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Websites That Don't Need to Be Made Anymore 161

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but there is a finite number of social networking or selling websites that the world needs. Here is a collection of the eight kinds of websites that absolutely don't need to be made anymore. I'd add dating sites and anybody who uses pop-up ads myself, but I think that would eliminate half the Web.

Disputed Island Disappears Into Sea 460

RawJoe writes "India and Bangladesh have argued for almost 30 years over control of a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have ended the argument for them: the island's gone. From the article: 'New Moore Island, in the Sunderbans, has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said. "What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming," said Hazra.'"

NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List 189

MojoKid writes "From October to December, the advertising departments of a thousand companies exhort children to beg, cajole, and guilt-trip their parents for all manner of inappropriate digital entertainment. As supposedly informed gatekeepers, we sadly earthbound Santas are reduced to scouring the back pages of gaming review sites and magazines, trying to evaluate whether the tot at home is ready for Big Bird's Egg Hunt or Bayonetta. Luckily, The New York Times is here to help. In a recent article provokingly titled 'Ten Games to Cross off Your Child's Gift List,' the NYT names its list of big bads — the video games so foul, so gruesome, so perverse that we'd recommend you buy them immediately — for yourself. Alternatively, if you need gift ideas for the surly, pale teenager in your home whose body contains more plastic then your average d20, this is the newspaper clipping to stuff in your pocket. In other words, if you need a list like this to understand what games to not stuff little Johnny's stocking with this holiday season, you've got larger issues you should concern yourself with. We'd suggest picking up an auto-shotty and taking a few rounds against the horde — it's a wonderful stress relief and you're probably going to need it."

Comment Re:Right after the revolution (Score 2, Informative) 280

I have been a reseller of many things. A profit margin of 10% is amazing in the computer business, Dell being no exception. I sold a lot of Dell stuff (*shudder*). And I am not talking about net, but gross profit. Sometimes 4% was considered worth it. It all comes down to volume, ease of delivery, and credit. Everything else is just a guideline at best. If you worked at a company that only made a 1% net profit, but invested in its people, its infrastructure and its goals, would that be worth it? Supermarkets operate at low margin, but have high volume.


Comment Re:Wrong Comparison (Score 1) 516

Look, I know all you snow-hating people think snow is bad, but snow is one of the best things that has EVER happened. Meanwhile I will think about the snow that is occurring at my house, heated by Fuel Oil #2 (not as cheap relative to gas as one would suppose...) with a propane fake woodstove and a real woodstove. 3 sources of heat, 2 aesthetic, 2 clean for the interior, 2 work in a power outage, and 2 don't require hauling by me. Anyway, sorry for the rant, but snow is good. Snow is fun. Snow makes everything much prettier. And it is fun to ski, snowboard, sled, slip, throw, look at and eat.

I support the non-driving to the library guy only to a certain percent, though, as you don't just rock up to the circulation desk and ask for goatse...which, sadly, accounts for too much rainforest defoliation than one would ever hope for.


I am in Guatemala right now and won't be home to the cold for another month. For the first time I am missing it.

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