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.
The problem with that is that many of the current audience are here because the site lacks that "wider audence". Slashdot is (was?) a place where people could discuss and argue the benefits of various Linux desktops, or the importance of the changes Lucas made to the 1990's rerelease of the Star Wars trilogy, or whether The Glorious MEEPT! ever got laid, and not have to worry about being interrupted or looked down upon by people who didn't "get it." As the tagline said: "News for Nerds." The clearest example in the archives would have to be the Jon Katz post-Columbine stories; Katz was the archetype of the "wider audience" member you're looking for, and the comments clearly showed the disparity between his outlook and that of the Slashdot "community members" (quotes because I don't think those of us who were there considered it a "community" with a "membership" at the time). You're trying to de-nerdify a nerd site; that's as close as one can get to literally killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.
While we're talking nerd stuff: where's the source code for this beta? Is it even still written in Perl?
Does anyone else miss the old BillG-as-a-borg icon? Using the former corporate logo is so... corporate.
People bitched about that icon constantly before it disappeared. My favorite complaints were "it's biased, Linux fanbois, etc" and "it's unprofessional", both of which translate to "not politically correct enough".
* sigh *. The only hopeful spin I can put on that is that this was inevitable once the throngs of Linux fanboys and hardcore gamers that formed the site's audience back in the 90's grew up and became VP's. ("Unprofessional"? Really? Since when was anything about
Who owns the telephone poles, and who gets to decide which companies have permission to use the telephone poles? Can anybody put their cables on the telephone poles? Obviously the telephone poles themselves are a limited public resource (along with the land below to access them), and their use needs to be managed/regulated by the government.
Where I live, a business usually needs an easement from the municipality to run wires in a public ROW (i.e., the telephone pole is across the street from your house so a wire has to cross over). However, the poles themselves are usually owned by either the electric or telephone company, and I believe they collect rent for the space from the Cable TV or other providers who need to be on them.
It's good for not making Skype, p2p programs, online games, FTP and IM file transfers break
Making those break sounds like a decent raison d'etre for a corporate network in the first place.