I ran across a Slashdot story that confused the heck out of me, and I work for one of the companies involved.

Buying all or part of AOL may be the first part of the master plan, as Google relies heavily on the advertising pages that come from Yahoo, since it now syndicates its search to Google.

I can't figure out what that means. As far as I cannot tell, Google does not rely on advertising pages that "come from Yahoo" (whatever that means), nor does Yahoo "syndicate its search to Google."

Can anyone out there figure out WTF they're getting at?

I'm mystified...

Posted by jzawodn at September 22, 2005 09:14 PM

Reader Comments
# Tankko said:

It's a typo, they meant to say AOL.

on September 22, 2005 09:24 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Good to see that they didn't bother to fix it.


on September 22, 2005 09:56 PM
# JJ said:

I found it weird, too. Maybe it's a freudian slip.

on September 22, 2005 11:54 PM
# wee kee said:

now everything make sense...

on September 23, 2005 02:08 AM
# Joe Grossberg said:

You still read Slashdot? Wow.

I gave that up a while ago, and I'm nowhere near as busy as you are.

on September 23, 2005 07:30 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

I skim the headlines in my aggregator. I stopped reading the comments a long time ago.

on September 23, 2005 07:43 AM
# Michael Slater said:

Who cares what they meant anyway.

Slashdot sucks and has grown increasingly irrelevant with the arrival of blogs and RSS technology. Their site is old crufty rubbish with a broken authentication system and a dislike for RSS.

Or as they would say in Hollywood, "Slashdot? That's soooo three years ago."

PS. Our shorthand for Slashdot's denizens, the Slasholes: /o

on September 23, 2005 09:50 AM
# Jamie McCarthy said:

What's broken about our authentication system?

on September 23, 2005 10:36 AM
# Ricky Oberoi said:

ALL those who are abusing slashdot all of a sudden...people c'mon you are like biting the hand that use to feed you (if it doesn't feed you anymore )

on September 23, 2005 12:52 PM
# Ricky Dhatt said:

The trouble with only reading /. headlines is that sometimes they are totally wrong/misleading; you have to see the comments (at 5) to figure out if it's legit.

on September 23, 2005 02:57 PM
# Michael Slater said:

Slashdot is the only web service in the last four years that still seems to have problems with authentication. Any time I try to change a password or something, it complains about being unable to authenticate me, and that it's probably because I'm behind a proxy or firewall.

I tried to recreate the problem to post here, but I couldn't because when I went to change my password it said, "sorry, you can't submit more than 10 forms in 4 hours. If you didn't, perhaps it's because you're behind a proxy or a firewall."

What a joke. I hadn't submitted 10 forms. I'm not 'behind a proxy or firewall' and I don't have these silly 1990's issues with any other web service of the many I use.

Any trouble ticket or suggestion I or friends have sent has always been ignored or closed by a /o with a surly remark.

Anyway, I couldn't be bothered to care anymore, as I said, we're in the age of Blogs and RSS, whose content is much more interesting anyway. (BoingBoing, for instance)

on September 23, 2005 11:07 PM
# Jamie McCarthy said:

I'm sorry for the troubles you've been having Michael, but I'm not sure what the problem is. Thousands of users submit similar forms every day to Slashdot and without more information, I don't know what's unique about your situation. We've had only five bug reports for that part of the code submitted in the past two years, and I don't think we responded rudely: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=104421&group_id=4421&func=browse&category=354712

(I'd link that URL, but I don't want to mess it up -- comment previewing is broken on Jeremy's blog, heh.)

If you like, please contact me directly at jamie@slashdot.org and I can try to figure out what's going on.

on September 24, 2005 08:49 AM
# said:

Previewing isn't "broken" it's disabled.

on September 24, 2005 08:52 AM
# Sam Newman said:

I've got to dmit I stopped reading it months ago. I do however pop into Alterslah every now and then - it runs signal/noise analysis on slashdot and picks out the highest scoring comments.

on September 26, 2005 03:32 PM
# Jeremy said:

Hey Jeremy,

I'd be interested to know which RSS aggregator you use. Would you mind sharing?


on December 18, 2005 09:52 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

I use FeeedDemon.

on December 18, 2005 02:20 PM
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