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Technocrat.net is back

Bruce Perens (3872) writes | about 10 years ago

User Journal 13

Some of you may remember my technology policy / technology news site Technocrat.net. The site is reactivated. It's intended to be a more mature, and hopefully more relevant, forum than Slashdot. No ACs, a special focus on technology policy and high technology outside of the conventional corporate model, but conventional tech news as well.Some of you may remember my technology policy / technology news site Technocrat.net. The site is reactivated. It's intended to be a more mature, and hopefully more relevant, forum than Slashdot. No ACs, a special focus on technology policy and high technology outside of the conventional corporate model, but conventional tech news as well.

I'd really appreciate it if you'd create a login on the site and submit articles. Especially original work, which hasn't always been well recieved on Slashdot - they seem to prefer linking to other people's coverage. RDF and RSS are available at http://technocrat.net/rdf and http://technocrat.net/rss, so you can keep track of articles from elsewhere.

Bruce

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13 comments

Blast from the past... (1)

webmaven (27463) | about 10 years ago | (#9446360)

Sure Bruce, I remember the site! ;-)

I'll renew my offer to create a logo for the site, if you like.

RSS / RDF busted? (2, Informative)

mcgroarty (633843) | about 10 years ago | (#9446427)

The RSS/RDF don't seem to contain any content.

Re:RSS / RDF busted? (1)

Bruce Perens (3872) | about 10 years ago | (#9446541)

Thanks! It's fixed now. It'll take me a while to understand slashcode.

Slow? (1)

Feztaa (633745) | about 10 years ago | (#9447315)

Bruce, it seems like a nice enough site but it takes ages to load. What's going on?

Re:Slow? (1)

Bruce Perens (3872) | about 10 years ago | (#9447525)

It's coming in quickly here right now. Although all of the little image bits are cached at my site by now. Maybe the network at serverbeach? Tell me if it keeps up.

Thanks

Bruce

Re:Slow? (1)

Feztaa (633745) | about 10 years ago | (#9448485)

Seems a little better now, not sure what the original problem was. I was just trying to log in and change some settings, the pages were taking minutes to load.

New Account (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#9448269)

I can't seem to get an e-mail from you to create an account. I've even tried having it resent via multiple methods (UID, username, e-mail). I've checked my spam folder and it's not there either.

Since you require a valid e-mail address, it would be nice if you had some sort of privacy policy and some kind of contact information on the website. I had to check the registration to make sure it really was you running it and I'm still not sure it was the right idea to give you a valid e-mail address. Maybe you think I'm crazy commenting here as an AC, but I've gotten death threats on Slashdot, so I've learned to never be critical without being hidden. On your website, I'll just stick to answering questions nicely and avoid saying anything that anyone could take issue with (like this comment).

BTW, I love your writing. I wish I could make the same points with the same grace.

Sweet (1)

Feztaa (633745) | about 10 years ago | (#9449124)

I have ID 65, hopefully this site outgrows slashdot, then I'll be famous ;)

Cool! (1)

Arker (91948) | about 10 years ago | (#9449324)

I loved technocrat before, and mourned it's passing deeply. I'm really glad to see it come back.

I do agree with the poster who mentioned privacy policies. I trust that since it's Bruce's site my info is safe, but as a matter of principle it would still be good to see that in writing.

Technocrat.net a bit slow because of cookies? (1)

Raphael (18701) | about 10 years ago | (#9450647)

The site loads a bit slowly for me. But maybe I found one of the reasons why: it looks like the web server uses the Apache usertrack module to track all users with cookies.

A side effect of using mod_usertrack or anything that sends cookies to the browser is that it prevents caching from taking place (in caching proxies). I suggest disabling this module, unless it is really useful for you. This will allow a more efficient use of the browser caches and an even more efficient use of caching proxies like Squid. This should also reduce the load on the server.

Re:Technocrat.net a bit slow because of cookies? (2)

Bruce Perens (3872) | about 10 years ago | (#9451789)

Well, usertrack is probably somewhat redundant because slash itself sends cookies, and Slash generates a different page for each logged-in user. I should try to make the usertrack cookie format the same as that of the slash cookie. But I don't see that caching would improve.

Unless the cookie somehow effects images as well as HTML pages.

Bruce

Re:Technocrat.net a bit slow because of cookies? (2)

Raphael (18701) | about 10 years ago | (#9452591)

The cookie was also sent for all images. This is a "feature" of mod_usertrack, so that the webmaster can follow the trail of a user loading various objects (pages and images). But apparently this is not the case anymore. I suppose that you have disabled mod_usertrack for the moment. Thanks!

what is the niche? (1)

an_mo (175299) | about 10 years ago | (#9480811)

From what I see from the front page it does not seem a more relevant version of /., in fact it seems a less relevant copy. Will it grow in to a more specialized site?
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