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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

iONiUM Re:One thing I've learned.... (2219 comments)

It's not like they can't monetize this site, they just don't know what they're doing.

The way to monetize Slashdot isn't to drive out the existing and very knowledgeable users/contributers by bringing in a site that caters to the masses.. no, it's to use this crowd's high level of technical expertise/knowledge to make profit. How? Charge for ask Slashdot! Have a technical problem and need assistance, and stackoverflow isn't cutting it? Well shit, pay Slashdot and get an article posted and bam, your problem will be answered by a slew of very intelligent people.

The other thing is jobs. I know Slashdot has a few job listings or whatever, but they aren't doing it right. They have a massive pool of people, some of whom are unemployed (if you read the comments). Why not hook up contractors/head hunters with these people through the site, for a price? Why not open up the subscriber base with an OPT-IN (by default opt-out) option where potential employers can contact us, and even post jobs (properly)?

These are two very simple ways they could monetize, and I don't have an MBA. I'm sure there's many more. Sometimes it's not about straight up ad-click and growing page views, it's about being intelligent, and working with the extremely valuable resource you have: very smart people who give articles and discussions for free!

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

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

Ever wondered why open source "UX testing" results in Unity, and Apple's results in iOS (although, ignore iOS 7), or great new Android or Google Map us ability features? Most people don't know how to do us ability and aesthetic software properly, so you end up with a car with 20 horns.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

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

As a UI/UX lead with education in human interaction, its really weird that you claim UX "tests" show people want what Beta offers. It is more than possible to get a clean "trendy" updated UI and UX without sacrificing readability, content spacing or threaded replies. I would love to know exactly who worked on the beta, and what tests they did, because after seeing it and the mess that is mobile and remarks like "we could only test it on a few devices", I'm fairly confident Slashdot does not have senior UI/UX or QA. It's sad, and unacceptable. Contract a real designer, who has UI/UX training.

about 2 months ago
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Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages

iONiUM Re:"MOVIN' ON UP"? Not up mine, you aren't. (268 comments)

They are hoping this fuck beta movement dies down before they have to acknowledge it or change.

But Slashdot users aren't the typical internet users. This won't go away.

about 2 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

iONiUM Re:Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

I'm flattered; you directly copied/pasted my comment, along with the title (http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4756311&cid=46164335).

Impressive.

about 2 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

iONiUM Re: Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

Please send e-mails to feedback@slashdot.org saying this. Coming from low UID accounts might make them listen.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat

iONiUM Re:Classic Slashdot (131 comments)

Is everyone e-mailing feedback@slashdot.org to tell them? I hope so.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat

iONiUM Classic Slashdot (131 comments)

This is off topic, but I'm getting a warning at the top of Slashdot that classic is going to be going away soon (looks like in 4 months).

How many people will leave if they cut it off completely...?

about 2 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

iONiUM Re:Kinda Suprised...but I guess I shouldn't be... (505 comments)

All the features in JS that the parent is talking about are very important. But they're important and good for web applications, not web sites. Everyone here seems to assume that all people do with HTML/CSS/JS is write web sites, but that's no longer the case. Application which were traditionally written in WinForms/WPF/C++/Mobile apps are starting to get offloaded to web, which means we need those features in JS. I mean, why do you think the canvas tag and others were introduced?

The problem is advertisers/annoying websites are also using them.

about 3 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

iONiUM Re:Canadian driving (723 comments)

If they knew it was coming couldn't they ask other states who have fleets to borrow the trucks temporarily? I don't understand why this wasn't an option.

about 3 months ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

iONiUM Re:I'm not holding my breath for this! (153 comments)

Well, that's a great load of anecdotal shit. I have had an S3 since it came out in Canada in 2012, and it is still working fine (I've moved on to the Nexus 5, but my wife uses the S3 to this day). It has had no problems, and a few months ago I moved it to Cyanogenmod without issue.

The hardware is fine, and it's never had an issue. So while I'm sure this new OS will probably suck, let's try to figure out why it'll suck for actual reasons, rather than the Galaxy line which is actually pretty good. Credit where credit is due.

about 3 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

iONiUM Re:Math, do it. (1043 comments)

So drink water? All the previous examples were on food, not drinks. And if you're really poor, you should be drinking the (free) water, not buying things.

about 3 months ago
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Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

iONiUM A blow to vegetarians (318 comments)

Since this vegetarian offshoot of man went extinct, and the omnivorous one thrived, I can draw the conclusion that being a vegetarian is bad for the longevity of the species, and thus wrong.

about 3 months ago
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Mobile Banking Apps For iOS Woefully Insecure

iONiUM Re:My bank's app... (139 comments)

As an additional note, the fact that it auths with non case sensitive pw means that they aren't hashing the passwords either......... it's either plain text or encrypted.... god forbid someone runs a brute force attack, because it's going to be pretty damn easy.

about 3 months ago
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Mobile Banking Apps For iOS Woefully Insecure

iONiUM Re:My bank's app... (139 comments)

Well I'll be damned.. you're right! Fuck TD. I've always hated them. I tried CIBC but it is indeed case sensitive. Good find.

about 3 months ago
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First Survey of Commercially Viable Asteroids Estimates Only 10 Are Worth Mining

iONiUM Profit (265 comments)

  1. Step 1. Pay an academic entity to release a study saying that it's not worth mining asteroids, even if it is
  2. Step 2. In the meantime, get ready to mine asteroids
  3. Step 3. Start mining asteroids while everyone else isn't
  4. Step 4. Profit

about 3 months ago
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Panel Urges Major NSA Spying Overhaul

iONiUM Bradley Manning (242 comments)

Why such a weird analogy? Why not just used Bradley Manning? He's in jail for 35 years..

about 4 months ago
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China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading

iONiUM Re:production and development cost (333 comments)

And in all these years, they just never noticed the name is now Microsoft? Give me a fucking break. It's on purpose.

It's the same as those who use Ipad instead of iPad. For all the pedantic grammar and spelling nazi's on Slashdot, I've never understood why this kind of thing is accepted, and indeed, encouraged.

about 4 months ago

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.NET JIT Getting SIMD Support

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about two weeks ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "As per the MSDN article, the long proposed user request for SIMD support has finally been answered. A NuGet package preview is available here. From the article: "You may think that task-based programming or offloading work to threads is already the answer. While multi-threading is certainly a critical part, it’s important to realize that it’s still important to optimize the code that runs on each core. SIMD is a technology that employs data parallelization at the CPU level. Multi-threading and SIMD complement each other: multi-threading allows parallelizing work over multiple cores while SIMD allows parallelizing work within a single core.""
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Open SSL Bug Has Gone Mainstream

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about two weeks ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Many sources are now reporting on the massive bug affecting almost the entire internet in Open SSL (including Yahoo!). There are guides offering information on the bug and how to patch it, as well as a dedicated website to test if a website is vulnerable. This bug allows users to get usernames and plain texts passwords, as well as active sessions even when the connection is using SSL. Here is a list of the top 1000 vulnerable sites."
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about three weeks ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article, "The impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", a major report by the UN has warned." A major document was released by the IPCC outlining the current affects on climate change, and they are not good. For specific effects on humans: "Food security is highlighted as an area of significant concern. Crop yields for maize, rice and wheat are all hit in the period up to 2050, with around a tenth of projections showing losses over 25%.""
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Yellowstone National Park 2.5 Times Bigger Than Originally Thought

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a month ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "According to Jamie Farrell, the lead author in a University of Utah scientific study of Yellowstone National Park’s super volcano, the magma inside the volcanic caldera is 2.5 times larger than previously believed and spans a distance of 55 miles." As well, the article notes "The Mount St. Helens eruption created an eruption column (hot volcanic ash) which rose 80,000 feet. By contrast, should the Yellowstone caldera erupt, its smoke would circle the planet. Scientists believe the eruption would make a global event causing damage throughout the world. It is believed that the last eruption occurred 640,000 years ago. Some researchers believe the caldera is due to explode soon which notion is disputed by Farrell. He explained that he doesn’t know when it will explode, which begs the obvious question of how he is the able to refute those who say the caldera may explode sometime soon.""
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BlackBerry posts $4.4 billion loss, outsourcing to Foxconn

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 4 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Today BlackBerry announced a $4.4 billion loss, and a deal with Foxconn to outsource hardware manufacturing. One interesting stat is that 75% of sales were actually older BB7 devices. That said, CEO John Chen says "We are very much alive, thank you." as well as "Our 'for sale' sign has been taken down and we are here to stay. BlackBerry recently announced it has entered into an agreement to receive a strategic investment from Fairfax Financial and other institutional investors, which represents a vote of confidence in the future of BlackBerry.""
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Prostitution laws in Canada struck down by supreme court

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 4 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Today in Canada, the supreme court struck down the prostitution laws as unconstitutional in a 9-0 ruling. While prostitution has always been legal in Canada, all activities surrounding it such as brothels, or making a living from the avails of it, have been illegal. As such, it has resulted in dangerous working conditions for prostitutes, which violates the Canadian charter of rights. The court has given parliament 1 year to draft new laws surrounding prostitution."
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The first phone you can actually bend: LG G Flex

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 5 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "As a follow up to LG's announcement of mass flexible OLED production, and as a competitor to the limited Samsung Round trial which was only available in Korea on SK Telecom, LG has released the G Flex phone which is curved vertically (instead of the Round's horizontal bend, which many thought was the 'wrong way'). In addition, the G Flex can actually be flexed, as shown in the video in the article."
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Climate change: it's here, again

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 6 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Much like how Voyager 1 left and then it didn't for the umpteenth time, climate change is now a grave concern again. From the article: "Scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa calculated that by 2047, plus or minus five years, the average temperatures in each year will be hotter across most parts of the planet than they had been at those locations in any year between 1860 and 2005." It also appears there is no way to stop it: "The models show that unprecedented temperatures could be delayed by 20 to 25 years if there is a vigorous global effort to bring emissions under control.", but delay is the only thing we can do. It will affect the tropics first, "Unprecedented climates will arrive even sooner in the tropics, Dr. Mora’s group predicts, putting increasing stress on human societies there, on the coral reefs that supply millions of people with fish, and on the world’s greatest forests." This comes on the heel of a Canadian Arctic report that claims "In a paper released Tuesday, they say their research provides evidence “that we are witnessing the transformation of the Arctic at an exceptional pace.”" Is it time to more-or-less give up on stopping carbon emissions, and just focus on how to handle the income changes?"
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Samsung Galaxy Round

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 6 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Round phone with a curved 5.7" display today. It comes with a hefty $1,000 USD price tag. This is a follow-up to the 55" curved TVs it began selling in June, and is most likely the first step before fold-able phones hit the market. Considering the recent LG announcement of mass OLED flexible screen production, it seems that we are indeed getting very close to flexible phones. One question I wonder is, will Apple follow suit? So far there has been no indication they are even attempting flexible/bendable screens."
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Blackberry Z30 Announced

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 7 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Today the new Blackberry Z30 was announced today (release coming in the next "few weeks"). It has a 4.97" 16:9 screen running at 720x1280. The CPU also got an upgrade, at 1.7Ghz. The news claims that the battery is a 2880maH with up to 25 hours of use. I'm not really convinced this is enough of a differentiation between the Z10 to save Blackberry, and as someone who owns a Z10 and Q10 (but uses an S3 instead), I don't see how this addresses any of the real issues Blackberry is facing, the biggest being a lack of apps."
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Significant security flaw found in SIM cards

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 9 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "A German cryptographer has uncovered a security bug in mobile phones that could enable hackers to remotely attack at least half a billion phones." More technically, from the register: "Pedigree security researcher Karsten Nohl has apparently discovered two unrelated flaws in implementations of the GSM standard that (when combined) could leave millions of SIM cards vulnerable to attack.""
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Carbon dioxide not the cause of global warming?

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "An in-depth statistical analysis of ozone depletion, temperature changes, gasses and cosmic rays by University of Waterloo professor of physics and astronomy Qing-Bin Lu suggests that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) have been the key cause of global warming since the 1970s."
And the good news: "By the middle of this century we should have recovery of the ozone hole to the 1980s level," Is it really possible we've already solved man-caused global warming?"

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4D Printing: Objects That Make Themselves

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM writes "From the article: "Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade: 4D printing.
At the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed how the process allows objects to self-assemble."
There could be many applications for this. Definitely a cool step forward."

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Google did not run over a donkey

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM writes "From the article: "Here’s a story you don’t see every day. Google on Wednesday has gone on record to deny reports that one of its Google Maps Street View cars killed a donkey in the Kweneng region of Botswana. Seriously, we’re not kidding: the story got big enough that the company actually had to waste resources dispelling the speculation."
How long until they have a similar debacle, but surrounding a human instead?"

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Cassini and MESSENGER to be Shutdown?

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM writes "There's been a lot of rumours today (including twitter) that Cassini and MESSENGER projects will be shutdown due to the new budget, even though they are still functional. Since they are still operating, maybe someone else can start communicating with them, to at least continue to get data? Maybe even a private company could buy the rights?"
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Mars Curiosity Found Nothing After All?

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM writes "In Slashdot's / NASA's original post, it was implied that Curiosity had found something interesting: "Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something remarkable. "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good," he says.". However, during NASA's live AGU12 conference, NASA has now said "the instruments on the rover have not detected any definitive evidence of Martian organics", and "Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect.". Is this another NASA flop?"
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Global Warming On Pace for 4C: World Bank Worried

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year and a half ago

iONiUM writes "From the article: "Over the years at the U.N. climate talks, the goal has been to keep future global warming below 2C. But as those talks have faltered, emissions have kept rising, and that 2C goal is now looking increasingly out of reach. Lately, the conversation has shifted toward how to deal with 3C of warming. Or 4C. Or potentially more."
Overall it seems that poorer, less developed nations will be largely impacted negatively, while some countries (like Canada and Russia) will actually experience benefits. Where does that leave the rest of the 1st world countries?"

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