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The Last Thing You Read Was

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A Non-Fiction Book
  3211 votes / 16%
A Fiction Book
  5853 votes / 29%
A Magazine
  855 votes / 4%
A Manual
  964 votes / 4%
A Newspaper
  682 votes / 3%
Something Online
  7188 votes / 36%
Print is Dead
  849 votes / 4%
19602 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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The Last Thing You Read Was

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  • by MisterSquid (231834) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @01:46PM (#41950473)

    If one is responding to this poll, by definition the last thing one has read is something online, right? Or did Slashdot finally launch that vote-by-post card feature I requested in '98?

    • by drosboro (1046516) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @01:47PM (#41950479)
      If they did, wouldn't "post card" be a missing option?
    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 11, 2012 @01:59PM (#41950559)

      Actually, I'm beating up a nerd and having him write what I tell him. And the most brilliant part is that I don't even know how to read.

      (please save me)

    • by degeneratemonkey (1405019) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @02:50PM (#41950893)
      I read the poll, selected the second option, picked up my copy of H2G2, read a few lines, and then smashed my face on the left mouse button to submit the vote. Owned.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by bakedbread (2009504)
      YMBNH We don't actually read polls before we vote (or TFA btw).
    • by riverat1 (1048260)

      Yes, that's why I clicked something online. But within the past week I've read something in all of the categories mentioned except the non-fiction book and it's just a coincidence that I didn't do that.

    • by Jeff321 (695543)

      Technically, the last phrase I read before voting was "Print is Dead". So, I voted for that.

    • by Sique (173459)
      The last thing I read aloud was a paperbook I read to my children (which are old enough to read anyway, and my daughter is writing her own stories), but they like it when I read to them.
      • by gr8dude (832945)

        Hi, can I read some of her stories?

        One of my pet projects is an initiative to write stories for children. I wonder what subjects she writes about, who the protagonists are, etc.

    • by c0lo (1497653)

      If one is responding to this poll, by definition the last thing one has read is something online, right?

      Wrong. I'm no longer reading slashdot: I'm seeing it.

      BTW: what did think of the Cowboy Neal in the red dress?... He, uhm, well he doesn't talk very much, but, but if you'd like to meet him, I can arrange a much more personalized meeting.

    • That was my thought. Or maybe you responded to the poll without reading anything. Maybe you're illiterate and just like clicking on buttons. Or maybe you have your browser configured to turn off all text and you just select poll answers blindly.

    • Once I read all the poll options, the last thing I had read was "Print is Dead".

    • by edibobb (113989)
      I read a book after I positioned the mouse and before I clicked.
    • by tompaulco (629533)
      If one is responding to this poll, by definition the last thing one has read is something online, right?
      Although I "read" slashdot, I don't consider it "reading". It is too interactive to meet my definition of reading. Now, you can read the articles linked to by some of slashdot's summaries, and I would consider THAT reading, but nobody actually reads the articles. They just read the summary and then try to work in some angle where they can use the contents of the summary to bash Republicans or Christian
  • Uhm... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Nationless (2123580) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @02:01PM (#41950589)

    An article on Slashdot.org. I don't know if you've heard of it.

  • I am unable to understand why any sane man would spend reading time on anything but technical manuals.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Urkki (668283)

      I am unable to understand why any sane man would spend reading time on anything but technical manuals.

      Well, considering how many people enjoy books, and considering how almost all people enjoy fictional stories in some form, and therefore should be able to at least understand how some may enjoy written fiction, there is only one conclusion: very few men are sane..

    • I am unable to understand why any sane man would spend reading time on anything but technical manuals.

      You should make a spoof of those commercials, showing a bunch of hot chicks sitting around you at the table while you look up from a manual and say that.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by bakedbread (2009504)

      I am unable to understand why any sane man would spend reading time on anything but technical manuals.

      WTF are you doing on Slashdot then?

    • I am unable to understand why any sane man would spend reading time on anything but technical manuals.

      I may not always read, but when I do, I read the label of a Dos Equis.

  • Discworld (Score:4, Interesting)

    by lightknight (213164) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @02:22PM (#41950729) Homepage

    I am going to get to the latest book of this series if it kills me.

    • by TitusC3v5 (608284)
      Your goals are a bit loftier than mine. I'm currently working my way through 50 Shades of Grey...
    • by mjwx (966435)

      I am going to get to the latest book of this series if it kills me.

      Coroner 1: Cause of death, patient died from trying to read the discworld series.
      Coroner 2: What, that's like the 5th this month.
      Coroner 1: When will they learn.

  • This Poll (Score:5, Informative)

    by lorinc (2470890) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @02:42PM (#41950835) Homepage Journal

    Isn't it obvious?

    • Isn't it obvious?

      If I'd been thinking I would have made my choice, put the mouse over the submit button, read something else, and then clicked the mouse without looking at the screen.

      Or the mouse logo.

  • by AthanasiusKircher (1333179) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @03:03PM (#41950997)

    As I read the results now, nearly 2/3 of those polled clicked something other than "Something Online" (or "Print is dead").

    I know people are into multitasking today, but I never realized so many people would read a poll question on Slashdot, then go read a novel, and then come back and click the button to respond to the poll.

    I'd like to see more research into this area -- perhaps polls asking questions like "What is the last thing you thought about?" or "What was the last thing you moved your mouse over?"

    Eventually, we can move to the truly puzzling poll questions, like "Are you lying in your response to this poll? Yes or No."

    • i pretty much understood the poll to be "what is the last non-trivial thing you read" i mean we're reading all the time, i have wow open in another window; do you think trade chat counts?
      • by Macgrrl (762836)

        I read my twitter stream on the train on the way to work this morning and read a few emails when I got to my desk and then a couple of new stories form the local online newspaper (does that count as newspaper or online?), then a couple of stories on SlashDot. Plenty of trivial in there.

  • by Dahamma (304068) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @03:04PM (#41950999)

    About 63% of voters are either confused or lying...

    • by TheSpoom (715771)

      I read the poll, clicked an option, and tabbed down to the submit button, then read a book, blindfolded myself, and hit enter by feel, you insensitive clod!

      That's obviously what everyone else did too.

      • by Dahamma (304068)

        Ok, I stand corrected. About 63% of the voters are either confused, lying, or clinically insane.

        Still going with #2 for you, though ;)

  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @04:01PM (#41951369)

    I figure the spirit of the question is blindingly obvious, but whatever. My only uncertainty was whether to choose from the book I just finished (which was fiction), or the one I'm now in the middle of reading (which is non-fiction).

    I went with the one I'd finished.

    • by jimshatt (1002452)
      Exactly the same here, except, doubly the opposite. I just finished a non-fiction book, but am reading a fictional one. Went with the one I'm reading.

      PS. The Tripods: The White Mountains, by John Christopher. Might be a children's book, but entertaining nonetheless.
    • by Laxori666 (748529)

      Thank God for that clarification! With the additional information you provided about your vote, we can now make a more informed analysis of the poll results. You have helped the future poll interpretations be less skewed, good sir. This sentence will now simply refer to itself as simply being more facetiously grandiose praise because the author has run out of clever phrases and is hoping this counts.

    • by cffrost (885375)

      I figure the spirit of the question is blindingly obvious, but whatever.

      Phrasing a poll question on a nerd site that so easily falls to the most cursory of pedantic analyses (i.e., a glance), must, in my estimation, either be intentional, or is naïvely presumptive about some nerds' abilities to not subconscious evaluate the logic of whatever questions/statements may be before them.

      If the pollster wanted the extant skew to occur—well, congratulations—mission accomplished. If not, then I must conclude that the poll's author fucked up—not the thousands of re

    • by fa2k (881632)

      It's not obvious to me. I suppose it's what another commenter said, The latest [non-trivial] thing you read, but still, do I include doxygen documentation for the code I'm working on? News articles? Well, for me it's easy as I'd have to use a complex definition to exclude all the online stuff and include the scientific papers I printed out or the novel I read at night

  • Time of day ... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Misagon (1135) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @04:22PM (#41951515)

    My answer to the poll's question would be different depending on which time of the day that I would be asked:
    * I always read the newspaper in the morning while I eat breakfast.
    * I often read on-line in-depth articles during the day and evening, either in a trade magazine or online (frequent visitor to Ars Technica.. which a third of Slashdot topics seem to link to anyway)
    * I often end the day with a good book (fiction).

    And as to the question if visiting Slashdot itself would constitute the answer "Something Online", I would answer: No, not unless you have actually clicked a link in a story and read the article that the story links to.

  • When I saw "book" I wasn't even thinking about books printed on dead trees. I read far more books in electronic format.
  • by Brad1138 (590148) <brad1138@yahoo.com> on Sunday November 11, 2012 @04:58PM (#41951719)
    LOTR in high school in the early 80's...
  • Ignoring forum and Facebook reading/posting, the last book I read is Slash's autobiography (of Guns & Roses if you don't know).

    [John]

  • by Greyfox (87712) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @07:36PM (#41952659) Homepage Journal
    Admit it. 50 Shades of Gray. All of you. Go ahead, look me in the eye and tell me it's not true!
  • 1) Huffington Post RSS feed for news headlines.
    2) Some linked article if I want more detail
    3) Twitter for up to the moment news, and @GreatDismal
    4) Facebook for family news
    5) Bunch of other web sites for specific information
    6) Books, fiction, from Library
  • The last book I finished was "The Wehrmacht on the Western Front", almost a text book (re-reading). The last book I'm still actively reading is about the Bismarck (again, a re-read). For fun. I need help.
    • Re:Such a sad life (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Kittenman (971447) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @08:23PM (#41952913)

      The last book I finished was "The Wehrmacht on the Western Front", almost a text book (re-reading). The last book I'm still actively reading is about the Bismarck (again, a re-read). For fun. I need help.

      Or company. I'm reading "The Russian Court at Sea" - about the embarkation and exodus of the surviving Romanovs from Yalta (the Crimea) in 1918/1919. As Rasputin/(Boney M), said "Oh, those Russians...".

      (Damn - what have I done - I've now got that tune in my head).

      • (Damn - what have I done - I've now got that tune in my head).

        Here, let me help:
        Oh, my darlin'
        Oh, my darlin'
        Oh, my darlin' Clementine [youtube.com].

      • by flonker (526111)

        Have a listen to the Rasputin cover by Boiled in Lead. It's ... unique. I can't seem to find it online to verify that it's the song I remember.

      • He could talk the Bible like a preacher
        Full of ecstacy and fire
        But he also was the kind of teacher
        Women most desire...

  • The Economist (Score:4, Insightful)

    by desertfool (21262) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @08:59PM (#41953087) Homepage

    I still get this in dead tree form. I can keep it in the bathroom (where electronics aren't welcome) and I get a look at international news that is so hard to come by in the US. That and Playboy (yes, Playboy) will be the last magazines I give up.

    • by Loughla (2531696)

      For the same reasons that you stated about the bathroom, I have for quite some time, and will always subscribe to National Geographic as well as The Smithsonian. My poopin' time just isn't complete without a quick read-through of the latest art/history/nature/humanity article.

      I will only fail to renew my subscription when they fail to print.

  • Where is (Score:4, Informative)

    by rossdee (243626) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @10:18PM (#41953455)

    The "All of the above" option.

    If I read anything these days, its on the screen. I read (science) fiction books I purchase from Baen and downloaded. I read magazines and newspapers in Kindle format on my tablet. These days you don't get a Manual , you get a PDF file om the disc with the driver software.
    And of course I read Slashdot online.

  • ...and you would be correct. I am old fashioned in a lot of ways. I enjoy (most of the time) reading my weekend newspaper with coffee Saturday and Sunday mornings.

  • by dbIII (701233) on Monday November 12, 2012 @03:53AM (#41954707)
    Read Conrad's "The Secret Agent" and "Under Western Eyes" and you'll wonder why Tom Clancy bothers to write at all.
  • ...was online. You read this poll.

  • by Lord Lode (1290856) on Monday November 12, 2012 @12:05PM (#41956941)

    "Something Online" is the medium.

    "Fiction" or "Non-Fiction" is the content.

    So how can the options Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Something Online, all be in the same poll? What if I read Fiction online, or read Non-Fiction online?

    • by Frederic54 (3788)
      > The poll makes no sense whatsoever

      You must be new here :)
    • by hutsell (1228828)

      "Something Online" is the medium
      "Fiction" or "Non-Fiction" is the content.
      So how can the options Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Something Online, all be in the same poll? What if I read Fiction online, or read Non-Fiction online?

      The polls are quick and dirty constructions -- as the disclaimer states -- mostly in fun with some effort done in earnest; meaning, there is always going to be a lack of clarity in its design, opening it up for discussion. In this case, it's a classic mistake of confusing medium and message. The answer then to your rhetorical question is: The pollster made a mistake. :)

      Print vs Pixel
      Fictional vs Factual

      Books(periodicals(newspapers,magazines(catalogs,directories,manuals,pamphlets,flyers,letters(envelo

  • Just finished it last week. I enjoyed Little Brother a bit more (partly due to the newness, I'm sure -- this one was somewhat more of the same) but I couldn't get into For the Win at all so I was very pleased by this one. Very British (only a couple times too much so) and I dig the idea of kids talking like Dickens characters for fun. Read it for free here. [craphound.com] My other favorite by him is Makers. [craphound.com]

  • The scroll on the bottom the TV screen in last night's NFL game.
  • It's a graphic novel by Terry Pratchett .. not normally something I'd read, but it was recommended to me on one of the IRC channels. I'm also knitting a tin foil hat .. do you think I'm too suggestible?

  • by BergZ (1680594) on Monday November 12, 2012 @02:19PM (#41958561)
    Over the weekend I picked up: The Illustrated Atlas Of The Universe.
    http://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-Atlas-Universe-Tirion-Garlick/dp/1740893778 [amazon.com]

    I'm amazed at how good books are these days. $30 gets a nice hard cover book with ~300 pages of full colour, high quality, informative, pictures and star charts.
    I wish books of this quality had been so easily available and affordable when I was a lad.
  • Given that the last thing I'd read was that very sentence, and the poll options, it was 'something online.'
  • by prefec2 (875483) on Monday November 12, 2012 @06:58PM (#41961349)

    Instead of the not so well chosen option "something online" I would like to propose "A badly written proposal" as this was the latest thing (beside a /. article and a news article) I read. In most cases I read papers from other people who sometimes suck. So "Scientific Paper" would also be a great option. Or a "Fox-News Article", which would be the total opposite of the "Scientific Paper" option. However, that could also be rated under "Fiction" or better "Phantasy".

  • Just returned the dead-tree version to the public library. I only got it because they didn't have Neal Stephenson for some reason, but I had heard him compared to William Gibson a lot, so I gave it a try.

    Too much hipster brand-name dropping for my tastes. I didn't identify with any of the characters. I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know (though the way he describes one of the main characters reacting in stupor to dropping terms like 'steganography' made me feel stupid by empathy anyway...

  • I'm working my way through a useful instruction manual to better improve my skills, She Comes First [amazon.com] . A few years ago it might've seemed like fiction to me...

  • iBooks provides a good reading experience for the British music mags to which I subscribe (Sound on Sound, Computer Music, Future Music). But more important for me, they're cheaper than the dead tree versions AND I don't have to look like an old man with a house full of magazines and newspapers. I only wish there were an equivalent on my Mac because I don't trust Apple to always give me access to content I have purchased previously.
  • Does no one read the newspaper any more. I choose newspaper, i read the Metro on the way to work and the evening standard on the way home. I probably wouldn't read a newspaper at all, but both those sheet are free, and given out on the london underground.
  • Needs to be one of the poll options.
  • Currently grinding my way through 'The Count of Monte Cristo'. 600+ pages in, another 500 to go...
  • A Slashdot poll, of course.

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce

 



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