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Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video) 233

Posted by Roblimo
from the whatever-you-just-said-made-no-sense dept.
If you're working at home or from a coffee shop or, really, anyplace outside your company's offices, they need to hear you when you talk, and you need to hear them. The same goes for dealing with clients via VOIP or video, the two communications techologies that seem to be driving POTS into obsolescence faster than we thought possible just a few years ago. In this video, Plantronics PR person Karen Auby -- who works remotely most of the time herself -- explains how Plantronics products help make work easier in a world of "unified communications."

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Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)

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  • by atriusofbricia (686672) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:30PM (#39580821) Journal

    So... half the "stories" today are just bloody slashvertisements?!?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:32PM (#39580837)

    We had one ad yesterday, two today, three tomorrow?
    Also the first one for instance was much better disguised, this is glaring obvious, is the obvious version cheaper?
    I wouldn’t expect that form slashdot 5 years ago, now I'm surprised it took so long...

  • WTF? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by hawguy (1600213) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:36PM (#39580887)

    WTF? This isn't even a thinly veiled slashvertisement, it's a full-on ad. I can't wait for the "Watch this 30 second advertisement before Slashdot will load" ads to come.

    • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Funny)

      by TheLink (130905) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:52PM (#39580987) Journal
      If things get worse the 30 second ads might end up being more informative than Slashdot ;).
    • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by CaptainLard (1902452) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:20PM (#39581181)
      I agree this is pretty blatant. But what can we do about it? Slashdot is owned by thinkgeek which trades on nasdaq. That means they eventually have to answer to shareholders who care about one thing. Like it or not, advertising makes the internet go round (although how this is economically sustainable, I have absolutely no idea). Is there some way we can avoid it? There are several million UIDs now. If everyone bought a few shares, slashdot users could dominate think geek's $95mil market capital. Would that even do anything? Is that better than a subscription model? In the end the guys running the servers gotta get their hot pockets from somewhere...
      • Re:WTF? (Score:4, Insightful)

        by hawguy (1600213) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:33PM (#39581247)

        I agree this is pretty blatant. But what can we do about it? Slashdot is owned by thinkgeek which trades on nasdaq. That means they eventually have to answer to shareholders who care about one thing. Like it or not, advertising makes the internet go round (although how this is economically sustainable, I have absolutely no idea). Is there some way we can avoid it? There are several million UIDs now. If everyone bought a few shares, slashdot users could dominate think geek's $95mil market capital. Would that even do anything? Is that better than a subscription model? In the end the guys running the servers gotta get their hot pockets from somewhere...

        Well I suppose that trying to buy up a controlling interest in Slashdot's parent company and then pressuring the board to stop hiding blatant ads as stories on is one option, the option I'll take is to just stop reading Slashdot if these ads keep up.

        It's not like I can't find many many other ways to waste time online.

        • It's not like I can't find many many other ways to waste time online.

          Forget string theory, that should be the fundamental law of the universe.

      • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Dhalka226 (559740) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:44PM (#39581305)

        What can we do? Nothing. Nothing except watch Slashdot die. And given this kind of bullshit, I'm going to be chuckling and nodded my head in satisfaction.

        It is exactly this kind of idiocy that has fucked up the US economy beyond repair: Let's never look beyond next quarter's financial statements. That seems like an awesome strategy to people who can't be bothered to give two shits about whether the property exists the quarter after; who only care if their wallet is slightly fatter and they can justify moving on to destroying the next property.

        Tell me, oh great Slashdot editors: How do those financial statements look when nobody is left to consume your bullshit?

        My search for a replacement begins today.

        • by Leebert (1694) *

          ell me, oh great Slashdot editors: How do those financial statements look when nobody is left to consume your bullshit?

          The slashdot staff DOES know better. If you think this doesn't bother them, you're dead wrong.

          Like many of us, they're sitting around on corporate telecons hearing about how they're going to "monetize blah blah corporatespeak". About their only choice is to quit and take another job. I certainly don't think we want that, because eventually those who fill their shoes will be selected as ones who are much more in-line with corporate philosophy, and NO ONE will be left to at least voice concerns.

          This "story

        • by tverbeek (457094)

          This ad didn't go through Slashdot's editorial staff. That's the problem. It's a paid advertisement posted as if it were editorial content. Kind of like newspapers do with those ads typeset in columns, or TV stations do with those half-hour hostess-and-pitchman ads. But without the "This is a paid advertisement" notice attached to protect what's left of their integrity.

        • replacement (Score:4, Insightful)

          by gbjbaanb (229885) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @10:16AM (#39584473)

          I recommend ArsTechnica [arstechnica.com], it seems a lot of /. posts are coming from them anyway, so you might as well go direct.

          Their comments section needs threading though, but if you're after articles rather than discussion, it's way better then here.

      • by Jmc23 (2353706)
        Or we could just take the slashcode to somewhere like slash.org where we could setup our own version without the slashvertisements. Eventually we'd probably have to pay for the servers and bandwidth so we could put up some unobtrusive ads, maybe even with a disablement since slashdotters are so picky about ads. If that doesn't bring in enough revenue we could always get companies to submit advertising directly and ... oh wait.
      • by Asic Eng (193332)

        That means they eventually have to answer to shareholders

        Now what happens if the advertising revenues go down, because - despite the more frequent placement of slashvertisements - fewer people see ads since they don't visit Slashdot so often anymore? Pissing off your users is frequently not a good way to increase your revenue.

    • by Ihmhi (1206036)

      WTF? This isn't even a thinly veiled slashvertisement, it's a full-on ad. I can't wait for the "Watch this 30 second advertisement before Slashdot will load" ads to come.

      It'll end up being 60 seconds because the crap Slashcode takes 30 seconds to start working anyway. d=

  • What. The. Fuck. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hairyfish (1653411) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:36PM (#39580889)
    Really? Are we this blatant about advertising now? Pull your fucking head in Slashdot editors...
  • Sad (Score:5, Interesting)

    by JNSiQwa (1439543) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:46PM (#39580947)
    So, never, ever buy a Plantronics product. Check.
    • Re:Sad (Score:5, Informative)

      by FSWKU (551325) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:33PM (#39581249)

      So, never, ever buy a Plantronics product. Check.

      I've had Plantronics on my "Do Not Buy" list for many a year now. I used to have SEVERAL of their headsets back when I was into LAN parties and online gaming. Every single one of them broke after only a couple months of normal use. The inline volume control would go out, the microphone would stop working, or one audio channel would give out. One set even had the earpiece completely fall off! Once I disassembled one of the broken units and discovered how cheap and thin the wires were, my decision to never give them anymore money was solidified.

      Went and bought a set of MDR-V600 studio monitors back when Sony didn't equate with evil. That was probably about 9 years ago and they've held up through everything I've thrown at them and sound great (if a bit bassy at times, but that's what EQ is for). Would I buy from Sony now? Not a chance.

      • by laron (102608)

        IT at my workplace actuall recomends Platntronics USB headsets for VoIP communications, though I never could quite fathom why. For a recording that I had to do one, I did a quick comparison between a simple analogue headset and Plantronics USB device. I'm not exactly an audiophile, but the analogue headset provided a much clearer recording.
        Is there actually a technical advantage in using a USB audio device, if your computer has an internal sound card anyway?

        • That would be entirely dependent on the quality of the USB device vs the quality of the internal sound card. But I have no idea why IT at your workplace recomends Plantronics - as you already know they make crap devices.

    • I've a very vengeful consumer. I used Sony for all my home electronics, since the root-kit debacle I haven't bought anything from them - they've lost a LOT of sales from me. Tektronix started spamming me at work, now they are the last company I check for hardware, not the first (and I buy a LOT of test and measurement equipment at my lab). One of the nice things about modern world is that there is almost always another company that makes a similar product. This add irritated me - so I won't buy any Plantro

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:48PM (#39580961)

    Ok, I work from home and thought, "Hey, this might have information that will help me be more effective at working remotely." Instead, it was almost 4 minutes of a woman telling us how much time her company thinks about remote collaboration, unified communication and how important it is being able to speak with each other. Oh, and their product might have something to do with voice quality.

    If you're going to give us an ad like this, at least let it be something useful. Give us technical details and provide information about how the product or service works. Instead, I just lost 4 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.

    • by tibit (1762298)

      The lady seems to have no clue what she's talking about anyway :(

    • by geekmux (1040042)

      Ok, I work from home and thought, "Hey, this might have information that will help me be more effective at working remotely." Instead, it was almost 4 minutes of a woman telling us how much time her company thinks about remote collaboration, unified communication and how important it is being able to speak with each other. Oh, and their product might have something to do with voice quality.

      If you're going to give us an ad like this, at least let it be something useful. Give us technical details and provide information about how the product or service works. Instead, I just lost 4 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.

      Couldn't agree with you more. I only made it about 3.5 minutes through. If you're going to post that kind of shit here (video adverts), at least make it appealing to the audience with some samples/specs/photos, etc.

      Plantronics? Thinks that voice communications is critical? Gee, no shit. They're a company who has bilked business out of millions over the years selling WAY overpriced telco headsets, but I needed four minutes of voice and video to tell me what they sell...like the average business hasn't be

  • I never would have thought that slashdot would sink to this. Geez, disappointing. If you keep this up, sayonara. No wonder taco boogied.

  • Plantronics? (Score:5, Informative)

    by xtal (49134) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:56PM (#39581011)

    I can't say I've ever had an enjoyable conference with their gear. I remember some epic fails.

    Google and others have better FREE alternatives. Use them!

  • Transcript (Score:3, Informative)

    by QuasiSteve (2042606) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:01PM (#39581033)

    Title: Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier
    Description: Better sound = better communications

    [00:00] <TITLE>
    "Plantronics is Working to Help Collaboration with Far-Flung Workers, Suppliers, and Clients" appears along with the SlashdotTV logo bar reading "Chris Yeich, Geeknet" over a view of Chris sitting in front of a a white (p)leather surface.

    [00:03] Chris>
    With today's increasingly distributed workforce where a worker can work from an office, from home, on the road and even at a coffee shop, collaboration is the name of the game.
    For IT decision makers it means that they've gotta find new ways to use new technology to help facilitate that collaboration.
    Unified communications is one way to get there.
    I had the chance recently to speak with Plantronics about collaboration and unified communications, and here's what they had to say.

    [00:30] <TITLE>
    The SlashdotTV logo bar with "Karen Auby, Senior Manager, Public Relations, Plantronics" fades in and out of view.

    [00:30] Karen>
    Plantronics has really been focused on understanding how businesses are working today, because the idea of going to a place to work and clocking in at 9 and leaving at 5 - it's sort of an outdated method.
    Now, people are working wherever they are, whenever they can, and just really producing results that are meaningful for a company.
    So I can understand it's a big challenge for IT to be able to keep everyone connected as they become more distributed.
    Plantronics has really been looking at how to help our own employees collaborate, because we have people who work in Europe.. we are a global company, we have offices in Asia, and in Europe.. and keeping them all connected is extremely important for product development, for marketing, for business development, for finance - regardless of the area within the organization, collaboration is really important, and it's something that Plantronics is very, very focused on.

    [01:25] Chris>
    So when it comes to unified communications you [...] bunch of different types of technologies.
    Where do you see some of the biggest hurdles for IT managers in being able to effectively implement a broad-based unified communication strategy?
    What is some of the stumbling blocks that you see based on your experience working with IT orgs?

    [01:44] Karen>
    Well, to be honest, I think a lot of it is end user adoption and getting end users excited and interested and feeling like IT isn't pushing down another thing they need to learn, but actually understand - as an end user - understanding "Hey, this is actually gonna make my job easier - this is gonna make life better for me, and less frustrating."
    So I think the importance of simplicity and training and ease of use really can't be overstated.
    If you want unified communications or any collaboration tools to really affect ROI, affect the bottom line, affect innovation within a company.

    [02:20] Chris>
    One last question for you:
    So Plantronics - a lot of focus on audio quality.
    Tell me a little about how that component, that specific component of audio, fits into the overarching - again, the umbrella theme of - unified communications, knowing that we've got tools like Skype chat, instant messaging.
    Where does audio fit in?

    [02:39] Karen>
    There's so much emotion that comes out in voice that you don't get in text.
    There's a difference between "Hey, great job" and "Hey! Great job!", and so we really believe in the power of voice.
    So you can get business done so much quicker sometimes just by picking up the phone, rather than back-and-forth e-mails.
    I, personally, think that - and Plantronics definitely, the company, we believe that - voice is a natural way to communicate and that you see tools that embrace voice as the easiest, most synchronous, communication method is really one-on-one voice calls, and/or conference calls as well.
    As f

  • by slimjim8094 (941042) <slashdot3@@@justconnected...net> on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:02PM (#39581041)

    Slashdot has been an enormous factor in making me the nerd I am. That sounds cheesy, but I seriously started reading when I was 14. It was a big deal to me to find a huge community of other people who really saw the world like I did, unlike anyone else in my (small) high school.

    But I really can't justify sticking around if the "stories" are just "Isn't Plantronics great?" videos. This is nonsense. I understand that Slashdot needs to make money, but if you guys can't keep doing that off of (normal) ads, then just shut it down. It's not worth this painful death.

    I put up with trolls. I put up with Idle. I put up with the shitty Ajax. I didn't much mind the "itwbenett" stuff, where people were just submitting their online articles, as long as they were interesting. I even put up with the sponsored "ask slashdot", since it was clearly marked and had the potential to be somewhat interesting. I wasn't that guy bitching about every little thing- things change, but it's not a big deal.

    We all know about Plantronics. They even make a decent product. But I don't go to Slashdot to read paid-for content posted by companies about what companies say about their products.

    This is too much. If you're seriously going to have a half-dozen "stories" a day that are just ads for some gadget or service or so on, then I won't be here.

    In case this wasn't clear enough, you known that line that companies cross that pisses their users off and sends them into a death spiral, a la Digg? You just crossed it. Step back very quickly or you'll have big problems.

    • by Quinn_Inuit (760445) <Quinn_Inuit@@@yahoo...com> on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:12PM (#39581119)

      In case this wasn't clear enough, you known that line that companies cross that pisses their users off and sends them into a death spiral, a la Digg? You just crossed it. Step back very quickly or you'll have big problems.

      This.

      Seriously, did y'all have to kick Taco out before you could pull this crap? I've been reading /. daily, no, more than daily, for nearly 10 years, and this post made me seriously think about quitting.

  • by zippthorne (748122) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:05PM (#39581057) Journal

    I mean, I get the slashvertisment, but.. most of the time, there's at least something newish. Plantronics sells flimsy microphones in even flimsier plastic packaging at outrageous prices that may or may not connect to the audio jack on your device-that-has-a-standard-audio-jack.

    If they don't at least have some kind of wonder gadget that revolutionizes the headset industry in some not necessarily meaningful, but at least interesting way, I fail to see the point of their presence on slashdot.

    What's next? A zinc bolt manufacturer advertising their not particularly unique or inventive bog standard zinc bolts, without ever actually using the word "bolt" or mentioning or displaying an any of their actual products?

    Also, I had to watch an ad before watching the ad.

    • by tibit (1762298)

      You can't really trust a company that has the following somewhere in their product catalog: "UC Enablers are products that strategically build the bridge from desktop reliance to PC Voice and all the liberating possibilities of Unified Communications". I pity the fools who fall for this verbal abomination.

  • by Trip6 (1184883) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:11PM (#39581111)

    Please?

  • by seifried (12921) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:17PM (#39581161) Homepage
    Seriously. I'm not one to reminisce about the "good old days" (see my UID) but this is serious ridiculous. This really reminds me of when Digg cratered out, just checked Digg, 15 stories on the front page and 77 comments, in total. I remember when they had hundreds of comments, per story. So I'm guessing if this continues Slashdot will crater out by the end of the year. Well it was nice while it lasted.
  • by dbc (135354) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:33PM (#39581251)

    My karma here has been excellent for well over 10 years. I'd like to turn off advertising, please.

    Or, maybe let's change the moderation system to allow moderation of stories, not just comments, and add '-1 slashvertisement" mod option.

    Or maybe, it's simply time for a slahdot clone -- just the same only having editors with both integrity and a brain.

    • by kenp2002 (545495)

      You realize editors with integrity and a brain was dropped long ago when we got kdawson right?

  • by morphage (62416) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:36PM (#39581261)

    Slashdot editors: I understand you need ads. I understand you need sponsors, but if you are going to post them, please mark them as paid content. Seriously. If you don't you will loose your core readership, and maybe you already are, but this isn't going to help things. Was Rob Malda the only person keeping this from happening? Yes, Slashdot readers have valuable eyeballs, but treat us with respect, otherwise you will loose us. One of the key reasons geeks still defend Google and Gmail is that they set a precedent for tasteful and obvious ads with Adwords. Please hold yourselves to the same standards.

  • Stop the tripe (Score:5, Informative)

    by dbc (135354) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:41PM (#39581285)

    If you are looking for a way to make long time, loyal, readers revolt, then you have found it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:47PM (#39581323)

    The signal:crap ratio is getting a bit high and this just blew it off the charts, are there some recommendations on alternatives sites that are currently what Slashdot (unfortunately) was?

  • by Anonymous Psychopath (18031) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:49PM (#39581329) Homepage

    To see how many readers dislike? Add one more for me, please.

  • I'd block ALL Roblimo stories, except... watching the comments is irresistible, like a slow motion car crash.

    One has to wonder how Roblimo feels about being an anchor around the neck of /. - does she hate having the slashvertisement beat, does she hate /., does she perceive some value to these slashvertisements?

    Yep, even if I block her "stories", they still are ruinous to our beloved Slashdot's prestige and reputation. I don't think the brain trust behind these abominations realize how quickly a downward s

  • Advertisers - seriously, when you sucker slurp for being posted here like this, a crapload of us cross you off the list of being purchasable.

    And that sucks because I used to like plantronics.

    No more wallet for you..

  • WTF? (Score:5, Funny)

    by pesho (843750) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @11:57PM (#39581365)
    Dear Roblimo, how stupid do you think the slashdot audience is? If you can't keep your ads apart from your stories, you probably need to find yourself a new audience. I would suggest moving to day time TV.
  • What a shame. Like many others, my IDs are high through lethargy; I started reading in 1998, and the desire to accrue karma eventually became too great. I've hit the site almost daily since then, and have collected my fair share of +5, Flamebait mods.

    No more. If you're this beholden to your corporate sponsors, please let them know they can advertise with impunity, since your remaining readers are obviously ok with it. I'm done. Thank you for the good times and the bad. From OMG Ponies to the 9/11 po
    • Well, NoScript put a big yellow box at the top of this article, so at least I didn't have to watch it. Did the video auto-play, too? There are few things on the web that I hate more than auto-playing commercials.

      NoScript makes the web bearable these days, but it's a crying shame that it's necessary.

      But, back to Slashdot, it seems to me like there's been an awful lot of shark-jumping since Taco left. I'm not going to completely bail just yet, but I'm finding myself spending less and less time here. It was gr

    • Later dudes. If this site isn't good enough for Taco, it isn't good enough for me. It's been a fun ten years, and I've learned a lot and met some interesting people.

      But this sucks. See you over at ycombinator.com and maybe osnews.com Too bad, I used to love linuxtoday.com as well and they bit the dust ages ago, and for the same reason: "We need more ads!"

      Me, I'd rather build a site that fits a niche perfectly and makes just enough money to get by. You guys are obviously going for the big bucks instead.

  • by Okian Warrior (537106) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @12:21AM (#39581479) Homepage Journal

    It's simple really... pan the product!

    Everyone post their negative experiences with the company, in gory detail.

    Even if you've never used the product, some well-placed negative innuendo or skeptical comparison (use this open source alternative instead!) will serve to disadvertize the product.

    After awhile, a short while (I'm hoping), the editors will realize that the readers don't want this, the sponsors will realize that they don't want this, and the practice will stop.

    People keep moaning about apathy in the face of an unlikeable situation, well here's our chance. Let's change the system.

    All together now, one... two... three...

  • i heard (Score:5, Funny)

    by nimbius (983462) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @12:31AM (#39581513) Homepage
    plantronics actually causes cancer, and that only sex offenders and violent drug addled criminals would ever use it.

    plantronics can also be scientifically linked to global warming.
    but they shouldnt worry. comments on message boards never get indexed into, say, the reviews of a product as illicited by a google search ;)
  • I wont watch your ad, but is this the same overpriced Chinese garbage you have been vomiting out for the last decade? If so I would rather spend my money on something that's not going to fall apart or break in a month. K THX

    PS: stop with the ass slashdot

  • FOADIAF (Score:5, Interesting)

    by The Man (684) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @12:37AM (#39581535) Homepage

    Well guys, I guess it's been, what, 15 years, give or take? I can't say I was the first or second slashdot reader, but I might have been the thousandth. A lot has changed in that time, and there are a lot of tech news aggregators with comments these days. Many have advertising-driven business models, a brave few try other models from time to time. But virtually all of them are far less offensive than this crap, in that they have ads at the top of the page which are obviously paid content separate from the editorial function of posting, well, tech news of one sort or another. Each of us has a certain threshold, be it qualitative or quantitative, beyond which we clearly recognise that something has become intolerable. Often it's difficult to articulate that threshold's location until it's been crossed, or at least to imagine each and every possible fashion in which it could be crossed. But here we are, way the fuck on the wrong side of that threshold, and you've lost another reader. I'm not sure how you plan to make up for the inevitable loss of other readers like me; maybe you're not even planning to or thinking that far ahead. Maybe you figure advertisers are so stupid that they'll gladly pay vastly higher sums for these sore thumbs that they think your apparently even more retarded readers won't know are ads. Maybe they're right. Maybe you're right. I hope not, but I'm certainly a lot wiser than I was 15 years ago, and I wouldn't be surprised by anything at this point. So, please, take it to its logical conclusion. More ads. Less pretense of editorial independence. I'd suggest you do what the bottom-feeding Chinese link vendors do and just fill your entire page with paid links, graphics, and videos. Maybe throw in some real American know-how like real-time auctions, and tie it into Facebook so that you already know everything you could ever want to about people who like to be products. After all, many of our country's best and brightest now spend most of their time and energy finding more ways to sell other people as advertising viewers. I'm sure you'll think of something, and I hope for irony's sake that you make a mint. But you'll be doing it without me. Given the choices you're making, I don't think you'll miss me, as I'm no longer part of your target audience.

  • by acoustix (123925) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @12:49AM (#39581591) Homepage

    Now we know why Cmdrtaco left. This is terrible.

    Note to editors: you are killing a once great site. Please stop before it's too late.

  • The subject says it all.
    • boughtlikeawhore
    • businesspeak
    • buzzwords
    • crap
    • downwardspiral
    • fourchanhasbetterethics
    • idiocracy
    • jargon
    • junk
    • lackofethics
    • marketingtroll
    • nojournalisticintegrity
    • prwhore
    • sellout
    • shameful
    • thecancerthatiskillingslashdot
    • worthless
  • by 1MC (639112)
    Obviously I'm inside a dream inside a dream inside a dream. Normally I read about invasive advertising on other sites ON slashdot, not experience it on slashdot. What just happened? Waiting for the spinning top to drop. In the meantime, I will post on Gizmodo about this. The king is dead, long live the new king!
  • I experimented with the WFH thing a while back. Got a Linksys SIP gateway and hooked it up to an asterisk server downstairs. Could have gone all voip, of course, but the landline was clearer for local and 800 calls and I needed it for the DSL line anyway. This let me route calls (via the asterisk server) to free numbers on the landline and through VOIP for anything else. It also me receive calls on the landline and, based on the caller ID, decide if I wanted to route the caller through voip to my cell phone
  • ... but when I do, it's because I stopped blocking all submissions by Roblimo.
  • Big Mistake (Score:5, Insightful)

    by anti-pop-frustration (814358) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @03:28AM (#39582241) Journal
    Don't you see that by mixing advertisement with content you are casting doubt on *every single* story posted? You had a great thing but you're killing it.

    Who thought this would a good idea? How dumb are the corporate owners?

    If this goes on, I'm going to start using those threads to list as many slashdot alternatives as possible. There many good sites out there looking for active commenters.

    Watch how mods are going to help your audience leave your site.
  • Is there a list anywhere? I have that natural v1a9ra pill shop and want to place an ad on the front page too.

    • I am also looking for a pricelist. Since shark jumping is so obvious lets transform /. into a premium video advertisement site on the Internet.

      No point crying about past good times, lets innovate!

  • I'm still waiting to see some sort of apology or april fools cover for this story, but maybe it is a continued significant downturn in advertising standards at slashdot, along the lines of my recent complaint/submission about the 'sugar daddy dating' advertising - http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=30347589 [slashdot.org] - that I got flooded with (~50%, cookieless, fresh profile front page view coverage). That seemed to only last a week or two, either because of a one-off ad-buy coincidence, or slashdot(or

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