Amazon: Authors Can't Review Books
The problem isn't "non professional" reviewers, it's the fact that anyone with an account can review, regardless if they've purchased or not.
I've had this argument a lot where I work. Our customers can only review a product if they've purchased the product. Moreover, they have to wait several weeks until they're invited to review. This cuts out A LOT of the noise.
Unfortunately, it also severely limits the feedback you get (which is why Amazon allows anyone to "review" something).
It's not a perfect solution, but professional reviewers are far to costly and far to slow.
Slashdot Launches Re-Design
I like the clean up a lot. Most of the site is a lot easier on the eyes.
That said, as a UX designer, my one nit is the text wrapping.
The huge center columns are, and have been, a little hard to read. Eyes have a hard time tracking across really long sentences. It would be nice they wrapped sooner for users with large browser windows. Really long lines of text are kind of typography / page layout no-no.
Aside from that, nice work!
Want Flash Player On a MacBook Air? Download It Yourself
I'm a flash developer, and from what I remember, the Mac version of flash doesn't auto update. But maybe I'm wrong.
That said, others need to start doing this if we're going to migrate to HTML 5. Flash 9+ has something like 99% penitration. It's just too damn easy to develop with flash. It's a POS, but you know your products will get to your end users.
Microsoft Losing Big To Apple On Campus
I'm sorry, but you're just plain wrong. Find something with comparable specs, and it's going to cost you about the same amount of money. Moreover, Apple sweetens the pot for student with a 15% discount a lot of very nice free software and, as I recall, a free $100 - $200 dollar printer and or iPod Touch. Ohh, and two stickers.
Moreover, in my experience, Macs tend to depreciate slower and last a bit longer then my Dells.
Closing Time At Microsoft's Campus Pub
Ehh, I don't know. If I have 1 beer with lunch, spend the following hour trying to fight the urge to take nap. I might as well eat a Tylenol PM sandwich.
iTunes DRM-Free Files Contain Personal Info
I'll be happy once Apple allows me to strip the DRM off of my 128kps files locally. I'm a music junkie, and I really don't feel like paying $200 to "upgrade" and re-download hundreds of songs. It would be nice if I could (legally) do it locally for free.
I guess someone is trying to make a quick buck.
Computer Mouse Heading For Extinction
Yes, but many people will be looking down at their hands all day long, which is not the wisest position if you care about ergonomics. (Hence my comment about neck strain.) You generally want people to be looking at something eye level. There is a LOT of ergonomic research to back this up.