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Comment: paste this to cut the BETA (Score -1, Offtopic) 249

by otterpopjunkie (#46193495) Attached to: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

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.

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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:Microsoft ruined PC gaming... (Score 0) 201

by otterpopjunkie (#30150336) Attached to: AMD Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Card Sweeps Benchmarks
Wow, I had no idea the gaming community was dead on PC.. *slight sarcasm* Maybe it is dying, but I didn't notice. I see all kinds of games online through Steam coming out. And I know a lot of them didn't begin as console games. Yeah, anecdotal, I know, but I'm not worried. As for 2k for a gaming rig? It doesn't take that much to compete with the 360 for graphics. 8800GT and you're set. You cant play it all on high settings but I sure as heck can play Crysis with it looking good. I understand the exaggeration, but in my opinion the PC gaming market will not die anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Sprint (Score 0) 520

by otterpopjunkie (#30080788) Attached to: Verizon Doubles Early Termination Fee and More
I got sprint for two years - it was the cheapest plan @ 35/mo. Ended up paying close to $60 every month.. and I hardly went over my minutes at all. Hidden fees and taxes out the ying yang.

Now I have ATT, wayy more minutes, better service, rollover, and I pay $45 or less every month.

Although a friend highly recommended verizon. What a vicious cycle of pain.

*Living in Alaska and Washington State.

Comment: Re:Sucks To Be You (Score 1) 383

by nine-times (#29993514) Attached to: Google Betas Chrome 4, Touts 30% Speed Boost

So I'll ask you this: how, pray tell, do you explain how properly-installed Linux has its rock-solid stability on such a wide variety of hardware? If indeed the support of a wide variety of commodity PC hardware is the cause of instability

I think the idea is more that Linux is rock-solid because they don't have crappy closed-source drivers from every little hardware vendor. Suddenly Linux's lack of hardware vendor support is a plus, since writing their own drivers increased the stability. So Windows is pretty solid so long as you're using well supported hardware with well written drivers, but you get the BSOD when you install some crappy driver from some random hardware vendor and that driver goes AWOL.

Now I'm not a Windows fan, but I've supported Windows since WfW 3.11, and I believe that there's at least some truth to this idea. If you install Windows XP or anything after (maybe excepting Vista when it was first released) on good hardware with good drivers, the BSOD should be pretty rare.

And the thing with Macs isn't just that they only have to support a smaller selection of hardware, but that they get to control exactly which hardware and then test and approve the drivers. If there's some video chipset from a given manufacturer that isn't going to work well for their OS, they just don't include that chipset in any of their systems. It's true that neither Linux developers nor Microsoft have that luxury, and I believe it's at least partially responsible for Apple's reputation of being solid and that everything "just works". It's much easier to make a solid system where everything works out of the box if you're controlling both the hardware and the software.

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