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Comment Missing Option (Score 1) 171

I've sold my last three or four handsets to recycling companies in Australia (Mazuma has been fine fwiw). Got over $100 for my old Samsung S2 a couple of months back and put it toward a new tablet.

Obviously older handsets aren't worth as much / theoretically can be worthless if the parts are useless, but hey, I figure someone may as well be using the materials somehow - better than the phone just lying around useless at home.

Submission + - CmdrTaco: Anti-Beta Movement a "Vocal Minority" ( 30

Antipater writes: The furor over Slashdot Beta is loud enough that even outside media has begun to notice. The Washington Post's tech blog The Switch has written a piece on the issue, and the anti-Beta protesters aren't going to be happy about it. The Post questioned Slashdot founder Rob Malda, who believes the protests are the work of only a vocal minority or readers: "It's easy to forget that the vocal population of a community driven site like Slashdot might be the most important group, but they are typically also the smallest class of users." The current caretakers of Slashdot need to balance the needs of all users with their limited engineering resources, Malda argues — noting wryly, "It ain't easy."

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?

Comment Re:And that's exactly what I asked for. (Score 1) 2219

Posting to support this. And the reason we skim & go to the comments? It's because the news articles are already available on any one of hundreds of other 'news sites' on the internet.

What makes this place special is the comments section and (while we all joke about flame threads etc) the consistently well argued debates and discussions that go on in here. Take this away and I at least am gone.

Comment Re:I play Path of Exile. (Score 1) 177

Re: desync - it definitely affects some powers more than others (typically those that result in your character moving position: whirling blades, leap slam, etc). it's not an excuse per se but you do get used to it and start to avoid doing things that will trigger it, or be more wary in those sorts of situations.

Hardcore deaths certainly do hurt - however it's important to note if you die in hardcore you do keep your character and all gear / etc - you just get transferred to softcore instead.

The race leagues are a real strong point of the game too though I believe - constant new short-term leagues for fun and competition. If you die or whatever - so what? There's another race in a couple hours usually!

Comment Re:Sorry, no (Score 1) 168

If you don't have one, or dare no longer risk not getting a chuckle, maybe let someone else tell theirs?

I suppose the only other alternative is to have it as a non-compulsory sort of thing, where they for example start a tour, sell tickets only to those who voluntarily want to buy them, and only those people interested need be subjected to such torture.

Comment Re:Link broken? (Score 1) 1191

Just adding a +1 to this. The reason I continue to come to slashdot amongst all its competitors is not as a news aggregator - there are plenty of those across tech / science / politics / everything else covered here. The reason I come back is for the comments section.

We all joke about the quality of it all frequently and sure there's chaff amongst the wheat but the truth is it's rare to get a place where insightful discussion of these topics takes place on such a regular basis.

The new design looks like every other site and I think if the switch is made I'll be far less likely to return.

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