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Submission + - Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike (slashdot.org) 4

who_stole_my_kidneys writes: Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?

Submission + - Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2

somenickname writes: As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?

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.
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Submission + - How Did Egypt Shut Down The Entire Internet? (slate.com) 1

BartlebyScrivener writes: Because Egypt has a strong centralized government, just a few service providers, and only a handful of "fiber-optic cables and other ways for the Internet to get piped in," it wasn't hard for President Hosni Mubarak to shut it down. "It's probably a phone call that goes out to half a dozen folks who enter a line on a router configuration file and hit return," one scientist said. "It's not high-level programming." Shutting down the Web entirely prevents people from getting around site blocks by using proxy servers.

I bet there are Slashdotters with more specific knowledge about exactly how it was done.

Comment Re:No. It Is Far Too Pervasive. (Score 1) 309

Maybe it's just me but I learnt my lesson regarding DRM (remember that R, it means Restrictions, because that's what it does) with the simplest of them all.

The humble DVD.

Remember some 10, 12 years ago, before DeCSS? Some DVD would play find under Linux, others not. Then DeCSS came, and suddenly those other DVDs would play fine.

Those stupid region codes sweetened it all up nicely.

Now that was my first experience with DRM. I suddenly found my self restricted in playing DVDs on my computer (running Linux, I didn't own a stand-alone DVD player at the time, no Windows) that I borrowed legally. Since then I avoid DRM unless I know it's so utterly and entirely cracked that it completely loses its function. The DVD is an example of that: region codes don't work, CSS is solved, there is no restriction left.

Unfortunately on my iBook I still sometimes run into it. I have PDF files that don't allow me to copy/paste some text out of it. Luckily my Linux box doesn't have that issue.

With all respect for content producers, who I believe deserve to be paid for their content, but not for anything involving DRM. Oh and I do prefer to download my anime... no need for an actual physical disk or so (too hard to find, have to go out to a shop, hoping they happen to have that one, etc)... but no way to make a small donation for a job well done. I mean is it that hard? I happily give double the $0.04 or so they make from every retail sale. Directly to the artist/studio.

Oh well I'm not a gamer, but DRM has my interest. I really feel sorry for you that you have been fucked by the content providers so badly. And I hope you will also now do your best to get your content as restriction-free as possible.

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