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CmdrTaco Launches Trove, a Curated News Startup

Mushdot Re:Nice CSS/Javascript on your reddit clone (221 comments)

Well said. It'll not be long before there are sponsored articles polluting your trove and scandal about top curator's pushing their own news agenda.

about 8 months ago

A New Year, a New Mobile Experience

Mushdot Re:Dear Gaurav (18 comments)

Apologies, I spelled your name wrong in the Subject.

about a year and a half ago

A New Year, a New Mobile Experience

Mushdot Dear Guarav (18 comments)

'Beautiful' and 'rich' are Web 2.0 buzzwords which I would not expect to see used in a Slashdot announcement.

For a second I don't believe you used a single piece of real user feedback to design and build the mobile site, otherwise it wouldn't be the slow, awful mess it is.

There seem to be a few features missing which one would expect to be there from the beginning. Two examples: Press and hold link to open in a new tab. Deep linking so when you are re-directed to the mobile site you actually go to the article you originally clicked on and not the home page.

Whenever a site recommends a particular browser to use for viewing, alarm bells should start ringing. If the site is compliant there should be no need to favour one browser over another.

You've designed the mobile site exclusively for touch devices, alienating a lot of people who still have normal mobile phones. And, you couldn't even get that right as there seem to be quite a few issues e.g scrolling gestures being interpreted as clicks.

Slashdot is supposed to be the stomping ground for the best tech heads on the web. However it looks like none of them actually work for Slashdot.

I wonder how many times Slashdot can piss off their userbase before they leave?

about a year and a half ago

Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

Mushdot Re:Live traffic data. (279 comments)

I've been told two things, neither of which may be true, but 1) seems the most likely:

1. TomTom Traffic and others have a 3G connection. They talk to the local mobile masts and Tom Tom can use the location data to estimate traffic volume.

2. TomTom buys mobile phone location data from mobile phone companies to estimate congestion based on the number of phones moving between base stations.

about 2 years ago

The Worst Job At Google: a Year of Watching Terrible Things On the Internet

Mushdot Re:The word "Worst" is relative (535 comments)

The problem is that repeated viewing of these kinds of images can de-sensitise a person enough to affect their personality.

A friend of mine is a child psychiatrist and she told me that the uk serious crimes unit have specialist child porn officers who have to sift through thousands of images on a day-to-day basis. They are only allowed to do this for a maximum of (if IRC) six months before they are taken off the job and a lot are given therapy because they become so traumatised by it.

They do this because they found that after a while people can not only become de-sensitised to it but they can actually start to be aroused and find they like what they are viewing.

about 2 years ago

Most Game Console Power Draw Comes From Time Spent Idling

Mushdot Re:Switch (249 comments)

Same here, if I'm not using it and it doesn't have to be on, then it will be powered off.

A few posts have mentioned the minimal cost to leave things on standby, but multiply that by millions of people ...

more than 2 years ago

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 30th Anniversary

Mushdot Re:I Think I Speak For All North Americans... (212 comments)

I always thought a lot of C64 games, though colourful had really blocky looking graphics. The Spectrum seemed to have better detail, but with the drawback it was mostly in monochrome.

In the Spectrum's later years programmers came up with a few clever tricks to get the appearance of full colour graphics. If I recall, Uridium's title screen had a full colour title? JetSet Willy and Gilligans Gold are two games with a soundtrack - can't think of anymore though!

more than 2 years ago

Kim Jong-Il Was an "Internet Expert"

Mushdot Re:Obituary (238 comments)

Don't forget he also took an arrow to the knee but *remained* an adventurer.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft To Back Kinect-Based Startups

Mushdot Re:Rip-off central (200 comments)

I wondered this too. I think it's a great idea as a tool for people to learn sign language. Not sure if the Kinect has the ability to pick out small changes in finger movement though?

more than 2 years ago

The Register Email Address Blunder

Mushdot Re:Omitted from summary (70 comments)

Thanks for replying. I agree this is something they should be panned for, especially as they are always taking other companies to task over the same mistake, but by owning up to it almost immediately and also reporting themselves to the ICO I feel they have at least done what they could under the circumstances and I think that should have been mentioned in the summary.

Ok, maybe their hand was forced to admit the mistake due to three and a half thousand potential whistle blowers, but at least they did it and owned up to the fact in record time. It will be interesting to see how they report future data leaks - perhaps a humble pie icon each time!

more than 2 years ago

The Register Email Address Blunder

Mushdot Re:Omitted from summary (70 comments)

We should be able to moderate submitters on accuracy of headline and summary. Tim99 obviously left out the bit about the ICO to make his FAIL point.

more than 2 years ago

Developer Seeks FDA Approval For Therapeutic Game

Mushdot I assume (48 comments)

There is no single player version. Co-op/multi only :-)

more than 2 years ago

UK Men Get 4 Years For Trying to Incite Riots Via Facebook

Mushdot Re:No sense at all (400 comments)

Blackshaw created a Facebook event entitled 'Smash d[o]wn in Northwich Town' for August 8 but only the police showed up, and arrested him.

He deserved four years for his piss poor organisation.

On a serious note, I think that Blackshaw should perhaps have got two years max (he did create a page which tried to encourage rioting in his home town), but the other bloke perhaps six months for being a drunken dick(he took his page down as soon as he woke up sober.)

However as others have commented I'm sure the sentences will be reduced on appeal once the country has calmed down.

about 3 years ago

Anonymous To Release Sun, News of the World Emails

Mushdot Compromising the investigation (363 comments)

While I'm quite enjoying what Anonymous/Lulzsec are doing, I hope it does not compromise the criminal investigations that are to follow.

more than 3 years ago

Using Facial Recognition To Find the Best Bar

Mushdot Re:Possible failure case? (136 comments)

I wonder how long before bars are allowed to pay a little extra to game the system e.g. tell males the bar is full of women or vice versa.

I can see promotions working quite well with this system too - "The next two men to come to this bar will get a free drink- hurry!"

more than 3 years ago

Cyanogenmod Puts Users in Control of Permissions

Mushdot Re:So That's What Slashdot Is Today (170 comments)

It would be nice if the control was a lot more fine grained within each access type e.g. Do you want to allow the app internet access to a specific URL (for example for high scores) and block any other internet access.

It unnerves me a little to see most apps requesting access to your contacts, internet etc without a more detailed explanation why.

more than 3 years ago

Afghanistan Called First "Robotic War"

Mushdot Re:is there anybody here... (288 comments)

Fair point, but history has repeatedly shown that you cannot wade into another culture and change it within a short amount of time, no matter how wrong you think it is.

The US and other countries (mine, the UK included) think that they can, which is why we have so many terrorists running around.

more than 3 years ago

German Foreign Office Going Back To Windows

Mushdot Mein Gott! (901 comments)

I guess this demonstrates Microsoft's skill in making it extremely difficult to move from their systems, even a few years down the line.

Surely the money they will spend moving back to Windows could be used to pay people to finish off the missing interoperability they are complaining about?

more than 3 years ago


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