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+ - CmdrTaco: Anti-Beta Movement a "Vocal Minority"-> 30

Submitted by Antipater
Antipater (2053064) writes "The furor over Slashdot Beta is loud enough that even outside media has begun to notice. The Washington Post's tech blog The Switch has written a piece on the issue, and the anti-Beta protesters aren't going to be happy about it. The Post questioned Slashdot founder Rob Malda, who believes the protests are the work of only a vocal minority or readers: "It's easy to forget that the vocal population of a community driven site like Slashdot might be the most important group, but they are typically also the smallest class of users." The current caretakers of Slashdot need to balance the needs of all users with their limited engineering resources, Malda argues — noting wryly, "It ain't easy.""
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+ - If we Buck Feta and leave, where should we go? 17

Submitted by Covalent
Covalent (1001277) writes "I am a long-time slashdot reader (don't let the UID fool you), and I agree with most of you that the Beta is a disaster. Dice has promised a fix, but what if this garbage is the new reality? Is there a suitable alternative to slashdot that members would find equally (or more) fulfilling? Is someone going to fork slashdot and start it anew (Taco can you hear me?) Or is this just the end of an era?"

+ - Slashdot Beta Sucks Elephant Penis 2

Submitted by ShaunC
ShaunC (203807) writes "Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes:

Have you even seen an elephant penis? Because I have, and the colors align to Slashdot. The beta is so bad, Roland Piquepaille is surrendering his account (as the French do). The GNAA has reorganized to post fake job offerings on Dice.com with an emphasis on affirmative action. Profane Motherfucker has come out of retirement simply to say: "fuck this shit.""

+ - Dice Holdings, Inc, deleting unflattering stories from Slashdot firehose 4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Stories submitted to the Slashdot firehose that take a negative view on the site's redesign are being deleted. 4 hours ago, it was full of anti-beta posts. Now they are gone. That's right. A forum that usually leaves V14GRA spam in place for posterity is deleting user content."

Comment: Java has a socially engineered stigma (Score 1) 309

by bl8n8r (#37554412) Attached to: To Stop BEAST, Mozilla Developer Proposes Blocking Java Framework
Microsoft wanted to kill java back in the 90's and the only way they could do it was with FUD. This is the biggest reason Java got such a bad rap. Looks like most of you were too young to remember though.

" Sun said Microsoft was trying to undermine the credibility of the
Java language by presenting a crippled brand of Java applications that
run only on the Windows platform. "

http://www.ibiblio.org/pjones/jomc191-97/talk/msg00064.html

Comment: No reliable way to pinpoint the attacker (Score 1) 282

by bl8n8r (#36298552) Attached to: Pentagon Says Cyberattacks Can Count As Act of War
So.... a compromised rack of servers in Michigan will get you a nice missle strike?  No thanks. IPs can be spoofed, connection logs tampered with and tracks covered up.  It sounds like another "Gee we didn't check our data close enough" scenarios waiting to happen.

It would take the likes of a forensic expert who is a cross between Columbo, Chuck Norris and Bruce Schneier in order to have any credibility to base an act of war on and that person would not be working at SAIC, NSA or the Pentagon.  That person is the one who pwned you.

What you end up with is the mess that Iran is in right now.  They want to be plenty pissed at Israel and the US, so it's very easy for someone to put whatever they want in their server logs and point a finger. You want to go to war with that info?

Comment: He won't be back; M$ has jumped the shark. (Score 1) 337

by bl8n8r (#36296448) Attached to: Is Bill Gates the Cure For What Ails Microsoft?
WIth Linux and Unix variants (Apple, Android, Ubuntu) spreading out into the desktop space Microsoft's #1 main market share tool is gone. Lock-in.

Tool #2 is to buy-up the competition and kill it (Skype for Asterisk) thereby eliminating the possibility of any alternatives disrupting the Microsoft market space. This doesn't work so well with Open Source software. But that hasn't stopped M$ from trying.

Tool #3 is to FUD,FUD,FUD the bejeezes out of the competition until a false sense of reality is created/believed. This works well with FOSS and is the tack M$ has taken with regards to FOSS but they have not succesfully killed it off yet.

Microsoft has been an empire built on what ought to be illegal business tactics and it's *FINALLY* folding in on itself. Gates will not be back, at least publicly. He won't want to be at the helm when the place finally goes under in the next 5 years.

Comment: Monsanto started out the same way (Score 1) 1229

by bl8n8r (#36295398) Attached to: Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

Let's do some research to develop an resistent strain of . It will be a boon for food crop. .....20 years later farmers are getting sued* by Monsanto because the bees decided to pollenate non-Monsanto crops with Monsanto pollen.

Maybe the people trashing the field were protecting their future food supply from a corrupt legal system.

[*] - http://foodchronicles.blogspot.com/2007/01/monsanto-problem.html

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