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Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)

Roblimo posted about 2 years ago | from the whatever-you-just-said-made-no-sense dept.

Technology 233

If you're working at home or from a coffee shop or, really, anyplace outside your company's offices, they need to hear you when you talk, and you need to hear them. The same goes for dealing with clients via VOIP or video, the two communications techologies that seem to be driving POTS into obsolescence faster than we thought possible just a few years ago. In this video, Plantronics PR person Karen Auby -- who works remotely most of the time herself -- explains how Plantronics products help make work easier in a world of "unified communications."

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Bloody really?!?! Another one? (5, Insightful)

atriusofbricia (686672) | about 2 years ago | (#39580821)

So... half the "stories" today are just bloody slashvertisements?!?

Re:Bloody really?!?! Another one? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39580877)

These are plainly so.

In the past there were attempts to pitch them as 'stories'. See the long run that Ruby on Rails had, or possibly the first ones: the They Might be Giants series.

Slashdot has to make money somehow...

Re:Bloody really?!?! Another one? (3, Interesting)

terpri (853344) | about 2 years ago | (#39580989)

I just wasted three minutes and forty-one seconds of my life that I will never get back

Re:Bloody really?!?! Another one? (-1, Redundant)

Demoknight (66150) | about 2 years ago | (#39581001)

I hate even more that I've paid so much money for all the content I've gotten from slashdot over the years... nope wait.
I hate even more that it's the only website that I can read to get news... nope.
I hate even more that I've posted this response at all... yep.

Re:Bloody really?!?! Another one? (0)

JoeMerchant (803320) | about 2 years ago | (#39581019)

Have you checked the "Disable Advertisement" box yet? (Have you even gotten one yet?)

Re:Bloody really?!?! Another one? (3, Insightful)

Suddenly_Dead (656421) | about 2 years ago | (#39581075)

I just did. I've always had Slashdot Adblock whitelisted with The Box unchecked, but now I give up. Too bad that box doesn't get rid of this "story".

Though, I sort of appreciated the subversiveness of

whatever-you-just-said-made-no-sense

Re:Bloody really?!?! Another one? (3, Informative)

atriusofbricia (686672) | about 2 years ago | (#39581163)

Have you checked the "Disable Advertisement" box yet? (Have you even gotten one yet?)

Had one for as long as I can remember. It doesn't block "stories" as they aren't "Advertisements". Thus, entirely useless in this case.

Re:Bloody really?!?! Another one? (-1, Offtopic)

GmExtremacy (2579091) | about 2 years ago | (#39581223)

Still visibly angry, I clench my fists as saliva drips down my nutsack...

It's time to return to Gamemakerdom. A buttnude such as me cannot allow anything less.

Most news stories originate with a PR source (1)

QuincyDurant (943157) | about 2 years ago | (#39581143)

Case in point:

They were more like the fuzzy down of a modern baby chick than the stiff plumes of an adult bird,” Xing Xu, a researcher at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, said in a news release

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/120404/t-rex-cousin-sported-downy-feathers [globalpost.com]

Re:Most news stories originate with a PR source (2)

atriusofbricia (686672) | about 2 years ago | (#39581233)

Yeah.. but the difference is that is a story with information and this is just an advertisement trying to look like a story.

They're the same in that they both contain words. Much like a Boeing 777 is the same as a piper cub. They both have wings, right?

Re:Most news stories originate with a PR source (2)

QuincyDurant (943157) | about 2 years ago | (#39581325)

It's not trying to "look like" a story; the submission is clearly identified as coming from Plantronics PR. Product information is not intrinsically different from scientific information, and few would hear about Boeing or Piper without PR people.

My point is that 80% of /. as well as 80% of the New York Times or 80% of the Wall St. Journal began as a news releases or story pitches.

I'm happy to concede that the vulgar definition of "PR" as "BS" is usually correct--about 80% of the time, I'd say.

Re:Most news stories originate with a PR source (2)

tibit (1762298) | about 2 years ago | (#39581361)

Never mind that their PR lady is horrible at her job. Her voice sucks, and her appearance and body language sucks too.

Re:Most news stories originate with a PR source (3, Interesting)

Suddenly_Dead (656421) | about 2 years ago | (#39581431)

There isn't even a story here, though. If Boeing had a press release for a new airplane and Slashdot posted that, that's kind of interesting, impactful, topically relevant, and it likely wouldn't bother many people. This, however, is substance-free garbage.

Re:Most news stories originate with a PR source (3, Insightful)

Nursie (632944) | about 2 years ago | (#39581443)

So we should all be happy because blatant advertising is the same as informational content, as they often come from teh same sort of source, bad is good, good is bad, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria...

No, this is blatantly advertising by and for one firm, not even 'here look at this breakthrough we made' that might be technologically interesting, just 'buy our stuff'.

If that's the slashdot you want to read, good for you. To me this represents a new low on a site that had already driven away most of the interesting technical discussion of a few years ago.

Re:Bloody really?!?! Another one? (4, Insightful)

sir_montag (937262) | about 2 years ago | (#39581231)

I haven't logged in for months, and seeing this blatant of an advertisement is sadly the first thing I've been pissed off about enough to comment. This is ridiculous. Crappy articles, ok, whatever. What makes Slashdot worth coming to is the comments. Put up enough crappy advertising and the people who make those comments will go elsewhere.

Re:Bloody really?!?! Another one? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581533)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roblimo
Robin "Roblimo" Miller (born October 30, 1952) was the Editor in Chief of Open Source Technology Group, the company that owns Slashdot, SourceForge.net, freshmeat, Linux.com, NewsForge, and ThinkGeek from 2000 to 2008.
Miller formerly owned Robin's Limousine, a small limo company based in Elkridge, Maryland, the origin of his online nickname. Miller is best-known for his involvement with Slashdot,[1] where he was not only the corporate editorial overseer but also Interview Editor.
As a freelancer, Miller wrote for a number of print and online publications including Time.com, Baltimore City Paper, American Medical News, Innkeeping World, Machine Design, The Baltimore Sun, and Rewired.com. Miller is the author of three books: The Online Rules of Successful Companies, Point & Click Linux!, and Point & Click OpenOffice.org, all published by Prentice Hall.[citation needed] His latest[when?] ventures revolve around Internet-delivered video, including video software "tours" and tutorials on Linux.com and his recent "side" venture, Internet Video Promotion, Inc.
Miller has been a judge for the Lulu Blooker Prize and is on the online advisory board of the Online Journalism Review of the Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California.
Miller lives in Bradenton, Florida. He is married with three grown children and three stepchildren.

Slashvertisement (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39580831)

Holy crap, another one? We're up to five a day now, aren't we?

This is getting worse... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39580837)

We had one ad yesterday, two today, three tomorrow?
Also the first one for instance was much better disguised, this is glaring obvious, is the obvious version cheaper?
I wouldn’t expect that form slashdot 5 years ago, now I'm surprised it took so long...

It's an ad, masquerading as a story. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39580841)

Oh, Slashdot, how could you?

(Captcha- 'slammed')

Sellouts (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39580865)

Yea man, that video is just ridiculous. I'm barely a nerd, never comment....but jesus, really? The editors of this site should hang their heads in shame. Sellouts.

WTF? (4, Interesting)

hawguy (1600213) | about 2 years ago | (#39580887)

WTF? This isn't even a thinly veiled slashvertisement, it's a full-on ad. I can't wait for the "Watch this 30 second advertisement before Slashdot will load" ads to come.

Re:WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581117)

Woudn't be so bad if Plantronics' products were worth a fuck.. .but then they're not to blame for the piss poor quality of VOIP, either.

Re:WTF? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581341)

Yeah, Plantronics USB headsets are crap under Linux.

Re:WTF? (4, Insightful)

CaptainLard (1902452) | about 2 years ago | (#39581181)

I agree this is pretty blatant. But what can we do about it? Slashdot is owned by thinkgeek which trades on nasdaq. That means they eventually have to answer to shareholders who care about one thing. Like it or not, advertising makes the internet go round (although how this is economically sustainable, I have absolutely no idea). Is there some way we can avoid it? There are several million UIDs now. If everyone bought a few shares, slashdot users could dominate think geek's $95mil market capital. Would that even do anything? Is that better than a subscription model? In the end the guys running the servers gotta get their hot pockets from somewhere...

Re:WTF? (3, Insightful)

hawguy (1600213) | about 2 years ago | (#39581247)

I agree this is pretty blatant. But what can we do about it? Slashdot is owned by thinkgeek which trades on nasdaq. That means they eventually have to answer to shareholders who care about one thing. Like it or not, advertising makes the internet go round (although how this is economically sustainable, I have absolutely no idea). Is there some way we can avoid it? There are several million UIDs now. If everyone bought a few shares, slashdot users could dominate think geek's $95mil market capital. Would that even do anything? Is that better than a subscription model? In the end the guys running the servers gotta get their hot pockets from somewhere...

Well I suppose that trying to buy up a controlling interest in Slashdot's parent company and then pressuring the board to stop hiding blatant ads as stories on is one option, the option I'll take is to just stop reading Slashdot if these ads keep up.

It's not like I can't find many many other ways to waste time online.

Re:WTF? (2)

CaptainLard (1902452) | about 2 years ago | (#39581299)

It's not like I can't find many many other ways to waste time online.

Forget string theory, that should be the fundamental law of the universe.

Re:WTF? (4, Insightful)

Dhalka226 (559740) | about 2 years ago | (#39581305)

What can we do? Nothing. Nothing except watch Slashdot die. And given this kind of bullshit, I'm going to be chuckling and nodded my head in satisfaction.

It is exactly this kind of idiocy that has fucked up the US economy beyond repair: Let's never look beyond next quarter's financial statements. That seems like an awesome strategy to people who can't be bothered to give two shits about whether the property exists the quarter after; who only care if their wallet is slightly fatter and they can justify moving on to destroying the next property.

Tell me, oh great Slashdot editors: How do those financial statements look when nobody is left to consume your bullshit?

My search for a replacement begins today.

Re:WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581387)

I actually don't object to Slashdot paying the bills with occasional ads. What I do find underhand and high objectionable is the way they don't appear to be marked in any way as ads. They just sit their masquerading as real stories. I realize it's totally frickin' obvious that they are ads, but there should still be some indication provided on the page. Traditional media usually has to identify an advert by law in most countries. Even shitpiles like digg and reddit make it pretty clear when something is a sponsored story. Shame on you slashdot.

Re:WTF? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581411)

I am a huge fan of Plantronics, I recommend them to anyone I work with. Seeing this advertisement disguised as a story leaves me vaguely disgusted with them.

What. The. Fuck. (5, Insightful)

hairyfish (1653411) | about 2 years ago | (#39580889)

Really? Are we this blatant about advertising now? Pull your fucking head in Slashdot editors...

The blatant nature... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39580893)

...of this "story" as an advertisement is just bloody insane. How much did Roblimo get paid for posting this...

Blatent advertising... (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39580945)

Get this shit off Slashdot. For the love of God.

Sad (5, Interesting)

JNSiQwa (1439543) | about 2 years ago | (#39580947)

So, never, ever buy a Plantronics product. Check.

Re:Sad (5, Informative)

FSWKU (551325) | about 2 years ago | (#39581249)

So, never, ever buy a Plantronics product. Check.

I've had Plantronics on my "Do Not Buy" list for many a year now. I used to have SEVERAL of their headsets back when I was into LAN parties and online gaming. Every single one of them broke after only a couple months of normal use. The inline volume control would go out, the microphone would stop working, or one audio channel would give out. One set even had the earpiece completely fall off! Once I disassembled one of the broken units and discovered how cheap and thin the wires were, my decision to never give them anymore money was solidified.

Went and bought a set of MDR-V600 studio monitors back when Sony didn't equate with evil. That was probably about 9 years ago and they've held up through everything I've thrown at them and sound great (if a bit bassy at times, but that's what EQ is for). Would I buy from Sony now? Not a chance.

Re:Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581309)

Can someone just mod parent up out of principle?

(I've also owned Plantronics gaming headsets. They're all shit. I don't know about their "professional" products, but it says something about a company when they don't even bother rebranding their low-grade consumer bullshit)

Re:Sad (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 2 years ago | (#39581515)

their professional products are shit as well, It used to be a serious company back in the 60's or something, they pretty much vanished for decades and started advertising on TV for their shitty 40+$ chico garbage

So... they believe in collaborative work? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39580961)

Ok, I work from home and thought, "Hey, this might have information that will help me be more effective at working remotely." Instead, it was almost 4 minutes of a woman telling us how much time her company thinks about remote collaboration, unified communication and how important it is being able to speak with each other. Oh, and their product might have something to do with voice quality.

If you're going to give us an ad like this, at least let it be something useful. Give us technical details and provide information about how the product or service works. Instead, I just lost 4 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.

Re:So... they believe in collaborative work? (1)

tibit (1762298) | about 2 years ago | (#39581379)

The lady seems to have no clue what she's talking about anyway :(

Re:So... they believe in collaborative work? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581397)

You are right. That sucked. I'm glad I didn't watch it.

Can't believe it, ads posted as stories? (2, Informative)

BurkeTheEldar (161775) | about 2 years ago | (#39580969)

I never would have thought that slashdot would sink to this. Geez, disappointing. If you keep this up, sayonara. No wonder taco boogied.

it's official... (1, Interesting)

neight108 (974915) | about 2 years ago | (#39580971)

it's official...I have removed slashdot from my rss feed.

Re:it's official... (2)

shish (588640) | about 2 years ago | (#39581087)

I'm planning to too, when I find somewhere else with tech news and at least semi-clueful discussions -- any suggestions?

Plantronics? (5, Informative)

xtal (49134) | about 2 years ago | (#39581011)

I can't say I've ever had an enjoyable conference with their gear. I remember some epic fails.

Google and others have better FREE alternatives. Use them!

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581023)

Roomba's on woot are more entertaining. Did they even mention a product or just "Hey we make headsets, voice is important to our business."? I mean I really like and use plantronics but seriously? WTH?

fished in (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581031)

I feel like a april fool

Transcript (2, Informative)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | about 2 years ago | (#39581033)

Title: Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier
Description: Better sound = better communications

[00:00] <TITLE>
"Plantronics is Working to Help Collaboration with Far-Flung Workers, Suppliers, and Clients" appears along with the SlashdotTV logo bar reading "Chris Yeich, Geeknet" over a view of Chris sitting in front of a a white (p)leather surface.

[00:03] Chris>
With today's increasingly distributed workforce where a worker can work from an office, from home, on the road and even at a coffee shop, collaboration is the name of the game.
For IT decision makers it means that they've gotta find new ways to use new technology to help facilitate that collaboration.
Unified communications is one way to get there.
I had the chance recently to speak with Plantronics about collaboration and unified communications, and here's what they had to say.

[00:30] <TITLE>
The SlashdotTV logo bar with "Karen Auby, Senior Manager, Public Relations, Plantronics" fades in and out of view.

[00:30] Karen>
Plantronics has really been focused on understanding how businesses are working today, because the idea of going to a place to work and clocking in at 9 and leaving at 5 - it's sort of an outdated method.
Now, people are working wherever they are, whenever they can, and just really producing results that are meaningful for a company.
So I can understand it's a big challenge for IT to be able to keep everyone connected as they become more distributed.
Plantronics has really been looking at how to help our own employees collaborate, because we have people who work in Europe.. we are a global company, we have offices in Asia, and in Europe.. and keeping them all connected is extremely important for product development, for marketing, for business development, for finance - regardless of the area within the organization, collaboration is really important, and it's something that Plantronics is very, very focused on.

[01:25] Chris>
So when it comes to unified communications you [...] bunch of different types of technologies.
Where do you see some of the biggest hurdles for IT managers in being able to effectively implement a broad-based unified communication strategy?
What is some of the stumbling blocks that you see based on your experience working with IT orgs?

[01:44] Karen>
Well, to be honest, I think a lot of it is end user adoption and getting end users excited and interested and feeling like IT isn't pushing down another thing they need to learn, but actually understand - as an end user - understanding "Hey, this is actually gonna make my job easier - this is gonna make life better for me, and less frustrating."
So I think the importance of simplicity and training and ease of use really can't be overstated.
If you want unified communications or any collaboration tools to really affect ROI, affect the bottom line, affect innovation within a company.

[02:20] Chris>
One last question for you:
So Plantronics - a lot of focus on audio quality.
Tell me a little about how that component, that specific component of audio, fits into the overarching - again, the umbrella theme of - unified communications, knowing that we've got tools like Skype chat, instant messaging.
Where does audio fit in?

[02:39] Karen>
There's so much emotion that comes out in voice that you don't get in text.
There's a difference between "Hey, great job" and "Hey! Great job!", and so we really believe in the power of voice.
So you can get business done so much quicker sometimes just by picking up the phone, rather than back-and-forth e-mails.
I, personally, think that - and Plantronics definitely, the company, we believe that - voice is a natural way to communicate and that you see tools that embrace voice as the easiest, most synchronous, communication method is really one-on-one voice calls, and/or conference calls as well.
As far as really getting collaboration .. becoming more collaborative, and reaching decisions more quickly and moving the needle as far as getting work done.

[03:28] <TITLE>
"Plantronics is Working to Help Collaboration with Far-Flung Workers, Suppliers, and Clients" fades into view along with the SlashdotTV logo bar reading "Karen Auby, Senior Manager, Public relations, Plantronics"

Has it really come to this? (4, Insightful)

slimjim8094 (941042) | about 2 years ago | (#39581041)

Slashdot has been an enormous factor in making me the nerd I am. That sounds cheesy, but I seriously started reading when I was 14. It was a big deal to me to find a huge community of other people who really saw the world like I did, unlike anyone else in my (small) high school.

But I really can't justify sticking around if the "stories" are just "Isn't Plantronics great?" videos. This is nonsense. I understand that Slashdot needs to make money, but if you guys can't keep doing that off of (normal) ads, then just shut it down. It's not worth this painful death.

I put up with trolls. I put up with Idle. I put up with the shitty Ajax. I didn't much mind the "itwbenett" stuff, where people were just submitting their online articles, as long as they were interesting. I even put up with the sponsored "ask slashdot", since it was clearly marked and had the potential to be somewhat interesting. I wasn't that guy bitching about every little thing- things change, but it's not a big deal.

We all know about Plantronics. They even make a decent product. But I don't go to Slashdot to read paid-for content posted by companies about what companies say about their products.

This is too much. If you're seriously going to have a half-dozen "stories" a day that are just ads for some gadget or service or so on, then I won't be here.

In case this wasn't clear enough, you known that line that companies cross that pisses their users off and sends them into a death spiral, a la Digg? You just crossed it. Step back very quickly or you'll have big problems.

Re:Has it really come to this? (-1, Offtopic)

GmExtremacy (2579091) | about 2 years ago | (#39581089)

We need to calm down and think. Just calm down. If you get too angry, you'll irrational.

Calm down and use Gamemaker.

Re:Has it really come to this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581483)

We need to calm down and think. Just calm down. If you get too angry, you'll irrational.

Calm down and use Gamemaker.

Can someone explain this troll to me?

Re:Has it really come to this? (4, Insightful)

Quinn_Inuit (760445) | about 2 years ago | (#39581119)

In case this wasn't clear enough, you known that line that companies cross that pisses their users off and sends them into a death spiral, a la Digg? You just crossed it. Step back very quickly or you'll have big problems.

This.

Seriously, did y'all have to kick Taco out before you could pull this crap? I've been reading /. daily, no, more than daily, for nearly 10 years, and this post made me seriously think about quitting.

Re:Has it really come to this? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581359)

This is the first time that I'm considering finding alternatives to Slashdot. There is no excuse for this. Slashdot staff should know better. I'll have to look around, what do you all suggest as alternative?

(Even the captcha is on my side, the word is "LISTEN". LISTEN /.)

Re:Has it really come to this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581457)

Long live Slashdot. Slashdot is dead.

But, is there a science thing? (4, Informative)

zippthorne (748122) | about 2 years ago | (#39581057)

I mean, I get the slashvertisment, but.. most of the time, there's at least something newish. Plantronics sells flimsy microphones in even flimsier plastic packaging at outrageous prices that may or may not connect to the audio jack on your device-that-has-a-standard-audio-jack.

If they don't at least have some kind of wonder gadget that revolutionizes the headset industry in some not necessarily meaningful, but at least interesting way, I fail to see the point of their presence on slashdot.

What's next? A zinc bolt manufacturer advertising their not particularly unique or inventive bog standard zinc bolts, without ever actually using the word "bolt" or mentioning or displaying an any of their actual products?

Also, I had to watch an ad before watching the ad.

Re:But, is there a science thing? (2)

tibit (1762298) | about 2 years ago | (#39581405)

You can't really trust a company that has the following somewhere in their product catalog: "UC Enablers are products that strategically build the bridge from desktop reliance to PC Voice and all the liberating possibilities of Unified Communications". I pity the fools who fall for this verbal abomination.

it should have at least said something substantial (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581083)

If it was an ad that had information in it then I might have felt less cheated. This had no redeeming content.

Shark jumped (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581137)

It is now official. Netcraft has confirmed: Slashdot is dying.

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Slashdot community when IDC confirmed that Slashdot market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that Slashdot has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Slashdot is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [samag.com] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin [amazingkreskin.com] to predict Slashdot's future. The hand writing is on the wall: Slashdot faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for Slashdot because Slashdot is dying. Things are looking very bad for Slashdot. As many of us are already aware, Slashdot continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeSlashdot is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeSlashdot developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeSlashdot is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers. OpenSlashdot leader Taco states that there are 7000 users of OpenSlashdot. How many users of NetSlashdot are there? Let's see. The number of OpenSlashdot versus NetSlashdot posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetSlashdot users. Slashdot/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetSlashdot posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of Slashdot/OS. A recent article put FreeSlashdot at about 80 percent of the Slashdot market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeSlashdot users. This is consistent with the number of FreeSlashdot Usenet posts.
Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeSlashdot went out of business and was taken over by SlashdotI who sell another troubled OS. Now SlashdotI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that Slashdot has steadily declined in market share. Slashdot is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If Slashdot is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. Slashdot continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, Slashdot is dead.

More? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581139)

Advertisements (thinly) disguised as informative articles will end my readership. /. was one of my few refuges from that sort of crap

This will crater out just like Digg (see stats) (5, Insightful)

seifried (12921) | about 2 years ago | (#39581161)

Seriously. I'm not one to reminisce about the "good old days" (see my UID) but this is serious ridiculous. This really reminds me of when Digg cratered out, just checked Digg, 15 stories on the front page and 77 comments, in total. I remember when they had hundreds of comments, per story. So I'm guessing if this continues Slashdot will crater out by the end of the year. Well it was nice while it lasted.

Re:This will crater out just like Digg (see stats) (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581283)

Last I checked, Slashdot's moderation system isn't patented. We need a community fork (definitely not a code fork. Let Slashcode die)

Sponsored artcle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581177)

Take a page from googles book and build a sponsored article callout box

If this article is unsponsored and there is no quid pro quo (advertising ,etc.), may I ask "why not?"

BTW, the slashdot byline at the bottom of my page here reads:
"Things worth having are worth cheating for..."

May I point out it's really the opposite. If you cheat to get something, is it really worth your soul?

RED BORDER. (1)

David Muir Sharnoff (73602) | about 2 years ago | (#39581227)

If you're going to post ads, they cannot look like stories.

If you're going to post ads, make sure they're good or nobody will click on more than one.

Aaaand it's gone. All gone. (1)

mgemmons (972332) | about 2 years ago | (#39581239)

The slashdot I knew is gone. After years of reading and moderating, this will be my last visit to the site.

Nice Couch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581241)

Glad that Plantronics doesn't make furniture - That's one hideous couch she's sitting on.

Please turn off advertising (3, Insightful)

dbc (135354) | about 2 years ago | (#39581251)

My karma here has been excellent for well over 10 years. I'd like to turn off advertising, please.

Or, maybe let's change the moderation system to allow moderation of stories, not just comments, and add '-1 slashvertisement" mod option.

Or maybe, it's simply time for a slahdot clone -- just the same only having editors with both integrity and a brain.

Re:Please turn off advertising (1)

kenp2002 (545495) | about 2 years ago | (#39581401)

You realize editors with integrity and a brain was dropped long ago when we got kdawson right?

If you are going to put ads in the news feed... (3, Insightful)

morphage (62416) | about 2 years ago | (#39581261)

Slashdot editors: I understand you need ads. I understand you need sponsors, but if you are going to post them, please mark them as paid content. Seriously. If you don't you will loose your core readership, and maybe you already are, but this isn't going to help things. Was Rob Malda the only person keeping this from happening? Yes, Slashdot readers have valuable eyeballs, but treat us with respect, otherwise you will loose us. One of the key reasons geeks still defend Google and Gmail is that they set a precedent for tasteful and obvious ads with Adwords. Please hold yourselves to the same standards.

M&A? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581265)

A "Sponsored Story"? Did Slashdot get bought by the Gawker Media Group?

Fonzie on jet skis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581269)

AC here. Been reading for more than a decade. This was utterly pathetic. Hope it's not a sign of things to come.

Wtf is this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581277)

This blatant advertisement compromises this site's integrity. It really breaks my heart to see this happening since I don't know where to find another nerd news site with such a great community. Please don't go down this road!

Stop the tripe (5, Informative)

dbc (135354) | about 2 years ago | (#39581285)

If you are looking for a way to make long time, loyal, readers revolt, then you have found it.

this has no business on slashot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581321)

A few more stories like this and goodness knows how many years of me checking slashdot several times a day every day no matter where in the world I am (and yes - I work very remotely) will end for good..

Remove it !
 

Can someone recommend the new slashdot (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581323)

The signal:crap ratio is getting a bit high and this just blew it off the charts, are there some recommendations on alternatives sites that are currently what Slashdot (unfortunately) was?

my email to roblimo: (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581339)

To: robin@dont-be-lazy-its-in-the-summary
Subject: Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)

So, how much did they pay you?

Fucking sellout.

Goodbye, slashdot.

I'd block ALL Roblimo stories, except... (1)

Maow (620678) | about 2 years ago | (#39581345)

I'd block ALL Roblimo stories, except... watching the comments is irresistible, like a slow motion car crash.

One has to wonder how Roblimo feels about being an anchor around the neck of /. - does she hate having the slashvertisement beat, does she hate /., does she perceive some value to these slashvertisements?

Yep, even if I block her "stories", they still are ruinous to our beloved Slashdot's prestige and reputation. I don't think the brain trust behind these abominations realize how quickly a downward spiral can initiate, and how irreversible they are.

Gotta wonder also what Rob Malda (C. Taco) thinks of this trend?

I just hope someone realizes the errors of their ways, and soon.

Re:I'd block ALL Roblimo stories, except... (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 2 years ago | (#39581415)

He. Robin "Roblimo" Miller. [wikipedia.org]

... and yes. Fuck that sellout bastard.

Re:I'd block ALL Roblimo stories, except... (1)

Maow (620678) | about 2 years ago | (#39581527)

He. Robin "Roblimo" Miller. [wikipedia.org]

... and yes. Fuck that sellout bastard.

Thanks for the correction!

I thought I'd read somewhere that "Robin" was a she. Oops, apologies to Roblimo.

But I still think he's doing harm to /.

yeah (2)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | about 2 years ago | (#39581355)

Advertisers - seriously, when you sucker slurp for being posted here like this, a crapload of us cross you off the list of being purchasable.

And that sucks because I used to like plantronics.

No more wallet for you..

WTF? (4, Funny)

pesho (843750) | about 2 years ago | (#39581365)

Dear Roblimo, how stupid do you think the slashdot audience is? If you can't keep your ads apart from your stories, you probably need to find yourself a new audience. I would suggest moving to day time TV.

Wow! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581375)

What a great video! Very unbiased. I really want a Plantronics headset now.

Seriously though, this is the last straw for this Anonymous Coward.

Bye!

Last Post (1)

LearnToSpell (694184) | about 2 years ago | (#39581421)

What a shame. Like many others, my IDs are high through lethargy; I started reading in 1998, and the desire to accrue karma eventually became too great. I've hit the site almost daily since then, and have collected my fair share of +5, Flamebait mods.

No more. If you're this beholden to your corporate sponsors, please let them know they can advertise with impunity, since your remaining readers are obviously ok with it. I'm done. Thank you for the good times and the bad. From OMG Ponies to the 9/11 post, GNAA to klerck's page-widening posts, it's been a treat.

Farewell.

Not my last post, but getting closer (1)

SIGBUS (8236) | about 2 years ago | (#39581501)

Well, NoScript put a big yellow box at the top of this article, so at least I didn't have to watch it. Did the video auto-play, too? There are few things on the web that I hate more than auto-playing commercials.

NoScript makes the web bearable these days, but it's a crying shame that it's necessary.

But, back to Slashdot, it seems to me like there's been an awful lot of shark-jumping since Taco left. I'm not going to completely bail just yet, but I'm finding myself spending less and less time here. It was great while it lasted!

A few days late (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581465)

April fools day was a couple of days ago. Too late for 'joke' news like this.

Here's how to fix slashvertizements (5, Insightful)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about 2 years ago | (#39581479)

It's simple really... pan the product!

Everyone post their negative experiences with the company, in gory detail.

Even if you've never used the product, some well-placed negative innuendo or skeptical comparison (use this open source alternative instead!) will serve to disadvertize the product.

After awhile, a short while (I'm hoping), the editors will realize that the readers don't want this, the sponsors will realize that they don't want this, and the practice will stop.

People keep moaning about apathy in the face of an unlikeable situation, well here's our chance. Let's change the system.

All together now, one... two... three...

Wadsworth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39581503)

The Wadsworth Constant applies

i heard (5, Funny)

nimbius (983462) | about 2 years ago | (#39581513)

plantronics actually causes cancer, and that only sex offenders and violent drug addled criminals would ever use it.

plantronics can also be scientifically linked to global warming.
but they shouldnt worry. comments on message boards never get indexed into, say, the reviews of a product as illicited by a google search ;)

Ok Plantronics (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 2 years ago | (#39581521)

I wont watch your ad, but is this the same overpriced Chinese garbage you have been vomiting out for the last decade? If so I would rather spend my money on something that's not going to fall apart or break in a month. K THX

PS: stop with the ass slashdot

FOADIAF (4, Interesting)

The Man (684) | about 2 years ago | (#39581535)

Well guys, I guess it's been, what, 15 years, give or take? I can't say I was the first or second slashdot reader, but I might have been the thousandth. A lot has changed in that time, and there are a lot of tech news aggregators with comments these days. Many have advertising-driven business models, a brave few try other models from time to time. But virtually all of them are far less offensive than this crap, in that they have ads at the top of the page which are obviously paid content separate from the editorial function of posting, well, tech news of one sort or another. Each of us has a certain threshold, be it qualitative or quantitative, beyond which we clearly recognise that something has become intolerable. Often it's difficult to articulate that threshold's location until it's been crossed, or at least to imagine each and every possible fashion in which it could be crossed. But here we are, way the fuck on the wrong side of that threshold, and you've lost another reader. I'm not sure how you plan to make up for the inevitable loss of other readers like me; maybe you're not even planning to or thinking that far ahead. Maybe you figure advertisers are so stupid that they'll gladly pay vastly higher sums for these sore thumbs that they think your apparently even more retarded readers won't know are ads. Maybe they're right. Maybe you're right. I hope not, but I'm certainly a lot wiser than I was 15 years ago, and I wouldn't be surprised by anything at this point. So, please, take it to its logical conclusion. More ads. Less pretense of editorial independence. I'd suggest you do what the bottom-feeding Chinese link vendors do and just fill your entire page with paid links, graphics, and videos. Maybe throw in some real American know-how like real-time auctions, and tie it into Facebook so that you already know everything you could ever want to about people who like to be products. After all, many of our country's best and brightest now spend most of their time and energy finding more ways to sell other people as advertising viewers. I'm sure you'll think of something, and I hope for irony's sake that you make a mint. But you'll be doing it without me. Given the choices you're making, I don't think you'll miss me, as I'm no longer part of your target audience.

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