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An anonymous reader writes "It worked last week, but alas no more. The Old Gray Soul-Stealer has done it again. Presumably in search of more revenue to support an antiquated medium (newspapers), and somewhat ironically, nytimes.com appears to have disabled a feature that I use a lot in Firefox. Highlight some text on a web page, right click the highlighted text, and the context menu contains an entry labeled "Search Google for..." which will, as stated, search Google using the highlighted text. This is incredibly handy when, for example, I want to map an address or find the definition of a word.

What does this have to do with nytimes.com? Well, nytimes.com has a similar feature that is specific to the nytimes.com website. Highlight some text and a small blurb containing a question mark will be displayed. Click on the "?" icon, and a popup window displays search results for the selected text. Unfortunately, the search results are focused on NYT (and partner) content. You have the option of performing a web-wide search, but defaults to a NYT "Reference Lookup" search.

The problem: Highlighting text on a nytimes.com article displays the "?" icon, but now deselects the highlighted text, thus preventing me from using my own search methods. When reading nytimes.com, I used to have a choice about which search I wanted to use; both the Firefox context menu and the NYT "?" icon were displayed. Today I noticed that this is no longer the case; nytimes.com has disabled the context menu in favor of its own revenue generating approach.

I find it both ironic and sad that NYT has decided to limit the newer and more relevant media format (nytimes.com) in order to raise money to support and older, less relevant format (tree-killing).

Keep in mind that I am not anti-NYT, and I know that Google is quickly becoming the new "evildoer that will end the world with its capitalist-track mind. I don't care if Google or NYT gets the revenue, I just want robust search results and don't want to be stuck in the middle of a revenue war.

While this isn't quite on the scale of the market wars between IE/Netscape, AMD/Intel, or Apple/Microsoft, will this form of "revenue redirection", as picked up by other web content generators, ultimately prevent Google from financing plans for world domination?"

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Comment: Re: What to do with Outdated Books (Score 1) 1

by kdemuth76 (#27439407) Attached to: What to do with Outdated Books
Save them until winter, then burn them for heat. If you don't have a fireplace or wood stove, give them to a bum to burn in a barrel for heat. By bum I mean an out of work fellow software engineer (except anyone who worked on Twitter or Facebook, you should be warm in the afterlife when you burn in hell). Pay it forward...

Comment: and the new information is... ? (Score 1) 514

by kdemuth76 (#16698943) Attached to: Diebold Demands That HBO Cancel Documentary
I am watching Hacking Democracy on HBO as i write this (about 45 minutes into the 1 hour program). My conclusions are: 1. Diebold has a broken system that needs fixing. Without more checks & balances, and verifiable ballots (paper receipts, etc.), voting systems will continue to be a sore topic. 2. The folks at BlackBoxVoting.org are zealots that are against any voting technology other than hand-counting votes. 3. Much like viruses, there will always be people attempting to obtain any possible advantage during an election and as long as politicians are involved, an optimal solution will *not* be implemented. How is this different from any other election in history? Maybe it is the *system* that is broken, not the machines...

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