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Submission + - Reddit is going dark after new CEO fires key employee. (

GNUALMAFUERTE writes: At approximately 5pm UTC, 1pm EST, on Thursday the 2nd of July, 2015, the moderators of /r/IAmA took their subreddit, which is one of the default set, private, making it for all intents and purposes shut down. Just after that, a thread was posted to another subreddit, /r/outoftheloop, asking whether anyone knew why it had happened. User /u/karmanaut, top mod of /r/IAmA, responded explaining that Victoria Taylor, Reddit's Director of Talent had been fired without notifying any of the subreddits that depended on her work. Victoria was a moderator of many default subs, and essentially the main contact between the moderators and the admins.

After Reddit's employees refused to comment on the issue, most other default subreddits, including /r/AskReddit , /r/Books , /r/science , /r/Music , /r/gaming , /r/history , /r/Art , /r/videos , /r/gadgets , /r/todayilearned , /r/Documentaries, /r/LifeProTips and /r/movies decided to do the same in solidarity with r/IAMA, effectively shutting down 90% of Reddit.

This thread in /r/outoftheloop has more information, and updates will be posted there.

Submission + - As a geek in the world of technology, do you ever envy non-tech/non-desk jobs? 1

An anonymous reader writes: Been doing this for as long as I can remember. Started with supporting end-users and workstations, advanced myself into building and supporting servers, from network infrastructures to ISPs and now designing private cloud networks. At no time through all these years I've defined what I do as a "job"; it has never been about money or benefits, but more of what I love and enjoy doing, which I can not stress on enough. I'm sure many of you already live a similar life style. However, For the past six months, I have been looking back at what I've done with my life and what I have contributed to society, trying to understand for what cause have I been doing all this work.

Unfortunately, nothing good came to mind. Nothing but uncountable hours spent sitting behind a desk staring at a computer or a laptop monitor for no less than 12 hours a day, missing out on this world, to which I have done nothing but build more and more computer networks that further contribute in eliminating the human touch, getting humanity to be more technology dependent, which we all know is man made and is prone to errors and failure.
  All this drove me crazy for six months in which I've been trying to think how I can change this. And one day, I saw a road construction worker.

Here is a man contributing into opening roads for people to get to places and be together. This got me thinking about all the networks I've worked on, with all the technology today that provides audio/video conferencing from the comfort of your couch, achieving a perfected version of what this man is trying to accomplish. Why is this man working on roads when we have advanced technology that gets humans together without the need to physically be together?

Then I looked around more and started noticing more and more people who do their daily jobs by not sitting behind a desk, getting their heads working 24/7 trying to design a virtual network that can not even be seen. They are preparing food, helping people by working at hospitals and care centers, getting people to places by driving cars and trains, educating generations by teaching.

This is the point where I thought to myself: "Jeez, it sure would be nice to do something different, and get back in touch with humanity".

At this point and age of my life, I will probably keep doing what I do, which is sad but true. However, if I'm asked, I always encourage younger generations to do something that is meaningful to them and to their society.

Oh, did I mention reading slashdot was part of all this for the past God knows how many 13+ years? heh

Kids: Stay away from drugs... and IT jobs.

# /root/h

Submission + - Tongue Thai'd over Facebook? (

crimeandpunishment writes: Thailand is taking aim at social networking....for hurting their language. The country's Culture Ministry says sites like Facebook and Twitter are causing deteriorating language skills. It says young people in Thailand aren't concerned about misspellings, abbreviations, and grammatical errors....because they're common in social media exchanges and text messaging. Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombut says "We must preserve our national language. If nobody sees its importance, then we're doomed".

Submission + - 22 Million missing emails from Bush Administration (

GNUALMAFUERTE writes: "Twenty-two million missing e-mails from the Bush White House have been found, according to two groups that are settling lawsuits they filed over the issue. A former Bush spokesman, though, dismissed the claim as overblown.

The announcement came from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, both of which were settling lawsuits they filed in 2007 over the failure of the Bush White House to install an electronic record keeping system. The groups said computer technicians uncovered the missing e-mails.

Meredith Fuchs, general counsel to the National Security Archive, said "many poor choices were made during the Bush administration and there was little concern about the availability of e-mail records despite the fact that they were contending with regular subpoenas for records and had a legal obligation to preserve their records."

"We may never discover the full story of what happened here," said Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director. "It seems like they just didn't want the e-mails preserved.""

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