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+ - NYT disables Firefox "right-click web search"-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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...
Books

+ - What to do with Outdated Books 1

Submitted by
gmletzkojr
gmletzkojr writes "Recently, I was put on a new project at work, which is in a language I haven't used in years. I checked my personal library for books on this language. The books I have are outdated to the point that currently sell on Amazon for less than $1 each. I'm not interested in making money on these books, but I would like them to go to a good home. What do you /.'ers do with your outdated books? Do libraries or schools want these books?"

Comment: Re:If it compiles... (Score 1) 208

by gmletzkojr (#25197293) Attached to: Working Effectively with Legacy Code

I know you are joking, but I worked with a guy that would do this. After he sent the executable to a customer, he would test the feature. Then, he would frantically call the customer, and tell them not to put the software in use, because it didn't work. He would repeat the process 3 or 4 times before getting the feature to work.

Christmas Cheer

+ - Christmas Related Projects

Submitted by
gmletzkojr
gmletzkojr writes "As we all know, Christmas is that mystical time of year where geeks and nerds of all types set up their complicated lighting schemes, animatronics, etc. for the neighbors to see. So, what sort of projects do you all have to impress and annoy others with this year? I would post my project, but I didn't have time to complete my 17 ft tall walking Santa. Maybe next year..."
Microsoft

+ - Vista has "high impact issues" - Microsoft

Submitted by
EggsAndSausage
EggsAndSausage writes "Microsoft has admitted — in a roundabout way — that Vista has "high impact issues". It has put out a call for technical testers to participate in testing of Service Pack 1, due out later this year, which will address "regressions from Windows Vista and Windows XP, security, deployment blockers and other high impact issues."

It's hard to know whether to be reassured that Service Pack 1 is coming, and thus that there's now a sensible timeframe for considering deployment of Vista within businesses, OR to be alarmed that Microsoft is unleashing an OS on the world with "high impact issues" remaining in it.

In other news there's a battle raging over the top 10 reasons to get / not to get Vista. (And a rebuttal.)"
Sci-Fi

+ - Man Build's Personal UFO

Submitted by Dave's Banjo
Dave's Banjo (666) writes "Fox news has a story about a man building his own UFO. From the article:
Thirty years ago, when Carrington was 27 and obsessed with science fiction, he set out to build a UFO look-alike. Despite his lack of engineering experience, Carrington pored over books, magazines and studies about aviation and spent nearly $60,000 for some of the materials needed for this saucer.
I think it will be great if he pulls it off, though he will have to strip the 'U' from the title. Man builds 'FO' which, let's face it, doesn't sound nearly as cool.
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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...

CmdrTaco becomes An Old(er) Man 339

Posted by Hemos
from the it's-payback-time dept.
So, over the years, Rob, as only true friends do, has managed to cause my inbox to explode over the years. Now, it's payback time. That's right, our very own CmdrTaco is turning 30 today. I highly encourage you to drop him an e-mail at (remove the spam parts) maldaSPAM@SPAMslashdot.org. And of course, birthday presents of single malt scotch can be sent c/o of me. I'll...uh...make sure he gets them.
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Journal: Cell Phone Dilemma

Journal by gmletzkojr
Today is Thursday, and I am into my usual week of travel to NJ from Tuesday morning to Friday afternoon. Today I am wondering the topic of cell phone chargers. Why are there so many different interfaces to phones via the charger? I am thinking of this because my charger is sitting home, 4 hours away. And my battery is nearly dead. Now I know that I can just go to Wal*Mart and pick up a new one (even though I hate Wal*Mart with everything that I am), but that isn't the point. When my car b
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Journal: BORING

Journal by gmletzkojr
So, as I sit at my desk today, waiting for a compile to finish, I wonder just how many other people in the world are sitting at their respective desks, bored.

In any formula, constants (especially those obtained from handbooks) are to be treated as variables.

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