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Submission + - Dice Holdings has written off Slashdot Media at the close of 2013 ( 3

moogla writes: Apparently could not make Slashdot work they way they wanted to; with a murky plan to tap into the Slashdot-reader community to somehow drive attention or insight into other Dice Holdings properities, they've burned through

$7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media

and have only started to realize some improvement on related sites. With ad revenue declining and not expected to pick up (read: everyone who uses Slashdot uses adblocking softwarwe), it appears that the Slashdot stewardship experiment by Dice Holdings has been a financial failure. Since the site has been redesigned in a user-hostile fashion with a very generic styling, this reader surmises Dice Holdings is looking to transform or transfer the brand into a generic Web 3.0 technology property. The name may be more valuable than the user community (since we drive no revenue nor particularly use's services).

Submission + - User Backlash at Slashdot Beta Site ( 3

hduff writes: Look at almost any current Slashdot story and see loyal, long-time members rail against the new site design, willing to burn precious karma points to post off-topic rants against the new design and it being forced on users by the Dice Overlords. Discussion has begun to create an alternate site.

Submission + - Boycott Beta 2

An anonymous reader writes: 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 [] [] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

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

Captcha: fuckbeta

Submission + - Move to Europe to avoid software patents?

An anonymous reader writes: I have a small business that sells PDA software. Recently, I received a letter from a competitor stating that they have obtained patents on the type of software I sell. After reviewing the patents, I see that they have patented procedures that I "invented" long before their patent application. I do have good documentation for my prior art but the cost to challenge their patent would be prohibitive.

By coincidence, I will be moving to Europe (Switzerland) in a few weeks. I was wondering if it would be worthwhile to form a new corporation in Europe and move my web hosting to Europe. Could I avoid the software patent issue? Most of my customers are in the USA now and would continue to be in the USA after the move.

I realize that this is not the best place to ask for legal advice and I would consult a real lawyer or two before I did this but I do know that the Slashdot community would do a good job of exploring all aspects of this issue for my consideration.

Submission + - Urban Upset over Supposed Squatting

Accidental.Librarian writes: "The BBC News is reporting that "country star" Keith Urban is up in arms over the use of the domain name by someone other than himself. An oil painting artist from New Jersey is "deliberately mislead[ing] visitors into thinking it belongs to" the country star. Another story from The City Paper (Nashville, TN) contains more details, including information on the legal grounding (shaky as it may be) for the country star's challenge."

Submission + - Do No Evil Doesn't Exclude Pushing the Law Around

An anonymous reader writes: This associated press article briefly describes the arm-twisting that legislatures often endure from corporations in return for jobs and investment. The "surprise" to this is that it's not Big Oil or Tobacco, but instead our "Do no evil" friends at Google who are using up elected officials time and energy. Google then threatens to pull the plug over disobeyed orders to law makers not to mention the Google by name. And all this is occurring while the legislature is creating tax-free laws friendly to Internet companies...
The Courts

Submission + - From the UK - Use your phone and lose your car

AlHunt writes: "Having confiscated 1800 cars, vans and motorcycles in 8 months, London police are expanding Operation Reclaim:

Controversial powers for police to confiscate vehicles if their driver is using a mobile or not wearing a seatbelt are to be used across London.
Think what you like about talking and driving — confiscation seems like a pretty extreme punishment."

Submission + - Tennessee Libel Bill Targets Internet

YIAAL writes: "Bill Hobbs reports on a Tennessee bill that would require that allegedly defamatory material on the internet be removed within two days of a complaint being made. The bill provides:

An owner or licensee of a web site or web page shall have fifteen (15) days to remove any defamatory statements about a person from such web site or web page; however if the owner or licensee has been given notice that such statements are defamatory then that owner or licensee shall have two (2) days from the date of the notice to remove the statements from the web site or web page, whichever is less. Failure to remove defamatory statements as provided in this section shall create a presumption of malice intent.
As the poor grammar suggests, this may not have been very well thought out, and it's almost certainly invalid under any reasonable interpretation of Federal (and Tennessee) constitutional law, not to mention the Communications Decency Act. But it serves as a warning that politicians remain anxious to shut down Internet criticism — and, of course, "reasonable" interpretations aren't always the interpretations we get in these cases. Were this bill to take effect, web publishers would basically be forced to remove material upon any charge that it's defamatory, as the risk of not doing so would be higher than most commercial concerns, or impecunious bloggers, would be willing to face."

Submission + - Games don't work on Vista

An anonymous reader writes: Apparently, most games won't work with Vista. Is this good news for Linux desktop adoption? Many people have said they would switch to Linux except that they can't play their favorite games. Well, now they can't play their favorite games on Windows either. Of course this may mean that people just have to re-purchase the Vista version of all their games. Some/much hardware won't work with Vista either. One of the guys at school reports that he can't get Vista drivers for his All-in-Wonder card. Then there is the price of computers that can run Vista. e_surprise/ I knew the stuff was more expensive but >$15000. OK, I know it's an extreme case. It makes me wonder if Vista is indeed the world's longest suicide note. _note_r.html (this was covered previously on /.)

Submission + - The Trouble with Vista

jcatcw writes: After hundreds of hours of testing Vista, Scot Finnie is supremely tired of it. And of Microsoft. Although 80% of the changes in Windows Vista are positive, there is nothing about Vista that is truly innovative or compelling; there's no transformational, gotta-have-it feature in Vista. But the real problem isn't with Vista. It's with Microsoft itself. Microsoft stopped focusing on end users. They "now seemingly makes many decisions based on these two things: 1. Avoiding negative publicity (especially about security and software quality) 2. Making sure the largest enterprise customers are happy."

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