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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

TWiTfan Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

I hope you're right. But I sure didn't see it before. I even did a search, expanded out every sub-thread--nothing.

about 6 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

TWiTfan Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

You can't even see it if you expand out the "Why?" thread all the way. Here.

about 6 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

TWiTfan Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

I found an example. One of the them is comment #46185253. You can still see it here if you go to it manually. But if you go to the actual article, it's gone. It was under the top "Why?" thread. But now it's gone from the comments when you look at them in the article.

about 6 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

TWiTfan Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

That's a good idea.

about 6 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

TWiTfan Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

Quite a bit of constructive criticism has been offered (not just in the last two days, but for months now). The exact complaints are pretty damned clear at this point. The problem isn't that they aren't aware of the problems with the beta. The problem is that they've not been corrected, and now they're going to force the beta on us.

I personally don't care about the beta, as long as we can keep the Classic option. But if you're going to force it on me, at least make sure that you're not stripping functionality away from me. Add whatever dumb feature you like (as long as it doesn't get in my way), but don't take away my ability to see a simple comment list with replies and mods listed. Quite a few others have also complained about the lack of Unicode support, the annoying whitespace issues, and onerous javascript.

about 6 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

TWiTfan Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

You can't. The comment list is suddenly broken now too. I can only look at about the last 20 or so posts (the list end abruptly and there is no longer an option to go to the next page). But I looked back through the articles from this morning and can tell you that several of my posts that I know were there are suddenly gone.

about 6 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

TWiTfan Re:Wow, posted ten minutes ago and no comments (144 comments)

The comment listing is broken now too (only shows one page, with no "Next" option). And it looks like the editors are trying to delete posts and downmod all the beta posters. Guess they found the time to do all that in between listening to us and changing the beta based on our valued input.

about 6 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

TWiTfan Re:Is beta gone? (144 comments)

No, but Timothy has PROMISED that they'll listen to us, the audience, and CONSIDER our recommendations. Honest injun. Pinkie swear!

about 6 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

TWiTfan Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

They're also actually deleting posts now too. Quite a few of mine have disappeared. Amazing that they have time for this, what with all the effort they're putting into listening to us and modifying the beta accordingly.

about 6 months ago
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Graphene Conducts Electricity Ten Times Better Than Expected

TWiTfan Re:We don't know that. (161 comments)

The fast majority of the F*ck Beta comments are coming from ACs. For all we know that could be a single individual or even a bot.

No, actually, I've been surprised by the number of real posts here against the beta, some of them with some incredibly low UID's. Much as I hate the beta, even I never expected such an overwhelming response (and, believe me, I've been around here a lot longer than my UID would indicate).

about 6 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

TWiTfan Re:Slashdot Beta: Day Three (341 comments)

Beta makes Taco cry.

about 6 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

TWiTfan Re:in other news (341 comments)

You know, it's amazing that they have time to downmod all these beta threads, while frantically listening to us (the audience) and working to implement our valued suggestions all at the same time. Dice employees are such incredible multi-taskers.

about 6 months ago
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The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

TWiTfan Re:I don't think Dice realizes (234 comments)

Exactly. I have tried the beta out for months (checking it out from time to time) and I haven't noticed a single significant change since they put it up.

So tell us, Soulskill, what were those changes you referenced?

[crickets]

about 6 months ago
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The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

TWiTfan Re:I don't think Dice realizes (234 comments)

That's my biggest complaint. And all this BS about "We have to have our engineers work on it" is a joke. It's ALREADY AVAILABLE IN CLASSIC!! It's not something that requires a lot of work to implement, because the functionally is ALREADY THERE! They clearly made a conscious decision to remove it and now, despite months of complaints about it, still absolutely refuse to put this functionality back in the beta version.

about 6 months ago
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Not Just Healthcare.gov: NASA Has 'Significant Problems' With $2.5B IT Contract

TWiTfan Re:I don't understand (176 comments)

That wasn't a mea culpa, it was the digital equivalent of a form letter saying "Thanks, valued customer. We appreciate your input."

about 6 months ago
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Not Just Healthcare.gov: NASA Has 'Significant Problems' With $2.5B IT Contract

TWiTfan Re:I don't understand (176 comments)

Sorry - I don't understand the article. Too much text on the page confuses me.

And why are they letting the audience *comment* on it?? Shouldn't an audience just applaud politely?

about 6 months ago
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Not Just Healthcare.gov: NASA Has 'Significant Problems' With $2.5B IT Contract

TWiTfan Re:BETA looks like any other news site (176 comments)

We're just passive viewers to Dice. "To you, the lucky receivers of Dice's glorious semen, we dedicate this wonderful new beta site. It is our gift to you, the unwashed masses!"

about 6 months ago
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Not Just Healthcare.gov: NASA Has 'Significant Problems' With $2.5B IT Contract

TWiTfan Re:Just curious... (176 comments)

The funny thing is that for all this talk about "We're going to make changes based on your input" horseshit, I would almost be willing to bet that they hired a contractor to do the redesign and that he's already fulfilled his contract and left. I bet that they don't even have the capacity to change the design significantly at this point without hiring a new contractor to do it.

about 6 months ago
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Not Just Healthcare.gov: NASA Has 'Significant Problems' With $2.5B IT Contract

TWiTfan Re:Sounds like some communication issues (176 comments)

You know what *I* find funny? The fact that Timothy has all this time to downmod ever beta post and up-mod everyone else. I thought he spent every minute of every hour of every day listening to us and our input, working our ways to implement our valued suggestions.

about 6 months ago

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Indian Engineers Looking to Capitalize on H-1B Visa Expansion

TWiTfan TWiTfan writes  |  about a year ago

TWiTfan (2887093) writes "Indian engineers are looking forward to a proposed expansion of the U.S. H-1B visa program, as part of the new Immigration Bill currently being debated in Congress. The bipartisan legislation would increase the annual cap on the visas from 65,000 to 110,000, with the possibility of up to 180,000 per year, depending on demand and the U.S. unemployment level.

An Indian engineer profiled for the story, who tests software for casino slot machines, said “Americans with college degrees do not want to do such work and consider it low-grade.” An American consulting firm helped place him with a U.S. company and applied for a H-1B visa on his behalf. He was recently picked for a consulate interview from a pool of 124,000 other applicants this year. He has paid the U.S. consulting company more than $5,000 to handle the visa application process. He says he has a 50-50 chance of cracking the visa interview, which has become far stricter in the past three years because of irregularities in the way a few consulting firms maintained their files about engineers’ employment status."

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