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Comment: Comp.misc on Usenet is the new Slashdot (Score -1) 269

by RocketRabbit (#46507949) Attached to: Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

While it is unlikely that anybody will bother to attempt to replicate the discovery of these gravity waves, as nobody wants to realize it was just a unit conversion error, what people do know is that Dice has sucked the life out of Slashdot. Come join us on comp.misc, and if your ISP no longer provides Usenet look up Eternal September.

Brian Greene is going to be there defending his hare-brained "predictions" so it should be a lot of fun for everybody.

Comment: Tired of Slashdot? Come to comp.misc on Usenet! (Score 0, Interesting) 137

by RocketRabbit (#46300197) Attached to: Why Your Online Impersonation of a 16-year Old Girl Won't Last Long

When a blatant attempt to plug a link such as this submission pisses you off, you have a choice. You can stick around and continue to be fed drivel, or you can come (back?) to Usenet where the air is clean. Eternal September is a good reliable free Usenet server, and comp.misc is the new official Slashdot replacement,

Comment: Usenet is the new Slashdot, see you in comp.misc! (Score -1, Flamebait) 29

by RocketRabbit (#46234817) Attached to: Unlocking 120 Years of Images of the Night Sky

Usenet is the new Slashdot, see you in comp.misc! If you're tired of the ad-driven, monetized internet, please come join us on Usenet, at comp.misc - get your free Usenet account at Eternal September. Why boycott for a week, or keep dribbling content into a site run by people who don't value you, when you can join the original, free, uncensored, non-commercial, distributed forum!

See you all there!

Comment: Usenet is the new Slashdot, see you in comp.misc (Score -1, Offtopic) 158

by RocketRabbit (#46202727) Attached to: L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

Because Beta has exposed a fatal flaw in web- based communities, ie that the current owner of a domain around which a community has formed can choose to do whatever they like, the new official Slashdot is on Usenet, at comp.misc and I hope to see you all there.

Eternal September is a free Usenet provider, with the caveat that they do not carry binary (warez+porn) groups. Head on over and get your account today, and then we'll see each other on comp.misc!

Comment: Usenet is the new Slashdot! (Score 1) 164

by RocketRabbit (#46194207) Attached to: German Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement

Just hop on over to Eternal September and get your free account. The official new replacement for Slashdot is comp.misc - see you all there!

Other people are trying to get something off the ground, but all the ideas they have had so far involve ad revenue, overlords with administrative powers, and basically all the components that eventually combined into the shit-nano that is currently known as Slashdot.

See you all on Usenet, the censorship-free, decentralized, JavaScript-free, blind-friendly, non commercial wave of the future.

Comment: Fuck Beta, go Usenet! (Score 0, Informative) 578

by RocketRabbit (#46190261) Attached to: US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

Face it, Slashdot has jumped the shark. As others have said, the way forward is Usenet. Time to go back to the only censorship-free, non commercial Internet forum. Nobody will ever be able to buy Usenet, it will ever go 'beta' and it is the wave of the future.

Comp.misc seems to be the new Slashdot replacement. See you there!

Comment: Re:comp.misc on Usenet is the new Slashdot (Score 0) 144

by RocketRabbit (#46184153) Attached to: NBC News Confuses the World About Cyber-Security

They collect your real name but you can post under any persona with any email address you choose, valid or not. The real name never makes it off the eternal september servers, I think it is there so they can comply with legal requests and scare off child pornographers.

Comment: comp.misc on Usenet is the new Slashdot (Score 2, Funny) 144

by RocketRabbit (#46183487) Attached to: NBC News Confuses the World About Cyber-Security

Comp.misc on Usenet is the new Slashdot. It is a totally abandoned group, and I have already inaugurated it. Nobody even uses it, so we won't be offending anybody.

Come one come all, join the Slashdot exodus on usenet! Eternal September is a free Usenet provider, and you can read news with Seamonkey, MS Outlook, Opera, Unison (pay product), or the classic Unix programs such as tin, rn, slrn and so forth.

Usenet is free, distributed, uncensored, and allows you to shit-can offensive posters. While it doesn't have moderation per se, the number of replies a topic gets can indicate how interesting the topic is. Additionally, a conversation can go on for months or years (or decades as some have) so you can keep that flamewar going, and with the handy killfile feature you don't have to worry about spamming other people!

Join me there!

Comment: Re:NNTP over Slashdot! (Score 1) 2219

by RocketRabbit (#46183233) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Well it seems comp.misc has basically nothing at all at the moment, so I don't think we would be taking any resources away from anybody.

However, a couple hundred thousand users suddenly coming into Usenet, perhaps again, perhaps for the first time, could rejuvenate many groups most of which are languishing at this point. People could subscribe to the groups they like, and it would all sort itself out naturally.


Comment: Usenet Slashdot and Dice (Score 0) 158

by RocketRabbit (#46182403) Attached to: NYPD Is Beta-Testing Google Glass

I think that we should all just migrate to Usenet, en masse. It is the only medium left on the Internet that is distributed, uncensorable, JavaScript and banner ad free, and which allows each user to shit-can crappy posters / contributors. Think of it, with the critical mass of Slashdot users migrating away from this mess, we can finally rejuvenate Usenet and restore it to its previous position as the pre-eminent Internet discussion medium.

I know many of us using residential broadband saw our ISPs droop Usenet support, but there are still alternatives. Eternal September is a free Usenet provider, with the caveat that they don't allow binaries to be posted nor do they carry binary groups. Giganews is still in operation, and perhaps one or more of us Slashdot refugees will start our own infrastructure to compliment these resources.

Think of it this way - if we all go to Reddit or Digg or one of the alternate Slashdot replacements being bandied about during this crisis, this is just a temporary fix and no guarantee that this kind of shit won't happen again.

Help me rejuvenate NNTP and Usenet, after all it is the only realistic long-term solution.

Comment: NNTP over Slashdot! (Score 1) 2219

by RocketRabbit (#46180323) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

This is kind of a non-committal response. Slashdot is by far the most popular of Dice's 'holdings' but what about the future? There is still no clear position for the people who do not use Javascript, for example.

Let's just all move back to Usenet, like we were accustomed to in the old days. There will never be a redesign, it is decentralized, allows one to ignore any poster, it is non-commercial, and it can not be censored.

Look up Eternal September, after Comcast screwed me over by removing news I have started using their *FREE* service. No binaries but that's OK - Bittorrent has whatever you want anyway.


Comment: I'll join the 'Fuck Beta' crowd! UP WITH NNTP!!! (Score 1) 135

by RocketRabbit (#46179371) Attached to: Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)

I purposely turned off Javascript on my browser completely, just to defeat Beta. It turns out that it improves the entire internet massively - I am no longer pulling 50+ scripts from Science knows where on every site.

Fuck Beta and fuck Javascript.

People are suggesting that we should go to another web site, or form one, to get out of the Slashdot Beta trap, but I will put forth a suggestion - this could be an opportunity to rejuvenate Usenet, to post in the manifold moribund groups, and to create a renaissance of uncensored Internet joy such as was common in the old days. No longer should we merely enrich some soulless company just to have a handy discussion forum.

Usenet presents many advantages. It is not controlled by any one entity, it works well for low-bandwidth users, one can completely shit-can abusive posters, popular topics are promoted by replies and not by peevish moderators, and it allows discussions that can last many months or years.

I know that many ISPs no longer provide Usenet feeds, but if you search for Eternal September you will find a very nice, free (donations accepted) Usenet provider, the only caveat being that binaries are not allowed. I use it and I suggest you all do to.

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234