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+ - Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2

Submitted by somenickname
somenickname (1270442) writes "As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?"

+ - Slashdot beta sucks 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken."

Comment: Re:Lutz is dead wrong (Score 1) 487

by dasdrewid (#36712058) Attached to: Have American Businesses Been Stranded By the MBAs?

This whole thing reminds me of a video I saw once of a smokin' hot female Phd who said "you know, I can make this widget last four times as long if they'd let me add 10% to the price".. of course that didn't happen. Said company has a mediocre reputation in its sector as a result.

I...need to see this video...

Comment: Consumer Choice (Score 5, Insightful) 324

by dasdrewid (#36582270) Attached to: DVRs, Cable Boxes Top List of Home Energy Hogs
Cable box manufacturers "do not feel consumer pressure to improve box efficiency" because consumers don't have a choice with which to pressure them. Last time I got cable setup somewhere, we got a box from the cable company. There was no "pick from the list", the installer pulled it out of his truck, put it there, and left it. Supposedly I can go out and buy a 3rd party box because I'm on cable, but they're hard to find info on and properly investigate, and don't seem to provide any real benefits (and no one advertises energy efficiency). And if you're on something like U-Verse of FiOS, you're pretty much screwed, best I can tell. The manufacturers don't listen to consumers, they listen to cable companies because they buy the vast majority of the boxes. And the cable company doesn't give a rat's ass about your electric bill.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 451

by dasdrewid (#36156116) Attached to: Gliese 581d Confirmed as 'Habitable' Exoplanet

It's not just the amount and distance. I'm really interested by the relative position of the asteroids to the Earth/Sun. Up until ~1988, all the discoveries are pretty much in the Earth's shadow. Between then and 2010, the cone begins expanding to ~30 degrees or so. Then, in 2010, the cone splits into 2 lines, only a few degrees wide, but at the edge of the old discovery cone. Then suddenly those two discovery cones jump and are perpendicular to the Earth/Sun line.

Really cool.

Comment: Re:Explain to me... (Score 1) 143

by dasdrewid (#35921452) Attached to: What Kinect Could Be, But Probably Won't

I know this is supposed to be joking, but I want this sooo bad now...

"Telebot, you are dismissed!" - Powers off

"Telebot, make me a sandwich!" - Tunes to the cooking channel

"Telebot, make me laugh!" - Tunes to Comedy Central

"Telebot, make me cry!" - Tunes to Fox News

"Telebot, make it rain, bitch!" - Tunes to the Weather Channel

"Telebot, hold!" - Pauses the DVR

"Telebot, kill!" - Turns to Lifetime and stops responding to instructions

"Telebot, where is/are my ____?" - Brings up a cool "scanning" video, with crosshairs and google maps and random windows with text flying by while it says "Scanning...Scanning" over and over. Then it stops, jumps to an rendering of "R.U.D.I." from the Jetsons which says "Up your butt!"

I am easily entertained...

Comment: Re:Let me guess (Score 1) 229

by dasdrewid (#35849874) Attached to: White House Releases Trusted Internet ID Plan

Be accountable for how information is actually used and provide mechanisms for compliance, audit, and verification; and Provide effective redress mechanisms for, and advocacy on behalf of, individuals who believe their data may have been misused

Considering we still haven't managed to do this for our electronic voting systems, I foresee a long future of this not happening if they actually put this in as one of the requirements...

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin