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Italian Court Throws Out TripAdvisor Fine Over Bad Reviews 37

jfruh writes: TripAdvisor had been fined half a million euros in Italy for publishing "misleading" information in its reviews. But now an Italian court has thrown out that punishment, saying that the site clearly states that the reviews are user-submitted and that TripAdvisor can't confirm all details. In a statement the company said the court's decision, "confirmed what we always knew: that TripAdvisor is a hugely valuable and reliable resource.”

Comment Re:Boost ASIO (Score 1) 427

In the WG21 meeting, the networking technical specification group voted to adopt Boost.ASIO as a starting point.

They have been working on low-level details, so this is a surprising turn-around and it is wonderful news.

I'm not sure if it will make it into C++17, but my fingers are crossed.

Submission Dice, what are you getting by butchering Slashdot ? 2

Taco Cowboy writes: Before I register my account with /. I frequented it for almost 3 weeks. If I were to register the first time I visited /. my account number would be in the triple digits.

That said, I want to ask Dice why they are so eager to kill off Slashdot.

Is there a secret buyer somewhere waiting to grab this domain, Dice ? Just tell us. There are those amongst us who can afford to pay for the domain. What we want is to have a Slashdot that we know, that we can use, that we can continue to share information with all others.

Please stop all your destructive plans for Slashdot, Dice.

Submission Richard Nixon Announces His Approval For Slashdot Beta 3

MightyMartian writes: Former US president (and everyone's favorite funny man) Richard M. Nixon announced his approval of the Slashdot Beta site.

"I was just telling Pat this morning as I made sweet Nixon love to her that what the web needed was a whitespace-riddled atrocity. Slashdot Beta is the Tet Offensive of discussion sites, so screw you, you stupid hippies."

Henry Kissinger was said to have been very pleased as well. Dr. Kissinger was quoted as saying "In Soviet Russia, Slashdot betas you!"

Submission Nerd website found to make viewer's eyes bleed

grommit writes: is a website that is testing out a new "Beta" web design specifically crafted to make the viewer's eyes bleed. Editor samzenpus is quoted as saying, "We were hoping for at least a 70% eye bleed rate (EBR) but when we found out that we're actually generating 95% EBR, we were ecstatic. We are proud to break new ground in unreadable web design!"

Submission Can I buy the Classic interface? 3

Max Hyre writes: LWN almost went under a number of years ago because its volunteer editors couldn't afford to keep it up. The readers rose up and insisted that they be allowed to pay for it.

Can we do the same for Classic?

I'm a nerd. I read. I'm the one in the museum ignoring the display and reading the description. I want text, easily accessible, clearly laid out, and plenty of it. I'll pay to keep the UI I know and love.

The Beta has none of those characteristics. The Beta site is repellent, unusable, and unneeded. I won't use it, and if ``Classic'' goes away, I won't visit /., and it'll be a pity.

How much do you actually receive in revenue for each user? I suspect I'll match it to keep the status quo. Ask us what it's worth to us. I'd certainly pay $1/month, and would think about $5/month. I bet that I'm not alone.

Submission Owner: Vote, your choice: Get rid of Slashdot:Beta OR everyone goes elsewhere-> 1

Ying Hu writes: Slashdot Beta is not Slashdot:
What was loved about Slashdot does not appear in the new design — those creating the latter, please fire yourself and go work for a commercial consumer site (which we never read, and never will). OUR site should work without JavaScript, and JavaScript that IS used should to do something actually desired by a reader or commenter, not waste our bandwidth and CPU, and electricity, sending CRAP onto our computers. Improvements/ plugins,, won't be enough.

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Submission Ask Slashdot: Opinion of slashdot beta? 9

An anonymous reader writes: What are your thoughts about slashdot beta? Post your complaints here so that I don't have to see them elsewhere. Additionally, if the beta is so bad that you don't want to stay, what other news website do you recommend?

Comment Re:That's so sad. (Score 2) 625

If people didn't grow old and die, we'd turn into a society of stodgy, inflexible people lacking dreams and unwilling to compromise over anything.

That is a remarkably pessimistic view of yourself and others. Do you really think that you have become inflexible, lost your dreams, and are less willing to compromise as you have grown?

I speak for myself, but as I have grown to better understand myself and the world around me, I have become far more confident and flexible. I have figured out how to steadily improve my condition and that includes improvements to the speed and efficacy with which I learn new subject matter.

I mean to never stop trying new things and taking on new risky endeavors. It's just that with advancing age and knowledge, I can do so with a better chance of success.

Comment Lots of great new stuff! (Score 5, Interesting) 81

Digia and the Qt Project has been exploding with great new work.

Qt 5.1 is adding initial support for Qt Quick Controls formerly "Desktop Components". These are packaged Qt Quick controls such as sliders and tables with skins for each of the different platforms.

The Qt Project has just recently started shipping the Qt Installer Framework which is a cross-platform installer framework (that is used by the Qt installers). After managing multiple installers on different platforms for my own open source work, I'm really looking forward to digging into this.

Another huge project is the new Qt Build System or qbs. This is a replacement for QMake and I'm really excited to see how it shapes up against CMake.

With the recent advancements in the C++ standard and Qt, it is a very exciting time to be a C++ developer.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.