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Submission + - Slashdot Beta: Because They Hate You 3

boolithium writes: People on here are missing the point of the Beta roll out. The elimination of the existing user base is not a side effect, it is a feature. Slashdot as a brand has value, but as a site has limited commercial appeal. The users are the kids at the lunch table, where not even the foreign exchange students want to sit. Nobody ever got laid from installing NetBSD.

Once they are finished with their nerd cleansing, they can build a new Slashdot. A sexier Slashdot. A Slashdot the kids can dance to.

They aren't ignoring you. They are exterminating you.

Submission + - If we Buck Feta and leave, where should we go? 17

Covalent writes: I am a long-time slashdot reader (don't let the UID fool you), and I agree with most of you that the Beta is a disaster. Dice has promised a fix, but what if this garbage is the new reality? Is there a suitable alternative to slashdot that members would find equally (or more) fulfilling? Is someone going to fork slashdot and start it anew (Taco can you hear me?) Or is this just the end of an era?

Submission + - Slashdot Beta Sucks Elephant Penis 2

ShaunC writes: Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes:

Have you even seen an elephant penis? Because I have, and the colors align to Slashdot. The beta is so bad, Roland Piquepaille is surrendering his account (as the French do). The GNAA has reorganized to post fake job offerings on with an emphasis on affirmative action. Profane Motherfucker has come out of retirement simply to say: "fuck this shit."

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.

Submission + - A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic 19

unitron writes: Dice wants to make money off of what they paid for--the Slashdot name--, or rather they want to make more money off of it than they are making now, and they think the best way to do that is to turn it into SlashingtonPost.

They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".

Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.

Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience".

Submission + - Slashdot beta sucks 9

An anonymous reader writes: Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken.

Comment Wasn't this addressed in House? (Score 1) 507

...It was. Episode 23, Acceptance. The quote was something like: "If we accept that the disease made him do it, then we dismiss the efforts of every other person with this disease who didn't go out and murder six people."

There had better have been extenuating circumstances on this ruling. Otherwise, by the sentiment above, I have to call it a miscarriage of justice.

Submission + - 'Cash for Clunkers' Program Runs Out of Gas 1

Ponca City, We love you writes: "The Washington Post reports that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood chas alled members of Congress to inform them that the "cash for clunkers" program will be suspended because the program has run out of money and congressmen say they intend to ask the Obama administration to divert some funding from the existing economic stimulus package to maintain a scheme that they see as genuinely stimulative. "Clearly, this has been a very stimulative program that's got consumers back into the car market. It's our hope that possibly more funds can be made available," says Cody Lusk, president of the American International Automobile Dealers Association. The $1 billion program was set up by the US government in June to entice consumers to trade in their gas-guzzling cars for more fuel-efficient models, both to boost auto sales and improve the nation's fuel efficiency. Under the program, trade-in vehicles, 1984 models or newer, must have average fuel economy of no more than 18 miles per gallon and the new car or truck must get better gas mileage than the one that was scrapped and the payoff grows depending on the difference in the fuel efficiencies of the old and new cars. The $1 billion program, which can finance about 225,000 clunker trade-ins, may receive another $2 billion in government funding. "I don't think anybody expected the program to be this popular," said Greg Martin, a spokesman for General Motors. "There's no doubt it has jump-started sales.""

Submission + - Experts Puzzled by Bright Spot on Venus 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "BBC reports that astronomers are puzzled by a strange bright spot which has appeared in the clouds of Venus first identified by US amateur astronomer Frank Melillo on 19 July and was later confirmed by the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft. "I have seen bright spots before but this one is an exceptional bright and quite intense area," says Melillo. The bright spot has started to expand since its first appearance, being spread by winds in Venus' thick atmosphere and scientists are unsure as to what is causing the bright spot tens of kilometers up although a volcanic eruption is a possibility. "A volcanic eruption would be nice, but let's wait and find out!" says Venus specialist Dr Sanjay Limaye of the University of Wisconsin. "An eruption would have to be quite energetic to get a cloud this high." Furthermore, at a latitude of 50 degrees south, the spot lies outside the region of known volcanoes on Venus. Another potential source for the bright spot are charged particles from the Sun interacting with Venus' atmosphere or alternatively, atmospheric turbulence may have caused bright material to become concentrated in one area. "Right now, I think it's anybody's guess," add Limaye."

Comment Re:how can this help us (Score 1) 221

> otherwise it will always be employee's of the stores that have parking and people shopping will not have access to the stores.

I call bullshit from personal experience and logic.

Logic: Right now, if an employee wants that spot, they can pay the meter and take it. If they're really that unscrupulous they can take the spot, get a ticket, not pay the ticket, and drive off laughing maniacally if it suits them.

Personal experience: You know what keeps employees from taking up the spots in front of the stores they work in? Bosses. Back in the day in that first computer shop I ever worked at in Small Town, USA, my boss made us move our cars. He was very concerned about people blocking up store parking, and refused to park his own car there. The street was absolutely free to park in, but the only people who parked there were customers. Us employees were more concerned with making sure we made money off the customers than denying them access, because our paychecks came from those people. As far as I could tell, this policy was nigh universal on that street and throughout the downtown area where parking was scarce.

Comment Babies + Colbert (Score 2, Informative) 674

Taco's kid isn't the only one. My son started watching Colbert with the family quite young. It never failed to get a reaction from six months onward: Sesame Street got interest and curiosity, but that eagle and the opening theme heralded a wide-eyed sit-up-take-notice response. It was so strong that we'd play Colbert to get him to stop crying during teething misery. (Not crying makes giving medicine a whoooole lot easier.) Nowadays, when we sit down to watch something and start the music, he promptly runs over and plants himself on the middle of the couch between us and stares raptly.

It doesn't last, of course - he runs off again pretty quick, particularly losing interest during the interviews - but everything before that seems to hold his attention pretty good, and he's now almost two. Stewart gets a lesser but equally approving reaction - he's more likely to come sit down with us, but not so likely to sit up and take notice at the opening theme.

Babies: nature's shininess meter.

By my experiments, Colbert > Noggin > Sesame Street > Stewart > Teletubbies, etc. There's a ranking system at work here in my boy's brain, though I'm not quite sure what it is yet, as he hasn't got the ability to inform me of his true opinions.

I will note: John Stewart introduced a puppet named "Gitmo". It was Elmo with a beard. When he fed that thing to the dogs, I do believe we experienced the boy's first traumatic television event. Ever after, the hubby vets the programs before the baby gets 'em. That was the one moment I regretted the TV. Most of the time, I tend to take Jeff Vogel's parenting approach. TV is a god at capturing a child's attention, and should be used wisely.

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