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Comment: Re:Climate Denial (Score 1) 987

by mdsharpe (#46628357) Attached to: UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming
Indeed, I too have noticed this. I come here for what is usually interesting, intelligent and informed discussion, but the whole scene changes when the topic is climate change. I guess the subject causes a lot of cognitive dissonance and people find the reality of the situation harder to come to terms with than I had realised.

+ - Ask Slashdot: What's there to like about the BETA?-> 7

Submitted by Narnie
Narnie (1349029) writes "I come to /. not for the nearly interesting pseudo-tech articles, but for the lively, self-moderated discussion. Today I'm bit surprised to see every discussion summarized to fuckbeta. Popping up all over the place there's discussions about beta and even alternatives being revived and created. As I tend not to RTFA, I haven't sampled the beta myself. So, I ask you guys, what's there to like about the BETA and what's there to loath?"
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+ - Boycott Beta 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "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 [] [] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

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

Captcha: fuckbeta"

+ - UK Minister: British Cabinet Was Told Nothing About GCHQ/NSA Spying Programmes-> 1

Submitted by dryriver
dryriver (1010635) writes "From the Guardian: Cabinet ministers and members of the national security council were told nothing about the existence and scale of the vast data-gathering programmes run by British and American intelligence agencies, a former member of the government has revealed. Chris Huhne, who was in the cabinet for two years until 2012, said ministers were in "utter ignorance" of the two biggest covert operations, Prism and Tempora. The former Liberal Democrat MP admitted he was shocked and mystified by the surveillance capabilities disclosed by the Guardian from files leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden. "The revelations put a giant question mark into the middle of our surveillance state," he said. "The state should not feel itself entitled to know, see and memorise everything that the private citizen communicates. The state is our servant." Huhne also questioned whether the Home Office had deliberately misled parliament about the need for the communications data bill when GCHQ, the government's eavesdropping headquarters, already had remarkable and extensive snooping capabilities. He said this lack of information and accountability showed "the supervisory arrangements for our intelligence services need as much updating as their bugging techniques"."
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+ - Why is it so hard to get a serious 3rd party in place?

Submitted by metrix007
metrix007 (200091) writes "Everyone in the US seems to complain that the Democrats and the GOP are the same ala Kang and Kodos, and that it doesn't make too much of a difference which one you vote for as you will get screwed either way. Well, since the frame work is in place that anyone can form a political party..why isn't that being undertaken seriously?

Organized protests like OWS show that the support is there. Most states don't make it very hard to get on the ballot, and to be in a presidential debate you only need to have 15% support...which if the OWS support is any indication that should be easy.

What is stopping a real 3rd party from taking place? A 3rd party that has separation of church and state, complete support for LGBT, not shutting down the government over healthcare, holding the NSA responsible for the laws that have been broken, holding corporations responsible for the laws they continue to break, fixing patents, fixing copyright, fixing all the ridiculous problems with the hard can it be to get support from 15% of the population for all of that stuff?"

Comment: Re:Link broken? (Score 4, Insightful) 1191

by mdsharpe (#45008101) Attached to: Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)
Seconded. The comments and discussion are the main reason I visit Slashdot several times a day. The new design is an absolute nightmare for reading comments, as they are squashed into an extremely narrow column.
Simply put, if the new design becomes the norm and there's no way to fall back to the current (non-beta) design, I will be visiting a lot less, and will consider it a great loss.

Comment: Re:Purpose of the Always On requirement (Score 1) 581

I suspect that game licensing is precisely what it's for. My guess would be that the console will require verification of a newly introduced game disc at the moment it's loaded. There are no useful user-friendly reasons for this always-on connection that I can see. I think the main reason it's required is for game DRM.

Comment: Re:Kill Confirmed (Score 1) 218

by mdsharpe (#42543287) Attached to: Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th
I was trying to prevent confusion, not be a "smart ass", so I apologise if I gave the wrong impression. However, this is nothing like comparing versions of Outlook. Outlook has always been an end-user e-mail client, wheras the two messengers in question are not alike. One is an IM client, the other was a built-in Windows system service that one typically interacted with at the command line ("net send" etc.).

Comment: Re:Kill Confirmed (Score 1) 218

by mdsharpe (#42533471) Attached to: Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th
Unrelated - the old Messenger service is nothing to do with MSN. The GRC article even says so: "The first thing to understand is that the Windows Messenger Service is completely different from, and not in any way related to, "MSN Messenger", "Windows Messenger", or any other well-known instant messaging system."

Comment: Existing clients everywhere (Score 1) 218

by mdsharpe (#42532121) Attached to: Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th
Makes me wonder what they're going to do about the Messenger clients built in to: Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7, Xbox 360, etc. If these clients are going to stop working, will they push out replacement updates for all of them in time? I doubt it. The current version of Windows 8 Skype app is awful - if that's going to be their primary IM solution on Windows 8 then they're going to have to improve it pretty rapidly between now and mid-March.

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