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Submission + - Why broadband in North America is NOT slow (theglobeandmail.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: An article written in response to that study regarding how far behind the rest of the word the US and Canada are with regards to broadband internet. It basically tears it apart and shows why the US and Canada are actually far ahead of most of the european countries. It has a canadian slant, but is interesting!

Comment Re:What the hell? (Score 3, Informative) 653

Due to the fact that it was made as a public announcement on a publicly viewable board, it looses the "locker room talk" argument. Officer Ettiene admitted to bias in his police work and judgement. Training Day is a prime example of extremely poor police work, judgement, and ethics; needless to say outright criminality. By not sending a message to this officer, we silently condone him. An officer that exhibits bias cannot be trusted to fairly and impartially enforce the law and has therefore abused the public trust put in him. Officer Ettiene showed incredibly poor judgement and will most likely loose his job for it.

Yeah. Personally, I just wonder what his Fark or 4Chan handle is.

(and it's lose, goddamn you! Loses the locker room talk, loses his job. Loose is what you do to the hounds)

Comment System Requirements Indicate WoW will Remain King (Score 5, Insightful) 582

I don't think it likely either of these will dethrone WoW. First, the system requirements for both seem to be missing the "midrange computer from two years ago" that is the normal target for mainstream games. As such, they're only hitting the relatively small "extreme gamer" market. Next, there is no support for the Mac, which cuts out 14% of the total US market and much more of the game buying market. Third, losing a small portion of the market because of requirements can lose you much bigger portions of the market because these are networked games. If just one person in a group of friends has a Mac or a lower end PC, the entire group may well decide to stick with WoW or some other game that they can all play (especially if that one player is the cute co-ed gamer in the dorm).

Really, there is nothing wrong with either of these games, but they just aren't targeted at the same demographic as WoW, or if they are they are very poorly targeted. Some day someone will come out with a WoW-killer but I don't think either of these are even viable candidates.

The Military

Submission + - Paul Tibbets, Pilot of Enola Gay, Dies at 92.

wiredog writes: Paul W. Tibbets Jr., 92, who piloted the Enola Gay on the first combat atomic bombing mission, against Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 died on Nov. 1 at his home in Columbus, Ohio.

Gen. Tibbets said he had no regrets over the more than 100,000 Japanese killed and wounded at Hiroshima, and made a point of saying he slept easily at night.
Programming

Submission + - The anatomy of a port: X11/Motif to Windows

Vilorman writes: "A command line Unix application running on Regulus, born in the late 1980's slowly made it way from the old 8MHz machines into a SunOS/X11 application in the early 1990's and adopted Motif as a primary widget set and user interface structure. Later on it was ported to Solaris/SPARC while keeping the X11/Motif interface and then again compiled on Solaris/X86. As time progressed even further and Solaris lost it's strong hold and PCI hardware became more readily available this application made it way into the Linux world; starting with Redhat 7.3, then Fedora Core 3 and is now developed and shipped on Fedora 5. Still, using the X11/Motif user interface. The only place left to go, and demanded by the user base is Microsoft Windows. But how??? How do you port an application that uses PCI hardware and Linux device drivers from X11/Motif to MS Windows. So, I ask all ye wise slashdotters — how do we do this? What is best way to do this? To get an application ported from Unix to Windows? Books? References? Links? Advice?"

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