Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).

User Journal

Journal: Dear Soulskill & Slashdot Kin - Farewell 5

Journal by Penurious Penguin

This is my farewell to Slashdot. I once stated after seeing my submissions disappear faster than spam -- often while RED and bearing no negative tags -- that I'd leave Slashdot out of self-respect if it happened again. Although I made an exception or two afterwards, the time has now come. I do not waste my time to have even the effort of a summary squandered so aggressively whilst spam outlives my contributions. The title of this journal is due to the tendency for this to occur under the watch of Soulskill -- almost exclusively. Whether or not it has anything to do with any particular editor or not, I obviously cannot say with certainty. It has simply reached a point where I've come to expect it -- an unhealthy anticipation. Hopefully some of the 18 accepted submissions have helped to enrich things rather than otherwise; I definitely tried. As a final note to actual "friends"; my failure to reciprocate was Discordian in nature, and I was inclined only to friend my foes. For us Discordians must stick apart. Take care folks and keep the the excellent stories coming!

- Penurious Penguin

User Journal

Journal: Stratfor's (Abridged) Dictionary 1

Journal by Penurious Penguin


Noun. (America, UK)

1. A collusive process whereby otherwise public information is made proprietary, assimilated and either (a) retained, or (b) reconstituted by the few for purposes of affecting the many

2. The art of making something seem more intelligent by obscuring the details necessary for thorough evaluation (See: esoterica)

3. A primary ingredient in propaganda

4. A private precursor to public ignorance

5. An expendable and valuable resource thought by oligarchs to produce results at a significantly-faster rate than wisdom, but with greater consequences and less predictable results on long-term scales

6. An industrialized, highly refined form of data-processing specially tailored for those deficient of intellect.

7. A misnomer, popular amongst uncreative pun enthusiasts (See Langley)

8. A theoretical state of mind thought by some to be obtainable by eliminating the thing itself


Journal: Microsoft Releases Skype 4.1 For Linux

Journal by Penurious Penguin

Via LXer, Phoronix announces that Microsoft has released Skype 4.1 for Linux:

No official change-log has yet to emerge for the Linux version of Skype 4.1, but the closed-source VoIP program now has the ability to sign into Microsoft accounts and also chat with Microsoft Windows Live users.

Skype 4.1 for Windows was originally released in 2009 and is now up to version Skype 6.0. The OS X version of Skype was also updated to 6.0 last month with Microsoft and Facebook account integration.

I think I'll let this one cool down a bit before upgrading anything.

User Journal

Journal: Fully Open A13-OLinuXino Single-Board Linux Device (Yes, again) 5

Journal by Penurious Penguin

I figured I'd submit this one last time (in journal) since the last two seem to have been rejected. I was quite intrigued by this device, especially since it appears to resolve some previously debated concerns regarding the openness of the Raspberry Pi. This final submission (via journal) is primarily in hopes of either receiving a comment (or two) as to why it is unworthy, or perhaps alternatively, some nods this time around. I was genuinely pleased to discover it, hence the persistence.

See Submission:

User Journal

Journal: Explosions in Louisiana Result In 2000 Meter Plume

Journal by Penurious Penguin

First, this first paragraph is not the submission. I am re-submitting the story below, but to journal this time. My reason for the second submission is exclusively because I observed the first one showing red consistently until it suddenly and rapidly disappeared altogether with no color change. It was still showing in the Firehose box to the left for a while, but not on the Firehose page (dubiously aka "Recent" page). I also observed a few other articles simultaneously disappear with far greater speed than I have ever noticed before; even spam lasts longer. I can imagine it being voted as offtopic, but I saw no added tags and it happened with peculiar speed. So there is my reason. See post below if desired:

"Shortly before midnight on October 15 â" initially surmised by some as a meteorite â" a large explosion occurred at a munitions facility near Camp Minden, Louisiana. Amongst those evacuated were hundreds of students and prisoners, though no fatalities have been reported. Doppler-images from the National Weather Service suggest the plume may have towered as high as 7,200 feet.

Apparently, large explosions are not uncommon in the Minden area. In 2006 an explosion resulted in over 1000 people being evacuated, and as recently as 2011 1000lbs of black powder exploded."

Primary Url:

User Journal

Journal: An encounter with 'invisible' parent-comments in Slashdot - Why? 2

Journal by Penurious Penguin

First, this is NOT a submission. I was not aware of any other way to ask an informal question, so I've posted to /journal.

After making several comments on Slashdot today, I later checked for replies directly on the article's front page and discovered one of my comments appearing out of context. An image of this thread here(1) , shows I had responded to an AC who had replied to one of my comments. The AC's comment is clearly visible and it can be viewed by its ID here:, where you will see my reply, stupid or not, but in context.

In this image(2),

you can see that the threshold for displaying comments is set to Full, which still left the AC comment invisible while viewing its child-comment (my comment).

Image (1) was captured from within my user-account options, which automatically loads all comments for single threads. What I failed to realize is that to see all comments on the article page, I needed to click the Load All Comments option. See here(3). Yes, I know, eureka.

But without selecting the Load All Comments option, my comment is displayed without its parent, appearing as if I've responded to another user. Below is a [mis]representation of my comment as it would presumably appear to all other Slashdot users, regardless of their settings and whether logged in or not: See(4)

  It is unlikely that most Slashdot users select the Load All Comments option -- apparently resulting in some comments appearing completely out of context, almost guaranteeing they will be moderated as "Troll" or "Offtopic". It seems unreasonable for a parent-comment to be invisible when viewing its child-comment simply because the parent is rated zero or below (- 1). As I believe is well-illustrated by the images linked herein, such a protocol can corrupt otherwise normal or higher-rated comments. Has it always been this way? Is this more sensible than I realize? Do I have a point? Is this the cost of replying to ACs? Or am I missing something?

Matter cannot be created or destroyed, nor can it be returned without a receipt.