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My Slashdot CSS Redesign Entry

Posted by pixel9 on Wednesday May 4, @09:38PM
from the i-want-a-new-laptop dept.
pixel9 writes " Okay, so here's my entry. My priority was to make slashdot something I wouldn't mind reading every day. There's nothing wrong with white space where content is king. I'm not going to care about fancy visuals when I'm returning to read slashdot for the 10,000th time.

I just want slashdot to be clean and readable whether you're browsing at 800x600 or at 1600x1200. Of course, I might be the only person who thinks about these things when reading slashdot...but then again, maybe not. I'm betting on not. I figured if I'm going to enter this contest I may as well submit a design that I'll enjoy day in and day out and not just create another pretty face. =) "

Key Features:
  • Space recovery - no more giant empty columns on each side of the articles once you scroll past the navigation and slashboxes. The articles fill out the available space.
  • No more massive paragraphs of italic text - it's horrendous for readability, especially on the screen. Besides, I'm reading it anyway so why do I care if it's a quote or not? (That's what the quotation marks are there for)
  • No more white-on-green reversed article titles. It makes the page too busy. It just needs to stand out enough to make scanning easier. (I left some green accents though)
  • Navigation links - I moved the categories across the top in a strip. As for the rest of the navigation links, I moved them out of the way in the right column. I have never clicked on any them in the past decade. Have you? They're just a waste of space that the articles could use.
  • Scales nicely - font scaling doesn't blow anything up. The entire layout (not just the text) scales with font size
  • Firefox (of course!)
  • IE 5.5 and IE 6 (maybe others, I just haven't tested yet)
  • Opera 8.54
  • Safari 2.0.3

Science : Bloodless Surgery

Posted by samzenpus on Wednesday April 26, @09:38PM
from the walk-it-off dept.
isaacbowman writes "Dr. Charles Bridges, a Pennsylvania Hospital cardiologistsays says regarding new bloodless surgery options - "Among the benefits are reductions in recovery time, hospital stay, cost and complications -- as well as an estimated $20,000 in savings per patient." Advances in medicine have made this possible and Dr. Bridges also says, "There's no downside to it that we can see, and there's certainly no downside that's been documented." Dr. Patricia Ford, director of Pennsylvania Hospital's Center for Bloodless Medicine & Surgery, further states, why blood transfusions are dangerous, saying that they are "like getting a transplant; they can be risky and should be a last resort.""

Your Rights Online : Canadian Music Stars Fight Against DRM

Posted by samzenpus on Wednesday April 26, @08:34PM
from the it's-ok-to-share-eh dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Some of Canada's best known musicians, including Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlin, Sum 41, and Barenaked Ladies, have formed a new copyright coalition . The artists say in a press release that they oppose file sharing lawsuits, the use of DRM, and DMCA-style legislation and that they want record labels to stop claiming that they represent their views."

Hardware : Micro-Pump is Cool Idea for Future Computer Chips

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Wednesday April 26, @07:29PM
from the bad-pun-already-in-the-headline dept.
core plexus writes to tell us that Engineers at Purdue University have designed a tiny 'micro-pump' cooling device that can be used to circulate coolant through the channels etched on an individual chip. From the article: "The prototype chip contains numerous water-filled micro-channels, grooves about 100 microns wide, or about the width of a human hair. The channels are covered with a series of hundreds of electrodes, electronic devices that receive varying voltage pulses in such a way that a traveling electric field is created in each channel. The traveling field creates ions, or electrically charged atoms and molecules, which are dragged along by the moving field."

IT : Open Source Moving in on the Data Storage World

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Wednesday April 26, @05:52PM
from the sowing-data-seeds dept.
pararox writes "The data storage and backup world is one of stagnant technologies and cronyism. A neat little open source project, called Cleversafe , is trying to dispell of that notion. Using the information dispersal algorithm originally conceived of by Michael Rabin (of RSA fame), the software splits every file you backup into small slices, any majority of which can be used to perfectly recreate all the original data. The software is also very scalable, allowing you to run your own backup grid on a single desktop or across thousands of machines."

Your Rights Online : $400 Million IP Experiment Making Some Nervous

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Wednesday April 26, @05:08PM
from the duck-and-cover dept.
BrianWCarver writes "IP Law & Business shines the spotlight on Intellectual Ventures , the IP start-up founded in 2000 by former Microsoft chief technologist Nathan Myhrvold. According to some estimates, Intellectual Ventures has amassed 3,000-5,000 patents, with the help of a $400 million investment from some of the biggest technology companies, including Nokia, Intel, Apple, Sony, and Microsoft. As the patent stockpile grows, so does the speculation--and the fear. IP lawyers and tech executives worry that Intellectual Ventures is less interested in changing the world with big ideas, and more focused on becoming an über patent troll , wreaking litigation havoc across industries with its patents."

Hardware : Apple's All-Seeing Screen

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Wednesday April 26, @04:26PM
from the don't-leave-this-on-by-accident dept.
Based on a recent patent we may be seeing a new kind of display coming from the Apple store in the near future, one that can capture images as well as display them. From the article: "The clever idea is to insert thousands of microscopic image sensors in-between the liquid crystal display cells in the screen. Each sensor captures its own small image, but software stitches these together to create a single, larger picture."

Games : EA's E3 Lineup 28 of 40 comments

Games : Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Talks End

Posted by Zonk on Wednesday April 26, @03:22PM
from the begun-the-format-wars-have dept.
Last minute talks to unify the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray formats have failed. Matsushita, owner of the Panasonic brand, has stated ' the market will decide the winner .' From the article: "The two sides held talks last year in the hopes of avoiding a prolonged format battle similar to the one between Betamax and VHS videotapes in the 1980s, knowing that it could discourage consumers from shifting to the advanced discs and stifle the industry's growth. But the talks soon fizzled out, with each side reluctant to establish a format based on the other's disc structure. At stake is the $24 billion home video market and a slice of the personal computer market as PCs will be equipped with Blu-ray or HD DVD optical drives."

Book Reviews : Retro Gaming Hacks

Posted by samzenpus on Wednesday April 26, @02:52PM
from the dust-off-the-2600 dept.
Craig Maloney writes "It's hard to imagine that over 35 years ago, video games were relegated to large computer rooms with a small dedicated computer following. With the explosion of the video game industry, characters like Pac Man, Donkey Kong, and Mario have achieved a cultural celebrity status. There has been a lot of interest lately in Classic Games and the Classic Gaming era. From the efforts of books like Supercade and Leonard Herman's "Rolenta Press" offerings, to sites such as Digital Press, AtariAge, and Good Deal Games, classic games are once again capturing the hearts and minds of those who experienced classic games first hand, and those experiencing classic games for the first time. Retro Gaming Hacks is a treat for both retro gaming enthusiasts and the retro-curious wondering what all the fuss was about. " Read the rest of Craig's review.

Games : Kingdom Hearts II Review

Posted by Zonk on Wednesday April 26, @01:36PM
from the you've-got-to-have-heart dept.
The rich IP backgrounds of Square/Enix and the Disney Corporation were thrown together for the first time in 2002. The Square-developed game, entitled Kingdom Hearts , surprised players with a story that blended two very different flavours into a compelling whole. The extent to which that game drew on the respective company's products made for a breathtakingly large world, and a storyline twisty enough to satisfy even the most jaded RPG player. Unfortunately, weak gameplay detracted from the overall experience of the unique title. The sequel, Kingdom Hearts II , picks up the pieces where the original left off and makes noticeable improvements in both story and gameplay. Read on for my impressions of a solid RPG that does fan service like no other title out there.

Slashdot CSS Redesign Contest

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday April 26, @12:59PM
from the at-long-last dept.
A few months back we went and redesigned Slashdot with fancy new CSS templates. The idea was that with a new clean CSS framework under the skin, we could more easily redesign the look & feel of the site. At that time I mentioned that we wanted to have a contest to redesign Slashdot. Well that time has come. Read on for the rules, instructions, and timeline. Oh, and did I mention that the top prize is a new laptop?

IT : The Comedy of Scott McNealy

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday April 26, @12:27PM
from the stuff-to-laugh-at dept.
Rob writes "News that Sun co-founder and long-serving CEO, Scott McNealy is stepping aside, heaps a load of pressure on incoming CEO Jonathan Schwartz - he will have to get working on his anti-Microsoft gags quick-sharp. Aside from Sun's strategy and his execution of it, McNealy's tenure as CEO will be remembered for his constant Microsoft sniping. CBR remembers some of his favourite quotes. "

IT : Windows Nag Windows to Counter Piracy

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday April 26, @12:03PM
from the pirate-vein-rupture dept.
Vicegrip writes "Microsoft is enhancing its Genuine Advantage program in the US, Australia, UK, Malaysia and NZ to now include persistent nag screens to remind that your version of Windows is not licensed. These nag screens will keep appearing until you license your version of Windows or, presumably, convince Microsoft they've made a mistake."

A Last Look at ApplixWare

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Wednesday April 26, @11:36AM
from the blast-from-the-past dept. (Also owned by VA) is taking a look at the once widely popular office suite, ApplixWare . From the article: "Passed to a subsidiary of Applix called VistaSource that later became independent, ApplixWare was repositioned as a combination of a basic office package and a developer's toolkit running from a common main menu. For a while, it was even renamed AnyWare. Now at version 6, ApplixWare is back to its original name, with versions available for AIX, GNU/Linux, and SPARC Solaris, with earlier versions still supported for Windows and FreeBSD. The trial download for GNU/Linux shows ApplixWare's age, but it also shows a trick or two that its newer rivals might learn from."

Hardware : Robotic Legs Instead of Wheelchairs

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday April 26, @10:58AM
from the now-thats-technology dept.
smooth wombat writes "Atsuo Takanishi, an engineering professor at Tokyo's Waseda University, has demonstrated a pair of robotic legs that may one day eliminate the need for wheelchairs. At the demonstration in Tokyo, one of Takanishi's students rode the robot -- which bears some resemblance to the mechanical "Wrong Trousers" of Wallace and Gromit fame -- up and down a staircase and along a pebbly path outdoors. A picture of the demonstration may be found here " Still waiting for my Gundam but that's a good start.

IT : Vista Firewall to be Crippled

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday April 26, @10:30AM
from the no-surprises-here dept.
UltimaGuy writes "The firewall in Windows Vista will, by default, have half its protection turned off because that is what enterprise customers have requested, according to the software giant. The firewall will be set to only block incoming traffic even though it will be capable of blocking outgoing traffic. Microsoft also claims that configuring the Vista firewall to block outgoing connections from rogue applications and malware will require a varying degree of technical knowledge, depending on each user's security requirements."

IT : Perils of DNS at RIPE-52

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday April 26, @10:06AM
from the don't-ping-me-there dept.
An anonymous reader wrote in to say that " The RIPE meeting got off to a good start yesterday (for those of you outside Europe, RIPE is the European counterpart to ARIN). Emin Sirer from Cornell presented his study of DNS vulnerabilities . The results are staggering: the average name depends on four dozen nameservers, 30% of domains are vulnerable to domain hijacks by simple script kiddies, 85% of domains are vulnerable to hijacks by attackers that can DoS two hosts. The lesson: DNS must be managed by professionals, and the pros have to pay attention to the DNS delegation graph when they set up name servers."

Science : Google Staff MD on Carpal Tunnel & RSI

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday April 26, @09:34AM
from the wrists-to-sore-to-make-sarcastic-quip dept.
bariswheel writes "Every older and some younger Slashdotters have been subject to that tingling feeling in your wrist after countless hours of hacking, cracking, or playing CS. This Google Blog, posted by the Staff MD addresses this serious symptom that could potentially lead to "compression of the nerve which can cause numbness or tingling and eventually weakness if the nerve is damaged severely." Didn't think hard work would hurt anybody right?"

New MythTV Based PVR Available

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday April 26, @09:00AM
from the everyone-needs-a-rack-mountable-pvr dept.
aotea_Joe writes " OpenMedia is putting together a mad crazy Linux based home media pc. It's DVB-T and HDTV capable, network ready (streaming, control, sharing). Has all the standard PVR features (real time pause, scheduling, listings etc). Plus you own the hardware, get support and get updates/maintenance. Is it too good to be true?"

Politics : Oklahoma Senate OKs Violent-Games Bill

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Wednesday April 26, @08:17AM
from the where-is-their-judge-to-vote-it-down dept.
CNet is reporting that the Oklahoma Senate unanimously approved a new violent-games bill on Monday that makes it a crime to sell violent video games to children under 18. From the article: "The bill passed 47-0 in the state Senate, but is being held on a motion to reconsider the vote within three legislative days before being sent back to the House to vote on Senate amendments."

IT : Internet2 Gets a New Backbone

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Wednesday April 26, @05:34AM
from the where-and-through-whom dept.
wrong_fuel writes "A few of you know that Internet2 and NLR (National Lambda Rail) have been in talks for some time regarding a merger of the two networks. Those talks have fallen apart and Internet2's contracts with Qwest communications had already been allowed to lapse. Internet2 has now reached an agreement with an unnamed carrier for its next generation backbone . The new network will likely be named later this year (the old one was referred to as "Abilene") and current member Universities will be migrated off of Abilene by September 2007."

Hardware : Low Emission Cars Continue to Gain Popularity

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Wednesday April 26, @02:36AM
from the choosing-which-end-to-pay-on dept.
Rio writes "A company may soon offer American motorists a new option to save on high gas prices -- vehicles powered by lithium batteries . From the article: 'Just plug in these cars for about five hours or so and you'll get about 300 miles on a single charge.' The vehicles cost about $35,000 or about double what buyers would pay for a gas-powered model." Relatedly acidrain writes to tell us The BBC is reporting that a prototype of the new " Clever car " (Compact Low Emission Vehicle for Urban Transport) is starting to make the rounds on European test tracks. The car is one meter wide and less polluting than normal vehicles. It has a top speed of 100 km/h (60mph) and uses a novel tilting chassis to make it safe and maneuverable.

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