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Slashdot Launches Re-Design
At this point, this is nothing more than another "me too" sort of post, but I like it.
I can agree that there is probably more whitespace than needs to be, but I don't find it distracting.
I'm fairly indifferent on "position: fixed" elements on a page, so I can't relate to the out-rage over the header and sidebar.
I can copy & paste into text boxes again, so that's a plus.
As for performance, if there's any kind of "comment auto-loading" based on scrollbar event firing, see Learning from Twitter by John Resig. I haven't personally experienced this yet, so this may not be the issue at all.
Anyway, definitely an improvement in appearance.
Joel Hodgson Answers
One need only consult Jim Mallon's Wikipedia Page or the Onion AV Interview with Joel to confirm that it was a fight between Hodgson and Mallon that ended Hodgson's time with MST3K.