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+ - User Backlash at Slashdot Beta Site-> 3

Submitted by hduff
hduff (570443) writes "Look at almost any current Slashdot story and see loyal, long-time members rail against the new site design, willing to burn precious karma points to post off-topic rants against the new design and it being forced on users by the Dice Overlords. Discussion has begun to create an alternate site."
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Comment: Re:Sorry. (Score 1) 240

by Violet Null (#45147263) Attached to: Square Debuts New Email Payment System

If you have the cash to pay off a credit card, then I can't see any good reason to have a credit card instead of a debit card. To pay more fees? How's that a bonus for you?

I have an American Express Blue Cash card; I get ~$400 in cash back every year, and there's no annual fee.

(In addition, the last I looked, the consumer protection on a credit card was better than a debit card, though that may have equalized in recent years.)

Comment: Re:Bad Idea (Score 1) 1219

by Violet Null (#34734820) Attached to: 'No Refusal' DUI Checkpoints Coming To Florida?

I suspect what the GP means (and this is how it is in Illinois) is that taking a breathalyzer when asked to by law enforcement is a requirement of having the license. If a cop asks you to take one, you are allowed to say no, but if you do, you immediately forfeit your license. In Illinois, at least, refusing to take the breathalyzer is a summary suspension of your license for a year. However, it doesn't result in a DUI charge (at least, on it's own; if the prosecutor has other evidence, there may still be charges).

Comment: News from the gym (Score 4, Interesting) 177

by Violet Null (#34726086) Attached to: Percentage of New Years resolutions I have kept:

Newsflash: People who go to the gym regularly hate January. Starting January 1st, there's a new flood of people showing up at the gym. Leaving aside the mobs who don't know what they're doing, especially with the free weights, there's simply *so* many of them that your gym routine becomes a chore because you have to wait for access to each new machine/station, and time limits are put onto the cardiovascular machines.

By February, 95% of these people have gone, and life can return to normal.

So, please. If you want to improve yourself and start going to the gym -- and bully for you for wanting to do that -- do *not* do it in January. Wait until February, avoid the lemming rush.

Comment: Re:Unasked Question (Score 1) 539

by Violet Null (#33458348) Attached to: Facebook Post Juror Gets Fined, Removed, Assigned Homework

When I served jury duty in the US courts, lawyers on both sides were given your name, address, and the answers you gave to a brief questionnaire.

When prospective jury members were being questioned in the voie dire, the lawyers addressed the prospective jury members by their last names ("Mrs. Jones, are you now or have you ever been a member...", etc).

Comment: Re:Health insurance (Score 1) 637

by Violet Null (#32915642) Attached to: Which service is the last you would let lapse in a cash crunch?

The "real cost" is the cost for me to buy it myself, right?

One vial of insulin down at the local Walgreen's (pharmacy chain) is about $70. I require two vials a month (one Humalog, one NPH) -- $140. Syringes are $10 for a pack of 10[1], and I use 6 a day (4 Humalog injections, 2 NPH) -- $180. Test strips are $90 per 100, and I test 4 times a day -- $120. Throw in some more money for the lancets (those little sharp pins that are used to draw blood to test your sugar with).

[1] Syringes used to be five times cheaper -- $2 for a pack of 10, but that changes around 2004 or so, and the change was at all the pharmacies in my area. Syringes are a real pain to buy in a pharmacy because of all the legal record keeping that goes with them.

Would this stuff be cheaper in Mexico? Sure. But I don't live in Mexico. If I did, I wouldn't have the salary that I have here. Travelling to Mexico in order to pick up the medication even three months would eat up any savings. But even if they would ship it here for free, going by the prices quoted in the other guy's post, my current health insurance would *still* be cheaper ($150 / month vs $183.75 / month).

Comment: Health insurance (Score 4, Insightful) 637

by Violet Null (#32905666) Attached to: Which service is the last you would let lapse in a cash crunch?

I'm a type I diabetic. I just refilled my 3-month prescriptions today, to a tune of about $1,500 worth of stuff. Out of pocket cost to me: $0. Medical insurance for those three months: $450.

All of the other choices can be worked around. Not so with "being unconscious as your body enters ketoacidosis because you lack insulin".

Comment: Re:Rights violation? (Score 5, Informative) 199

by Violet Null (#31348600) Attached to: Man Swallows USB Flash Drive Evidence

REGIS: For $16,000, the question is, 'What right do they have to risk the life of a presumed innocent man with dangerous surgery?' Your choices are...

A. The Patriot Act
B. The Alien and Sedition Act
C. The Jack Bauer Act
D. The part where he agreed to the surgery.

CONTESTANT: Hmmm. Hmmm. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

Hmmmmmmmmm.

Um. I'd like to use a lifeline.

REGIS: Alright! Which lifeline would you like to use?

CONTESTANT: I think I'm going to use my "Read The Fucking Article" lifeline, Regis.

REGIS: Alright! Computer, please print out a copy of the article for our contestant!

CONTESTANT: *reads* Regis, I'm going to have to go with 'D', "The part where he agreed to the surgery."

REGIS: Final answer?

CONTESTANT: Final answer.

Comment: As a Chicagoan... (Score 1) 863

by Violet Null (#29177605) Attached to: "Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumb

As a Chicagoan (who drives, no less), I don't mind the new parking meters. Yes, the rates have gone up. Yes, the city government gave up a lot of revenue by leasing out the meters to a company who raised the rates, rather than having the balls to raise the rates themselves.

But, I can now use bills and credit cards to pay for the meter, which is infinitely more convenient than having to have quarters on hand. The meters themselves track the hours of operation and inform you *up front* about whether you have to pay or not -- if it's 7:30am and the meters don't go into effect until 9:00am, you'll be informed and if you pay anyway, the time you'll buy still starts at 9:00am instead of 7:30am.

However, the biggest thing I like is that I can actually find parking now. Back when parking was $0.25 an hour, you could park your car there all day for $2.50, which is what everyone did. Now that it's (shock) $1.00 an hour, most people just go for the lot. Even downtown, where it's $4.00 an hour, the upside is that I can find a place to park if I need to do some quick shopping.

And for people who complain that the left over time is wasted -- nothing stops you from taking your slip and putting it on/near the parking box for someone else to use if you've got a significant amount of time left on it.

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US Plans To Bulldoze 50 Shrinking Cities 806

Posted by samzenpus
from the out-of-the-rubble-and-into-the-future dept.
chrb writes "Two days ago Slashdot discussed broke counties grinding their tarmac roads into gravel. Now the Telegraph reveals plans to raze huge sections of at least 50 US cities to the ground. The resulting smaller cities will be more economical to run, and the recovered land will be returned to nature."
Role Playing (Games)

Managing Player-Created Content In City of Heroes 43

Posted by Soulskill
from the what's-your-favorite-naughty-word dept.
Superhero MMO City of Heroes recently went live with its 14th expansion (release notes), one of the main features of which is the Mission Architect, a system to allow players to create their own quest content and then submit it to be implemented into the game. Now, Joe Morrissey of the City of Heroes team has written an article about how they plan to manage the content that players create. "You have to decide how draconian you want to be. The more hardcore you are, the fewer people who will see inappropriate content, but you expose yourself to potential grief voting. Grief voting is when a player flags perfectly acceptable content as inappropriate just because it's fun. If it only takes a single vote to eliminate content from the game, clicking that button is going to be the game for a lot of players. You don't want perfectly good content getting pulled because someone's a jerk."

Comment: Re:I'm sure everyone is wondering also... (Score 2, Informative) 587

by Violet Null (#26489303) Attached to: Circuit City Closes Its Doors For Good

I needed an external USB hard drive. I had a $20 Circuit City gift card that I knew was approaching worthlessness. I saw their "Going Out Of Business -- Everything Must Go" signs, so I wandered in.

They had stacks of USB hard drives. The cheapest 500 GB one was ~$160. *After* their going out of business discounts, it was $120 + tax. I don't claim to have the pulse of prices down, but that seemed a bit steep. Walked down the block to the Best Buy. Same USB drive there was $90. Bought it, gave the gift card away.

PC Games (Games)

+ - January's Top 10 Downloadable Games

Submitted by
cyrus_zuo
cyrus_zuo writes "Game Tunnel has just posted its January edition of the Top 10 Downloadable Games. This month's article looks at ten recent Independent games including Galcon, an expanded strategy game based on the Ludum Dare winner of the same name, Bloodmasters, a freeware top-down 3D online multiplayer shooter, and Blast Miner, a fun physics-based sim puzzler from the team responsible for Gish. As always the article includes reviews and ratings from four different people to give a variety of different opinions on each game."
Programming

+ - 53 CSS-Techniques You Couldn't Live Without

Submitted by
vitaly.friedman
vitaly.friedman writes "Cascading Style Sheets offer many advantages you don't have in table-layouts — i.e. a strict separation between layout, or design of the page, and the information, presented on the page. Over the last few years web-developers have developed many useful techniques, which can save you a lot of time — of course, if you are able to find them in time. This article lists 53 essential css-techniques, which will make your life easier. "Thanks to all developers who contributed to accessible and usable css-based design over the last few years. We really appreciate it.""

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