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Slashdot Discussions Now Include Roulette Video Chat

CmdrTaco posted about 4 years ago | from the let's-keep-this-rated-pg dept.

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It's been a long time coming, but we're pleased to announce the latest updates to our discussion software. We've been paying a lot of attention to what other websites have been doing in the space, and as we are only too happy to steal good ideas, from now on all Slashdot stories will now be accompanied by a Roulette-style webcam video chat. In testing, we've discovered that Slashdot users are amazingly likely to engage in informative, troll-free discussion when presented with the video image of one of their peers. This new addition to Slashdot nicely rounds out and improves the discussion experience for all users.

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Boobs (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699446)

Boobs or GTFO!

Re:Boobs (4, Interesting)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | about 4 years ago | (#31699504)

I hope I get this guy on the other end: http://www.wimp.com/livechatroulette/ [wimp.com]

Re:Boobs (2, Funny)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | about 4 years ago | (#31699540)

Right, seriously. I have people holding note pads asking for mod points, and another guy took his trousers/pants off. Please, slashdotters!

Re:Boobs (1)

suso (153703) | about 4 years ago | (#31699602)

You're libel to get man boobs.

Re:Boobs (4, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | about 4 years ago | (#31699758)

You're libel to get man boobs.

That's only possible if there is a permanent record made. If the image isn't published then you are _slander_ to get man boobs.

Re:Boobs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699972)

No! We don't want any moobs [urbandictionary.com]!

Pretty Funny Videos (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 4 years ago | (#31699456)

Watch them, it's worth it. I think I see pudge playing guitar, Rob Malda playing guitar singing about short shorts. Crazy dog lady (pretty much straight out of Best in Show) actually a lot of dog related videos. Funny notebook writings like "If you click next, I root your computer" *flip* "Don't make your computer sad." Or "If you turn your head, I win!" A pan of a desk with the nerdiest things you can conjure and then a note that says "Proud to be a nerd." There's a recurring bass player that likes to read you books and sneeze. There's a lot of older folks and women in here ... they probably got their wives and parents to make short videos so it "seemed" like a random demographic.

Sound seems broken on half of them though.

Well played, Slashdot, but the quality of these videos are too high and entertaining for this to be a real chat roulette :-)

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (1)

penguinchris (1020961) | about 4 years ago | (#31699510)

The videos are funny, but they're having a hard time loading... not that I think slashdot is really capable of slashdotting itself, but maybe streaming videos is straining the servers a bit. It'll be interesting to see what happens when more people try to watch them.

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (1)

SQLGuru (980662) | about 4 years ago | (#31699518)

I have a snake and a chick, you know what to do!

Sad thing is that the srsly@ e-mail doesn't work.

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (-1, Troll)

commodore64_love (1445365) | about 4 years ago | (#31699542)

- It's NOT funny when I'm on a slow connection and slashdot is stealing it, and I have no way to turn this shit off.

- It's NOT funny when I'm at work, and the admin wants to know why I streaming mega-videos & tying up work servers.

- It's NOT funny. Slashdot is now acting like Microsoft, ramming crap down my pipe that I don't want.

April Fool?

More like April asshole.

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699582)

Then close the tab, go read another story, and quit your bitching. Nobody's holding a gun to your head.

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699584)

Yes you have, turn your plugins off for meta.slashdot.org. Way to come bitching on a funny story. You must be a fun guy at parties!

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (1)

dancingmilk (1005461) | about 4 years ago | (#31699590)

Who pissed in your cornflakes this morning dude? Chill the fuck out.

This IS funny.

- It's NOT funny when I'm on a slow connection and slashdot is stealing it, and I have no way to turn this shit off.

Don't visit the site? Use an RSS reader if you need low bandwidth news.

- It's NOT funny when I'm at work, and the admin wants to know why I streaming mega-videos & tying up work servers.

Try working when you are at work then, instead of slacking off.

- It's NOT funny. Slashdot is now acting like Microsoft, ramming crap down my pipe that I don't want.

Then stop coming here if you really don't enjoy it. Hint: You are full of shit and will continue to frequent a website that you are apparently mad at. Yes, that sounds stupid, because it is.

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (1)

RadioElectric (1060098) | about 4 years ago | (#31699656)

I think it's funny, but it also seems to be pretty reliable at crashing Firefox on OS X.

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699606)

- It's NOT funny. Slashdot is now acting like Microsoft, ramming crap down my pipe that I don't want.

Don't drop the soap sweetie.

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (2, Insightful)

TheSunborn (68004) | about 4 years ago | (#31699722)

>>It's NOT funny when I'm on a slow connection and slashdot is stealing it, and I have no way to turn this shit off.

Come on. Any slashdot reader should know how to turn of flash. If you really don't know please turn in your geek card.

>>It's NOT funny when I'm at work, and the admin wants to know why I streaming mega-videos & tying up work servers.

Tying up work servers? That would be interesting but really, your browser should newer connect to any work server. (Proxy server excluded, but a proxy server should not have any problem handling a small video stream).

And I know I have been trolled, but even trolls need to eat, and this is the only day they can do that for free.

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (5, Insightful)

commodore64_love (1445365) | about 4 years ago | (#31699654)

Well let's look I'm done with slashdot for the day.

Okay I admit it - The videos were funny at first, but now I'd like to be able to turn them off, and nobody seems to have included that ability.

Flashblock (2, Informative)

tepples (727027) | about 4 years ago | (#31699662)

Okay I admit it - The videos were funny at first, but now I'd like to be able to turn them off, and nobody seems to have included that ability.

What web browser are you using? I have my Mozilla Firefox set up so that whenever I reload a page, the SWFs turn off until I click them [mozilla.org].

Re:Flashblock (2, Interesting)

commodore64_love (1445365) | about 4 years ago | (#31699702)

IE6. It's the only thing my employer lets me run. If I was using FF or Opera, then yeah I could turn-off the flash until I give permission for it to load (click "play"), but no such function in Microsoft's shit.

Re:Flashblock (2, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | about 4 years ago | (#31699744)

IE6. It's the only thing my employer lets me run.

I can think of three solutions:

  • Uninstall Flash Player.
  • File a trouble ticket with the IT department about Acid2 (that's 2, not 3) breaking, and then post your boss's rationale as to why all of your employer's PCs still use only a decade-old web browser.
  • There is a third solution, but describing it on Slashdot has been seen as flamebait in the past.

Re:Flashblock (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | about 4 years ago | (#31699742)

Switched to "low bandwidth" and "simple design" and the videos still load. I can't figure out how to turn them off.

Re:Flashblock (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31700126)

So start actually working then instead of bitching at slashdot.

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (1)

OnlyJedi (709288) | about 4 years ago | (#31699864)

At first I was fooled into thinking it was real, until saw the same video a second time. Well-played indeed.

Re:Pretty Funny Videos (1)

The Moof (859402) | about 4 years ago | (#31700042)

Sound seems broken on half of them though.

After the one time it worked, I wish it would fail all of the time. Seriously, nothing beats pulling up an article and having a video of some jackass who is just screaming on my screen.

Bad news (1, Interesting)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 4 years ago | (#31699466)

Sorry slashdot, bad news: Google's April Fools is a lot better.

Re:Bad news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699736)

Google Japan's was good, actually!

that's the explanation (2, Insightful)

jollyreaper (513215) | about 4 years ago | (#31699472)

This is what they've been doing instead of fixing the CSS problems on Idle (or simply removing it.)

Re:that's the explanation (1)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | about 4 years ago | (#31699688)

This is what they've been doing instead of fixing the CSS problems or Idle (or simply removing it.)

T, FTFY.

OMG BOOBIES! (4, Funny)

thomasdz (178114) | about 4 years ago | (#31699480)

What a great idea. Now I can see BOOBIES from the safety of my parents basement... here...let me try it out..
ewww gross. (click) ewwww gross... (click) ewww yuckko (click) ewww grosser! (click) ahh good, guy with guitar playing a tune... OMG he's lifting his shirt...agghhh ewww gross. (click) ewww gross...
I want Boobies. Girl Boobies. Oh yeah, I forgot...this is Slashdot.
I guess I'll just reload the wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boobies [wikipedia.org]
oh YEAH baby... seabirds! yeah! fap fap fap

Re:OMG BOOBIES! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699914)

I guess I'll just reload the wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boobies [wikipedia.org]

You need to click on the "Booby (disambiguation)." link, or the Breast [wikipedia.org] if you want to see breasts on Wikipedia. I'm not sure why some arcane sea bird would default to "booby" unless it was because of pressure from some anti-breast organization.

Awesome! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699488)

I found my long lost dog through slashdot. Roulette Video Chat FTW

/. storIEs soon to include 'stuff that matters' (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699490)

just kidding?

Need more bandwidth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699492)

Slashdot has slashdotted itself. Brillant!

If Only ... (5, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | about 4 years ago | (#31699514)

... my iPad had a camera and supported Flash.

Re:If Only ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699544)

... my iPad had a camera and supported Flash.

why would you want your feminine protection product to have a camera? ohhhhh wait... I understand....

Be happy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699734)

For a while I trolled chatroulette with meatspin looping through a fake cam feed.

Keep up the good work, guys ! (1)

vikingpower (768921) | about 4 years ago | (#31699522)

Not as funny as the kiddies on the Register who act out Brian de Palma's Scarface, but almost. Laughed a good deal about this. The only thing still missing is a CowboyNeal permanent webcam....

How do I disable?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699556)

It is burning all my bandwidth. Now every slashdot article I open I need to open the task manager and kill flash player. :(

OMFG no!!!!! (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 4 years ago | (#31699564)

Web cams of us? Does that mean I have to put clothes on? Well, you'll finally find out how fat Tami is, and how skinny Tammy is.

Excuse me while I get a robe and warn the women...

Ouch! The Visuals! (1)

filesiteguy (695431) | about 4 years ago | (#31699566)

I can only imagine the average /. user logging in from home and what that person looks like. (I include myself in this cohort.)

This is not an april fools joke, it is a potential scary movie!

Re:Ouch! The Visuals! (1)

kirill.s (1604911) | about 4 years ago | (#31699706)

I can only imagine the average /. user logging in from home and what that person looks like. (I include myself in this cohort.)

The average /. user logs in from work, you insensitive clod!

I knew there'd be an April Fool joke on /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699576)

But crashing my browser every time I visit the site seems a little extreme.

pretends (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699588)

You do all see the part that says'

"This application *pretends* to use peer-to-peer connection.
  Please configure your firewall accordingly"

Awesome.

April Fools???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699600)

Could it be their classic april fools???? Not very interesting, or funny...

Bad /. no biscuit (1)

jhesse (138516) | about 4 years ago | (#31699608)

Nice how this crashes the Flash plugin under OSX/Safari.

WTF?

Re:Bad /. no biscuit (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | about 4 years ago | (#31699666)

+1 troll

-1 informative

===

0 change to score ;-)

Re:Bad /. no biscuit (1)

jhesse (138516) | about 4 years ago | (#31699712)

At least the plugin is sandboxed under Safari. Seeing as I'm not the only one, I'm sure Apple is gonna love all those crash reports about Flash today. ...how is Flash not being on the iPad a negative, again?

Umm...to all prev commenters (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699624)

I call shenanigans.

Anything about the date today ring any bells?!?!?!

Re:Umm...to all prev commenters (1)

cryoman23 (1646557) | about 4 years ago | (#31699982)

wait what is this thing called a date? im sry but ive been in this basement for a LONGGG time...

I know this is an April Fool's joke, but ... (3, Insightful)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 4 years ago | (#31699638)

... this would fit right in with all the other crappy non-features that have been forced into slashdot lately.

Good day sir...I SAID GOOD DAY SIR! (1)

sonic_assault (1194739) | about 4 years ago | (#31699660)

I don't think I like it. It's more of a distraction for me than anything else. As far as promoting better posting habits, I think it might actually promote judging someone on how they look instead of the content of their post. Also, it introduces the opportunity for annoying advertisements. I never thought I would be disabling flash content on Slashdot...

Somebody think of our CPU cycles (1)

Arbition (1728870) | about 4 years ago | (#31699674)

Must we really be subjected to this? I have limited internet quota, and my processor is not particularly fast.

Re:Somebody think of our CPU cycles (2, Informative)

m.ducharme (1082683) | about 4 years ago | (#31699726)

If you can't figure out how to disable it, you need to turn your geek card in at the door.

Re:Somebody think of our CPU cycles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699986)

Welcome to April 1

From My POV (1)

mindbrane (1548037) | about 4 years ago | (#31699678)

Fine, I'm OK with it, got my Logitech Pr0n 9000 set up on the 37" Viewsonic and it gives great closeups of me reclined on the couch; but, I just want you all to know I'm not getting a bikini wax.

God, I hope this is an April Fools joke (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699682)

If not, how do I turn this damn thing off?

Re:God, I hope this is an April Fools joke (1)

solsang (1364595) | about 4 years ago | (#31699718)

This is so beautiful, it is a physically manifested April Fools joke which will hopefully vanish at midnight, kudos to /. to making the obvious april fools entry into a hilarious frightening reality:]

Exxxxcellent. (1)

dhermann (648219) | about 4 years ago | (#31699730)

Finally, a way to incessantly argue with insensitive clods combined with an excuse to never wear pants again! Nothing says, "I so ferverently disagree with your contention that only this cleverly-placed sock can demonstrate the level of my dismay" like SlashRoulette!

And anyone who doesn't like it is a socialist pederast!

Everyone keeps typing text (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31699746)

partner: has entered text...

Is all I ever see from my peer.

Please don't. (1)

bkr1_2k (237627) | about 4 years ago | (#31699852)

Please don't. I'm probably in the minority, but as far as I'm concerned, this "feature" sucks. I get a lot of interesting information about various subjects from this site, but there is nothing gained with taking up the extra bandwidth for audio and video, especially if the person is a blowhard or just talking out of their ass. Don't get me wrong, we all fall into those categories at some point or another, but there's not much gained by adding this feature.

Open the floodgates of April the 1st. (1, Offtopic)

blind biker (1066130) | about 4 years ago | (#31699978)

This is the first of many idiot-stories for the 1st of April, that will appear on Slashdot. The interesting thing is, ALL the stories are bunk. There won't be a single true one for about 18 hours from now.

Which kinda kills the joke.

Chatroulette (1)

camcorder (759720) | about 4 years ago | (#31700016)

I'm wondering how many cocks CowboyNeal needed to see while collecting ideas for this joke. On the other hand, it's good to know CowboyNeal is using chatrl, so maybe I could meet him some day, only if I know how he looks.

By posting, do I get the April Fools Achievement? (1)

JoshDM (741866) | about 4 years ago | (#31700026)

As in, posting here, or was that only when Achievements were released?

Please get rid of it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31700220)

Very very annoying and just a bad idea. I hope slashdot will get back to normal. I don't need to see any videos on slashdot, especially any kind of Flash-based crap. Hopefully enough people will complain and slashdot won't be polluted by Flash anymore. I have no word to describe how obnoxious that is.

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