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Submission + - What "news for nerds" sites should I use? 8

stderr_dk writes: I used to visit Slashdot quite often, but if Dice Holdings decide to switch the interface to what is currently known as "Beta", I'll have to find another site for my "stuff that matters"-fix.

So, Slashdot, what sites can you recommend for a "maybe-ex" /. user?

Submission + - Community-sourced news site,, goes live 18

umafuckit writes: is the new way of taking the pulse of the nerd community. Soylentnews is a grassroots-based platform with the content feeds are powered by readers like you. The objective is to highlight news stories of general importance to everyone, but especially nerds. News about technology, art, science and politics: it's all there. Soylentnews is the new kid on the block and will adapt quickly to satisfy our community's needs and and push boundaries like never before. This is a real community site: no changes in format without a general consensus from the community. Stop by and see what you think of the freshly-launched site.

Submission + - /. Goes down in flame war 5

An anonymous reader writes: Slashdot users flame all site stories with comments about the sites forced switching over to Beta version. The comments are relentless, calling for a ban of the site from Feb 10 to Feb 17. The following post is being made in every story comment:
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

Comment Re:America-centric much? (Score 2) 417

I ride my bike to pick up my groceries like most sane people.

That's great for you; single-person-urbanite-centric much? ;)

I used to do the same when I was a student and lived relatively close to the supermarkets. A few years down the line, I/we shop for three people once a week. That can be a good forty kilos depending on what we buy.

A little more on topic - and perhaps more importantly, these grocery deliveries also save *time* - life's most important resource.

Comment Re:Well.. (Score 5, Informative) 91

Citation needed. "They" is a bit non-specific.

Here you go, part 3 section 49 of RIPA:

And here is a case where a kid has been jailed for not revealing his encryption keys:

The Internet

Submission + - Why High Speed Fibre Is Becoming Irrelevant ( 2

Onymous Hero writes: With the rise of high speed mobile networks such as 4G LTE and fifth-generation technologies just on the horizon, the idea of hard-wired or fibre optic internet connections is becoming outdated. Could areas without landline POTS service bypass this altogether and go straight to mobile?

Comment Re:"Didn't drilling regulations...?" No. (Score 1) 61

No, "natural seepage" will not cause millions of gallons of gas to drift out into the ocean every year,

Natural seepage in the gulf of mexico is about 140,000 tonnes a year, or 1 million barrels of oil. So, yes it does. Ok, it's only a fifth of the amount from the deepwater spill, but it's constant rather than one-off. Link:

At the time of the spill, the liability was limited to 75 million bucks. That's definitely one regulation which increases risk taking!

Is someone paying you to post this?

Nope, you can remove you tinfoil hat now


Submission + - Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban (

Onymous Hero writes: With the printing and distribution of pornography already banned in Iceland, further measures to stop internet porn are being considered by Iceland's Interior Minister Ogmundur Jonasson. From the article: "Iceland is taking a very progressive approach that no other democratic country has tried," said Professor Gail Dines, an expert on pornography and speaker at a recent conference at Reykjavik University. "It is looking a pornography from a new position — from the perspective of the harm it does to the women who appear in it and as a violation of their civil rights."

Submission + - The burden of iOS (

An anonymous reader writes: Six years after creating a product category and teaching the world how to use it, Apple’s mobile operating system now exists in a world full of people who understand how to use it (and devices like it). Moving forward, iOS has the difficult task of adapting to this new world from a position of strength in the old one.

Comment Re:Or, we could have just done nothing... (Score 1) 61

Wasn't it drilling regulations that pushed drilling further and further offshore to much deeper (and risky) areas?

Anyway, there's vastly more oil migrating into the ocean from natural seepage than from the odd oil spill, so if you don't want oil in the water perhaps that's a better place to start :p

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