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South Korean Man Given Suspended Sentence For Retweeting NK Propaganda

agent_vee War time (90 comments)

South Korea and North Korea and technically still at war. He is lucky that he isn't tried as a spy.

about 2 years ago

Why Verizon Doesn't Want You To Buy an iPhone

agent_vee Re:Too bad they're not also pushing ... (207 comments)

Nokia was basically giving away the Lumia 900 for free for a while with their $100 rebate. So no, it is not selling well at all.

more than 2 years ago

Quantum Experiment Shows Effect Before Cause

agent_vee The new get rich scheme! (465 comments)

1. PROFIT!!!
2. ???
3. Collide some photons!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Making a Tablet Run Only One Application?

agent_vee Operating System? (260 comments)

Without knowing what Tablet OS you are targeting it is difficult to give you advice. You can just search on google for the terms "kiosk mode" + whatever OS and that should give you what you are looking for.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Could Lose $1.6 Billion In iPad Lawsuit

agent_vee Re:And Apple's Worried? (286 comments)

Did you read this?

A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day. “The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,” the executive said. “There’s no American plant that can match that.”


“They could hire 3,000 people overnight,” said Jennifer Rigoni, who was Apple’s worldwide supply demand manager until 2010, but declined to discuss specifics of her work. “What U.S. plant can find 3,000 people overnight and convince them to live in dorms?”

or this?

“Another critical advantage for Apple was that China provided engineers at a scale the United States could not match. Apple’s executives had estimated that about 8,700 industrial engineers were needed to oversee and guide the 200,000 assembly-line workers eventually involved in manufacturing iPhones. The company’s analysts had forecast it would take as long as nine months to find that many qualified engineers in the United States.”

So no it wouldn't be possible for Apple to move production to the United States and get the same production and flexibility that they do in China for a couple dollars more in labor costs per unit. I would say it is not even possible to get near the same level.

more than 2 years ago

Why Android Upgrades Take So Long

agent_vee FTA (226 comments)

"Operators then may want to customize the software, and the OS must be localized for the market and language."

I think that is where the bulk of the time is spent.

about 3 years ago

Controlling a Robot From a Smartphone's Headphone Jack

agent_vee Re:Audio jack to get a standard connector? (94 comments)

Android 3.1 and up allow apps to use USB Host mode to access USB devices. So you can use game pads and such without rooting. For iOS devices, redpark makes a RS232 cable that plugs into the dock connector. I have used it in a few projects and it works well for sending small data commands but not as a data link for something like tethering.

more than 2 years ago

Google Music Goes Live With Google+ Integration

agent_vee Re:Just what market needed... (240 comments)

Your entire collection of music available, browser based (no installation needed), no ads, unlimited streaming, mobile access on android and iphone with offline listening, and it's FREE!

more than 3 years ago

Barnes & Noble Names Microsoft's Disputed Android Patents

agent_vee Summary of violated patents (386 comments)

Placing a loading status icon in the content viewing area of a browser.

Compatibility of file names employed by current and outmoded operating systems.

Storing input/output factors in a shared data structure.

Simulating mouse inputs using non-mouse devices. (Really????)

Browser that recognizes background images in an electronic document and displays the background images after text.

Putting known tab controls into an operating system for use by all applications, rather than providing tabs on an application-by-application basis.

Using handles to change the size of selection areas for selected text.

Storing and displaying annotations of text which is not modifiable.

more than 3 years ago

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Source Released

agent_vee Re:Good to see... (285 comments)

It's more like they gave you a book but didn't say which page it is on.

more than 3 years ago

Hardware Running Android Fails More Than iPhone, BlackBerry Hardware

agent_vee Failed Comparison (357 comments)

Android is just a phone OS. iPhone and Blackberry actually make their own phones. You can't blame Android for crappy hardware.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs' Missing License Plate

agent_vee Re:Parking in Handicap (579 comments)

Jobs didn't park in handicap spaces because they were closer to the buildings. He parked in them because he was an asshole.

more than 3 years ago

Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

agent_vee Steve Jobs created Android (988 comments)

It was Apple's walled garden and strict control over iOS that led to Android. Google came to the conclusion that at any time they could get locked out of the biggest smart phone OS. They had no choice but to enter the market to guarantee their future survival.

more than 3 years ago

Android Source Code Gone For Good?

agent_vee Re:FUD Alert. FUD Alert (362 comments)

What legal requirement? Google doesn't have to release any of the Android source code because they chose the Apache license. The parts of Android under GPL like the kernel have been released. Also Google has a better track record of releasing source code than most companies so I think they have earned a bit of slack in this situation.

more than 3 years ago

ARM Is a Promising Platform But Needs To Learn From the PC

agent_vee Re:Missing the point (167 comments)

The reason phones use ARM chips is because ARM focused on providing low power consumption solutions. Intel/AMD basically ignored the mobile phone sector for a long time.

more than 3 years ago

Can Google Fix the Cable Box?

agent_vee GoogleTV (223 comments)

Google doesn't need to get into bed with cable companies. Not when they can slip in between the cable box and the TV (Logitech Revue) or directly into the the TV (Sony). I think about the only thing you can expect to see from this acquisition is a new Google TV device from Motorola. GoogleTV may not have taken off yet but I believe it is only a matter of time.

more than 3 years ago

Google's Self Driving Car Crashes

agent_vee Built Upon Failures (244 comments)

Why would one crash bring an end to robotic cars? Crashes can be expected while they are still developing this car.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Blasts Prosecution of Alleged NSA Leaker

agent_vee Re:Disbarment (95 comments)

Of course prosecutors can be disbarred! What's next, prosecutors are immune to death?

more than 3 years ago


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