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Comment: Exactly Correct (Score 5, Insightful) 2219

by SashaMan (#46180503) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I decided to log in with my slashdot account to share this, something that I haven't done in years, for one single reason: with every new slashdot "redesign", the USABILITY of the site gets far, far worse (despite the site looking more "designy"). It really is clear that you guys have no idea how users actually USE your site. For example:

1. With all this copious whitespace, I can fit like 1 or 2 comments on the screen. Finding valuable or highly rated is like finding a needle in a haystack.
2. Everything is expanded by default, which, again makes it tiresome to skip through pages of low-rated comments.
3. The comment sort order makes no sense.

You don't seem to understand that the main value of Slashdot is (or rather was, from a long time ago) the comment section, and with each successive revision it just gets progressively worse. No one give a fuck about your flat, "techcrunchy", "Androidy" design when you keep making the site so much harder to use.

I've popped over to slashdot every week or so when all my links on reddit turn purple, just to see if you guys have improved, and it's kind of astonishing how absolutely backwards you view the design process.

Comment: Re:And this too shall pass away. (Score 2) 639

by SashaMan (#42442089) Attached to: The U.S. Careens Over the Fiscal Cliff, Reaching Only Half of a Deal

Bullshit. Democrats have a spending problem??!! Yeah, like they were the ones who were leading the charge for two unpaid wars, crazy increases in homeland security spending, and added a huge new unfunded entitlement in the form of Medicare prescription drug benefits.

And Greece? Let's take a look at the European debt crisis:

Greece (and perhaps parts of Italy, too) are the only nations whose problem is related to government spending. Even there, the problem is vastly more compounded by the fact that their debts are denominated in a currency they don't control, and their economy is wholly uncompetitive with the rest of the world. Austerity has been a complete disaster for Greece.

If you look at the rest of the struggling countries, especially Spain and Ireland, they were MODELS of fiscal restraint, and were held up by conservatives as how great your economy can be when you deregulate everything. Of course, then the 2008 crisis happened and the governments were forced to backstop their banks, and now everyone in those countries is paying for it.

Comment: What? US carriers already moved to data-only plans (Score 1) 177

by SashaMan (#41506671) Attached to: Indian Minister Says Telecom Companies Should Only Charge For Data

This initial statement in this post, "In the US, telecom carriers are trying their best to hold on to depleting voice revenues", is blatantly false. BOTH AT&T Wireless and Verizon have already moved to plans where voice minutes are unlimited and only data is metered. Unfortunately, though, those plans pretty much suck because the data rates are so high.

Comment: Re:Hey guys, STFU and build a rocket, would you? (Score 3, Insightful) 616

I definitely think it's a valid criticism that NASA has it's priorities wrong. However, it should be noted that the above comment if from an interview with Al Jazeera - it seems clear to me that Mr. Bolden was tailoring these remarks to the Al Jazeera audience. Again, it's fine to argue that this is wrong regardless, but context does matter. Judge for yourself:

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2010/07/201071122234471970.html

Comment: Misuse of "middle management" (Score 4, Informative) 513

by SashaMan (#39631561) Attached to: Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn Resigns After $1.7 Billion Loss

You say "The article provides a reason not to trust middle-management".

I don't think you know what middle management means. Sure, this is a reason not to trust corporate PR, but I think it should kind of go without saying that you should never trust corporate PR, as regardless of the truth of the situation, it is their JOB to say things that are "best" for the company.

Comment: Re:Requires self-signed applet with full privilege (Score 5, Insightful) 86

Absolutely - I couldn't believe the irony of this great security solution requesting full access to my machine with a self-signed certificate. I wonder if this actually a psychology experiment to show that even when people are thinking about security that they're still willing to give up the keys to the kingdom as long as you ask nicely and state that you're a "security researcher".

Comment: Re:Stupidity (Score 1) 131

by SashaMan (#36547718) Attached to: FTC To Open Antitrust Investigation Against Google

According to this logic, Microsoft didn't commit any antitrust violations in the late 90s either.

The thing about antitrust law is that it's fine to grow to have a dominant position (even a monopoly), but you aren't allowed to leverage that position to unfairly compete in other areas. Google has a dominant position in search, but they shouldn't be allowed to leverage that position to unfairly compete in other areas.

That said, all the complaints I've seen against Google so far for "unfair promotion" have been sour grapes from companies with crappy sites or spam farms. I trust Google specifically because I know it's in their economic best interest to give me the best results and to weed out these crappy sites.

Comment: Re:Breaking story (Score 3, Interesting) 267

by SashaMan (#36415870) Attached to: Netflix's New Web Interface Gets Thumbs Down From Users

Amen. The thing I used to love about slashdot was that it had some of the most insightful discussions on the internet, ones that were often times many levels deep in a comment thread. Now, since you can't see ratings on lots of nested comments until you click on them, you hardly ever see a decent comment thread more than two or three levels deep.

The latest slashdot redesign totally killed the experience for me, and it's most definitely not a case of "users hate change". Users hate when they have critical features taken away from them.

Comment: Re:Not bad (Score 1) 2254

by SashaMan (#35041438) Attached to: Slashdot Launches Re-Design

I'm surprised this issue hasn't gotten more attention - I consider slashdot fundamentally broken because of it. The thing I always liked about slashdot was the comments, and the fact that, usually, comments here were more interesting, insightful, or funny than elsewhere. With this new design, though, long discussion threads are basically impossible.

I agree, it feels like this redesign had a decent visual designer, but when it comes to user interaction design, this sucks. Very much of what made slashdot unique and successful is gone :-(

Comment: Re:the whole team was let go just yesterd (Score 1) 311

by SashaMan (#34584138) Attached to: Yahoo! To Close Delicious

I don't really feel bad for the people let go - trust me, there is already a mad dash by TONS of companies in Silicon Valley who want to scoop up the good employees who were laid off.

For the people that are left, though, you have to wonder if it feels like they are on a (albeit very slowly) sinking ship. It's got to be extremely difficult for Yahoo to retain good people.

Comment: Compare this to what Google does (Score 1) 311

by SashaMan (#34584114) Attached to: Yahoo! To Close Delicious

I don't understand why they just don't kill new development and stop adding new users, but essentially leave the site as it is for existing users.

I'm a big fan of Google Notebook - I use as a task manager, and I like it better than the task functionality they've built into calendar and gmail (I've built my whole "Getting Things Done" system around it). Even though Google EOLed that product like over a year ago, they still keep it live and working for existing users. I could move if I had to, but I really appreciate Google just leaving it as it is.

Comment: Re:A little problem... (Score 3, Informative) 410

by SashaMan (#34517166) Attached to: Chrome OS Doesn't Trust Apps Or Users

Fine, then go make your modifications to the open source Chromium project and install whatever the hell you want on it.

And for those comparing this to Apple's lockdown, that's ridiculous - Apple actively tries to prevent you from jailbreaking, while anyone can mod the Chrome OS.

The fact is the vast, vast majority of users can NOT be trusted to install software, and for those that can, fine, mod the OS and go ahead.

Torque is cheap.

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