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Comment Fix the mobile site (Score 2) 1839

I often read Slashdot using Safari on my iPhone 6+. The mobile site has several very intrusive problems. Really, it's the most broken website I regularly browse. Many features that I can take for granted as working on other websites due to the nature of web browsers (e.g. the browser "back" button) simply don't work. I often resort to using the iPhone's features to bypass the mobile site to go to the desktop site instead. (If anybody is wondering how to do this: Hold down the "reload" button, and then choose "Request Desktop Site"). Specific problems with the mobile site include:

1) The 'back' button is broken. If I am on the home page, and I click on an article title, and then click some sort of option (e.g. "Outstanding") to filter down the returned articles, and then want to go back to the home page, the browser's 'back' button does not work. (Clicking it typically takes me to the site I was browsing before I started browsing Slashdot.) This is hugely irritating. If I want to go back to the home page and pick another story, I typically have to use the on-screen keyboard to type into the URL control again. Please Don't Break The Back Button!

2) In a situation such as described in 1), the "Stories" button at the top of the page doesn't work either. Clicking the "Stories" link to go back to the homepage only seems to work if no other links have been clicked since the story was clicked on from the homepage. If other options (e.g. "Outstanding") have been clicked, the Stories button either does nothing, or my click goes "through" it to whatever was under the button (which may be a random link from within the story comments, resulting in some surprising destinations.) The fact that the Stories button doesn't work is actually kind of ironic, since a simple link to "" would be trivial to implement, work just fine, and not have the problems that the current implementation does. Instead, it seems to be trying to keep some sort of memory as to what the previous page was, but whatever it's doing doesn't work.

3) The set of default filtering options when I enter a story page, even without logging in, should be such that I see a small but reasonable number (say, 20-30) of top-rated comments. As things currently stand, I usually have to click something like "Outstanding" to get to a resonable filtering state, which triggers problem #2 that I mentioned above.

4) When I attempt to use filtering on a story's comments, the site attempts to filter out comments that are too low for the currently set threshold. However, the header of the filtered-out comments are displayed quite large, and the text "Filtered due to preferences" is also displayed quite large, with excess whitespace around it. The net effect is that the filtered-out comments take up almost as much space as they would have if they hadn't been filtered out, which defeats the purpose of filtering them out in the first place. I think filtered out comments should have their headers displayed in font large enough to be (barely) legible, but otherwise use minimal space, and preferably be displayed completely on one line. They should not try to draw attention to themselves: They should be unobtrusive so I can focus on the comments that haven't been filtered out, and click on the filtered-out ones only if I want to get more details on a particular thread.


Submission + - Spitzer telescope finds traces of planet collision (

SpuriousLogic writes: A Nasa space telescope has found evidence of a high-speed collision between two burgeoning planets orbiting a young star. Astronomers say the cosmic smash-up is similar to the one that formed our Moon some four billion years ago, when a Mars-sized object crashed into Earth. In this case, two rocky bodies are thought to have slammed into one another in the last few thousand years. Details are to be published in the Astrophysical Journal. The collision involved one object that was at least as big as our Moon and another that was at least as big as Mercury. The impact destroyed the smaller body, vaporising huge amounts of rock and flinging plumes of hot lava into space. Infrared detectors on Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to pick up the signatures of the vaporised rock, along with fragments of hardened lava, known as tektites.

Submission + - AMD Releases 3GHz Athlon 64 X2 6000+

mikemuch writes: "AMD's new processor, released today, has a higher clock speed than the top Intel dual core and a lower thermal envelope than AMD's recent efforts, but it still trails Intel in game, application, and media encoding benchmarks, and it still uses only a 90nm manufacturing process. The good news is that at $459 (in bulk) it's a little bit cheaper than the closest Intel competitor, the Core 2 Duo E6700 CPU."

Submission + - The Prettiest Sunset & Sunrise Gallery on the

An anonymous reader writes: Attu of says "One of the most beautiful things you can capture on photos is the setting of the sun. And if you want to see the setting of the sun in all it's beauty, you should have clicked the link..." Attu is right. So take a few mintues and travel the world via this spectacular photo gallery of beautiful sunsets and sunrises (high-resolution images included).

Submission + - 12 crackpot deas that could transform tech

InfoWorldMike writes: "Technologies that push the envelope of the plausible capture our curiosity almost as quickly as the could-be crackpots who dare to concoct them become targets of our derision. Here are a dozen, from the harebrained to the practical, that have a history of raising eyebrows and just might have a hand in transforming the future of the technology landscape: Superconducting computing, solid-state drives, autonomic computing, DC power, holographic and phase-change storage, artificial intelligence, e-books, desktop web apps, Project Blackbox, quantum computing/cryptography, and the semantic Web. Check out InfoWorld's slideshow of these top crackpot contenders and nominate your favs here."

Submission + - Professional Wikis For Science

An anonymous reader writes: There are many questions concerning the accuracy of content contained in Wikipedia,as well as it's future funding. There are more and more wikis popping up that want to real in the experts and keep out the novices and vandals. Here's a demo of a new wiki, WikiProfessional ,that may be able to solve number of these issues at once. Nothing to shake a stick at, though the above link is just a demo, the quotes on the demo indicate serious interest from some higher ups in the biology world...mainly the protein world. It's also clear that this wiki model is based on key biological databases(Nature subscribers only), not simply articles. The big question is will this model be embraced and can it be expanded to other domains of lifescience and beyond?
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Submission + - Best Money Management Software?

An anonymous reader writes: I want to start managine my personal finances on my computer. What's the best software program to use? I hear good things about Quicken and Microsoft Money, but are any of those open source financial programs any good? (JCash, GNUcash, Grisbi, etc.)
The Internet

Submission + - Who Is Monitoring Your Domain Searches?

An anonymous reader writes: It has happened to most of us:

        * A perfect domain name pops into your mind.
        * A quick check at your favorite domain registrar reveals that the domain is still available.
        * For some reason, you put off the actual registration for a few days.
        * And when you come back to finally register the domain, it's taken by someone else!

In many cases, this is simply a coincidence. But there are increasing reports of domain search data being sold to domain tasting companies which then register your domain ideas to see if they attract any traffic. -monitoring-searches.html

Submission + - Fantasy novel serialized on web

Jon Lundy writes: Lawrence Watt Evans has been serializing novels using a donation strategy. His traditional publishers found weren't interested in the series, but his fans were. His second novel is almost done at

This seems to be an interesting alternative to the current publishing mechanisms, where the readers and writer can use the internet directly to get a book published, that the traditional publishing house wasn't interested in.

Submission + - Tesla to produce a standard electric

WindBourne writes: Apparently, Elon Musk is going to sell Electric cars to the middle class masses, not just the wealthy.Musk's Tesla Motors, based out of San Carlos, California, will use the plant to produce its "WhiteStar" car — a four door, five passenger sports sedan which is 100 percent electric. I will be be nice to see this encourage GM/Ford/Toyota/Honda/etc to get the true hybrids and electrics out the door sooner, rather than later.

Submission + - "Self-Made" Software?

atanas writes: "The term 'self-made software' has been popping up all over lately. According to some industry watchers, 'mashup' applications are ready for the enterprise. And big players like IBM are rolling out easy-to-use tools for users to create their own mashups. In this Flash demonstration, Dion Hinchcliffe from ZDNet shows off IBM's QEDWiki, used to create a Google Maps mashup. re.aspx"

Submission + - Spam-bot intrusion caught! Now what?

An anonymous reader writes: I've recently detected and halted an intrusion on my home computer, taken some actions to prevent further intrusions, and located the software that was running a bot agent. Cursory examination showed that the bot software is intended for acting as an agent for spamming. Configuration files distinctly point at the user/host/domain of several bot-herders — damning evidence. To whom should I disclose this information for appropriate investigation, follow up, and countermeasures? Nothing would please me more than to see this botnet to be caught and dissassembled, I'm sure much of the internet-using community would support this. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
The Matrix

Submission + - Why should I care about global warming?

An anonymous reader writes: Everyday, I hear about global warming/climate change. But no one ever states why I should care. Can someone give me a compelling reason in a single sentence why I should care about global warming? Really, what is the big fuss about? Is it because you are concerned that the human race will die out? I do not find this concern compelling enough for me to stop driving a SUV, flying in a jumbo jet, using the A/C or keeping the heater on in the winter. Ultimately, our planet will die anyway when our sun dies. I just wish someone could give me a very simple reason why I should care personally about global warming.... a reason compelling enough for me to want to keep the A/C off and be less comfortable.

Submission + - Anti-DRM Petition Response From Downing Street

An anonymous reader writes: Downing Street have released a statement in response to a petition on their website.
It states that all products with DRM should be labelled on how the product can be used or not used.

It is clear though that the needs and rights of consumers must also be carefully safeguarded. It is reasonable for consumers to be informed what is actually being offered for sale, for example, and how and where the purchaser will be able to use the product, and any restrictions applied.

It also references the Gowers Report [PDF warning] published December 2006 and the recommendations proposed in the report.

Recommendations include introducing a limited private copying exception by 2008 for format shifting for works published after the date that the law comes into effect. There should be no accompanying levies for consumers. Also making it easier for users to file notice of complaints procedures relating to Digital Rights Management tools by providing an accessible web interface on the Patent Office website by 2008 and that DTI should investigate the possibility of providing consumer guidance on DRM systems through a labelling convention without imposing unnecessary regulatory burdens

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