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Comment FIXME (Score 1) 1838

The stories that slashdotters seem to prefer (myself included) are the ones with lasting impact on society as a whole. If you had to choose between a story about a new programming language that would allow programming of virus/yeast DNA to accomplish distributed computing tasks and a story about another school shooting or giant tsunami disaster, the tech advancement story will always win (unless the byline for the tsunami story is "Linus Torvalds may be among the dead" ... or Hans Reiser is the school shooter after escaping from prison)

Aside from that just put this wannabe BBS code on github and let the community help fix things like:
1. Edit capability
- stackexchange style edit history would be nice
2. Mobile interface
- the current m.slashdot.org is awful #@$@#$^ sliding ads that say my device is infected
3. Horrible configuration
- no configuration with sane defaults would almost be better - worst UI I've seen since libXaw
4. Page speed
- since "Beta" and the huge video/flash ads, I typically read the latest headlines which takes ~10s but have to wait 2X that to load
- allow configuration to show "posts since last visit"
5. Better use of vertical space
- move the author etc to the same line as the post and some of the data, such as time posted and the post number into its popup on a link icon
6. Some sort of markup/down

Replace annoying in-your-face ads with:
1. a sponsored article model of revenue (and mark them as such).
2. affiliate accounts with select sites to have (mutable for registered users) daily deals.
3. a daily sponsor

Video ads are only acceptable on video content.
Audio ads are only acceptable on audio content.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 91

Lets hope the redesign makes it as slow-loading as the Google Groups redesign
Then the slowest loading mailing list on the net will have the company of the slowest loading BBS.
Seriously, G+ needs to heed their own page speed advise.

Comment EPA regs are B.S. (Score 1) 420

Most auto regulations are equipment based when they should be results based.
Mandatory air bags when a 5 point safety harness would be safer, lighter and cheaper (if used)
Mandatory catalytic converters when an electroplated exhaust with a vortex generator could be just as good but improve engine efficient.
Mandating the stoichemetric setpoint that slightly improves emissions at a significant cost to efficiency, how do you think all those mod chips that improve efficiency _AND_ power are so effective?
No other government agency gets to operate like that. Of course companies are going to find ways of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, especially when their way is better. A vw diesel actually emits less during driving conditions because it operates more efficiently and burns less fuel per mile when it operates using its current settings. If you own one and want to do the "right thing" for the environment, only take it in if you spend most of your time parked with the engine running for heat/air (the only conditions where the EPA setpoints work) If you drive a gas guzzling American behemoth and want to do the "right thing" for the environment you have to use a "mod" and possibly be in violation of the DMCA to do exactly what a couple of rogue vw software engineers already did for you.

Comment Standardization first (Score 1) 111

Before any of this can really happen, manufacturers need to get together and develop a standard for each component:
* The touch-screen, lcd and backlight need standardized connectors.
* Speakers and microphones need an interface that supports sufficient current with minimal noise
* SOCs need a standardize pinout for common components so that sets of commonly un-included component groups can easily be set up off chip without a lot of circuitry while also functioning on chips with the kitchen sink.
--- GPU on one side
--- ram on another
--- power supply and peripheral I/O on another
--- radio comms on another
Or whatever, the important thing is that it can be the same, if you don't include a standard component, just leave off those "pins". There should be a standard interface that could be used for any components that are not on board (or even if the SOC can turn them on/off internally)

Comment "or any later version" (Score 1) 171

No business in their right mind would allow any such bull shit in any legal document that they were obligated to.
Version 4 may grant the FSF free license to:
* commercially redistribute and relicense the code as they see fit
* grant unlimited patent waivers for all code using it
* remove warranty disclaimers
* require the developers to pay each user a huge sum of money
* or whatever the hell the Fucking Stupid Fucks (or whatever FSF stands for) feel like

Its like getting a job description that has a phrase like "additional duties as required"
... clean those toilets Mr. engineer.

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