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Submission + - Slashdot forces a beta site by default

kelk1 writes: As a poor submitter found out (, Slashdot ( suddenly forced a preview of its beta site without any warning on all its viewers.

Judging by the comments, the feedback was immediate and clearly negative.

I cannot speak for the forum moderation side, but my reaction to the front page was an knee jerk: "Oh no!, not another portal full of noise I cannot speed-read through." Text and hyperlinks are what we need, please, and as little graphics as possible. Think lynx, thank you.

Submission + - 12 button keypads better than touchpad keyboards 1

prayag writes: "Using phones with touchpads is more demanding than using traditional mobile phones. Even small external interferences complicate writing SMSes on a touchpad, according to results achieved by implementing a new research method developed by a research institute from Finland. "If you can write using your phone without anything disturbing you, it is fastest to type them with a Physical-Qwerty keyboard, the small keyboard similar to one in a normal computer. If you have to concentrate on something else while typing or if you, for instance, cannot see the phone while typing, the ITU-12 keypad, the most traditional mobile phone keypad with 12 buttons is fastest for typing SMSes," said Antti Oulasvirta, Senior Researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT. Oulasvirta's research group's study will be published in April at CHI 2010. Original paper can be found here"

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