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Mozilla Launches $300,000 Gigabit Community Fund 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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Mozilla Launches $300,000 Gigabit Community Fund

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  • What is this? Beta Filla? Please refrain from commenting too sensibly in order to attempt to save Slashdot.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by hack slash ( 1064002 )
      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.
    • Totally agreed. He's trying to exhaust the "audience's" ability to redirect the conversation.

  • US5722418

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

  • Alternative to Beta (Score:5, Informative)

    by computersareevil ( 244846 ) on Friday February 07, 2014 @06:59PM (#46190919)

    Will soon be hosted at [] 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 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: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      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 [] 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

    • 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 th

      • 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 sellin

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Dice is lying through their teeth to the advertisers they hope to attract to Slashdot:
      Take the tour [] 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!

  • Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here [] 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 d

  • 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 obvi

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

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