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Submission + - Community-sourced news site, soylentnews.org, goes live 18

umafuckit writes: soylentnews.org 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.

Comment Re:Did they make the comment section wider? (Score 1) 93

They can't make it good, though. The only thing that'd make the beta website become a reasonable experience for the "audience" would be to hold a ritualistic sacrifice of a thumb drive containing the sole copy of all its Javascript bloat and ugly style sheets and then post a video of the activity perfectly syncronized to the chocobo song from Final Fantasy IX!

Comment Beta Website Design (Video) (Score 1) 93

Posted by SGT CAPSLOCK on Friday February 07, 2014 @03:59PM
from the straight-to-release dept.

Dice Holdings makes beta websites and awkward poll questions. SGT CAPSLOCK talked with them at slashdot.org and made this video of how their thought process works. Alternate video link @ void.org.

[video link: NULL]

Comment Re:A summary of the /. article (Score 1) 310

Ahem. Pretend that read:

(Company) resurrects (popular product) with the newer, nicer (more expensive, less functional product)!

Someone writes:

"A year after (random event), (Company) today brought back the design of what it called 'the best-selling product of all time' but now with (common feature). We are talking about the classic (popular product). After caving in to community demands, (Company) has decided to release (more expensive, less functional product) at the inflated price of (too much). A spokesman for can be quoted as having said, 'give me your money!'."

Comment A summary of the /. article (Score 1) 310

resurrects with the newer, nicer !

Someone writes:

"A year after , today brought back the design of what it called 'the best-selling product of all time' but with . We are talking about the classic . After caving in to community demands, has decided to release at the inflated price of . A spokesman for can be quoted as having said, 'give me your money!'."

Comment Sorry to the readers (Score 2) 116

This article is just trash. I mean, the whole thing! It's just buzzword-laden bullshit that can't even be parsed into coherent thoughts. There is very little meat in this supposed roundup of interface wins & losses, and to top it off, it doesn't even mention the horrendously well-accepted "interface failures" which have been primary topics of discussion in the wide open world of UX this year.

My take: anything involving the word "UX" this year has most assuredly been a GRAND success at the unstated mission of screwing people (the ones forced to use the interfaces) over, whether it be by way of simplifying (read: removing) functionality, tightening (read: hiding) features, or even just by repurposing (read: obfuscating) old "paradigms".

Well, at least -I- think my summary is better than their article!

Comment Re:All of it (Score 1) 187

My cloud provider is the NSA!

Anyway, I don't really store anything online. I'd sooner not use a computer at all than trust a "cloud" storage system on the internet to archive my data even half as well as my own physical drives do.

I've got convenience -- my drives are insanely fast, instantly available, and I can connect them with USB 3.0, eSATA, or drop them into a SAS backplane at my leisure. I own the drives, I own the data, and I own all the options.

When I want my data to be reliably backed up, I make reliable backups.

When I want to share it, I can do that.

But most important -- when I want to delete my data, I make it truly vanish.

Comment Re:ABSO-FSCKING-LUTELY NOT! (Score 1) 1191

This guy's got it right! I don't want to navigate a bunch of bullshit personalization settings in order to be able to get to meat of a web site. Aside from that, excess javascript is the very reason that I use noscript in the first place.

Aside from the thick fucking white borders, the ugly "this domain has been parked, here's some ads (articles, really - look more closely)" interface, and the tremendous abuse of javascript, there's also the matter of usability. Let's say that I whitelist this site with noscript. Well, now I get LOOK-THE-FUCK-AT-ME giant tooltips explaining that it's alright to click on things at the top of the page every single time I visit it because I have my browser set up to delete all cookies/history/etc upon closing a tab.

In such a case, I also have to navigate those bullshit personalization settings I mentioned in order to disable the gigantic/distracting images, leaving only the article summaries which are in fact tinier than the images themselves. Now it looks like I'm on some beta version of a Wordpress blog that a kid just set up.

Well, I guess I'm not really fighting against this. If this is the direction that Slashdot thinks that it should go, then by all means, do it. If it happens though, don't expect to retain your usual base of contributors.

Comment Re:Answer (Score 2) 491

Dunno why that's modded funny. It was my first thought as well.

The problem is probably when governments start trying to enforce it for all communications, but that's such an unrealistic logistics nightmare that it simply isn't a plausible concern.

Comment Re:Sounds About Right (Score 1) 433

Mod this guy up!

My personal opinion is that tftp can be both right and wrong, and it deserves some discussion.

He's right in the fact that: "U.S. officials have learned that have commited cyber" is becoming downright annoying to read, especially without any credible evidence ever pointing to the former culprit truly being the one to commit the latter [horrible] cyber-deed.

The other part - well, that's already been claimed by other threads. It's the oft-discussed "is there even enough credibility in this government to warrant giving their finger-pointing even a single thought?"

Ahhh. My signature should be "cyber-lol"!

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