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iWatch Prototypes Could Be Ready, Apple Hires Fitness Physiologists For Tests

samzenpus posted about 10 months ago | from the here-it-comes dept.

Apple 100

SmartAboutThings writes "Recently, Apple has been on a hiring spree, allegedly adding to its 100+ team of members of the iWatch team a sleep expert, a former expert in pulse oximetry and many others. Now, according to a recent job listing on Apple's own website, it seems that Cupertino is looking for physiologists for fitness and energy tests. In my opinion, this can only mean that the iWatch is nearing its final stage and that experts are required to assess how it fares."

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first post (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181279)

F' beta.

Re:first post (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181539)

F' beta.

Why in Odin's name would a company buy a site whose user base was historically so anti M$ and expect that they could make money from it by changing it to a M$/advertising oriented site. It reeks of affluenza enhanced megalomania. Someone's gonna buy this site for pennies in a few months.

And have you noticed the polls? 1 out of 4 has something to do your employment status or conditions. Can you spell market research? I'll bet your resumes' IP, writing style and any other identifying data is being matched to slashdot accounts so this employment company can give the employer a little bit of extra info about you. As they teach their kids in that part of Ohio where I had to live in exile for 15 years, (said with a Dutch/Amish accent) "Expect the worst from anybody friendly, you won't be disappointed."

I wish I could be happy. I haven't seen this much backlash against the establishment since the 60's. But you should be targeting NASA! vaca louca!

Re:first post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181639)

I haven't seen this much backlash against the establishment since the 60's. But you should be targeting NASA! vaca louca!

NASA? What did they do?

Re:first post (2)

alex67500 (1609333) | about 10 months ago | (#46184293)

Apollo 13 was kind of Beta...

Re:first post (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46182213)

Why in Odin's name would a company buy a site whose user base was historically so anti M$ and expect that they could make money from it by changing it to a M$/advertising oriented site. It reeks of affluenza enhanced megalomania.

Because sites like Slashdot were VERY influential in communicating public opinion on just how bad Vista was.

Microsoft recognized that, and engaged Waggener Edstrom and Burson-Marsteller to manage Social Media Marketing (SMM) for Windows 7 onwards. They used huge numbers of sock-puppet teams to quash any suggestion that Microsoft products were not stable or optimum in their roles. As well as promoting Microsoft, they heavily attacked competitors like Firefox, Google, Linux, Libre Office, Android etc. Any posting of FOSS or alternative products attracted a storm of FUD talking points that made it impossible to have a rational discussion.

Because the discussions became so polluted with marketers, most of Slashdot's readership left the site in the years between the Windows 7 release and now. The marketers have stayed though, and still post and moderate to present as rosy a view of their sponsors proprietary products as possible, while spewing FUD about Open Source. If you look at Slashdot's current demographic, most visitors are from call-centers in Mumbai and Pune in IndiaMumbai and Pune in India [alexa.com] . They rarely contribute directly to discussions, but copy/paste/post the SMM talking points at every opportunity and moderate their partners into visibility and competitors to oblivion.

Dice gets most of their income from companies like Microsoft, Apple etc who pay for their products to receive favorable and frequent attention.

Re:first post (2)

Anachragnome (1008495) | about 10 months ago | (#46184133)

"Dice gets most of their income from companies like Microsoft, Apple etc who pay for their products to receive favorable and frequent attention."

Do not forget Google (How many GoogleGlass Articles this week?).

US5722418
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US5644363
+
GoogleGlass
+
Acceptance
=
????

If history is any sort of an indicator, any rights we sell today, our children must buy back with blood tomorrow

Re:first post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46184209)

It's Scroogling time again already is it? That was quick.

Re:first post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46184897)

Are you kidding? Microsoft et al have whipped Slashdot into a rabid frenzy over Glass. Anyone who even sligtly defends it is called a Glasshole or worse.

Glass stories on Slashdot aren't promotions, they're a signal for the Microsofties to start their (very extended) Two Minutes of Hate.

Re:first post (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46184167)

While this is certainly cool, is there a list where I can cite specific accounts of who are paid marketers rather than unaffiliated customers? Is this theory simply somebody's fantasy?

Re:first post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46184979)

Why such a specific request?

The whole point of their online persona management software is to conceal the activites of the SMM sockpuppet handlers.

Why don't you Google "Burson Marsteller astroturf". Or "Waggener Edstrom Rapid Response Microsoft", or even Mark Penn? Check bak in here with what you've learned...

Re:first post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46192409)

Dice gets most of their income from companies like Microsoft, Apple etc who pay for their products to receive favorable and frequent attention.

[citation needed]

Bring back Taco and the GNAA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46182627)

Maybe CmdrTaco can buy it back for $50 and clean up this shit.

No you don't. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46182747)

"I wish I could be happy."
No, no you don't. You just hate change and like to whine. My rpoof?
""Expect the worst from anybody friendly, you won't be disappointed."" this is the exact opposite of wanting to be happy

You, like every other whiney ass just ,need the slightest excuse to bitch. Like some spoiled child.

The new site responds better, looks better, and has some nice features.

I especially like how you don't actually list issue you have, just a rant and complain like a 13 year old a reddit. Oh wait, my kids are teenagers on reddit and they don't complain nearly as much as you. When they do complain, that have a specific reason.

Fucking Shill (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46182873)

The new site responds better, looks better, and has some nice features.
I especially like how you don't actually list issue you have

Exactly like how you don't actually list what the "nice features" are. Or what you consider "better looking". Or how you're measuring the "response".

Because for most of us, the response time is either no different, or MUCH slower since you have to keep "loading more" comments over and over, instead of just "loading all".
And I don't think it looks better, it wastes a shitload of screen real estate and looks like some high school project that was slapped together after a late-night masturbatory session with your MLP dolls.
Nice features? I see no nice features. I see a giant pain in the ass.

So, Fuck you and fuck beta.

Re:Fucking Shill (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about 10 months ago | (#46192421)

instead of just "loading all".

Wait, how do you load all comments? At some point, Slashdot has (always?) broken into 'pages', at some weird place.. It's breaking by sub-threads or something, which seems reasonable, except that the subsequent pages usually/always have tons of repeated content..

To be clear, I'm talking about Classic view.

Re:No you don't. (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about 10 months ago | (#46183659)

nice features?
the threading is shit. the use of space on screen is shit. (NONE of the article pictures are relevant!)

loads of empty space where there used to be useful links and snippets of nerdy information.

even the javascript is broken. (the advert only pops on when scrolling a bit down, when header goes into sticky mode)

Re:first post (1)

jddeluxe (965655) | about 10 months ago | (#46182939)

That's why I make it a point to post utter bullshit to all those polls...

Better question (1)

Dcnjoe60 (682885) | about 10 months ago | (#46184909)

A better question would be why do ACs keep posting this shit against the beta, when in a separate article, the powers that be said they were backing down and re-evaluating?

Re:Better question (1)

clubby (1144121) | about 10 months ago | (#46186717)

Because they said they're slowing down, not backing down. We say "scrap the whole thing, it can't be saved" and they say "we won't force it down your throat until we think we can get away with it." Until they give a little more ground than that, we'll have to keep pointing out that what they're saying and doing are unacceptable.

Re:Better question (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | about 10 months ago | (#46187617)

because for a number of use the response to
WHAT DO YOU WANT

ends with a wave and "Can you and your associates arrange that Mr SoulSkill??

Okay heres the deal when the US elects a President that actually does what s|he promised when s|he was on the campaign trail then you can shut down Classic Slashdot.

Re:first post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181581)

No blockchain or other Bitcoin apps on Apple, no Apple. Sorry, its a boycott against their idiocy.

Re: first post (-1, Troll)

tom229 (1640685) | about 10 months ago | (#46181765)

Exactly. Who cares what Apple is doing? People still actually support that cancer?

They've responded! (0, Redundant)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | about 10 months ago | (#46181585)

We've had only a few major redesigns since 1997; we think it's time for another. But we really do take to heart the comments you've made about the look and functionality of the beta site that houses Slashdot's future look. So let's all slow down. Right now, we're directing 25 percent of non-logged-in users to the beta; it's a significant number, but it's the best way for us to test drive this new design, to have you show us what pieces need to be fixed, and how. If you want to move back to Classic Slashdot, that path is available: from the Slashdot Beta page, you just need to select the "Slashdot Classic" link from the footer (or this link). We're committed to keep you informed of the plans as changes are implemented; we can't promise that every user will like every change, but we don't want anything to come as a surprise. Most importantly, we want you to know that Classic Slashdot isn't going away until we're confident that the new site is ready. And — okay, we've got it — it's not ready. We have work to do on four big areas: feature parity (especially for commenting); the overall UI, especially in terms of information density and headline scanning; plain old bugs; and, lastly, the need for a better framework for communicating about the How and the Why of this process. Some of you have suggested we're not listening; on the contrary, some of us are 'listening' pretty much full-time. We're keeping you informed of this process, because we're a community and we want to take everyone with us. But, yes, we're trying something new. Why? We want to take our current content and all the stuff that matters to this community and deliver it on a site that still speaks to the interests and habits of our current audience, but that is, at the same time, more accessible and shareable by a wider audience. We want to give our current audience the space where they are comfortable. And we want a platform where we can experiment with different views of both comments and stories. It's not an either/or. It's going to be both. If we haven't communicated that well enough, consider this post a first step to fixing that. And in the meantime, we're not sorry to have received a flood of feedback, most of it specific, constructive and substantive. Please keep it coming. We will be adding more specific info here in the days to come.

Let's give them a chance, folks.

Re:They've responded! (1)

Koen Lefever (2543028) | about 10 months ago | (#46181677)

Please keep it coming.

That is exactly what we are doing. You'll see what happens when we stop keeping it coming between February 10th and 17th.

I know what will happen (0)

geekoid (135745) | about 10 months ago | (#46182775)

Actual discourse among intelligent adults why all the whiny complainers are away.
We will be able to have an actually Apple story without people like you going on long rants, be able to have discussion about climate with all the idiot who think they matter are away.

It will be glorious.

Any chance we could get you to extend that date, to say... the year 3000?

Re:They've responded! (3, Insightful)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 10 months ago | (#46181711)

Let's give them a chance, folks.

We did. BozoBeta has been around for quite some time. Aside from a few minor cosmetic changes and a few (very few) functional improvements, it's been the same pile of fail. There have been precious few positive comments about it. When Slashdot started pushing the Beta design, the negative comments became more numerous, more strident and more detailed.

So what we get from Timothy is a bit of marketing babble liberally sloshed on to a smidgen of comprehension.

The ball is in your court, Slashdot. Figure it out, it's not really all that hard.

No, we MUST keep the pressure on. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181717)

No, we need to keep the pressure on.

I learnt a important lesson about a decade ago. Here in the UK there were fuel price protests which _really_ scared the government of the day.

However, the protesters let the momentum disappear after some promises were made and by the time they realised their mistake and organised another protest, the new protest display turned out to be only a shadow of the original protests and nothing really got changed.

I've never forgotten that lesson.

Re:No, we MUST keep the pressure on. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46183323)

fuckkkkkkkkkkkkkk beta. I've seriously considered dumping slashdot from my RSS feeds, and this'll be the tipping point. make the old site better, don't make a new site

Re:No, we MUST keep the pressure on. (1)

dcollins (135727) | about 10 months ago | (#46183403)

I was going to mod you up, but I think you'll get to 5 anyway, so instead I will add to your astute observation.

Firstly, it pleases me for Slashdotters to recognize the need for joint organizing and pressure on management, aka, a form of *union*. I'm downright impressed.

Secondly, I think there are several nations in crisis today where the protesters are acting on your words; while the sitting powers seek to divide and distract them with partial and vague promises, the protesters are taking this as the moment to redouble pressure, and it seems like that those instances are the most successful. So there are more case studies of what you mention happening around the world this very instant.

Re:No, we MUST keep the pressure on. (1)

dvh.tosomja (1235032) | about 10 months ago | (#46183663)

I fully aggree, fuck beta

Re:They've responded! (1)

M. Baranczak (726671) | about 10 months ago | (#46181741)

It's a small step in the right direction. But they've mishandled this thing so badly that it'll take more than one vaguely worded post to quiet people down.

Re:They've responded! (4, Insightful)

plasticsquirrel (637166) | about 10 months ago | (#46181763)

There's a perfectly valid alternate design for Slashdot already:

http://web.archive.org/web/20000305021033/http://slashdot.org/ [archive.org]

Still looks great -- I prefer it to this design and to Beta. Admins, please bring back the design used around 2000. There is little whitespace, so little wasted space, larger clearer fonts, and still a lot on each page, and little or no JavaScript cruft. Besides those significant improvements, it looks warmer and more classic.

BETA SUCKS. FUCK BETA.

Re (1)

grrrl (110084) | about 10 months ago | (#46182073)

>http://web.archive.org/web/20000305021033/http://slashdot.org/

oh that page made my heart a flutter

(posting from the beta OMG WTF BBQ)

Re:Re (1)

halcyon1234 (834388) | about 10 months ago | (#46182319)

>http://web.archive.org/web/20000305021033/http://slashdot.org/
oh that page made my heart a flutter

No shit:

Banner Ads on Your Cell Phone
Technology Posted by emmett on Saturday March 04, [2000] @11:25AM
from the just-what-you-need dept.
James Ensor writes, "I'm sure you'll all be just thrilled to hear that Ericsson has developed and is implementing a way to do targeted ads on Internet enabled cellphones. They envision TV-like FMV commercials in the future.

In conclusion: Fuck Beta.

Re:Re (1)

plasticsquirrel (637166) | about 10 months ago | (#46182779)

Am I the only one who really misses those old days and still thinks that the older layout was better? Remember when the pages just loaded all the comments without JavaScript bullshit? Remember when it was still fast despite offering so much, because it was simple? It was easy on the eyes and seemed to be teeming with life and information. :-)

The current design is not as good as that older design, but one thing is certain:

BETA SUCKS. BETA SUCKS. BETA SUCKS. DICE ARE HORRIBLE UNTHINKING MONSTERS, AND SO IS ALICE SOMETHING-SOMETHING.

Feature request (2)

Savage-Rabbit (308260) | about 10 months ago | (#46184585)

There's a perfectly valid alternate design for Slashdot already:

http://web.archive.org/web/20000305021033/http://slashdot.org/ [archive.org]

Still looks great -- I prefer it to this design and to Beta. Admins, please bring back the design used around 2000. There is little whitespace, so little wasted space, larger clearer fonts, and still a lot on each page, and little or no JavaScript cruft. Besides those significant improvements, it looks warmer and more classic.

BETA SUCKS. FUCK BETA.

Dear Slashdot management,
Can we please get a button, located at the top of each thread next tot he 'Post' button, that filters out any posts with the word 'Beta' in them when you press it?

Sincerely,
Those rest of us.

Re:Feature request (1)

clubby (1144121) | about 10 months ago | (#46186841)

A means of mass-ignoring the overwhelming majority of posters who hate the redesign? Based on Dice's attitude so far, they might go for this.

Apple iWatch can't load Beta (3, Funny)

Spy Handler (822350) | about 10 months ago | (#46181685)

they tried to load Slashdot Beta on the iWatch and it exploded, taking out several hipster Apple testers.

Re:first post (3, Insightful)

Nitage (1010087) | about 10 months ago | (#46181799)

WE HEAR YOU We did tell you we wanted feedback. Here's our response.

Your response shows that you didn't hear. The beta is an experiment that has failed. Accept that and move on.

Re:first post (1)

Blimbo (528076) | about 10 months ago | (#46182289)

F' beta.

Yep, i don't often comment, but that thing called /.BETA is hard to look at..No way i want that in my casual browsing future...

Agree (1)

Antiharpist (597421) | about 10 months ago | (#46182891)

I'd love a nice watch that I could browse classic Slashdot on. Fuck Beta.

Re:first post (1)

MouseR (3264) | about 10 months ago | (#46186675)

I need a few hundred moderator points to troll-flag posts.

So you dont like the beta. Stop polluting every frickin news story. Some of us would like to read and comment.

We Are Not Your Audience (4, Insightful)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 10 months ago | (#46181303)

Considering the news is days to weeks old the only value here is the COMMUNITY. We do not clap for your poorly worded couple paragraph news scrapes like a bunch of mindless buffoons, we are here to debate, and find a common ground on topics that we find interesting.

There is plenty of things to fix on slashdot, beta does not address a single one of them and makes the site pointless to visit. Your move...

*slow clap* (1)

pr0ntab (632466) | about 10 months ago | (#46181329)

nt

Re:We Are Not Your Audience (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181331)

We are your content.

FuckBeta.com

I am Beta Spartacus!

Re:We Are Not Your Audience (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181407)

Normally I would agree but lately I only come here for the red snowcones that Ex-SLASHDOT BETA user has patented. They're so amazing -- they made all my teeth fall out and I don't even care!

And I'll continue to spread the word about this amazing red snow until the slashdot admins realize that we're not the audience, we're the community. We *are* the content.

And free red snow for all!

Re:We Are Not Your Audience (2)

M. Baranczak (726671) | about 10 months ago | (#46181527)

And this is what I still don't understand: Why? What was the motivation for the redesign? What problems was it supposed to solve? (And if the answer is 'to better serve ads', then you might as well tell us, because we'll find out anyway.)

Re:We Are Not Your Audience (4, Informative)

citizenr (871508) | about 10 months ago | (#46181851)

Managers have an intrinsic need to manage shit. With no new projects and business as usual they feel useless and threatened.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P... [wikipedia.org]
read under "The duck technique"

Hey that's OFF TOPIC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46182995)

And here's another:

Rupert Murdoch was beaten up by his Chinese wife! She beat the crap out of the old fool!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA

Re:We Are Not Your Audience (1)

rochrist (844809) | about 10 months ago | (#46188023)

Well...yeah, except for the part where the 'community' here is akin to a horde of rabid weasels.

Are you not entertained! (4, Insightful)

Nightbrood (6060) | about 10 months ago | (#46181373)

Try us Slashdot.... if you want to proceed with Beta then let's do the following test:

1.) Disable comments for a day
2.) Post stories that are "more accessible" for your "wider audience" to consume
3.) Watch your stats (we know you are obsessing over them.)
4.) Tell us how you like your numbers

Don't screw this up DICE... I've enjoyed Slashdot as a community for 16 years but I am not afraid to move and it sounds like much of the community feels the same way.

#IamSlashdot

Re:Are you not entertained! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181479)

Hey Dice! Try this experiment on 10-17 February and get a true measure of how much wider your audience gets!

Re:Are you not entertained! (1)

pitchpipe (708843) | about 10 months ago | (#46181503)

I've enjoyed Slashdot as a community for 16 years but I am not afraid to move and it sounds like much of the community feels the same way.

I'm not afraid to move, it's just that I don't think anything else will be as good. reddit is good if you turn off the default subreddits and subscribe to AskHistory and such, but the commenting system comes no where near to Slashdot's (there's just so much shit on there). I guess that's why I'm commenting on this so much: I care. I want to stay here.

I will leave though.

Re:Are you not entertained! (2)

Nightbrood (6060) | about 10 months ago | (#46181615)

If there is one thing I know about this community it is that, unlike the vast majority of other communities out there, we have a huge concentration people with the knowledge, skillset, and passion to create and preserve our community without need for a corporate minder. Perhaps Slashdot beta was the kick in the pants we needed to find out how much we truly valued it. I am already looking into how I can assist in creating a new home for our community if Dice decides that they are not going to listen the community.

Re:Are you not entertained! (2, Insightful)

clonehappy (655530) | about 10 months ago | (#46181769)

I agree. However, while it wouldn't be hard to replicate the system and start over anew, we would lose the years of discussions that slashdot has archived. Don't overlook the value of over a decade and a half of the discussions that have made this site what it is lo these many years.
 
And the value, for what it's worth, of someone with a 3-4 digit ID coming into the discussion to smack someone with his/her cane. We know what that low UID means, not that the person is speaking the gospel, but maybe we should stop and think about what he or she is saying a little further.
 
While I agree, whole heartedly mind you, that Slashdot Beta is fully broken, there are aspects of this place that are just impossible to be replicated. Dice isn't just going to hand over the database to the community. We need to preserve and fight for what we have left rather than try and start over anew. It would never be the same.

Re:Are you not entertained! (1)

Nightbrood (6060) | about 10 months ago | (#46181983)

I agree. You are correct about this and it would be regrettable to lose it. Hopefully DICE is sensible and starts treating the community with more respect and comes up with a solution that makes everyone happy.

The biggest challenge here is being willing to lose that historical treasure trove. If you are not willing to lose it then you have no power over the changes others are making that affect you. I would have been quite happy to stay lurking as I normally do. However, the unanimity of the response from our fellow members showed me that this was something I should not stay quiet about.

Re:Are you not entertained! (1)

mrbluze (1034940) | about 10 months ago | (#46182251)

I think it would be wise to start a new site already. The worst that can happen is the new site will fail and Slashdot will bounce back and return to its roots.

Re: Are you not entertained! (0)

PCM2 (4486) | about 10 months ago | (#46182417)

Hell, might as well use the opportunity to shill my own stuff (seems like that's what /. is for these days, anyway)...

I was one of the first 5,000 /. users, and like most of you, I too am fed up with all the shenanigans since Dice took over.

That said, I'd like to personally invite the whole, babbling mess of you to come on over to The Register at www.theregister.co.uk.

We're different. We're a little weird. We like to write headlines that pass people off. A lot of the site is pitched from a UK perspective, which means Americans sometimes don't get it, but we actually have an international staff with offices in Australia and San Francisco (where I work).

And even if the headlines sometimes get a little out there, the reporting is actually mostly pretty straight -- although we don't mind calling bullshit when it's warranted. Anyway, at least we DO reporting, unlike /., which just slaps a misleading summary on someone else's stuff. And several of our people have actual tech background (though others are just reporters).

What's more, compared to any other tech site I've ever worked for, we actually do have a lot of really articulate, whip-smart commenters on our stories. I think you would like some of what you read there. We have some trolls and dimwits, too, but that's par for the course.

Fair warning: our comments ARE moderated by our editors. That's probably never going to change, owing in part to the truly ludicrous UK libel laws, where we can be held responsible for the contents of your comments if we "publish" them. But most of what we pull are just pointless personal attacks and spam.

And as a bonus for /.ers, our site design is about as ugly as the old /., so there's that.

Come check us out. We might be kind of an acquired taste but once you acquire it you might be hooked.

Not an idle threat (2)

istartedi (132515) | about 10 months ago | (#46181381)

If you think this contributor won't pack up and leave when things get sucky, just hop on over to my Flickr [flickr.com] page and note the date of my last picture.

Lotsa luck getting that ad revenue without contributors. News aggs plastered with ads are a dime a dozen. You're Digg4ing your grave.

Cool (1)

koan (80826) | about 10 months ago | (#46181387)

Now instead of wondering if you're a douche I'll know you are.

Or just an enhanced fitness product (0, Offtopic)

D1G1T (1136467) | about 10 months ago | (#46181389)

Don't forget that Apple has been offering fitness accessories with Nike since 2006.

Re:Or just an enhanced fitness product (3, Funny)

Princeofcups (150855) | about 10 months ago | (#46181525)

Don't forget that Apple has been offering fitness accessories with Nike since 2006.

What does that have to do with the Beta?

Yeah GP keep on topic! (1)

moogla (118134) | about 10 months ago | (#46181575)

We have very pressing matters at hand that happened this week, not last week.

Slashdot Beta? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181391)

Thanks Obama!

Re:Slashdot Beta? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181541)

Thanks Obama!

Mother fucker! I knew it!

Listed has been removed (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181399)

Publicity stunt. I dont see what the big deal is anyway this is nothing new there are quite a few smart watches on the market, I guess its the little apple logo that makes people feel special.

I personally do not own any apple products because of their dirty business practices. (Tax evasion, Price Fixing, Slave labour)

Re: Listed has been removed (1)

Scowler (667000) | about 10 months ago | (#46181557)

Care to list those Fortune 500 companies that somehow pass your dirty test? I certainly don't know any.

Re: Listed has been removed (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181693)

It's true, but thats no reason to buy from companies who do. I try not to as much as I can but sometimes it can't be avoided (like My OS) But I try to minimise my purchases when I have to eg; I Use Win 7 but my computer is all parts I bought from companies who don't make me feel dirty dealing with them.

Nothing apple produces cannot be obtained elsewhere, they haven't produced a truly original product in 10 years there the EA games of the computing world.

I would rather... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181405)

Lick a jellyfish than use slashdot beta.
Go swimming in a porta potty than use slashdot beta

fago8Z (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181419)

Re:fago8Z (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181719)

You almost got me you rascal!

Boycott Slashdot (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181451)

Dear Timothy:

We don't want this crap you call a beta. We will leave! You will be out of a job! Your wife will leave you.

Beware the ides of March! This beta will be the death of Slashdot. Beware the ides of March!

Boycott Slashdot

Message to Dice about Slashdot Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181545)

The more you tighten your grip, the more the Slashdot community will slip through your fingers.

(BTW, we are a community, not "a audience".)

I'm still joining the Boycott, are you? (1)

beta-boycott (3528019) | about 10 months ago | (#46181561)

So.. Timothy has said:

Right now, we're directing 25 percent of non-logged-in users to the beta

I hardly saw any real words of action in his post. I would rather have heard something along the lines of.. "We have mistakenly pushed beta on 25 percent of our users prematurely. We will be directing those users back to the classic site while we action your feedback regarding, fully functional commenting, over spaced generic design and fixing reported bugs. We do not intend on directing users to the beta site again until we're sure 90% of you are happy with the changes" If Timothy says something with at least this much substance then I won't feel the need to boycott. But as I've heard the the problematic commenting was highlighted in October last year and not been fixed since, and they've started pushing users on to beta regardless.. I don't have much confidence in much action being taken any time soon. Fuck Beta, Boycott is on.

beta needs... (1)

Badblackdog (1211452) | about 10 months ago | (#46181573)

O Dice-O-CAre

iWatch (1)

luckymutt (996573) | about 10 months ago | (#46181629)

iWatch Beta disenfranchising the /. community.

I still love you slashdot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181631)

Where else can a guy get his Google, Facebook and Apple slashvertisements all in one place?

this beta sucks (1)

ppff (936472) | about 10 months ago | (#46181689)

This beta sucks so much that I registered on Slashdot just to say that this BETA sucks !

What is with this anti-readability trend? (2)

Jack Kolesar (532605) | about 10 months ago | (#46181725)

So, I was logged in and didn't get to see the beta so I just checked it out. I have to ask something. Why oh why has light grey on lighter-grey become the new trendy style for UI? Do people no longer wish to be able to read the shit that is on a page and just mindlessly stare at a whitewashed screen? You do realize that some contrast is OK right? There is a reason that people use black type on paper. The Kindle isn't coming out with a light grey on white version to make it cooler. Fuck! It was bad enough when I first opened my iOS 7 mail on my company iPhone. Now I have to see the same shit mimicked on the last semi-intelligent website on the internet? First Yahoo fucks up my homepage that I've been using for the last decade and now Slashdot has to go and screw up my favorite website since 90's. Damn you guys! Keep this shit readable! New for the sake of "new" is not better!

Re:What is with this anti-readability trend? (1)

emacs_abuser (140283) | about 10 months ago | (#46181893)

Yeah, I noticed the gray on gray too, and gave them feedback.

So, I just checked the current site. Background is okay at ff/ff/ff but the text is 31/37/39. I don't get it, that's just plain nuts.

Pulse Oximeter (1)

jblues (1703158) | about 10 months ago | (#46181735)

I'd love to have an onboard pulse oximeter . . . being young (ish) and in good health, on the rare times that I've had it measured it was 98-99% However, I'm very curious about what happens during: * Intense exercise * Illness I've even considered buying one just to find out. . .

elementary (1)

itchybrain (2538928) | about 10 months ago | (#46181739)

Maybe those experts Apple hired were not to oversee the development of iWatch but to diagnose a mass disorder that had hit its employees hard.

Hey, think differently, after all.

Is there any summary of why Beta sucks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181767)

Has someone written a coherent, all-in-one-place summary of why Beta sucks?

If the powers that be at Slashdot Corporate are interested in engaging the community, perhaps they will make the design process public; if not, somebody else perhaps has/will?

Re:Is there any summary of why Beta sucks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46182245)

A modest proposal (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181819)

Perhaps instead of spamming "fuck beta" in the comments of every article, instead we could just comment as usual except with an extra phrase at the end or in the sig. The phrase in question is "Ceterum censeo Beta esse pedicandum," which basically translates as, "By the way, I think the Beta must be fucked." (Anyone who actually knows Latin should feel free to improve the phrase's grammar if necessary.) I think this would be a good way to protest now that Dice is starting to get the point. Keep doing the "I am Slashdot" thing too, it's a good response to the things about this community that Dice still doesn't understand.

Ceterum censeo Beta esse pedicandum.

I like the more intellectually difficult route (1)

moogla (118134) | about 10 months ago | (#46181955)

Which is in the spirit of many Amazon reviews, where the comment is sort of on topic but then goes on to discuss how it might be an analogy for (or direct cause of) Slashdot's beta site sucking. Some of the posts I've seen in this vein were absolute gems.

The internet - by Fisher Price!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46181873)

The beta site is part of a terrible trend, as is windows 8 - its computing for the drooling mouth breathers that watch Entertainment tonight and give a crap about what some douche bag entertainer had sex with or whatever...Maybe the internet is just doomed...

ODD COINCIDENCE My confirmation word is harming - which is exactly what Dice is doing to this site

Longtime lurker here (1)

fuckbetafuckbeta (3528387) | about 10 months ago | (#46181901)

For all the lurker types out there, fuck beta

Our community transcends any mere "place". (1)

j_presper_eckert (617907) | about 10 months ago | (#46182003)

An iWatch??? Oooooh shiny! I wish that I had an iWatch prototype so that I knew exactly when 2359 hrs rolls around on Feb. 8, and I can leave this inglorious Beta disaster once the week-long "slashcot" begins. There might not be much point in waiting for the trainwreck to begin; it's already in progress, and we're all starring in it. Dunno if I can masochistically "tough out" this entirely needless murder of my favorite discussion forum. I very rarely post, but I read a great deal of it and am always entertained, challenged, and (most of all) educated by the entire Slashdot experience.

Fuck Dice. Fuck 'em right in the wallet; fuck 'em in the share price; fuck 'em in the investment portfolio and cut the strings on everyone's golden parachutes. :P

Anyone at Dice who cheerfully refers one more time to us as a motherfucking "audience" is a complete smeg-head.

I'm not sure I want to stick around and watch Dice's inept version of Mount St. Helens erupt in slow-motion destruction. Seeing it deserted en masse in coming months due to the Beta's inevitable victory, and having it start resembling something like sad old deserted kuro5hin, is probably too much for me.

In the big feedback thread, Soulskill's oozed forth nothing but laughably transparent management-speak platitudes that are devoid of any actual understanding of, let alone respect FOR, the community that comprises Slashdot. if he doesn't get it, or is studiously AVOIDING getting-it, then i'm sure his Chad Lumbergh superiors at Dice Central Command sure as hell don't get it. Tonight's presently-in-progress Beta feedback thread is pointless 'cos the suits really have no intention of switching gears, and the usability-destroying "OMG Ponies!"-ization of ye olde 'dot is a solid certainty.

Up until this moment the whole thing made me rage, but now I'm just feeling a bit more sad than angry. Yeah, we're being sold out. I'm not going to pretend I'm not pissed-off and unhappy about that.

Stick a fork in ye olde 'dot, folks; it's done. Last one out, please turn off the hot-grits spigot.

I look forward to some other new site/wiki/blog/Fuhrerbunker/casino where I can digitally rub shoulders with y'all in the VERY near future. There are already several posts in other current threads about a possible Altslashdot.org; who knows what other new purpose-built destinations might come to be? But I truly have very little further hope for this fascinating & enlightening place that I've been visiting since before 9/11. It's a place that I miss already, if you know what I mean.

But then again, Dice's chronic greedy misunderstandings about that are a huge part of this needless mess, hey? This crufty ol' comment-friendly website, as a place, does not matter. Why?

Because we're Slashdot.
Our community transcends any mere "place".
Together, we can exist anywhere we choose.

~JPE

Re:Our community transcends any mere "place". (1)

mrbluze (1034940) | about 10 months ago | (#46182325)

look forward to some other new site/wiki/blog/Fuhrerbunker/casino where I can digitally rub shoulders with y'all in the VERY near future. There are already several posts in other current threads about a possible Altslashdot.org; who knows what other new purpose-built destinations might come to be? But I truly have very little further hope for this fascinating & enlightening place that I've been visiting since before 9/11. It's a place that I miss already, if you know what I mean.

Whenever it's ready! I'll subscribe too.

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Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46182129)

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The design process - iwatch vs Beta (3)

spasm (79260) | about 10 months ago | (#46182137)

"this can only mean that the iWatch is nearing its final stage and that experts are required to assess how it fares"

Or alternately, they're getting physiologists in at the early design stage so it's actually designed around user needs not marketroid fantasies.

Somewhat unlike the process that led to Beta.

www.alsakkaftravel.net (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46182215)

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Thank You, Slashdot. (1)

zenlessyank (748553) | about 10 months ago | (#46182233)

Saw the caption about hearing our complaints on a normal Slashdot homepage. YAY!!! Thanks for listening to the users.

beta really does suck (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46182937)

I scrabbled like a ferret to find out how to get back to classic.

Like all the rest... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46183165)

....it will be overpriced, under-performing, and unsupported as soon as they decide they need to do something more with the platform. Why people continue to subject themselves to Apple is beyond me.

The beta interface is terrible! (2)

denominateur (194939) | about 10 months ago | (#46183261)

I've been a slashdot reader for a good 15 years now and I really hope that the new beta design changes substantially before being pushed to production.

1) FAR too much white space, only two or three stories fit on my screen! This is not Windows 8 and most of us don't have the attention span of a goldfish....
2) Titles have the same background as the story text. This makes it much more difficult to quickly skim the site. Look at this, I made three paragraphs and there's about an INCH of space between them!
3) The comment system has been thoroughly broken.

Launch a poll for the new design and see what happens...

paragraph issue seems to be fixed (1)

denominateur (194939) | about 10 months ago | (#46194547)

hmm, they seem to have fixed the paragraph issue

apparently

Beta sucks really (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46183923)

I tried beta. twice. The comments are just not readable

fukc the beta! (1)

ppff (936472) | about 10 months ago | (#46184721)

I will join the boycott!
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