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Comment Teaching Week (Score 1) 175

Next week, Monday 10 February to Monday 17 February. BOYCOTT Slashdot week. Don't come here, not even anonymously. Let them see the drop in page hit traffic. It's likely the ONLY thing that will wake them up to reality. They've been listening to asshole MBA types and image consultants way too much lately.

Help US teach THEM a lesson about BETA.

Block at your router if you think you may be tempted, out of habit, to have a look at /. during the week.

Comment Let the Olympics die (Score 5, Insightful) 578

Just like slash BETA the world wouldn't really be affected one way or the other if the Olympics just up and went away. The worst effects would be felt by the corporate sponsors who would be deprived of a way to market their garbage to teh sheeple consumers.

Let the Olympics die. The International Olympic Committee and a large percentage of the national committees are some of the most corrupt organizations in the world. Fuck 'em.

And if someone who doesn't subscribe to cable television can't see online video of the games then I consider that a GOOD thing. It leaves more bandwidth for the rest of us.

Comment Re:Bee Keepers and the Audience (Score 1) 365

I used to hate FaceBook and Twitter, but I don't anymore. Now don't get me wrong, I still don't use either one but now I perceive them to have great value. As online "destinations" they serve as flypaper for all the AOL-types who pollute the internet. By giving the functionally retarded a place they can call home, it leaves the rest of the 'net to be used for better purposes: intelligent commentary being one such use.

Now they want to throw the doors open to every drooling shortbus rider because they can make Mo Money off it that way. The number of eyeballs attracts advertisers, not the quality of discourse.

Comment Monetization (Score 4, Interesting) 238

BETA is clearly about monetization. The kids today - the next generation of consumers - expect a trendy style that slashdot doesn't exhibit. Dice is clearly interested in attracting a larger "audience" and they can't afford to have these new consumers visit the site, decide that it's not hip enough or it looks "old", and move on never to return. That has to be the thinking behind BETA.

And the reason they want to increase their "audience share" is simple: The more people visit the site the more they can charge for advertising space. It really is that simple. They want to turn slashdot into a profit generator and the community be damned. They will happily throw all of us under the bus if it means they can acquire hordes of retards whose idea of insightful commentary consists of nothing more than "+1", or "Like" or (as we used to loathe in the days of AOHeLl: "Me too!"

Like broadcast television and several other advertising models, they want to turn US into the PRODUCT that they sell to ADVERTISERS.

Greedy sleazebags. I eagerly await Boycott Week from Feb 10th through the 17th. My only use of slashdot that week will be using the name on other sites to see how much the traffic drops off. More widespread dissemination of the BOYCOTT week needs to happen this weekend before it's scheduled to start on Monday. The only way to get through to marketeers and corporatist assholes is to hit 'em where it hurts: in their wallet. A boycott has the potential to show them just how low their "brand" can sink when they piss off their loyal userbase.

Comment How long have I been here? (Score 1) 188

Is there a way to see in your acct info how long you've been registered here? I looked for a bit and didn't see anything obvious that would tell me. The only info I have locally is the dates and times I've changed my password. The earliest date I have is early 2008 but I'm sure I was here for at least a few years before that.

Comment Re:Boycott (Score 1) 573

Count me in. I regularly get 15 mod points at least twice a week. If this new 'beta" goes live, I'm outta here. I've had excellent karma since I don't know when, years. More and more the stories are fluff and I find myself thinking that I can read about these shitty stories literally anywhere else on the web.

News For Nerds. Stuff That Matters. RIP if beta goes live without a ton of changes. I will use all my mod points until further notice to ONLY mod comments that discuss Beta.

And .... fuck it, I almost checked "No Karma Bonus" before submitting this comment. I have an unsettling feeling that it won't matter soon, so karma bonus away!

Comment Re:Epic expedition stories! (Score 1) 114

Seconded. Coincidentally, just a few weeks ago I was pseudo-randomly websurfing and came upon the wikipedia articles about the so-called Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. I easily spent two evenings reading about those journeys and the men - and animals - that undertook them. Fascinating stuff.

One of the participants in one of the expeditions was Apsley Cherry-Garrard. He subsequently wrote a book, "The Worst Journey In The World", which is on Project Gutenberg's site In the preface of the book he wrote a semi-famous couple of lines

For a joint scientific and geographical piece of organization, give me Scott; for a Winter Journey, Wilson; for a dash to the Pole and nothing else, Amundsen: and if I am in the devil of a hole and want to get out of it, give me Shackleton every time.

After reading about Shackleton's harrowing Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition it's not surprising that the IAU named a crater on the Moon for him. Shackleton didn't fuck around. When he said he was coming back for you, by god he was coming back for you.

Comment Re:Let me wish Verizon a Unhappy Christmas (Score 2) 71

That is their new business plan. Verizon is dumping all their old POTS copper wire business in regions where they (previously) offer landline service. They have stopped rolling out FiOS fiber-to-the-home pretty much everywhere. Their stated reasoning, believe it or not, is they can make more money on wireless overage charges. It's not a matter of POTS landlines and FiOS not being profitable. It's a matter of them not being profitable enough.

Comment Re:Links (Score 1) 291

That did cause quite an uproar at the time. MS did an elaborate tapdance around the issue and denied it was anything at all like its name. Many people saw it as proof that Windows crypto was fundamentally flawed while many others insisted it was nothing to worry about.

I'm surprised nobody has gone back and looked at that whole episode anew in light of recent disclosures.

Comment In 50 years it will be TV and film performers (Score 2) 328

Digitized versions of actors and actresses will be substituted for the real-life things. Humphrey Bogart and Lana Turner will make huge comebacks in virtual form. And without all that pesky union BS that goes along with card carrying members of SAG. Audiences won't be able to tell the difference between virtual clones and the real thing. Eventually the fake replacements will garner perpetual fan bases of their own. First they came for the real musicians...

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