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Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

2phar WORST. BETA. EVER. (249 comments)

For a start, remove the MOVIN ON UP banner.

Postpone any plan to 'migrate' people to the beta at this time and make it clear that you have.

Go back and at least make sure all the current comments-handling functionality is in place on the new site before even thinking of trying it again. Run a story on the current site about the beta again when you have done that, and see how it's received in the comments [you know - the thing Slashdot excels at] before switching people over to it.

Then again, the above only matters if you're concerned about keeping the current user base. That's open to question.

about 9 months ago
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Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

2phar Re:Dice is selling out Slashdot with the Beta (156 comments)

The actual press release is clear "Slashdot Media was acquired to provide content and services that are important to technology professionals in their everyday work lives and to leverage that reach into the global technology community benefiting user engagement on the Dice.com site. The expected benefits have started to be realized at Dice.com. However, advertising revenue has declined over the past year and there is no improvement expected in the future financial performance of Slashdot Media's underlying advertising business. Therefore, $7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media were reduced to zero."

about 9 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

2phar Re:Slashdot death rattle (250 comments)

Thanks for re-posting. Funny how when I posted it gradually reaching +5 Informative over an hour, and then suddenly went to 0 Offtopic.

about 9 months ago
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Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console

2phar Dice have already written off Slashdot (116 comments)

"Slashdot Media was acquired to provide content and services that are important to technology professionals in their everyday work lives and to leverage that reach into the global technology community benefiting user engagement on the Dice.com site. The expected benefits have started to be realized at Dice.com. However, advertising revenue has declined over the past year and there is no improvement expected in the future financial performance of Slashdot Media's underlying advertising business. Therefore, $7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media were reduced to zero."

about 9 months ago
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Got Malware? The FBI Wants It

2phar Bye slashdot, it was nice knowin ya (93 comments)

So far, I'm thinking kuro5hin.org is the best hope out there. Most of the other tech news sites just don't have a clue about how to manage comments, a bit like the Slashdot Beta.

I've been reading slashdot since the 90s, but this really is the end. Apart from the godawful beta, we've also had the attempt to convert the stories into slashvertisements en masse, and the Slashdot Polls are really starting to look like Facebook covert demographics research for the Dice marketing dept.

Taco and Hemos were really cool guys, I'm glad they were able to cash in.

about 9 months ago
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Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

2phar Re:Alice Hill, President of Slashdot Media (204 comments)

"Proven track record innovating and improving iconic websites ( Slashdot.org, Sourceforge.net) while protecting their voice and brand integrity"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

You can't replace CmdrTaco with someone who has "10+ years experience managing large-scale consumer Web properties"

about 9 months ago
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Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

2phar Nostalgia? (204 comments)

I have some nostalgia for the old days, before they launched SlashBI and we all thought it was an early April Fools joke. STOP THE BETA

about 9 months ago
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NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

2phar How long before we can no longer avoid the beta? (127 comments)

I guess Ars is the place to go, even though the comments system is nearly as bad as the Slashdot Beta, at least the stories are fresher. The beginning of the end was when they launched SlashBI and we all thought it was an April Fools gag.

about 9 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

2phar Where to go after Slashdot? (573 comments)

Reddit isn't going to work. I like Hackaday.. But really, where is the best alternative? Can't use Slashdot much longer with this Beta.

about 9 months ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

2phar Why a lousy mailto link for feedback? (237 comments)

Scared to try a Slashdot poll? oh and my $0.02 : Stick with the existing UI, this new one is awful.

about 9 months ago
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Many Lasers Become One In Lockheed Martin's 30 kW Laser Weapon

2phar Re:Dubious (202 comments)

Robert Higgs would even use the F word

about 9 months ago
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European Commission Outlines Steps To Restore Trust In EU-US Data Flows

2phar They'll just continue spying anyway (75 comments)

When we have flaps like this that occur, you know, something will change, and I expect we'll get some sort of announcement that will - that the Europeans can point to as a curtailment and as a change. But as time goes by, flaps blow over, and the permanent interests of ourselves and our allies reassert themselves.

Paul Pillar, 28-year veteran of the CIA

about a year ago
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US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials

2phar Value for money (303 comments)

Well.. I guess they'll get to put the book to good use real soon now..

about a year ago
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Google Glass Teardown

2phar The Borg (97 comments)

They need to make a transparent case version and get Jeri Ryan to model it.

about a year ago
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Cisco and iRobot Create Sheldonbot-Like Telepresence System

2phar Marissa Mayer (123 comments)

Marissa needs to get one of these for checking up on all those staff that aren't allowed telework.

about a year ago
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Why We Should Celebrate Snapchat and Encourage Ephemeral Communication

2phar Slashdot bug report (140 comments)

The 'disable advertising' option appears to no longer be working.

about a year and a half ago

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Google Street View reveals Fukushima ghost towns

2phar 2phar writes  |  about a year and a half ago

2phar (137027) writes "The Google Street View cars recently compiled new images from Fukushima prefecture, revealing even more of the devastating damage. Two years have passed since the disaster, but residents of small cities like Namie-machi still aren’t allowed to enter. Their Mayor, Tamotsu Baba, writes: "Working with Google, we were able to drive Street View cars through Namie-machi to capture panoramic images of the abandoned city exactly as it stands today... This Street View imagery is available on Google Maps and the Memories for the Future site, so anyone from Namie or around the world can view it.""
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Ireland's Former State Telco To Apply For Court Protection

2phar 2phar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

2phar (137027) writes "A decade or so after what some regard as one of the world's worst failures in privatizing a state asset, the former Irish telecoms monopoly, Eircom, is finally facing Examinership to get court protection from its creditors. The company is struggling under some €5bn in debt, after undergoing multiple episodes of leveraged buyouts, asset-stripping, and under-investment. Since the sell-off, the state has also had to separately re-invest in building national infrastructure a second time through such projects as Metropolitan Area Networks"
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Ireland to Fix Downloading Law for EMI

2phar 2phar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

2phar (137027) writes "The Irish Government is to publish an order early in the new year to allow music publishers, film producers and other parties to go to court to prevent ISPs from allowing their customers access to 'pirate' websites.

The government has written to music publisher EMI Ireland confirming the order will be published and incorporated into existing legislation in January. EMI Ireland recently warned the Government that it would take legal action against the State if the Government did not address the problem, following its unsuccessful attempt to seek an injunction against UPC last October"

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Ireland to Fix Downloading Law for EMI

2phar 2phar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

2phar (137027) writes "The Irish Government is to publish an order early in the new year to allow music publishers, film producers and other parties to go to court to prevent ISPs from allowing their customers access to 'pirate' websites.

The government has written to music publisher EMI Ireland confirming the order will be published and incorporated into existing legislation in January. EMI Ireland recently warned the Government that it would take legal action against the State if the Government did not address the problem, following its unsuccessful attempt to seek an injunction against UPC last October"

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Ireland to Tackle Illegal Downloading by Governmen

2phar 2phar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

2phar (137027) writes "The Irish Government is to publish an order early in the new year to allow music publishers, film producers and other parties to go to court to prevent ISPs from allowing their customers access to 'pirate' websites.

The government has written to music publisher EMI Ireland confirming the order will be published and incorporated into existing legislation in January. EMI Ireland recently warned the Government that it would take legal action against the State if the Government did not address the problem."

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Oracle Wins $1.3 Billion Verdict for SAP Downloads

2phar 2phar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

2phar (137027) writes "Oracle Corp. has won a $1.3 billion jury verdict against rival SAP AG, the world’s largest maker of business application software, for copyright infringement. The jury yesterday awarded the damages after an 11-day trial in federal court in Oakland, California. Oracle sued SAP in 2007 claiming its U.S.-based unit made hundreds of thousands of illegal downloads and several thousand copies of Oracle’s software to avoid paying licensing fees and steal customers.

Oracle said in its lawsuit that the copyrighted software was used by SAP’s U.S.-based TomorrowNow unit to offer technical support to customers of companies that were acquired by Oracle, to lure the customers to buy products from SAP, and to deprive Oracle of support revenue for future product development."

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Synthetic Genome Brings New Life to Bacterium

2phar 2phar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

2phar (137027) writes "The journal Science reports that the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) has achieved the stepwise creation of a bacterial chromosome and the successful transfer of it into a bacterium, where it replaced the native DNA. Powered by the synthetic genome, that microbial cell then began replicating and making a new set of proteins.

This is "a defining moment in the history of biology and biotechnology," says Mark Bedau, a philosopher at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and editor of the scientific journal Artificial Life. "It represents an important technical milestone in the new field of synthetic genomics," says yeast biologist Jef Boeke of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland."

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ISP Must reveal OpenBitTorrent operator identity

2phar 2phar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

2phar (137027) writes "An ISP must hand over the identity of the operator behind OpenBitTorrent, a court in Sweden ruled yesterday. The ISP must now reveal the identity of its customer, operator of probably the world's largest torrent tracker, to Hollywood movie companies or face a hefty fine.

“OpenBitTorrent is used for file sharing, and we suspect that it is the Pirate Bay tracker with a new name. It is added by default on all of the torrent tracker files on Pirate Bay,” Hollywood lawyer Monique Wadsted said in an earlier comment.

The ruling covers the customer behind the IP addresses 188.126.64.2 and 188.126.64.3 and/or any other IP addresses in Portlane’s entire range (188.126.64.0 – 188.126.95.255) which have been allocated to tracker.openbittorrent.com since August 28, 2009."

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BP OK's Kevin Costner's oil-cleaning device

2phar 2phar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

2phar (137027) writes "BP has approved actor Kevin Costner’s Ocean Therapy device to help the company attempt to clean up the Gulf of Mexico after its Deepwater Horizon drill rig exploded, sank and began gushing copious amounts of oil into the water.

“The machines are basically sophisticated centrifuge devices that can handle a huge volume of water and separate at unprecedented rates,” Ocean Therapy Solutions CEO John Houghtaling said. “They were developed from older centrifuge technology. Normal centrifuge machines are very slow and sensitive to different ratios of oil to water mixtures at intake."

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Facebook takes over from pr0n

2phar 2phar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

2phar (137027) writes "An online revolution that has seen social networking sites such as Facebook take over from pornography as the dominant feature on the Web will be a major topic of a global summit on the Internet in Dublin this week. The recent study published by Bill Tancer, general manager of global research at Hitwise and columnist for Time magazine, has found that for the first in the history of the Internet, pornography has been surpassed as the single biggest online activity."
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Reading Kafka Improves Learning

2phar 2phar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

2phar (137027) writes "According to research by psychologists at UC Santa Barbara and the University of British Columbia, exposure to the surrealism in, say, Kafka's "The Country Doctor" or Lynch's "Blue Velvet" enhances the cognitive mechanisms that oversee implicit learning functions. "The idea is that when you're exposed to a meaning threat — something that fundamentally does not make sense — your brain is going to respond by looking for some other kind of structure within your environment," said Travis Proulx, a postdoctoral researcher at UCSB and co-author of the article."
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Court strikes down Patriot Act NSL provision

2phar 2phar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

2phar (137027) writes "A federal appeals court ruling late Monday is the cause célèbre of the American Civil Liberties Union, as another provision of the Bush administration's Patriot Act falls to the judicial system. Until the ruling, recipients of so-called "national security letters" were legally forbidden from speaking out."
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