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Comment Re:€ (euro) (Score 4, Informative) 868

I suppose that means checking accounts are mandated in Europe?

As an European, I have no idea what a checking account is (an account from which the funds for checks you write is drawn I would guess), nor have I ever received or written a check.

Salaries are paid direct deposit to your bank account. From your bank account, you pay other people (online, or at the bank in person). Sending money is of course free over the entire euro area, and at least inside my country nearly instantaneous. If you have a debit card it can be used for paying for things directly by drawing from your bank account.

My understanding is that it doesn't work this way in the US because for some inexplicable reason your bank account number is considered a secret? In Europe, the bank account number is like an address, you give it to everyone who sends you money and you know the bank account of everyone who you need to send money to. Knowing the bank account of someone is only good for sending money, there's no way you could draw money from someone's account with it.

Comment Re:DRM? (Score 1) 380

Civ IV Complete Edition was $10 on Steam just recently, a real steal. You can install on as many computers as you like and re-download whenever you want. Both Mac and Win versions included in the same price.

Comment That's nice (Score 5, Informative) 109

Gee, thanks for "allowing" this, you're all too kind. Of course the Nokia N900 has had Skype over WiFi and 3G since last fall, and with the latest update does Skype-to-Skype video calls as wells (over whatever TCP/IP connection you have of course, including 3G)! But I'm sure it will be a great innovation and a lot of fuss about it when the iPhone 4G or whatever invents video calls later on.

Submission + - Firefox Mobile reaches 1.0 (

Majix writes: Firefox Mobile, the mobile browser developed by Mozilla based on the same engine as in the recently released Firefox 3.6, has finally hit version 1.0. The first device to be officially supported is the Nokia N900. With a long list of features, Firefox Mobile looks to be the most complete mobile browser to date. Highlights include the familiar Awesome Bar, Weave Sync for sharing your browser state between your PC and mobile, and of course tabbed browsing and Firefox add-ons. With the Nokia 900 and Firefox Mobile 1.0, even Flash content including the normal YouTube site is working, showing that a mobile browser does not have to equal a compromised Internet experience.

Comment Scrolling (Score 4, Interesting) 284

It seems the mouse wheel scrolling has been changed in 3.6. It's moving a much larger distance with each "click" of the wheel than before and if you scroll continuously it seems to accelerate even faster. My first impression is that I don't like it at all. It feels a lot more like Chrome, which isn't a good thing in my opinion, the annoying jumpy scrolling is one of the primary reasons I prefer not to use Chrome.

Slashdot Keybindings, Dynamic Stories 220

We've been working hard on the new dynamic Slashdot project (logged in users can enable this by enabling the beta index in their user preferences). I just wanted to quickly mention that there are keybindings on the index. The WASD and VI movement keys do stuff that we like, and the faq has the complete list. Also, if you are using Firefox or have Index2 beta enabled, you can click 'More' in the footer at the end of the page to load the next block of stories in-line without a page refresh. We're experimenting now with page sizes to balance load times against the likelihood that you'll click. More features will be coming soon, but the main thing on our agenda now is optimization. The beta index2 is sloooow and that's gotta change. We're aiming for 2 major optimizations this week (CSS Sprites, and removing an old YUI library) that I'm hoping will put the beta page render time into the "Sane" time frame (which, in case you are wondering, is several seconds faster than that "Insane" time frame we're currently seeing).

Submission + - Nokia's New N800 Linux Tablet Arrives

An anonymous reader writes: Nokia has quietly begun delivering an upgrade to its Linux-based 770 Internet Tablet. Nokia N800 Internet Tablet is available now from at least two retail stores in the U.S., priced at $399.99, CompUSA's Chicago "superstore" has confirmed. Key changes reportedly include: microphone moved to more phone-friendly position; two miniSD slots, instead of a single RS-MMC slot; scroll rocker for web page scrolling; redesigned top-mounted buttons and 5-way cursor pad; built-in stand; and a few mechanical tweaks. CompUSA part number is 344047.

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