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Submission + - Boycott Beta 2

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

Submission + - Slashdot BETA Discussion ( 60

mugnyte writes: With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style.

Submission + - Al Lowe tries crowd funding for Leisure Suit Larry remake (

powelly writes: After Double Fine's Adventure successful crowd funding, Al Lowe is attempting to emulate that success. Past Sierra veterans have been brought back together for a remake of the original Leisure Suit Larry point-and-click adventure.
If funding is achieved Al is planning on further remakes of the series and even a new Larry game, as well as remaking other Sierra favourites.


Submission + - CyanogenMod and back again (

An anonymous reader writes: Since the arrival of the Galaxy Nexus, my phone has been completely stock, no root access and no custom ROMs. Unfortunately that had to change today, as I moved my Galaxy Nexus back to CyanogenMod 9. Most of the features I really enjoy about CyanogenMod can be rigged up in a normal build of Android. There are apps out there for almost all of them, but CyanogenMod offers them all up in a package where the options are streamlined right into my settings. It’s clean, and it is just as stable as stock Android from my experience. Plus, the recent move by CyanogenMod to make builds default to a non-rooted state makes the experience as close to being just as secure as a stock build as possible in the Android world.

Submission + - Borat used for Patent prior art (

Kurofuneparry writes: "Rarely does patent law meet pop culture so hilariously. But it gets to a more important point: An invention cannot be patented if there has been a public disclosure of said invention prior to the date of filing." Not exactly a tech patent, but it does comically display the kind of prior art searches that are often being done so poorly in the tech industry by the over-burdened patent office. After talking about how a "scrotal support garment" patent is invalidated by the Borat movie, the article also mentions a case involving Apple last year as well as a case in which the Bible was used for prior art.

A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.