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Comment: Re:Why Care (Score 3, Interesting) 199

by rroman (#46291587) Attached to: Facebook To Buy WhatsApp
In this thread: it is pretty obvious, that not only the "fuck beta" people are pissed. In that thread there were many great comments and suggestions to Dice, what is bad with beta and how should they improve it. After zero effort to improve anything, some of the very skilled people stopped to complain and started to do something about it and other people joined them on Soylentnews. Nowadays, I can assure you, that there is almost no topic on Slashdot that doesn't have some "fuck beta" comments, on Soylentnews there are almost zero "fuck beta" comments and there is also pretty on topic discussion. Surely, it isn't perfect yet, but even today, Soylentnews has better discussion than /.

+ - Community-sourced news site,, goes live 18

Submitted by umafuckit
umafuckit (2980809) writes " is the new way of taking the pulse of the nerd community. Soylentnews is a grassroots-based platform with the content feeds are powered by readers like you. The objective is to highlight news stories of general importance to everyone, but especially nerds. News about technology, art, science and politics: it's all there. Soylentnews is the new kid on the block and will adapt quickly to satisfy our community's needs and and push boundaries like never before. This is a real community site: no changes in format without a general consensus from the community. Stop by and see what you think of the freshly-launched site."

+ - How can I improve my memory retention during studying? 4

Submitted by Sensei_knight
Sensei_knight (177557) writes "How serendipitous! Today I see Slashdot also has an article linking caffeine to long-term memory, but I digress. Recently I returned to college in my 30s after battling a childhood sleep disorder and I now discover staying awake might be the least of my troubles. Now that I failed a few classes I'm trying to analyze and overcome the causes of this recent disaster. Two things are obvious. First, it takes me way too long to complete tasks (as if suffering from time dilation) tests take me approximately twice the amount of time to finish[and the amount of time it takes to study and do homework is cumulative and unsustainable]. Secondly, I just can't seem to remember a whole lot. I know sleep and memory are very closely related, perhaps that's why I have never been able to commit the times tables to memory. my research in the subject of memory has not been very fruitful, therefore I want to ask/Slashdots for input into which angle/direction I should look into next. As for cognitive speed I have completely drawn a blank."

+ - EU Offers Public a Chance to Fix Copyright Law 1

Submitted by Anduril1986
Anduril1986 (1908840) writes "It seems the EU is giving the internet community a chance to give their thoughts on copyright reform. From Torrent Freak:
"Copyright and the Internet have been struggling to get along for many years and some feel we are now due a comprehensive update of the former in order for it to work more harmoniously with the latter. In deciding how to progress the EU Commission has opened a public consultation which allows all citizens – even those in the U.S. – a rare opportunity to change the path of copyright law. But with just three weeks left, time is ticking away.""

Comment: Re:So, who wants to fork. (Score 2) 260

by rroman (#45359873) Attached to: Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January
I don't mean to create flame war or something, but seriously, what aspects of Chrome are so good that Firefox can't match them? It used to be speed, but nowadays I would say that both browsers are pretty fast. In number of extensions, Firefox is the clear leader, so what is the reason?

Comment: Likely scenario (Score 1) 98

by rroman (#44198853) Attached to: Revelations On the French Big Brother
USA: "All countries, ok, we spy on you, but don't criticize us, you do that too"
France: "Hey, that is unacceptable you must stop"
USA: "Shut up France, we highly recommend you that"
USA: "NSA, could you give us some juicy information about France so they don't bitch about it so loud?"
NSA: "Oh yes, here you are."

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