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Yet Another EVE Online Battle, Electrons Destroyed
  9% 55 votes
Bitcoin is Up/Down/Sideways, Nobody Blinks
  7% 46 votes
Why Google Glasses are so Awesome, and Why I Got Punched in the Face
  13% 83 votes
Why Patent Reform Will Never Happen
  12% 74 votes
Global Warming Something Something ... Hurricanes!
  3% 19 votes
Apple!
  1% 11 votes
Linus Torvalds is Actually a Reincarnation of the Buddha
  37% 226 votes
Other (specify below)
  14% 87 votes
601 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by WildWombat on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:40AM

    by WildWombat (1428) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:40AM (#6431)

    Not that I care all that much, I just think they're cool to read about and see pictures of. That and I didn't fall in love with the other options, I can think of thinks I'd much rather see. More on rockets and more on manufacturing technologies and material sciences.

    I was also JUST, as in ten seconds before, thinking, hey, its time for a new poll already, and I then once I checked my messages and returned to the main page, there was one. Awesome timing.

    Cheers,
    -WW

    • (Score: 1) by cockroach on Tuesday February 25 2014, @12:11PM

      by cockroach (2266) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @12:11PM (#6560)

      I'm quite sure that it was a story about EVE on that green site which made me originally try the game. That was in 2010 and I'm still playing today.

    • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:57AM

      by mhajicek (51) on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:57AM (#7756)

      I could write some articles on manufacturing stuff, but I'm usually too busy manufacturing stuff.

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:45AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:45AM (#6434)

    The new CowboyNeal option

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @07:54AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @07:54AM (#6467)

      we need more nerd shit.

      cnet etc isn't really nerdy... wtf would we care who farted in cupertino?

      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by mcgrew on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:01PM

        by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:01PM (#6689) Homepage Journal

        As much as I hate agreeing with an AC... although come on, SN is way nerdier than /.'s "news for iFans, stuff that blings". What does Apple and Nerds have in common? Aside from Woz, nothing. Nerds don't buy cool tech, we design, build, program, repair, and repurpose it.

        --
        Free Martian whores! [mcgrewbooks.com]
        • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Sir Garlon on Tuesday February 25 2014, @08:42PM

          by Sir Garlon (1264) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @08:42PM (#6920)

          Nerds don't buy cool tech, we design, build, program, repair, and repurpose it.

          That is the most awesome thing I have read all day.

          --
          [Sir Garlon] is the marvellest knight that is now living, for he destroyeth many good knights, for he goeth invisible.
          • (Score: 1) by PookEB on Thursday February 27 2014, @02:58AM

            by PookEB (3347) on Thursday February 27 2014, @02:58AM (#7734)

            Seconded, I don't think I've read a better description

        • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @10:56PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @10:56PM (#6988)

          A huge number of nerds own iDevices, and have since long before it was trendy to do so. Other nerds jumped on the iDevices bandwagon during the gold-rush era of the app-store. The original appeal of Apple devices was that it was different from what you used at work: "think different" was a successful ad campaign for a reason. Now that the hardware is popular we are expected to give it up as not different enough? What are we, hipsters?

          I develop for iDevices and used a MacBook for years until it met an unfortunate and untimely end. The fact that I feel the need to post anonymously is disheartening. I would love to see stories about the interesting things that are happening in the Apple sphere of technology without the warfare regarding personal preference shifting the discussion.

          • (Score: 1) by forsythe on Wednesday February 26 2014, @08:10PM

            by forsythe (831) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @08:10PM (#7523)

            I don't think it's just "Now that the hardware is popular." The Apple ][ machine was intended for very different usage than the latest Air is. If

            Sure, I'd like to know if Apple does something interesting, such as a significant reworking of Darwin or switching architectures again, etc. But I'm not so interested in the "Apple has released their 20XX line of laptops" or "Rumor says Apple will add three new colors to their phone lineup". I don't care about those stories when HP or Samsung are the companies in question, and I don't care about them when Apple is the company in question. And unfortunately, most "Apple news" is of that uninteresting sort.

        • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:19AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:19AM (#7018)

          I have an iPhone and an iPad. I'm, like, such a nerd!

          • (Score: 1) by Acabatag on Wednesday February 26 2014, @04:25AM

            by Acabatag (2885) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @04:25AM (#7107)

            I have a Newton, as well as hardware only powerful enough that it runs CP/M-80.

            But it's my soldering iron, and the fact that I own more than three wire strippers that makes me self-identify as a nerd. Also that I know what TTL stands for.

            • (Score: 5, Funny) by bigjimslade on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:32AM

              by bigjimslade (212) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:32AM (#7150)

              i like that. geeks here need to rank according to the types of wire strippers they have.

              30 gauge strippers, you're a digital geek, and you only care about having enough voltage for a logic 1.
              12 gauge strippers, you're a power person, and you worry about power supply current handling.
              coax stripper, you're a ham radio geek, and you know what RF is.

              if you don't have wire strippers, well then you're just a code geek, which i wouldn't trust with a hot iron on any day of the week.

              don't know what a wire stripper is...... get off this site.

              --
              Remember, Tuesday is Soylent Green Day
              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:21AM

                by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:21AM (#7738)

                Of course I know what a wire stripper is!
                We had many of them in the 00s. They beat top-less strippers for us old fogs.
                Sadly, our company can't afford them anymore.
                Now, get off my lawn.

              • (Score: 1) by Ellis D. Tripp on Thursday February 27 2014, @04:29AM

                by Ellis D. Tripp (3416) on Thursday February 27 2014, @04:29AM (#7779)

                What if you have all 3 of those, plus a thermal tweezer stripper for working with Teflon or Kapton insulated wire?

                --
                "Society is like stew. If you don't keep it stirred up, you end up with a lot of scum on the top!"--Edward Abbey
              • (Score: 1) by dargaud on Thursday February 27 2014, @02:57PM

                by dargaud (364) on Thursday February 27 2014, @02:57PM (#7979)

                I have a Swiss Army Knife, I can strip anything !

              • (Score: 1) by Kymation on Friday February 28 2014, @12:05AM

                by Kymation (1047) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 28 2014, @12:05AM (#8167)

                10-18 GA for electrical work.
                16-22 GA for electronics.
                18-24 GA specialty blades for Teflon/etc.
                26, 28, and 30 GA for wire wrap (and the Gardner-Denver wire wrap gun, of course.)
                Several cheap strippers in various tool bags and toolboxes, just so I have one handy.

                And I write code, too. So what does that make me? No, wait, don't answer that.

        • (Score: 5, Insightful) by sootman on Wednesday February 26 2014, @05:21AM

          by sootman (2137) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @05:21AM (#7126)

          > Nerds don't buy cool tech, we design, build,
          > program, repair, and repurpose it.

          Also, we use it. There's a time for Erector sets and Altairs, and there's a time for having a high-defenition video camera that shoots at 120fps and also shoots 8MP stills at 10fps and oh yeah it's also a GPS with satellite imagery and live traffic and a million other things and it weighs a couple OUNCES. Doesn't matter if it's Apple or Android or whoever. I mean come on, if this [consumerist.com] isn't nerd heaven, I don't know what is.

          I liked the idea of smartphones back when they were expensive and sucked*; then Apple made a great one and I wanted it. As it happens, a few million other people did too. Being popular does not automatically make it bad.

          * and I wanted one even before they existed. When I got my first Palm, I thought "this thing is awesome!" Then, the first time I read a number off my Palm and punched it into my phone, I though "It'll be great when I don't have to read a number off of one device and punch it into another." I very distinctly remember having that thought.

          • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:36PM

            by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:36PM (#7292) Homepage Journal

            Yes, nerds do indeed use tech, and we often foresee tech before it gets here. But using tech isn't enough for one to be a nerd, you have to understand it intimately. A nerd understands how that cool phone works, a consumer doesn't.

            --
            Free Martian whores! [mcgrewbooks.com]
        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Mykl on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:50AM

          by Mykl (1112) on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:50AM (#7708)

          I disagree that Apple and nerds have nothing in common.

          At my work, a large percentage of developers have a MacBook Pro or MacBook air, simply because they feel that it's the best hardware for their needs (they'll usually have another OS installed on it - in fact the head of our Microsoft partnership group has a MacBook with Win8).

          Apple's OS upgrades often come with shiny new tech that contributes back to the Open Source community as well:
          http://www.apple.com/opensource/ [apple.com]

          I agree that we don't need a bunch of articles about that time His Steveness dropped a wrapper on the sidewalk in 1985, but Apple stories can be a very interesting sign of where technology is headed.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 26 2014, @09:33AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 26 2014, @09:33AM (#7216)

      I want the story on how NCommander and LaminatorX beamed into Barabbas' personal quarters for a little Soylent megatryst. If they want to maintain a slashstyle site they better get ready for some old-school AC trolling. Alas too busy to write it now.

      • (Score: 2) by mattie_p on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:03PM

        by mattie_p (13) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:03PM (#7278) Journal

        Really? That's who you are shipping? I am intrigued and wish to subscribe to your journal.

        ~mattie_p

  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:55AM

    by c0lo (156) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:55AM (#6441)
    1. NSA disbanded, the computing gear in their centers donated to The Wayback Machine
    2. Movie clips with asteroids hitting the Moon/Mars surface (impacting meteors seem to be quite borish [rt.com])
    3. ... (please insert your other preference below)
    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by dotdotdot on Tuesday February 25 2014, @05:57PM

      by dotdotdot (858) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @05:57PM (#6781)

      It looks like the poll was chosen from a list of stories that are in the Current Pending Submissions [soylentnews.org] queue. I actually like that idea (even if it's temporary until we get more commenters than stories).

      We could upvote or downvote the pending submissions until one reaches a magic number, and then that story would pass submission and go to the front page.

    • (Score: 1) by bilborg on Wednesday February 26 2014, @03:27AM

      by bilborg (2526) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @03:27AM (#7096) Homepage

      NSA getting hit with asteroids?
      NSA getting hit with Bruce Willis?
      Give NSA mission to spy on itself, wait for implosion?

      So many inspirons in the Universe, so little time.

      --
      Time enough to sleep after I'm dead.
      • (Score: 1) by tangomargarine on Wednesday February 26 2014, @07:16PM

        by tangomargarine (667) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @07:16PM (#7480)

        Bruce Willis Hit By Asteroid; NSA Explodes

        --
        "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
  • (Score: 1) by aristarchus on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:55AM

    by aristarchus (2645) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:55AM (#6442) Journal

    we are ahead right now, by 50%! Or 100%. We're ahead.

    --
    [19:17:08] mprg: "what the f is alt right?" Aristarchus: "My work is not done."
    • (Score: 1) by linsane on Tuesday February 25 2014, @09:08AM

      by linsane (633) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 25 2014, @09:08AM (#6494)

      Voted for Buddha, but apparently MtGox is shutting down...

      http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/02/mt-gox-onc e-the-worlds-largest-bitcoin-exchange-shuts-down/ [arstechnica.com] ... for a month

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by Thexalon on Tuesday February 25 2014, @08:14PM

      by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @08:14PM (#6889) Homepage

      Well, it would be really striking news if anyone were the reincarnation of Buddha, since the whole point of Buddhism is that Buddha didn't reincarnate because he had achieved enlightenment.

      --
      Yakko: "All is strange and vague." Dot: "Are we dead?" Yakko: "Or is this Ohio?"
      • (Score: 1) by aristarchus on Wednesday February 26 2014, @05:57AM

        by aristarchus (2645) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday February 26 2014, @05:57AM (#7138) Journal

        Yes, this is correct. The thus-gone-one is indubitably thus-gone. But after a Kalpa, he will return in the from of the Future Buddha. Are we too early for this?

        --
        [19:17:08] mprg: "what the f is alt right?" Aristarchus: "My work is not done."
  • (Score: 5, Funny) by maxwell demon on Tuesday February 25 2014, @07:41AM

    by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 25 2014, @07:41AM (#6461) Journal

    Today congress passed a law stating that web site owners are not allowed to force new web site designs on users after they have been informed by the users that they don't like it. This unprecedented case of user protection is expected to be followed by similar laws, such as that any site whose functionality can be provided without the use of client-side scripting must be written in a way that it works with disabled or nonexisting scripting support in the browser.

    --
    The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @07:55AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @07:55AM (#6469)

    Hugh Pickens DOT Com

    • (Score: 1) by fliptop on Tuesday February 25 2014, @02:15PM

      by fliptop (1666) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @02:15PM (#6609) Journal

      Hugh Pickens DOT Com

      I think he's already here, posting as Papas Fritas.

      --
      It's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide.
  • (Score: 1) by pixeldyne on Tuesday February 25 2014, @08:09AM

    by pixeldyne (2637) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @08:09AM (#6477)

    It seems like the author had no idea what to suggest.

    None of the above.

    I'd like to see a good mix of stories (maybe occasional editorial) about computer tech in general, free software community, maths ans science, security and privacy, etc. Not so much about new x version of y software or z device from a specific vendor.

    • (Score: 1) by da on Tuesday February 25 2014, @05:32PM

      by da (3301) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @05:32PM (#6762)

      Oops, I thought this was some sort of joke, not a serious attempt to see what kind of stories to publish! Did I get the wrong end of the stick?! I thought polls actually designed to extract user opinion (admittedly more often about shit we want to sell you rather than what we want to read) was something we were going to leave behind at $OLD_SITE...

      Just my tuppence ha'penny....

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by migz on Tuesday February 25 2014, @09:08AM

    by migz (1807) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @09:08AM (#6495)

    I would like to see stories with more depth. Things that people have thought about, not just stuff that has happened recently.

    The other site degenerated into whichever shill could pump out the most press releases with nothing new to say. Lets look deeper into things.

    That means looking at more editorial type content, and opinion pieces, not just press release from company x about how great new gadget / acquisition / ipo is.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by fleg on Tuesday February 25 2014, @09:23AM

      by fleg (128) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 25 2014, @09:23AM (#6499)

      this sort of thing? [ctheory.net]

      its an exploration of the Einsteins Nightmare meme via the work of Steigler.

      • (Score: 2, Informative) by migz on Tuesday February 25 2014, @09:54AM

        by migz (1807) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @09:54AM (#6516)

        Perhaps. I really hate that post-modernist crap, but I guess they are their own special type of nerd. I'm afraid I'm willfully ignorant about that sort of thing to judge it's quality. But if it's good, perhaps I'd learn something.

        That's the thing about this sort of site, the subject matter experts can rally, interpret, and translate for the non-experts. That way we can get an expert opinion on the subject, and start to see the merits in TFA. Eventually we can get involved if we see something that interests us, and get some feedback.

        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Bokononist on Tuesday February 25 2014, @10:28AM

          by Bokononist (3013) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @10:28AM (#6532)

          I agree, one of the things that kept me coming back to Slashdot was that when I first came, there were some articles that I found fascinating which I could participate in, and some that went over my head more or less entirely. Over time, thanks to the informed commentary of Slashdotters(plus more than a little outside reading) I very rarely come across anything that is over my head. In other words it was an education in itself. Now if I came to Slashdot now for the first time I'm not sure the same thing would happen. I would like Soylent to be like that, informative and interesting for the average geek, but not too intimidating or incomprehesible for the newcomer, Natalie Portman and those hot grits of yours I'm talking about you.

          --
          Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.
    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by mcgrew on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:29PM

      by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:29PM (#6713) Homepage Journal

      That means looking at more editorial type content, and opinion pieces, not just press release from company x about how great new gadget / acquisition / ipo is.

      I could do without any news whatever about acquisitions and IPOs here. I'm not an MBA or a greedster or a banker, I'm a NERD. I don't give a damn who owns what company. All I care about when it comes to companies is what cool new tech do you have, and how does it work?

      If you hold an MBA, you're probably not a nerd.

      --
      Free Martian whores! [mcgrewbooks.com]
      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @07:22PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @07:22PM (#6856)

        Well, if a company providing a product you like goes IPO or is sold, you should be concerned. Because it often means that now the MBAs will take over, and your beloved product may turn into a big steaming pile of beta.

      • (Score: 1) by etherscythe on Wednesday February 26 2014, @08:15PM

        by etherscythe (937) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @08:15PM (#7529) Journal

        True. On the other hand, I'm probably likely to be interested in just about anything Elon Musk or one of his companies is doing. You wanna talk about a guy that "gets it" on a nerd level...

        --
        "Fake News: anything reported outside of my own personally chosen echo chamber"
    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by GungnirSniper on Tuesday February 25 2014, @05:53PM

      by GungnirSniper (1671) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @05:53PM (#6775) Journal

      I've submitted a few stories here, and it's a bit of a challenge to do. It helps to have some basic knowledge of the subject area you may post about, then find new articles about the specific topic, select the best bits and links, and submit something that isn't terribly biased.

      Fire away on the Submit Story link [soylentnews.org] and keep this site growing.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Fluffeh on Tuesday February 25 2014, @10:23AM

    by Fluffeh (954) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 25 2014, @10:23AM (#6530) Journal

    I really want to see a good mix of science, technology and politics - and by politics, I mean stuff that politicians are doing that affects me. Whether it is online rights, privacy - or simply outright stupidity.

    I want to see loads of articles, sure, I will only scan the headings for most of them - but I dare say that no two readers are alike - we will all skim past the majority - and hone in on the ones that we individually like. What is interesting for me might not be of interest to the next guy. Don't be afraid to post more. I often reload while at work to see what has been updated and it is a dissapointment not to have new articles come up. Perhaps you could do with an editor around the +10GMT timezone?

    I would much rather see more articles and not be completely interested in each of them - than by not finding enough articles that I am interested in.

    So far you have published all of my submissions apart from the one just submitted and pending - even the one that was rejected was posted from the same submission added after mine. If you are interested in it, I could post a few articles during the day, it seems that most of you seem to be asleep around my schedule.

    • (Score: 1) by mrider on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:51PM

      by mrider (3252) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:51PM (#7010)

      I'm with you. Just keep a good mixture of nerdly stuff, and all will be well.

      --

      Doctor: "Do you hear voices?"

      Me: "Only when my bluetooth is charged."

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by cloying on Tuesday February 25 2014, @10:46AM

    by cloying (91) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @10:46AM (#6536)

    I'd seriously like to see some better polls. The humour stuff is all ok, and a little is always good. But with this site just starting I'd love to see some polls that will actually see this site progress better and in a pleasantly democratic way.

    A poll on the colour of the site. I've said it before, but this red isn't for me, and soylent needs to be green surely?

    A poll on a logo, or other site appearance. Many folk, including myself, admire the pipedot look, but want to hang out here.

    I think the name is done now, but that might have been good.

    A poll on which technologies are most important for us to improve here and what priority. with options like Better moderation, improved ui, utf-8, filtering etc etc

    Lets get making decisions not jokes! Some of the polls I'm suggesting might only need to run for just a couple of days to get decent results because people will be keen to be part of forgeing the future here. Maybe even 2 polls like this at once too. I know there is the irc and other places but surely polls is one of the best ways to do this...

    • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:54PM

      by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Tuesday February 25 2014, @06:54PM (#6832) Homepage Journal

      A poll on the colour of the site. I've said it before, but this red isn't for me, and soylent needs to be green surely?

      I asked one of the insiders about the logo; it would be perfect if it were green. They're afraid Dice will sue them for trademark violation. As to the color of the site, they may be right, but I don't think so about the logo. There's no reason the package of Soylent can't be green, especially if it's inside a big orange circle.

      --
      Free Martian whores! [mcgrewbooks.com]
      • (Score: 4, Interesting) by SMI on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:10AM

        by SMI (333) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:10AM (#7141)

        I wouldn't mind if, eventually, registered users could pick their own color in place of the red, green, etc., not including the logo. Might be a two birds, one stone kind of solution.

        • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:30PM

          by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:30PM (#7290) Homepage Journal

          I think that's an excellent idea! It also wouldn't be hard to pull off.

          --
          Free Martian whores! [mcgrewbooks.com]
          • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:58AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:58AM (#7759)
            Word from the inside is that the templating system is tied to running an instance of Apache for each different color scheme. Them's the breaks. It's not as easy as it should be, since Slash is a shining example of modular code, just like systemd.
            • (Score: 2) by SMI on Thursday February 27 2014, @11:14PM

              by SMI (333) on Thursday February 27 2014, @11:14PM (#8156)

              That's very informative, thank you.

      • (Score: 1) by bigjimslade on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:37AM

        by bigjimslade (212) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:37AM (#7152)

        i believe there was soylent red and soylent yellow before green. though at the market it appears there was also soylent orange.

        --
        Remember, Tuesday is Soylent Green Day
      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by cloying on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:53AM

        by cloying (91) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:53AM (#7160)

        ianal, but I don't think colours are copyrighted yet! Anda soylent green wouldn't be the same green as our former hosts, there are so many greens to choose from. If the exact same green were used, well perhaps. But if the only thing Dice felt able to sue over was the colour I don't think it would make a very persuasive court case...

        Do we live in the shadow of slashdot, or are we truly free?

        • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:11PM

          by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:11PM (#7283) Homepage Journal

          That's what I tried to tell Barabbas. I can't see how a lime green or olive drab package of Soylent could be sued over. Caerainly not copyright, like you said, you can't copyright a color and the logo is a brand new work.

          --
          Free Martian whores! [mcgrewbooks.com]
    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Abominous Salad on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:03PM

      by Abominous Salad (3074) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:03PM (#7277)

      Yeah, I'm really not here to watch people do a goofy jig because they stole a few of Dice's users. And those polls (including this one) amount to a goofy jig.

      My Slashdot replacement is making me miss Slashdot.

      I want:

      Click-to-collapse comment threads
      Click-to-collapse front page stories
      No stories by timothy
      No press releases disguised as news
      HIGHER SIGNAL:NOISE RATIO

      • (Score: 1) by Abominous Salad on Wednesday February 26 2014, @05:40PM

        by Abominous Salad (3074) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @05:40PM (#7417)

        Also, less-sarcastic options, in case that's not clear.

        When I see sarcasm, such as in this poll's answers, I don't know whether the option is meant as a yes this, or a ha ha f___ that.

        • (Score: 1) by Abominous Salad on Wednesday February 26 2014, @05:47PM

          by Abominous Salad (3074) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @05:47PM (#7422)

          I'm actually seriously on a bit of a rant here.

          "Why Patent Reform Will Never Happen"
          Well, I'd NEVER want to see a story about that topic, because I want patent reform to happen. So I would not choose this option... despite being very interested in stories about patent reform. Sarcasm = fail.

          "Global Warming Something Something ... Hurricanes!"
          So, with this on the front page, am I to assume SoylentNews is run by global warming deniers? I ask this because this wording reminds me of "blah blah terrorists 9/11" i.e. the way you make fun of a pass-anything/believe-anything congress. Sarcasm = fail.

          "Why Google Glasses are so Awesome, and Why I Got Punched in the Face"
          Ahh, so SoylentNews also believes Glassholes are a thing (as opposed to believing that violent, entitled, cro-magnon American Luddites who punch people for owning a piece of tech, are a thing) Seriously, I am about one more of these, away from going back to Slashdot and declaring SoylentNews to be a bunch of trolling anti-intellectuals.

          You are what you present. With these polls, SoylentNews is presenting itself as having a conservative plebe agenda. Wtf.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by nobbis on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:47AM

    by nobbis (62) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:47AM (#6551) Homepage Journal

    Sorry to be a pedant, but...
    I think that the Buddha having gained enlightenment, would then not be reincarnated

    Will this affect my karma ?

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  • (Score: 1) by r3dakted on Tuesday February 25 2014, @12:25PM

    by r3dakted (409) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @12:25PM (#6567)

    .. of the Orwellian police state.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by GreatAuntAnesthesia on Tuesday February 25 2014, @12:32PM

    by GreatAuntAnesthesia (3275) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @12:32PM (#6571) Journal

    Here are the stories I think this site is lacking:

    - Revolutionary breakthrough in solar energy / battery tech will, um, revolutionise... everything. Or something. Again.

    - Tesla Cars did something new. Numerous posters explain how this 'electricity' thing will never catch on.

    - Cancer cured in the lab! Scientists have discovered that simply dropping a petri dish full of cancer cells into a vat of boiling oil kills 100% of the cancer! Human trials are still 5-10 years away. Mice nervous.

    - Flying cars only 5 years away! It's time for that guy with the pretty-cool-but-totally-impractical-for-about-a-hu ndred-different-reasons prototype of a flying car to do the news cycle and drum up some more funding.

    - As above, but MARS! Yeah, Mars One need some more suckers to invest in their brochure-printing business.

    - Bill Gates: Billionaire philanthropist or complete dick? You decide.

    - Everything is about Obama: Something interesting and techy happened in, say, Nepal. Within ten posts, it devolves into a series of essays about why Obamacare is flawed, countered by detailed explanations of everything wrong with the republican party, followed by a comprehensive interpretations of the US law that show that this whole Nepalese thing is unconstitutional anyway, and will probably be struck down by the Supreme Court.

    - Old Memes Are Better Than New Memes: Discuss. What the fuck is a "hot grit" anyway?

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by rts008 on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:14PM

      by rts008 (3001) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:14PM (#6996)

      What the fuck is a "hot grit" anyway?

      'Hot grits' (always plural) refer to a type of hot cereal in the southern USA. Grits are made from corn, but is similar in appearance and texture to 'Cream of Wheat', or 'Malt-O-Meal'.

      Or:(if not a Yank, or Yankee)

      Gruel or mush, made from corn, typically served hot, with breakfast...sadly, without Natalie Portman.

      • (Score: 1) by Yog-Yogguth on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:57AM

        by Yog-Yogguth (1862) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:57AM (#7711) Journal

        Porridge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porridge [wikipedia.org] is a useful word (you'll find your grits beneath "maize"), although not very specific and sometimes confused with rice puddings https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_pudding [wikipedia.org] which are common in the UK and Nordic countries (where they can be both breakfast and dinner).

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    • (Score: 1) by SMI on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:12AM

      by SMI (333) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:12AM (#7143)

      That second to last one about Obama is the funniest thing I've read in quite a while... Thanks!

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by bart9h on Tuesday February 25 2014, @01:28PM

    by bart9h (767) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @01:28PM (#6588)

    good old times.... *snif*

  • (Score: 2) by elf on Tuesday February 25 2014, @01:34PM

    by elf (64) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @01:34PM (#6590)

    I'd vote for more science articles (I like physics and maths) as well as more articles on open source.

    On the tech front there is a lot of news from the big companies but I'm also interested in knowing what the small ones are doing.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by camaro on Tuesday February 25 2014, @02:05PM

    by camaro (584) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @02:05PM (#6604)

    I voted "Other." We need to get back to the old days when life was simple. AmazingSoftware reaches version X.Y.Z Alpha 3! Adds cool new features and fixes bugs! Then folks can bitch and moan about how that belongs over at FreshMeat (or Freecode as it's apparently known now), not on SoylentNews!

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @02:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25 2014, @02:43PM (#6624)

    This was always a topic that produced large numbers of comments on the old site.

    • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Tuesday February 25 2014, @08:13PM

      by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Tuesday February 25 2014, @08:13PM (#6888) Homepage Journal

      Clickbait is the last thing we need. Dice needs clickbait for advertising, advertising isn't what soulent's about. Soylent is PEOPLE!

      Please, no clickbait stories, no creationist stories.

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      • (Score: 1) by qwade on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:05PM

        by qwade (1006) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:05PM (#6991)

        (Offtopic) And besides, creationism is directly opposed to scientific principles - summarised in two lines:

        Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions.

        Luke 4:12 [biblehub.com] has from the mouth of JC himself: "It is said: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

        Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

  • (Score: 2) by Covalent on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:48PM

    by Covalent (43) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:48PM (#6728) Journal

    ...The Year of Linux on the Desktop. Duh!

    Kidding aside, there was a conversation about having an actual recurring column that appeared here. I would love something like that! I also think that a challenge for us Soylentils with regular updates (fundraising? computer cycles donated to SETI? Solar power generated by users? Users converted from crapware to FOSS?) would give a good reason to keep coming back.

    Finally, we clearly need an "Ask Soylent" feature. If nobody needs REAL help, maybe we could do something fun like: http://what-if.xkcd.com/ [xkcd.com]

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by stderr on Tuesday February 25 2014, @05:34PM

    by stderr (11) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @05:34PM (#6763) Journal

    As long as the stories are relevant for this site and we get the "news" while it's still news, I don't really care what the stories are about.

    Right now, there are 29 stories in the "firehose". The oldest one have been there for more than a week. Is this really what we want?

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by mvar on Tuesday February 25 2014, @10:51PM

    by mvar (2539) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @10:51PM (#6986)

    For news under options 1-6, I'd visit ./
    more Torvalds then

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by chebucto on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:34PM

    by chebucto (36) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:34PM (#7001) Journal

    I look forward to the day when a headline reads "Tesla begins accepting bitcoins".

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by etherscythe on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:39AM

    by etherscythe (937) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:39AM (#7033) Journal

    We come here for the comments. So, let's speak to the strengths of our participants.

    EVE battles were cool the first time or so. Novelty's worn off for me. Good to toss in there for variety on occasion.

    Mostly, though, I want to see people exploring new stuff. What are people doing with Raspberry Pi units? What do we do about privacy when everybody's got Google Glass? What tech has NASA made available to the average home? Why is software security so difficult? How do you keep your concept of 'self' in the age of Facebook tags and Twitter auto-generated messages? Naturally this is just off the top of my head; what I find most valuable is the questions like these that I never would have thought of on my own, and the equally interesting answers. Any one person may not be so great on the internet, but somehow this and our predecessor community made a giant mound of shoulders for me to stand on, intellectually :)

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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by moondoctor on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:28AM

      by moondoctor (2963) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:28AM (#7064)

      i think you are dead right.

      i don't think we're after full scientific papers and content you need a PHD for, but i do think that a lot of people are here because slashdot got more and more joe Q public type stuff. A lot of the things I'm into my friends have no clue, and it's nice (read: fucking fantastic!) to have a place to go where smart people are talking about interesting subjects.

      i would vote E, all of the above on the survey.

      i'm after anything interesting in the technology/science vein. I'm into software, electronics, machines, etc. but I'm also fascinated to read up on biology, chemistry, math, physics - all the rest.

      i think the problem is that websites end up tempted into thinking that getting the most visitors is the holy grail. for making money, that is true, but it ends up steering the content towards a generic and dumbed down (and often snarky) mediocrity. if you're running a site that has a relatively small and specific audience that won't tolerate clickbait, you probably ain't gonna get billionaire rich. if that's ok with the people running things it can work.

      finally, I think that pieces about highly technical subjects written by people that don't really understand the subject are a huge problem. that, and misleading/overblown/snsationalist headlines. speak softly and carry a big stick.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by The Burnaby Kid on Wednesday February 26 2014, @08:09AM

    by The Burnaby Kid (3353) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @08:09AM (#7193)

    Hear me out. I know this place wants to be seen as different from Slashdot, and the focus on maintaining a sane display and content system is awesome. But, while one of the reasons that I like Slashdot is the discussion, the other reason is that I like it is that it is a good place to go to get Geek-related news. Yes, in a dozen stories there might only be three good ones, but those three good ones make a daily Slashdot visit worthwhile for me. If I didn't have to go there, it'd be wicked. Obviously, some stories (like Mtgox going down) are going to be picked up everywhere, but some more obscure ones might not be, and I do like going to Slashdot for that occasional geek discussion that comes out of nowhere.

    ps: GREAT WORK! The site looks awesome.

  • (Score: 1) by Peristaltic on Wednesday February 26 2014, @07:39PM

    by Peristaltic (3122) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @07:39PM (#7494)
    Soylent could just follow slashdot's lead and start posting stories about Justin Beiber's rad new computer.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:27PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:27PM (#7934)

      Fuck Beiber...Fuck Beta!!!

  • (Score: 1) by d on Wednesday February 26 2014, @08:33PM

    by d (523) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @08:33PM (#7543)

    Google Summer of Code is going to start soon and I'd love to see some stories about it. I even posted one related to the list of organizations (did you know that ReactOS was for some reason not accepted?), but for some reason it was rejected :/

  • (Score: 1) by lvxferre on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:09AM

    by lvxferre (2869) on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:09AM (#7796)

    Torvalds a reincarnation of Buddha is not.
    Preincarnation of Torvalds, Buddha is.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @06:53AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @06:53AM (#7828)

    I was a bit wary about this site, but this kind of "joke poll" made it already to feel like home.

    I went to the comments and expected people complaining about using poll to make a joke, and I was not disappointed.

    Thanks!

  • (Score: 1) by xlefay on Thursday February 27 2014, @09:17AM

    by xlefay (65) on Thursday February 27 2014, @09:17AM (#7856) Journal

    Another "for training only" story! ... ;')

  • (Score: 1) by nightsky30 on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:13PM

    by nightsky30 (1818) on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:13PM (#7927)

    No beer and no TV make Global Warming something something...

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:29PM (#7935)

    Puckerbutt Pepper Company and Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper :D
    http://puckerbuttpeppercompany.com/ [puckerbutt...ompany.com]

  • (Score: 1) by BananaPhone on Thursday February 27 2014, @11:52PM

    by BananaPhone (2488) on Thursday February 27 2014, @11:52PM (#8163)

    Stories were slow to get posted on "that other site".

    Now it seems it's even slower here on the soyl.

    A story every 2 hours? Are submissions that few?