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Comment: Re:Reinventing the wheel (Score 0) 265

by Niffux (#30014270) Attached to: Multi-Button OpenOfficeMouse At OOoCon 2009

Every tabbed browser I know of, does the middle click thing (IE, Opera, Firefox, Safari, Chrome at the very least). For the side buttons, I have mine mapped to up/down arrow. Granted, they don't see that much use, but it isn't annoying, and it's more useful than having them set to nothing. The application-switch-button on the top has been remappped to Enter.

Comment: Re:Internet vs. Comapnies (Score 0) 182

by Niffux (#27643315) Attached to: eReader.com Limits E-book Sales To US Citizens

I think this is why people get so massively irritated by these restrictions.
When a customer gets turned away from a web based shop, it is usually not perceived by the customer as a sale rejected due to some import/export restriction - instead, the people impacted by these restrictions feel as though they've entered the store, chosen a product, produced their credit card in order to pay - just to find themselves being kicked out of the store due to their nationality.

That's the most apt description I've ever heard. They can cite however many distribution rights they want, but it still seems like completely arbitrary discrimination.

Microsoft

MS Silverlight To Stream Obama Inauguration Events 589

Posted by kdawson
from the open-to-most dept.
Ilgaz writes in to let us know that we will have to install MS Silverlight 2 to watch the US President's inauguration online. Everyone running Mac PPC, Linux, and FreeBSD has been left out, as there are no working Silverlight 2-capable alternatives on these systems. Here is Microsoft's press release announcing the selection of Silverlight yesterday. Streaming of various events around the inauguration begins today at the Presidential Inaugural Committee site, which touts its "inclusive and accessible" coverage.
Supercomputing

Roland Piquepaille Dies 288

Posted by kdawson
from the in-memoriam dept.
overheardinpdx writes "I'm sad to report that longtime HPC technology pundit Roland Piquepaille (rpiquepa) died this past Tuesday. Many of you may know of him through his blog, his submissions to Slashdot, and his many years of software visualization work at SGI and Cray Research. I worked with Roland 20 years ago at Cray, where we both wrote tech stories for the company newsletter. With his focus on how new technologies modify our way of life, Roland was really doing Slashdot-type reporting before there was a World Wide Web. Rest in peace, Roland. You will be missed." The notice of Roland's passing was posted on the Cray Research alumni group on Linked-In by Matthias Fouquet-Lapar. There will be a ceremony on Monday Jan. 12, at 10:30 am Paris time, at Père Lachaise.
The Almighty Buck

Russian Hopes To Cash In On Emoticons 213

Posted by timothy
from the but-cyrillic-is-full-of-emoticons dept.
drewmoney writes "According to a BBC article, Entrepreneur Oleg Teterin said the trademark for the ';-)' emoticon was granted to him by Russia's federal patent agency. 'Legal use will be possible after buying an annual licence from us,' he was quoted by the newspaper Kommersant as saying. 'It won't cost that much — tens of thousands of dollars,' added the businessman, who is president of Superfone, a company that sells advertising on mobile phones. The president of Russian social networking site odnoklassniki.ru, Nikita Sherman said: 'You're not likely to find any retards in Russia who'll pay Superfone for the use of emoticons.'" Teterin may have gotten the idea by catching up on some old news about Despair, Inc., which in May 2000 was awarded a US trademark on the "frowny" emoticon (Slashdot story).

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