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Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to SlashdotTV! (Video)

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the film-at-eleven dept.

Media 203

You may have noticed that we've posted quite a few original videos on Slashdot in the past few months. Rather than being the work of a few rogue editors with newly-acquired Christmas cameras, this was part of the groundwork for a new site we're launching today. SlashdotTV, found at http://tv.slashdot.org, will let you easily find and watch all of our videos in one convenient location. In addition to Slashdot content, you also can watch videos from our sister sites, SourceForge and ThinkGeek. The site is brand new, and we're interested in hearing your feedback -- what you think about it, and what kind of videos you'd like to see. Currently, you can embed our videos on your own site or show them to your friends with our share feature. Commenting is coming soon. Check back often for new videos, and keep watching!

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203 comments

Timmeey! (4, Funny)

MasterMan (2603851) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495445)

Timothy looks at Pixel Qi
Timothy checks out Ubuntu TV
Timothy Gets a MakerBot Replicator Demo at CES
Timothy Lord Checks Out Keyboards & Tech At CES
Timothy Lord @ Metrix Create:Space in Seattle
Timothy Lord Checks Out Steve Jackson Games' Latest

what you think about it, and what kind of videos you'd like to see

We want more videos were timothy checks out and looks at things!

Re:Timmeey! (5, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495495)

How about a video of Timothy Lord actually checking a submitted story before he posts it? Maybe also a video of Timothy Lord attending a remedial English class?

Re:Timmeey! (0)

crossmr (957846) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495621)

I would pay to actually see that. Obviously Timothy or one of his socks has mod points right now.

U're modded funny: This = funnier... apk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495657)

Anytime you *think* you have the intellect to 'get the better of me'? Come on over here -> http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2734503&cid=39493361 [slashdot.org] & disprove any points I have made on hosts files there!

(Along with the thoughts & opinions of your /. peers that outnumber your craven tactics 40++:1 and actually agree that hosts files are useful for speed, security, and more of beneficial value to they and others)

You're 'so brave' doing cowardly little trollish ad hominem attack attempts, in your snide little comment there -> http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2734503&cid=39406223 [slashdot.org] !

Let's see how well you bear up under fire when you're challenged to disprove not only the thoughts of others on hosts files benefits they have gotten using custom hosts files, but also points I have made in favor of hosts files that have gotten myself modded up MANY TIMES here by others also (which is tough to get as an AC since /. buries our posts by default).

* It is going to be a PLEASURE annihilating you...

APK

P.S.=> So yes - that's right: I am going to make it a point to humiliate you now, worm.

Especially since you saw fit to attempt to try to 'start up' with me there with an off-topic illogical failing attempt @ ad hominem attacks directed my way there!

So - now the shoe's on the other foot, except that it will illustrate your inadequacy in things technical in computing hugely, proving this is no mere ad hominem attack on my part (only payback you merited, and best part is? YOU only did this, to yourself, worm)... apk

Re:U're modded funny: This = funnier... apk (1, Offtopic)

GmExtremacy (2579091) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495673)

Why use the hosts file when you could just switch to Gamemaker?

Re:U're modded funny: This = funnier... apk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495821)

I'd kill for mod points right now. :)

I tip my hat to you, SirOrMa'am.

(Posting anon since doing otherwise guarantees I'll get followed around by APK for the next six weeks...)

Re:U're modded funny: This = funnier... apk (0)

Goaway (82658) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496199)

Hey, who left the door open and let in all the crazy?

Re:U're modded funny: This = funnier... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496277)

uh-uh - APK is off his meds again ...

Hey - to make this on-topic, how about posting a video of how you're going to restore your reputation as anything but a laughingstock trying to peddle a few Windows programs dating back to 2 decades ago? Maybe include some sex with a dead goat and your mama - we know you really get off on the whole humiliation and self-degradation thing.

Re:Timmeey! (1, Offtopic)

virgnarus (1949790) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495681)

He takes after the Dear Leader [tumblr.com]

.

Wow. (-1, Offtopic)

GmExtremacy (2579091) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495457)

This almost reminded me of my extreme buttnudeness.

Hopefully this was made in Gamemaker.

Something worse than Idle? Maybe (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495479)

Perhaps this is why Taco left. Perhaps we should follow.

It's Not April Yet (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495483)

Are you sure this isn't intended as an April Fools article?

Re:It's Not April Yet (4, Funny)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495563)

On Sunday I'm expecting lots of videos with ponies.

Re:It's Not April Yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496447)

Oh yeah. We're just warming up, but as Tom Lehrer put it, That's Mathematics! [youtube.com]

Re:It's Not April Yet (1)

sootman (158191) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496549)

April 1 is on a Sunday this year? SWEET! Then I don't have to see it.

Stop doing it in Flash (4, Interesting)

SgtChaireBourne (457691) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495491)

Stop doing the videos in Flash. It's a proprietary wrapper usable on a decreasing number of platforms. Better formats for video already exist. If you want old, then go with MPEG. If you want new, go with WebM. Either way, you'll both reach a larger audience and future-proof your work.

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495511)

This ^

Use MediaElement.js or Video.js or something. But for the love of god, this is a technology site full of people who would LOVE to hate on Flash. Stop this madness.

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495619)

Yeah stop the Flash it doesnt work on my iPad /me ducks

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (5, Insightful)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495591)

Of all the sites that could go HTML5 video only, this should be the first.

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (4, Funny)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495617)

Just like "we" were the first with UTF-8

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (4, Insightful)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495727)

Just like "we" were the first with UTF-8

Never had it working fully.

I'll bet you £1000 that the Pound Sterling sign prior to the integer in this sentence is preceeded by the letter A with a circumflex above it. This has been broken since the change to Unicode was made, and never fixed.

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495857)

But... but.... but... what? You mean new /. is just like old /. only worse? OH NOES!!

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495985)

I had no idea unicode was supported at all it certainly doesn't work in my journal. I've got some cyrillic below that doesn't show up at all.

    - I don't see the preceding two words at all in preview.

köszönöm szépen - this Hungarian looks o.k. in the preview though. In my journal entries it always previews o.k. but then gets all jacked up once I save.

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (4, Funny)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496067)

Hmm... Let me check the password protection...

***************

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496221)

Hmm... Let me check the password protection...

hunter2

Looks broken to me.

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496085)

Har vi fått äkta Unicode-stöd??

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496157)

Aw, damn, and well before my 60th birthday, too.

Any Stockholm-area Slashdotters who want to collect can meet me this Friday night during Happy Hour at Akkurat for their complimentary starköl. :(

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (4, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495731)

I disagree. Currently, flash blocking plugins are much more mature than ones to block HTML5 videos. I encourage Slashdot to keep using Flash for this kind of inanity. It makes it much easier to skip over the video, because it just renders as a grey box, which doesn't take a noticeable amount of CPU power.

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495933)

I don't understand. Flash blockers are for preventing the runtime from loading, saving CPU cycles and the user from obnoxious content. The HTML5 video tag shouldn't eat any CPU if the video doesn't play on page load. And it can't be used for anything but video.

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (4, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496121)

That's not all that they're for. They also stop us having to see videos - or even still images - of Timothy Lord...

I encourage U to "face the music" here (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495949)

Anytime you *think* you have the intellect to 'get the better of me'? Come on over here -> http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2734503&cid=39493361 [slashdot.org] & disprove any points I have made on hosts files there!

(Along with the thoughts & opinions of your /. peers that outnumber your craven tactics 40++:1 and actually agree that hosts files are useful for speed, security, and more of beneficial value to they and others)

You're 'so brave' doing cowardly little trollish ad hominem attack attempts, in your snide little comment there -> http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2734503&cid=39406223 [slashdot.org] !

Let's see how well you bear up under fire when you're challenged to disprove not only the thoughts of others on hosts files benefits they have gotten using custom hosts files, but also points I have made in favor of hosts files that have gotten myself modded up MANY TIMES here by others also (which is tough to get as an AC since /. buries our posts by default).

* It is going to be a PLEASURE annihilating you...

APK

P.S.=> So yes - that's right: I am going to make it a point to humiliate you now, worm.

Especially since you saw fit to attempt to try to 'start up' with me there with an off-topic illogical failing attempt @ ad hominem attacks directed my way there!

So - now the shoe's on the other foot, except that it will illustrate your inadequacy in things technical in computing hugely, proving this is no mere ad hominem attack on my part (only payback you merited, and best part is? YOU only did this, to yourself, worm)... apk

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496275)

Indeed. Plus, when the masters of the internet decide to outlaw video-blocking, it won't matter whether our newly TV-ized internet is managed by a shitty plugin or a shitty markup language.

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495931)

Stop doing the videos in Flash. It's a proprietary wrapper usable on a decreasing number of platforms. Better formats for video already exist. If you want old, then go with MPEG. If you want new, go with WebM. Either way, you'll both reach a larger audience and future-proof your work.

No mobile access. Less resolution than a Youtube video. Lame.

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496427)

You need to have the Adobe Flash Player to view this content.

I had to disable Flash because it didn't play well with Firefox 11 (as in, my browser was pretty much completely hosed until I disabled it). This is probably one of those things where if you ask either FF or Adobe, they'd say it's the other guy screwing up.

So no Slashdot TV for me, I guess.

Re:Stop doing it in Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496531)

If you want new that doesn't work on the majority of platforms, go with WebM.

FTFY.

H.264 FTW.

Ads...lots of ads. (-1, Troll)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495493)

As long as you fill it with tons of ads, that's cool with me. I love slashvertisements! Maybe you can even couch a few of them in "product reviews"? That may squeak a few more ads in front of people, what do you say?

Re:Ads...lots of ads. (3, Insightful)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495609)

If it was ad-free, and therefore a paid service, few would buy it. As long as they clearly mark the sponsored content I'm fine with it.

Re:Ads...lots of ads. (1)

johny42 (1087173) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495915)

As long as you fill it with tons of ads, that's cool with me. I love slashvertisements! Maybe you can even couch a few of them in "product reviews"? That may squeak a few more ads in front of people, what do you say?

In the video, they explicitly said they are going to run slashvertisements. Maybe if you WTFV...oh nevermind.

I appreciate they're up-front about it at least.

Just make a YouTube page (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495501)

This is about 12 years too late.

Re:Just make a YouTube page (3, Interesting)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495567)

They Could follow the advice of the comments and use modern container files, modern html to display it, high res (like HD res, not 360 px instead of 240 px like youtube), make torrent available, working RSS feeds of the video files ready to feed into mythnettv and the other TV appliances...

Re:Just make a YouTube page (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495679)

Does it really matter, though? The delivery isn't the most important. /. went from being very influential to becoming a punchline because of gross mismanagement and rigid commenting system which discourages meaningful community building.

The center of gravity in geek culture is at places like reddit and hacker news these days. Quick, name the last notable thing that came out of slashdot in past 5 years.

Re:Just make a YouTube page (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496151)

Your post is surely the highlight of the past 5 years for me!

Re:Just make a YouTube page (4, Insightful)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496489)

Slashdot has been my point of primary internet interaction for a while now. My first comment [slashdot.org] was posted almost 11 years ago - so I figure I've been here regularly for at least that long. I've done meet ups with slashdot friends 4 times over the years, the most recent was just a couple weeks ago. I'm not a neutral party - I have a bias towards the site. If I didn't like it I wouldn't have stayed this long.

There are problems to be sure - but I do believe the site still has value. There are still a significant number of knowledgable people that are engaged with the site. There are of course, and always have been people who troll and (even more caustic in my opinion) people who gripe incessentaly about everything. But even with them, people keep coming.

I'm not sure what you are looking for in regards to a "notable thing" coming out of slashdot. I view it as a place that provides a service - interaction with tech news in a primarily FOSS oriented community. A lot of the limits on community building come out of a desire to keep the signal to noise ratio good. I was very active on reddit for a while but a few months ago I deleted my account and visit rarely now. Too much crap to filter to get to the good stuff. It obviously works for a lot of people but I'm willing to bet that I'm not alone in preferring a place like this. I'm not as up on my advice animal memes as I was before - but I don't feel too bad about that. It's a cool community, but not really for me.

HN is pretty awesome though the volume of posting and interaction there is a lot lower. Quality over quantity - but you can't site that as a good site compared to slashdot and blame slashdots woes on a rigid commenting system. I do like it though for the same reason I like it here - I've got a good idea of what I'll get and a good percentage of the commentors will be knowledgable.

My Opinion (4, Insightful)

eternaldoctorwho (2563923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495505)

I think that having a new tv.slashdot.org is completely fine and even a little cool. However, my preference is that these videos should only be posted to that site, and not to "regular" Slashdot. Or at least provide a standard tag or category which we can filter out if we choose. We know where to go if we want to watch videos - the TV icon at the top (nice job on that btw, it was immediately obvious to me what that new icon signified even before reading this article). Otherwise, I'm just looking for text blurbs and snarky/humorous user comments, sometimes with optional videos behind the summary's links. Maybe we can just get the story summary text, with a link below the summary that says "Check out the video over on Slashdot TV!"?

Oh, transcripts for all videos on the TV site would be helpful for many as well.

Re:My Opinion (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495765)

I'd like to see a "Slashdot TV" addition to the "Exclude stories by topic:" list in the Options > Exclusions section. I read /. in off-time and don't have sound on my workstation, so all it does is create animosity towards the editors.

Transcripts, Transcript (4, Informative)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495935)

Oh, transcripts for all videos on the TV site would be helpful for many as well.

I think that may just be in the pipeline ;)

For now, here's the Transcript for this video.
-----
Title: Welcome to SlashdotTV
Description: Welcoe to SlashdotTV, the / dedicated channel for all video on / Slashdot. This new site lets you / easily browse and watch videos / based on a number of criteria, / including title, subject keywords, / popularity, and those handpicked / by the site's dedicated editors.

[00:00] <TITLE>
The SlashdotTV logo bar slides down from the top of the screen over a background that shows the SlashdotTV page, and "Welcome to TV.Slashdot.org" fades into the bar.

[00:01] Timothy>
Introducing SlashdotTV, where we get up-close and personal [...]

[00:03] <TITLE>
Various shots from interviews quickly pass by at this time.

[00:03] Timothy>
[...] or drop in via video chat with interesting people from all parts of the tech spectrum;

[00:09] Timothy>
From hobbyists [...]

[00:10] <TITLE>
A shot from the Qu8ke [slashdot.org] interview video is shown in which a 'hobby' rocket is launched.

[00:14] <TITLE>
Various shots from interviews quickly pass by again.

[00:14] Timothy>
[...] to entrepreneurs to project leaders - and sometimes, all three at once.

[00:18] <TITLE>
The shot at this time is of Chris Qiu with the his name and title "Senior Architect/Lead Developer for the Trove Insight Solution" displayed in the bottom.

[00:18] Timothy>
There's also a corner for sponsored videos, which means supported by advertisers.

[00:22] <TITLE>
Shots of the SlashdotTV webpage pass by, relating to the spoken words.

[00:22] Timothy>
You can explore our current categories or search for videos by keyword.

[00:26] Timothy>
You can comment on videos right from the Slashdot page, or watch or re-watch them at any time from this page.

[00:32] Timothy>
We're looking for good ideas of what should make the cut.
So please help us shape Slashdot's future with your suggestions, [...]

[00:37] <TITLE>
The shot changes to that of several pinball machines.

[00:37] Timothy>
[...] and keep watching for more.

Re:My Opinion (3, Insightful)

Barbara, not Barbie (721478) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496337)

Of all the things that users have been asking for, this was not on the list. Do you even listen?

What next - powerpoint slide decks?

I want to be able to exclude it from the list of stories - life is too short to look at a video that takes 5 to 10 minutes to say what I can glom from reading a story in 30 seconds.

April 1st (2)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495515)

Does this bring back the chat roulette feature?

Sharing? (1)

slyrat (1143997) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495517)

I was curious if the sites that the sharing button has will be expanded? I specifically was not seeing google+ in there, but I'm sure there are other sites that might be wanted. I'm sure that as a tech site there is a bit more g+ users here than on a normal site. Slashdot tv looks like a neat site and I'll have to check it out when I'm not at work.

Re:Sharing? (2)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495601)

and I'll have to check it out when I'm not at work.

The specs on this are going to be interesting. Not at work, not on a phone with poor data coverage, not in a meeting, not in a teleconference, not while "watching" tv... this is what, like 1% of my /. time?

Is it just me...or? (5, Insightful)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495523)

I actually don't like video content on the web; for a variety of reasons, but the primary one is that the audio from the video would give me away at work.

I mean, I hope this works out and is the revenue generator you hope it is, but as I think many of us are viewing the site from work, I don't know how popular a destination it's going to be.

Re:Is it just me...or? (2)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495683)

My video usage:

At work: Videos without audio (double points if it has closed captioning)
At home: Videos in the background so I only hear the audio... usually pulling up a song I haven't heard in a while on YouTube.

The only time I pay attention to both the audio and video is when watching Netflix... and even then I usually have Netflix on my right monitor, Minecraft on my center monitor and Opera on my left monitor so it doesn't get my undivided attention. Videos lack the interactivity to keep me fully entertained on their own.

You're not alone. I prefer text. (3, Insightful)

concealment (2447304) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495911)

The contents of a three-minute video can generally be typed up into a half-page of text and read in thirty seconds.

The exceptions are walk-throughs that are difficult to describe in writing, or content that requires visual or audio.

For me, it's not a matter of being seen goofing off. I have headphones. But it's more a use of my time. If I'm going to goof off, I want to goof off *efficiently*.

TLDW (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495535)

what kind of videos you'd like to see

Rickrolls and pr0n? Mostly the latter?

Seriously, short videos. TLDW = too long didn't watch. Please no "I recorded this rant because I can't be bothered to transcribe it"

Even more seriously you're not going to displace youtube as the home of precious kitty videos. Or even pony videos. On the other hand, as far as I know, the "screencast" market is unserved. Yes there is "A" site for ruby screencasts, and "A" site for vim screencasts. But there is no "the tech screencast" site... that I know of.

Does not work in Safari (2)

objekt (232270) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495547)

Does not work in Safari, unlike youtube and 99% of all other online video sites which work fine in Safari (Mac OS X)

Re:Does not work in Safari (2)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495761)

Works fine for me in Safari 5.1.4 on OS X and ClickToPlugin installed. I see a grey box, just as I'd expect.

See TheRaven64 running like the troll he is (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496013)

Anytime you *think* you have the intellect to 'get the better of me'? Come on over here -> http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2734503&cid=39493361 [slashdot.org] & disprove any points I have made on hosts files there!

(Along with the thoughts & opinions of your /. peers that outnumber your craven tactics 40++:1 and actually agree that hosts files are useful for speed, security, and more of beneficial value to they and others)

You're 'so brave' doing cowardly little trollish ad hominem attack attempts, in your snide little comment there -> http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2734503&cid=39406223 [slashdot.org] !

Let's see how well you bear up under fire when you're challenged to disprove not only the thoughts of others on hosts files benefits they have gotten using custom hosts files, but also points I have made in favor of hosts files that have gotten myself modded up MANY TIMES here by others also (which is tough to get as an AC since /. buries our posts by default).

* It is going to be a PLEASURE annihilating you...

APK

P.S.=> So yes - that's right: I am going to make it a point to humiliate you now, worm.

Especially since you saw fit to attempt to try to 'start up' with me there with an off-topic illogical failing attempt @ ad hominem attacks directed my way there!

So - now the shoe's on the other foot, except that it will illustrate your inadequacy in things technical in computing hugely, proving this is no mere ad hominem attack on my part (only payback you merited, and best part is? YOU only did this, to yourself, worm)... apk

Re:Does not work in Safari (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495963)

Flash [adobe.com] does work on firefox for mac and according to adobe it works on your browser as well. I do not know which planet you are on but mac system codecs are fine if all you browse is youtube. Because youtube does remote transcoding. The /. guys can't afford the cost to do this as well as the fact that it requires a system type server to client query to be done when someone goes to load up a vid. Seems that the ./ tv site just does a talkback javascript without doing a scripted system or browser type enquiry.

If safari is choking on the sfv and you have flash installed then something else is going on and you should report it to the guys coding the site ...but considering the fact that a ton of ./ people actually use macs ...me thinks you are most like against installing flash or firefox on your pure apple device.

Re:Does not work in Safari (1)

citizenr (871508) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496201)

Does not work in Safari, unlike youtube and 99% of all other online video sites which work fine in Safari (Mac OS X)

also doesnt work in Opera
clip embedded in this post works, but all the clips under tv.slash... just dont show up

Re:Does not work in Safari (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496371)

Also they may want to add a bit more of a margin in their two column layout...first time I looked I read "Derek's 'amateur' rockets fly to Detroit venture partners" and had the image of someone sieging what is left of detroit with amateur rockets...

Related Links (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495561)

I like the Related Links that Slashdot gives for this.

Linode Exploit Caused Theft of Thousands of Bitcoins
European Parliament Blocks Copyright Reform With 113% Voter Turnout
Microsoft's Azure Cloud Suffers Major Downtime
Foxconn's Other Dirty Secret: the World's Largest "Internship" Program
Sony's New CEO To Look Beyond Hardware

Which boils down to theft, fraud, downtime, unpaid labor and Sony (always a winner). Nice to know what we can expect.

The Beginning of the End (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495589)

After CmdrTaco left, this place has really started going to crap. Sure, stupid things happened before that, but not at the rate it is now.

DO NOT WANT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495593)

Unless you show timmy's sex tapes with Thai lady boys. Or CmdrTaco working as a toilet slave at LinuxCon '03.

Speaking of which, do you allow user submissions? I have some videos I made in Thailand.

flash? seriously? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495599)

It always make me laugh the way slashdot posts all these supposedly technologically progressive articles but then uses some obsolete proprietary tech like flash for its videos. Did Adobe give you some payola to use that crap or what?

Re:flash? seriously? (0)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495783)

You'll not how whenever Slashdot is hiring, they studiously avoid posting job adverts on Slashdot. They wouldn't want anyone technically competent (or literate) applying...

You're not technically competent (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496043)

Anytime you *think* you have the intellect to 'get the better of me'? Come on over here -> http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2734503&cid=39493361 [slashdot.org] & disprove any points I have made on hosts files there!

(Along with the thoughts & opinions of your /. peers that outnumber your craven tactics 40++:1 and actually agree that hosts files are useful for speed, security, and more of beneficial value to they and others)

You're 'so brave' doing cowardly little trollish ad hominem attack attempts, in your snide little comment there -> http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2734503&cid=39406223 [slashdot.org] !

Let's see how well you bear up under fire when you're challenged to disprove not only the thoughts of others on hosts files benefits they have gotten using custom hosts files, but also points I have made in favor of hosts files that have gotten myself modded up MANY TIMES here by others also (which is tough to get as an AC since /. buries our posts by default).

* It is going to be a PLEASURE annihilating you...

APK

P.S.=> So yes - that's right: I am going to make it a point to humiliate you now, worm.

Especially since you saw fit to attempt to try to 'start up' with me there with an off-topic illogical failing attempt @ ad hominem attacks directed my way there!

So - now the shoe's on the other foot, except that it will illustrate your inadequacy in things technical in computing hugely, proving this is no mere ad hominem attack on my part (only payback you merited, and best part is? YOU only did this, to yourself, worm)... apk

Less videos than YouTube. No wireless. (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495603)

... oh come on... you know where I'm going with this! ;) I'm glad there's an announcement, I noticed a new tab at the top this morning and said ".. hey... that wasn't there yesterday!"

I just want to point out that... (-1, Offtopic)

Lillebo (1561251) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495643)

Poop.

Well, good luck with it, but text rules (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495649)

I find text to be 10x faster to process than watching a video. Text is easier to skim, it's easier to search, a page of text can explain something in more detail and more precisely than 10 minutes of video, and it probably takes up 1000x less space/bandwidth, etc. When I watch video documentation it feels like everything is in slow motion compared to reading. As a bonus, text is also usable by people with visual and/or sound impairments, when using the right equipment.

Resorting to video is like the equivalent of GUI operating systems versus command-line: it's easier to do in some ways (just sit in front of a camera), and sometimes it's the better way to go (so feel free to experiment with new ways of doing things), but often you can be vastly more efficient with the old way of doing things. Personally, I've skipped every video that has been posted on slashdot in the last few months. I'd rather read the comments. Considering the extra time and effort it takes to set up a video shoot and process it afterwards, and the extra bandwidth to deliver it, I'll be surprised if it pays off. But keep experimenting. It's healthy.

Nooooooo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495655)

/. was taking up enough of my time, now I have this too!!

Can I get this thing on Roku? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495659)

I prefer to watch TV on the TV. Will this content be available through a channel on my Roku box?

Re:Can I get this thing on Roku? (0)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496103)

It's 2012. Why don't you have a home theater PC already?

I can't watch... (3, Funny)

Mr. Droopy Drawers (215436) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495665)

If I watch, I think it will count against my Bandwidth Cap

Catchy Tune (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495685)

Now look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do it
You play the video on the STV
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and chicks for free
Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain't dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

Sounds great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495699)

I predict that SlashdotTV will be just as successful as FarkTV.

I Want My /.TV (2)

theodp (442580) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495709)

Now look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do it
You play the keyboards [slashdot.org] on the /.TV

Great (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495719)

Now Slashdot is going to be come synonymous with something people use to waste time, except for nerds.

This must be piracy (1)

Jawnn (445279) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495737)

I heard my Congressman (I'm from Texas - take your pick) say that posting videos on the Internet was piracy and cost Americans jobs. I guess we should have had them pass SOPA after all.

Re:This must be piracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496195)

yawn.

Frequent advertising (1)

thereitis (2355426) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495755)

I don't mind watching the odd commercial, but one per video is too much. Other video sites fall into the same trap.

How about an initial commercial and then 1 per 15 minutes of video content viewed.

It's March 28 (1)

Shompol (1690084) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495787)

Slashdot TV is what happens when more than one person tears off calendar pages in the office.

Provide a transcript (3, Insightful)

b0bby (201198) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495795)

I find that unless there's actually something cool which you really need to see in action to understand, I'm much happier reading than watching something. So if you're doing an interview, provide a transcript.

XBMC plugin anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495823)

That would be cool, right? :)

bug or feature? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39495843)

Flash 11.1.102.63 here on Fedora and none of the slashdot videos have played on this machine.
Good luck with the "linux" category :)

Exclamation mark in title! (1)

sirdude (578412) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495869)

I'd like to see a time-based analysis on the use of exclamation marks in article titles (such as this one). I reckon that it'll be indicative and illuminating :|

A simple plea (1)

concealment (2447304) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495875)

Slashdot TV looks great and it looks like you'll do something good with it.

Here is my concern however. Eventually, all internet sites try to become Facebook or Myspace or whatever the "it" network is that week. The problem with this is that what makes Slashdot great is that it's not for general consumption. It's for a higher standard of technical knowledge or those with the desire to attain that.

If you try to make Slashdot into a cash cow that behaves just like Facebook, you will fail two ways. First, the people who are already using Facebook aren't going to come here. Second, you will drive away your faithful userbase.

You cannot be what they are. You are born different (apologies to Lady Gaga).

Will never visit. (3, Insightful)

ledow (319597) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495891)

Will never visit.

Just like idle.slashdot.org (whose sarcastic "Waste of your time. Don't ever go there" I feel is the best advice I've heard).

Whenever there's been a video post, I've been quite quick to complain about it (and I'm not the only one), so yeah, shove them off into tv.slashdot.org so I can ignore it totally.

Sorry, but I (used to) come on here for information and news. It takes HUNDREDS of times longer to convey that information in a video than it does on a text page, which is why I don't watch TV News, and why I came to Slashdot for some techy/geeky news that other online outfits were lacking in.

Separate it off, but don't be shocked that nobody goes on there. And I'd have preferred your developer time and bandwidth to have been put to some better use all along, if I'm honest.

Partner with YouTube or Vimeo, or do HTML5 please. (3, Insightful)

DdJ (10790) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495905)

I hate watching videos on a conventional computer. I prefer to watch them on a tablet or real TV.

If you were to partner with either YouTube or Vimeo, I could use existing integrations for set-top boxes or the app on my iPad to view the stuff.

If you were to just to HTML5 video, I could at least bring the video up on my iPhone and "AirPlay" it to my TV.

As it is, I can't even watch it in Google Chrome. I've removed the generic Flash player from my computer, but I do allow Chrome to maintain and use its own internal copy. But even that copy can't play your videos. I am guessing that this is because I've got paranoid security settings, forbidding Flash from ever using any local storage at all (because I don't trust advertisers).

So, in short, I certainly can't see the videos in my preferred way, and when I try to view them the way I'm "supposed to", I get a blank screen with no warnings or errors or anything.

Do Not Want.

Re:Partner with YouTube or Vimeo, or do HTML5 plea (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496637)

Yeah, well, HTML5, whatever.

I believe ALL videos should be done in ASCII (3D ASCII for things like Avatar).

Yay for more crap (0, Troll)

Magada (741361) | more than 2 years ago | (#39495917)

The clueless twats who took over /. are destroying the site and the community with your hare-brained ideas. I'd like to see videos of them choking on wiffle-bats.

Re:Yay for more crap (-1, Offtopic)

Internal Modem (1281796) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496375)

+1 Mod parent up.

There are more important things for Slashdot to do (5, Insightful)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496017)

At this risk of sounding like a troll, or maybe just a fuddy-duddy: I think there are more important things for Slashdot to work on than adding new features.

There are a lot of bugs and limitations on the site. The last time Slashdot posted one of their "Hey, look what we did!" [slashdot.org] stories there were a lot of good positive often-repeated suggestions - many of which were ignored. Unicode support was moderated to 5 many times in that story. Instead we get achievements, idle, and Slashdot TV. Unicode support, working & faster preview, better comments section, etc. were top suggestions that have been ignored for years. Maybe I'm biased: I use Slashdot because it is entirely text based so this feature doesn't excite me terribly. Nonetheless, I think priorities need to be straightened here.

IPv6 (1)

pantaril (1624521) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496045)

Maybe you shall focus on enabling IPv6 on your existing sites before launching new ones.

No. (3, Insightful)

vikingpower (768921) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496081)

In and by itself, video: why not. But the "essence" of Slashdot, if I may use so vague a term, seems to reside in two strongly defined and profiled points: tech news in text format, and user-user-moderation. Video does not enhance either of these. Nor is it "stuff that matters".Therefore: irrelevant. Does not add any value to the core business. It MAY increase the site's worth in the eyes of a potential buyer. To me as a loooooooooooooong-time slashdotter, however, video on /. is... well... howshalliputit.... of no use.

There goes my bandwidth cap (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496147)

Sigh.

There goes the last shred of readability in IE7 (1)

Sedated2000 (1716470) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496267)

I'm forced to use IE7 at work. Yes, it's old and it would be nice if I could upgrade but I can't. This is a news blog with some forum functionality though. I expected it to at least let me read without a crazy layout. The change from last summer meant I was no longer able to moderate with that machine, and now with this TV icon, it's entirely unusable. Can someone enlighten me as to what all these changes improved? Visually the site isn't much different, green with white and black text. Links on the left, info on the right, posts in the middle. I never thought I'd be posting one of these "but... slashdot sucks now..." posts, but here I am. Please change it back.

Not working (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496291)

I tried IE 9 and Chrome - neither will play your videos.
Why not use HTML5??

Subtitles (1)

CODiNE (27417) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496299)

I think each video should have subtitles. There's many deaf readers here on slashdot and also many like to check in at work where they have to keep sound off.

Really it's a basic accessibility feature that is often ignored. Not to thrilled about Apple's digital textbooks containing non-subtitled videos. Yay the first book I can't "read", now THAT'S thinking differently. So as more of the web becomes video more people are finding themselves shut out.

So please add subtitles to all videos.

XBMC Plugin Please.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39496457)

XBMC plugin or it doesn't get watched.

how? (1)

statsone (1981504) | more than 2 years ago | (#39496667)

how about a story on the technology behind the site.
I have videos on my site and it is not easy to implement (without using an external provider)
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