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kestasjk (933987) writes "Is there an AdBlock system which makes it easy to block annoying flash/gif/image based ads, but leave the text ones? I feel guilty about running AdBlock, but when I turn it off the non-textual ads just bug me too much (even though I find the text-based ads often interesting).
I could go through the massive AdBlock filter list and prune out the flash/gif/image ones, or start my own list and have to block out new ads, but hasn't anyone else dealt with this problem?" top
kestasjk writes "Printers are mostlyterrible; breaking down after no time at all, with terrible proprietary software, and ink cartridges which are almost as expensive as the printer itself.
Surely someone out there has found printer nirvana? Most of us just need to print out documents, not photos; does there exist a stable, solid, cheap printer with cheap ink that can print out basic documents with the occasional graph/diagram? Why has other hardware come so far, but printers are still stuck in the 1990's?" top
Microsoft announces new policy on interoperability
kestasjk writes "Yesterday Microsoft made an announcement listing four changes to their policy which may completely change the relationship between Microsoft and the open source community:
These changes are codified into four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions: 1) ensuring open connections; 2) promoting data portability; 3) enhancing support for industry standards; and 4) fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities.
Microsoft has also announced a list of specifications which it "promises" it will not sue you for implementing, and even invites open source programmers to participate in "plug-fests" with Microsoft programmers.
Is this the beginning of a new Microsoft, or is it a direct response to the EU's latest monopoly investigations? Either way, will it have a positive impact on open source software development?" Link to Original Source top
kestasjk writes "People who upload their own films to video-sharing website YouTube will soon get a share of the ad revenue. YouTube founder Chad Hurley confirmed to the BBC that his team was working on a revenue sharing mechanism that would "reward creativity".
Will this actually give people an incentive to create their own content, or will it give rise to YouTube spam?" top
kestasjk writes "The BBC is reporting that Intel has found a way to manufacture light generating Indium Phosphate and light recieving and data processing silicon on the same chip. The breakthrough could mean cheaper and higher speed computer networks and help to speed up the transfer of data inside computers.
Perhaps instead of high speed links in your computer communicating serially through wires the data will be beamed directly from chip to chip!"