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See a Random Slashdot Story From the Last 20 Years ( 65

An anonymous reader writes: Happy aniversary, Slashdot! To commemorate your 20th year, here's a special web project I created. Every time you reload the page, it pulls up another one of the 162,000 stories Slashdot has posted over the last 20 years -- each time choosing a different story at random.
The original submission has one caveat. If you keep reloading the page long enough, you'll eventually get a story by Jon Katz.
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See a Random Slashdot Story From the Last 20 Years

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  • by Artem Tashkinov ( 764309 ) on Saturday October 28, 2017 @11:42AM (#55449929) Homepage
    Blocked by Adblock (uBlock Origin) - probably that's for the better considering the "usefulness" of this idea.
  • ... and now I feel old.

  • by mykepredko ( 40154 ) on Saturday October 28, 2017 @11:57AM (#55449965) Homepage

    Thank you - some interesting trips down memory lane (no pun intended) especially when see from the '90s or early 2000s in which speed, memory/disk sizes, resources, etc. which would be totally inadequate now.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Seriously, if you want to know what was going on then a Jon Katz article has to be part of it.

    For you kids that don't know what I'm talking about, search it.

  • by TurboStar ( 712836 ) on Saturday October 28, 2017 @12:01PM (#55449977)

    The main news page naturally presents you with articles we've seen before. Taking it to this extreme is unnecessary.

  • by Pollux ( 102520 )

    The original submission has one caveat. If you keep reloading the page long enough, you'll eventually get a story by Jon Katz.

    And just when I thought none of the /. editors had any sense of humor remaining.

    Or any historical knowledge of the early days of /. , for that matter.

  • Hopefully he's doing a DISTINCT on the query.

    Hey, maybe modern day slashdot should consider that too!

  • The comments are disabled. How else am I suppose to warn people about 9/11, Donald Trump Becoming president, or the nuclear attack on the west coast US. Oh wait, I found the dial.

    Sorry... Happy 40th Slashdot.

    --Posted on my IBM Temporal Phone 8

    • by JustOK ( 667959 )
      What's a "dial"? A type of soap?
      • Dial is a way to adjust an analog signal. In 2032 When Analog computing took over digital ones, once accurate duplicating of analog data became possible. This technology allowed for a near infinite resolution screen, with accurate color, and perfect duplication of sound. As well it increased computing speed by a large scale, Due to massive parallel computing, and the ability to perform calculations in a single process.
        The dial is an easy way to bring an analog choice to the exact acceptable range.

      • by tepples ( 727027 )

        A dial, paddle, knob, or wheel is the primarily circular handle of a rotary encoder used as a 1-dimensional input device. The terms "dial" and "paddle" appear to be associated with an encoder that returns absolute position, as opposed to encoders that produce "mickeys", or relative movement counts.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Pretty amusing, especially the older stories (10-20 years). Not so much for the stories themselves, but the reaction of the /. gallery to them (to a Nokia smartphone in 2001: Why the hell does everything need to be connected to the Internet?)

  • August 14, 2012 @01:39AM (#40981435) Journal

    Has Slashdot really devolved to the point where nobody even bothers correcting misuse of the word "hacker" anymore?

    While I might love hacking a mars rover. That has no relation to breaking anyone's security.

  • Sigh. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ledow ( 319597 ) on Saturday October 28, 2017 @01:19PM (#55450243) Homepage

    Shame that Slashdot itself lacks now the programmer skills to do, say, []

    Isn't it?

  • This is fun. Here's one from 1998. []
    Follow the sfgate link to see the future as it was known by executives at Netscape and AOL.

    Most people go online because "they want to communicate and get quick content and information," said Wendy Brown, vice president of electronic commerce at AOL, which has 12 million subscribers. "They don't necessarily go online to buy. A lot of purchases come from impulse buying."

    Although Microsoft's Start -- combined with its lucrative e-commerce sites and its control of the desktop -- pose a serious threat to Internet companies that combine content, e-commerce and searching -- such as AOL, Netscape, Yahoo and Excite -- those companies are not about to disappear, said Adam Schoenfeld, an e-commerce analyst at Jupiter Communications in New York.

  • Only tried it a couple of times, but the old articles it selected had far more funny comments than anything I've seen on Slashdot recently.

    Perhaps the selection mechanism is somehow biased in favor of good articles, even though it claims to be random? For example, it might be favoring articles with more comments?

  • It will be a dupe of a dupe anyway.

  • Slashdot's always been going downhill and it always will be. People have been saying this for twenty years now, so why stop?

Variables don't; constants aren't.