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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More

Koen Lefever Re:Hi (179 comments)

What's a vm? Will this run on my dell win8 laptop ok, without ruining my current setup?

Virtual Machine, yes a VM will run on your computer and allow you to test ReactOS safely.

about 6 months ago
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Britain's Eastern Coast Yields Oldest Human Footprints Outside Africa

Koen Lefever Re:old news (120 comments)

old news... It was everywhere Thursday. Salshdot is really pathetic now, even the non beta page...

It doesn't matter if it is old news, it doesn't matter if it is a dupe, it doesn't matter if the linked article is lame, it doesn't matter that some posters are trolls or shills.

What does matter is: is there an intelligent/insightful discussion by the community? I learned a lot over the past 16 years by reading comments here.

Unfortunately, that does not seem to matter to Dice, who wants /. to be a "B2B social network". If the Beta (which has the comments section as an afterthought, in stead of as the starting point of the redesign) goes live and Classic gets disabled, it will only be "Slashdot" in name.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Koen Lefever Re: That's still limited (876 comments)

The roman alphabet is mostly phonetic.

Indeed, except in English.

Ghoti: gh, pronounced /f/ as in tough; o, pronounced /I/ as in women; ti, pronounced /sh/ as in nation: read aloud as "fish".

Ghoti: gh as in though; o as in people; t as in ballet; i as in business: read aloud as ... silence.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Koen Lefever Re:I think IBM is working on it (876 comments)

Imagine it is 1870 and someone hands you E = M.C.squared. How many years would it take a person to figure out just what the equation described?

About minus 90 years?

about 6 months ago
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iWatch Prototypes Could Be Ready, Apple Hires Fitness Physiologists For Tests

Koen Lefever Re:They've responded! (100 comments)

Please keep it coming.

That is exactly what we are doing. You'll see what happens when we stop keeping it coming between February 10th and 17th.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Koen Lefever Re:The Real Travesty (2219 comments)

The real travesty has been the constant hijacking of threads with redesign whine. If I had hit the mod point lottery in the past few days the off-topic button would have broken.

Without over two days of thread hijacking we wouldn't even had this discussion here. We did what was necessary for the survival of Slashdot. Ask the people who DID have mod points: they used their excellent karma to mod posts like "Mod parent -1 ontopic" up to +5.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Koen Lefever Re:Meh. (2219 comments)

I see critiques about the current system all the time. There are things broken, things that could be made better, etc.

Indeed. The work that was put in creating the Beta would have been better put in fixing the current site gradually without alienating the user base.

We want unicode, we don't want stock photos. I don't know how to explain something like that to an MBA, but everybody around here can understand it.

We want a powerful comment system, anything that does not have that as a starting point is wrong. That is something you can explain to an MBA, just call it "strategy". Put it in the mission statement of Slashdot Media: the comments system is holy.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Koen Lefever Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

UX research

You make it sound as if it is a science.

Here's a clue for you: slashdot users can tell the difference between hype and marketing speak versus facts.

about 6 months ago
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Major Internet Censorship Bill Passes In Turkey

Koen Lefever Re:NoBeta! (104 comments)

OK, I'll take being a whiney cunt with a big smile, just because you wrote that the Beta blows & is a travesty.

Thanks for joining the fight on our side (even if that is not what you intended to achieve).

about 6 months ago
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Major Internet Censorship Bill Passes In Turkey

Koen Lefever Re:NoBeta! (104 comments)

No, he is not. He is defending the existence of Slashdot.

Anyway, just wait until February 10th: then you'll have a whole week of stories without any comments, except perhaps for some cowards like you who have nothing to say but "first post".

about 6 months ago
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QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

Koen Lefever Re:Beta feedback helps (197 comments)

Believe me, we're well aware of what everybody is discussing.

Is that why suddenly our comments get massively downmodded now?

Folks with mod point get the complaints to +5 and suddenly they are back to "0 Offtopic".

about 6 months ago
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QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

Koen Lefever Re:donotwant Slashdot Beta (197 comments)

Dice, Editors, your silence is deafening!

Their actions speak loud enough: they are mass-downmodding all Beta comments.

We post these things because we care. Our overlords are trying to stop making us care.

For posteriority: many of these "-1 offtopic" and "0 offtopic" posts that you see in today's threads were at one point "+5 interesting", "+5 insightful" or "+5 funny". That was the opinion of the people with mod points, what you see now is what the editors were told to do by Dice management.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console

Koen Lefever Re:Boycott (116 comments)

The slashdot editors are mass-downmodding the Beta comments.

We post these things because we care. Our overlords are trying to stop making us care.

For posteriority: most these "-1 offtopic" and "0 offtopic" posts that you see in this thread were at one point "+5 interesting", "+5 insightful" or "+5 funny". That was the opinion of the people with mod points, what you see now is what the editors were told to do by Dice management.

about 6 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

Koen Lefever Re:Slashdot death rattle (250 comments)

someone please post where we all going to move to.

Check out AltSlashdot.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console

Koen Lefever Boycott (116 comments)

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet.

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.

Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project. We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta Commentors - only discuss Beta http://slashdot.org/recent - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

Captcha: fuckbeta

http://developers.slashdot.org... http://developers.slashdot.org... http://yro.slashdot.org/commen... http://science.slashdot.org/co...

about 6 months ago
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Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

Koen Lefever Re:Sad news (204 comments)

Mod -1 ontopic.

about 6 months ago
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NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

Koen Lefever Re:NO! (127 comments)

I don't come here for the stories, I come here for the comments. Whatever trolling is going on, there always was somebody with relevant knowledge around.

I have been reading /. since 1998 almost every day (changed userID when I changed e-mail address), loading everything in full at level 0 and summaries at level -1 (not because I love trolls, but because some really interesting AC comments never get modded up.) In the Beta, it just doesn't work like that anymore - that is a big difference with all previous /. restylings.

Filled in the survey, like many others did, it seems we are being ignored. I would rather go back to a monochrome 40 character width screen than to the /. beta.

about 6 months ago
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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

Koen Lefever Re:Over 30 years (160 comments)

Too little, too late? You missed the target methinks.

Yeah, that much is obvious. I really expected the PC to tank - after all we already had superior architectures, like MC68000 (obviously) and Z8000 (that would have been flamebait back then) and NS32000 was just around the corner.

It was the first time I witnessed how hype and a brand name could trump quality, especially because IBM had deliberately chosen a crippled processor (8088 was a 8086 with an 8-bit bus) - that was a harsh lesson.

They dictated the architecture which is on desks these days

Indeed, that's what I'm whining about. I guess I'll have to get over it some day.

about 6 months ago

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Academics Against Mass Surveillance speak out

Koen Lefever Koen Lefever writes  |  about 7 months ago

Koen Lefever (2543028) writes "Over 250 Academics Against Mass Surveillance demand American and European security agencies to stop large scale monitoring of the population: "The signatories of this declaration call upon nation states to take action. Intelligence agencies must be subjected to transparency and accountability. People must be free from blanket mass surveillance conducted by intelligence agencies from their own or foreign countries. States must effectively protect everyone's fundamental rights and freedoms, and particularly everyone's privacy. ""

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