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Comment Re:As a blackberry user, I don't need a crystal ba (Score 1) 262

Apple also doesn't have a dead dog in the race, with frequent outages of service due to a single point of email and message failure controlled by their proprietary network. Apple also innovated the hell out of their products. RIM has not done this. It's a "me too" effort at best, and not a very good one.

Outside of organizations married to its corp-friendly proprietary nonsense, RIM has zero reputation right now.

As a developer, I wouldn't spare a thought towards porting my applications to that platform. It's a non-starter.

Submission + - Netflix makes up their mind a little too late. (

digitallystoned writes: "Netflix has decided to give up the Qwikster brand and keep it all in house.. Funny, they make this decision after losing Starz On Demand, raising the prices on DVD and streaming plans, and actually enforcing a streaming limit. Can't they learn from the Facebook community that change isnt always a good thing?"

Submission + - Beware of the iCloud (

mvar writes: Network World has an article about Apple's iCloud service claiming that, as experts say, it could be an IT security professional's nightmare.

  iCloud's functionality will be very tightly integrated with both Apple devices and third-party applications. For example, app developers could use the iCloud to store data such as high scores and in-game credits, without having to set up their own Web services. Users would be automatically signed in the minute they opened the app — no need to create new user accounts for each game or application.

Then there's this scenario. You're at your office Mac, working on a sensitive company document. Now, there's a copy of the document automatically pushed to your iPad, which a family member borrowed and took to Starbucks. There's a copy on your home Macbook, which your teenager is using. Oh, and there's a copy on your iPhone, which you just left in a cab. ICloud raises serious questions in terms of what Apple plans to do to deliver a secure experience, and what enterprises need to do to protect sensitive corporate data.


Submission + - HP should sell its PC business to save it (

packetrat writes: Hewlett Packard may not be in danger as a company, but its future in the PC business is in doubt, thanks to former CEO Leo Apotheker's maneuvers to turn HP into IBM. This article at Ars says that Meg Whitman should go ahead and sell off the PC business--mostly because HP's management is so inept, it would likely do better without them. Agilent seems to be doing okay since it was spun off in 1999, but HP may have spun off its soul in the process.

Submission + - Astronauts as Alien Life Hunters? (

astroengine writes: "Ever since the last NASA space shuttle mission touched down in Florida on July 21, there has been a spirited debate in articles and blogs across the Internet over the future of humans in space. Everyone seems to be asking: What's the point of spending shedloads of cash getting mankind into space when robots can do it at a fraction of the cost? Well, pending any great (and unexpected) advance in robotics, our adaptability in space may be our biggest asset. Ultimately, the hunt for extraterrestrial life may need an astronaut to physically push deeper into space."

Submission + - Did ICE 'Pirate' Its Anti-Piracy PSA? (

An anonymous reader writes: You may have seen that the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security has been seizing domain names. When it eventually takes over those domain names permanently, it replaces the seizure notice with a YouTube video. Some people noticed that the YouTube video was just a recut video that New York City was using. Since the whole point of the video is that people who work on films have to get paid, Techdirt wondered how much ICE paid for the video. After asking both NYC and ICE and receiving no responses, Techdirt filed some Freedom of Information Act requests. While they turned up that the videos were actually owned by NBC Universal (though neither government entity publicly admits that it's running NBC Universal propaganda films as its own), ICE appears to have no evidence that it properly licensed the videos or that it paid anyone involved in the making of the videos. Since the original video, featuring comedian Tom Papa, claims that "there's no such thing as a free movie" to define "piracy," is it possible that the federal government "pirated" this anti-piracy video?

Submission + - Google Dart unveiled: Farewell, JavaScript (

MrSeb writes: "After waiting for more than a month, Google has unveiled its mysterious Dart programming language... and you're going to kick yourself for getting so preemptively excited. Dart is a new programming language that looks like Java, acts a lot like Java, runs inside a virtual machine (VM) like Java... but ominously, it also has a tool that converts Dart code into JavaScript. Language-wise, its features are unlikely to knot your panties: there are classes and interfaces, it is optionally typed (you can switch between untyped prototype code to an enterprise app with typing), the syntax is very lackluster, there's a very strong concurrency model, and Google is promising lots of juicy libraries that can be leveraged by developers. Basically, the language isn't meant to be exciting: in Google's own words, it's designed to be "familiar and natural" — and indeed, if you write Java or C# code, Dart will probably feel very approachable.

So, why Dart? JavaScript has flaws that can not be fixed, according to Google. With the cross compiler, Big G won't even require cooperation from Mozilla and Microsoft..."


Submission + - OpenStack Eyes 'Extreme Scale' in Upgrade (

alphadogg writes: OpenStack developers have updated the project's open-source cloud software with a new graphical interface and a unified authentication-management system. One goal behind the update is to "make OpenStack easier to use and administer," said Jonathan Bryce, chairman of the OpenStack Project Policy Board. "And we've continued to improve for extreme scale" to enable OpenStack to accommodate "tens of thousands" of servers, he added, noting that "other options out there aren't really considering that scale." Overall, this release — named Diablo — will include over 70 new features and enhancements, a number of which address the goal of massive scalability. A new distributed scheduler will deploy virtual machines anywhere in the system, and a new multicluster container sync feature can replicate data across different remote clusters. Developed by NASA for its Nebula cloud project, OpenStack open-source software runs large cloud installations. So far, it has been downloaded over 50,000 times.

Use the Force, Luke.