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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Phroggy Re:Small beer (214 comments)

Right now no one knows the opinion of those 2307 people so it can't be reported on.

In case you've been sleeping under a rock, this is the 21st Century. Not knowing something doesn't stop the media from reporting on it.

about a week ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Phroggy Re:Sloppy code (445 comments)

Feel free to start such a team, and get that competing implementation going.

about a week ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Phroggy Re:code review idea (445 comments)

If you need to add exceptions to get a tool to work... the tool is wrong for the job.

Well yeah - that's why you add exceptions: to indicate that this tool shouldn't be used for that job, because it's the wrong tool for the job.

about a week ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Phroggy Re:Not malicious but not honest? (445 comments)

Exactly this. I feel its worth pointing out that the code was reviewed, and the reviewer missed the bug too.

about a week ago

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Phroggy Re:Will he still be an egomaniac? (193 comments)

steven colbert doesn't even have an 'act' without his schtick.. and with or without it, he's gonna crash and burn, conan-style, in the big chair. i give it a year, tops, before someone else is brought in and colbert is chased back to cable.

He doesn't have an act, that you've seen. Have you ever seen him out of character? The man is brilliant, and I'm excited to see what he does with the new role.

about a week ago

UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Phroggy Re:Cottage Industry Software (341 comments)

"...We recommend that Microsoft Access be used solely for development purposes and not for production." - Microsoft

about two weeks ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Phroggy Re:No.... (824 comments)

After Firefox dropped support for the blink style, I implemented a workaround in JavaScript. It's not as elegant as I'd like, but it's functional.

about three weeks ago

Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Phroggy Re:does it add up? (436 comments)

But why bother using up fuel saving the plane for later use when you can just fly into your target immediately? It's not that easy to land, refuel and take off in a plane that size unnoticed.

You're assuming the desired target is within range...

about a month ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Phroggy Re:Thank you for replying Timothy (2219 comments)

Thanks for your response. Keep them coming.

What I think would help the most is to display a small box at the top of every page on the beta site that lists all the major problems you've identified that you know have to be fixed before the new site can become the default. Ideally, each one should be a link to a page that explains the problem in more detail. This will help us to understand that you really are listening, and trust you not to plow ahead with something that's obviously currently broken.

The problem isn't that the beta site is broken. The problem is that we don't trust you to fix it, because we don't understand why you broke it in the first place and we're afraid you don't think it's broken. Please, put our fears to rest! :-)

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Phroggy Re:We're not the audience! (2219 comments)

We are not the audience. We are the performers!

Well put!

What I said in another comment: Nobody comes here to read your content. They come here to read ours.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Phroggy Re:Comment filter (2219 comments)

I tried the beta this morning. There was no obvious way to show only the comments rated 4* and above. There are ways of seeing funny or insightful posts, but you don't get to control how many.

Did you notice the little gear menu, to the right of the links for funny/insightful/etc.?

What does seem to be missing is collapsed comments - comments that are scored below a certain threshold being displayed as a single line that I can click on to expand them.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Phroggy Re:No. (2219 comments)

I don't think you have understood. We don't want you to slow down. We want you to stop; reverse; appologise for being so out of touch with your user base; and promise to never do anything so stupid again.

Not quite. That's what we THINK we want. What we REALLY want is slightly different.

We don't want you to say you'll slow down, because we hear that as "continue to do exactly the same boneheaded thing you were going to do, just delayed for awhile."

But we don't really want you to stop and go backwards. What we want is for you to make sure that you're not leaving anything important behind when you do move forward. Lots of us have our own little irritations with things we consider to be "broken" in the beta site - my big one is that I couldn't see a way to set up abbreviated comments (where I see only a single line for comments that are scored below my threshold, but I can click on it if I decide I want to expand any specific comment). I have that now, but on the beta site, it appears to be missing. Others have complained about other functionality that seems to be missing. We need to be assured that you're not going to plow ahead without these features.

That doesn't mean you have to go backwards, because Lord knows the old site has some issues that need fixing. But remember that if you alienate your user base in an attempt to attract more users, you'll be left with nothing, because the existing user base is the only thing that makes Slashdot worth a damn. Nobody comes here to read your content, they come here to read ours.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Phroggy Re:And that's exactly what I asked for. (2219 comments)

I could go on with this list extensively, but know that your audience understands this kind of marketspeak and translate it immediately into "We follow this policy that we know you will hate because we think it will improve our revenue."

...EVEN IF THAT'S NOT HOW YOU MEANT IT. Understand that we'll translate it this way anyway, so be careful what you say.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Phroggy Re:And that's exactly what I asked for. (2219 comments)

The comment system isn't finished yet, that's for sure

But that's the most frustrating thing of all! This is /. Comments should have been the first thing you got right. The comments make the site.

Alternately, if you know the comment system isn't finished but want to get people testing everything else so you can fix those bugs first, great! Understand that the comments are what makes Slashdot worth anything, and therefore the comment system is the metric by which the average Slashdotter will judge everything else that you do. So, put a big obnoxious warning at the top of every page on the beta site saying "Hey guys, we know comments are broken, we're still working on that part! Please give us feedback on everything else for now. Specifically, we know we have the following problems which we plan to fix before rolling this out to everyone..."

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Phroggy Re:Why? (2219 comments)

Nonsense! Javascript slows down the browsing experience.

Or speeds it up, depending on how it's used. Sometimes a nice clean bit of JavaScript can eliminate the need for another page load, and a little AJAX query can quickly fill something in without the need to load a completely new copy of the entire page again. Of course JavaScript can also be used to do stupid annoying things, and on a site like this, they should definitely make sure the site degrades very well.

about 2 months ago

NPR Labs is Working on Emergency Alerts for the Deaf (Video)

Phroggy Re:And then it gets defunded (89 comments)

If NPR sounded less like MSNBC, I doubt the Republicans would bother with their pittance of the federal budget. NPR is so left wing that commercial talk radio is almost exclusively right wing.

I'm not sure if you never listen to NPR, or never watch MSNBC...

about 2 months ago

Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

Phroggy Re:Spell it out the first time (279 comments)

I used to expect a lot more from Slashdot, but now that none of the old-guard are left it's steadily and inexorably slipping in the same fashion that kuro5hin, The Register, and other tech sites have slipped.

The "old guard" editors didn't know how to do their jobs either. Note my user ID; I remember. I come here for the comments, not the articles.

about 3 months ago

Ancient Pompeii Diet Consisted of Giraffe and Other "Exotic'" Delicacies

Phroggy Re:maybe its good... (172 comments)

we really have no idea

Surely what giraffe meat tastes like is still known to mankind; it's not like they're extinct or anything...

As is so often the case, those of us posting here on Slashdot have no idea. Of course someone does, but we don't.

about 3 months ago

Need Directions? Might Not Want To Ask a Transit Rider

Phroggy Well sure... (97 comments)

If you ask a transit rider how to get there by car, they may not give you the best directions. Try asking them how to get there by bus. If they don't know the answer offhand, they certainly know how to quickly find out.

about 4 months ago



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