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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

Antipater Re:Beta (238 comments)

And yet, the number of on-topic comments hasn't increased, either. It's not that people are getting accustomed to beta, it's that they're leaving.

We're locked into the current two-party system by the very nature of first-past-the-poll voting. We're more-or-less locked into Youtube by its sheer mass: your average Joe doesn't have the server space or $$ to hold all that video content like Google does.

We're not locked into slashdot. We have nostalgic feelings for it, but that's all.

about 2 months ago
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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

Antipater Re:Community Was Right (232 comments)

So you're saying that only Troy Barnes, the Truest Repairman, can save us from Beta?

about 2 months ago
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Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

Antipater Re:Kind of like slashdot (221 comments)

I'm trying a new tack - contacting outside media. If Alice Hill doesn't read her own email or /. comments, maybe she reads tech news in other places. If tech bloggers elsewhere start writing about slashdot's impending demise, she (or her boss, maybe) might take notice.

Anyone have any journalist friends?

about 2 months ago
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Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

Antipater Re:Editors are scared (156 comments)

OMG Ponies also lasted a day. If Beta is a February Fools Joke, I don't think many people are amused.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console

Antipater Re:Dice have already written off Slashdot (116 comments)

I think the first and easiest solution is just the /r/slashdot subreddit. A suitable standalone replacement could be decided upon once there and free of the threat of Beta.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console

Antipater They're designing Amazon Beta (116 comments)

Amazon's redesigning their site. They're removing the whole shopping functionality. beta.amazon.com will simply show you pictures of things you might want to buy, one at a time with blinding whitespace surrounding all the pictures. You can't actually buy them, though.

about 2 months ago
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Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

Antipater Re:Everyone reads the comments, idiots (271 comments)

Even Hugh Pickens' submission today was about Beta. The widespread and general crowd-hate may have been passed off by Dice as just groupthink and circlejerking, like the rage when Facebook changes up profile settings. But now that the site's most prolific/published submitter has threatened to leave, I hope that at least gives them pause.

about 2 months ago
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Once Slashdot Classic is turned off, what tech site should I visit daily?

Antipater Re:Reddit (8 comments)

I wonder if you could set a subreddit so it maxed comments at +5.

about 2 months ago
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Got Malware? The FBI Wants It

Antipater Re:WHY Beta? (93 comments)

There was a guy with a pretty insightful point on a few stories yesterday. His thought was that Beta is exactly what you'd look for in a site designed for CIOs and other C-level types who want to skim tech news. Just the headlines, summaries, maybe a few comments, then move on to the next. Ads specifically tailored to C-levels apparently pay more (dunno if that's true), so if they throw away their whole userbase but gain a bunch of CIO readers, they still make the same $$.

about 2 months ago
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Weird Asteroid Itokawa Has a Dual Personality

Antipater Re: NO (61 comments)

It wasn't there for me. As I said in other posts, I apparently got an even worse version than usual - there was no sidebar or footer, so no Slashdot Classic link. All I could see was the header and the stories.

about 2 months ago
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North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

Antipater Re:Fuck BEta (252 comments)

Yup. Keep the Beta hate-train rolling. We do not want that shit.

about 2 months ago
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Weird Asteroid Itokawa Has a Dual Personality

Antipater Re:Maybe (61 comments)

Oh, thank god, I'm out. And thank you for the link - it most definitely was not there in the footer on my screen. Then again, I had no sidebar on it either (the tutorial/tips that popped up were pointing at a nonexistent sidebar), so it was probably just broken more than normal.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat

Antipater yes (131 comments)

If this is "fine", I don't even want to know what you considered "half-baked". Stories and commenting are literally the only functions available. I can't access my profile, log in/out, look at messages, or see the poll. Hell, it doesn't even show users' sigs.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat

Antipater re: (131 comments)

Poll? What poll? There's a slashdot button at the top, and the rest of the page is just stories over the whole width.

about 2 months ago
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Weird Asteroid Itokawa Has a Dual Personality

Antipater re: NO (61 comments)

I had never seen the Beta site, so I was curious what all the fuss was about; it couldn't be that bad! I clicked the beta link, and now I can't get OUT! There's no un-beta link, and I'm auto-redirected back to beta every time. What the actual fuck.

about 2 months ago
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Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?

Antipater Re:We need nuclear. (551 comments)

Greenhouse gas generation (water vapor (steam) is a greenhouse gas and comprises 70% of the total greenhouse effect).

Pumping water vapor into the atmosphere does not increase the greenhouse effect. The air becomes saturated, and the excess water falls out as rain.

about 2 months ago
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Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?

Antipater Re:Absofuckinglutely. (551 comments)

I'd just like to know the world I hand down to my children and grandchildren doesn't include stories about "those funny switches on the wall which don't do anything." Because that's the road we are on.

See, that dystopian future just won't happen. We're not going to just wake up one day and find that there's no coal left in the ground, and whoopsie, we can't power the world anymore! It's an asymptote, not a brick wall. Coal reserves are going to disappear slowly, and new coal will be harder to find and more expensive to mine. So the price of coal will rise, gradually. And just as gradually, people will start getting power from sources that used to be more expensive than coal, but aren't anymore since the price of coal went up. We're watching that happen right now: coal prices are going up and natural gas prices are going down, and the big players are shifting from one to the other.

We'll all end up on renewable tech eventually, as fossil fuels become more expensive through dwindling supply. The point is that we should work so that "eventually" becomes "soon", for reasons of pollution and climate change. It's not because we're going to run out.

about 2 months ago
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Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

Antipater Re:bad idea (593 comments)

As if Ham somehow speaks for all the people who might believe in Creationism?

Um, yes. For all of his congregation, anyway. That's why you have a publicized debate in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

Antipater Re:It could be educational. (593 comments)

What do I do - oh worshipers of the intelligence of Slashdot? He IS smarter than me and he holds those beliefs.

He's your father, and he will likely die before you do. You let him hold his beliefs, and you just keep him from imparting them on your children.

about 2 months ago

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CmdrTaco: Anti-Beta Movement a "Vocal Minority"

Antipater Antipater writes  |  about 2 months ago

Antipater (2053064) writes "The furor over Slashdot Beta is loud enough that even outside media has begun to notice. The Washington Post's tech blog The Switch has written a piece on the issue, and the anti-Beta protesters aren't going to be happy about it. The Post questioned Slashdot founder Rob Malda, who believes the protests are the work of only a vocal minority or readers: "It's easy to forget that the vocal population of a community driven site like Slashdot might be the most important group, but they are typically also the smallest class of users." The current caretakers of Slashdot need to balance the needs of all users with their limited engineering resources, Malda argues — noting wryly, "It ain't easy.""
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Congressmen Call For Clapper's Head

Antipater Antipater writes  |  about 3 months ago

Antipater (2053064) writes "Six members of Congress, led by Darrell Issa, have released an open letter to the White House that urges the President to go further in his intended reforms of the NSA. The letter, found here, calls out issues like the NSA's weakening of encryption standards and national security letter abuse. It also calls for the immediate firing of James Clapper, stating that "[his] continued role as Director of National Intelligence is incompatible with the goal of restoring trust in our security programs and ensuring the highest level of transparency.""
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NSA Metadata Program Has Stopped Zero Attacks

Antipater Antipater writes  |  about 4 months ago

Antipater (2053064) writes "According to a member of the White House panel that recently called for the NSA's metadata-collection program to be curtailed, that program has not stopped any terrorist actions at all. This runs counter to the stories we've heard for months, which claimed as many as fifty prevented attacks.

"Stone declined to comment on the accuracy of public statements by U.S. intelligence officials about the telephone collection program, but said that when they referred to successes they seemed to be mixing the results of domestic metadata collection with the intelligence derived from the separate, and less controversial, NSA program, known as 702, to intercept communications overseas.""

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Former Microsoft Exec to Lead HealthCare.gov

Antipater Antipater writes  |  about 4 months ago

Antipater (2053064) writes "NBCNews reports that Kurt DelBene, former head of Microsoft's Office division, will take over operations of Healthcare.gov on Wednesday.

DelBene will replace Jeffrey Zients, who stepped in to lead the team fixing the health insurance website when it crashed and burned on its Oct. 1 launch. Zients is set to take over next month as senior White House economic adviser from Gene Sperling.

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Enclosed by Censorship, Myanmar Creates "Copy Track" Pop Culture

Antipater Antipater writes  |  about 7 months ago

Antipater (2053064) writes "NBCNews is reporting on pop culture in recently-opened Myanmar, long dominated by a military junta with a strict quarantine of censorship. Hit songs from the outside world could not pass the censors, so Myanma artists would replace the vocals with censor-friendly lyrics in Burmese, creating what they call a "copy track". The country's only IP legislation dates back to British colonial times, and most Burmese don't even know that they're listening to a stolen tune.

“Of course, it’s stealing. But the general public has no idea,” said Diramore, a 39-year-old pop singer, composer and associate professor at Myanmar’s National University of Arts and Culture. “They’ve never heard the song. So, to them, it’s a hit."

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Farmer Ants Use Parasites as Mercenary Soldiers

Antipater Antipater writes  |  about 7 months ago

Antipater (2053064) writes "Scientists have discovered a relationship between ant species that echoes stories of the Wild West or Seven Samurai. Past research had assumed that Megalomyrmex ants were parasites of the fungus-growing Sericomyrmex ants. But Rachelle Adams at the University of Copenhagen found that rather than simply feeding off the farmers, the Megalomyrmex serve as a hired defense force. When the nest is approached by hostile raiders, the Sericomyrmex run and hide, while the Megalomyrmex rush out to fight and defend their hosts."
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787 Dreamliner On Fire Again

Antipater Antipater writes  |  about 9 months ago

Antipater (2053064) writes "It looks like there's more trouble afoot for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner: London's Heathrow Airport has been shut down as fire crews attend to a "suspected fire" on a Dreamliner owned by Ethiopia Airlines.

Aerial pictures of the scene on the U.K.'s Sky News showed the new plane — which was not carrying passengers at the time — had been sprayed by foam, but there were no signs of fire.
The aircraft was not blocking either runway, but with all the airport's fire crews tacking the Boeing 787 incident, authorities were forced to suspend departures and arrivals because of safety rules.

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Disney Wants to Track You With RFID

Antipater Antipater writes  |  about a year ago

Antipater (2053064) writes "Disney parks and resorts have long had a system that combined your room key, credit card, and park ticket into a single card. Now, they're taking it a step further by turning the card into an RFID wristband (called a "MagicBand"), tracking you, and personalizing your park experience, targeted-ad style.

"Imagine booking guaranteed ride times for your favorite shows and attractions even before setting foot in the park," wrote Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in a blog posting on Monday. "With MyMagic+, guests will be able to do that and more, enabling them to spend more time together and creating an experience that’s better for everyone."

Disney does go on to talk about all the things you can opt out of if you have privacy concerns, and the whole system seems to be voluntary or even premium."
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New Species of Monkey Flower Shows Speciation in Action

Antipater Antipater writes  |  about 2 years ago

Antipater (2053064) writes "NBCNews is reporting on a hybrid of two monkey flowers, which has evolved to become fertile. It will breed with other flowers of the new hybrid type, but not other monkey flowers — a clearly distinguished new species, showing speciation on a macroscopic scale. From the article:

"While many new species of plants are thought to arise this way, it has only been witnessed amongst wild plants a handful of times in history, said Vallejo-Marin, a scientist at the University of Stirling. Hybrid flowers typically have an odd number of chromosomes, or enormous packets of DNA, making them unable to reproduce. But this flower somehow duplicated its entire genome. "

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Researchers Design Memory-Strengthening Implant

Antipater Antipater writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Antipater writes "Researchers at Wake Forest University have created a brain implant that can imitate signals through the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory retention. Rats implanted with the device were able to remember information even after their hippocampus was shut down, reports the New York Times. Though still in its infancy, this technology could hopefully be used to help treat dementia or stroke victims."
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Physical, Emotional Pain Use Same Brain Networks

Antipater Antipater writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Antipater writes "To the brain, heartbreak and emotional torment are no different from having hot coffee spilled on your hand, reports CNN. They cite a recent study from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in which 40 recently-dumped men and women underwent fMRI scans while having their arm burned or being shown a picture of their ex. The stimuli produced nearly identical brain reactions."
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Multicellular Organisms Live Deeper than Expected

Antipater Antipater writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Antipater writes "Despite the prevailing notion that life cannot survive deep underground, scientists have found not just extremophile bacteria but multicellular organisms — nematodes — living more than a mile deep in South African gold mines. Nicknamed "worms from hell", these nematodes open new windows for research into life both on Earth and off."
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War over Arsenic-Based Life

Antipater Antipater writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Antipater writes "Slashdot readers may remember the announcement and ensuing controversy six months ago over the NASA discovery of microbes that can supposedly incorporate arsenic into their DNA. Now, The Washington Post reports that Science has published a collection of eight scathing critiques of astrobiologist Felisa Wolfe-Simon, her methods, and her conclusions. Wolfe-Simon is starting to fire back and gather her own allies — one wonders if we're in for another cold-fusion style science war."
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