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Comment: They've responded! (Score 0, Redundant) 100

We've had only a few major redesigns since 1997; we think it's time for another. But we really do take to heart the comments you've made about the look and functionality of the beta site that houses Slashdot's future look. So let's all slow down. Right now, we're directing 25 percent of non-logged-in users to the beta; it's a significant number, but it's the best way for us to test drive this new design, to have you show us what pieces need to be fixed, and how. If you want to move back to Classic Slashdot, that path is available: from the Slashdot Beta page, you just need to select the "Slashdot Classic" link from the footer (or this link). We're committed to keep you informed of the plans as changes are implemented; we can't promise that every user will like every change, but we don't want anything to come as a surprise. Most importantly, we want you to know that Classic Slashdot isn't going away until we're confident that the new site is ready. And — okay, we've got it — it's not ready. We have work to do on four big areas: feature parity (especially for commenting); the overall UI, especially in terms of information density and headline scanning; plain old bugs; and, lastly, the need for a better framework for communicating about the How and the Why of this process. Some of you have suggested we're not listening; on the contrary, some of us are 'listening' pretty much full-time. We're keeping you informed of this process, because we're a community and we want to take everyone with us. But, yes, we're trying something new. Why? We want to take our current content and all the stuff that matters to this community and deliver it on a site that still speaks to the interests and habits of our current audience, but that is, at the same time, more accessible and shareable by a wider audience. We want to give our current audience the space where they are comfortable. And we want a platform where we can experiment with different views of both comments and stories. It's not an either/or. It's going to be both. If we haven't communicated that well enough, consider this post a first step to fixing that. And in the meantime, we're not sorry to have received a flood of feedback, most of it specific, constructive and substantive. Please keep it coming. We will be adding more specific info here in the days to come.

Let's give them a chance, folks.

Comment: Re:Boycott (Score 2) 573

by fiannaFailMan (#46169629) Attached to: HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Hear hear. I've gone back to Classic and I'm afraid to look at Beta in case I can't return. I like being able to see at a glance if anyone has replied to my comments and what score I got for them. Couldn't do that in Beta last time I looked. In fact I found it almost impossible to find my comments, it's as if my comments were lost.

Comment: Re:Prairie home companion. (Score 0) 89

by fiannaFailMan (#46145981) Attached to: NPR Labs is Working on Emergency Alerts for the Deaf (Video)

Many people like Car Talk, about 1.4% of the US listen to them.
Would it kill you not to be an ass? I mean, it's fine you don't like them, but man you sound like an asshole. Frankly, the Internet has enough of those already.

Thank you for that little pearl of wisdom. Nothing like a bit of blatant ad hominem, with no attempt whatsoever to deal with the point, to break up the day.

Anything else you'd like to say about the completely irrelevant topic of your perception of my personality, you amusingly stupid mucksavage?

Comment: Re:Prairie home companion. (Score 1) 89

by fiannaFailMan (#46145119) Attached to: NPR Labs is Working on Emergency Alerts for the Deaf (Video)

Car Talk? Are you f***ing kidding me?! Two assholes with abrasive Boston accents sit there laughing like hyenas at everything the other one says? How anyone listens to that garbage I do not know. Every time it's about to come on I have to dive for the radio and switch it off because I can't even stand the sound of "Suppoht foh cah tawk ..." intro, to say nothing of the fingernails-on-a-blackboard country music that follows.

Click: "You know what?"

Clack: "What?"

Click: "I got up early this mohning! Hwahwahwaaaa!"

Clack: "Hwahwahwa! Really?!"

Click: "Yeah! Hwa hwa hwa!!!"

Click and Clack in unison: "Hwa hwa hwa!"

Makes me want to punt the radio into next week.

RadioLab's okay, but the annoying editing is just...uh oh, here it comes ... annoying, like when you're tuning into what someone's saying and his voice starts fading out yadda yadda yadda ... narrator cuts in across the front of him to comment on who he is or what he's talking about. It'd be much easier to listen to without the gimmicky editing.

This American Life is okay, but I find Ira Glass' creaky voice a little hard to listen to sometimes. Sounds like he's constantly nervous.

As for the local announcers here on KQED, some are better than others. There's one guy who shall remain nameless who I have yet to hear complete a sentence without stumbling over himself, and there's a female announcer who's not much better. People like that wouldn't last long on the BBC. Maybe they're dyslexic or something and have a hard time reading what's in front of them, and I have nothing but sympathy, but they shouldn't be on the air.

But in general I find the quality of NPR's production values a lot higher than PBS. I guess it's a lot easier to do a good job on radio than on TV, so you don't need the BBC's massive budget to nail it.

Comment: Re:well i'm reassured! (Score -1, Offtopic) 393

by fiannaFailMan (#46125575) Attached to: Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

well it comforting to know that the same government that managed this program is now moving on to something as *truly* important as our and our childrens healthcare.


I'll bet your Thanksgiving dinner table is a real barrel of laughs. What is it with you mad hatters that you have to turn every discussion into an anti-government / anti-Obama rant?

Mods, mark this moron as off-topic and let the rest of us discuss the actual topic.

Comment: Re:Here come the rednecks (Score 2) 150

by fiannaFailMan (#46125275) Attached to: Israeli Group To Attempt Moon Landing

His point is that this "We're #1" hubris is a bit misplaced when it was the Russians that got just about every single first in the space race. Year the moon landing was slick and the joyride on the surface in a rover with a driver's seat was kinda cool, but don't go around saying America was first in everything.

This complacency is going to be America's undoing, and the standard racist /. reaction to every non-American space venture is just a symptom of it.


Yahoo Mail Resets Account Passwords After Attack 96

Posted by Soulskill
from the fallout-from-an-earlier-breach dept.
MAXOMENOS writes: "Last night Yahoo! announced via their Tumblr page that they had detected attacks against some Yahoo Mail accounts. They reset the passwords to all affected accounts, and advised users of good password practices. Quoting: 'Based on our current findings, the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise. We have no evidence that they were obtained directly from Yahoo's systems. Our ongoing investigation shows that malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts. The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts' most recent sent emails.'"

Comment: Hmm (Score 4, Insightful) 143

by fiannaFailMan (#46115855) Attached to: Meet the Electric Porsche From 1898

Made a fortune on the internet.

Started a car manufacturing company producing high-tech electric vehicles that make anything produced in Detroit these days look like a Model T.

Building spaceships to take tourists out of the atmosphere.

"Just lucky in life"? Maybe, but it makes me wonder what you've achieved lately.

"I'm not a god, I was misquoted." -- Lister, Red Dwarf