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Comment A bug and a couple of suggestions (Score 1) 1817

--There's a bug in the "Threshold" dropdown that has probably been there for years. Try setting it to Threshold: 2 and mode "Flat" and before you hit the Change button, it will list ~500+ comments (for this article, for instance) to be displayed. After hitting Change, it only displays ~100+ comments.

--Proper behavior should be displaying all comments in the thread that are scored +2 or above, in Flat mode.


o Give us some way to track in real-time how many posts we've modded up or down so far. Currently I have to do this in my head, or write down a tally. (Slashdot browser plugin? Nah)

o If we get Mod points, make them either non-expiring or give us like 2 weeks to use them. Half the time I get Mod points on days that I don't/can't access the site, and never have a chance to use them.

--BTW, thanks again for being constructive/proactive and listening to us. :-)

Comment Re:Allow pics (Score 1) 1817

--Slashdot has a distinctive look and feel, and a unique vibe. I admittedly thought about suggesting allowing inline pics in the thread, but I realized that's *not* why most of us come here.

--You want tumblr, go to tumblr. You want Fark, go to Fark and post your pics. You want FB, go to FB - and get spied on. I want *Slashdot.* Text news. It's like a distilled refuge from the rest of the multimedia crap that's out there. Why do you think everyone rebelled against Beta? It went against everyone's expectations (especially long-time users.) If they do (God forbid) allow inline pics, at least give us an option to turn it off in Preferences for logged-in users.

Comment Re:It's the financial models, stupid! (Score 1) 1817

> So the kernel of my suggestion is "By listening to the users". But not just any users. You should listen hardest to the users who are willing to donate a few bucks for a piece of the action. The basic unit of sincerity might be a charity share with a suggested retail price of $10

--Yeah right, since that way of thinking has been working SO WELL for us in Washington,DC lately.

--Slashdot has NEVER been a "pay us to listen to you" kind of site. Go away before your misguided ideas kill the place for the rest of us - start your own d--n site if you want to pull that kind of crap.

Comment Re:Open to Questions (Score 1) 1304

--Logan - as a longtime /. reader, I would advise you to (ASAP) get one of those "slashdot" icons next to your username -- that's one way we know that you're part of the admin staff for the site.

--Anyhow, others in this thread have posted some very good ideas, and I wish you guys the best of luck - just don't change the site too much. We all like the Classic Look and features, but the stories could use some more editorial efforts. And definitely keep up the Linux coverage.

--Other recommendations:

o 15 mod points instead of 5 (if you have high Karma),
o Moderation access twice a week,
o Eliminate the "Slow down, cowboy" crap for logged-in users,
o Ability to re-edit your post with a 15-to-30-minute timeout expiration,
o Better searchability for older articles,
o More options for the sidebar / extra content stuff on the right.
o Automatic -1 for APK-signed spam AC posts!

--That's about all I can think of for now. ;-)

--Anyhow, thanks for asking and for interacting with us.

Submission + - Microsoft makes Windows 10 a 'recommended update' for Windows 7 and 8.1 users (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft has been accused of pushing Windows 10 rather aggressively, and the company's latest move is going to do nothing to silence these accusations. For Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, Windows 10 just became a 'recommended update' in Windows Update.

This is a change from the previous categorization of the upgrade as an 'optional update' and it means that there is renewed potential for unwanted installations. After the launch of Windows 10, there were numerous reports of not only the automatic download of OS installation files, but also unrequested upgrades. The changed status of the update means that, on some machines, the installation of Windows 10 could start automatically.

Comment Re:Demise? (Score 1) 165

> In fact, I hired professionals, lots of professionals, to do it for me after a while. I hired them because I needed things done that I was incapable of doing. If I could have done it myself, I'd have not needed to hire them. It's not like I just hired random people for the goodness of the economy. No, I needed good people to do difficult things. I wanted the best and I wanted stuff (and people) that didn't really exist. So, I even paid them well. If it was easy, I'd have done it myself. They were paid well because they were essential to the business. If they were not essential then I'd have not hired them. I didn't hire inessential people. It was a business, not a charity. I'm a charitable person, I was not running a charitable business. This means I only hired the best I could find and paid them enough to ensure that they were happy, productive, and not going to leave. I'd hired them because they were the best that I could make or find. If I could have hired monkeys, I probably wouldn't have because it's unlikely that monkeys would have been essential to the growth and operation of my business. It's really not that complicated and people make things much more complicated than they need to.

--This may be slightly off topic, but part of me wishes you were still in management and working at Morgan Stanley. They just announced they're "streamlining" (read:outsourcing) a bunch of middle-class jobs to save on costs:


--I don't want to get into a rant here, but it's really time we stopped rewarding Big Business for mistreating/laying off people that are providing perfectly good customer service. There is a Biblical passage/principle (1 Tim 5) that basically states "The worker is worth (his) wages." This realigning/outsourcing has been happening regularly since at least the 1990s, and it's really insidiously decimating the middle-class earnings and buying power in the US.

--Would appreciate any thoughts you have on this; perfectly fine to switch discussion to email if you like.

Comment Re:Wayland will stop that (Score 1) 168

--You should try Nomachine NX. Fast X over SSH. Supports Linux, OSX and Windows (plus tablet OSes.)


--That said, I have had some issues in the past with getting X forwarding with something basic like ' xclock ' working over SSH from Linux to Linux, but a bit of googling and modifications to the ssh config files (and bouncing the ssh daemon) cleared that up. Also make sure if you are using bash scripts that you have the proper command flags: ' ssh -2 -X -Y -c blowfish -o TCPKeepAlive=yes user@linuxbox ' is an example.

--I just checked, and SSH from Linux to Linux running ' palemoon ' brought up the browser OK. That said, you should make sure you have at least the basic X dependencies installed on both ends; sometimes trying to use X apps on a headless server can be problematic.

--If you have a linux box and want to SSH to it from Windows, I can highly recommend MobaXterm.


--Feel free to email me if you want to experiment with X forwarding again. Even if you don't have a dedicated linux box we could always setup a virtual machine. :-)

Submission + - New Clues to How the Brain Maps Time (quantamagazine.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Our brains have an extraordinary ability to monitor time. A driver can judge just how much time is left to run a yellow light; a dancer can keep a beat down to the millisecond. But exactly how the brain tracks time is still a mystery. Researchers have defined the brain areas involved in movement, memory, color vision and other functions, but not the ones that monitor time. Indeed, our neural timekeeper has proved so elusive that most scientists assume this mechanism is distributed throughout the brain, with different regions using different monitors to keep track of time according to their needs.

Over the last few years, a handful of researchers have compiled growing evidence that the same cells that monitor an individual’s location in space also mark the passage of time. This suggests that two brain regions — the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex, both famous for their role in memory and navigation — can also act as a sort of timer.

Comment Re:Basic (Score 1) 414

--Thanks for that, I intend to look into it one of these days... I was a Turbo/Powerbasic guy up until about 1998 :-)

/ programmed BasicA on original IBMs with the 5.25" drives from ROM, baybee

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