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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.

Submission + - SPAM: Slashcott Feb 10 to Feb 17 2

An anonymous reader writes: Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators — only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors — only discuss Beta
[spam URL stripped] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention. -----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

Discussion of Beta: [spam URL stripped]
Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: [spam URL stripped]
Alternative Slashdot: [spam URL stripped] (thanks Okian Warrior (537106))

Submission + - The Individual Midnight Thread 40

unitron writes: Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?

Submission + - A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic 19

unitron writes: Dice wants to make money off of what they paid for--the Slashdot name--, or rather they want to make more money off of it than they are making now, and they think the best way to do that is to turn it into SlashingtonPost.

They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".

Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.

Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience".

Submission + - Adafruit launches educational show aimed at kids (

anavictoriasaavedra writes: Adafruit Industries just posted the first episode in a new educational series aimed at teaching kids about electronics. The episode is entitled “A is for Ampere” and teaches the basic theory behind electrical current. The subject seems like a common one for A-to-Z themed electrical tutorials. And yes, that's Collin Cunnigham as André-Marie Ampère.

How Could Swarms of Robots Help Humanity? 67

ceview writes "Researchers at Sheffield Centre for Robotics have demonstrated that a swarm of 40 robots can carry out simple fetching and carrying tasks. This is done by grouping around an object and working together to push it across a surface. They believe that this could provide opportunities for us mere humans to harness such power to do all sorts of things like safety — what like catching falling workers perhaps? Youtube action here."

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.

Submission + - Peer-to-peer traffic drops 10% after new law (

harryjohnston writes: "Following the introduction of New Zealand's new copyright legislation, which we discussed last week, major ISP Orcon reports that international peer-to-peer traffic has dropped 10%. This might mean that the law is actually working, to some extent, though experts say the effect will probably only be temporary."

Comment sleep (Score 1) 351

as I've grown a little "less young" (ahem) I've started to have slight issues, and in particular I notice that if I work right up until bed, I toss and turn worrying all night

Maybe you're an insomniac. Even as a baby I didn't need much sleep, my mom used to say how when I was a baby she'd look to see how I was while in bed and I'd be quiet but wide awake. I've settled down some in my middle ages, what with the all the therapy I've had and the prescriptions I'm taking but even when I was 45 years old I'd be awake almost 60 hours straight, get 8 hours sleep then be up another day and a half before getting another 8 hours.

if I run home from work (about 10 miles) I feel awake all evening (good) and into the night (bad).

How are the roads, or other pavements, and traffic? If they're good then maybe you can ride bike or skate. Around here, Minneapolis/St Paul, we have some bike/hiking pathways people use to go to and from work. At least when there's no snow. Of course not everyone is even near one but many are.


Comment gnutella has full blown aids (Score 1) 264

The article notes that LimeWire is used by nearly 60 percent of the people who download songs

it should also be noted that about 95% of infected computers have limewire or some other gnutella client installed. i don't know why but gnutella is just riddled with digital herpes.

Comment Re:As an engineer... (Score 1) 270

Sure, maybe cosmic rays are causing a false reading, but oddly enough, quite often when it says "O2 sensor is reading incorrectly", the O2 sensor is bad.

Often, yes, the sensor itself is bad...but in my experience, trusting the OBD II code without any further investigation is a quick way to ensure that customer comes back. Bad gas, a bad catalytic converter (depending on where the sensor is, of course), a clogged intake manifold or throttle body...hell, even an air filter can cause an O2 sensor code to trip, if it's old and dirty enough.

Fast-working mechanics would just replace the O2 sensor. Good mechanics make sure the O2 sensor really is the problem before they replace it. Like I said, OBD II codes provide a starting point for a diagnosis, not an end point.

Comment Re:Part deux (Score 1) 466

Search for "google news outage september 22". (I don't know what comes up on Google; I use Yahoo as my default engine.)

Here's a good link. Google Outages Damage Cloud Credibility. It came a couple of days later and gave a roundup of recent Google outages. Specifics about that outage: look here.

I think it was particularly newsworthy because (a) it came on the heels of several other outages; (b) /. has had several stories about the debates with newspaper publishers, online aggregators, pay for content, etc.; and (c) this was now leading to questions about "is the cloud ready for prime-time" beyond just Google.

(Update: I just checked the same search on Google, and the first link is their app status dashboard). Looks like GMail has had problems over the last week.)

Comment Re:Sounds to me... (Score 1) 1067

And the cost of being able to resize from any edge in Ubuntu for example? The need to have a fugly border all the way around every window, which on the one hand consumes display real estate, whilst still being narrow enough that it proves hard for some users to be able to grab easily.

I'm not getting way into this shit-slinging match, but I seem to be able to position my mouse on every corner of almost every window on my macbook without hovering over any active elements. it seems like they could just tick out a tiny section of each corner so that i don't have to move my window to resize it. i don't think people would complain about the edges if you could resize from the corners.

hell, how about top left and bottom right? that would be a start.

And there you are wrong. A menu at the edge of the screen is easier (more productive) to use. Again because of Fitt's law. Plus it also is more economic on screen real estate.

this is wrong in my experience. i have used almost exclusively a mac for over a year, i still prefer having the menu in the window. when a window grabs focus on mac, it changes the menu. if i'm selecting from a menu, and i misclick and hit another window, the menu changes. i don't experience the drastic hit in screen real estate, either, because i can buy a computer or display with better resolution for less or equal money than an apple product. also, when a window is behind another window, i don't feel like it's taking up screen real estate.

i understand the fitt's law argument, and i just think it is wrong for me and quite a lot of users. i think it's a bad idea. some people like it.

- instead of maximizing, the zoom button only increases the size of a window's height or width until the scroll bar is no longer needed (or the extent of the screen is hit.

i see the benefit of this, but only if you have a decent sized display. even still, i can acknowledge that it's a matter of preference. still, my web browser won't maximize, and since i can't resize from the left or top, if i want a full screen browser, i need to drag my window to the edge of the screen and then resize it.

and in linux, i can maximize it either vertically or horizontally, and move my windows with keystrokes. windows can suck it too. :)

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