NBC News Confuses the World About Cyber-Security
I'll admit Slashdot has serious balls to link to a news site that just got its own redesign, with the exact response that this site's beta got (and deserved just as much).
Slashdot after beta - Paywall?
Don't be so sure. Before digg committed its final internet seppuku by becoming a pinterest clone, its formerly-user-contributed feed became a feed for a few specific big media groups. It can happen, might happen, and in some respects has happened here (notice how a few contributors seem to consistently get through, however banal their posts or spammy their names?).
Dice, it seems, would happily shut the Firehose and give the front page feed to, say, CNN and Wired and Bennett Haselton and those types once they pay up. (Added bonus for them: no more "fuck beta" posts to roundfile.)
Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up
No one (not even me) likes this.
No one (not even me) wants this.
No one (not even me) needs this.
No aspect of this beta addresses any actual problems (like unicode support, or giant spam comments that get modded up a point for being Long Comments) with the current site.
Every aspect of this beta would add actual problems to the current site.
This is not feedback, this is a warning: Don't let the beta happen.
Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps
The funny part is that (after apparent months of bait-and-switch tests) they finally give that beta notice the day after nbcnews.com switches (without notice) to their mobile-frien^Wdesktop-hostile layout, with predictable and proper user response. I personally had to delete any trace of nbcnews from my RSSes to keep my sanity.
Desktop-hostile layouts* are bad, and not listening to users who simply do not want them, like me, is really bad.
John Carmack Left id Software Because He Couldn't Do VR Work There
Not sure about cry...but let it be a(nother) warning to those who'd flip their startup for profit.
Once you sell the business to a bigger business, it's theirs and theirs alone, no matter their assurances otherwise, and they won't go your way on anything else from then on, except (co)incidentally. (See also jawed.) So finish all your goals there first.
Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions
Torvalds has said in the past something about that he doesn't want to associate with "free software" (or at least FSF) types because they're so "extreme" or such (can't find a link sorry). (Also that if a GNU kernel or 386BSD had existed that he probably wouldn't've wrote Linux.)
That doesn't excuse G+ use (the first link actually caught me off guard...me and my stupid blind-clicking), but he doesn't see himself as so much of a strict FOSS advocate, so you probably see why he wouldn't give as much of a crap about whether the publishing channel is FOSS as, say, you or rms.
Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?
Homages? How about a re-enactment with targeted cellphone ads if you go to Times Square (which is of course nowhere near the actual location of the Bowl*)?
*You can thank Cablevision in part for that.
First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening
The general internet user gets to be tracked, advertised-to, and generally fucked over as usual. But the address bar will look swag with that .bike in it, yo.
Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser
Yup, this was a glorious coup by company higher-ups.
Grats, Opera management. You managed to kick out a good founder, kick out a good engine, and kick out any certainty that you won't be sold out to Facebook (Facebook, ffs!). You even made me wonder, between Tolfsen's account and the second engine change (from WebKit to Blink), if Google has simply stuffed your ranks with their management just to Elop the place.
3D Printing of Human Tissue To Spark Ethics Debate
Apart from printing tissue, 3D printing may also threaten intellectual property rights. 'IP will be ignored and it will be impossible or impractical to enforce. Everything will change when you can make anything.' said John Hornick, an IP attorney.
No. Stop. Quit turning natural ideas into assets to be bought, sold, lobbied-for, and speculated.
Slashdot PT Cruiser Spotted In the Wild
But...that's...that's GPL!!! You want them to release code instead of making their new Beta version a handy proprietary Slashdot-only box!? Why, that's insane! That's heresy!
Rovio Denies Knowledge of NSA Access, Angry Birds Website Defaced Anyway
6. Candy Crush
Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships
"Coming up: Unilever's share-price nosedives after a terrorist cell's orbital laser blasts 1TUSD of exoplanet megafarm, but first, a look at the company that's building Amazon's delivery-ships: how the VeloTech's hyperdrives and mass drivers will turn FedEx's C-895 into smoldering U-235. Don't go anywhere, you're watching Fox Business Rigel."
Dell Partners With MakerBot To Resell 3D Printers and Scanners
It's MakerBot, so they'll offer that as a bullet point and then send you an addendum that says "About that schematics thing...lolno" in hazy corporatespeak.
FBI Has Tor Mail's Entire Email Database
...except when they change their mission statement to focus on national security.
ChipSiP Smart Glass Specs Better Than Google Glass?
No stereo. Less speed than a ChipSiP. Lame.
Fixing Broken Links With the Internet Archive
Absolutely agree. Give a nice little popup balloon, visibly separate from the web page (i.e. not like one of those in-client-area IE information bars; make it pop out as window size allows), that says "This page could not be accessed (error err_code). Below is an earlier version from archival_group. [ [ ] Do not show archived versions ever again, you dummy ]". (Maybe with more user-friendly language.) Problem solved.
Snapchat Account Registration CAPTCHA Defeated
A site with barely-broadcastable body pictures that end up disappearing from it and yet still end up preserved on other parts of the web?
I say it's already like MySpace.
US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment
Better yet, just burninate the software patent countryside, salt the earth, and maybe save a prior picture of that quaint and evil practice for students to shake their heads at in disgust when they read their textbooks. Patenting math and algorithms is bad, chills software development (proprietary and especially otherwise), and only dignifies "IP" cartels like MPEG-LA.
Open Data Tells NYC Residents Where the Rats Are
They check the map, yes, but they also look up advice on how best to treat, play with, and groom their pet humans. It's not like they only chase after food, now.
game kid has no journal entries.