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+ - Community-sourced news site, soylentnews.org, goes live 18

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Comment: Re:Lurker Here (Score 3, Informative) 299

by foobar bazbot (#46206403) Attached to: Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

I'm sick of seeing posts about the beta.

Well, then, it's your lucky day! Starting in 4 hours and change, a lot of us from the USA will be leaving /. and making no more anti-beta posts for a week! (The Europeans and UTC hardliners everywhere have already left.) Enjoy your week...

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Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
  http://slashdot.org/recent - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

-----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=56395415

Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=3321441

Alternative Slashdot: http://altslashdot.org (thanks Okian Warrior (537106))

Comment: Re:Of Course you can use VLC for this. (Score 1) 526

by foobar bazbot (#46205489) Attached to: Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

I do not know why there are not more safeguards

Probably because the safeguards would have to be part of the analog amplification circuit, and anything extra that you put there will potentially hamper sound quality.

Eh, no. Not unless you're specifically discussing the stereo case, rather than laptops.

In laptops, phones, and other integrated systems, speaker protection can be, and often is, handled before the DAC with DSP. It's quite easy to keep a rolling average of signal power, and attenuate the signal if that exceeds a given limit. It's not much harder to monitor power in specific frequency ranges, with limits for each band and for any combination. The reason there aren't more safeguards (or that those safeguards prove ineffective) is because, while applying these limits is pretty easy, characterizing the DAC/amplifier/speaker system to determine the proper limits is absolutely not easy.

More importantly, the obvious solution when you have hard-to-determine limits (perform the best estimate possible given the resources available, and down-rate it by a factor of 2 or so) costs sales because people in Best Buy will, all else being equal, pick the loud laptop over the quiet laptop, and they have no way of knowing the loud one will blow its speakers when fed a square-wave, but the quiet one will be fine. There's probably engineers at Dell right now reading this article and hating their job, their life, and especially their boss, because they wanted to make the correct conservative decision, and the boss demanded they crank it up so it'll sell better.

+ - SPAM: Slashcott Feb 10 to Feb 17 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott


Moderators — only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors — only discuss Beta
[spam URL stripped] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention. -----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

Discussion of Beta: [spam URL stripped]
Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: [spam URL stripped]
Alternative Slashdot: [spam URL stripped] (thanks Okian Warrior (537106))"

+ - The Individual Midnight Thread 40

Submitted by unitron
unitron (5733) writes "Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?"

Comment: Florida arrests Dice for rolling out BETA! (Score -1, Offtopic) 149

by foobar bazbot (#46198581) Attached to: Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
  http://slashdot.org/recent - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

-----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=56395415

Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=3321441

Alternative Slashdot: http://altslashdot.org (thanks Okian Warrior (537106))

Comment: Re:Slashdort beta: another reason we need COMMUNIS (Score 4, Insightful) 578

by foobar bazbot (#46190589) Attached to: US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

Did you read what that new link says?

It says they'll keep classic around "until we're confident that the new site is ready", thus implying they do plan to remove classic. It states that they "have work to do in four big areas", and accurately lists what people have been complaining about (the accuracy and non-contradictoriness of the list makes Soulskill's assertions that much of the feedback is contradictory look questionable, to say the least), but carefully refrains from actually saying that any particular improvements will happen before they roll out the beta and execute classic.

In short, once you run it through a corporatespeak filter, it says they didn't expect this much backlash, they're going to postpone the rollout (but not necessarily change it in any other way), and they're trying to pacify us by repeating back what we've said. And if you read between the lines, you might get the impression they're not going to give us this much warning next time...

Comment: Cut the BETA! (Score -1, Offtopic) 578

by foobar bazbot (#46190345) Attached to: US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
  http://slashdot.org/recent - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

-----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=56395415

Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=3321441

Alternative Slashdot: http://altslashdot.org (thanks Okian Warrior (537106))

Comment: Re:FUCK BETA (Score 0) 232

by foobar bazbot (#46178605) Attached to: Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

Your links are broken; see html source in my pastebin...

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
  http://slashdot.org/recent - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

-----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=56395415

Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=3321441

Alternative Slashdot: http://altslashdot.org (thanks Okian Warrior (537106))

Comment: Re:Kill Beta! (Score 0) 221

by foobar bazbot (#46178177) Attached to: Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

Heh, I just got done fixing the links and putting it in pastebin with a self-referential link to make copying the source easier. Also added the separator between action items and discussion links, and linkified Okian Warrior:

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
  http://slashdot.org/recent - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

-----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=56395415

Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=3321441

Alternative Slashdot: http://altslashdot.org (thanks Okian Warrior (537106))

Comment: Re:Compromise: actively sell the game or it goes P (Score 1) 360

by foobar bazbot (#46155819) Attached to: Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

But this smacks of unfair for one reason - Nintendo is still around. And they're still selling SMB. You can get it on Virtual Console on Wii, Wii U and 3DS.

But why it that unfair? Why should Nintendo receive a monopoly on making copied of SMB for more than 25 years?

Remember the whole point of modern copyright is that a temporary monopoly (14 years, originally) on creative works (books, originally) would provide incentive to have more books written and published. The alternative was one where every book immediately entered the public domain, and nothing (save the collusion to prevent flooding the market and destroying their own profit) prevented every publisher from printing every book, and copyright was chosen because it was believed that it would enrich the public domain in total by more than the books that, at any one time, were locked up by copyright.

Of course we've extended copyright to other classes of works (whether because the music, movie, software etc. industries got big enough to hire lobbyists, or because we also thought society would benefit from more works of each class just as it did from more books -- or probably a mix of the two), and we've stretched the term of copyright as well*. But the only way in which 20 years is obviously "unfair" is that, at the time Nintendo created SMB, they were promised a longer term by then-current copyright law. Would a 20-year term for new works, starting today, be unfair? No -- if Nintendo thinks they can't make their money back with a reasonable ROI in 20 years, they can just not make a game under a 20-year copyright law. If this were the case in enough instances (not with Nintendo specifically, but the software industry as a whole), the change to copyright law could be ineffective, as our meager incentive isn't enough to yield the same creative output we hoped for, but it's not really unfair.

Now if we try to determine effectiveness rather than fairness, it should become obvious that our current copyright law, with one term for all covered works, isn't -- cannot be -- very effective. Works of different types require different typical levels of investment (e.g. millions of dollars and tens of thousands of man-hours for movies, while some novels are churned out in less than a thousand man-hours), offer different value to society (not that it's clear how to measure it, but at least for entertainment works, could be argued as proportional to the length of a movie, hours to read a book, or hours to play through a game, multiplied by the level of enjoyment in those hours?), and exhibit different typical turnover periods, and all those parameters have to be incorporated in an optimization to maximize the public-domain return on society's temporary monopoly investment. It's insanely improbable that these factors happen to balance each other out so that one term suits all forms of creative work.

*The term extensions are obviously not entirely, if at all, about incentivizing new works, since any extension for that purpose would only apply to newly created works, rather than to older works that were already created with a shorter term. Since many if not all copyright term extensions from the last century have retroactively lengthened terms on extant works, which is just as unfair to society as retroactively shortening the term on SMB would be to Nintendo, we can be sure it's at least partly about plain old rent-seeking.

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