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Submission + - Could the Slashdot community take control of Slashdot? 10 10

turp182 writes: This is intended to be an idea generation story for how the community itself could purchase and then control Slashdot. If this happened I believe a lot of former users would at least come and take a look, and some of them would participate again.

This is not about improving the site, only about aquiring the site.

First, here's what we know:
1. DHI (Dice) paid $20 million for Slashdot, SourceForce, and Freecode, purchased from Geeknet back in 2012:
2. Slashdot has an Alexa Global Rank of 1,689, obtaining actual traffic numbers require money to see:
3. According to Quantcast, Slashdot has over 250,000 unique monthly views:
4. Per an Arstechnia article, Slashdot Media (Slashdot and Sourceforge) had 2015Q2 revenues of $1.7 million and have expected full year revenues of $15-$16 million (which doesn't make sense given the quarterly number):

Next, things we don't know:
0. Is Slashdot viable without a corporate owner? (the only question that matters)
1. What would DHI (Dice) sell Slashdot for? Would they split it from Sourceforge?
2. What are the hosting and equipment costs?
3. What are the personnel costs (editors, advertising saleforce, etc.)?
4. What other expenses does the site incur (legal for example)?
5. What is Slashdot's portion of the revenue of Slashdot Media?

These questions would need to be answered in order to valuate the site. Getting that info and performing the valuation would require expensive professional services.

What are possible ways we could proceed?

In my opinion, a non-profit organization would be the best route.

Finally, the hard part: Funding. Here are some ideas.

1. Benefactor(s) — It would be very nice to have people with some wealth that could help.
2. Crowdfunding/Kickstarter — I would contribute to such an effort I think a lot of Slashdotters would contribute. I think this would need to be a part of the funding rather than all of it.
3. Grants and Corporate Donations — Slashdot has a wide and varied membership and audience. We regularly see post from people that work at Google, Apple, and Microsoft. And at universities. We are developers (like me), scientists, experts, and also ordinary (also like me). A revived Slashdot could be a corporate cause in the world of tax deductions for companies.
4. ????
5. Profit!

Oh, the last thing: Is this even a relevant conversation?

I can't say. I think timing is the problem, with generating funds and access to financial information (probably won't get this without the funds) being the most critical barriers. Someone will buy the site, we're inside the top 2,000 global sites per info above.

The best solution, I believe, is to find a large corporate "sponsor" willing to help with the initial purchase and to be the recipient of any crowd sourcing funds to help repay them. The key is the site would have to have autonomy as a separate organization. They could have prime advertising space (so we should focus on IBM...) with the goal would be to repay the sponsor in full over time (no interest please?).

The second best is seeking a combination of "legal pledges" from companies/schools/organizations combined with crowdsourcing. This could get access to the necessary financials.

Also problematic, from a time perspective, a group of people would need to be formed to handle organization (managing fundraising/crowdsourcing) and interations with DHI (Dice). All volunteer for sure.

Is this even a relevant conversation? I say it is, I actually love Slashdot; it offers fun, entertaining, and enlightning conversation (I browse above the sewer), and I find the article selection interesting (this gyrates, but I still check a lot).

And to finish, the most critical question: Is Slashdot financially viable as an independent organization?

Submission + - Windows 10 downloads trying to bend the world wide web->

Ammalgam writes: Microsoft has started rolling Windows 10 out in advance of the July 29th launch. With each new geographical region that slips into July 29th, the world wide web strains just a little more. Experts are saying that Microsoft has reserved up to 40 Tbps with all of the key CDNs. This is an INSANE amount of bandwidth. What’s even crazier is that Microsoft may already have consumed over 10 Tbps and they are just getting started. Are you guys seeing the download on your PC yet?
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Submission + - Poor Pilot Training Blamed for Virgin Galactic Crash-> 1 1

astroengine writes: SpaceShipTwo co-pilot Michael Alsbury was not properly trained to realize the consequences of unlocking the vehicle’s hinged tail section too soon, a mistake that led to his death and the destruction of the ship during a test flight in California last year. Responsibility for the accident falls to SpaceShipTwo manufacturer Scaled Composites, a Mojave, Calif., company owned by Northrop Grumman Corp, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined at a webcast hearing on Tuesday. Poor oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which oversees commercial spaceflights in the United States, was also a factor in the accident, the NTSB said.
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Comment Re:But reasonable disclosure is important (Score 1) 217 217

Calling Google shady now is BS. This is and has been established behavior for Google since Gingerbread.

I don't personally use Google devices (snip)

Thanks for making the rest of your argument totally invalid.
Established and known issues aren't shady. Shady means hidden and deceptive. Google has never been a friend of privacy. This is also well known.
As for your question about apple and M$. Yes, One-drive and IOS do upload without knowledge. The fact IOS did this as default was discovered during the fappening. M$ has been doing this since 2000.
The rest was ignorance that reconfirmed the invalidity of your argument.

Comment Re:Stop the press. The TV is on even after ... (Score 1) 217 217

Okay, I'm a software developer and I see where the usability problem is. The problem is that the program didn't make it clear that the backup was a system option and not a local option.

How do you know this? This sound like an "I'm an idiot and do things I don't understand! Why didn't you protect me from myself?!" kind of question. If the user had been even moderately intelligent about this stuff, then they should have known why it did what it did, and added that into the summary. They didn't, and made it quite clear that they think this is Google trying to steal their photos, rather than themselves making a mistake with their settings.

It could have been a 40 point font warning that required the entire thing to be read before dismissing, and a lot of users would still not remember seeing it. I hardly think that because the user didn't realize what was going on, that it makes this a usability problem.

If I could only give you mod points. Your statement is incredibly true. and My solution to PEBKAC has always been to remove the chair.

Comment Re: Stop the press. The TV is on even after ... (Score 1) 217 217

Enough with the stupid analogies and defending Google. When you uninstall an app, all app-specific components should be deleted, including any background running programs, not just the user facing GUI program.

The photo uploader was not deleted and the question remains whether this was intentional and malicious to allow Google access to photos it was no longer authorized or entitled to.

You are misunderstanding something very basic. You believe that what you put on your phone is yours and yours alone. You are wrong.
As along as you HAVE a Google account, GOOGLE IS AUTHORIZED to access to photos and other content on the android phone. Go read your account info.

Comment Re:But reasonable disclosure is important (Score 1) 217 217

Calling Google shady now is BS. This is and has been established behavior for Google since Gingerbread. Goggle WILL upload everything by default unless you block google play and google play services. However if you do that, you get no maps no app updates and no other of the services provide, You basically have phone with a computer in it. This isn't going to change. You think apple or Microsoft are any better? No they are worse. Apple has been doing it secretly for alot longer. So has Microsoft. If you own a smart phone today, the truth is you can be pinpoint tracked, and see everything you have taken, downloaded or use. Because everytime you disable an app like that you reduce the functionality of the phone which sadly they way they set up the phone, reduces its lifespan. Is it right? No. But it will continue to happen because we all sold our privacy for the sake of convenience. Google photos and the fapperning are the beginning of the harvest. Just wait until you have to pay using Google wallet, or apple pay etc.

Comment Re:How about? (Score 1) 189 189

So you actually think that receptical is for recycling? Ask them to provide you the name of the place they actually use. If they really recycle it, their upper mgmt (store and assistant store and floor mgr) will know. However, the truth is more likely. Target, Wal-mart and Costco all dump them into their compactor which goes straight to a landfill. As a matter of fact, the nice little bins in target all go to their compactor because all they have in the back rooms is a place to recycle hangers, recycle cardboard (a baler) and a compactor. So if you think you are recycle your plastic containers by taking them to target or walmart, you aren't, you just making a worker dump them in their compactor.

Comment Re:this thing comes and goes. (Score 1) 818 818

I am going to say this here because I think its important and I don't care if I lose karma it. It is an observation I have noticed that people are ignoring. Why do you think people who as you described are going to go peacefully away. They aren't. What is going to happen is the opposite. This country broke in half before over this. It can again. This can actually lead to a real war with real blood and destruction.
It is naive to think this country as divided as it is and as apathetic as its voters are will remain together. Charleston was a rare beacon of hope. Ferguson is the truth. People on both sides are tired of each other and their philosophies.
As for

Gay marriage, women's healthcare, minority rights, and the abortion debate have all been settled for you by a majority of your peers.

those peers you speak of each 150 million at BEST.
This world has 7 billion. 2 billion believe Gay marriage, women's healthcare, minority rights, and the abortion debate are things worthy of death according to their various gods. Isis and the even the excepted standard govt in Indonesia say gay is a death penalty crime. Woman are inferior and raped habitually in India and have no rights most muslim countries. Minoritys are regularly slaughtered all across africa, middle east and india (ask the tibetians, the kurds and the plaestianians in gaza about their minority rights.) Aborting a fetus outside of Europe and some major cities of south America and Australia can get the mother killed.
You are not enlighted, you are rose colored glass deluded that you think you can change this country. YOU CAN"T. Al you and the others are doing is causing anger. That will lead to more terrorism and finally it will lead to some governor saying fuck it and suddenly we have fort sumter all over again. Only three states can support themselves, Two are liberal one, isn't.
So I wouldnt we happy at all. I would be worried about a Reichstag fire

Comment Re:50-30-10 To Be The Rule (Score 0) 273 273

Editing for accuracy

Airline love to terrorize and torture their "beloved" customers.

Look for more Terrorism and Torture from the Majors.

Gate Clerk: Eat this BBQ pork sandwhich.

Traveler: Why The Fuck should I!

Gate Clerk: By International Law you must eat pork to verify that you are NOT Muslim.

Traveler: So you are profiling?

Well that is our world after all today.

Comment Re:Why bother with new rules? (Score -1, Flamebait) 273 273

Please do. I want to watch the video of you getting booted off a flight. What you don't understand is there is an actual law that gives Flight attendants tthe right to do just if you disobey. General Operating and Flight Rules (14 CFR Part 91)
So yeah, part of the contractually-agreed price is that you acceed to those rules which gives you the choice of having three inches of leg room for six hours or not flying at all. I worked as a passenger assistant for United and Southwest, so I know. Thats for making me laugh.

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