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Comment Please No!!!! (Score 1) 1191

Dear Slashdot, I have been visiting this site for many years, and find the current version 2.0 decent (after a bumpy start). Slashdot has stayed mostly interesting while the user comments are sometimes funny and useful, insightful, etc. I have learned a lot from this site so I have a strong desire to see it stay healthy. However, you risk losing exactly the types of users who make the site worth visiting. How would this new design appeal to a technical person who wants to quickly scan through to find a few stories or comments to contribute to? The answer from the above comments seems to be that these types of users won't bother fighting against this terrible design and will leave instead. Biggest problem with the Beta: The new design forces too much scrolling which is a nightmare on a site where the the pages are long threads. It flies in the face of common sense. Even the BETA Classic View is clumsy and awkward to use with wasted space everywhere. Perhaps if you make the classic view much more compact - like the current version of the site - then you might keep a portion of the loyal users. In short, if the new design is adopted without significant improvements, I will probably stop visiting Slashdot. And I fear many others will as well, and that would be a sad ending for a once great forum. Please don't ruin Slashdot! Sincerely, Jason

Comment Ofcom did exactly what they were told (Score 1) 116

And they did a good job of it. Now someone (government, ofcom?) needs to keep the mobile operators in line, meaning they must fulfill their end of the deal to cover 99% of the UK with a good network and signal. It remains to be seen if the billions that the companies didn't spend on the spectrum auction are applied instead to network infrastructure - or corporate waste (executive wages).

Comment Re:Japanese Knot Weed (Score 3, Interesting) 360

Four years ago, I did battle with Japanese Knot Weed in the back garden of a house we rented in Cambridge. I tried to kill it for two years by digging it up and applying weed killer. It was very resilient, but I was winning the battle before we left that house. This was a small area looked after by a pretty determined individual (me), I can't imagine what it would take to get rid of it from the the huge areas it occupies such as the valleys around Cardiff.

Conficker Downloads Payload 273

nk497 writes "Conficker seems to finally be doing something, a week after hype around the worm peaked on April Fool's Day. It has now downloaded components from the Waledac botnet, which could contain rootkit capabilities. Trend Micro security expert Rik Ferguson said: 'These components have so far been missing, but could this finally be the "other boot dropping" that we have all been been waiting for?' Ferguson also suggested that people behind Conficker could be the very same who are running Waledac and created the Storm botnet. 'It tallies with some of the assumptions people have made about Conficker — that the first variant was actively trying to avoid the Ukraine because Waledac was Eastern European,' Ferguson added."

Comment Re:How Many People Even Use Chrome? (Score 1) 294

I see quite a few using it where I work (in a university). It's very fast, and stable as mentioned in the interview. I also like the private browsing mode. It especially works well on my old slow laptop. Firefox is too heavy but Chrome runs. I'd like to see a few Firefox extensions made available, but it's a great start.

Hubble Repair Mission At Risk 224

MollyB writes "According to Wired, the recent collision of satellites may put the Atlantis shuttle mission to repair Hubble in the 'unacceptable risk' status: 'The spectacular collision between two satellites on Feb. 10 could make the shuttle mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope too risky to attempt. Before the collision, space junk problems had already upped the Hubble mission's risk of a "catastrophic impact" beyond NASA's usual limits, Nature's Geoff Brumfiel reported today, and now the problem will be worse. Mark Matney, an orbital debris specialist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas told the publication that even before the collision, the risk of an impact was 1 in 185, which was "uncomfortably close to unacceptable levels" and the satellite collision "is only going to add on to that."'"

Submission + - Can Your Notebook Survive A Good Trashing?

DKC writes: Lenovo ThinkPads may look similar to notebooks from other companies, but they incorporate unique technologies that make these notebooks the choice of many businesses. Many of these technologies may be invisible to the user, so Lenovo is now taking great pains in educating their users about the effort that goes into each ThinkPad.You have read about all those cool protection technologies packed into your notebook, but have you ever seen them in action? Find out how Masaki Kobayashi of Lenovo's Yamato Labs drops a notebook hard and pours water on another!
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Submission + - 1000 GB's in one DVD Its Mempile's TERADISK

shashank4u writes: "Mempile, a leader in next generation optical storage technology,has announces that it has proven its TeraDisc technology to be capable of storing up to one TeraByte (TB) of data. The company recently demonstrated this concept to several Japanese CE manufacturers by recording and reading over 100 virtual layers on a single DVD-size optical disc. The demonstration attendees were amazed to see this breakthrough which showed Mempile's capability of recording at least 500GB of data on what appears to be a simple plastic transparent disc — 300GB more than the announced roadmap of competing blue-laser technologies in the year 2010. link to the story http://www.mempile.com/news.html"

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