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Comment: Re:Money how? (Score 1) 76

by MightyMartian (#48470551) Attached to: BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

If Microsoft, with orders of a magnitude more cash available to burn is finding it almost impossible to break the Android-iOS duopoly, I'm thinking BB's chances of making a comeback sufficient to create a third player in the market are somewhat on the same order of a extrasolar comet flying into the solar system, slingshoting around Jupiter, hooking off Neptune, doing four orbits of the sun before being captured for three orbits by Saturn, being flung at Earth, breaking up under the Moon's gravitational pull and a one inch piece flying to earth severing John Chen's left testicle as he takes a leak.

Comment: Re:Bah hah hah (Score 1) 76

by MightyMartian (#48470469) Attached to: BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550


Our staff's Android and iOS devices all hook into Exchange and can use its address book, all via SSL connections. Maybe BB is a bit more feature rich, but having to run BES as an integrator between BB devices and an Exchange server is a resource-hungry pain in the ass. ActiveSync does the job well enough.

Comment: Re:Not enough (Score 2) 76

by MightyMartian (#48470445) Attached to: BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

They're thinking "Hmmm, do we hand this mountain of cash we're still sitting on back to the shareholders and close up shop, or do we spend that cash frivolously on doomed loss leaders schemes and executive salaries?"

I think you can probably guess at the answer. But really, anyone still holding BB stock at this point is staking more of a religious position than a business one. Anyone with any interest in meaningfully profitable investment strategies dumped BB a long time ago.

The next stage, I'm presuming, is for BlackBerry to turn into SCO and start trying to extort license fees from Android manufacturers and Apple.

Comment: Re:Money how? (Score 3, Insightful) 76

by MightyMartian (#48470425) Attached to: BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

They have virtually no sales, but a huge amount of cash from their halcyon days. Rather than simply hand that money back to investors and close shop, they've decided that a "flush it all down the toilet" strategy is in order.

I get that they're trying to do the loss leader game, but if this is successful, BB will be out of pocket a heap load of cash with little immediate benefit. If it isn't successful, then the stunt demonstrates they're fate is to be a bit player with a niche in keyboard smartphones, and no hopes of ever taking on Android and iOS devices.


Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case 125

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
Bennett Haselton writes A judge rules that a county has to turn over the IP addresses that were used to access a county mayor's Dropbox account, stating that there is no valid security-related reason why the IP addresses should be exempt from a public records request. I think the judge's conclusion about IP addresses was right, but the reasoning was flawed; here is a technically more correct argument that would have led to the same answer. Keep Reading to see what Bennett has to say about the case.

Comment: Re:Duh ... (Score 1) 163

by gstoddart (#48468325) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

There must be a revolving door between federal prosecutors and banks. If the prosecutors leave the banks alone or just fine them a couple of months profits, they will have a lucrative job waiting for them when they leave the government.

There's more truth to that than you might realize:

The people who have been setting government economic policy for the last two decades are usually drawn from the financial industry which almost destroyed the global economy.

So, the lying, cheating bastards who got us into this mess, are the lying, cheating bastards in charge of deciding what to do next.

At which point you more or less assume the whole system has been corrupted to be in the hands of the financial industry. Leaving them free to come up with more policies which favor them, and remove even more regulations which were intended to stop this stuff in the first place.

Which some of us will argue has been the intent for the last half century.

Because some people believe what is good for the crony-capitalists is good for society. Or, at least they believe if they can keep telling us that lie sooner or later it will be too damned late to do anything about it.

Comment: Re:Duh ... (Score 4, Insightful) 163

by gstoddart (#48468111) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Ten years ago I would have said you were a crank.

In all honesty, ten years ago I would have said I'm a crank.

But, the reality is, over the last bunch of years, we're seeing much more "victory at any costs" coming both from the legal system and the politicians. Facts and the law are secondary to agendas and posturing.

We're seeing more and more examples of "the law and your rights are too damned inconvenient so we're going to ignore them".

We see Federal law enforcement lying about their secret spying capacity and going to great lengths to conceal it.

We see those same entities writing a hand book for how to commit perjury to about where they got their evidence in order to get a conviction and gloss over some of the shadier bits about how they operate. Effectively it's a "how to frame someone we believe is guilty but didn't legally obtain the evidence".

The companies who caused the economic meltdown? Bailed out, and forgiven so we don't introduce any more instability, totally ignoring what amounted to billions of dollars worth of Ponzi schemes.

The legal system has been co-opted to serve the interests of commercial entities, who more or less write laws which governments pass for them.

And, increasingly, we see the governments of Western nations getting together to do this shit to all of us.

So, yeah ... not so long ago I would have been a crank. But, not so long ago, none of this stuff was real, it was the stuff of fiction.

I keep saying, what was fantastical fiction 10-15 years ago is commonplace. And if it keeps going that way, we're pretty much fucked.

In my mind, we've pretty much reached the point where the surveillance state being in partnership with (and in some cases working for) an oligarchy or corporations who don't give a shit about anything but their own profits, and who have the means to change and control anything which they find inconvenient.

It doesn't seem like there's enough tinfoil on the entire fucking planet to NOT end up sounding like a paranoid loon when you look at what's actually happening.

I'd like to go back to a nice normal "slightly crazy" like before. But the world doesn't seem like it's trending in that direction.

Comment: Duh ... (Score 5, Insightful) 163

by gstoddart (#48467665) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Prosecutors are no longer interested in evenly applying the law in a sane manner.

They're interested in high profile retribution which is intended to send a message which says "don't mess with us, or we'll do this to you".

And, somehow, at the CEO level when there's massive fraud and malfeasance ... absolutely nothing happens.

Because the justice system is dependent on how much money is in your bank account, and who your friends are.

Comment: Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (Score 3, Insightful) 366

by MightyMartian (#48467503) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Toxic to whom? Bill Clinton left office in 2000 with astonishingly good approval ratings, despite Gingrich's and Co's endless attempts to destroy him.

Now Hillary Clinton is no Bill Clinton, but I don't think the Clinton name in general is nearly as toxic as, say, the Bush name (although, in Jeb's defense, I don't think he's the mumbling bumbling alcohol-fried moron his brother is).

Disks travel in packs.