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Comment Re:A Misnomer (Score 1) 314 314

Both of those definitions are very subjective except for term "newer." The older version may be "better" or "more valuable" or the "improved model." Windows 98 was certainly an upgrade in every sense over Windows 95, but Windows ME was not an upgrade over 98. GNOME 3 may be newer than GNOME 2, but that's the only qualifier in which I could consider it an upgrade. What happens when "newer" is the only one of those terms to apply, but all the other definitions of upgrade apply to the older product instead?

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1166 1166

You have no reasonable expectation of privacy if you have a window into your home that is viewable from a public location, and the curtains are not drawn

Are you saying that drone operators are changing the rules? Because this means that the space viewable from a "public location" just changed. Don't expect those rule changes to be gleefully accepted; you can expect a LOT of pushback.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1166 1166

I think you mean "it should be ILLEGAL to possess and use them in the appropriate circumstances (inappropriate circumstances?) such as a drone hovering over your backyard"... but then, you ARE American, aren't you...
And doubtless you write "COULD care less", instead of "couldN'T care less", because you don't understand what the word "not" means. Fucking American idiot.

Hey buddy, this is the Internet. I realize being a douchebag is a popular thing to do, but in the interests of all, please tone it down a bit. Your shit-posting isn't as appreciated as you might think it is, though doubtless that rant made you feel better about yourself.

Comment Re:Kickstarter? (Score 1) 550 550

Well why buy something if you can't monetize it? Community-based? Does the community pay for the servers? Does the community pay staff salaries? (I did donate to Slashdot, way back when, but not many people did that) Where does the substantial amount of money that it takes to run a major website come from? Why gives that money?

People who cry foul that "it's about the money" aren't the ones paying the bills.

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 2) 550 550

It seems like the sort of discussion that is supposed to be happening on Slashdot. It's nerd/tech/detail-obsessed site, a reasoned bullet list (and his points pretty well reflect what's happened on Slashdot and many other sites) doesn't seem out of place.

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 1) 550 550

2) You hire some UXtards whose job it is to change things for change's sake.

I have to absolutely agree with this point. This was the point of view of a developer on another website I frequent that was pondering major changes (and fortunately they sucked too much to be able to implement those changes), and I remember going back and forth here with a Slashdot designer who was brave enough to venture into a beta discussion, and his entire argument was "the website has to change! It's looked like this for a few years! It becomes stale and people hate it and we'll lose all of our readers because we didn't muck around with the layout!"

This group of people seem to think that every website reader is an "if it's old, it's stupid" teenager. That someone could come along, think, "hmm, the site is pretty nice, maybe I'll poke around a bit," but if you showed them a screenshot from three years earlier, they would shriek "WWwwwwwhhaaaa? You mean it's looked like this the entire time? Forget it, I'm out. Why is it so fast? Shouldn't it have more javascript bogging down your browser? Where are all the sliding windows with auto-playing video ads? Look at all this space dedicated to the story and comments, shouldn't a website page be 20-25% content, max?"

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 1) 550 550

1. The complaints about beta I felt were misplaced. They shouldn't have made the beta default for anyone (and perhaps they should have refined it just a little more first...) but I think Slashdotters seriously overreacted to what was an easy to opt-out of test of a new UI. (And frankly, with D1 broken - thanks Pudge - and D2 horrible, I was looking forward to someone doing something about the /. UI.)

I don't think they were misplaced. I mean, I don't think that the grousing was because the beta was opt-out. The anger was because "this is coming. And it's an absolute disaster."

The Beta absolutely eviscerated the comments system. Slashdot is, first and foremost, about its comments, not its stories, not its editorials, but the user comments. The comments and discussions are the entire reason for coming, and the Beta was all too similar to other poorly-designed flashy sites that are all about flashy stories and ads, with comments added in as a half-functional afterthought. It's like the Beta design team had no idea what made Slashdot... Slashdot.

It was a clear "fuck you" to the readers of the site that a system that was so clearly inferior would be put in place. There were more pictures, the story layout was... it was ok. But the comments section was awful and that's why there was such a firm revolt over it. Fuck Beta started popping up in every unrelated story because people knew, correctly, that if Beta went live, Slashdot would go the way of Digg. You couldn't have a more important discussion than that. The site shutting down. That's what we faced. Nothing less than a user revolt would save it, and so far (knock on wood), it's saved.

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 1) 550 550

Yeah, its so unimportant virtually every mainstream press site has had an article about it and they continue to write about it to this day

GG was the fad, the big uproar du jour for about a month. Then it slowly died down. Now you find references to the obscure corners of the Internet laughably called "gaming journalism," and on feminist websites, and very little of it anywhere else. If you're on slashdot, if you're on Kotaku, you're in an echo chamber. No one else cares.

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