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Comment The Tree-hugging Hippie License version 1.0 (Score 1) 480

If I were to publish my own software using a license that was like the GPL v3 except for a clause that said "This software may not be used by the military, the police or by any paramilitary or intelligence organisation, including the NSA", would that be a bad thing? If so, how and why?

(The subject line is just a joke. I'm a vegetarian and climate activist in real life and have been called "tree-hugging hippie" on more than one occasion.)

Comment There are other options that are cheaper (Score -1, Flamebait) 421

Instead of paying $1500 for Google Glass, why not make your own!
You'll need an old pair of sunglasses, a piece of cardboard, sticky tape and a felt-tip pen.

Remove the glasses from the glass frame, write "Punch Here!" on the cardboard and tape it to the upper part of the frame above the eyes. Ta da!

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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass? 421

lunatick writes "I put in my application for Google Glass as a joke. I never figured I would be selected. Well in less than one week I got my invite to buy Google Glass. My main hold back is the $1500 price tag for a device that just seems to be a camera and navigation aid. Does anyone in the /. community have Google Glass and can they give some advice to the rest of us considering it?"

Comment I don't use cell phones (Score 0) 171

I don't have any old cell phones, because I don't use cell phones, and I don't want to use cell phones.

I am appalled at how cell phones have made people into zombies.
They walk the streets very slowly with eyes focused on their tiny screens, stopping in street corners, in narrow entryways, in pathways in the supermarket and sometimes suddenly in front of me. They are a nuisance.
I once saved one of these zombie-women from being run-over by a train when she while texting walked out into a railroad crossing just ahead of the falling booms ignoring the klaxons and the flashing light.
She could have died if I had not stepped in, but she just ignored that she had been in real mortal danger and continued texting.

Then there is the radiation. Science has still not concluded enough for me that cell phone radiation in the normal doses you get from a cell phone would not do me harm. On the contrary, there are more and more paper being published on the subject proving yet and yet again that cell phone radiation is harmful to brain cells of lab animals, although with much smaller heads than we have. Nerve cells get stressed and die. There are even a hypothesis that the radiation itself could cause addiction to it, although there is quite a bit of tissue in the human brain that would absorb that radiation before it would reach the centre of the brain where it would have an effect .. or is there?

No, I choose not to become a zombie. Thank you.

Submission + - Fans of original RoboCop movie recreate movie scene by scene

Misagon writes: Our RoboCop Remake is a fan-made scene-by-scene comedy re-creation of the original RoboCop from 1987.

"As big fans of the original RoboCop, and as filmmakers and film fans admittedly rolling our eyes at the Hollywood remake machine, we've elected to do this remake thing our own way."

The fan-film is available for free online viewing at It contains (fake) nudity, blood and gore making it definitely NSFW

Comment Re:Bad timing, hope this helps. (Score 1) 573

Maybe it is how jQuery is being used...

I think that any web site that relies on Javascript for basic functionality is fundamentally broken.
There is standard model for how web pages should work: it is through regular HTML and HTTP POST and GET requests. Javascript is, while useful, only an extension to HTML (so-to-speak), which should, when used, be used to enhance the user interface/user experience.

There are just too many sites out there that break the normal way of interacting with a web page through a web browser, only loading things on a single page dynamically thus breaking the use of the Back and Forward buttons, not allowing pages to be opened in new windows, etc.

Comment Let's fork Slashdot! (Score 1) 10

Slashdot runs on SlashCode, which is open source.
The content (stories, comments and moderation) of Slashdot is user-contributed.
All that Dice Holdings really has is the domain name and the database with the user accounts.

I say we "fork" Slashdot! Let's create a new site that looks and feels like the old one.
The difficult part would be to make users migrate.

Some users will have to work on creating "stories" on the "beta" site with a link to our new site, so that they know where to migrate to. Other users can upvote those stories so that they get onto the front page.

The forked Slashdot could get its stories from "beta" site's RSS feed, at the start.
Let every First Post on Dice-Slashdot be a link to the same story on the new site.

If enough users are as committed to it as they are to complaining about the "beta" site, it can be done.

Submission + - Nerd website found to make viewer's eyes bleed

grommit writes: is a website that is testing out a new "Beta" web design specifically crafted to make the viewer's eyes bleed. Editor samzenpus is quoted as saying, "We were hoping for at least a 70% eye bleed rate (EBR) but when we found out that we're actually generating 95% EBR, we were ecstatic. We are proud to break new ground in unreadable web design!"

Submission + - What site would you recommend to replace Slashdot? 1

koreanbabykilla writes: Now that it looks like I'm no longer going to be able to use Slashdot due to, I need somewhere to kill a few hours a day at work. Any suggestions?

Comment Re:Where to go after Slashdot? (Score 5, Interesting) 573

Slashcode, which the site runs on is open source. Could we create a new, independent Slashdot that runs classic Slashcode ... and get it to host the same community as is hosted here?

Slashdot is based on user content. Once enough users are as active on the new site as they are on the old, the new site will be viable as a replacement.

Some users would have to work on the old site to submit and upvote "stories" with posters and links to the new site, to make people understand which site that they should migrate to.

Submission + - Owner: Vote, your choice: Get rid of Slashdot:Beta OR everyone goes elsewhere ( 1

Ying Hu writes: Slashdot Beta is not Slashdot:
What was loved about Slashdot does not appear in the new design — those creating the latter, please fire yourself and go work for a commercial consumer site (which we never read, and never will). OUR site should work without JavaScript, and JavaScript that IS used should to do something actually desired by a reader or commenter, not waste our bandwidth and CPU, and electricity, sending CRAP onto our computers. Improvements/ plugins,, won't be enough.

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