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NYPD Is Beta-Testing Google Glass

samzenpus posted about 6 months ago | from the watching-you-better dept.

Crime 158

Presto Vivace writes "The New York City Police Department is trying to determine how useful Google Glass would be for law enforcement. From the article: 'The New York City Police Department's massive and controversial intelligence and analytics unit is evaluating whether Google Glass is a decent fit for investigating terrorists and helping cops lock up bad guys, VentureBeat has learned. The department recently received several pairs of the modernist-looking specs to test out. "We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we're trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes," a ranking New York City law enforcement official told VentureBeat.'"

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158 comments

Not really a good time to bring up Beta testing.. (1, Redundant)

CoolHnd30 (89871) | about 6 months ago | (#46182273)

Buck the Feta's...

Re:Not really a good time to bring up Beta testing (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182331)

I wonder how bad Beta slashdot looks on Google Glass?

Re:Not really a good time to bring up Beta testing (2)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about 6 months ago | (#46182429)

> I wonder how bad Beta slashdot looks on Google Glass?

Have you heard the old joke that ends in the phrase, "Coffee break is over; back on your heads."?

Re:Not really a good time to bring up Beta testing (1)

lgw (121541) | about 6 months ago | (#46182751)

That may be the hardest I've ever laughed at a Slashdot post. All my Internets to you, good sir or madam.

Re:Not really a good time to bring up Beta testing (2)

starcraftsicko (647070) | about 6 months ago | (#46182485)

Well one problem is that about 1/4 is covered by an empty white column.

Re:Not really a good time to bring up Beta testing (1)

citizenr (871508) | about 6 months ago | (#46182849)

google glass offers only ~20% of usable space for content, so in other words they are match made in heaven

Re:Not really a good time to bring up Beta testing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182353)

A Glass story durng the Beta Blockade?

It'll be interesting to see if the FTB postings outnumber Microsoft sockpuppet's Scroogling FUD posts.

Game ON!

Timothy confirms Slashdot Classic will be gone. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182407)

I think we've all read the "Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!" [slashdot.org] submission from Timothy at this point.

I was horrified to read this particular sentence within it:

Most importantly, we want you to know that Classic Slashdot isn't going away until we're confident that the new site is ready.

That confirms that Slashdot Classic will in fact be gone at some point. That, of course, also means that it will most likely be replaced with the shitty beta site.

I had some hope this morning that the complete hatred shown by so many users here would be taken seriously. Clearly, that is not the case. The very valid complaints have been totally ignored.

The beta site cannot be salvaged. It is so inherently broken that there's no possible way it could ever be ready to replace the Slashdot Classic site, regardless of how much work they put into it.

I think we should mark today, February 6, 2014, as the day that Slashdot died. This confirmation from Timothy basically guarantees that many of us will be driven away against our will, all due to this shitty, shitty beta site going live. The community just won't survive that, I'm afraid to say.

Re:Timothy confirms Slashdot Classic will be gone. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182433)

I think we should mark today, February 6, 2014, as the day that Slashdot died. This confirmation from Timothy basically guarantees that many of us will be driven away against our will, all due to this shitty, shitty beta site going live. The community just won't survive that, I'm afraid to say.

I won't say it died today, though it did suffer the critical injury from which it shall never recover.

Re:Timothy confirms Slashdot Classic will be gone. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182579)

Hey man, you gotta try this patented red snow. The taste is out of this world!

Then let's (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182785)

Then let's also pledge to bring down dice.com

Extend the boycott to the source of our collective angst.

Re:Then let's (2)

arth1 (260657) | about 6 months ago | (#46183251)

Extend the boycott to the source of our collective angst.

That would be The Quadrangle Group [quadranglegroup.com] and General Atlantic [generalatlantic.com] , the owners of Dice Holdings.

I'm sure they're not too pleased as is [edgar-online.com] with Dice Holdings, but might be unaware that their subsidiary is killing a cash cow through sheer stubbornness.

Re: Timothy confirms Slashdot Classic will be gone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46183121)

The Nasty Stuff Administration stuff in beta must be really important, for to be so hard to kill.

Cockney rhyming slang (4, Interesting)

istartedi (132515) | about 6 months ago | (#46182641)

May "olives and feta" be our code for "fuck the beta" going forward. Like, you're in a bar in Palo Alto and somebody mentions how their company is redesigning their site and you go, "so it's olives and feta" and they either know what you're talking about or they don't.

Re:Cockney rhyming slang (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182713)

Your post is like olives and feta. Or maybe that's the Slashdot Beta...

At least they're noticing (1)

Anubis350 (772791) | about 6 months ago | (#46182649)

I mean the post that timothy had on hearing us is approaching the level of some of the most highly commented discussions on /., and it's going to keep growing. Maybe the editors can show that to their Dice overlords and get them to back the hell off of the aggressive monetizing Beta is and refocus on a way of compromising while still keeping the damn community and not tanking the awesome place that has been /. for so very long

Re:At least they're noticing (1)

arth1 (260657) | about 6 months ago | (#46182743)

I mean the post that timothy had on hearing us is approaching the level of some of the most highly commented discussions on /., and it's going to keep growing. Maybe the editors can show that to their Dice overlords and get them to back the hell off of the aggressive monetizing Beta is and refocus on a way of compromising while still keeping the damn community and not tanking the awesome place that has been /. for so very long

Any compromise that ditches Slashdot classic isn't a compromise.

There is no sane way to turn the Beta into a working system - it cannot be done incrementally, because it's so fundamentally different.
The only compromise that could work would be to support both interfaces. Which the powers that be are not interested in doing - they must have an awful lot of face invested, when they're willing to let their jobs go down the drain rather than admit failure.

Polish the turd all you want, but it's not going to become something else. It's broken by fundamental design, not by coding or lack of features.

Re:At least they're noticing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46183039)

The only compromise that could work would be to support both interfaces.

Too late now, even if they dump the beta completely in a week or so, enough people will have left because even classic Slashdot is useless if all of the comments are about the beta.

fuss beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182279)

cuss!

Take that, ya coppers! (-1)

rts008 (812749) | about 6 months ago | (#46182303)

Hack the Google Glass to ONLY display Slashdot Beta, even when turned off. ;-)

NYPD (0)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 6 months ago | (#46182329)

Does NYPD's Google Glass clone have an app for reporting idiot marketers who don't listen to their users? Something like

--- You are being assaulted by Idiot Managers ---
You can:
[ ] File a report with the NYPD
[ ] Upmod a post about how crappy their customer service is.
[ ] Sell off stock you own of theirs
[ ] Close your account
[ ] Other (Place eyeball here for more options)

Re:NYPD (3, Informative)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | about 6 months ago | (#46182343)

It optimizes the Web 3.0 paradigm for maximal user experience and audience impactfulness.

Re:NYPD (4, Funny)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 6 months ago | (#46182515)

It optimizes the Web 3.0 paradigm for maximal user experience and audience impactfulness.

How much pepto did you have to drink before you could say that and not vomit in your mouth? The internet wants to know.

Re:NYPD (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | about 6 months ago | (#46182585)

I think you meant to ask, "What methodology did you use to leverage Procter & Gamble(tm) Pepto-Bismol(tm) to ensure stakeholder regurgative response return?" Remember, in today's fast-moving web forum environment, you have to upgrade regularly to best-of-breed communicational strategies for the optimal user experience.

First world problems. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182341)

So what. FUCK BETA!

Will it suck as bad as... (0)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 6 months ago | (#46182351)

,,,Slashdot's Beta?

Glassholes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182379)

Just as long as they dont wear it while driving their squad cars, or they'll forever be booking themselves.

Re: Yourectum (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182749)

I like to call people Glassholes because I'm a jealous Applefag

I agree completely, this beta site is shit.

Google Glass Whitespace - iamslashdot (-1)

starcraftsicko (647070) | about 6 months ago | (#46182381)

Since this is a beta, presumably the 'glass limits a policeman's field of view to some arbitrarily narrow fixed width and further obscures that with an empty white column that covers 1/3 of the restricted viewable space and continues empty to infinity. When the policeman attempts to obtain identification of a suspect, all pertinant details are obscured for no reason, especially the license numbers. And all NYPD police reports will now be doublespaced.

Bad "ux" if you ask me. But the NYPD is corrupt and does parallel investigation for the NSA. So

Fuckbeta!

Re:Google Glass Whitespace - iamslashdot (1)

s.petry (762400) | about 6 months ago | (#46182541)

I'm picturing the NYPD implementation of Google Glass to be extremely buggy. It will have a tendency to shut off right before almost every arrest, and break much more frequently too. I'm not sure if things have improved under the new mayor or not. I'm a skeptic, and corrupt agencies tend to remain corrupt until somehow the house gets cleaned.

Re:Google Glass Whitespace - iamslashdot (1)

citizenr (871508) | about 6 months ago | (#46182859)

I'm picturing the NYPD implementation of Google Glass to be extremely buggy. It will have a tendency to shut off right before almost every arrest

like Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses ?

also fuck beta

Give me a couple hours (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182383)

And I could probably convince an officer how utterly indispensable google glasses would be to them.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure the methods/uses would be legal.

Soooo close to endgame. (2, Informative)

Anachragnome (1008495) | about 6 months ago | (#46182393)

US5722418

+

US5644363

+

GoogleGlass

+

Acceptance

=

????

Usenet Slashdot and Dice (0)

RocketRabbit (830691) | about 6 months ago | (#46182403)

I think that we should all just migrate to Usenet, en masse. It is the only medium left on the Internet that is distributed, uncensorable, JavaScript and banner ad free, and which allows each user to shit-can crappy posters / contributors. Think of it, with the critical mass of Slashdot users migrating away from this mess, we can finally rejuvenate Usenet and restore it to its previous position as the pre-eminent Internet discussion medium.

I know many of us using residential broadband saw our ISPs droop Usenet support, but there are still alternatives. Eternal September is a free Usenet provider, with the caveat that they don't allow binaries to be posted nor do they carry binary groups. Giganews is still in operation, and perhaps one or more of us Slashdot refugees will start our own infrastructure to compliment these resources.

Think of it this way - if we all go to Reddit or Digg or one of the alternate Slashdot replacements being bandied about during this crisis, this is just a temporary fix and no guarantee that this kind of shit won't happen again.

Help me rejuvenate NNTP and Usenet, after all it is the only realistic long-term solution.

Re:Usenet Slashdot and Dice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182471)

i feel u duke

Re:Usenet Slashdot and Dice (2)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | about 6 months ago | (#46182521)

alt.slashdot.refugees?

Re:Usenet Slashdot and Dice (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 6 months ago | (#46183237)

My newsfeed doesn't carry it.

Re:Usenet Slashdot and Dice (1)

sploxx (622853) | about 6 months ago | (#46183669)

735c9a1a20b2819611a86ea28b86beb0 2caae0817b267308f0f9292bafc3513d

I actually looked at the beta site and I do have to say that it looks
truly horrible, yes. So, although everything is offtopic everywhere today,
apparently, let me also chime and say:

Please keep the old system in place. It wasn't broken, so please don't fix it.

Will they write a special NYPD app... (1)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | about 6 months ago | (#46182415)

to tell the officer exactly how far to shove the toilet plunger up the suspects ass during an interrogation? Point out the locations of local mosques for illegal surveillance? Figure out which community to target the illegal stop and frisk campaign on next?

Re:Will they write a special NYPD app... (0)

Laxori666 (748529) | about 6 months ago | (#46183257)

WTF are you talking about? Beta does suck.

Slashcott (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182423)

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet.

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.

Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks [reddit.com] the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system. If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this [slashdot.org] in a new tab. After seeing that, click here [slashdot.org] to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.

We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott [slashdot.org]

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
http://slashdot.org/recent [slashdot.org] [slashdot.org] - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention. Links of note:

Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=56395415 [slashdot.org]
Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=3321441 [slashdot.org]
Alternative Slashdot: altslashdot.org [altslashdot.org]
IRC Discussion: slashnet.org #slashdot

Marked-up text for this comment: http://pastebin.com/mc2rhHBh [pastebin.com]

Who, in their right mind, would want to... (3)

QuietLagoon (813062) | about 6 months ago | (#46182427)

... destroy one of the major melting pots of the global technology industry?

.
Who, in their right mind, would want to destroy the cross-pollination of innovation within the global technology industry?

Dice, do you have the slightest inkling of what you are about to destroy?

Sadly (2)

justthinkit (954982) | about 6 months ago | (#46182857)

Sadly, I think I've figured it out.

- Ubuntu did it with Gnome 3.
- Microsoft did it with Windows 8.
- Numerous sites have done it by forcing facebook login to leave comments, by auto-refreshing & forcing Javascript, and by turning web pages into never-ending feeds (e.g. lifehacker.com's home page).
- Now slashdot is doing it.

Doing what? Getting rid of the gray beards.

There is no money to be sucked from bright bulbs. Those who only want to facebook will carry on like nothing has happened. And ultimately the Internet will be completely controlled by business (i.e. wolves), and populated primarily with sheep.

We, the neck bears, have served their purpose. They no longer need us. THEY are giving US the F.U.

Re:Sadly (2)

dcollins (135727) | about 6 months ago | (#46183241)

To me, the closest analog is D&D 4th Edition; change everything, explicitly fuck the old guard, hope-and-pray for a rain newbies.

One year later, and thereafter: over half their customer base is gone, and the Pathfinder game is top of the heap.

But then I'm a D&D geek and probably Dice doesn't want me around anymore, either.

Re:Who, in their right mind, would want to... (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 6 months ago | (#46183113)

Someone who can make money (or avoid losing money) by destroying it.

Re:Who, in their right mind, would want to... (1)

Anachragnome (1008495) | about 6 months ago | (#46183697)

"Dice, do you have the slightest inkling of what you are about to destroy?"

Yes, they know exactly what they are about to destroy.

bro (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182443)

netcraft confirms it, the beta is ass

Winston Smith (1)

Hellburner (127182) | about 6 months ago | (#46182447)

We have always been at war with your beta.

Re:Winston Smith (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46183671)

We have always been at war with your beta.

Strength through Beta. Beta is Peace. We will always be at Beta in Dice's Slashdot.

No Classic UI (3, Informative)

Misanthrope (49269) | about 6 months ago | (#46182461)

I've been reading /. since '98, without the classic UI as an option you have lost me as a user. I will participate in the upcoming boycott.

Here's how it works kiddies! (1)

Chas (5144) | about 6 months ago | (#46182467)

You do something wrong? Cop has video of it.
Cop does something wrong? "Well, I was chasing the suspect and my Google Glass fell off, so I don't have footage of the event. I have NO idea how he fell down and broke both arms, both legs (multiple fractures each), and caved his own skull in so he can't testify...err...caved his own skull in..."

Re:Here's how it works kiddies! (0)

beckett (27524) | about 6 months ago | (#46182513)

"Well, I was chasing the suspect and my Google Glass fell off, so I don't have footage of the event. I have NO idea how he fell down and broke both arms, both legs (multiple fractures each), and caved his own skull in so he can't testify...err...caved his own skull in..."

sounds like the slashdot beta experience.

Re:Here's how it works kiddies! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182557)

Do the cops have a video of Beta shashdot? Cause, there's something wrong.

Beta Suck (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182519)

I read this and started to tear up... http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4761733&cid=46179141

OK Beta Sucks... Where will we go?

This is Slashdot Damn it!!! We are not a web site, we are a community that thrives off of the unique moderation system put in place years ago.

I know for years, I have asked people who I suspected.. " Do you read Slashdot?" And if they said regularyly, I could be assured of thier being informed on
"News for NERDs & STUFF THAT MATTERS"

  I learned about GOOGLE on SLASHDOT back in ... 199...8?

As a group we can collectively move. The slashdot code was published years ago.

What is the new URL?

I am not a coder but will be more than willing to help the group move forward away from this BS.
Do we start a kick starter for hosting funds?
Who will moderate submissions?
Who will administer the site?

I can't do everything to make this happen, but I will be more then willing to contribute as much as I can.

If wikipedia can exist for all these years as a non-profit then I am sure the Slashdot community can figure out how to exist free from profit motives that make things suck.

BTY - I never read slashdot on a mobile device, because it sucks! Where was the protest then?

Slashcode and Usenet (0)

xyzzymage (3415857) | about 6 months ago | (#46183187)

Well, I'm seeing Slashdotters say they're returning to Usenet, and it's definitely alive again (I started hanging out there again 3 days ago). With Slashdot admin censoring posts/sigs about any form of protest, and boycott week coming, it'd be a good idea to have somewhere pre-made to meet while everyone's still bothering, rather than wait for a full website to be built. Looking at the different group names, I think that "talk.general.specific" describes Slashdot quite well. ;)

Also, I found the Slashcode repository earlier thanks to someone pointing to the old FAQ -- here's the page for the last version, dated 2006 [sourceforge.net] . If someone with the knowledge/ability gets it going on a site, I think more than enough Slashdotters would contribute to pay the bills.

Re:Slashcode and Usenet (1)

arth1 (260657) | about 6 months ago | (#46183283)

Also, I found the Slashcode repository earlier thanks to someone pointing to the old FAQ -- here's the page for the last version, dated 2006. If someone with the knowledge/ability gets it going on a site, I think more than enough Slashdotters would contribute to pay the bills.

First of all, get it off Sourceforge and fork it at a new location.

SF too is under Dice.com. If they feel free to censor here, don't trust what they host elsewhere either.

The bigger test is coming (3, Interesting)

sandbagger (654585) | about 6 months ago | (#46182555)

Several police forces have been hammering people who record police with wiretapping charges. Eventually wearable computers with 3/4G will be commonplace. I am sure that wearable video will help knock down frivolous complaints against police officers for misconduct and will sometimes magically be corrupted when recordings might prove wrongdoing.

However, eventually there will be so many people wearing so many video cameras it'll be impossible for bad apples to say all of the independently recorded videos magically were deleted or got corrupted on the floppy disc. And there will be so many citizens wearing cameras that there will be too many SD cards to confiscate.

A large enough difference in degree becomes a difference in kind. I think digital video will have as large an impact on policing as the telephone and radio. If you've been following, there was a constable in the UK who basically can be seen lying on camera about smelling alcohol on a protester's breath. (Google it, it's all over LiveLeak.) Guys like this will -- one hopes -- get cashiered. Baddies who hope to win the lawsuit lottery by inventing abuse should also expect to have a hard time.

Of course, police have become used to yelling 'Stop resisting' when handcuffing in case they're being videotaped so the Darwinian behavioural game continues.

Re:The bigger test is coming (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182741)

wow the UK police actually pretty soft, NYPD would slammed that dude on the ground and thrown in him a van, end of story, the NYPD doesn't' argue, they whip ass and let the judge sort it out. the UK cops did screw that dude but i'm amazed that they even engaged him a discussion like that instead of just throw him down, handcuff his ass and take him away from the start

Re:The bigger test is coming (1)

BlueStrat (756137) | about 6 months ago | (#46183435)

It seems cops in NY could certainly use some serious reining-in. In this incident, an officer allegedly kicked and broke the leg of a 10-YO boy who used his mother's phone to video record them, and then also sexually assaulted the mother.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new... [nydailynews.com]

Cretins like that would use Google Glass as a tool of oppression to aid with blackmail, extortion, and control of the population under their purview.

But as bad as thugs like that are, I'll bet even *they* say "Fuck Slashdot Beta!".

Strat

Re:The bigger test is coming (1)

Laxori666 (748529) | about 6 months ago | (#46183271)

I agree that Beta sucks - good point.

Re:The bigger test is coming (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 6 months ago | (#46183441)

Pretty sure all of the wiretapping charges have been dropped by courts, sometimes with the police facing nice juicy fines.

I look forward to the day when the police confiscate my phone so I can get back 40k or so, I back up my phone and photo/video goes up to the network so have fun with the locked phone jackboots (a term I reserve for those police stupid enough to confiscate recording equipment).

Re:The bigger test is coming (1)

tftp (111690) | about 6 months ago | (#46183605)

I look forward to the day when the police confiscate my phone so I can get back 40k or so

I hope this will be enough to cover new front teeth, and the discomfort that you will experience when a JBT kicks them out for you. The city may pay you $40K later, if you are lucky. However the "officer" on steroids will not be punished; he will be free to continue his "activities."

The dental chair is not the worst that can happen to you. Police can charge you with any number of imaginary violations, such as "obstructing the officer" or "disturbing the peace." Many of them carry bags with drugs and "spare" drop guns. If need arises, those items will be "found" on you.

If you cannot defend yourself against those charges you will become a criminal, and then your life in the USA, as you know it, will be pretty much over. The police have too much power today. Your absolute best plan of action is to never, ever deal with a police officer in your life. Many of them are good people; but you cannot take the risk.

With regard to Beta, I will be avoiding /. for the next week.

Beta Sucks - Let's GO! (0)

ipv6_128_lgwb (70428) | about 6 months ago | (#46182559)

reposted as I realized I was not logged in when posted the first time.....

I read this and started to tear up... http://tech.slashdot.org/comme... [slashdot.org]

OK Beta Sucks... Where will we go?

This is Slashdot Damn it!!! We are not a web site, we are a community that thrives off of the unique moderation system put in place years ago.

I know for years, I have asked people who I suspected.. " Do you read Slashdot?" And if they said regularyly, I could be assured of thier being informed on
"News for NERDs & STUFF THAT MATTERS"

    I learned about GOOGLE on SLASHDOT back in ... 199...8?

As a group we can collectively move. The slashdot code was published years ago.

What is the new URL?

I am not a coder but will be more than willing to help the group move forward away from this BS.
Do we start a kick starter for hosting funds?
Who will moderate submissions?
Who will administer the site?

I can't do everything to make this happen, but I will be more then willing to contribute as much as I can.

If wikipedia can exist for all these years as a non-profit then I am sure the Slashdot community can figure out how to exist free from profit motives that make things suck.

BTY - I never read slashdot on a mobile device, because it sucks! Where was the protest then?

Re:Beta Sucks - Let's GO! (1)

xyzzymage (3415857) | about 6 months ago | (#46183291)

Repeating my comment (slightly edited) now that you're logged in:
Well, I'm seeing Slashdotters say back on Usenet, and it's definitely alive again (I started hanging out there again 3 days ago). With Slashdot admin censoring posts/sigs about any form of protest, and boycott week coming, it'd be a good idea to have somewhere to meet while people feel motivated to bother going there, rather than wait for a full website to be built. (IÂhad suggested talk.general.specific in my earlier comment, but turns out there's still people meeting there...damn.)

Also, I found the Slashcode repository earlier thanks to someone pointing to the old FAQ -- here's the page for the last version, dated 2006 [sourceforge.net] . If someone with the knowledge/ability gets it going on a site, I think more than enough Slashdotters would contribute to pay the bills if needed.

Adding: What the fuck?! Between the comment IÂleft 10 minutes ago and now, the comment-posting box changed to look like a screwy hybrid of Classic & Beta (complete with the text box being 1/4 normal size), and as far as IÂcan tell, I'm still in Classic mode! What the hell, are they screwing with Classic now, too?

Adding #2: OK, some of my spaces are now inexplicably coming up as garbage characters as if I used Unicode... IÂgive up, this *really* makes no sense!

Jamming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182581)

What does it take to jam Glass's RF link?

Re:Jamming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182767)

A subspace field generator with a quantum matrix.

NO, This is a GOOD thing and should have happened (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182591)

long ago. Cameras on cops will end up preserving our omg grunt, I gotta go take a beta.

Ironic Error (with white space and ascii boxes) (-1)

j-stroy (640921) | about 6 months ago | (#46182599)

The most ironic thing is this filter error I got when trying to emulate the Beta with ascii art: "Filter error: Please use fewer 'junk' characters."

Even the comment filter from classic says "Fuck Beta" for the whitespace and excessive line boxes

Honest to gosh, was this some high school project? I mean seriously, the images don't even show up with the correct aspect ratio, they're all squished.

Hopefully NYPD beta tests better than Dice (5, Insightful)

Nightbrood (6060) | about 6 months ago | (#46182631)

DICE, the community is trying to tell you something. We hope you are listening. This Slash Beta idea you all got obsessed with rolling out is a REALLY bad idea. You obviously tried pencil whip the user feedback portion of your launch plan otherwise the comment system wouldn't have devolved into an outright revolt against the Beta in EVERY. SINGLE. STORY. you have posted today.

Additionally, you should keep in mind that while we love Slashdot, we recognize all good things must come to and end. If this is what you want to do, then do it. However, don't expect a large portion of the community to follow you down that path. I know this because they have told you ALL DAY. I know this because this community, unlike many others, is made up of the people who have the skills and abilities to REPLACE you. I know they will replace you because you've made them passionate about the cause. Even I, a 4 digit UID and pro-lurker, am fired up enough to post! Fix this guys or the community will fix it for you.

#IamSlashdot

No you are NOT Slashdot (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 6 months ago | (#46183423)

Hey, do you not think Slashdot has probably got the message now, what with endless thread hijacking and the 800+ comment story where they specifically asked for feedback?

To bring this back on topic, you posting about beta now is ever bit as much an asshole move as wearing Glass into someplace people don't want photos.

#IAmAPersonWhoWantsToReadFuckingTopicalCommentsNotYourPettyVendetta

Re:No you are NOT Slashdot (1)

ducomputergeek (595742) | about 6 months ago | (#46183555)

Well, be sure to turn out the lights then. Because once the "Just Another Wordpress" site theme is launched and the comments section, the unique feature that makes Slashdot, as we know it is gone. At that point I'll wait and see where the community migrates to and follow suite. Maybe someone will download Slashcode and attempt to launch a new site. Hell it was a good run. But all good things...

Re:No you are NOT Slashdot (0)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 6 months ago | (#46183959)

I don't care about theme, I care about content. So far that is the same except for the Beta Asshole posts (as I will call them henceforth).

Go Away, Beta Assholes. You don't like the new theme then take a hike. There is far too much bitchcraft in the world around us when ANY style change is implemented, and I'm sick you winging little bitches yapping over every change to every site on earth as if it were the end of all.

Re:No you are NOT Slashdot (1)

dunkelfalke (91624) | about 6 months ago | (#46183855)

Well, true enough, this persistent complaining about beta is annoying, but then again beta indeed is worse than OMG Ponies Slashdot. This complaining is akin to a strike, and supposed to be annoying.

Re:No you are NOT Slashdot (1)

PGC (880972) | about 6 months ago | (#46183869)

Seeing the message they posted: NO.

Beta Sucks - Tell The Des Moines Register! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182643)

I live in Des Moines and know people who work for Dice. People around here read the Des Moines Register and listen to what it says.

If you really want to put pressure on the Dice executives, help make it a news story that will be read by those that can change it.

I submitted a story idea here [desmoinesregister.com]

Re:Beta Sucks - Tell The Des Moines Register! (1)

znanue (2782675) | about 6 months ago | (#46182733)

Seems to have been slashdotted.

Re:Beta Sucks - Tell The Des Moines Register! (2)

arth1 (260657) | about 6 months ago | (#46182843)

Seems to have been slashdotted.

It might go into history as the last site to be slashdotted.

Unless someone swallows their pride and admits they've been polishing a turd since October, there won't be any future slashdotting, because there won't enough users around to overwhelm a server. Unfortunately, it seems like management at slashdot has too much face invested, and don't dare tell the big brass at Dice Holding that the only possible way to survive is to kill their baby.

Glasshole Genesis (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182651)

When an Glass wearing officer and a Glass wearing citizen look each other in the eye, a Glassingularity is formed. The intense staring generated by the Glasshole causes all light of the Enlightenment and information about cats to curve back into itself.

the slashdot beta is a failure (1)

Adult film producer (866485) | about 6 months ago | (#46182697)

Improvements cannot be made on an already broken design. Please trash it for good.

Re:the slashdot beta is a failure (1)

ppff (936472) | about 6 months ago | (#46182715)

Yes.. At this point it would be better to just thrash it.

Google Glasses are not as bad as.... (1)

ppff (936472) | about 6 months ago | (#46182699)

Slashdot's BETA! Can't you just fire the web designer?

The fabric of spacetime is in peril (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 6 months ago | (#46182739)

When a roided-up big city cop puts on Glass, physicists are not sure what effect such concentrated arrogance might have on surrounding matter. Such experiments should be conducted out in the Oort cloud, where the effects on Earth should be minimal.

But I bet they wouldn't beta-test Slashdot beta, e (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182753)

FUCK BETA!

NYPD Community (1)

znanue (2782675) | about 6 months ago | (#46182761)

I think one of the things I really like about the NYPD is that they don't call us New Yorkers their "audience". On the side of the cars they have the words "Community Professionalism Respect".

Re:NYPD Community (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182793)

Yah, and for some reason they don't let marketing types tell them how to rebrand themselves.

Re:NYPD Community (1)

arth1 (260657) | about 6 months ago | (#46183197)

I think one of the things I really like about the NYPD is that they don't call us New Yorkers their "audience". On the side of the cars they have the words "Community Professionalism Respect".

What happened to "To Protect and Serve"?
Too many invitations to tennis matches?

Really Funny Not (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182791)

Now, with a little hacking, we can watch a NYPD Officer Butt Fuck a Jamaican National during the "Interrogation" Period.

Not Good!

Typical Slashdot users (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182845)

"I ONLY LISTEN TO OBSCURE OVERSEAS BANDS USING FLAC AUDIO FILES ON A HACKBOOK AIR RUNNING FEDORA"
"64KB SHOULD BE ENOUGH RAM FOR ANYONE"
"HAVE YOU TRIED EMACS?"
"THIS WOULDN'T HAPPEN ON A LINUX SYSTEM"
- Slashdot users, 2014

Change is coming. if you don't like it, go back to looking at ascii art porn on a bash prompt

this sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182851)

how to turn off beta?

Re:this sucks (1)

Adult film producer (866485) | about 6 months ago | (#46182959)

You will learn to love beta whether you like it or not !!

Unlike this topic (1)

db10 (740174) | about 6 months ago | (#46182945)

It's important to note.. that beta blows.. it's really not good, if you're not improving the site then wtf are you doing?

did google just change its font? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182963)

or is some bitch ass malware fagging up my shit

Funding to build new old slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46182965)

Anyone for crowd sourcing or finding funding to develop a new website to give us the old-slashdot feel once beta becomes permanent?

I miss the old days (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46183065)

I miss the old days.. Fuck beat :(

lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46183085)

And it begins...

Beta (1)

nephillim (980798) | about 6 months ago | (#46183177)

Well if the facial recognition software would allow law enforcement to identify the creators of the beta to lock them up and do unspeakable things to them, such as forcing them to wear Google glass to stare at the beta site (the usual cruel and unusual laws need not apply to monsters like them), I think it would be a terrific idea.

... it can't be any worse of an idea than the beta after all.

I'm betting (1)

hajile (2457040) | about 6 months ago | (#46183221)

I'm betting that we'll see for the first time just how unreliable the storage is on google glasses. Just wait until somebody requests footage and see how fast the "malfunctions" start occurring.

Glasshole? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46183247)

Great so calling him a Glasshole will get you arrested or in the US Shot.

Internal Affairs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46183255)

Internal Affairs will love it.

Re:Internal Affairs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46183309)

but I bet the video wont be usable in trials, except by the prosecution Like the whole "anything you say can and will be used" (yea only usable to prosecute you, if you say anything in your defense its "hearsay")

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