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Comment Re:This will go down well...lulz (Score 2) 339

This, exactly. I started reading /. in the late 90's as well. It used to carry stories that I really liked to read. Some of the commentary was good (trolls & juveniles excepted). I used to check regularly. To be honest, I stopped trying to submit articles when they were rejected, but were posted when someone else suggested the same article. Some of the commentary was atrocious. I stopped reading for a few years, but later started reading again.

The last year or so, the spirit seems to have gone out of the site. It no longer is "News for nerds, stuff that matters". I get more relevant & interesting tech stories from other outlets. I had started reading them a lot more often than this site. The maturity of comments here seems to have improved, overall, but sadly the content has gone downhill. Seems I'll not be checking here much, if at all anymore. Slashdot is no longer relevant to its audience.

Students Banned From Bringing Pencils To School 426

mernilio writes "According to UPI: 'A Massachusetts school district superintendent said a memo banning sixth graders from carrying pencils was written without district approval. North Brookfield School District interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy said Wendy Scott, one of two sixth-grade teachers at North Brookfield Elementary School, did not get approval from administrators before sending the memo to all sixth-grade parents, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported Thursday. The memo said students would no longer be allowed to bring writing implements to school. It said pencils would be provided for students in class and any students caught with pencils or pens after Nov. 15 would face disciplinary action for having materials 'to build weapons.'"
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Xbox Live Enforcement — No Swastika Logo 473

itwbennett writes "It's one of those questions that really should never come up, but as blogger Peter Smith points out, Stephen Toulouse, the head of Xbox Live enforcement, is used to fielding all sorts of strange questions. Recently, one of those questions was apparently 'Can I use a Swastika as my logo in Call of Duty: Black Ops?' When Toulouse responded with the obvious answer ('No, of course you can't, we'll ban you.') he was met with some pushback by people he refers to as 'contrarians' and 'internet pundits' who decided to educate him on the long and storied history of the swastika as a symbol of good fortune and how just because the Nazis used it, it doesn't make the symbol itself a bad thing. Toulouse covers the topic on his blog in a post titled Context and it's an interesting read if for no other reason than to get a peek inside the day-to-day issues the Xbox Live Enforcement team deals with."

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