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Submitted by Bob Verkouteren
Bob Verkouteren (3535047) writes "TECHNOLOGY LAB / INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Slashdot’s new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant
Flashy revamp seeks to draw new faces to the community—at the cost of the old.

by Lee Hutchinson — Feb 12 2014, 6:55pm RST
In the modern responsive Web Three Point Oh Internet, Slashdot stands like a thing frozen in time—it's a coelacanth stuck incongruously in an aquarium full of more colorful fish. The technology news aggregator site has been around since 1997, making it positively ancient as websites are reckoned. More importantly, Slashdot's long focus on open source technology news and topics has caused it to accrete a user base that tends to be extremely technical, extremely skilled, and extremely opinionated.

That user base is itself the main reason why Slashdot continues to thrive, even as its throwback interface makes it look to untrained eyes like a dated relic. Though the site is frequently a source of deep and rich commentary on topics, the barrier for new users to engage in the site's discussions is relatively high—certainly higher than, say, reddit (or even Ars). This doesn't cause much concern to the average Slashdot user, but tech job listing site (which bought Slashdot in September 2012, along with Sourceforge and a number of other digital properties) appears to have decided it's time to drag Slashdot's interface into the 21st century in order to make things comfortable for everyone—old and new users alike.

And the Slashdot user base is not pleased.

Change for change’s sake?

Slashdot's interface has been modified a few times over the years, and each time there has been some amount of protest. However, no prior redesign has included as many sweeping alterations as the Slashdot Beta. In 2006, a major interface update that brought rounded edges to many of the site's visual elements and stuffed JavaScript under the hood caused major upset—the engineering- and programming-focused Slashdot community is collectively not a fan of change for change's sake.

The rage over the new Slashdot Beta, though, makes any previous instances of interface outrage look positively pedestrian. This time, the upset isn't over JavaScript or rounded corners, but over what many Slashdot users see as a removal of the site's most vital features."

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Comment: Re:Non-free Nvidia driver already at 4.4 (Score 0) 100

The real embarrassment is that Windows is already up to 8.1, while the Linux kernel is only at 3.1

If my math is correct that's a whole 5 metric torvalds* better.

Get your shit together Linux!

*I think MS still use imperial ballmers, but I'm not sure.

We measure in 'Courics', not torvalds... yes we have our shit together. :)

Comment: Re:Wow. (Score 0) 289

by mcneely.mike (#46059861) Attached to: Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

From what I've heard, Microsoft has Bing as the default search on Explorer (I use Linux, but my dad said he went to use his computer one day and the search had switched from Google to Bing after an update) and they can still claim only an 18% share of teh market?

I don't call that success especially after the years and money invested .... :(

Comment: Re:But it is horribly wrong anyway. (Score 0) 458

by mcneely.mike (#46059703) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

Julian Barbour, I believe, is headed in the right direction. My 2 pence only.
Basically, time and space are separate, not inseparable, which helps deal with a lot of quantum/gravity inconsistencies.
But I am not a physicist/astrophysicist/etc

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.