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Comment: Of course its economics (Score 3, Informative) 177

by MouseR (#45908067) Attached to: EU Committee Issues Report On NSA Surveillance; Snowden To Testify

There was a story a few years ago that showed Boeing was successful in derailing an Airbus deal by using espionage and hacking to gather intelligence on the Airbus proposal, allowing Boeing to cut-in the proposition with their own submissions, finally realizing the deal at the expense of Airbus.

Comment: 23m doesn't get you far (Score 0) 133

You don't get to become a major player in the computer industry with a 23m headstart. Especially not in the mobile industry.

Ask HTC. And all the others who dropped out of Android because there was no money to be made. There are countless failed Motorolla, HTC, LG, Asus, Panasonic, Kyocera, Lenovo, HP, Sony, and then the asian brans we never hear of like ZTE and Huawei. Even Samsung has had a number of phenomenal failures until they managed to score a hit with the Galaxy.

The list is stupendous:

Comment: Apparently, helium is not yet so scarce ... (Score 2) 255

by MouseR (#45001831) Attached to: Congress Reaches Agreement<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... On Helium

Apparently, helium is not yet so scarce that it's not available in balloons at the grocery store.

Depends where you look. Many outlets around the region of Montreal stopped selling helium balloons because of the scarcity. Some voluntarily due to local hospitals having difficulties keeping their MRIs runnings and some due to prices going up.

Comment: Nothing keeps you from doing your own script apps (Score 1) 207

by MouseR (#44843273) Attached to: Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?

I made a scripting app and it's been on the App Store for a bit more than two years. Its not a mainstream scripting language but rather a forth/postscript -inspired stack based. Its got runloops, shallow inheritance, threads, imports, marginal UI and complete Objective-C bridge. It gets the job done so well the engine is at the core of two other Apps.

So, whats keeping you guys from making a Python App? Or whatever language you want to use.

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