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Unofficial Qt Environment (and Sudoku) For the Kindle

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the tablet-madness-never-ends dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "I've just posted packages for installing a Qt-based platform on the Kindle 2 and DX devices, and a Sudoku game to go along with it. The Qt-based platform includes plugins I wrote for the e-ink display, the keyboard, and the five-way joystick thing — so it's a fully interactive and usable environment now. Soon I'll be adding a sample app with source code to go along with it."

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Quick Time (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30965128)

Sorry, too slow refresh, not useful.

Re:Quick Time (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30965212)

It has come to my attention that the entire Linux/Apple/QuickTime/Qt/Nokia/Amazon/Kindle community is a hotbed of so called 'alternative sexuality', which includes anything from hedonistic orgies to homosexuality to paedophilia.

What better way of demonstrating this than by looking at the hidden messages contained within the names of some of Linux's most outspoken advocates:

  • Linus Torvalds [microsoft.com] is an anagram of slit anus or VD 'L,' clearly referring to himself by the first initial.
  • Richard M. Stallman [archive.org], spokespervert for the Gaysex's Not Unusual 'movement' is an anagram of mans cram thrill ad.
  • Alan Cox [microsoft.com] is barely an anagram of anal cox which is just so filthy and unchristian it unnerves me.

I'm sure that Eric S. Raymond, composer of the satanic homosexual [goatse.fr] propaganda diatribe The Cathedral and the Bizarre, is probably an anagram of something queer, but we don't need to look that far as we know he's always shoving a gun up some poor little boy's rectum. Update: Eric S. Raymond is actually an anagram for secondary rim and cord in my arse. It just goes to show you that he is indeed queer.

Update the Second: It is also documented that Evil Sicko Gaymond is responsible for a nauseating piece of code called Fetchmail [microsoft.com], which is obviously sinister sodomite slang for 'Felch Male' -- a disgusting practise. For those not in the know, 'felching' is the act performed by two perverts wherein one sucks their own post-coital ejaculate out of the other's rectum. In fact, it appears that the dirty Linux faggots set out to undermine the good Republican institution of e-mail, turning it into 'e-male.'

As far as Richard 'Master' Stallman goes, that filthy fudge-packer was actually quoted [salon.com] on leftist commie propaganda site Salon.com as saying the following: 'I've been resistant to the pressure to conform in any circumstance,' he says. 'It's about being able to question conventional wisdom,' he asserts. 'I believe in love, but not monogamy,' he says plainly.

And this isn't a made up troll bullshit either! He actually stated this tripe, which makes it obvious that he is trying to politely say that he's a flaming homo [comp-u-geek.net] slut [rotten.com]!

Speaking about 'flaming,' who better to point out as a filthy chutney ferret than Slashdot's very own self-confessed pederast Jon Katz. Although an obvious deviant anagram cannot be found from his name, he has already confessed, nay boasted of the homosexual [goatse.fr] perversion of corrupting the innocence of young children [slashdot.org]. To quote from the article linked:

'I've got a rare kidney disease,' I told her. 'I have to go to the bathroom a lot. You can come with me if you want, but it takes a while. Is that okay with you? Do you want a note from my doctor?'

Is this why you were touching your penis [rotten.com] in the cinema, Jon? And letting the other boys touch it too?

We should also point out that Jon Katz refers to himself as 'Slashdot's resident Gasbag.' Is there any more doubt? For those fortunate few who aren't aware of the list of homosexual [goatse.fr] terminology found inside the Linux 'Sauce Code,' a 'Gasbag' is a pervert who gains sexual gratification from having a thin straw inserted into his urethra (or to use the common parlance, 'piss-pipe'), then his homosexual [goatse.fr] lover blows firmly down the straw to inflate his scrotum. This is, of course, when he's not busy violating the dignity and copyright of posters to Slashdot by gathering together their postings and publishing them en masse to further his twisted and manipulative journalistic agenda.

Sick, disgusting antichristian perverts, the lot of them.

In addition, many of the Linux distributions (a 'distribution' is the most common way to spread the faggots' wares) are run by faggot groups. The Slackware [redhat.com] distro is named after the 'Slack-wear' fags wear to allow easy access to the anus for sexual purposes. Furthermore, Slackware is a close anagram of claw arse, a reference to the homosexual [goatse.fr] practise of anal fisting. The Mandrake [slackware.com] product is run by a group of French faggot satanists, and is named after the faggot nickname for the vibrator. It was also chosen because it is an anagram for dark amen and ram naked, which is what they do.

Another 'distro,' (abbrieviated as such because it sounds a bit like 'Disco,' which is where homosexuals [goatse.fr] preyed on young boys in the 1970s), is Debian, [mandrake.com] an anagram of in a bed, which could be considered innocent enough (after all, a bed is both where we sleep and pray), until we realise what other names Debian uses to describe their foul wares. 'Woody' is obvious enough, being a term for the erect male penis [rotten.com], glistening with pre-cum. But far sicker is the phrase 'Frozen Potato' that they use. This filthy term, again found in the secret homosexual [goatse.fr] 'Sauce Code,' refers to the solo homosexual [goatse.fr] practice of defecating into a clear polythene bag, shaping the turd into a crude approximation of the male phallus, then leaving it in the freezer overnight until it becomes solid. The practitioner then proceeds to push the frozen 'potato' up his own rectum, squeezing it in and out until his tight young balls erupt in a screaming orgasm.

And Red Hat [debian.org] is secret homo [comp-u-geek.net] slang for the tip of a penis [rotten.com] that is soaked in blood from a freshly violated underage ringpiece.

The fags have even invented special tools to aid their faggotry! For example, the 'supermount' tool was devised to allow deeper penetration, which is good for fags because it gives more pressure on the prostate gland. 'Automount' is used, on the other hand, because Linux users are all fat and gay, and need to mount each other [comp-u-geek.net] automatically.

The depths of their depravity can be seen in their use of 'mount points.' These are, plainly speaking, the different points of penetration. The main one is obviously/anus, but there are others. Militant fags even say 'there is no/opt mount point' because for these dirty perverts faggotry is not optional but a way of life.

More evidence is in the fact that Linux users say how much they love `man`, even going so far as to say that all new Linux users (who are in fact just innocent heterosexuals indoctrinated by the gay propaganda) should try out `man`. In no other system do users boast of their frequent recourse to a man.

Other areas of the system also show Linux's inherent gayness. For example, people are often told of the 'FAQ,' but how many innocent heterosexual Windows [amiga.com] users know what this actually means. The answer is shocking: Faggot Anal Quest: the voyage of discovery for newly converted fags!

Even the title 'Slashdot [geekizoid.com]' originally referred to a homosexual [goatse.fr] practice. Slashdot [kuro5hin.org] of course refers to the popular gay practice of blood-letting. The Slashbots, of course are those super-zealous homosexuals [goatse.fr] who take this perversion to its extreme by ripping open their anuses, as seen on the site most popular with Slashdot users, the depraved work of Satan, http://www.eff.org/ [eff.org].

The editors of Slashdot [slashduh.org] also have homosexual [goatse.fr] names: 'Hemos' is obvious in itself, being one vowel away from 'Homos.' But even more sickening is 'Commander Taco' which sounds a bit like 'Commode in Taco,' filthy gay slang for a pair of spreadeagled buttocks that are caked with excrement [pboy.com]. (The best form of lubrication, they insist.) Sometimes, these 'Taco Commodes' have special 'Salsa Sauce' (blood from a ruptured rectum) and 'Cheese' (rancid flakes of penis [rotten.com] discharge) toppings. And to make it even worse, Slashdot [notslashdot.org] runs on Apache!

The Apache [microsoft.com] server, whose use among fags is as prevalent as AIDS, is named after homosexual [goatse.fr] activity -- as everyone knows, popular faggot band, the Village People, featured an Apache Indian, and it is for him that this gay program is named.

And that's not forgetting the use of patches in the Linux fag world -- patches are used to make the anus accessible for repeated anal sex even after its rupture by a session of fisting.

To summarise: Linux is gay. 'Slash -- Dot' is the graphical description of the space between a young boy's scrotum and anus. And BeOS [apple.com] is for hermaphrodites and disabled 'stumpers.'

FEEDBACK

What worries me is how much you know about what gay people do. I'm scared I actually read this whole thing. I think this post is a good example of the negative effects of Internet usage on people. This person obviously has no social life anymore and had to result to writing something as stupid as this. And actually take the time to do it too. Although... I think it was satire.. blah.. it's early. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well, the only reason I know all about this is because I had the misfortune to read the Linux 'Sauce code' once. Although publicised as the computer code needed to get Linux up and running on a computer (and haven't you always been worried about the phrase 'Monolithic Kernel'?), this foul document is actually a detailed and graphic description of every conceivable degrading perversion known to the human race, as well as a few of the major animal species. It has shocked and disturbed me, to the point of needing to shock and disturb the common man to warn them of the impending homo [comp-u-geek.net]-calypse which threatens to engulf our planet.

You must work for the government. Trying to post the most obscene stuff in hopes that slashdot won't be able to continue or something, due to legal woes. If i ever see your ugly face, i'm going to stick my fireplace poker up your ass, after it's nice and hot, to weld shut that nasty gaping hole of yours. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Doesn't it give you a hard-on to imagine your thick strong poker ramming it's way up my most sacred of sphincters? You're beyond help, my friend, as the only thing you can imagine is the foul penetrative violation of another man. Are you sure you're not Eric Raymond? The government, being populated by limp-wristed liberals, could never stem the sickening tide of homosexual [goatse.fr] child molesting Linux advocacy. Hell, they've given NAMBLA free reign for years!

you really should post this logged in. i wish i could remember jebus's password, cuz i'd give it to you. -- mighty jebus [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Thank you for your kind words of support. However, this document shall only ever be posted anonymously. This is because the 'Open Sauce' movement is a sham, proposing homoerotic cults of hero worshipping in the name of freedom. I speak for the common man. For any man who prefers the warm, enveloping velvet folds of a woman's vagina [bodysnatchers.co.uk] to the tight puckered ringpiece of a child. These men, being common, decent folk, don't have a say in the political hypocrisy that is Slashdot culture. I am the unknown liberator [hitler.org].

ROLF LAMO i hate linux FAGGOTS -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

We shouldn't hate them, we should pity them for the misguided fools they are... Fanatical Linux zeal-outs need to be herded into camps for re-education and subsequent rehabilitation into normal heterosexual society. This re-education shall be achieved by forcing them to watch repeats of Baywatch until the very mention of Pamela Anderson [rotten.com] causes them to fill their pants with healthy heterosexual jism [zillabunny.com].

Actually, that's not at all how scrotal inflation works. I understand it involves injecting sterile saline solution into the scrotum. I've never tried this, but you can read how to do it safely in case you're interested. (Before you moderate this down, ask yourself honestly -- who are the real crazies -- people who do scrotal inflation, or people who pay $1000+ for a game console?) -- double_h [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Well, it just goes to show that even the holy Linux 'sauce code' is riddled with bugs that need fixing. (The irony of Jon Katz not even being able to inflate his scrotum correctly has not been lost on me.) The Linux pervert elite already acknowledge this, with their queer slogan: 'Given enough arms, all rectums are shallow.' And anyway, the PS2 [xbox.com] sucks major cock and isn't worth the money. Intellivision forever!

dude did u used to post on msnbc's nt bulletin board now that u are doing anti-gay posts u also need to start in with anti-black stuff too c u in church -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

For one thing, whilst Linux is a cavalcade of queer propaganda masquerading as the future of computing, NT [linux.com] is used by people who think nothing better of encasing their genitals in quick setting plaster then going to see a really dirty porno film, enjoying the restriction enforced onto them. Remember, a wasted arousal is a sin in the eyes of the Catholic church [atheism.org]. Clearly, the only god-fearing Christian operating system in existence is CP/M -- The Christian Program Monitor. All computer users should immediately ask their local pastor to install this fine OS onto their systems. It is the only route to salvation.

Secondly, this message is for every man. Computers know no colour. Not only that, but one of the finest websites in the world is maintained by a Black Man [stileproject.com] . Now fuck off you racist donkey felcher.

And don't forget that slashdot was written in Perl, which is just too close to 'Pearl Necklace' for comfort.... oh wait; that's something all you heterosexuals do.... I can't help but wonder how much faster the trolls could do First-Posts on this site if it were redone in PHP... I could hand-type dynamic HTML pages faster than Perl can do them. -- phee [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Although there is nothing unholy about the fine heterosexual act of ejaculating between a woman's breasts, squirting one's load up towards her neck and chin area, it should be noted that Perl [python.org] (standing for Pansies Entering Rectums Locally) is also close to 'Pearl Monocle,' 'Pearl Nosering,' and the ubiquitous 'Pearl Enema.'

One scary thing about Perl [sun.com] is that it contains hidden homosexual [goatse.fr] messages. Take the following code: LWP::Simple -- It looks innocuous enough, doesn't it? But look at the line closely: There are two colons next to each other! As Larry 'Balls to the' Wall would openly admit in the Perl Documentation, Perl was designed from the ground up to indoctrinate it's programmers into performing unnatural sexual acts -- having two colons so closely together is clearly a reference to the perverse sickening act of 'colon kissing,' whereby two homosexual [goatse.fr] queers spread their buttocks wide, pressing their filthy torn sphincters together. They then share small round objects like marbles or golfballs by passing them from one rectum to another using muscle contraction alone. This is also referred to in programming 'circles' as 'Parameter Passing.'

And PHP [perl.org] stands for Perverted Homosexual Penetration. Didn't you know?

Thank you for your valuable input on this. I am sure you will be never forgotten. BTW: Did I mention that this could be useful in terraforming Mars? Mars rulaa. -- Eimernase [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Well, I don't know about terraforming Mars, but I do know that homosexual [goatse.fr] Linux Advocates have been probing Uranus for years.

That's inspiring. Keep up the good work, AC. May God in his wisdom grant you the strength to bring the plain honest truth to this community, and make it pure again. Yours, Cerberus. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

*sniff* That brings a tear to my eye. Thank you once more for your kind support. I have taken faith in the knowledge that I am doing the Good Lord [atheism.org]'s work, but it is encouraging to know that I am helping out the common man here.

However, I should be cautious about revealing your name 'Cerberus' on such a filthy den of depravity as Slashdot. It is a well known fact that the 'Kerberos' documentation from Microsoft is a detailed manual describing, in intimate, exacting detail, how to sexually penetrate a variety of unwilling canine animals; be they domesticated, wild, or mythical. Slashdot posters have taken great pleasure in illegally spreading this documentation far and wide, treating it as an 'extension' to the Linux 'Sauce Code,' for the sake of 'interoperability.' (The slang term they use for nonconsensual intercourse -- their favourite kind.)

In fact, sick twisted Linux deviants are known to have LAN parties, (Love of Anal Naughtiness, needless to say.), wherein they entice a stray dog, known as the 'Samba Mount,' into their homes. Up to four of these filth-sodden blasphemers against nature take turns to plunge their erect, throbbing, uncircumcised members, conkers-deep, into the rectum, mouth, and other fleshy orifices of the poor animal. Eventually, the 'Samba Mount' collapses due to 'overload,' and needs to be 'rebooted.' (i.e., kicked out into the street, and left to fend for itself.) Many Linux users boast about their 'uptime' in such situations.

Inspiring stuff! If only all trolls were this quality! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

If only indeed. You can help our brave cause by moderating this message up as often as possible. I recommend '+1, Underrated,' as that will protect your precious Karma in Metamoderation [slashdot.org]. Only then can we break through the glass ceiling of Homosexual Slashdot Culture. Is it any wonder that the new version of Slashcode has been christened 'Bender'???

If we can get just one of these postings up to at least '+1,' then it will be archived forever! Others will learn of our struggle, and join with us in our battle for freedom!

It's pathetic you've spent so much time writing this. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I am compelled to document the foulness and carnal depravity [catholic.net] that is Linux, in order that we may prepare ourselves for the great holy war that is to follow. It is my solemn duty to peel back the foreskin of ignorance and apply the wire brush of enlightenment.

As with any great open-source project, you need someone asking this question, so I'll do it. When the hell is version 2.0 going to be ready?!?! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I could make an arrogant, childish comment along the lines of 'Every time someone asks for 2.0, I won't release it for another 24 hours,' but the truth of the matter is that I'm quite nervous of releasing a 'number two,' as I can guarantee some filthy shit-slurping Linux pervert would want to suck it straight out of my anus before I've even had chance to wipe.

I desperately want to suck your monolithic kernel, you sexy hunk, you. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I sincerely hope you're Natalie Portman [archive.org].

Dude, nothing on slashdot larger than 3 paragraphs is worth reading. Try to distill the message, whatever it was, and maybe I'll read it. As it is, I have to much open source software to write to waste even 10 seconds of precious time. 10 seconds is all its gonna take M$ to whoop Linux's ass. Vigilence is the price of Free (as in libre -- from the fine, frou frou French language) Software. Hack on fellow geeks, and remember: Friday is Bouillabaisse day except for heathens who do not believe that Jesus died for their sins. Those godless, oil drench, bearded sexist clowns can pull grits from their pantaloons (another fine, fine French word) and eat that. Anyway, try to keep your message focused and concise. For concision is the soul of derision. Way. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

What the fuck?

I've read your gay conspiracy post version 1.3.0 and I must say I'm impressed. In particular, I appreciate how you have managed to squeeze in a healthy dose of the latent homosexuality you gay-bashing homos [comp-u-geek.net] tend to be full of. Thank you again. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well bugger me!

ooooh honey. how insecure are you!!! wann a little massage from deare bruci. love you -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Fuck right off!

IMPORTANT: This message needs to be heard (Not HURD [linux.org], which is an acronym for 'Huge Unclean Rectal Dilator') across the whole community, so it has been released into the Public Domain [icopyright.com]. You know, that licence that we all had before those homoerotic crypto-fascists came out with the GPL [apple.com] (Gay Penetration License) that is no more than an excuse to see who's got the biggest feces-encrusted [rotten.com] cock. I would have put this up on Freshmeat [adultmember.com], but that name is known to be a euphemism for the tight rump of a young boy.

Come to think of it, the whole concept of 'Source Control' unnerves me, because it sounds a bit like 'Sauce Control,' which is a description of the homosexual [goatse.fr] practice of holding the base of the cock shaft tightly upon the point of ejaculation, thus causing a build up of semenal fluid that is only released upon entry into an incision made into the base of the receiver's scrotum. And 'Open Sauce' is the act of ejaculating into another mans face or perhaps a biscuit to be shared later. Obviously, 'Closed Sauce' is the only Christian thing to do, as evidenced by the fact that it is what Cathedrals are all about.

Contributors: (although not to the eternal game of 'soggy biscuit' that open 'sauce' development has become) Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, phee, Anonymous Coward, mighty jebus, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, double_h, Anonymous Coward, Eimernase, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward. Further contributions are welcome.

Current changes: This version sent to FreeWIPO [slashdot.org] by 'Bring BackATV' as plain text. Reformatted everything, added all links back in (that we could match from the previous version), many new ones (Slashbot bait links). Even more spelling fixed. Who wrote this thing, CmdrTaco himself?

Previous changes: Yet more changes added. Spelling fixed. Feedback added. Explanation of 'distro' system. 'Mount Point' syntax described. More filth regarding `man` and Slashdot. Yet more fucking spelling fixed. 'Fetchmail' uncovered further. More Slashbot baiting. Apache exposed. Distribution licence at foot of document.

ANUX -- A full Linux distribution... Up your ass!

Re:Quick Time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30965292)

There are easier ways to get what you want. Go to the nearest gas station and get the phone numbers from the men's stall. And please don't come back here.

Re:Quick Time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30965976)

That's how I met Eric Raymond.

Re:Quick Time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30965348)

tl;dr

Re:Quick Time (2, Funny)

EvanED (569694) | more than 4 years ago | (#30965574)

What better way of demonstrating this than by looking at the hidden messages contained within the names of some of Linux's most outspoken advocates:

I see your point; the fact that your whose name is an anagram for "a cosy round woman" only reinforces it.

Re:Quick Time (2, Insightful)

Jello B. (950817) | more than 4 years ago | (#30965726)

This is my favorite troll. Everybody should read it at least once.

Re:Quick Time (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#30967884)

This is my favorite troll. Everybody should read it at least once.

Is that why you posted it?

Seriously though, it was a lot better in the Katz era. Now that he's gone, not only can the masses rest a little easier, but he's not Slashdot's resident anything.

How about the iPad? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30965166)

But will it work on the iPad?

Good to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30965210)

the kindle is still worth something now that the iPad is out.

Oh yeh... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30965248)

It suks duko.

sudOkU (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30965278)

It is sudoku, you retards

Re:sudOkU (2, Funny)

dvh.tosomja (1235032) | more than 4 years ago | (#30965652)

This is sladshot, what do you expect?

Re:sudOkU (1)

Pseudonym (62607) | more than 4 years ago | (#30966660)

I expect slashdotters to know their Japanese words. But you have a point; it's not like sudoku appears a lot in tentacle rape hentai.

Re:sudOkU (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30968060)

They all secretly want the tentacle. The coy bashfulness is just the way Japanese women are supposed to approach sex.

Does it do anything for refresh rate? (5, Interesting)

cvd6262 (180823) | more than 4 years ago | (#30965352)

I checked a Kindle out of my college library and the WhisperNet browser was better than I had expected. I set up a textarea form on my server, and tested taking notes with it.

The only problem was that each letter would appear on its own refresh cycle (at about 1Hz). While it took me 51 seconds to type out a short paragraph, the K2 was locked up for another 60 seconds while each letter appeared one after the other.

It was clear that the string was saved to a buffer (because I *didn't* have to wait for each letter to appear before typing the next), and I know the refresh rate is just a limitation of e-ink, but it seems an alternative environment could display multiple characters with each refresh.
 

Re:Does it do anything for refresh rate? (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 4 years ago | (#30965376)

sounds like a coding bug, I can't see why they couldn't display all the characters currently in the buffer instead of 1 character at a time.

Re:Does it do anything for refresh rate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30972928)

it's simple, some applications tell the driver not to "coalesce" the update regions when they start stacking up. But this causes weird refresh bugs on the browser for example because it thinks it is drawing to a buffer and not to an eink screen. Other applications do allow the updates to be combined and if you type fast enough you'll get 3 or 4 letters popping up at a time. The problem is known, and it has to do with using an off the shelf browser with no modifications.

(the suggestion for Nagle is about the stupidest suggestion I've heard)

Re:Does it do anything for refresh rate? (1)

paultag (1284116) | more than 4 years ago | (#30965524)

The stock reading software must display more then one char at a time. This sounds either like a configuration issue, or a bug in their software. Thanks for trying this :)

Re:Does it do anything for refresh rate? (4, Informative)

cvd6262 (180823) | more than 4 years ago | (#30965642)

I just tested it again and it appears to be an issue only in the browser. When I add a note to an e-book, the screen keeps up fairly well. But when I type a long comment into a textarea on a webpage, it keeps up for the first few words and then slows to a crawl.

So, yeah, probably a bug in the code.

Re:Does it do anything for refresh rate? (1)

Ben Jackson (30284) | more than 4 years ago | (#30965682)

If only the Kindle developers had heard of Nagle's algorithm [wikipedia.org] which addressed an almost identical problem in TCP in 1984.

Re:Does it do anything for refresh rate? (1)

dimeglio (456244) | more than 4 years ago | (#30965940)

Is it still subject to a patent or copyright?

Re:Does it do anything for refresh rate? (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 4 years ago | (#30966062)

> Is it still subject to a patent or copyright?

no, because it's not a book, music or movie. Those are the only things with IP value.

Re:Does it do anything for refresh rate? (1)

Philip_the_physicist (1536015) | more than 4 years ago | (#30967352)

It is not subject to any patents, because even if he had patented it in the US, the patent would have expired.
The algorithm's description is copyrighted, of course, but that doesn't stop anyone implementing it (although it would be interesting to try to argue that an implementation of a published algorithm is a derivative work, I doubt that has any legal validity).

Not sure about the conditions of use (1, Insightful)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30965380)

ACCEPTABLE USES: The Sudoku! Free Edition game is for personal use only, do not redistribute it. The Qt platform proof-of-concept plugins can be used with your own Kindle apps, personal or commercial.

HOSTING: Please do not re-host the install packages for the Qt platform except temporarily on the occasion that this site is not accessible. Refer people to this site instead. The uninstall packages can be re-hosted without limitations (to assist in any recovery, if it's ever required).

If he is trying to develop a commercial environment for the kindle, then he is going about it in a strange way.

rationale (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30966794)

The platform itself is not supposed to be commercial/closed. I'll drop that hosting request as soon as enough people have tried it and I know it doesn't brick a whole lot of Kindles. This way I can easily change the packages and fix something if it goes wrong. Also, if Amazon gets crazy nasty and starts banning everyone who installs it, then I can properly warn people if that starts to happen.

I was only able to test it on two Kindles, after all... and not for very long on the Kindle 2 (which most people probably have).

As for the Sudoku game, I was hoping to do the standard iPhone app-like demo version + paid version later. If nobody cares, or if Amazon decides to play rough... I won't sell the paid version. I don't need that kind of trouble. If the legal stuff looks a little weird, give me a little break, here... I could potentially get in a lot of trouble with this. I'm pretty conflicted ATM.

Amazon's announcement of their own official 'KDK' in the works messes with my plans somewhat. :) Don't get me wrong, the fact that Amazon is going to be providing that is awesome. I was hoping to prove there's a good amount of interest in it and also (if I was really lucky) push any SDK to use Qt instead of Java. (and maybe make a little money as the first real app for it in the process) ... I can't believe Amazon's first app idea is Sudoku. I guess it's an obvious one... but damn!

The original goal of being the basis of a future Kindle SDK look a little blown. So, I'm still figuring out where to go with it.

Someday I'll actually take the time to find my login and actually post as myself. Sorry. :)

Darron

Re:rationale (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30970900)

I tested it on my DX and it didn't blow up, but I also didn't see a way to get back out of it without rebooting the kindle.

I also am not seeing any source to work with (and no, the raw QT download is not that useful), I am explicitly looking for the source for the keyboard and 5-way joystick driver. beyond that I would want a simple 'hello world' type app, something like a terminal program (potentially this is a simple port of Konsole from KDE)

you don't need to be secretive to release new versions, and if Amazon gets sticky (unlikely given that they are getting ready to release their own SDK) they will do so no matter what conditions you release it under.

But the real question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30965484)

When will we see the iPhone OS on the kindle schmindle? Huh?

-SJ

A question of definitions (1, Insightful)

Antiocheian (859870) | more than 4 years ago | (#30965732)

According to Wikipedia, "A personal computer (PC) is any general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and original sales price make it useful for individuals, and which is intended to be operated directly by an end user, with no intervening computer operator."

The iPad is not a personal computer, since the iPad *does* have an intervening computer operator (Apple) which defines which applications may or may not be installed on the iPad.

Since, according to the article, the Kindle is in fact "a Linux device with a ~533Mhz ARM processor" and with the addition of Qt being successfully compiled in it, doesn't that mean that the Kindle is in fact what the iPad is not ? A tablet personal computer ?

Re:A question of definitions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30966064)

A tablet personal computer ?

Tablets have either a touch-based or a pen-based input surface, normally on the display itself.

-3: Offtopic, Pedantic, and Wrong (1)

weston (16146) | more than 4 years ago | (#30966638)

no intervening computer operator.

You have to take some liberties to wedge Apple into the role traditionally known as operator in computing history, which the article is most likely referring to, and to the extent Apple fits here, Amazon does as well: they're not selling the Kindle as a general purpose device, and you have to jump through some hoops to get it to work like one.

That said, I agree the Kindle is a PC of sorts, albeit one with different strengths and weaknesses from the iPad.

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