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Comment Re:Seems silly (Score 5, Insightful) 48

Perhaps it would have also seemed silly to try to save many the scrolls from the destruction of the Library of Alexandria. No doubt many of those covered mundane details of ordinary life -- land transactions, farming methods, political deals. Certainly it would not be apparent to those who lived at that time that such trivia would hold any interest even a few years later, let alone centuries hence. But it does. And there is no way for us to know, in 2015, whether or not the manual for a Tektronix 545 oscilloscope (circa 1955) will be of interest to anyone in 2055. But we should know that if we let all the copies disappear, that the question will be moot: we'll have removed the possibility...and thus the possibility of whatever insight could be gained.

I stood in that room and held that manual in my hands yesterday. Then I put it in one of the many (many!) boxes headed for storage, against the day when it can be pulled out and scanned. Perhaps I'll be the last person to ever glance through it; or perhaps, sometime in the future, someone else will come across it and say a silent thank-you to those responsible for preserving it from oblivion.

This is part of our history -- encapsulated in voltage meters and PROM programmers, broadcast amplifiers and 68000 development boards. It is not disposable. It is not expendable. And so if you'll excuse me, I'm going to head over there and get back to work.

Comment LinkedIn: vicious, unrepentant, prolific spammers (Score 1) 50

If you support LinkedIn or have an account there, then YOU are part of the problem. You're not only implicitly endorsing spam, you're generating it, supporting it, and funding it.

If you don't support LinkedIn and have blacklisted or firewalled them: good. That's the correct professional response to any abuser/attacker.

If you haven't blacklisted/firewalled them, then you'll want this:

Remember to block all IP traffic bidirectionally so that LinkedIn can't reach your network and so that anyone on your network can't reach them. This is especially important if you run mailing lists, since LinkedIn will spam those too. I also recommend checking to see any of the spammers who work for LinkedIn have managed to get on your mailing lists: if so, unsubscribe and ban them.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Insightful) 195

The inferior people at Dice -- you know, the same ones trying to shove their shitty Beta site down our throats -- are actually not clueful enough to realize that this is a very old idea. Whitelisting OS resources, applications, networks, IP addresses, etc. has long been an effective security measure, and I've deployed everywhere I've been for the past 15 years or so.

It appears that the Dicedroids think everyone is as stupid and clueless as they are.

Comment Re:There is a lesson here for slashdot (Score 1) 175

This. One hundred times this.

The teachable moment for Dice is RIGHT NOW. They can either admit what everyone knows (that Beta is a horrible downgrade and should be killed immediately) or they can let their massive out-of-control egos continue to drive their decision making...and drive Slashdot right off a cliff.

The question that remains is whether they're smart enough to realize that, or whether they will persist on the path they've chosen -- which leads inexorably to a future where people talk about Slashdot in the past tense and catalog its downfall alongside that of other sites whose operators failed to listen to their masters: US.

My money is on the latter. Every response I've seen so far from them is full of PR happytalk and bullshit. I think they truly believe that they can pull this off if they lie about it long enough and consistently enough. After all, that's how business is done these days, for the most part.

Submission + - An open letter to the management of Slashdot. 14

onyxruby writes: I have been watch for some time now as Slashdot has started beta testing a new version of the website. As you are well aware the new site would constitute a complete change to the look, interface and functionality of

Change happens, and for those of us who work with technology for a living it is the only constant. Change is a process and in and of itself is not a bad thing when it offers improvement. Unfortunately the change that has been offered negatively impacts the look, interface and most importantly the functionality of Slashdot.
Many people have had trouble reverting back to the classic interface. The new interface simply does not offer the functionality of the old. Things like statistics, comments and layout are very difficult to find. You have a community that lives and breathes data and want to know their data. How is my comment ranked, how many people responded – it’s really all about the dialogue. Can I get the information that I want in a readily digestible format?

As you’re well aware the new site does not offer the very thing that people come here for. This in and of itself is not why your community has organized a boycott of Beta. The boycott was originated because the new version will be implemented whether the community wants it or not.

I want to explain why this change has gone down people’s throats about as well as Windows 8’s Metro interface. The reason has absolutely nothing to do with the interface and everything to do with the perception that the editors and management of Slashdot appear to have.

The message that has been consistently handed down is that we are “your audience”. We are not your “your audience” we are your product. People do not come to Slashdot for the news stories, there are untold other sites that provide those as well as professional and original writing about them. People come here for the community of insiders from across the industry.

Please respect the community and stop what you’re doing. You have commented that you don’t want to maintain two code bases. Your community works in the industry and understands this, which leads many to suggest you abandon the new code base entirely so that you are only maintaining once code base. Tell us what your trying to accomplish and I would imagine that a wide range of experts would be more than willing to help you meet your goals.

Comment Re:And that's exactly what I asked for. (Score 1) 2219

No one comes to /. to read the stories.

That's absolutely true. The editors here are young, inexperienced, naive, and largely clueless. Which is to be expected, we were all that once upon a time. However, the commenters include a good number of older people with significant experience and knowledge, and THEY are clearly a thousand times more important than any of the interchangeable, expendable editors.

The most important thing that this fucked-up Beta teaches us is that Dice does not understand that previous paragraph. It proves to us that they're arrogant, self-important, egotistical assholes who think we're sheep to be herded as they see fit. It's probably going to be necessary to teach them a lesson, and I suspect that the form the lesson will take is the rotting carcass of Slashdot nailed to the wall, because they are clearly LYING when they claim to be listening.

Which is not surprising: MBAs are stupid people, that's why they don't have real degrees. But It is disappointing to see how spineless Timothy and the others are. If they actually had any backbone at all, the editors would side with the users and resign en masse in protest.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 2219

That's an excellent point. This is clearly management happytalk bullshit being fed to Timothy, who is obediently regurgitating it to us and hoping that we're naive and stupid enough to believe that they're "listening".

They're not listening. If they were listening, Beta would already be completely abandoned and we would be reading a full public apology from the people responsible.

The ONLY acceptable response is the instant and permanent removal of the Beta. Period. All other responses are lies.

Submission + - /. Beta comments don't work, users upset. ( 4

magic maverick writes: Since the new /. Beta came to light, many /. users and commentators have tried it out. However, they are almost universally condemning the new commenting system. It simply isn't as good as the so called Classic system. Some users, however, haven't a bad thing to say. Mainly because they haven't had a chance to even use the new system. It simply doesn't load. One user, Magic Maverick , who lives in a third-world country with crappy Internet, had this to say:

I come to /. for the comments, but with the new Beta, I can't even see anything! It just says:

''Shazbot! We ran into some trouble getting the comments. Try again... na-nu, na-nu!

It seems like the "developers" need to take some advice from people who actually know what they are doing. I'm happy to help explain what graceful degradation means if they like...

Submission + - Dice Holdings, Inc, deleting unflattering stories from Slashdot firehose 4

An anonymous reader writes: Stories submitted to the Slashdot firehose that take a negative view on the site's redesign are being deleted. 4 hours ago, it was full of anti-beta posts. Now they are gone. That's right. A forum that usually leaves V14GRA spam in place for posterity is deleting user content.

Submission + - Slashdot goes kerplunk 4

An anonymous reader writes: dice abandons slashdot classic look forcing long-time users to abandon slashdot.

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