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Comment Firefox is Dying (Score 1) 223

It is official; Netcraft now confirms: FireFox is dying One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered FireFox community when IDC confirmed that FireFox market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all browsers. Coming close on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that FireFox has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Firefox is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing first in the recent Pwn2Own security challenge. You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict FireFox's future. The hand writing is on the wall: FireFox faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for FireFox because FireFox is dying. Things are looking very bad for FireFox. As many of us are already aware, FireFox continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood. Mozilla FireFox is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departure of long time Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FireFox is dying. Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FireFox OS went out of business and was taken over by PalmOS who sell another troubled OS. Now ThunderBird is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house. All major surveys show that FireFox has steadily declined in market share. FireFox is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If FireFox is to survive at all it will be among retro browser dilettante dabblers. FireFox continues to decay. Nothing short of a cockeyed miracle could save FireFix from its fate at this point in time. For all practical purposes, FireFox is dead. Fact: FireFox is dying

Comment Re:Dear Mr Whiplash (Score 1) 435

You're entirely correct that no new projects and very few *active* old projects use it. But there are lots of old and inactive projects that use it. And that source code isn't available anywhere else. SourceForge is like a museum for 90s era source code. At least make it look nice!

Comment Dear Mr Whiplash (Score 1) 435

Thank you. I'm sure you're aware that GitHub has gone full SJW and has started alienating developers. Source Forge may now have an opportunity to regain some market share.

HOWEVER.. Jesus Christ, the SF UI is a train wreck. It sucked in the 90s and sucks today. People put up with it then because there were no other options.

Look, it's about source, right? That is the first word in SourceForge. Open a GitHub project page and *bang* the source is right there. SourceForge? You have to click half a dozen times to find the source. And it's probably that shitty CVS source code viewer. Most people use SourceForge because they like CVS. At least drop that abomination ViewCSV and re-write it so it looks pretty.

Thank you and fuck beta.

Comment two more things (Score 1) 1834

1. get rid of the lameness filter. As they say, a lameness filter on slashdot is like a shit filter on my ass.

2. better tor support. as it is, many tor exit sites are banned (pink banned page). Either remove the bans -or- better yet, create a dedicated, slashdot.onion address.

Comment you need better stories (Score 0) 1834

Every once in a while, I open up the slashdot front page, scan the headlines, then close it. Because there's little or nothing I care about. I don't even care enough to first post. Maybe it's just me. But I used to spend a lot of time here. 1. Fire Nerval's Lobster. 2. Get rid of the video section. Actually, the last video should be a video of nerval being fired. 3. Undo everything dice did. 4. More ESR / RMS flamewars 5. More VI / Emacs flamewars

Comment ATTN: BIZX OVERLORDS (Score 5, Funny) 79

I figure you guys have no idea what slashdot is about. Let me give you a brief history:

2.5 million B.C.: OOG the Open Source Caveman develops the axe and releases it under the GPL. The axe quickly gains popularity as a means of crushing moderators' heads.

100,000 B.C.: Man domesticates the AIBO.

10,000 B.C.: Civilization begins when early farmers first learn to cultivate hot grits.

3000 B.C.: Sumerians develop a primitive cuneiform perl script.

2920 B.C.: A legendary flood sweeps Slashdot, filling up a Borland / Inprise story with hundreds of offtopic posts.

1750 B.C.: Hammurabi, a Mesopotamian king, codifies the first EULA.

490 B.C.: Greek city-states unite to defeat the Persians. ESR triumphantly proclaims that the Greeks "get it".

399 B.C.: Socrates is convicted of impiety. Despite the efforts of, he is forced to kill himself by drinking hemlock.

336 B.C.: Fat-Time Charlie becomes King of Macedonia and conquers Persia.

4 B.C.: Following the Star (as in hot young actress) of Bethelem, wise men travel from far away to troll for baby Jesus.

A.D. 476: The Roman Empire BSODs.

A.D. 610: The Glorious MEEPT!! founds Islam after receiving a revelation from God. Following his disappearance from Slashdot in 632, a succession dispute results in the emergence of two troll factions: the Pythonni and the Perliites.

A.D. 800: Charlemagne conquers nearly all of Germany, only to be acquired by

A.D. 874: Linus the Red discovers Iceland.

A.D. 1000: The epic of the Beowulf Cluster is written down. It is the first English epic poem.

A.D. 1095: Pope Bruce II calls for a crusade against the Turks when it is revealed they are violating the GPL. Later investigation reveals that Pope Bruce II had not yet contacted the Turks before calling for the crusade.

A.D. 1215: Bowing to pressure to open-source the British government, King John signs the Magna Carta, limiting the British monarchy's power. ESR triumphantly proclaims that the British monarchy "gets it".

A.D. 1348: The ILOVEYOU virus kills over half the population of Europe. (The other half was not using Outlook.)

A.D. 1420: Johann Gutenberg invents the printing press. He is immediately sued by monks claiming that the technology will promote the copying of hand-transcribed books, thus violating the church's intellectual property.

A.D. 1429: Natalie Portman of Arc gathers an army of Slashdot trolls to do battle with the moderators. She is eventually tried as a heretic and stoned (as in petrified).

A.D. 1478: The Catholic Church partners with to launch the Spanish Inquisition.

A.D. 1492: Christopher Columbus arrives in what he believes to be "India", but which RMS informs him is actually "GNU/India".

A.D. 1508-12: Michaelengelo attempts to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling with ASCII art, only to have his plan thwarted by the "Lameness Filter."

A.D. 1517: Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the church door and is promptly moderated down to (-1, Flamebait).

A.D. 1553: "Bloody" Mary ascends the throne of England and begins an infamous crusade against Protestants. ESR eats his words.

A.D. 1588: The "IF I EVER MEET YOU, I WILL KICK YOUR ASS" guy meets the Spanish Armada.

A.D. 1603: Tokugawa Ieyasu unites the feuding pancake-eating ninjas of Japan.

A.D. 1611: Mattel adds Galileo Galilei to its CyberPatrol block list for proposing that the Earth revolves around the sun.

A.D. 1688: In the so-called "Glorious Revolution", King James II is bloodlessly forced out of power and flees to France. ESR again triumphantly proclaims that the British monarchy "gets it".

A.D. 1692: Anti-GIF hysteria in the New World comes to a head in the infamous "Salem GIF Trials", in which 20 alleged GIFs are burned at the stake. Later investigation reveals that mayn of the supposed GIFs were actually PNGs.

A.D. 1769: James Watt patents the one-click steam engine.

A.D. 1776: Trolls, angered by CmdrTaco's passage of the Moderation Act, rebel. After a several-year flame war, the trolls succeed in seceding from Slashdot and forming the United Coalition of Trolls.

A.D. 1789: The French Revolution begins with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the Bastille.

A.D. 1799: Attempts at discovering Egyptian hieroglyphs receive a major boost when Napoleon's troops discover the Rosetta stone. Sadly, the stone is quickly outlawed under the DMCA as an illegal means of circumventing encryption.

A.D. 1844: Samuel Morse invents Morse code. Cryptography export restrictions prevent the telegraph's use outside the U.S. and Canada.

A.D. 1853: United States Commodore Matthew C. Perry arrives in Japan and forces the xenophobic nation to open its doors to foreign trade. ESR triumphantly proclaims that Japan finally "gets it".

A.D. 1865: President Lincoln is 'bitchslapped.' The nation mourns.

A.D. 1901: Italian inventor Guglielmo Marcoli first demonstrates the radio. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich immediately delivers to Marcoli a list of 335,435 suspected radio users.

A.D. 1911: Facing a break-up by the United States Supreme Court, Standard Oil Co. defends its "freedom to innovate" and proposes numerous rejected settlements. Slashbots mock the company as "Standa~1" and depict John D. Rockefeller as a member of the Borg.

A.D. 1929: V.A. Linux's stock drops over 200 dollars on "Black Tuesday", October 29th.

A.D. 1945: In the secret Manhattan Project, scientists working in Los Alamos, New Mexico, construct a nuclear bomb from Star Wars Legos.

A.D. 1948: Slashdot runs the infamous headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." Shamefaced, the site quickly retracts the story when numerous readers point out that it is not news for nerds, stuff that matters.

A.D. 1965: Jon Katz delivers his famous "I Have A Post-Hellmouth Dream" speech, which stated: "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the geeks of former slaves and the geeks of former slave geeks will be able to sit down together at the table of geeks... I have a dream that my geek little geeks will one geek live in a nation where they will not be geeked by the geek of their geek but by the geek of their geek."

A.D. 1969: Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to set foot on the moon. His immortal words: "FIRST MOONWALK!!!"

A.D. 1970: Ohio National Guardsmen shoot four students at Kent State University for "Internet theft".

A.D. 1989: The United States invades Panama to capture renowned "hacker" Manual Noriega, who is suspected of writing the DeCSS utility.

A.D. 1990: West Germany and East Germany reunite after 45 years of separation. ESR triumphantly proclaims that Germany "gets it".

A.D. 1994: As years of apartheid rule finally end, Nelson Mandela is elected president of South Africa. ESR is sick, and sadly misses his chance to triumphantly proclaim that South Africa "gets it".

A.D. 1997: Slashdot reports that Scottish scientists have succeeded in cloning a female sheep named Dolly. Numerous readers complain that if they had wanted information on the latest sheep releases, they would have just gone to

A.D. 1999: Miramax announces Don Knotts to play hacker Emmanuel Goldstein in upcoming movie "Takedown"

Comment you should rewrite it in node.js (Score 4, Funny) 234

node.js doesn't block so it's faster than c. And since it's javascript, you can find programmers anywhere. Like that homeless guy holding a "callback(){ return food; }" sign. Underneath the stench is a 10x webscale javascript ninja that can rewrite your code in es6 javascript.

Comment Your. Move. (Score 0) 43

It's not so much that this shows my quick-thinking resourcefulness but that it gives CmdrTaco some material to work with.

Yesterday morning I was completely overcome with the urge to shit. The nearest public restroom was a half-mile away. It wasn't even going to work to step outside the tent to go behind a bush so I... ... grabbed an empty soup can then shat into it.

And another, and another. Only a little into the third.

Then I wiped my ass on a torn-off piece of paper grocery sack.

Stuffed the asswipe into that last can, set all three cans outside the tent, got another couple hours sleep then carried the cans to a trash can a hundred yards away.

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