the runways? It's almost like an agar plate with the way they follow it.

Off-topic speculative answer: the old runways might help to retain or channel any moisture, more so than the surrounding area, giving more vegetation a chance to grow for a longer period of time.


+ - Exodus of teachers at Bronx High School of Science->

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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "My alma mater, the Bronx High School of Science, the first place at which I ever saw a real life computer, is experiencing a mass exodus of teachers. Reading between the lines it seems like Bloomberg-appointed administrators are showing the same disrespect to educators which Bloomberg and his appointees have consistently shown to all educators in the public school system, unless of course they're associated with a for-profit corporate charter school operation."
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+ - 'Colonizing the Red Planet,' a How-To Guide->

Submitted by Velcroman1
Velcroman1 writes: A manned mission to Mars would be the greatest adventure in the history of the human race. And one man knows how to make it a reality. In fact, he just wrote the book on it — literally. Joel Levine, senior research scientist with NASA's Langley Research Center and co-chair of NASA's Human Exploration of Mars Science Analysis Group, just published "The Human Mission to Mars: Colonizing the Red Planet." The book reads like a who's who of Mars mission science, featuring senators, astronauts, astrophysicists, geologists and more on getting to Mars, studying its atmosphere and climate, the psychological and medical effects on the crew and other details. There's even a section detailing the science of sex on Mars, should NASA attempt to create a permanent colony there. The most interesting bit: Levine presents a solution for funding the trip, something unprecedented for NASA: advertising. "The suggestion is marketing to different corporations and professional sports leagues for advertising, which is something NASA never does — it's a whole new economic plan for financing what has to be the greatest adventure in the history of the human race."
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The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein