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Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

samzenpus posted about 2 months ago | from the nice-seeds dept.

Biotech 164

An anonymous reader writes "Economic espionage is nothing new but one of the biggest areas being targeted now is agriculture. Here's a story about a FBI investigation to track down theft of seeds from research farms. 'The case of the missing corn seeds first broke in May 2011 when a manager at a DuPont research farm in east-central Iowa noticed a man on his knees, digging up the field. When confronted, the man, Mo Hailong, who was with his colleague Wang Lei, appeared flushed. Mr. Mo told the manager that he worked for the University of Iowa and was traveling to a conference nearby. When the manager paused to answered his cellphone, the two men sped off in a car, racing through a ditch to get away, federal authorities said.'"

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Beta sucks! (-1, Offtopic)

solafide (845228) | about 2 months ago | (#46168753)

Down with Beta! Leave Classic, or we'll go to Hacker News!

Re:Beta sucks! (2, Insightful)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about 2 months ago | (#46168785)

Who is this "we" you're talking about and why should the rest of us care where you're going?

Re:Beta sucks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168909)

This includes me and I'm thinking quite a few other people, 10 year lurker no account and adblocking so guess I'm not much of a loss for them.

Re:Beta sucks! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169003)

Slashdot IS the community. Dice is just riding on our backs for profit.

Fork Slashdot to a new site, move on and leave the dregs to remember the good old days and salt the ground with their bitter tears.

Oh wait, we've already done that...

Re:Beta sucks! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169979)

Please take us with you. Serious. Give us an alternative site and many shall follow.

Re:Beta sucks! (3, Insightful)

dmomo (256005) | about 2 months ago | (#46169001)

*I* am Sparticus.

Re:Beta sucks! (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 2 months ago | (#46169029)

No, I am Guy Fawkes!

Wow, that bolded 'I' doesn't really stand out. I can see why you used asterisks.

Re:Beta sucks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169445)

I'm Batman! No you are not!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjuKABU-XPY

Re:Beta sucks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168789)

+10000

Re:Beta sucks! (1)

icemanwol (2446776) | about 2 months ago | (#46168793)

Agreed! BTW are Slashdot beta sucks posts the new "First!" posts?

Re:Beta sucks! (4, Insightful)

LordFlower (606949) | about 2 months ago | (#46168919)

Slashdot refuses to let my other account post anymore FUCK BETAs today. So I logged into this account I created 10+ years ago (May 08, 2003 was my last post with it).

Re:Beta sucks! (0, Troll)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about 2 months ago | (#46168957)

post anymore FUCK BETAs today.

How exceedingly constructive of you. I took a look at the beta and I provided constructive feedback through the official channels, but I suppose that's simply too much. Thankfully I've seen the light and can now totally commit to finding my inner child, going all the way back to kindergarten and then to proceed to spam the comments section and tags associated to the articles with all sorts of stuff my new-found inner 5-year old would come up with.

Re:Beta sucks! (1)

LordFlower (606949) | about 2 months ago | (#46168981)

1. Ive done all that, many many times 2. There is utility in my second approach, as there is utility in the first.

Re:Beta sucks! (0)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about 2 months ago | (#46169019)

2. There is utility in my second approach, as there is utility in the first.

Sure, if you're looking for other childish, immature people. But if you think your behaviour is going to change anything here you got another think coming; there is no good reason for why the people behind Slashdot would want to keep someone like that around, they're more likely to continue with their plan just to get more mature people here and to drive your kind out. But oh, don't let that stop you.

Re:Beta sucks! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169269)

This 'beta' stuff has been poking its head out for months. All the feedback that's been given has basically been ignored. The level of frustration is clear.

This whole "Sayonara Classic" attitude from Dice is rather offensive considering the "original Classic" has been around for a long time without any problems.

It's not just that we're resistant to change. This "new and improved" /. is not improved for the end user. It may be a better ad delivery device, but ads are irrelevant if the user base leaves in droves. Doubling the ads to 1/4 of the users == fail.

And let's not forget that the "new and improved" /. does not work with NoScript or GhostScript, which is commonly used by /. visitors. Whitelisting /. means a flood of irrelevant ads and tracking crap.

Re:Beta sucks! (2)

mugnyte (203225) | about 2 months ago | (#46169615)

There is FUtility in spamming the news until you get your way.

The usual Beta-feedback page will be posted a few times, and mods will happen. If you don't like it after that, who are you blaming? We've been here so many times...

Re:Beta sucks! (5, Insightful)

glavenoid (636808) | about 2 months ago | (#46169037)

There are many of us who have been providing *constructive* criticism for *many months* only to have it fall on deaf ears. Now that the beta is being forced on users in a graduated rollout you're going to be hearing these complaints more and more often until either:

1. The Slashdot admins capitulate and concede the beta was a giant mistake.
2. Slashdot Beta has functionality and usability parity with the standard site.
3. Those of us who absolutely hate the new site leave and never come back.
4. Comments complaining are stifled and silenced.

I'm thinking #3 is the most likely possibility.

Re:Beta sucks! (1, Insightful)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about 2 months ago | (#46169095)

There are many of us who have been providing *constructive* criticism for *many months* only to have it fall on deaf ears. Now that the beta is being forced on users in a graduated rollout you're going to be hearing these complaints more and more often until either:

And that's an excuse for this rampant idiocy? Because last I heard the mature approach would be to provide constructive criticism, wait and see what happens, and then simply leave if the outcome is unbearable and the feedback is ignored, all without turning the whole place into a fucking kindergarten. I voiced my opinion to them and if they do nothing to alleviate my concerns I'll simply stop using the site. Alas, I suppose I just have better things to do with my time than spamming here.

Re:Beta sucks! (1)

glavenoid (636808) | about 2 months ago | (#46169167)

Alas, I suppose I just have better things to do with my time than spamming here.

Eat your own words.

Slashdot Beta = Digg v4 (5, Insightful)

ScottCooperDotNet (929575) | about 2 months ago | (#46169497)

And that's an excuse for this rampant idiocy? Because last I heard the mature approach would be to provide constructive criticism, wait and see what happens, and then simply leave if the outcome is unbearable and the feedback is ignored. I voiced my opinion to them and if they do nothing to alleviate my concerns I'll simply stop using the site.

This site has been something special to a number of readers and posters here, and seeing the place go down in flames like Digg did when they ignored their users' feedback [wikipedia.org] is a highly suboptimal emotional experience.

all without turning the whole place into a fucking kindergarten.

Saying that turns the place into the kindergarten you wanted to avoid.

Re:Beta sucks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169621)

Same thing happened to failblog. It sux completely now.

Re:Beta sucks! (4, Insightful)

sk999 (846068) | about 2 months ago | (#46168889)

Threats are one thing. Action is another Is it possible for a website redesign to be so bad that people actually stop reading it?

Yes. I used to read Yahoo Sports every day. The latest redesign was so bad that it was just unreadable. I no longer bother with it.

Slashdot is heading down the same path.

Re:Beta sucks! (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 months ago | (#46169159)

Why do the redesign.

The new web page looks like shit.

I don't need more shitty news, but I guess I can take that.

But it's nowhere near as clear as the old one. The design of Slashdot is very clear and obviously feel very much at home for many of us.

We don't want to visit random blog, we want to visit /..

Re:Beta sucks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169413)

I gave up on google news when they went from the 2 column to the 1 column format.

Re:Beta sucks! (2)

Karmashock (2415832) | about 2 months ago | (#46169051)

I agree... I prefer this layout but possibly I'm just being stubborn. Still, I don't like being forced to change. I like to change because I want to change not because someone tells me to change.

Fuck beta! (1)

denzacar (181829) | about 2 months ago | (#46169087)

And don't forget to use a condom! Nobody wants to see the unholy offspring of that union.

Well, nobody in their right mind.

Re:Beta sucks! (1)

Requiem18th (742389) | about 2 months ago | (#46169105)

Yes, slashdot beta sucks, but "classic" sucks too. The previous site code was better and THAT sucked too (no unicode support whasoever remember?)

However now that Slashdot is owned by DICE i think it's unlikely that it wil do something so uncapitalist as not targeting the unwashed masses. It's lowest common denominator or shutdown!

I think th ebest course of action is to move somewhere else. Reddit is the most promising one. Subscribe to the following subreddits:

http://www.reddit.com/r/censor... [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/biotec... [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/govern... [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/securi... [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/scienc... [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/space [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/law [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/techno... [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/openso... [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/politi... [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/privac... [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/pcgami... [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming [reddit.com]
http://www.reddit.com/r/games [reddit.com]

To get all of slashdot covered.

Re: Beta sucks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169815)

Can confirm. The only time I read /. now is through RSS while taking a dump. Reddit is the site I read most things at and where I am most likely to participate.

Re:Beta sucks! (1)

pepty (1976012) | about 2 months ago | (#46170133)

Despite the Dice developments, Slashdot acts as a filter that keeps posts on all of those topics down to a manageable level.

Re:Beta sucks! (4, Insightful)

M. Baranczak (726671) | about 2 months ago | (#46169241)

Every comment I've seen on the new design is negative. Every single one... that just never happens, it's mind blowing. There should be a few people taking the opposite side, just for the sake of taking the opposite side, but this thing is so wretched that nobody wants to defend it, not even anonymously. Is this part of some shady corporate ploy to destroy Slashdot, sell off the ping-pong tables and take a tax write-off? Or are the new managers just not very bright?

Re:Beta sucks! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169461)

Every comment I've seen on the new design is negative. Every single one... that just never happens, it's mind blowing. There should be a few people taking the opposite side, just for the sake of taking the opposite side, but this thing is so wretched that nobody wants to defend it, not even anonymously.

Well, I personally think that the much needed face lift's lower contrast text makes the content blend in much more nicely with the background. The larger font also keeps too much information from being displayed at once. Less stories per page will make dupes less noticeable too. Personally, I can't find a single thing not wrong with it.

Re:Beta sucks! (3, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 2 months ago | (#46169465)

It's particularly curious given that 'don't pay for any web devs, coast along in bare-minimum maintenance mode, and ride it as long as it lasts' is always an available strategy, unless you have somebody breathing down your neck and demanding magic ROI levels.

Honestly, that's what surprises me more than anything when I see some web property being churned without obvious reason. Unless the backend is utterly fucked (in which case churning the frontend is Not where you should be spending your time) letting it coast along on commodified and encheapened 'cloud' VMs from one vendor or another is cheap, and can be drawn down at almost a moment's notice without having to hold a firesale on your datacenter gear. Given that, watching somebody who appears to have no clue what they want to accomplish voluntarily paying additional dev and/or designer salaries when they could just let the property coast always makes me wonder about that person or organization's sanity.

Re:Beta sucks! (4, Insightful)

Thanosius (3519547) | about 2 months ago | (#46169693)

The new managers don't use Slashdot themselves, hence probably don't understand the reason for all the disdain. The best thing they could do right now is write off the beta exercise as a failure and stick with the classic version. Showing that they're actually listening to the (remaining) Slashdot faithful would be a good sign.

Surprisingly shitty (4, Informative)

cfalcon (779563) | about 2 months ago | (#46170121)

I just got the "hey go check out beta" alert. I figured it would be the same with with different underhood. WOW this is shit. And sure enough, I had to enable scripting. Bro, it's fucking COMMENTS. It doesn't need java, or script, or javafuckingscript.

This could be the death of this site. Sad. Been browsing this since early college.

Re:Beta sucks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169391)

Block the javascript and it's a non-issue - it defaults to classic.

Re:Beta sucks! (4, Funny)

TuballoyThunder (534063) | about 2 months ago | (#46169431)

Beta must die a horrible death. Delete it from the hard drives, degauss the drives, run the drives through a shredder, throw the scrap into a smelting furnace, cast into ingots, and then store the ingots with the waste from Fukushima.

Re:Beta sucks! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169999)

Beta must die a horrible death. Delete it from the hard drives, degauss the drives, run the drives through a shredder, throw the scrap into a smelting furnace, cast into ingots, and then store the ingots with the waste from Fukushima.

I think you're forgetting that the act of writing beta to those drives produced electromagnetic radiation that even now is speeding away from Earth across the cosmos. We must not rest until FTL technology is available to go out and get those photons back. For the dignity of the human race!

Re:Beta sucks! (5, Insightful)

Bob9113 (14996) | about 2 months ago | (#46169735)

Holy Crap! I just tried Beta. It's pretty bad. I wouldn't call it as horrifying as some, but it is really quite bad from a design perspective.

But here's my main complaint: You can't read comments without Javascript enabled. Javascript is really cool, it's great for creating dynamic web pages. Things like OpenStreetMap [openstreetmap.org] have made my life fundamentally better when doing dynamic content perusal.

But there's a gap there; reading a comment tree is not dynamic content perusal. I click my desired mod level, then read the entire tree without any changes. Occasionally I pop open a new tab to reply to an existing comment, but that is rare enough that it can be done with static pages.

I don't enable Javascript by default, and I don't enable it on sites that don't need it. It's a security thing, like not leaving services running that you don't need. It's also about not chewing up memory and CPU for dancing baloney.

The value of Slashdot is the community comments. That is why I come here. It is why I spend so much time carefully crafting and editing comments that I hope will add to the experience for others (and often censoring my more bile-laden knee-jerk responses that would make it a more combustible environment).

Like so many members of the Slashdot community, I put a lot into making this a place that people like to visit. And I am happy for Dice to make a profit selling ad space on the comments that my community creates, in exchange for playing host. That's a pretty good trade all around. Don't fuck it up.

Re: Beta sucks! Off Topic (1)

kittylu (705146) | about 2 months ago | (#46170053)

I'm picturing a new mall store called "Off Topic." It's filled with disgruntled employees and shoppers, with their own ideas about how a store should be run, and suggestions for merchandise without any regard to, well, the topic actually relevant to the designated sale point at the end of the day.

Re:Beta sucks! (1)

Cito (1725214) | about 2 months ago | (#46170111)

Beta sucks ass

Looks like some assburgers kid and an ADD dyslexic thalidomide kid designed it

This! (1)

s.petry (762400) | about 2 months ago | (#46170135)

I got the nag today and went to the beta site, it's horrible. I don't like Slashdot on the Mobile phone for the same reason I dislike the Beta site. It's horrible to navigate compared to classic and wastes too much space.

If you want to push that gunk to the main page, at least leave this one as "classic.slashdot.com" so we can choose the best interface for us.

DNA wants to be free... (5, Insightful)

king neckbeard (1801738) | about 2 months ago | (#46168755)

It's really hard to feel all that much pity for DuPont. They have a long history of being enormous pricks.

Re:DNA wants to be free... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168827)

Open source generic engineering for all! Say, would you happen to know the nucleotide sequence for an enormous prick?

Re:DNA wants to be free... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 months ago | (#46169033)

Open source generic engineering for all! Say, would you happen to know the nucleotide sequence for an enormous prick?

I imagine you'll want the sequences for blond hair and a tan as well.

Re:DNA wants to be free... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169125)

Nah. I just want something big for jacking off.

Boycott (4, Informative)

chebucto (992517) | about 2 months ago | (#46168761)

I propose that we boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta.
Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

Captcha: fuckbeta

Re:Boycott (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 2 months ago | (#46168813)

I propose that we boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta. Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta Commentors - only discuss Beta Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

Captcha: fuckbeta

So, in order to 'save' the /.Village, we must destroy it. Got it.

Re: Boycott (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169075)

Just like we had to nuke Japan to save Germany!

Re:Boycott (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168903)

I agree with you. May I make a suggestion?

Could you link "beta.slashdot.org" whenever making this post? Or, take it a step further, and link to the current story as it appears on the beta site?

For some reason, right now I am not being redirected to the beta site. I have previously seen it, and I intensely dislike it. However, there may be some persons who have never seen the beta site, and so they may not understand why there's a huge number of comments about it. Please link to it so that anyone who hasn't seen it can simply click to see it, so that they too can understand the uproar over this.

Re:Boycott (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168917)

How about a /. "poll" on this?

Re:Boycott (5, Insightful)

glavenoid (636808) | about 2 months ago | (#46169097)

Though I support the idea in principle I seriously doubt it'll get the PHB's attention since they have such an obvious lack of respect for, and understanding of the slashdot community.

Re:Boycott (4, Interesting)

somenickname (1270442) | about 2 months ago | (#46169131)

Just registered bangslashdot.com/net/org (!/.) in case Slashdot needs to be forked to a new site. Will happily sell the domain to a more capable web-type for the exact price I paid (with the stipulation that I get a low UID).

Re:Boycott (3, Interesting)

Mashiki (184564) | about 2 months ago | (#46169581)

I figure my best go-though to stat with will be to stop commenting. With that if they continue to go through with the beta I'll just take my warm revenue generating body somewhere else.

Cheers to my friends, foes, and freaks.

Tank yu missa Clin ten (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168819)

The Chinese have had an open field day stealing tech and killing of Western businesses since our beloved Bill Clinton opened the doors to them. Those roks are now coming in to roost, USA is over and screwed by its own doing. Manchurian Candidate - for real.

Re:Tank yu missa Clin ten (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169077)

The Chinese have had an open field day stealing tech and killing of Western businesses since our beloved Bill Clinton opened the doors to them.

You mean Nixon.

In other news... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168823)

In other news, slashdot beta sucks. More at 11.

If only (4, Funny)

ArchieBunker (132337) | about 2 months ago | (#46168835)

Those Chinese spies could steal the slashdot beta code!

Re:If only (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168873)

Why would they want it?

Re:If only (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169015)

They can put it on their secret intranet sites to deter visitors.

track and blogs my account (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168847)

User hacking my personal inf, and account

Beta Developers (3, Funny)

SenorPez (840621) | about 2 months ago | (#46168849)

Serious question: Did the same people who developed the Beta Digg that destroyed that site develop Slashdot Beta? Because it reminds me of the exact same site-destroying arc. And when Slashdot goes down, where will I get my daily hyperbolic Bitcoin article?

Re:Beta Developers (1)

Spy Handler (822350) | about 2 months ago | (#46168925)

reddit, duh. All the bitcoin pump and dump artists hang out there, it's the worldwide HQ of bitcoin bandwagonism.

If Slashdot redesigns were movies (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168897)

The beta would be the Star Wars prequels.

Darth BETA: Help me remove these pants... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168931)

a robot hand has invaded my space and now only Google searches for:

FUCK SLASHDOT BETA

sometimes in quotes, again and again!

Cool! He dresses in black but his penis is cocaine white!

(looks around)

Just one suck to see if he regains his color.

Economic or Military? (5, Interesting)

Etherwalk (681268) | about 2 months ago | (#46168937)

A major war between modern powers could be more effectively "won" with biological weapons than nuclear ones. Come up with something that will decimate the primary crop of the enemy nation (or even specific variations on that crop which might be planted en masse by Monsanto) and you severely weaken the country.

Re: Economic or Military? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169711)

finally i can respond to a post that isn't about how much the beta sucks.
It does doesn't it?
who dreams this shit up?

Reasons did not exist to redesign Slashdot/ (2, Insightful)

couchslug (175151) | about 2 months ago | (#46168941)

Which begs the question, what fuckwad insisted on doing so?

Slashdot beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168969)

How do I make this steaming pile of horse shit that they call a beta go away?

good. hope they get monsanto too. (0, Troll)

jinchoung (629691) | about 2 months ago | (#46168987)

these gmo mofos have been making life extremely hard for average joe farmer so fantastic. let the deluge of chinese copies hit the market and drive these guys into the ground. serve them right.

Re:good. hope they get monsanto too. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169835)

You forgot to mention that Monsanto, DuPont, Pioneer, etc. didn't start their biotech companies with grass seeds and turn them into the fabulous(?) varieties that they have now, that they've freeloaded off of thousands of years of everyone else's hard work. So yeah, fuck 'em.

fuckbeta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46168997)

Burn this pile of shit you call a beta quick. Burn baby Burn.

http://slashdot.org/?nobeta=1

Down With Beta! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169155)

Ive been visiting Slashdot since the late 90s (during the "don't get a username because of privacy"-era). The new redesign is awful and I agree with all the criticisms that have been made. I think we need a comment bounty reward to anyone who can find ONE remotely positive comment about the redesign. What is the point of asking for feedback when you are just going to do what you want anyway? Slashdot has a readership that dates back to the early days of the Internet and boasts one of the best comment communities out there, period. Tell your advertisers that Slashdot is the meeting place for people in all levels of tech companies, business and government, in other words, decision makers who purchase their products and services. This group values the site's robust discussion, not how well you can use the latest internet layouts, and the entire community will leave if you continue along this path.

just browse /. with javascript turned off (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169165)

And you get /. classic.

90% of my browsing is with JS off. No ads or autorun videos to slow browsing down. No JS malware attacks either.

Bye, Slashrot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169197)

King Louis XIV: Why has my own brother tried to do this to me?

D'Artagnan: And look what you have done to him!

Why Beta Sucks. (5, Insightful)

labnet (457441) | about 2 months ago | (#46169207)

1. Way too much vertical white space, which is more precious than dehydrated unicorn testciles thanks to 16:9 screens.
2. A More Button. WTF! The bandwidth for text is cheap. Give me the whole converstaion.
3. Coonversation context is lost because I can't see summarised comments nested under modded up comments.
4. Thick borders. 1 pixel is enough.

Re:Why Beta Sucks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169337)

1. What good are unicorn testicles without the unicorn spoo?
2. Two words Bennett Haselton.
3. Meh.
4. Thick boners will get more womenfolk to come a chatin here withun the nerds.

Re:Why Beta Sucks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169345)

1. Way too much vertical white space, which is more precious than dehydrated unicorn testciles thanks to 16:9 screens.
2. A More Button. WTF! The bandwidth for text is cheap. Give me the whole converstaion.
3. Coonversation context is lost because I can't see summarised comments nested under modded up comments.
4. Thick borders. 1 pixel is enough.

5. Version I saw (some weeks back) also had pictures (in addition to adverts) and videos autoloading on the main page. Too slow.

Re:Why Beta Sucks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169743)

Also, at least for me it didn't automatically fill out the subject line when replying to people.

Re:Why Beta Sucks. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169855)

My 16:9 screens are in portrait mode, you insensitive clod!

SO? (1)

jennatalia (2684459) | about 2 months ago | (#46169245)

Pardon me if I don't feel bad for a big company squeezing farmers everywhere to use their seeds and then not let them reuse the seeds. Go China!

Seeds (1)

hackus (159037) | about 2 months ago | (#46169501)

If these seeds are GMO'ed I say let them have them.

That way several years down the road when only one company in China owns all of the food supply and it is ILLEGAL to grow your own food, we won't have to worry about their industrial espionage...

Oh wait, our government does the same industrial espionage...http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/26/us-security-snowden-germany-idUSBREA0P0DE20140126

Never mind.

Honestly, a much more sensible thing to steal... (3, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 2 months ago | (#46169523)

Somewhat surprisingly, given its land area and population, China has total shit for arable land. Obviously more than zero; and a long history of intensive, relatively high-yield agriculture; but huge parts of the country are unsuitable in various ways (and various incidents of pollution, desertification, aquifer overdraw, and other mismanagement haven't helped).

Given that, along with the nigh-universal tendency of people to eat more meat (far less efficient per calorie than stuff lower on the food chain) if they get wealthier, and to rise up in revolution like they have nothing to lose (because they don't) if food supplies are dangerously constrained, doing absolutely everything they possibly can to keep agricultural yields high, and preferably rising, is probably about the sanest policy the Chinese government could be pursuing.

Sure, hypersonic missiles and supercavitating torpedoes and fancy fighter planes and stuff are good for dick waving, keeping Americans at a distance while rattling the sabre at Taiwan, and general jingoism; but it's not as though anybody outside of China wants to start a land war in Asia and directly slug it out with the PLA on Chinese soil, so all that stuff is really pretty secondary.

1.2 billion people (including the ones who you've provided with guns, and their families and friends) who are starting to see more and more of the weekly grocery list slipping beyond their buying power? Now that is what has any sensible leader (whether of a despotism, a monarchy, a republic, a democracy, doesn't matter) wake up screaming and drenched in cold sweat night after night.

NO! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169541)

If you move me to the beta slashdot abortion i'll add this place to the block list and never visit again.

Too many other news sites regurgitate the exact same storys i see here. And all of them don't look as shitty as the beta slashdot.

Stop being stupid

Re:NO! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169703)

Just looked at this article in /. beta. After comments are nested in a few levels, the text column is so narrow there is only one word per line! Like this:
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Ceterum autem censeo slashdot esse delendam (1)

CaptainStumpy (1132145) | about 2 months ago | (#46169763)

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Beta makes me sick (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169915)

with its quoting stupid 70's TV shows instead of properly loading comments. It's not funny, it doesn't take away from the irritant that is beta.

Designer Codes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46169995)

Time for your GMOs to grow Bladerunner style identification codes to enforce your IP rights.

Time for a slashdotting (2, Informative)

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seeds as mother nature made them (1)

John Allsup (987) | about 2 months ago | (#46170127)

Have been refined by millions of years of evolution. That a few scientists with an ego problem think they can do better is laughable.

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