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Comment Re:There's no doubt that... (Score 1) 1839

Kudos. It's really not that difficult. The main problem I could see /. having is having to down the site to convert the database over to utf8 or utf8mb4. That would take a non-trivial amount of time compared to when we did it over at Soylent News. Otherwise there's very little in the way of tweaking that needs to happen with Apache2.2/mod_perl2. Blob fields in the db will be the main gotcha. We only had to use about a dozen [de|en]code_utf8 calls over the entire codebase and about half a dozen uses of _utf8_on. Granted you lot have diverged significantly since the codebase we started with was released but if I can do it all by my lonesome, you guys can surely kick its ass in short order.

Submission + - What "news for nerds" sites should I use? 8

stderr_dk writes: I used to visit Slashdot quite often, but if Dice Holdings decide to switch the interface to what is currently known as "Beta", I'll have to find another site for my "stuff that matters"-fix.

So, Slashdot, what sites can you recommend for a "maybe-ex" /. user?

Submission + - Community-sourced news site,, goes live 18

umafuckit writes: is the new way of taking the pulse of the nerd community. Soylentnews is a grassroots-based platform with the content feeds are powered by readers like you. The objective is to highlight news stories of general importance to everyone, but especially nerds. News about technology, art, science and politics: it's all there. Soylentnews is the new kid on the block and will adapt quickly to satisfy our community's needs and and push boundaries like never before. This is a real community site: no changes in format without a general consensus from the community. Stop by and see what you think of the freshly-launched site.

Comment Re:Wacky thinking (Score 1) 430

My refusal to disbelieve stems from M theorists predicting 12 dimensions and our knowledge of the 4 we can directly observe being just pathetic. We're just not currently qualified to even speculate. Science, yo; if you can't prove something, you don't go around saying it's true.

Also, it's just prudent to not go around giving the finger to things that can lightning bolt your ass unless you're absolutely certain they don't exist.

Comment Re:a pittance in ayn rands america. (Score 1) 111

You're an idiot. No group of devs, no matter how good they were or how many were hired, ever wrote a single piece of software more complicated than Hello World without bugs in it. Paying for bug reports instead of the standard of ignoring them or prosecuting the reporter is the right way to do things.

Comment Re:Everyone creates arbitrary lines (Score 2) 628

An interesting line of thought. By that reasoning you'd expect a venn diagram of vegetarians and abortion proponents to be two separate circles in all but the earliest term abortions. Based strictly on the average political affiliation of the two groups though, I doubt this would be the case.

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