Apple Has An App For Calling In Air Strikes

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  1. ThomasJL macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20100930.aspx

    Shame on you, Apple. Shame on you. The billions of dollars you were making by selling iPods to ordinary consumers wasn't enough for you? You needed more money by selling your iPods as killing devices, as well as developing apps for killing, which you 100% know will inevitably result in the deaths of many innocent civilian men, women, and children?
     
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    OMG, Apple, you'll let iPhone's drop bombs but won't let them show pr0n. That, is the real tragedy here.
     
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  4. ThomasJL thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, a small child lying in a pool of his own blood while crying hysterically and looking in horror at his intestines on the floor beside him... That is OK by Apple's standards, but porn is indecent.

    Shame on you, $teve Job$.
     
  5. Shivetya macrumors 65816

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    cry me a river, your hyperbole runs over.

    I guess they should have jail broken the phones instead.
     
  6. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

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    The US military is a well paying customer, Apple probably gets tax breaks too, corporations exist to make money

    It doesn't hurt Apple when the military buys iPod Touches for most of its troops giving it major inroads, after all iToys exist to sell Macs (and make a tidy profit themselves)


    Surgical Airstrikes? There's an App for that!
     
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    I just emailed my cousin and apparently he has been using this, his job is calling in the rain
     
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    Um.

    So what's your stance on any other company selling to the military?

    Or devices popular with terrorists. 'Damn you Casio for making an easy to adapt wrist watch!'

    I'm sure there are plenty of porn companies with enterprise agreements with porn apps deployed to their corporate users iPhones.

    The apps that the US Military has developed would never be passed to the App Store, so your crappy little argument means nothing.
     
  10. MyDesktopBroke macrumors 6502

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    If carrying around an iPhone instead of clunky radio equipment improves a soldiers ability to move quickly and avoid enemy fire, I'm all for it. The army's going to call in airstrikes no matter what. This just makes it safer for our soldiers.
     
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    Good point :)
     
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    This is the Army's program:

    In other words it looks like the military is driving the train. Apple is allowing access to their devices that normal developers do not receive.

    IMHO it's good for Apple and it's good for the military. :)

    Well said.

    Then again, I might be a little biased. :)
     
  13. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

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    It's a win for everyone except Taliban/Terroists and that's the way we like it
     
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    Definitely agree with you on this.
     
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    ???

    I can't tell if your serious or not...

    God forbid a company helps our troops....
     
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    They need to give some away to the terrorists, so they might GPS their asses into the next life.
     
  17. ThomasJL thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Apple's "Think Different" humanitarian posturing

    Does anyone remember Apple's pretentious "Think Different" advertisements, which featured pictures of staunchly anti-war figures such as Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lennon, Muhammad Ali, and Mahatma Gandhi? Do you think those men would be happy about Apple selling products that they 100% know will inevitably maim and kill innocent men, women, and children? Also, do you think those men would have been happy that their images were used in ads used by such a company?
     
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    I take it you think PR is a serious thing.
     
  19. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    hmm...last time I checked Apple wasn't a peace advocating organization. :cool:

    Anyway's this sound's like one of the small steps Jobs is hoping to add up to taking marketshare from the PC's. Traditionally, this stuff would be done on something like a Panasonic Toughbook. Though I do think the Toughbook is more "Marine Proof" than an iPhone, but I guess there's a compactness and easy to use interface aspect about it. And maybe they can use waterproof iBattleSkin. Though I would imagine that the military uses special wireless communications rather than the commercial bands, etc. Maybe it's a step toward partnership to develop a military iPod version...which can replace some of the PocketPC things I've seen in military pictures. Not sure what extent the WinCE devices are used in bombing though.

    It's not about "decency". Because the iPod is marketed majorly to "family friendly" sectors, they have to block porn so that parents won't think twice before giving it to kids. As long as you can't shoot missles your self with it, no one cares about "pools of blood" so it won't affect potential sales other than perhaps a few hardcore hippie types.

    Don't hold your breath. If they've hacked phones to explode IED's they (or theoretical Iranian allies) will be able to hack an iPhone into something similar...if they haven't done so already. ;)

    Einstein may be anti-war, but he still chooses sides. If it wasn't for him the US may have never developed the atom bomb. It was his letter to the President that initiated the timeline to the Atomic age.
     
  20. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Pentagon comes to Apple and says we'd like to do this or that with your products, it's a matter of national security. As if Apple is even in the position to refuse.
     
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    I'm no doctor, but I'm pretty sure any kid looking at their intestines would probably be dead already.
     
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    So all those PCs the military use, running Windows/Linux/OS X, the telecoms companies making portable field telephones and so on ad infinitum are all bad by your logic?

    GPS is a military technology. Used it?
     
  23. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    Dude. The INTERNET is millitary technology. Just too bad we didn't get what the taxpayers actually payed for...killing Russians! :D
     
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    Big deal...there's been sniper calculator apps for a while now...to the OP...I guess you think anyone who works anywhere that produces things for the military is evil too? :rolleyes: I bet there's a few million evil employees in the US then...

    -J.-
     
  25. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    RL is not like in the movies. There's no such thing as good and evil. There's only money! ;)
     

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