What is an "HP Linux Environment" (Does HP have its own version of Linux? What distro is HP using?)
As I posted earlier in reply to another comment, in a lot of cases, HP will attempt to bundle its http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP-UX with large hardware solutions. However, if we can assume that the original article was correct that it is a Linux distro then it would most likely be RedHat Enterprise, as that is HPs preferred partner.
I wrote these apps for Windows Mobile, I've writtten a couple for Android, I've even written some into specialized devices using basic GPS Dongles and cellular network access for triangulation.
Now that Apple is doing it, suddenly it's going to CHANGE THE WORLD (tm). Location-based services/applications along with advertising have been looked at before, they failed then, they will fail now. People don't want adverts on their phones, they don't want bluetooth spam or to be bombarded with "Hey, come and enjoy a Pizza half-price at Hungry Joe's" everytime they walk past a pizza restaurant.
The article is poorly written, lacking in experience or significant research into previous implementations and sings the praises of Apple combining their award-winning expertise with this amazing new tech to change the marketplace forever.
Pass me a bucket, mine is full already.
See working video of it here
I hope this isn't indicative of the general opinion that is being bred into today's society.
McDonalds are a business that relies on a appeal to families as well as adult customers. Restricting the service like this promotes their own policies as a kid-friendly establishment (ignoring for now their impact on the growth of obesity and unhealthy lifestyles), one of their major requirements as a business. If they are seen to be promoting the freedom to surf porn within their premises then they lose this reputation as kid-friendly. Gone are the families and in come the nerdverts.
Just because they restrict, monitor and flag material that they, or their customers may find offensive (before possibly even passing it onto local authorities) does not make them evildoers, stealing your freedom and liberty. If you are currently employed then don't you think that this is happening in your workplace? Don't you think if they wanted to, people could (and in some cases do) monitor your usage at home already? Ignorance is bliss.
The question that should be asked is: Are McDonalds making their patrons aware that they must adhere to these policies when using this service (ToS, T&Cs)?
"He sent an e-mail to his principal saying, 'look what I have,'" DeFeciani [District spokeswoman] said. "That was at 1 [p.m.] Tuesday and within two hours we knew who he was."
When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt. -- Henry J. Kaiser