Since the split from Ars.
No personal offense (I know some Ars news posters read this site), but Ars has lost its professional touch, save for Hannibal's (still great
) articles. The system recommendations last year were mostly lame, and only recently have they gotten anywhere in the vicinity of 'decent'. The only regular columns are Ator's column (no longer advertised, and not that regular any more) and the Game.Ars column which I don't read ('cause I go to Ars for the tech, not for the gaming - Ars is apparently now a gaming site). PeterB had a great article on .NET recently, and John Siracusa's articles are worth reading, but besides that, good articles are still relatively infrequent.
I won't name names, but most of the news is posted by kids from high school and college who put a tad too much opinion in their news posts, given their limited experience. I'll only mention that two of them are forum moderators, and one of those moderators is a moron (and fortunately doesn't post news items that often).
At least TR
has regular, respectable reviews. I know that I often post criticisms of Dissonance's and Damage's articles, but that's because they're usually of good enough quality that I care about them.
(So, er, Damage, when are we going to see error margins in your Excel charts?
One disturbing trend I've noticed with tech sites (including this one) is that there has been an increasing focus on sociopolitical factors, a la
Slashdot. I really don't want to hear uninformed or poorly informed opinions on political and social happenings here and abroad. If I want that, I'll go to someone qualified to give me an educated opinion. So please, lay off the sociopolitical blurbs, will you guys? Just stick to what you're good at — tech.
(And, yes, I include things like 9/11 coverage in what I consider off-topic news for a tech site.)
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