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Comment: Re:Qt (Score 1) 310

by iSeal (#29727325) Attached to: Platform Independent C++ OS Library?

OP didn't say anything about UI, as you'd surely know if you had bothered to read the summary:

What I actually need is a platform independent lib covering Windows and Linux variants to handle sockets, IPC and threads abstractions

*ahem*

And if you bothered to read what Qt was about, then you'd realize that Qt is in fact a platform independent lib covering Windows and Linux variants to handle sockets, IPC and threads abstractions (as well as a whole lotta other things.)

Classes that Qt offers:
http://qt.nokia.com/doc/4.5/classes.html

Books

+ - How do you promote a free work of geek fiction?

Submitted by iSeal
iSeal (854481) writes "I recently finished writing a hacker fiction novel which I've released as a free [as in speech and beer] download. Hits on the site have been few and far between, and advertising via Facebook et al. has proved too expensive. Without name recognition or a spot on bookshelves, how do I go about telling people that it exists? What avenues are there within the geek community to spread the word?"

Comment: Re:Stop overselling (Score 1) 213

by iSeal (#27026867) Attached to: Canadian ISPs Speak Out Against Net Neutrality

Then why is it that I can get service that is not capped and is not shaped from TekSavvy? They are already paying almost all of the cost as fees to Bell (their profit margin is extremely low, they have to work with volume of subscriptions) and they are $20+ cheaper in order to compete in the market. On top of that their support isn't a fucking joke.

Oh, right, it's because Bell and Rogers are making a fortune overselling their shitty service and not spending anything to increase capacity or to have useful tech support.

I've been with Tekksavvy for a few years as well. Great ISP. But notice how they changed the pricing scheme? What was before unlimited had a bandwidth cap put on it. If you did want to go the unlimited route, you now had to pay more. Even though they were getting more customers.

I'm not going to deny that Rogers and Bell charge prices that don't seem all that competitive. What I am trying to do is explain their logic, and that of most ISPs.

Comment: Re:Stop overselling (Score 4, Informative) 213

by iSeal (#27024605) Attached to: Canadian ISPs Speak Out Against Net Neutrality

I think this illustrates how few people understand how consumer broadband works.

The reason consumer broadband is so cheap is that bandwidth is actually shared in pools of people. It's not like having a business-class connection where you have dedicated lines, a guaranteed speed (ie. 1.5MB/s per person), and the price to reflect it.

Consumer broadband is different. Allocate 50MBs to a pool of people, and cap each person at 5MB/s. With casual net usage, that's not a problem. Games are low in bandwidth, and web surfing produces sporadic spikes of intense bandwidth usage. At 50MB/s, you could get maybe a thousand simultaneous users. They all download their pages at blazing speeds, and have low latency on their games. Because its shared, the price is cheap too.

But if you introduce something like bittorrent into that consumer broadband usage model, then we have a problem. Because now, it only takes a relative few to clog up the entire allocated 50MB/s.

ISPs like Rogers who used pool resources are now faced with a dilemma: how you maintain speeds for everyone, while keeping the price low - for everyone? They've chosen to throttle connections. Is it right? Perhaps not.

But it's important to understand that the issue is just not as black and white as some would like it to be. I'm for net neutrality, in terms of being blind to who the end IP is. I don't want Site X to be slower because they didn't pay Rogers a premium. However, I'm not against traffic shaping high-bandwidth services. If you want the bandwidth so bad, then pay for a line with guaranteed speeds.

Comment: Re:The defeatocrats are the terrorists best ally (Score 1) 260

by iSeal (#19627507) Attached to: Subpoenas Issued Over NSA Warrantless Wiretapping
I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air - that progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.
-H. L. Mencken

The way I see it, if terrorists with the determination of those that committed the 9/11 attacks wanted to strike - they still would have even with these measures in place. The core of Al-Qaeda had a strong technical arm, one which has sufficient knowledge to bypass government wiretaps (ie. use encrypted VoIP), and other such technical measures. Let's also not forget that the 9/11 terrorists had legitimate passports. The problem wasn't that they stuck out of the system, it was that they knew how to be part of it. The FBI's failure is separate to this whole issue of warrantless wiretaps.

We should not blame those that wanted to remove police-state like behaviour from our system. Wiretaps to any citizen, without due cause, is one such instance. Rather, we should blame those that didn't seek to target the cause. If you are to associate those that seek to better American lives with terrorists, than it is not they which are most detrimental to American society - but you. You who scaremonger. You, who has such a black and white perspective of the world that it can only be broken down into associating pro-American populace with pro-terrorist.
 
Microsoft

+ - Why Microsoft Won't List Patent Violations

Submitted by
BlueOni0n
BlueOni0n writes "Earlier today, Microsoft announced it will begin actively seeking reparations for patent infringement by Linux and the Open Source Community in general. One opinion on this issues is that it's fear of having these IP-infringement claims debunked or challenged that's keeping Microsoft from publishing these 235 alleged infringements to the public — and instead waiting until the OS community comes to the bargaining table. But a more optimistic thought is that Microsoft is afraid to list these violations not because it's afraid they're false but because it knows they can be worked-around by the open-source community — leaving Microsoft high & dry without any leverage at all."
Security

+ - Windows Vista's Built-in Rootkit

Submitted by iSeal
iSeal (854481) writes "A new vulnerability in Windows Vista has been found, whereby malicious software are able to use the permissions structure in Vista to create what amounts to being a rootkit. By creating dummy account with certain permissions, the malware is able to make itself invisible to the detection of anti-virus/spyware products."
Microsoft

+ - Windows Vista "Non" Downgrade Clause

Submitted by Pissed Off
Pissed Off (167330) writes "Alright, so I bought a brand new DELL computer and opted for Windows Vista Ultimate. Figuring that Vista Business and Ultimate both come with downgrade rights I figure that I should not have a problem. None the less, the computer arrived and it got unpacked. So I started doing some tweaking and tuning and then timed the start up only to discover that my old computer running Windows XP blew my Windows Vista rig out of the water!

The old computer specs: Pentium M 1.4GHz / 60GB 7200RPM / 1GB RAM
The new computer specs: Core 2 Duo 2GHz / 100GB 7200RPM / 2GB RAM

So I did what any sane person would do and turfed Windows Vista and started installing Windows XP. In order to attain my downgrade rights I called Dell and asked them about this and they told me to call a 1-800 number or the Microsoft Volume Licensing department where they pretty much told me that since I have an OEM copy of Vista that my reseller (Dell) should assist me. Since then I have been back and forth with Dell and Microsoft and have not reached a solution.

After digging around I found a couple web sites describing the whole downgrade process. Some going as far as suggesting that I call and explain to the Windows Activation team my issue and that they should take care of it and activate my computer. So, I just got off the phone and sure enough they told me that the CD Key that i used (legitimate) has already been activated on another computer and that it is licensed for only one system.

This issue is still pending a resolution and neither Dell nor Microsoft seem to be much help! Has any one else out there gone through this with success or lack there of??? I have not yet tried to downgrade my Windows Vista Ultimate retail box... I wonder what Microsoft's excuse will be then >:|

My beef is that no where in the End User License Agreement does it say that I have to:

a) provide my own media (Volume License, Retail, OEM System Builder)
b) provide my own cd key (and not an OEM key)

Had I known that I would not have bothered with Vista and gotten my notebook with Windows XP right out of the gate.

Now I'm faced with the costs of returning my laptop at my cost and then having to wait another 2-3 weeks in order to get the replacement."
Movies

+ - 'Google Me: The Movie' in Production

Submitted by
Ryan Higman
Ryan Higman writes "You do it... your neighbor does it... your mom would probably do it, if she knew how.

Most of us have "googled" our own name at some point in time, to see what search engine results come up about you or anyone else out there that shares your name. Now, one enterprising guy by the name of Jim Killeen decided to take it one step further and actually visit all of the other "Jim Killeens" that popped up in his Google search, and produce a fascinating documentary about his journey entitled, "Google Me: The Movie."

The other Jims are a diverse bunch that include a Catholic priest in Ireland, a retired NYC detective, and even a diabetic in Arizona, who died after fasting as part of a cult ritual. However, Jim Killeen, who received the blessings of Google, Inc. on his venture, seems to be going beyond just the interesting stories and lives of his doppelgangers, and instead explores how technology can be used to bridge the gaps between human beings, and learn more about ourselves in the process.

'Google Me: The Movie' is expected to be released Summer 2007. You can learn more about the film and watch the trailer at: http://www.googlemethemovie.com/"
Corel

+ - Corel Goes 2.0 With Free WordPerfect Lightning

Submitted by
Diggercoops
Diggercoops writes "With Microsoft still counting their money on the desktop and Google moving everything online, Corel is trying to slip up the middle with what being called a 'hybrid' approach to office productivity — putting a free light client on the desktop and a series of Online Services on the Web, all under the name "WordPerfect Lightning." Microsoft Watch and CNET both have stories."
Media

+ - Documentary on DRM, Piracy, Released for Free

Submitted by iSeal
iSeal (854481) writes "The "On Piracy" documentary team have just released version 1.0 of their documentary, free for the download. In it, they interview figureheads of various agencies including the president of CRIA (Canadian RIAA), the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association (Canadian MPAA), as well as the head of Creative Commons Canada, Michael Geist, youths off the street, indy labels, band members, etc. Streaming downloads are up, and the DVD ISO is being legitimately distributed via bittorrent."

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