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Submission + - Slashdot BETA Discussion ( 60

mugnyte writes: With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style.

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 + - Dice, what are you getting by butchering Slashdot ? 2

Taco Cowboy writes: Before I register my account with /. I frequented it for almost 3 weeks. If I were to register the first time I visited /. my account number would be in the triple digits.

That said, I want to ask Dice why they are so eager to kill off Slashdot.

Is there a secret buyer somewhere waiting to grab this domain, Dice ? Just tell us. There are those amongst us who can afford to pay for the domain. What we want is to have a Slashdot that we know, that we can use, that we can continue to share information with all others.

Please stop all your destructive plans for Slashdot, Dice.

Comment Re:When will the right people get to test controll (Score 1) 182

So in summary, despite the terrible digital pad and stiff, domed buttons, he still prefers the 360 pad? One of the "minor" problems with this new controller is that "your thumbs need tactile contact in order to accurately know what button you are pressing", but this controller doesn't even have this "advanced" feature, so you don't know which button you're pressing!?!?!? Isn't that like the most fundamental feature of an input device??? Wow, this Valve controller sounds great... I personally just don't understand how old consoles like the SNES, Genesis, even the NES had MUCH better digital pads than modern consoles - I'm not sure if they're trying to intentionally cripple them to encourage 3D games over 2D or what.

Comment Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 1) 513

In case anyone reading believes this crap - Google did not "fight against state censorship in China" in any way. It worked with the Chinese government to provide a censored version of Google for Chinese consumers, and helped the Chinese government identify political dissidents for imprisonment. They only left China and started bitching about them after hacking attacks (Operation Aurora).

Comment Re:Why should Facebook have to do anything? (Score 1) 471

I assume that Facebook sets up information sharing agreements with most governments to help them spy on their citizens. I think Facebook probably has a LOT of pull with the German government due to this - they can threaten to revoke all access to their data until the German government changes its laws to suit Facebook. That's why it's Germany's problem.

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