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Comment: Depends on if it is in aggregate. (Score 5, Insightful) 93

by captaindomon (#46791293) Attached to: How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash
Will they care? It all depends on the data being shared is in aggregate. I don't care if people know that the average person in my city walks a thousand steps a day, and that still has a lot of value for health care companies, and I'm happy to contribute to that. I *DO* care if they know the details about me *individually*. There is a big difference.

Comment: Price of prosthetics (Score 1) 91

The outrageous price of prosthetics from traditional medical companies is due to inelasticity of demand (the medical insurance company usually pays for them, not the consumer, and fingers are important) and also willingness to pay (for the percentage copays, the patient is happy to pay their portion normally because fingers are important to have). This is an economics issue, folks, not a materials engineering issue.

Comment: Re:FDA scrutiny still gets Windows BSOD on devices (Score 1) 130

by captaindomon (#44942531) Attached to: FDA Will Regulate Some Apps As Medical Devices
This may sound silly, but it is also very important to report the issue to the device manufacturer, if you can. The FDA sets very strict rules on how companies have to handle feedback they receive from you, so your feedback will be taken very seriously. IANAL etc.

+ - BlackBerry Confirms 4,500 Job Cuts, Warns of $950 Million Loss->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Today BlackBerry announced that it expects its quarterly net operating losses to be somewhere between $950 million and $995 million. It also confirmed earlier reports that it would be cutting 4,500 jobs, roughly 40% of its total workforce. 'The loss is mainly the result of a write-off of unsold BlackBerry phones, as well as $72 million in restructuring charges. The company said that it would discontinue two of the six phones it currently offers.' According to the press release BlackBerry is going to 'refocus on enterprise and prosumer market.' 'The failure of the BlackBerry 10 line of phones quickly led to speculation that the company, like Palm before it, would be broken apart and perhaps gradually disappear, at best lingering as little more than a brand name.'"
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+ - BlackBerry Says It Will Cut 40% of Workforce, Revenues to Plummet

Submitted by Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto (2913427) writes "BlackBerry dealt a blow to its employees and investors Friday, announcing it would slash 40 percent of its workforce, with its revenues expected to fall by roughly half the level they were a year ago. The rumor mill was going fast and furious earlier this week with speculation of a 40% cut that has now turned out to be true. The company's Z10 is far from the silver bullet to turn its fortunes around. And with $2.6 billion in the bank with cash and short-term securities, it's quickly running out of time to find a buyer."

Comment: Pride (Score 5, Insightful) 139

by captaindomon (#44541603) Attached to: BlackBerry Officially Open To Sale
Proverbs 16:18: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. This was BlackBerry's issue - they thought they were the king, and that they didn't need to listen to the market. "You don't need a camera. That's crazy talk", "Nobody will accept a touch keyboard", "No other devices will gain corporate acceptance", "Employers will always make the choice for employees" etc etc. It's been one long "we know what you want better than you do" at BlackBerry.

"An entire fraternity of strapping Wall-Street-bound youth. Hell - this is going to be a blood bath!" -- Post Bros. Comics