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Dried Meat "Resurrects" Lost Species of Whale

samzenpus posted about 7 months ago | from the it-was-delicious dept.

Science 87

sciencehabit writes "A gift of dried whale meat—and some clever genetic sleuthing across almost 16,000 kilometers of equatorial waters—has helped scientists identify a long-forgotten animal as a new species of beaked whale. The 'resurrection' raises new questions about beaked whales, the most elusive and mysterious of cetaceans. Overall, the saga shows 'that there are probably even more species of beaked whales that we don't know about,' says Phil Clapham, a marine mammalogist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. 'We don't see them because they're very deep-diving and live far from land.' They also live in a poorly surveyed part of the ocean, Baker says, where very few people dwell on remote atolls."

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can it resurrect /. classic? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171549)

be heard.
--
[Fuck Beta]

Re:can it resurrect /. classic? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171677)

scroll to the VERY END of any slashdot beta page.. click on the link for Slashdot Classic: http://slashdot.org/?nobeta=1

i agree that it's annoying having it pushed in the face, but at least they gave us a simple click to get back to the old looks... but i don't like that message about the old looks being scheduled for retirement soon... :(

Re:can it resurrect /. classic? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 7 months ago | (#46172115)

Slashdot has NEVER been about the users here. Ever since Taco sold it off it has been all about making some manager happy by adding crap that is NOT needed.
Look at Lifehacker and Gizmodo, they use that Kinja garbage and their site is completely broken. The Slasdot management is all a-flutter over Web 3.0 garbage like they have and do not care they will ruin the useability just to have some more flashy that works great on a 10gbps link.

It is about making advertisers happy and clueless executives and managers happy.

Re:can it resurrect /. classic? (2)

RLiegh (247921) | about 7 months ago | (#46172599)

Ok, fine -I'm convinced and so are many others?
SO ...where have we decided to go when they stop offering slashdot classic -ars technica?

Re:can it resurrect /. classic? (1)

Common Joe (2807741) | about 7 months ago | (#46173015)

Ok, fine -I'm convinced and so are many others? SO ...where have we decided to go when they stop offering slashdot classic -ars technica?

That depends. If the boycott doesn't work, an alternative Slashdot site sounds pretty good.

-- Common Joe

Slashdot Valentines Day Massacre: Boycott Slashdot because "Fuck Beta!": February 10 - 17

And Support Okian Warrior's Alternate Slashdot [slashdot.org] Idea!

Re:can it resurrect /. classic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46179503)

Dashslot.

Lumpy how'd "eating your words" taste? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46284499)

ROTFLMAO @ "Chumpy" -> http://yro.slashdot.org/commen... [slashdot.org]

(You sure "talk a good game" -> http://games.slashdot.org/comm... [slashdot.org] but you can't even produce a MERE SCRIPT!, windbag...)

You aren't even on the level of a "script kiddie", & full of HOT AIR!

You certainly won't reply there in that 2nd link I posted either, as that would remove your downmods to my posts like this one you can't validly disprove or justify your downmod on -> http://games.slashdot.org/comm... [slashdot.org]

Oh, I suspect that IS the case here (simply logging out of a registered account & trolling by ac is a common troll trick around here OR using alternate registered 'luser' accounts sockpuppets to do the job will also, & Lumpy is LOADED with those & trolling - which doesn't matter: He PROVES he's all talk, no action (or skills, OR brains, lol))

(You're all TALK, & NO action "CHUMPY!)

* :)

(You know it, I know it, & so does anyone reading AND laughing their asses off @ you now... lol!)

APK

P.S.=> Answer the question in the subject-line Lumpy - since you had to "eat your wrods" in the 1st link above flavored with your FOOT IN YOUR MOUTH + the "bitter taste of SELF-defeat", lol...

... apk

Re:can it resurrect /. classic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171689)

Well, not if it is up to the dried meat at dice.com

Yeah, I know, it is too much, but I am pissed

Man, they know better than you... (1)

EzInKy (115248) | about 7 months ago | (#46171931)

...what is good for you! No matter how much we hate it, slashdot beta is coming like a steam locomotive and there ain't no way, other than no slashdot for you, that you will be able to avoid it! You don't like it, I don't like it, hardly anyway likes it, but be prepared to bend over and take it like a man because slashdot beta has a hard on for you!

Re:Man, they know better than you... (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 7 months ago | (#46173315)

[x] Cowboy Neal

Re:Man, they know better than you... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46175115)

The funny thing is, half the people here could just make a new slashdot and call it dotdotslash

Re:Man, they know better than you... (1)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | about 7 months ago | (#46179309)

Scarperiod. Breaking information for geeks. Things which are of major concern.

Re:can it resurrect /. classic? (1)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | about 7 months ago | (#46174879)

OK. You idiots at Dice want to "fix" the beta? My number one complaint - you post about 12 inches of crap in the right hand column that (because of your layout) removes about 50% of the screen for use by the comments. Not only does that destroy screen space that could be used by content users actually want to read, but that content that you've wasted this space for also scrolls off the screen for people who might (for some unknown reason) want to see the wonders of Dice's lovely sub-companies. Here's a clue for your idiot designers - either find some way to use CSS regions (and, yes, I know that Google has made an issue of this) so you can wrap around that crap after you've put up your stupid Dice job postings, etc., or embed the Dice ads inline - i's less annoying to scroll past wide and short pieces of crap, rather than long, narrow pieces of crap (which is what you're turning comments into).

Fuck Slashdot Beta!

P.S. I think you should fire your idiot web designers.

Re:can it resurrect /. classic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46174909)

After seeing how awful the beta was, I decided to check out this Dice company.

Holy hell, THEY are responsible for this?!
Look at the state of this crap, we just went full 1990s. [diceholdingsinc.com]
Poor. Very poor.
That site wasn't even good in the 90s. It doesn't even have frames man!

Re:can it resurrect /. classic? (1)

SnappyTech (2809279) | about 7 months ago | (#46176653)

Beta will be the death of slashdot, if it is pushed on everyone. It should be an option for phone users. An option, that's all.

should have read... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46176827)

http://beta.slashdot.org/story/09/07/15/1255258/why-new-systems-fail

oh, and the comments from the old story cannot be retrieved

hilarious

Fuck the beta (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171551)

Finally tried it and goddamn.

Re:Fuck the beta (3, Insightful)

hduff (570443) | about 7 months ago | (#46174089)

Finally tried it and goddamn.

I am remined of "sucks donkey balls", but the experience is not that good..

Haha beta sucks (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171553)

Frist psot and a beta sucks all in one. Tasty.

Fuck (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171557)

The beta

NOT FIRST POST, SLASHBETA SUCKS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171577)

It is official; Netcraft now confirms: *BSD is dying

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

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

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

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

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

Fact: *BSD is dying

Fuck beta (4, Insightful)

Misanthrope (49269) | about 7 months ago | (#46171581)

Jesus, I've been coming here since '99. I won't come back if beta is pushed on me.

Re:Fuck beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171637)

I went cold turkey last week when it appeared by default on my browser. Unexpectedly I really didn't miss /. It's change for the sake of change not for the sake of improvement.

Re: Fuck beta (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171721)

And yet you're here commenting on it.

Re: Fuck beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171875)

I'm sure this discussion is adding to the value of the current site, you dice turdie. Go kill some other web site without a legacy like /.

Re:Fuck beta (4, Funny)

nut (19435) | about 7 months ago | (#46171739)

So I see they have deleted all references to the fuckbeta tag. That didn't take long.

P.S. Fuckbeta.

Re:Fuck beta (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171911)

if they try to remove the [FUCK BETA] sigs there will be no coming back for me
--
[FUCK BETA] You motherfuckers.

Re:Fuck beta (2)

mrbester (200927) | about 7 months ago | (#46172227)

I use classic on my phone. Why? Because mobile sucks as far as I'm concerned. Is beta a variant of mobile? Don't know, never tried it, but from the thousands of "fuck beta" posts I don't want to.

Re:Fuck beta (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172333)

Mobile is actually SUPERIOR to Beta.

Mobile, while ungodly horrible, actually doesnt forcibly ram large 600px wide images down your pipe and into your face, and actually somewhat kinda sorta tries to look a little bit like classic, if you cross your eyes and sacrifice a goat to shub nigguroth on may-eve.

Beta? Not so much. Enjoy all the vacuous empty whitespace of a bleach blonde cum dumpster, right in your browser window-- WITH FLASHY PICTURES!

Re:Fuck beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171809)

Are we seeing a Digg 4.0 type reoccurence?

Haven't used or been forced to use beta yet, we could use a major upgrade on slashdot, to make it easier to follow replies and make it usuable on a phone and such, but I guess I'm one of the lucky ones.

I'll bet a ten spot that you will! (1)

EzInKy (115248) | about 7 months ago | (#46171977)

You know you can't resist, Dice knows you can't resist. Resistance is futile my friend.

Just because the title has "Resurrected" in it (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about 7 months ago | (#46172317)

Just because the title has "Resurrected" in it doesn't mean that Jesus is reading this thread.

Re:Fuck beta (1)

Threni (635302) | about 7 months ago | (#46172323)

Same here. There are alternatives, and I can always bung Slashdot in my rss feed and just skim the headlines and click straight through to the referred too site if it's not one I've already spotted (from an alternative).
Or just not bother. It's like Unity on Ubuntu. I don't mind change. I do mind making stuff worse. The only thing wrong with Slashdot at the moment is the various options have no help and don't make any sense. I can't even log into the beta one.

Re:Fuck beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46174469)

And nothing of value will be lost.

Door's to your left.

Re:Fuck beta (1)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | about 7 months ago | (#46179339)

It's funny, I don't read this site on a regular basis exactly but opened this one random article which might be of interest to me given the subject, and I'm half way through the comments and not one is about anything except Dice's horrible Extreme Makeover.

I imagine plenty of you guys are attempting to submit articles on their travesty, good luck with the good cause. Keep up the royal crapflood in the comments if that doesn't happen. That new design is barf exemplified, agreed.

On Topic Discussion (4, Insightful)

Nationless (2123580) | about 7 months ago | (#46171583)

I don't think they know what the word, "resurrect", means.

Nah, just kidding. Fuck the beta.

FUCK BETA (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171593)

Ah, *ahem* ... FUCK BETA. That is all.

Hot grits are rolling down
Natalie Portman's butt cheeks
Giving me a winter erection.

Re:FUCK BETA (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172049)

Fuck Beta! Fuck Beta! Fuck Beta! Fuck Beta! Fuck Beta! Fuck Beta! Fuck Beta! Fuck Beta!

BSD is dying.

Dried whale meat (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171613)

We can consider Slashdot Beta to be like a dried whale meat penis being forcefully inserted into the butthole that is Slashdot culture.

Netcraft confirms it: BSD is dying.

Fuck Beta (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171643)

Fuck Beta.

First comment ever on /.

Been reading it for over 15 years.

Classic or nothing.

Re:Fuck Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172077)

I've been reading it for 20 years, you insensitive clod, and this is my first post!

Sent from my iPhone, while eating hot grits from Natalie Portman's butt crack.

Re:Fuck Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46174477)

I've been reading slashdot since the print version in the 70's, and this is my first post

FUCK BETA

One Does not simply (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171653)

Avoid SlashDot Beta

http://www.users.on.net/~onearmed/SD/slash-dot.jpg

Really??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171659)

Do these scientists study the DNA of all the food they are served? I bet they are skinny scientists...

Re:Really??? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171681)

FUCK SLASHBETA

Too bad It can resurrect Slashdot Classic (1)

The Rickster (84119) | about 7 months ago | (#46171713)

Too bad It can resurrect Slashdot Classic

Re:Too bad It can resurrect Slashdot Classic (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171745)

There is either Slashdot or slashbeta, no classic.

FUCK SLASHBETA

Re:Too bad It can resurrect Slashdot Classic (1)

higuita (129722) | about 7 months ago | (#46172129)

psst!! yes, you can resurrect classic [slashdot.org] , just don't tell anyone!!

Re:Too bad It can resurrect Slashdot Classic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172613)

Except that any link you click on from the "classic" front page is subject to beta misdirection. There is no escape. Beta will assimilate you!

-Anon

Re:Too bad It can resurrect Slashdot Classic (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about 7 months ago | (#46173523)

Have you seen the notices showing up on pages which says they're discontinuing the classic and we'll all be forced to use beta soon?

So, you can see it for a while, but they're going to eventually make the new version mandatory.

And I predict traffic will drop measurably the day they do that.

Beta Sucks! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171755)

The Beta sucks! It's not just bad from a "I don't like change" perspective; it's bad from an aesthetic and usability standpoint! We've told you what is bad about it. Now please incorporate our suggestions.

Re:Beta Sucks! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172365)

Just to add: FUCKBETA.

"poorly surveyed"? Sounds like us... (5, Informative)

Bearhouse (1034238) | about 7 months ago | (#46171775)

Well, I'm normally against childish flaming, but this beta thing has me upset.
Especially since I have been giving regular feedback ever since they started rolling out this crap.

Why are they continuing? Death march...

Re:"poorly surveyed"? Sounds like us... (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 7 months ago | (#46171983)

Well, I'm normally against childish flaming, but this beta thing has me upset. Especially since I have been giving regular feedback ever since they started rolling out this crap.

Why are they continuing? Death march...

Because somebody's getting paid to do it.

Re:"poorly surveyed"? Sounds like us... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172117)

It's what happens every time there is a re-branding that users don't like.
Management doesn't want to admit that they wasted all that money on something that no one wants, so they'll try to ram it through anyway.

Re:"poorly surveyed"? Sounds like us... (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | about 7 months ago | (#46173757)

Why are they continuing? Death march...

Because someone's "UX credentials" are on the line, and like a desperado firing blanks, they find going down in a blaze of glory, taking the site with them, as preferable to a gracious climbdown.

You've got to undertand, some industries/careers are built not on technical merit, but on pure Front. Law, management, trendy design: If you lose face in such industries, your career is basically over. What your ostensibly supposed to be doing has nothing to do with it.

Re:"poorly surveyed"? Sounds like us... (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | about 7 months ago | (#46174835)

I agree with what you write, but how can someone spin destroying a heavily trafficked website in a positive way? This redesign looks to be career damaging for those involved as far as I can tell.

Re:"poorly surveyed"? Sounds like us... (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 7 months ago | (#46175059)

Slashdot has long been in decline anyway. They are taking the risk of driving everyone away, in the hopes of attracting a new audience. It won't work, but I can see how it is at least a rational attempt to recover some of their sunk costs.

Re:"poorly surveyed"? Sounds like us... (1)

Iskender (1040286) | about 7 months ago | (#46176475)

Well, it's not as big as it used to be, especially not as a percentage of the largest ones.

Of course that still means a lot of users, but in today's capitalism it's probably an obvious gamble to try to make it "even larger", even while risking a complete meltdown.

You had One Job! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171791)

The value of Slashdot is the comment section to the articles. Why would you ever approve a redesign that has ruined the one reason people visit the site!?!?!?!? How hard is it to prevent comments from being squished into oblivion???

Unresurrect (4, Insightful)

Cornwallis (1188489) | about 7 months ago | (#46171793)

the suck-y beta /. site.

Screw beta. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171823)

Get rid of slashdot beta.

Fuck the beta (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171833)

Just in case someone doesn't know, here's how to access Slashdot without the fucking beta activated:

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

Now, please, someone FORK THIS DAMN SITE.

Re:Fuck the beta (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46173003)

FORK THE FUCK!!!

SLASHBETA MODS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171837)

FYI, The slashbeta admins are modding threads and replies as -1.... like 5-10 posts all at once. No REAL COMMUNITY MEMBER MODS are doing this, but the admins.

Slashdot doesn't want Slashbeta, but the admins are trying to suppress this obvious reality. The last 3-4 stories all comments are 99% anti-slashbeta and they still want to pretend they're listening to us and asking for our feedback.

The feedback is to take your fucking redesign and rm -fr

Die in a fire slashbeta

Time for a slashdotting - please spread word (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46171843)

Here is Dice's "Contact Us" page. [diceholdingsinc.com] Everybody be sure to call them tomorrow using whatever numbers from that page you can get to ring. Tell every darn receptionist in every darn one of Dice's holdings, along with anyone you can get them to connect you to, that the Slashdot beta is terrible and you won't shut up until it goes away. Fax them a well-illustrated complaint or two or three. Send them a choice letter via snail mail, along with whatever memorabilia you wish.

They keep soliciting our feedback, they can get our feedback, right where it counts.

The most obvious contact points are:

Dice Holdings Inc.
1040 Avenue of the Americas, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10018
T: 212-725-6550
F: 212-725-6559

Slashdot
594 Howard St Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: +1-877-433-5638
www.slashdot.com

We prefer the old version of Slashdot (5, Insightful)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 7 months ago | (#46171975)

Don't be like every other lame site out there. Dare to be different. You know, maybe even nerdy ...

WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172151)

WTF is this shit. this shit is a deal breaker. This is news for Nerds not Nerds for tards who only want one button.

Fuck Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172197)

Fuck Beta

What happened to the comments? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172315)

Why is this comment section just like a flat wall of crap?

What happened to the titles? It's like a big blur of text scrolling past.

Even the color scheme hurts my eyes!

[FuckBeta]

It's a reply to a comment! I have to add a subjec (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172329)

oh what the serious fuck.

are there no blank lines to break up paragraphs anymore?

Once upon a time, I browsed at -1. Those days it was all about Natalie Portman naked, petrified, and covered in grits.

Some people even liked to masturbate with Harry Potter glasses on.

Even the trolls used line breaks.

[fuckbeta]

lets migrate to slashdot.jp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172573)

lets migrate to slashdot.jp

ps yeah fuck beta

Pretty awful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172651)

I have to admit, I thought people were overreacting about the beta, but now I see what they're on about.

Yuo FAyil It (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46172663)

as one 0f The [goat.cx]

upside of BETA (1)

plaukas pyragely (1630517) | about 7 months ago | (#46172765)

I actually read TFA because it's too painful to stay here.

[on-topic] deep living whales using scuba gear? (4, Informative)

knarf (34928) | about 7 months ago | (#46172977)

<content-disposition="on-topic">
TFA talks about these whales never having been seen because they live so deep in the sea. Either they have developed rebreathers or everlasting scuba gear OR they have to come to the surface every once in a while to breathe and thus be liable to be seen. The same goes for calves, they'd have to stay relatively close to the surface for the first few days. Good to know that there is still something left to be discovered.
</content-disposition>

Now that this is out of the way I'd like to add my voice to those who state that the beta is, shall we say, sub-optimal? I don't tend to use expletives so I'll refrain from them in this context but I do want to let it be known that I'll probably be a goner if I have to access the site through the JS-riddled monstrosity called beta. I already spend more time elsewhere (HN et al) even though 'elsewhere' also has its faults.

To those in command, accept that the beta is generally disliked. Either keep the site as it is until it bleeds dry or, if you insist in changing for changes' sake offer the content through an API so users can decide on their own frontend - think HN. Yes, you'll want to have some way of foisting ads and infomercial content and such pablum on your very suspecting users. They'll find ways to block it as they always did. Just accept that and keep the brand alive, or fight it and perish.

fucking beta shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46173089)

if they insist on pushing this redesign I won't be coming back.

Thalassic Park! (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 7 months ago | (#46173479)

First on-topic post!

Fuck Beta and Bitcoin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46173489)

Fuck Beta and Bitcoin

Confessions Of an Ex-SLASHDOT BETA user (2)

hduff (570443) | about 7 months ago | (#46174155)

Day 1: It wouldn't stop, the redirecting. At first I thought it was malware. Had my first drink in a long time.

Day 2: Barely had the strength to carry on as the BETA REDIRECTIONS continue.. trying not to talk to hallucinations at the bar and in the bathroom which laugh at me about these redirections.

Day 3: Discovered the BETA redirections were random, and while at first they looked somewhat usable, when I looked at me and my monitor screen in the mirror, a horrible woman with flesh hanging off of her body looked back, trying to lead me into a dance as the word BETA appeared across her rancid breasts.

Day 4: These BETA corridors go on FOREVER! On the plus side, I've taken up disassembling vehicles to corner this BETA beast and sacrifice myself rather than lead others to discovering it. I ate some red snow.

Day 5: Finding it harder to concentrate. I've ate some more of the red snow. The taste is starting to grow on me.

Day 6: This typewriter is the only entertainment I have, apart from throwing things at the walls, trying to get some response from the BETA which is now taking over my mind.

Day 7: Hahahahahha! Would you believe it? I'M STILL BEING REDIRECTED TO SLASHDOT BETA PAGES! AHAHhahahaah! Type, type, ding, ding! Wooo!

Day 8: The hallucinations are actually real! Would you believe it? They have offered to help me if I agree to work for them. I'm thinking about patenting this delicious red snow, the taste is unreal!

Day 9: Having black out sessions where I cannot remember large passings of time. Found some makeup, thought I'd paint a joker smile on my face to amuse the people only I can see!

Day 10: Productive today, part of what I wrote for my new screenplay:

I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slas

(drops of blood on paper)

Boy, I miss the discussions because of stupid Beta (4, Insightful)

kbahey (102895) | about 7 months ago | (#46174767)

I have been a regular visitor to Slashdot for around 15 years. For that, I get the checkbox to disable ads, though I browse with Javascript disabled so my browser does not slow down.

I come here for the discussions, and often read comments at +5, changing that only if I find a discussion interesting and warrants reading at a lower level.

The new beta uses JQuery for the comment threshold selector, and changes that on the fly. This means all the comments are loaded, but not visible, and processing any page with considerable number of comments will slow down MY computer! If I have a few tabs open to read later, my computer will be unusable.

What is worse it that they require you to click on the slider on every article to change the threshold! This is just insane!

If they insist that I enable Javascript to browse the site at the threshold I want, then they will lose me as a long time. I imagine that others long timers will hate the site too.

Dice have to remember that this site has two unmatched features, interlocked: a moderation system that is good at cutting down the trolling, spamming, and noise, and a comment section that is frequented by many people who are passionate about technology and other nerdy stuff.

If they wanted to intentionally ruin the site and drive people away, they would not have done any worse than what they are doing now.

If they manage to aggravate a lot of their users, the comment section will no longer be attractive to the audience. Perhaps we should revive kuro5hin?

I wrote the above in a feedback form that I filled a while ago, and I am emailing this comment to their feedback@slashdot.org. Please send them feedback too.

And mod this up so Dice can see what they are getting themselves into.

Re:Boy, I miss the discussions because of stupid B (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46198307)

Just star a crowdfunded site called dotslash. Is the software for this site open source?

Re:Boy, I miss the discussions because of stupid B (1)

kbahey (102895) | about 7 months ago | (#46198333)

A group of Slashdot members have already started this ...

See AltSlashdot [altslashdot.org] .

'Dried Meat' (1)

Selur (2745445) | about 7 months ago | (#46177377)

Am I the only one who's first thought when reading 'Dried Meat' was: beef jerky. (+ foooood :))

Another Good Reason to Eat Meat (1)

pubwvj (1045960) | about 7 months ago | (#46178775)

Without meat eating where would we be(ak). One more good reason to carnivore.

Ready to leave if beta is compulsory (1)

nothingtodo (641861) | about 7 months ago | (#46181947)

it just really sucks. FUCK BETA
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