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Comment Re:Begun they have... (Score 2) 234

Beta does look like ass -- but corporations chasing profits only care about the profits.

You presume that the people making the decisions know what the fuck they are doing. I don't think they do.

Becoming yet another website of pablum without a niche isn't going to bring in any profits, the competition for the most mediocre site on the net is just too fierce.

Comment Re:Insight into Dice's Thought Process (Score 2) 9

Those users are leaving, sir!

Indeed. The problem that I have with slashdot beta is that there is nothing in it for me. I don't see anything that is an improvement for me as a technical user. And if I missed something, there hasn't been much of an effort to inform me.

Here's what I want:

(0) Minimal frills - function over form
    this implies:
      dense information presentation - don't waste screen space
      zero javascript puffery - only use javascript if it is absolutely necessary
      don't try to get clever with the UI - KISS

(1) Easy to browse new stories
(2) Fast and easy to read comments
(3) Easy to comment
(4) Easy to search old stories and comments

I don't care about mobile - who reads slashdot on their phone? We read it at the office to kill time during things like a build.

Comment Re:Illegal HOW EXACTLY (Score 1) 298

Until ISPs are classified as common carriers, the FCC will not have the authority to enforce any level of net neutrality - which a former FCC chairman has recently stated. I have not said, and do not believe, that we have ever had any level of net neutrality.

We had exactly that until 2005 when the FCC reclassified DSL and CATV ISPs as "information services" (not common carrier) from their previous classification of "telecommunications service" (common carrier) which they had held since the inception of the internet.

Comment Re:Debate? (Score 3, Insightful) 593

It's about exposing Ham's congregation to actual arguments. If fundie parents sit down and watch this with their kids, the kids might come away with a few new ideas.

So right. There is no easy solution to the problem of excessive religiosity. No matter what you do you will have a very high failure rate. But if you don't try you will have a 100% failure rate.

Comment Re:Sensitive information? (Score 1) 152

It's not a leak, it is required to ensure a fair and equitable taxation system.

You are going to have to explain that one. Property taxes don't vary by who owns the property. And if you don't pay the taxes, the state will seize the property, regardless of the owner of record so it isn't like you can get away with not paying just because your name isn't directly on the records.

Comment Re:Sensitive information? (Score 4, Informative) 152

Yeah, online property records are a big privacy leak. You can do things to obfuscate it -- put the property in a land trust if your state permits it (do it when you buy it, as historical information is also available) or buy it in the name of a new mexico llc (which have minimal reporting requirements, so you don't have to disclose your ownership of the llc - you can use a NM llc in any state).

Comment Re:Here's what's funny about all of this (Score 1) 159

FWIW, the overwhelming number of acts of terrorism are nationalist/separatist. Something like 95% of cases. That includes stuff like white power in the US as well as things like the chechen conflict. Surprisingly, over the last 30 years or so the FBI logged more cases of puerto-rican nationalist terrorism than any other single motivation.

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