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Hungary Uses iPad To Draft New Constitution

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the there's-an-app-for-that dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Hungary is drafting its new constitution on, believe it or not, an iPad. Jozsef Szajer, a Hungarian politician and member of the European Parliament, wrote an enthusiastic blog post last week detailing how he's using Apple's tablet device to flesh out Hungary's new constitution, the country's first since 1949. Not only is Szajer using the iPad to churn out new constitutional drafts, but he's also using it to review new draft proposals. Apparently all aspects of the new Hungarian constitution are being vetted via the iPad in one form or another."

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This would be news (1)

C_Kode (102755) | more than 3 years ago | (#35407902)

This would be news if he was using a blackberry. ;)

Re:This would be news (1, Insightful)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 3 years ago | (#35407972)

I dunno. It must be a pretty short document if he's typing it on an iPad 'keyboard'.

Re:This would be news (2)

gyepi (891047) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408130)

Unfortunately you are quite right, it is going to be short. To paraphrase one slogan of the current right-wing government the constitution is supposed to fit on a beer coaster. They do this to eliminate the checks and balances provided by the constitutional court.

Re:This would be news (1)

TheOtherChimeraTwin (697085) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408586)

Apparently this approach has spread to America, and we now have a constitutional monarchy. His Royal Highness August Busch IV will be most pleased.

Re:This would be news (1)

jimicus (737525) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408878)

They do this to eliminate the checks and balances provided by the constitutional court.

That being the case, what exactly is the point in having the constitution in the first place?

Re:This would be news (2)

Hope Thelps (322083) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409474)

They do this to eliminate the checks and balances provided by the constitutional court.

That being the case, what exactly is the point in having the constitution in the first place?

The constitution sets out the powers of the various units of government. Clearly there is a point to doing so, whether those powers ae vast or limited.

The US constitution doesn't explicitly say that the court system can rule on the constitutionality of laws. At one time it was very much up to debate as to whether it could or not. Would there be a point in explicitly saying that it could? Would there be a point in explicitly saying that it couldn't? Clearly there would be a point in doing so either way, as it would make the position definite instead of leaving it open for future debate. The fact that one path has fewer checks and balances doesn't make it pointless - making it clear that there are no checks on your power is often the intended point.

Re:This would be news (1)

FlapHappy (937803) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408182)

My guess is he is just copying and pasting from places like Wikipedia. Hungary's constitution will seem remarkably familiar to some folks.

Re:This would be news (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409360)

My guess is he is just copying and pasting from places like Wikipedia. Hungary's constitution will seem remarkably familiar to some folks.

Especially if he's using [1] citations or hyperlinks.

Re:This would be news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408462)

As constitutions go, though, the shorter the better.

Re:This would be news (4, Funny)

Blue Stone (582566) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408356)

Yeah ... everyone's bored to death over these iCheerleading news stories that are simply variations of X [did something fairly normal] ON AN iPAD!

The only one that'd vaguely raise any interest from me now would be the one that goes:

Hey guys! Look! I just took a dump! ON AN iPAD!

Re:This would be news (3, Insightful)

knappe duivel (914316) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408502)

Some people in some countries are actually very interested in the original draft of their constitution, and the medium on which it was documented. Some people rather compare it to shit.

Re:This would be news (4, Insightful)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408630)

Yeah ... everyone's bored to death over these iCheerleading news stories that are simply variations of X [did something fairly normal] ON AN iPA

Yeah, we're all really sick of it, that's why damn near all of the Apple stories in the last few days only have >300 comments. You can almost hear the crickets chirping.

Re:This would be news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408956)

Maybe you should get some talent and make your own killer product, tuff guy.

Re:This would be news (1, Insightful)

EraserMouseMan (847479) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410092)

He wasn't bashing the product. Just the large heard of stinky iSheep.

Re:This would be news (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409374)

Hey guys! Look! I just took a dump! ON AN iPAD!

Obligatory: There's an app for that.

Re:This would be news (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409636)

I just checked the App Store for "poo" and damn... 300 000 apps doesn't mean much any more.

Re:This would be news (2)

penguin_dance (536599) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409264)

But they've got that new iConstitution app...

Re:This would be news (3, Insightful)

node 3 (115640) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409908)

"iPad is just a toy."
"It's for consumption, not creation."
"No one is going to buy an iPad when a netbook can do 10x for 1/3 the price."
"Apple controls everything you can do on an iPad."
"All the Android tablets coming out this Summer (2010) will be cheaper and more powerful, no one is going to buy an iPad."
"Who's going to buy a small, underpowered iPad with a capacitive screen when they can buy a full-powered Windows TabletPC and run all their desktop software?"
"Meh, they should have released a touchscreen Mac OS X computer."

You'd think this would be the most shocking news story to hit Slashdot in 2011, it completely contradicts everything the commenters have been saying for just short of 1 year now.

For the rest of us, it would have actually been news had it been an Android tablet.

Don't worry though, geeks are exceptionally good at compartmentalization to avoid having to actually resolve their cognitive dissonance. They are always right, so when reality contradicts them, they simply call reality "stupid" and just keep on pretending they are right, problem solved!

First new constitution since '49? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35407966)

That doesn't seem like a long time to me, how often do most countries get a new constitution? Also, what have they been using as a system of government until now?

Re:First new constitution since '49? (4, Informative)

grapeape (137008) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408072)

They have mostly been living without one since the overthrow of communism there in '89. I just wonder what took them so long.

Re:First new constitution since '49? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408164)

They have mostly been living without one since the overthrow of communism there in '89. I just wonder what took them so long.

Why are they even bothering? It's not like governments actually do more than pay lip service to them, if that.

Why not just have a simple constitution that represents the way governments actually operate?:

"You are our property. Give us your money and do as we say or we'll kidnap you and lock you in a cage or kill you if you resist."

Re:First new constitution since '49? (1)

greenzrx (931038) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408524)

They have mostly been living without one since the overthrow of communism there in '89. I just wonder what took them so long.

maybe they were waiting for the 2nd generation iPad...

Re:First new constitution since '49? (2)

dabadab (126782) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409166)

Actually we do have a constitution, formally it's the one from 1949 - though for all practical purposes and intents, it's a new one as it was thoroughly modified after the fall socialism (communism wasn't there since the '50s, but this distinction may be too fine for most /. readers).
This one being written is... well, it's mostly a publicity stunt for the current governig party that got such overwhelming majority (a once in a lifetime chance) that it can modify the constitution and can ignore everyone else.

Re:First new constitution since '49? (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409996)

The Constitution adopted in 1949 was their first constitution. It was passed during the communist era, and heavily reflective of the heavy Soviet influence on Hungary at the time it was adopted. Hungary is the only Eastern Bloc nation to NOT adopt a new constitution after the end of one-party Communist rule. In 1989, they simply heavily amended the Communist-era constitution, and continued on from there. This marks the first Constitution for Hungary that's been fully implemented without Communist control of the government.

Not iimpressed (2)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#35407986)

I hear in Romania they use a ouija board and crystal ball

Re:Not iimpressed (1)

Spectre (1685) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408124)

iImpressed? Was that a deliberate or accidentally fortuitous typo?

He must have been using an iPad... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409288)

You know... like the above mentioned Jozsef Szajer. [szajerjozsef.blog.hu]

Who also has problems with spelling...

Thanx Steve! God bless you! Get back to Apple, for the benefit of all of us! You are a genious! [urbandictionary.com]

Re:He must have been using an iPad... (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409582)

That's an interesting picture of him. What's that thing coming out from his throat?

Well, it turns out I was only half right. Romania is moving up [apple.com] in the world

Re:Not iimpressed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408146)

The text entry speed is higher, but the app store there sucks.

Big Deal. (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408002)

John Hancock used Brand-X quill to draft the Declaration of Independence.

Lets see, a tool is being used as that tool was intended to be used, to do a job. Big deal! Now, if he was doing this on a RPN calculator, then it would be news worthy.

Re:Big Deal. (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408068)

I was gonna lament your redundifying of my post below, but then I noticed you confused a signer for a drafter.

Re:Big Deal. (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408196)

John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, but iirc, wasn't at the Constitutional Convention at all. But to the GP, James Madison drafted the Constitution.

Re:Big Deal. (3, Insightful)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408150)

Did you miss the memo? Slashdot editors have been replaced by:

wget -r http://www.google.com/search?q=apple [google.com] -O - | grep -v bad | post_article.pl

Re:Big Deal. (1)

kenj0418 (230916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408666)

The first thing I thought while reading this was "That question mark is going to cause problems with that command. He/she should have put that in quotes.". I'm guessing this says more about me than about your comment though.

Re:Big Deal. (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408948)

I don't think it's very likely that you have in your current a directory named "http:" which in addition has a subdirectory named "www.google.com" which in addition contains a file with the name "search" followed by an arbitrary letter, followed by "q=apple". And even in that case, it won't be a problem if there's only a single file matching and that single character between "search" and "q=apple" happens to be a question mark for that file.

Re:Big Deal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408532)

Now, if he was doing this on a RPN calculator, then it would be news worthy.

Indeed, it'd be like the US deciding to use British spelling.

Who cares. (4, Insightful)

kuzb (724081) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408006)

This is such a non-story apple plug. Fuck you slashdot, bring real news back.

Re:Who cares. (2)

grapeape (137008) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408148)

The ipad part I agree is useless trivia, but the idea that they are finally getting around to writing a formal constitution for the country is news...the 1949 one they refer to was drafted by their communist leaders at the time and their government has changed to a Parlimentary Republic.

Re:Who cares. (1)

SilentStaid (1474575) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409040)

It is news - no one (I hope) will disagree with you on that point...

But is this specifically "News for Nerds," I think is what he was getting at.

Re:Who cares. (1)

bunhed (208100) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408170)

+1

Re:Who cares. (1)

halivar (535827) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408404)

This is news because it represents how modern technology is completely changing our schemas. When I think of writing a constitution, I immediately think of twenty old white men sitting around a table scritching out their ideas on parchment paper. We associate that scene, and others like it, with erudition, social revolution, and defining epochal moments. It may be that in 200 years, millions of Hungarians will have the same feelings inspired by scenes of relatively young technophiles collaborating wireless-ly over their iPads.

As a lover of technology, I consider this to be a pretty big deal, whether you think the iPad is crap or not.

Re:Who cares. (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408896)

Since the previous constitution was made in 1949, it was probably typed onto white A4 paper.

Re:Who cares. (1)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409540)

And that parchment paper was 'changing our schemas' (whatever that means) compared to a chisel and stone tablets.... On the other hand, all those tools serve the same goal, to write down something. Shock! Horror!

The only difference is that they now have a spell checker and can email the document around.

Re:Who cares. (1)

halivar (535827) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410128)

And that parchment paper was 'changing our schemas' (whatever that means) compared to a chisel and stone tablets....

Absolutely. From cave painting to papyrus to monastic manuscript-keeping to Gutenburg to the telegraph to the modern internet. Each stepping stone had (and has) profound impact not just on how we communicate, but also on our worldviews. (Aside: a "schema" is a framework or pattern we apply to our perception of reality to help us organize and understand it. In the most general terms, it's 'how we think about things').

The only difference is that they now have a spell checker and can email the document around.

This is actually pretty incredible, from a historical perspective.

Re:Who cares. (2)

knappe duivel (914316) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408552)

A new constitution is written, a fresh medium is used. This _is_ news.

Re:Who cares. (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408982)

Will Apple then revoke the constitution if it doesn't fit Apple guidelines? :-)

Re:Who cares. (2)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408658)

This is such a non-story apple plug. Fuck you slashdot, bring real news back.

Step 1.) Go to apple.slashdot.org
Step 2.) Take note of the number of comments each Apple story gets.
Step 3.) Kick yourself in the ass for being part of the problem you're bitching about.

Re:Who cares. (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408668)

>bring real news back.

I'm not going to defend this non-story, but slashdot has always been sensationalist garbage. Trolling pieces about MS or whoever is the socially acceptable IT devil today. Poorly researched opinion pieces, blogspam, and an editorial bias designed to get your goat, make you comment, and visit the site obsessively to reply to those who disagree with you.

This formula gets pageviews. Dispassionate accurate articles don't. There's a reason why so many successful news sites have this kind of editorial bias of serving up items that get people talking in some way (agreeing, being outraged, etc).

Re:Who cares. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408876)

> editorial bias designed to get your goat

The article makes interesting points, but does this spell the end of Linux on the Desktop?

Re:Who cares. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408684)

I agree. It's no more news than if they were using paper, a blackboard and chalk, a laptop (gasp!) or even a whiteboard.
Hungary is getting a new constitution. That's about the only newsworthy thing there. As for it being on /. well, it just shows how much this site has gone downhill in the past decade.
Now get off my lawn!

Re:Who cares. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409142)

u mad?

Just filter samzenpus... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409404)

...along with kdawson.

It won't remove all of the apple plugs (nothing short of carpet bombing of the Slashdot HQ would do that), but it should significantly reduce the number of non-stories you'll be seeing in the future.

Not impressive. (3, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408034)

Try drafting one with a bird feather dipped in ink you made yourself, written on lamb skin, freehand.

Hell, try just copying one that way.

Re:Not impressive. (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408434)

"Romania drafts new bill of rights on a Selectric"
"Slovenian Prime Minister writes budget with a Bic(tm)"
"Qaddaffii scrawls unrepentant screed in crayon"
"Charlie Sheen dictates Dianetics II - electric jugaloo at drive-thru window"

Wow (1)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408040)

That sets an ugly precedent.

another parallel... (3, Insightful)

gyepi (891047) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408048)

...is the authoritarian tendency of both platforms.

Re:another parallel... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408114)

...is the authoritarian tendency of both platforms.

I don't know: it might be a good thing. I understand that Silvio Berlusconi used a jail broken iPad for his work and see what's going there.

Re:another parallel... (3, Funny)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408280)

...is the authoritarian tendency of both platforms.

I don't know: it might be a good thing. I understand that Silvio Berlusconi used a jailbaited iPad for his work and see what's going there.

fixed that for you.

Re:another parallel... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408340)

So, yeah, most open source governance [wikipedia.org] software [metagovernment.org] has free licenses.

Epic Pwnage Opportunity (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408074)

This guy's iPad just became one of the world's top hacking targets.

Re:Epic Pwnage Opportunity (1)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409282)

Because constitutions are never released to the general public.

Re:Epic Pwnage Opportunity (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409410)

Well the summary says he uses the iPad to review draft proposals. What if you can alter an incoming proposal and change it to something more to your liking? If the original sender of the proposal doesn't find out, there's a chance your changes could make it to the final constitution. Normally it takes fighter jet money to buy that kind of influence.

Re:Epic Pwnage Opportunity (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410074)

Right, because somebody submitting draft changes for a constitutional proposal has NO interest in how the final product comes out, and will never read the drafts that have their accepted changes supplied.

I can't wait to see the final result of all this, I predict it will look like this:

"Hungarians are in it for the hookers, beer, and free cocaine. DOIN' IT FOR THE LULZ," followed by a big swoopy John Hancock-like signature, reading "ANONYMOUS"

Hungary's new constitution -- sent from my Ipad (5, Funny)

FlapHappy (937803) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408096)

Dear Steve Jobs, How do we remove the line, "sent from my Ipad" from our new constitution? No, seriously :( -Jozsef

Drafting a constitution? (5, Funny)

Schlopper (413780) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408156)

There's an app for that....

Good for them. Great choice. (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408172)

If they had used Microsoft Office or saved it in OOXML format, everyone and his brother would be up in arms about being forced buy/use proprietary closed software and how that is the end of the world. But if it is Apple, it is kewl.

I'm a consumer whore. (3, Insightful)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408176)

So what? Might as well say, modern technology is used to draft constitution for all the relevance this has to anything.

How many important things have been done on a variety of computers? How many more have been done with pen and paper?

Is this the new thing? To be a brand whore every chance you get?

Hail to the New Dictator: Steve Jobs! (0)

SirBitBucket (1292924) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408186)

Section IV, Paragraph 2 of the Apple End User License Agreement clearly states that Apple will "...maintain full or partial control (at its sole discretion) of any country, state, or municipality using Apple software, or any software acquired through the App Store (tm) to draft any founding documents, constitution, collective bargaining proposal, or policy on bottled water usage."

I would use a versioning repository myself (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408188)

Subversion or something similar. Why edit it on a iPad when it can be edited with history and versioning on almost any device? Give the drafting participants commit access. Allow branches for proposals. The general public gets read access for open discussion.

Hell, do it for all laws. That way when the law is approved, you can just merge the proposal to the main branch and set a mile stone.

You could even use blame to find out who added riders. Oh. That is why this will never, ever happen.

Re:I would use a versioning repository myself (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409034)

Use git. Then everyone can maintain his own version of the constitution. :-)

So does Apple (1)

Crash McBang (551190) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408214)

get a 30% cut everytime someone subscribes to the new Constitution?

There's at least one fanboy in Hungary (1)

mschaffer (97223) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408276)

So, at least one iPad fanboy in Hungary uses their iPad for composing documents. I wonder how the drafts and revisions are being handled.
It seems like a throwback to the days of Thomas Jefferson: one person, one quill, limited revisioning capability.

Re:There's at least one fanboy in Hungary (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408572)

Whining geeks like you are the only throwbacks. Your time has passed. Get used to it. The nerds never took over the world. You were used and discarded, and the world never laughed with you but forever at you.

Rewriting their constitution?! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408324)

MAN, after 300 years, I wish WE could do that in the US. People parade the thing around like it's some kind of perfect document and the people who wrote it had no *idea* how technology would change society today. That thing is obsolete.

Re:Rewriting their constitution?! (2)

chill (34294) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408564)

You might want to actually READ the one in the U.S. for an answer to that. Specifically Article V, Amendment.

http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Article5 [usconstitution.net]

2011 - 1787 = 300 in your dimension? (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408746)

You do know it's a living document that can be and has been amended over the years, right? Right?

Oh yeah, I'm loving the growing "U.S. Constitution is obsolete" folks. :-\ I'm sure they have *NOTHING* but good intentions in mind. Everyone is all a flutter about the stupid Tea Party, but I'm more closely watching the "Constitution is old and irrelevant" crowd.

Re:2011 - 1787 = 300 in your dimension? (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410130)

Man, when the revolution comes, I think you just guaranteed that you'll be the first one against the wall. :(

So much for the "consumption" paradigm. (3, Insightful)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408364)

can we all now shut up about how tablets are for consumption of media?

How many stories have we seen where artists, writers, musicians, and other creative types are using tablet devices for creation of content?

Re:So much for the "consumption" paradigm. (1)

Samurai Nigel (1017654) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409276)

You can eat soup with a spork, but that doesn't mean you should, especially if you have a spoon readily available. There's nothing inherently wrong with using a tablet to creating content, there are just better tools to do so with.

Re:So much for the "consumption" paradigm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35410226)

Can you post a link to one of those many stories where a writer used one? I've never seen one personally. Preferably a story where they actually use the on-screen keyboard, since it's not very tablet like to tether the thing to an external keyboard (that's sort of a laptop at that point, right?).

Hungary + Apple... perfect match (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408384)

Apple is actively censoring contents on its store

Hungarian state passed laws against press freedoms and freedom of speech...

Now the latter is using a product from the former to design a new constitution...

Great.... now I have confidence.... (1)

SFWind (244860) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408478)

Reading the article he brags about being able to write during a work dinner in Brussels while on EU business. I would certainly hope that the new Hungarian constitution is not being written during dinner, on the plane, in the car, on the train and during meetings with fellow politicians as he said in his blog. While I understand that it is very convenient to pop something open and read, I highly doubt one can pay enough attention during meetings and dinner with people around to something so complex as a new constitution.

Re:Great.... now I have confidence.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408702)

The final draft wording should certainly be written carefully, using a careful revision process and taking the appropriate time. However, since you would hope that they are working on consensus building, taking notes during a dinner meeting would seem to be a perfect use for a mobile computing device.

In related news... (3, Funny)

SETIGuy (33768) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408620)

Apple is claiming ownership of 30% of Hungary, and demanding future payments of 30% of GDP.

Re:In related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35408830)

Apple is claiming ownership of 30% of Hungary, and demanding future payments of 30% of GDP.

If they also get 30% of Hungary's national debt... Well... throw in some fries and they can have it.
I'm not sure Steve would like the balance sheet at the end of the first fiscal year.

Re:In related news... (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410184)

Apple's market cap is upwards of 300 billion; They had revenues of ~65 billion in 2010. Hungary's GDP was around 187 billion in 2009.

This might be a good buyout deal for Apple, take over a struggling country, and turn it around. Built in workforce, friendly political climate, lots of natural resources...

And in other news.. (-1, Flamebait)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408698)

*yawn* And in other news, shortly I shall use a screwdriver to drive a screw and a wrench to tighten a nut.

I.E. this is about the ultimate in Apple fanboyism disguised as 'news'.

Re:And in other news.. (1)

tompaulco (629533) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409056)

Agreed. What we have here is a politician performing a task in less than the most efficient manner simply because it can be done this way.

Starts Off... (1)

Yo Grark (465041) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408860)

Starts off we the ipeople are Hungry

Damn autocorrect.

Yo Grark

New Flash! (1)

digitalPhant0m (1424687) | more than 3 years ago | (#35408926)

Someone uses technological gadget for word processing!

What will they think of next.

I can see it now... (1)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409124)

When the iPad 2 comes out, the app he's using will lock up, demanding a hardware upgrade. Then there goes months of work.

Who the fuck cares? (1)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409382)

Who cares if he writes it on an iPad, a laptop or a freaking paper napkin, the tool is of no importance whatsoever compared to the document in question. Stop treating the iPad as something revolutionary, because it isn't.

Getting tired of how stupid ./ stories have become (1)

cpotoso (606303) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409496)

Getting tired of how stupid ./ stories have become. STOP the iMadness. Who the f* cares if some person write something on an ipad, iphone, ifu*king device or not. It seems the kids got hold of the control of /. and the proportion of interesting/non-interesting stories has gone down a lot. Perhaps it is my time to "retire" to more interesting pastures...

so what (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409504)

in america, we've been scrawling ours on the back of an oil drum for decades.

Irony (1)

Blackout for Hungary (1970198) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409570)

I'm studying IT at a Hungarian university, and we are learning programming on _PAPER_, because the 15-year-old PC-s we have are a peace of cr@p, and the university doesn't have money for new PC-s.

even more news (1)

Torvac (691504) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409688)

i use beans to fart !

And ? (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410154)

Endless important documents have been drafted around the world on pc devices. yet, noone felt the need to make news out of it ?
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