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Comment Re:Beta (Score 1) 238

And yet, the number of on-topic comments hasn't increased, either. It's not that people are getting accustomed to beta, it's that they're leaving.

We're locked into the current two-party system by the very nature of first-past-the-poll voting. We're more-or-less locked into Youtube by its sheer mass: your average Joe doesn't have the server space or $$ to hold all that video content like Google does.

We're not locked into slashdot. We have nostalgic feelings for it, but that's all.

And low UIDs. Any replacement site will have to allow UID porting

Comment Re:Sounds great (Score 1, Interesting) 238

I used to get them all the time, and without anything changing, I have not seen them for ages.

I lost them 12 years ago, after modding in The first Slashdot troll post investigation. That was back in the days you got 5 points to mod with, and posts said how many times they'd been moded, rather than just an aggregate score.

The blacklist was removed several years later, probably about 3 years ago.

Since then it's been fairly regular, last about a week ago. I don't use beta as it's crap.

Comment Re:Time to leave, Slashdot is dead. (Score 1) 2219

Slashdot is dying; Netcraft confirms it.

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Nerd/Geek website Slashdot.org was found dead in it's internet home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss it - even if you didn't enjoy its work, there's no denying its contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Comment Re:NOOOOOOOOO (Score 1) 293

Sorry, the number zero was an created 3700 years ago, and not in India.

Sorry, but you're wrong, racist, and fat.

"By 1740 BCE the Egyptians had a symbol for zero in accounting texts. The symbol nfr, meaning beautiful, was also used to indicate the base level in drawings of tombs and pyramids and distances were measured relative to the base line as being above or below this line." - wikipedia

So Egypt 3,700 years ago.

"The concept of zero as a number and not merely a symbol or an empty space for separation is attributed to India, where, by the 9th century AD, practical calculations were carried out using zero, which was treated like any other number, even in case of division"

So India 1,100 years ago

Comment Re:NOOOOOOOOO (Score 2) 293

Sorry, the decimal system was being used in other places than India over 3000 years ago.

And india is hardly a great use of numbers -- paying 10,00,000 rather than 1,000,000 rupees for something. Non standard and confusing.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

Comment Re:"Looks like we got ourselves a thinker!" (Score 1, Insightful) 412

Gameshows are supposed to be interesting to watch

Really? I watched an gameshow on a US network once. The format was something like this

[commercials]
Previously: [recap asking one question for 3 minutes]
Now: ask new question, guy gives new answer, guy founds out if he's right [4 minutes]
Next: [preview guy being asked more questions for 2 minutes]
[commercials]

And so on. If you trim it down you get about 15 minutes an hour of new material. That's not interesting.

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