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Comment Re:This makes me want to run out and get a Blackbe (Score 1) 137

<quote>Blackberries are still being made? Rather, are they still being sold?? I thought that they had a historical hold on corporate world -- and I thought that even that was pretty much gone</quote>

Yep, they used to have a stranglehold on the corporate world, mostly because the executives always had Blackberries (and absolutely loved them) and IT refused to support anything else.

Then the execs all got iOS devices and ditched their blackberries and told IT to support iOS devices (or look for a new job). Now iOS holds a huge part of the corporate world that Blackberry will never get back. That market is gone from Blackberry, forever - they just don't have it in them to make a superior device.

Saw exactly this thing happen at my office. Once the big cheeses got iPhones, it was game over for Blackberry. And having a BYOD policy/project so the company didn't need to buy people phones was great from a budget standpoint.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 5, Insightful) 424

You are absolutely, 100% correct. It was painfully obvious watching the behind the scenes footage that Lucas had been surrounded by a platoon of "Yes Men", rather than people who would give him honest feedback.

And here's the thing, I think that Lucas did have some really great ideas, but he also had some terrible ones. And without the filter to remove the terrible ones, you got a mashed-up mess.

Comment Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 291

Well, we still have to figure out a good way to get rid of coal fired power plants, that task alone is probably going to take a good chunk of those 80M people. If you had 80M people building windmills and solar-thermal plants you could get rid of coal worldwide in less than a generation, maybe even produce enough excess power to have everyone use a BEV. That would be a significant good to everyone on the planet and the primary reason we don't do it today is cost, but cost is just a way of measuring labor so if you have a bunch of available labor the cost should be reduced.

Comment Re:Then what are they going to do with the extra t (Score 1) 242

That was the last episode I watched of that series. If I wanted to watch an infomercial, I'd watch one. Having the characters gush about that damn car for most of the episode basically killed any interest I had in watching that show.

Then again, I now have Netflix, so I don't watch 'commercials'. Went over to my mom's recently and tried to watch broadcast TV. I turned that shite off after the first almost 5 minute 'break'. Just can't / won't deal with it anymore.

Comment Re:Not bad, but still not there (Score 1) 34

The A9 isn't that far ahead unless you want to focus only on single core metrics. The only metric with a significant margin is multicore FP and nobody really cares because you'll pass any tough FP off to the GPU and the 810 is already about 75% as fast as the A9 in Manhattan offscreen so doubling GPU performance would give it a significant lead (but that's not a given since I haven't seen anything about the GPU being double). This really shouldn't be a surprise since they're similar core architectures on the same process node with nearly the same transistor budget so performance shouldn't be drastically different.

Comment Re:OS/2 is still alive? (Score 1) 262

A little over 10 years ago I did a project for IBM where we took a PS/2 running OS/2 and a Netvista running Windows and replaced the HDD and doubled the ram in the Netvista and the new image ran OS/2 in MS VirtualPC 1.0. The client was a large mortgage originator and the cost to build and certify a replacement package in all 50 states was going to be into the 8 figure range so continuing to run OS/2 was by far the cheaper solution.

Comment Re:9,000 apps? (Score 2) 123

Yup, the financial services wing has been under-performing the manufacturing part of the company since 2007 and because of GE's size they were going to be labelled a systemic risk by the Fed which would have brought a huge amount of auditing and capital requirements that would have further dragged on the company.

Space is to place as eternity is to time. -- Joseph Joubert