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Comment Re:Hello world (Score 2) 147

You can reduce this to

#include <wx/wx.h>
struct MyApp : wxApp {
    bool OnInit() { wxMessageBox("Hello, world!"); return true; }

if you want, but this would just show you how to display "Hello, world" in a message box while the program at your link shows you a typical skeleton of a simple but realistic application. It doesn't try to be minimal, this is just not the point.

Comment Re:Is it still relevant? (Score 5, Informative) 147

The main reasons to prefer wx to Qt remain the same as always:

1. Native widgets (especially important under OS X).
2. Written in 100% standard C++ (no compiler-specific extensions, no preprocessor).
3. More permissive licence (notably allowing static linking for non-open source applications).

And then there is wxPython which is quite popular in Python community.

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DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

Google Pledges Not To Sue Any Open Source Projects Using Their Patents 153

sfcrazy writes "Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In the pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor, or developer of Open Source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google's patents covered by the pledge to other technologies." This is in addition to the Open Invention Network, and their general work toward reforming the patent system. The patents covered in the OPN will be free to use in Free/Open Source software for the life of the patent, even if Google should transfer ownership to another party. Read the text of the pledge. It appears that interaction with non-copyleft licenses (MIT/BSD/Apache) is a bit weird: if you create a non-free fork it appears you are no longer covered under the pledge.

Submission + - Motorola silent on plans to unlock bootloaders in (

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this year Motorola announced that it was planning to "offer an unlockable/relockable bootloader, currently found on the Motorola XOOM, in future software releases starting later this year, where operator and channel partners will allow it. "...That was in October, and they have since been completely silent on the matter, and have continued to release phones and tablets with locked down bootloaders. Recently a movement named #OPMOSH has begun to get Motorola's attention in an effort to get a response on the issue.

Other important URLs:
Original post my Moto
OPMOSH thread on XDA

Submission + - AskSlashdot: Android on PC's (Intel and AMD)

An anonymous reader writes: I had seen there is an open source project (Android X86) and it even was endorsed by Intel on this article. My question is how practical is Android used against any other desktop operating system running on PC's? Will it make sense to PC makers to start bundling Android as an alternative plaform for desktop computers?

Submission + - Mozilla releases Firefox 8, adds new security feat ( 1

BogenDorpher writes: Mozilla has just released Firefox 8, which now offers several new security features to the popular web browser. Firefox 8 users will have better add-on management, faster browser loading, new history window, and several other cool new features.

The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.