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Mozilla Launches $300,000 Gigabit Community Fund

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the give-me-gigabit-or-give-me...-well,-at-least-dsl dept.

Mozilla 36

An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has officially launched the Gigabit Community Fund, an organization that seeks to 'advance the development, experimentation and implementation of learning and workforce opportunities enhanced by new, super powerful Internet technologies.' The intent is to provide funding around cities like Kansas City and Chattanooga (and more, as fiber networks spread) for people to build open source applications that take advantage of super-fast fiber connections. 'The new $300,000 fund aims to bring discoveries out of the lab and into the field to help move prototypes to Minimum Viable Pilots and get tools in the hands of users. In each city, two, 12-week pilot periods will run, with up to 10 projects receiving awards between $5,000 and $30,000.'"

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Forst Pist! (-1, Redundant)

t0qer (230538) | about a year ago | (#46190887)

Fuck Beta.

Re:Forst Pist! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46190953)

Fuck Beta.

First Beta

Re:Forst Pist! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46191233)

Why? Your post worked. I know quite a lot of posts are failing since none of the ones I made from the Beta worked this week, but apparently that is fixed. Your post worked. Posting on the Beta is now supported.

Re:Forst Pist! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46191647)

Why are you so strongly for VHS?

New article from soulskill every 40-55 mins (1)

sliceoflife (2814511) | about a year ago | (#46190907)

What is this? Beta Filla? Please refrain from commenting too sensibly in order to attempt to save Slashdot.

Re:New article from soulskill every 40-55 mins (1, Insightful)

hack slash (1064002) | about a year ago | (#46191093)

I have noticed today that the article count is somewhat high for slashdot, usually only a few appear which gives people more time to get stuck into the discussions.

Even if the beta wasn't on the horizon, increasing the article count would probably dilute the content.

Dice don't appear to understand that articles != slashdot content. Why else would they force an abomination of a comment system on the slashdot users.

Re:New article from soulskill every 40-55 mins (1)

dcollins (135727) | about a year ago | (#46193491)

Totally agreed. He's trying to exhaust the "audience's" ability to redirect the conversation.

Soooo close to endgame... (1)

Anachragnome (1008495) | about a year ago | (#46190911)


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

Re:Soooo close to endgame... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46191181)

Hi! I assume you're American? I'm trying to settle a bet with a friend of mine. He's claiming that you guys aren't allowed to have books over there anymore(they were all collected and burned), but I told him I'm pretty sure you are allowed and we made a little wager. Are you allowed to have books still or no?

Re:Soooo close to endgame... (1)

Ultracrepidarian (576183) | about a year ago | (#46193175)

If you purchased them new, you are allowed to keep them for your own use, but you are not allowed to share them with others, or sell them as used. It's OK to read aloud as long as no one is in earshot. Ooops, that is not current law, just what the publishers would like to see.

Alternative to Beta (4, Informative)

computersareevil (244846) | about a year ago | (#46190919)

Will soon be hosted at AltSlashdot.org [slashdot.org] or a site linked through that domain.

It will be for the Nerds, by the Nerds, focusing on the Stuff That Really Matters: The community that makes the comments the best part of Slashdot.

The name will change to avoid any trademark problems.

Some have suggested encouraging Bruce Perens to resurrect Technocrat.net for the third time. With all due respect to Bruce, the problem with that is he has shown he is not a reliable host. He has twice deleted that site, the second time without warning. I don't think we want to get burned a third time.

Re:Alternative to Beta (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46191005)

Man, maximum trolling by Slashdot's own userbase, the likes of which even teh GNAA couldn't accomplish in their wildest dreams! Shit, I would have never predicted this! Good job, fellas, good job - though its sad to see Slashdot die by its own hand.

On a related note, Rob Malda [washingtonpost.com] is saying that you're all a loud but vocal minority of bitches and moaners, and he too is dismissing you as a lunatic fringe.

I am waiting for the day when I may breathe again, posting under my own username.

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:Alternative to Beta (1)

t0qer (230538) | about a year ago | (#46191089)

I miss GNAA and The Turd Report. Truly made -1 reading wildly entertaining.

Re:Alternative to Beta (0)

M. Baranczak (726671) | about a year ago | (#46191237)

Yeah, I miss GNAA too. Their website was much better designed than the Slashdot Beta.

Re:Alternative to Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46191107)

"...- though its sad to see Slashdot die by its own hand."

A hand guided by the deliberate actions of Dice Inc.

Silence is Golden, particularly so for those that covet gold.

Re:Alternative to Beta (0)

istartedi (132515) | about a year ago | (#46191125)

I don't know if they have it set up to track user IDs, but there were 89 registered users shortly after I reserved my userid there. It'd rock to have a 2-digit ID on the new site.

It'll be interesting to see which is harder: Making Slash work in a modern environment, or making PHP BB have all the features that Slashdot users expect.

IMHO, the project needs an environment-neutral spec for what Slashdot requires, as well as the improvements that users have really been looking for (e.g., Unicode). That way they can clean-room it and have something that really is better, regardless of what the underlying language/framework/system is.

I expect endless debates about the merits or lack thereof of various combinations of languages, DB back-ends, front-ends, and business models. It's healthy as long as the community picks something and re-forms around it. Nothing will be perfect, but anything will be better than runaway corporate control.

Re:Alternative to Beta (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about a year ago | (#46192279)

I look forward to actual nerd topics again, hardware, CPUs, GPUs, file systems, all that good old hardware porn we USED to get before all the "ZOMG yo, gotta see this slashvertisement for our new web 3.0 vertical synergy yo!" bullshit.

Look we ALL know what happened, okay? And don't blame Tim and soulskill, they are just poor schlubs trying to save their jobs which in this economy? Can't really blame 'em. Its really simple, DICE thought they could make DOUBLE the money by selling slashvertisements AND selling ads, but all the slashvertisements were for crap nobody cared about and the ads were just sad so the old guard started laying low, quality went down, then they got more and more lax with the AC trolls to try to make the thread counts look like /. before they bought it and it went straight down the shitter.

I've already told the altslash guys I'll be happy to clean up the spammers, deal with the crap, if that is what it takes to get a site where geeks can talk about geek stuff without having the "yo be sure to like my vertical empowerment on FB yo!" bullshit? old hairy will be happy to bust ass for free.

Re:Alternative to Beta (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46191605)

Dice is lying through their teeth to the advertisers they hope to attract to Slashdot:
Take the tour [slashdotmedia.com] and you'll see how they claim the nerds will stick around and read their ads. They call Beta "newsier" and "nerdier", although they're well aware the nerd "audience" they're selling won't tolerate Beta.
Advertisers, don't get ripped off! Demand an advertising platform that retains the demographic you want to target!

Re:Alternative to Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46191695)

Slashdot is fucking with your link! Look at it, it points to a non-existent slashdot page.

Re:Alternative to Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46193467)

Slash is opensource, or was opensource. Can't we just get an old version of slash before the garbage web2.0 keys-do-random-things and CSS, and run that on a new server with real news?

FUCK BETA (2, Informative)

FUCK BETA, FUCK DICE (3529333) | about a year ago | (#46190941)

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here [pastebin.com] so links don't get mangled!)

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 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] - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

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

-----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

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: http://altslashdot.org [altslashdot.org] (thanks Okian Warrior (537106) [slashdot.org] )


mcneely.mike (927221) | about a year ago | (#46191959)

http://altslashdot.org/ [altslashdot.org]

Gone already?!?!

Was it slashdotted? (or dotslashed?) :)


Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46197017)

Yeah! Anyone for a dotslash.com - a kinda slashdot.com retro project independent of the current overlords? Where the hell is Cmdr. Taco when ya need him - rolling around in his gold coins? Argh!

This sucks.. The website format i mean.. I've bee (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46190943)

site operators need to understand that the people who come to slashdot don't want or need a "redesign", not sure why you feel compelled to execute one.

if you're looking for 'hipper' visitors, it's just not going to happen.. there are dozens of other sites out there for these purposes.

Re:This sucks.. The website format i mean.. I've b (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46192749)

Yes, actually, we do.

You want the truth? Yoiu really want the truth? Here goes.

Back in 2008, CmdrTaco launched "D2". It was a monumental fuck-up of a UI, which undermined the entire discussion concept by encouraging users to just see fragments of what had been posted. To add insult to injury it was built upon a kludgy AJAX system.

Most of us hated it. Enough liked it for Slashdot to kinda sorta survive, but the regulars began to seriously dwindle at that point, and the discussion became somewhat dumber. Old hands hung on largely because the original discussion system was kinda sorta available, but it was a mess, the programmers kept breaking it and then refusing to fix the problems on the grounds that "nobody used it". There were exoduses, the "Slashdot circle" fragmented across Multiply, Livejournal, and a few other locations.

And so Slashdot's been limping on ever since. It's become a shadow of its former self. The discussion system is broken: it's incomprehensible to anyone who doesn't have the same mindset as CmdrTaco, does nothing to encourage the free exchange of ideas, and drives people away from the site.

So, Dice is finally fixing it. Is it fixed? No. Beta isn't finished - that's obvious. It's not got feature parity with D2 or the original discussion system yet.

But yes, it is a step in the right direction. The discussion system is finally sane. No, it doesn't have every bell and whistle, but many of these (like friends and foes, and a way to select your text entry mode) are obviously on the way.

But yes, this is something we've - that is, the real Slashdot regulars, not the toddlers - have been wanting for a very long time. Also wanted: unicode support.


Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46190947)


What the fuck, Beta??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46190975)


Firefox Version 257,632,437,683,424,269 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46190993)

Slashdot Beta still even sucks donkey balls on that!

Fish of Gold (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46190995)

I have a collection of fish that live in these little tiny jars, no bigger than a teacup. They're called Betta Fish and they're just like real, live fish. They look like fish, eat like fish, poop like fish (they even taste like fish, but don't tell anyone I said that!), but they don't live in a lake, stream or aquarium. They live in teacups. The only problem with owning so many of these things, is that FISH DON'T BELONG IN TEACUPS! One day, I suppose, my Betta Collection will finally die, and then I will be free (as in beer, I guess).

Until then, Ateb Kcuf.

Beta? Ah Fuck. (0)

hachikyu (798080) | about a year ago | (#46191035)

This beta needs to go in a bowl, be sold to an impulsive shopper at a pet store sale, and then be left to die when the owner moves on to the next shiny thing (beta).

Fat Pat died for your sins. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46191061)

Fuck Beta [wikipedia.org]


ShaunC (203807) | about a year ago | (#46191199)

Actually I wish it would be that intimate. I could use a good ball-tickling. All I get is a bunch of white space. THAT'S RACIST!

fuck beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46191223)

fuck beta

simple bit speed -- poo (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | about a year ago | (#46191379)

Fast is fine but big parts of the internet
are build on assumptions of many talking
to many...

That is P2P not just central hubs that manage
and control all traffic and also have to source
all trafic.

What if Netflix was a P2P service and as part of
a discount strategy some 60% of you upload
bandwidth and some N-GB of local storage used
by Netflix to serve up content.

Sure encryption and other tricks could be well
employed to preserve valuable content.

I have had cause to trace route this and that service
and it is obvious that traffic does not move via any
short path but by some management heavy power centric
path. Perhaps this is necessary for FBI and NSA good reasons
but if so then these pipes should be nationalized, net neutral,
bigger, and free to all as the Interstate highway system is.

Yes businesses can build toll roads for low latency trading
or other needs but the Nation needs to facilitate P2P
and the cross sectional bandwidth that it can gain with
great connectivity.

Heck the next DOCSIS N+1 standard should embrace
a local box that can proxy bits as part of a neighborhood
of P2P servers. Just moving trending video, TV and other
current traffic to a P2P caching context could give us
vastly better responsive service.

And sure I like fast too...

where does the money comes from? (1)

manu0601 (2221348) | about a year ago | (#46192613)

Where does the money comes from? It is an NSF partnership: is it just a NSF grant managed by Mozilla?

Slashdot should apply! (1)

Dan Askme (2895283) | about a year ago | (#46194693)

for people to build open source applications that take advantage of super-fast fiber connections

Slashdot, you should apply for this.
Not only will you get between $5,000 and $30,000. Your beta site would be able to abuse all that "high speed fibre" with non-sense whitespace, videos and pictures!

All you need now is a "supercomputer" fund, so that all you users can upgrade their PC's to run beta.slashdot, at the same speed as classic.slashdot.
bloatware.slashdot wouldnt go a miss either, you'd pull in alot of youth with this one...

Ps, fuck beta.

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