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Comment: Slashdot was only ever 25% about the news (Score 2) 339

by oddRaisin (#39858429) Attached to: Introducing SlashBI

First off, the new site looks terrible and I'm not likely to read it. When I first browsed over that way I thought it was April 1st and they had sent me to The Onion or CNN; the layout looked that similar.

That being said there are a lot of comments on here about how Slashdot has declined, and I disagree. There _are_ more stories each day which makes the geeky news seem less prominent, but you're always free to skip the articles you don't like! But the real reason I still read /. is because of the comments. The comments have _always_ been the greatest strength of the site. I often learn far more and see more alternate viewpoints about the topic being discussed in the comments than are covered in any article. As long as I keep getting that, I'll still be a /. reader.

Finally, the new site is obviously aimed at non-geeks. Look at the new site as a possible new interface to educate people who aren't geeky but would like to be. SlashBi: The gateway drug to the tech world.

tl;dr comments are Slashdot's real content, the news stories just point the way. Also the new site is ugly and probably not aimed at us.

Comment: Emails and Online Aliases (Score 3, Interesting) 315

by oddRaisin (#39709529) Attached to: How Many Online Aliases Do You Use?

It's not quite an alias, but about 3 months back I switched to hosting my own mail (moving away from gmail). The one big upside was using postifx + mysql, which allows me to create a new alias email every time I do something online. Generally I create a "retail_xxxxxxx" account for buying things online which does two things: 1) makes it easy to filter email into personal and paperwork categories, and 2) allows me to see who's selling my email addresses. It's not as many as you'd think, and it's generally the smaller shops that do it. The one other big upside is that I can redirect a specific email to /dev/null unless I actually want to get the emails; a sort of email mute button.

Comment: Re:And of course... (Score 3, Informative) 738

by oddRaisin (#30063546) Attached to: Microsoft Disconnects Modded Xbox Users

Very carefully, though, they still keep your xbox live account active and charge you the subscription fee.

For those who want to cancel, check out http://www.xbox.com/accounts, change your subscription by clicking the link after subscription renewal (the link says "ON"). Then continue to click through the 5 or 6 pages detailing all the reasons you should stay. Click "Next" through all of that, and you're set.

Comment: Re:A fool and his money are some party (Score 5, Informative) 414

by oddRaisin (#28624129) Attached to: Pickens Calls Off Massive Wind Farm In Texas

Yeah, I'm surprised the summary didn't include the reasons for the decision.

From the article:

In Texas, the problem lies in getting power from the proposed site in the Panhandle to a distribution system, Pickens said in an interview with The Associated Press in New York. He'd hoped to build his own transmission lines but he said there were technical problems.

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