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Submission + - Greatest Widget Toolkit for C/C++

Twinbee writes: "I'm a C/C++ programmer looking to expand into the world of the GUI. The ideal widget toolkit should be cross-platform, but adhere to the native widgets where possible. It should also be simple to use with the shortest code possible, yet flexible and mature to suit large-scale projects. Finally, the applications should all run like greased lightning and have decent WYSIWYG GUI editors if possible.

After a cursory look, it would seem there are so many; wxWidgets, Ultimate++, JUCE, GTK, QT, V, Fox, Lgi, WTL, ZooLib, and SmartWin. After experiencing some of the horrors with the Win32 API, which of these are worth trying out?"

Submission + - Facebook to Crash the Online Ad Party (

eweekhickins writes: Mort Zuckerberg, the sandal-wearing Facebook CEO, was cagey during his spotlight moment at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 conference. He was clearly more comfortable talking about the company as a development platform to tether social connections, saying the platform is just at the tip of the iceberg in terms of how far it can go. But he did admit to John Battelle that the company will look to online ads for growth and hinted at more announcements about that issue in the next three months. Social graphs. Online ads. Apps tethered my social maps? Was he talking about his users, his business model or the developer community when he said, "It might take 30 years before this is a really mature platform"?
Linux Business

Submission + - Linux and its identity crisis 2

Jayze Calrtini writes: From an article from ZDNet:"If you've been following the current rift in the Linux community between Linus Torvalds and his minions squaring off against Con Kolivas and the mainstream Linux fanatics, you probably know that it's getting quite heated. You also probably know that these two entirely different ideas could create three possible paths Linux can take for the future: stay geeky and appeal to the advanced tech guru in all of us; go mainstream and leave the advanced functionality and reliable kernel behind to compete with Microsoft and Apple; or face a "civil war" that could lead to total Linux annihilation.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Sun CEO says NetApp lied in fear of open source (

Lucas123 writes: "In reaction to NetApp's patent infringement lawsuit against Sun, CEO Jonathan Schwartz today said in his blog that NetApp basically lied in its legal filing when it said Sun asked them for licensing fees for use of their ZFS file system technology. In a separate statement, Sun said NetApp's lawsuit is about fear over open-source ZFS technology as a competitive threat. "The rise of the open-source community cannot be stifled by proprietary vendors. I guess not everyone's learned that lesson," Schwartz wrote in his blog."
The Internet

Submission + - Bad Game Design, No Twinkie, Part 8

simoniker writes: "Veteran game designer Ernest Adams has posted the 8th yearly edition of his 'Bad Game Designer, No Twinkie' column, running down things game designers absolutely should not do. The first (of many) is 'wildly atypical game levels', described by a submitter as: "Optional mini-games are fun, and can be a refreshing change of pace, but optional is the key word here. Levels where a player must complete a game that uses a completely different skill set in order to continue back to a point that uses the original skill set can be irritating as hell." Adams adds: "Bullfrog was often guilty of this — I remember some wildly atypical levels in Dungeon Keeper, Magic Carpet, and Populous: The Beginning. They padded out the game, but because they made just about everything you had learned useless, they were very annoying." There's also now a No Twinkie Database on Adams' site, collecting all of the submissions so far."

Submission + - AMD Linux Driver Interview Opportunity

Sarah Vella writes: "AMD would like to set up an interview with for September 4th or 5th to discuss a major development on their open source drivers. AMD would like to share this news first with the Slashdot community.

Let me know if Slashdot is open to having an interview with Chris Schlaeger our resident Linux guru and Pat Moorhead, VP, Marketing.

Sarah Vella
High Road Communications
416 644-2270"

Submission + - ISO says "No" to Microsoft's OOXML standar (

qcomp writes: The votes are in and Microsoft has lost for now, reports the FFII's campaign website OOXML. The 2/3 majority needed to proceed with the fast-track standarization has not been achieved. Now the standard will head to the ballot resolution meeting to address the hundreds of technical commentsa submitted along with the "no" (as well as some "yes" votes.

Submission + - How can spam still exist? (

Shashank writes: "I have just joined a new company to manage their anti-spam product. This is the first time that I tried to dig out the figures from various research papers on the Internet. This is also my first experience with anti-spam market. I am suprised to see the competition. Almost everyone in the world seems to have an antispam solution. It is confusing that spam has not reduced in the last few years, more than 90% of the mails that any average individual gets is still spam.
If the available tools are so powerful, why is it that the problem of spam hasn't ended? I am not from an IT background. All that I have learnt about spam is from internet. I learnt that the spammers change their IP addresses and spoof using botnets. Is it not the responsibility of the ISPs to ensure that the users in their network do not get any spam?
Who should be responsible for customer privacy invasion, phishing attempts, junk mails in totality..?"

Feed Nouveau project hacks away at free Nvidia drivers (

Currently, GNU/Linux users with Nvidia graphics cards have two choices: Either use the proprietary drivers and violate their free software principles, or use the free nv driver and do without 3-D acceleration. The Nouveau project is working to overcome this dilemma by producing its own set of fully functional free Nvidia drivers. We talked to Stephane Marchesin and Ben Skeggs, two of the active developers in Nouveau, about the history of the project and the current status of its work.

Submission + - Success of bandwith currency compared to Slashdot (

extradvantage writes: "The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) is considering to use Tribler for a standard internet broadcasting system across the continent. Tribler is a p2p system where uploaders are afforded faster speeds encouraging active uploading from it's users. An interesting quote from the article; "I was doing research back in 1999 looking at an obscure website called Slashdot," he said. "It was a technology-related news website controlled by volunteers and it actually worked. A few people would post bad things but 99% of users were nice." Slashdot as a model for future peer-to-peer technologies. Isn't that cute?"

Submission + - Swedish OOXML vote declared void (

Pysslingen writes: "The swedish vote concerning OOXML was declared void. One participant in the group has been accused of casting their vote twice. Sweden will in all probability abstain from the vote on September 2nd. Link in Swedish only. IDG article: (in Swedish only) SIS (Swedish standards) link: (also in Swdish only)"

Submission + - Scientists:Artificial life likely in 3 to 10 years (

CapedOpossum writes: Let the voices chanting apocalyptic visions once again be heard! Playing God? Hell, we're re-inventing the concept! From the article: "Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer. Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of 'wet artificial life.' ... 'It's going to be a big deal and everybody's going to know about it,' said Mark Bedau, chief operating officer of ProtoLife of Venice, Italy, one of those in the race. ... Bedau said there are legitimate worries about creating life that could 'run amok,' but there are ways of addressing it, and it will be a very long time before that is a problem."

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