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posted by on Sunday February 23 2020, @03:20PM   Printer-friendly
from the anything-not-illegal-is-compulsory dept.

Bleh. Apparently not caring what you do on other sites or even requiring any personal information isn't good enough for the state of Confusion^WCalifornia, so we have a shiny, new, temporary Privacy Policy posted on every page and linked at the top of the nav bar.

If you feel like prettying the language, layout, or whatever up before I get around to it, feel free to do so and submit a pull request.

 
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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @03:28PM (28 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @03:28PM (#961402)

    Ruin everything. The site's ruined, ruined, ruined.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:26PM (27 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:26PM (#961431)

    Have you seen /. recently? They completely disabled A.C. posts. You have to register and sign in to post comments. On top of that they IP ban anyone with differing political views even though the comments made were clean. I got IP banned for submitting a funny true BBC news story about cops in a donuts shop. It's like it's run by North Korea or Apple.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:30PM (18 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:30PM (#961433)

      WTF did you go there once we had SN?

      • (Score: 5, Interesting) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:40PM (5 children)

        by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:40PM (#961443) Homepage Journal

        I skim the headlines on the crapper in the morning. Sometimes they have something we missed that's worth subbing. Plus it's fun to laugh at their lack of UTF-8 support. I mean, I even offered to do that shit for them back years ago when they said they were going to finally implement it. For free. Hell, it's not even difficult if you've done it once before.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @08:23PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @08:23PM (#961537)

          They claim now that they don't have UTF-8 support on purpose. Depending on which staff member responds, it has something to do with censorship in China, avoiding combining character spam (like this [ycombinator.com]) or to maximize discussion by forcing people to use English. Either way, it definitely sounds like bullshit, since even the staff post mojibake from forgetting to change quotation marks and it isn't that hard to handle Unicode while stripping or catching most of the things they don't want.

          • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday February 24 2020, @12:48AM

            by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Monday February 24 2020, @12:48AM (#961630) Homepage Journal

            Yeah, it's a minor pain and a bit of reading but it's not in any way difficult. Make a list of the crap you don't want being used by Unicode code points, get the hex and decimal HTML entities for each, and get any named HTML entities for each. After you have those it doesn't take more than a few minutes to code up.

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        • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Monday February 24 2020, @01:36AM (2 children)

          by fustakrakich (6150) on Monday February 24 2020, @01:36AM (#961649) Journal

          Plus it's fun to laugh at their lack of UTF-8 support.

          That is their saving grace. No emojis! Twenty years of archives ain't too shabby either...

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          • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday February 24 2020, @01:50AM (1 child)

            by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Monday February 24 2020, @01:50AM (#961655) Homepage Journal

            You make a compelling argument but having your code monkeys and editors look like retards every time someone uses a type of quotation mark or dash not found in ASCII isn't a good tradeoff IMO.

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            • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Monday February 24 2020, @02:00AM

              by fustakrakich (6150) on Monday February 24 2020, @02:00AM (#961658) Journal

              Yeah, they should reject the submission than contains any of that junk and tell the guy to sanitize his input.

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      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:46PM (9 children)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:46PM (#961446) Journal

        Nostalgia, probably. Everyone remembers their childhood, and their alma mater, and such. So, you get nostalgic, one day, and go for a drive through the old neighborhood. Maybe you even stop to visit the school. And, it's all warped, because none of it's as big as you remember. And, it's probably warped even more, due to the house that burnt down, the house that was blow away by a tornado, and the fifteen new houses, and the thirteen convenience stores that didn't exist.

        Except - at slashdot, the good was all gone before we even left. I mean, how high can you stack guano, anyhow?

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        • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:51PM (2 children)

          by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Sunday February 23 2020, @04:51PM (#961450) Homepage Journal

          Dunno, how tall are you?

          Don't blame me when you slow pitch one across the plate like that.

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          • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday February 23 2020, @05:25PM (1 child)

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 23 2020, @05:25PM (#961461) Journal

            Nahh, I'm being kinda serious here. When I left the elementary school, headed up to the junior high school, I never expected to come back. But, I did one day, after graduating from high school. I actually had to go inside the elementary school to pick up a cousin who needed a ride home. GEEZ LOUISE! The ceilings were so low, the hallways narrow, I felt like I had walked into the twilight zone. The office, and the one classroom I entered were just TINY. For that matter, the playground seemed postage-stamp sized. And no, I'm not a giant - 6 ft tall even. But the difference between ~5' 6" twelve year old me, and 6' tall 20 year old me was a very big difference!

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        • (Score: 2) by Fnord666 on Sunday February 23 2020, @07:21PM (2 children)

          by Fnord666 (652) on Sunday February 23 2020, @07:21PM (#961510) Homepage

          Nostalgia, probably. Everyone remembers their childhood, and their alma mater, and such. So, you get nostalgic, one day, and go for a drive through the old neighborhood. Maybe you even stop to visit the school. And, it's all warped, because none of it's as big as you remember. And, it's probably warped even more, due to the house that burnt down, the house that was blow away by a tornado, and the fifteen new houses, and the thirteen convenience stores that didn't exist.

          Except - at slashdot, the good was all gone before we even left. I mean, how high can you stack guano, anyhow?

          More like remembering the sound of the belt zipping through your Dad's belt loops.

          • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @08:27PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @08:27PM (#961538)

            At the mere suggestion, I heard your comment. And he wonders why I never call.

          • (Score: 3, Insightful) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday February 24 2020, @12:58AM

            by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Monday February 24 2020, @12:58AM (#961634) Homepage Journal

            Only if you had a childhood that was worth having lived. I mean, if you never got up to anything good enough to get your ass whipped, you wasted yours entirely.

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        • (Score: 4, Informative) by TheRaven on Monday February 24 2020, @10:44AM (2 children)

          by TheRaven (270) on Monday February 24 2020, @10:44AM (#961771) Journal
          Slashdot got a lot worse after this site was set up as a result of one simple decision: they removed the Message Center. That meant that there wasn't any way of replying to a post without manually monitoring each of your posts for replies and so discussion fell into one-shot remarks. If you asked someone a question, they'd never see it so you wouldn't get a reply (and if you did, you wouldn't see it). This format dramatically favoured trolls and selects against in-depth discussions.
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          • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Monday February 24 2020, @07:31PM (1 child)

            by tangomargarine (667) on Monday February 24 2020, @07:31PM (#961950)

            WTF, why? You might as well just say "stop posting here."

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            • (Score: 2) by TheRaven on Thursday February 27 2020, @05:15PM

              by TheRaven (270) on Thursday February 27 2020, @05:15PM (#963615) Journal
              I can't speak for their intentions, but that's how I interpreted it and stopped.
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      • (Score: 2) by shortscreen on Sunday February 23 2020, @07:38PM

        by shortscreen (2252) on Sunday February 23 2020, @07:38PM (#961519) Journal

        I haven't been going to the green site anymore, but learning that the site has now devolved to such a level does hold some schadenfreude value. Like learning that your ex who ran off with the pool cleaner was just arrested for shoplifting or something.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2020, @08:30AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2020, @08:30AM (#961749)

        Nostalgia? I made some great posts there.

    • (Score: 4, Touché) by captain normal on Sunday February 23 2020, @05:00PM

      by captain normal (2205) on Sunday February 23 2020, @05:00PM (#961455)

      "Have you seen /. recently? "
      No.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @07:04PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2020, @07:04PM (#961503)

      Have you seen /. recently?

      No. I have not intentionally returned to that other site since the great leaving due to beta.

      I have accidentally been taken there by a link from another site where I did not notice soon enough that the link went to that other site. The tab was closed as soon as I realized where the link had taken me.

    • (Score: 2) by cmdrklarg on Monday February 24 2020, @06:01PM

      by cmdrklarg (5048) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 24 2020, @06:01PM (#961910)

      They completely disabled A.C. posts.

      This is not correct. Registered and signed in users are still able to post as AC. I do this from time to time, mainly to not invalidate any moderation I've done.

      I have no problem with this, as the massive majority of AC posts at the time were shitposts (there was a LOT of them too). I had to hide anything under 2 it was so bad.

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    • (Score: 2) by vux984 on Monday February 24 2020, @10:26PM (3 children)

      by vux984 (5045) on Monday February 24 2020, @10:26PM (#962045)

      "Have you seen /. recently? They completely disabled A.C. posts. You have to register and sign in to post comments."

      This appears to be completely false.

      • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday February 24 2020, @11:43PM (2 children)

        by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Monday February 24 2020, @11:43PM (#962078) Homepage Journal

        Nope. I verified it a month or so ago. Logged in users can post anonymously like they can here but actual ACs were banned last year.

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        • (Score: 2) by vux984 on Tuesday February 25 2020, @12:34AM (1 child)

          by vux984 (5045) on Tuesday February 25 2020, @12:34AM (#962103)

          I stand corrected.

          I got as far as seeing that the AC form displayed and looked normal before posting. But your right, I get a message "Sorry, anonymous posting has been turned off. Please register and log in." upon hitting the "Preview" button.

          Sad.

    • (Score: 2) by Chocolate on Tuesday February 25 2020, @03:44AM

      by Chocolate (8044) on Tuesday February 25 2020, @03:44AM (#962204) Journal

      It's in my RSS feed. . no more is required

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