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Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the some-of-you-weren't-even-born dept.

Announcements 229

Slashdot turns 15 this month! You may have noticed that we’ve swapped out the usual logo for the first of the reader-contributed designs we'll be featuring this month. (If you think you have a better idea, we'd love to see it; all artists whose designs we choose to run will get Slashdot anniversary T-shirts, and one will get a Nexus 7 tablet.) We're also happy to announce an overdue feature here on Slashdot: a blog with information from the developers and editors. We'll use it to provide updates and background information about the site's development (for instance, new features or fixed bugs, or changes in the user interface), and try to answer reader questions about the site at greater length than the FAQ. Shameless tease: today, you can read about the launch of Slashdot mobile in the inaugural post. We might use the blog to expound on story choice or to make non-critical announcements, too. You probably don't come to Slashdot generally to read about Slashdot, though, so don't worry &mdash the blog will live safely and quietly in the background until you want to read it. Since this is a new feature, we're still working out exactly how it should best be used, so feel free to make suggestions below on what you'd like to see. Between now and the end of October, look for a passel of other treats, too, starting with an interview with Woz later today. We hope you'll get together with other readers at one of the many parties planned for later this month, also. Slashdot exists for and because of everyone who reads the site; thank you for being part of it.

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Congratulations (5, Insightful)

frank_carmody (1551463) | about 2 years ago | (#41511701)

To everyone involved, on both sides of the fence!

The new logo is really great BTW.

Re:Congratulations (4, Informative)

Dave Whiteside (2055370) | about 2 years ago | (#41511715)

Oblig http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1SpFt7zJUM [youtube.com]

but yes "little enidian" to rule ;-p

lets hope for another 15

Re:Congratulations (1)

ls671 (1122017) | about 2 years ago | (#41511987)

hmmm... although slashdot.com is redirected. It is slashdot.org !

Re:Congratulations (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511803)

Also the mobile site looks nice, apart of a few small things. Posting from my Android (2.3) works nicely.

Re:Congratulations (1)

therealobsideus (1610557) | about 2 years ago | (#41512529)

It doesn't seem to bad. Not sure how I feel about the main page theme, I'm just happy to have a a mobile app.

Re:Congratulations (5, Funny)

Foske (144771) | about 2 years ago | (#41512519)

As a real nerd I have to object. Endianness is all about the order of equal-sized elements in a larger container. In the most popular form, it is about the order of bytes within a larger (16, 32 or 64) word. Hence, assuming every character is stored as a byte, the logo should be

todhsalS (64 bit), salShtodh (32 bit) or lSsadhto (16 bit).

This logo is not a correct representation of any little endianness stored Slashdot, not even on 24 bit machines.

Haha (5, Insightful)

Life2Death (801594) | about 2 years ago | (#41511711)

The title gives the impress "thanks for reading, we're shutting down /. kthxbi"

as always, tl;dr

Re:Haha (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511717)

My thoughts exactly.

Thanks for reading: Farewell.

Re:Haha (2)

gmuslera (3436) | about 2 years ago | (#41512011)

Would be more in the spirit of "So long and thanks for all the posts".

Re:Haha (4, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 2 years ago | (#41511857)

Not RTFA is one of Slashdot's greatest traditions.

Re:Haha (3, Funny)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 2 years ago | (#41512643)

Scratch that, you apparently didn't even RTFS.

Re:Haha (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 years ago | (#41511909)

I also slightly freaked out reading it.

Re:Haha (4, Informative)

rbrausse (1319883) | about 2 years ago | (#41512009)

and they dropped "stuff that matters" :)

Re:Haha (4, Funny)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 years ago | (#41512157)

They did a long time ago.

And OSnews has become "Thoms latest phone purchases and such"

Re:Haha (5, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 2 years ago | (#41512163)

The new corporate overlords thought that one lie ('news') per tag line was as many as their lawyers were comfortable with.

Thanks (5, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 2 years ago | (#41511719)

Thank you Slashdot. You created one of the greatest communities on the internet. Yeah, it is a community, despite the fact that we mostly argue with each other all the time :-) No other site comes close to being as insightful and interesting, and occasionally hilarious.

I'm sure there will be lots of "Slashdot is dying" posts, but I think it is more of an inevitable change. Long gone as the Emacs vs. vi holy wars, to be replaced with the Android vs. iOS wars. How long ago the late 90s seem now.

Re:Thanks (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511739)

Real men use butterflies.

Re:Thanks (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511747)

You will suck it. Suck it slowly, lovingly, like Mike Huckabee would. You will draw a bomb picture like Benjamin Netanyahu. It will be Jewish, and likeable, and rock fucking solid.

Re:Thanks (2)

ketamine-bp (586203) | about 2 years ago | (#41511749)

At least we are still seeing sensible comments here in slashdot

Re:Thanks (2)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 2 years ago | (#41511833)

At least we are still seeing sensible comments here in slashdot

And without demanding your real name either.

Re:Thanks (4, Informative)

Dupple (1016592) | about 2 years ago | (#41511775)

Long gone as the Emacs vs. vi holy wars, to be replaced with the Android vs. iOS wars. How long ago the late 90s seem now.

I used to like coming here when apple was nearly dead and you could guarantee a good MS bashing. How times have changed indeed

Re:Thanks (5, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 2 years ago | (#41511783)

3 obvious points about that:
1. I'll believe /. is dying when Netcraft confirms it.

2. Your preferred $EDITOR sucks. Mine rocks.

3. I want Natalie Portman naked and petrified in hot grits.

Re:Thanks (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511829)

In Soviet Russian, Natalie Portman pours hot grits on YOU.

Re:Thanks (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41512297)

I, for one, welcome our hot grit pouring Portmans from Russia Overlords.

Re:Thanks (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511793)

Starting Score: 1
Moderation: +1

Thank you Slashdot. You created one of the greatest communities on the internet. Yeah, it is a community, despite the fact that we mostly argue with each other all the time :-)

+1 Informative

No other site comes close to being as insightful and interesting, and occasionally hilarious.

+1 Funny

I'm sure there will be lots of "Slashdot is dying" posts, but I think it is more of an inevitable change.

-1 Troll

Long gone as the Emacs vs. vi holy wars, to be replaced with the Android vs. iOS wars.

-1 Flamebait

How long ago the late 90s seem now.

+1 Insightful

Total Score: 2

Re:Thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511801)

You created one of the greatest communities on the internet.

Go live in a commune. It might take a village, but don't do it with my tax dollars, socialist.

Yeah, it is a community, despite the fact that we mostly argue with each other all the time

Citation needed. And we're not arguing, you just don't care about facts.

Happy 15, Slashdot!

Re:Thanks (1)

rolfwind (528248) | about 2 years ago | (#41511913)

Thank you Slashdot. You created one of the greatest communities on the internet.

It could have been digg/reddit long ago though, before those even came about, but the site rested on it's ass.

Not that I mind, given the commentary there is low grade and lots of noise... but still.

Aside a few tweaks, this place kinda the same since 1999. No ambition whatsoever.

Re:Thanks (5, Interesting)

MtViewGuy (197597) | about 2 years ago | (#41511949)

What I find fascinating is that how much the influence of UNIX has become in today's computing landscape since Slashdot started 15 years ago. After all, Apple's MacOS X runs off a UNIX kernel variant named Mach, and both iOS and Android runs off UNIX-like kernels. In short, the dream of running UNIX on consumer devices has become reality, though in a way nobody expected.

Congratulations on 15 years of one of the most influential places on the Internet, and may you be around for its 30th anniversary. We do miss Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) and his stewardship of Slashdot, though.

Re:Thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511997)

You forgot the UNIXlike Linux you insensitive clod!

Re:Thanks (2)

partyguerrilla (1597357) | about 2 years ago | (#41512391)

That's GNU/Linux for you.

Re:Thanks (2)

mikael_j (106439) | about 2 years ago | (#41512051)

Definitely. Back in the late 90's it didn't really seem odd to hear influential people in IT say things like "UNIX is dead", "In ten years every server will be running Windows NT or Netware" or "Linux is just a toy, Windows is the future".

The only upside to those dark days was that a lot of companies who got suckered into the lovely all-Windows future dumped near-new workstations and servers because they were standardizing on NT on workstations and servers (and surprisingly often win9x on regular desktops, in networked environments).

Re:Thanks (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 2 years ago | (#41512095)

For me it's bitter-sweet. Both Linux and BSD are open source, and that was always the dream - OS software running on mainstream consumer devices, replacing proprietary and restricted code. Unfortunately it took commercial companies doing their own UIs on top of the OS core to gain popularity, and while iOS is particularly bad both MacOS and Android are still somewhat locked down in practice (bootloaders, DRM etc.)

Even on /. I don't think many people realize just how many embedded devices run Linux or BSD. My Panasonic TV is NetBSD based. Most routers are Linux based.

Re:Thanks (5, Interesting)

drjzzz (150299) | about 2 years ago | (#41512273)

"I don't think many people realize just how many embedded devices run Linux or BSD."

True. I've seen a couple airplane entertainment systems booting recently (normal startups, not reboots) and was a little surprised to recognize many of the usual daemons waking up. In contrast, I've seen a number of information screens in lobbies of hotels or office buildings stuck on a crashed Windows error message. Once upon a time, such a contrast would have cheered slashdotters but now it's just the way it is. So long Windows, and thanks for all the BSODs (in keeping with the thread above).

Re:Thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41512727)

Nobody expected? On the contrary: UNIX with a decent enough interface, like it or not, that's what people want.

Re:Thanks (3, Informative)

thereitis (2355426) | about 2 years ago | (#41511969)

No other site comes close to being as insightful and interesting, and occasionally hilarious.

TBH I haven't gone to this link in awhile since I like to read all comments, but it's a roundup of the most popular Slashdot comments (submitted by users): http://seenonslash.com/ [seenonslash.com]

That "get a life" post! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511725)

Wow! 15 years? Man I need a life.

/. 10 years of news for nerds (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511759)

and five years of news for burned out web admins.

Re:/. 10 years of news for nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41512659)

The first ones burned already at the turn of the millennium, you insensitive alternating person. Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition.

15th year old (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511781)

I suppose that this means that /. is currently in its acne filled puberty.

Re:15th year old (1)

symes (835608) | about 2 years ago | (#41511933)

I wish I was back in my acne filled, zx spectrum dominated, puberty... so much to look forward to in those days. And congratulations and thank you to /. for filling up a bit of my life that probably would not have found the same level satisfaction in the real world. Oh, and mobile /. is long overdue.

Re:15th year old (1)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | about 2 years ago | (#41511939)

I think if slashdot taught us anything, it is that websites operate in dog years.

LOL (2)

oldhack (1037484) | about 2 years ago | (#41511785)

Slashdot "bugfix" - LOL

No, thank you! (5, Interesting)

johnsnails (1715452) | about 2 years ago | (#41511841)

No thank you /. for enabling me to be across such a wide range of technology issues, it actually helps earn boss respect to be across so many things that I attribute to /. news.

dayummm (3, Interesting)

Monoman (8745) | about 2 years ago | (#41511849)

Wow that might make some of us .. .err not me, feel old.

I wonder what the average slashdot age is around here. Meaning, are many "old timers" still around? How long the typical person stays active on /.? etc etc

Re:dayummm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511875)

Suggest it as a poll or something.

I'm 45

Re:dayummm (2)

Monoman (8745) | about 2 years ago | (#41511895)

Not your actual age. Your Slashdot age. I've probably been here 13-14 years.

Re:dayummm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511921)

In that case I reckon I must around 11, a bit longer if you count lurking.

Re:dayummm (4, Interesting)

Average (648) | about 2 years ago | (#41511941)

Any of us with a /. UID under 15,000 or so were here before logins (since there were that many of us who signed up the first few days).

What makes me feel old is that I'm working on the same floor of the same building I was in 1998, back when I first saw Slashdot and happiness was a warm DEC Alphastation.

Re:dayummm (2)

Monoman (8745) | about 2 years ago | (#41512117)

That is a low number you go there old timer. Heck I think I always had a login so that may have happened sooner.

Re:dayummm (1)

Jaffa (7714) | about 2 years ago | (#41512191)

Think I signed up around 1997/8ish after I'd been reading for a while. Seems like so long ago. Because it was :-/

Re:dayummm (1)

Doctor Memory (6336) | about 2 years ago | (#41512497)

Yup! ;)

Re:dayummm (1)

EricTheRed (5613) | about 2 years ago | (#41512733)

I think it must have been 97/98 but saying that I can't remember anything about no logins etc :-/

Re:dayummm (1)

CharlieG (34950) | about 2 years ago | (#41512393)

Heck, this is my second ID, because I couldn't remember my first. Sigh, good to see some folks that make me seem like a noob still around. Was fun to see the Hot Grits comment, I'd love to see some caveman comments. Feeling old "First Post"
It would be interesting if they could dig up what the highest UID was at the end of each year, and post that

Re:dayummm (4, Interesting)

tamyrlin (51) | about 2 years ago | (#41512127)

Here is one old timer checking in. Although I'm more of a passive consumer of slashdot these days. Although this is not really slashdot's fault, I'm more of a passive consumer of mailing lists, discussion groups, usenet, etc these days as well. (Having a day job and a family does have a higher priority for me than participating in forum discussions these days.)

Re:dayummm (1)

drjzzz (150299) | about 2 years ago | (#41512315)

Impressively low numbers, fer sure! "Age" is relative. When I finally joined (after watching for a while), I thought "that's it, I'll be at the end of this line forever." Then within a few years 10x more people joined. This is a great site (though I sometimes do look for a "like" or thumbs-up option and wish I had karma points to give).

Re:dayummm (5, Informative)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 2 years ago | (#41512195)

My sig points to some research I did to answer this question.

EDIT: For those of you not logged in, the sig says http://slashdot.org/journal/289875/slashdot-ids-by-year [slashdot.org]

Re:dayummm (1)

CharlieG (34950) | about 2 years ago | (#41512419)

Perfect - I was saying that someone should do that research

Re:dayummm (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | about 2 years ago | (#41512551)

The bad thing is I had an earlier ID but it was tied to one of the earliest ISPs that went under. Since I couldn't remember my password and the email was invalid, I had to create a new ID (this one). It's still a low number though :)

I found the old email address a couple of years ago and thought I'd send a note in to see if I could reactivate it based on knowing the e-mail but I never received a reply (probably a good thing I guess).

[John]

let's remember trolls... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511859)

From the confirmed originals (Signal 11) to the probably just cuckoo (roman_mir), they all make the community a richer place.

Is BSD dying?

Are you Gay? Are you a Nigger?

Have you paid your $699 license fee, you cock-smoking teabaggers?

Who was your favourite /. troll?

Re:let's remember trolls... (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | about 2 years ago | (#41512121)

Slashdot's gone cold I'm wondering why I got out of bed at all
The morning rain clouds up my window and I can't see at all
And even if I could it'll all be gray but your picture on my wall
It reminds me, that it's not so bad -- it's not so bad

Dear Rob, I wrote but you still ain't callin
I left my email, my ICQ, and my yahoo chat at the bottom
I sent two emails back in autumn, you must not-a got 'em
There probably was a problem with your sendmail or somethin
Sometimes I scribble email addees too sloppy when I jot 'em
but anyways; fsck it, what's been up? Man how's your boxes?
My boxes is linux too, I'm bout to be a compiler
once I learn gcc,
I'ma go on and compile for hours
I read about your Palm Pilot too I'm sorry
I had a friend lose his Palm over at the airport in Maradonna
I know you probably hear this everyday, but I'm your biggest fan
I even read all your bullshit Linux news and Microsoft's man
I got a room full of your posters and your pictures man
I like the way you sold your ass out too, that shit was fat
Anyways, I hope you get this man, hit me back,
just to chat, truly yours, your biggest fan
This is Stan

Dear Rob, you still ain't called or wrote, I hope you have a chance
I ain't mad - I just think it's FSCKED UP you don't answer fans
If you didn't wanna talk to me outside your Linux World
you didn't have to, but you coulda signed an autograph for Matthew
That's my Senior sys admin he's only 26 years old
We waited on a 9600 baud for you,
four hours and you just said, "No."
That's pretty shitty man - you're like his fsckin idol
He wants to be just like you man, he likes you more than I do
I ain't that mad though, I just don't like bein lied to
Remember when we met in Boston - you said if I'd write you
you would write back - see I'm just like you in a way
I never had a clue about shit either
I gcc'd shit with my wife then beat her
I can relate to what you're saying in your page
so when I feel like rmusering I read Slashdot to begin the rage
cause I don't really got shit else so that shit helps when I'm depressed
I even got a tattoo of slashdot across the chest
Sometimes I even packet myself to see how much it floods
It's like adrenaline, the DDoS is such a sudden rush of blood
See everything you say is real, and I respect you cause you tell it
My girlfriend's jealous cause I talk about you 24/7
But she don't know you like I know you Rob, no one does
She don't know what it was like for people like us growin up
You gotta call me man, I'll be the biggest fan you'll ever lose
Sincerely yours, Stan -- P.S.
We should be together too

Dear Mister-I'm-Too-Good-To-Waste-A-Packet-On-My-Fans,
this'll be the last packet I ever send your ass
It's been six months and still no word - I don't deserve it?
I know you got my last two emails
I wrote the @ signs on 'em perfect
So this is my payload I'm sending you, I hope you hear it
I'm on my modem now, I'm doing 9600 baud so fear it
Hey Rob, I drank a fifth of vodka, you dare me to code?
You know the song by Deep Purple or Slayer
its irrelevant by playing on my linux player
while I write some php scripts and play some Dragonslayer
That's kinda how shit is, you coulda rescued me from drowning
Now it's too late - I'm on a 1000 downloads now, I'm drowsy
and all I wanted was a lousy letter or a call
I hope you know I ripped +ALL+ of your pictures off the wall
I love you Rob, we coulda been together, think about it
You ruined it now, I hope you can't sleep and you dream about it
And when you dream I hope you can't sleep and you SCREAM about it
I hope your conscience EATS AT YOU and you can't BREATHE without me
See Rob {*screaming*} Shut up bitch! I'm tryin to code
Hey Rob, that's my senior admin screamin from the comode
but I didn't cut the power off, I just rebooted, see I ain't like you
cause if rm -rf'd we'd suffer more, and then the boxes die too
Well, gotta go, I'm almost BGP bridged now
Oh shit, I forgot, how'm I supposed to send this packet out?

Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner but I just been busy
You said your box is running now, how'd you like your gcc?
Look, I'm really flattered you would install 7.0 Redhat
and here's an autograph for your senior sys admin
I wrote it on the Starter cap
I'm sorry I didn't see you at the show, I musta missed you
Don't think I did that shit intentionally just to diss you
But what's this shit you said about you like to DDoS lamers too?
I say that shit just clownin dog,
c'mon - how fucked up is you?
You got some issues Stan, I think you need some counseling
so heres some more Linux stories to keep your ass busy when you get down some
And what's this shit about us meant to be together?
I sold Slashdot for thousands so now I'm a single jetsetter
I really think you and your boxes need each other
or maybe you just need to treat them better
I hope you get to read this letter, I just hope it reaches you in time
before you hurt yourself, I think that you'll be doin just fine
if you relax a little, I'm glad I inspire you but Stan why are you so mad? Try to understand, that Linux and MS is just grand
I just don't want you to do some crazy shit
I seen this one shit on the news a couple weeks ago that made me sick
Some dude was drunk and switched his router for a bridge
and his packets were blackholed, and his DNS couldn't get digged
and in the colo they found a tape, but they didn't say who it was to
Come to think about, his name was.. it was you
Damn!

(by deran9ed (deran9ed@hushmail.com) on 04/02/01 17:13 GMT (#31)
(User #300694 Info) http://www.antioffline.com/ [antioffline.com] )

Slow aging (1)

epSos-de (2741969) | about 2 years ago | (#41511865)

15 years and it almost stayed the same over the years. I have visited Slashdot for over 10 years and find that the site never aged in a visible way, despite the many times it was sold and resold.

Re:Slow aging (2)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 2 years ago | (#41512219)

Yeah, I did some research on Slashdot ID by year a couple weeks back. I looked at December 31st stories from each year to get an idea of the ID ranges posting. I read a few posts from each year and found that really the quality of posts really hadn't changed appreciably. Slashdot myth proved to be unfounded.

I did find that we have had a crap flood of bogus account creating in the last 12-18 months however.

Re:Slow aging (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 years ago | (#41512449)

I did find that we have had a crap flood of bogus account creating in the last 12-18 months however.

I wonder if that's just here, or if that corresponds to anything seen on other sites. I've definitely noted the increase in throwaway troll/shill accounts.

day 1 (2)

hammarlund (568027) | about 2 years ago | (#41511877)

Been with you since day one. The attraction for me at the time was that Slashdot was using GNU/Linux. Continued since then because it is simply the best search engine out there. I've been trying to remember the other search engines at the time (without googling them) and can remember only Alta Vista and Dogpile.

Re:day 1 (1)

Monoman (8745) | about 2 years ago | (#41512081)

How many userIDs do you have? The one you are using is too high to be from "day one".

BTW - only one of the sites mentioned in your post is a search engine. The other two are not search engines.

Re:day 1 (1)

hammarlund (568027) | about 2 years ago | (#41512237)

Using Slashdot and having a login ID to post here are not the same thing. And I only posted two search sites (perhaps "engine" is not the correct terminology). Alta Vista and Dogpile were both search sites, but that may be before your time.

Re:day 1 (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 years ago | (#41512171)

I first couldn't figure out your message, but then realized you probably meant "Google was using GNU/Linux". FTFY.

Re:day 1 (1)

hammarlund (568027) | about 2 years ago | (#41512247)

Yup, "Google was using GNU/Linux". Need to infuse more caffeine.

Thanks for all the fish... (5, Insightful)

Spectrumanalyzer (2733849) | about 2 years ago | (#41511897)

Thank you for bringing me a community with people that are more than willing to give me sleepless nights.
Thank you for giving me a reason to surf on the job, just to check if that rat bastard Anonymous Coward has brought insult to my name, once more.
Thank you for bringing us a site that is immediately quoted on a bazillion dupe wannabee sites once it gets slashdotted.
Thank you for reminding me that I am a geek, no matter where I work, whom I work for - ultimatively Im really your bitch and nobody else.
Thank you for occasionally making me a moderator and handing me anything between 5 to 15 moderator points just to take it away from me a few days later, just to tell me that every geek is created equal.
Thank you for posting subjects making it possible to discuss no one else but us geeks would ever dream of discussing.

And ultimatively...

Thank you for being the one and only site out there, reminding us all of - that we have no life, really - we dont! ;)

Re:Thanks for all the fish... (1)

symes (835608) | about 2 years ago | (#41511963)

Thank you for giving me a reason to surf on the job, just to check if that rat bastard Anonymous Coward has brought insult to my name, once more.

When I first started lurking on /. I genuinely believed that Anonymous Coward was a remarkably prolific poster. It was not until I plucked up the courage some years later and posted something that I realized...

I, for one.. (2)

JoeCommodore (567479) | about 2 years ago | (#41511951)

I, for one, congratulate our Slashdot overlords!

t-shirt giveaway (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41511961)

It's appropriately ironic that after fifteen years, Slashdot has decided to use t-shirts instead of software as promotional giveaway items.... why?

Because regardless of how many man-years of careful craftsmanship went into creating a piece of software, Slashdot's readership would assign a value of zero dollars on the end result, in terms of what they would be willing to pay for it.

OTOH a t-shirt associating the wearer with an in crowd, hey that might be worth dropping twelve, fifteen dollars on.

You should be having a funeral (0, Offtopic)

g051051 (71145) | about 2 years ago | (#41511985)

Slashdot has suffered such a serious decline in the past 4 years that it's remarkable someone actually bought it. The constant off-topic posts by professionals: Hugh Pickens (mostly not tech related), judgecorp (Techweek), mikejuk (i-programmer.info), the laughably bad slashvertisements, the terrible video missteps, and the apparent lack of any actual editing by the "editors" have reduced the once mighty Slashdot to a mere footnote.

Purlease, I'm *only* here for the meta whinging (-1, Troll)

Rogerborg (306625) | about 2 years ago | (#41512005)

Slashdot has long been an abode of shills and trolls arguing over fresh Slashvertisements and yesterday's re-heated news. That's its only remaining merit.

Slashdot Mobile == Slashdot Smartphone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41512019)

Anyone else read that as a Slashdot Smartphone? It would be awesome: "Features for paranoid people, encryption that matters!"

In honor of that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41512037)

So what the heck does Slashdot (recursively GNU speaking) stand for?

Re:In honor of that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41512053)

Sufficently Lame Axx SHell for Duh Otherwise Tea totallers

Slashdot on 9/11 (5, Interesting)

lateral (523650) | about 2 years ago | (#41512041)

I'll never forget September 11th 2001 on Slashdot. When I first heard the news that somebody had flown a plane into the World Trade Centre I reflexively checked the BBC website. It was unreachable - completely swamped. I checked CNN and that was swamped too. I went to Slashdot and they were reporting it and available so on-and-off I followed the story on Slashdot and on TV all day.

By the evening on the TV they had already gathered their pundits and reduced the days events to a continuous 10 second loop of a plane hitting a building. It was already starting to look like a music video.

Meanwhile on slashdot there were real conversations going on with real people who had been there, seen it or been affected by it. I remember one comment in particular - somebody wrote about psychologists being dispatched (volunteering I think) to go to school bus stops to tell some of the waiting kids that their parents were dead.

L.

Re:Slashdot on 9/11 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41512587)

I first heard of the 9/11 event on slashdot, always the first place I go to when I turn on my computer/smartphone/tablet.

dotslash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41512073)

That's something I've had a hard time to get accustomed to years ago, the name of the site: slashdot or /.
Being a Linux cli nerd, it always troubled me. Why the heck did they choose /. and not the damn ./ I use to call my scripts? Had been looking for a reasonable explanation.. None, there is none.
So I'm glad you think about fixing it..though 15 years later...

I, for one, welcome our new ./

How about joining the 21st century? (5, Insightful)

Zarhan (415465) | about 2 years ago | (#41512079)

You know, like implementing things like IPv6 and UTF-8 support.

Re:How about joining the 21st century? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41512493)

Let's not get ahead of ourselves, first they should return to the 20th Century and give us a comments system that works properly (as in completely) without JS.

Mod points for ACs for 15th anniversary (4, Funny)

ls671 (1122017) | about 2 years ago | (#41512111)

I hear each and every AC is going to get 15 mod points for /. 15th anniversary, spread the news !

Re:Mod points for ACs for 15th anniversary (1)

GromBulk (524814) | about 2 years ago | (#41512511)

Yeehaa!! oh wait, I'm logged in. How do I undo that ^H^H^H

Long missed feature (5, Interesting)

Vintermann (400722) | about 2 years ago | (#41512129)

so don't worry &mdash

Speaking of, when will we get unicode support?

Re:Long missed feature (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 years ago | (#41512431)

I'm so very tired of pasting totally innocuous copy and having it turn into perl code.

Congratuations! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41512135)

Congratulations /.

Michigan lads done good... ;-)

15 years old (1)

Alastair (3224) | about 2 years ago | (#41512185)

Well, 15 years eh? That means I'm getting old as well. It doesn't feel like it though! Can't remember how many years I've been reading but it must be 15 years (or close to it) as well. Congratulations!

Congrats and thanks! (1)

farrellj (563) | about 2 years ago | (#41512339)

Congratulations on surviving this long...many other places on the net have come and gone in the time that you have been around...and I have been there with you too, and enjoying it all the time. Thank you for building such a wonderful site, again and again and again! :-)

Good luck going into the future, from one of you're earlier members!

ttyl
          Farrell

Well you are welcome..... (1)

3seas (184403) | about 2 years ago | (#41512375)

...dotSlash

Does this mean there is only 15 more years?

Self-slashdotting (1)

nicomede (1228020) | about 2 years ago | (#41512377)

I'm sure that the mobile version of this site is great and all, but currently it is unavailable. Only Slashdot can slashdot Slashdot.

Shark Teeth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41512443)

sd jumped the shark... Not very good any more.

About damn time.. (1)

therealobsideus (1610557) | about 2 years ago | (#41512507)

A mobile version of /. is years overdue. What the hell took so long?

Thanks to all involved (1)

dread (3500) | about 2 years ago | (#41512535)

Been reading for years, commenting only very rarely but this site and its contributors have entertained, enlightened and enraged me and keeps being relevant even after 15 years. Well done and a big heartfelt thanks from one of the old beards.

Time sink! (1)

invid (163714) | about 2 years ago | (#41512567)

Thanks for giving me something to do during those long compiles!

happy birthday kid. now get a job. (1)

mnemotronic (586021) | about 2 years ago | (#41512579)

Happy birthday to slashdot. 365 days until you can drive and buy three-two. May you keep on strokin for another fifteen.

My android only loads half of the new icon. The mobile site doesn't let me view just the article - it automatically expands the first or second article.

15 years, wow! (1)

adefa (6431) | about 2 years ago | (#41512625)

Happy Birthday Slashdot, from a long time mostly-lurker.

Thanks for being awesome (1)

kiriath (2670145) | about 2 years ago | (#41512649)

Slashdot, I love you.

Slashdot: a better example of what the net can be (5, Insightful)

concealment (2447304) | about 2 years ago | (#41512773)

Having had legitimate posts downvoted to "Flamebait" for offending community pretense, I'm not going to pretend Slashdot is a Utopia. People are still people, and people are still stupid, even when they're smart. On the internet, this all gets turned up to 11.

However, Slashdot is a better example of what the net can be than "social networking" like Facebook, Myspace, Digg, Fark, Reddit, etc. These sites are clustered around the idea of people socializing through the internet. As a nerd, I think that's foolish. You socialize around being a person who likes to be with other people, and you find people who you respect.

A lot has changed in the past 15 years. UNIX is now mainstream, running on thousands of devices. Even more, computer technology and networking are now mainstream, with ordinary people navigating wi-fi hotspots and even writing code for their phones. What once was special and unique is no longer so removed from the experience of normal people.

I miss CmdrTaco and his guidance, but think the team is doing a good job. That's fortunate, as they have quite a task ahead of them: remaining focused on what it is they do well in a world that has surged past their original mission, and now needs new types of guidance with new uses of technology.

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