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Comment: Re:Looks like some editorializing by the submitter (Score 1) 87

by kamapuaa (#47699919) Attached to: Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit

BlackBerry Ltd. has created a new business unit that will combine some of its most innovative technology and patent portfolio as the company focuses away from handheld devices[....]

Independent technology analyst Carmi Levy said the new unit reinforces the fact that Blackberry's days primarily as a handset vendor are behind it as it moves "very aggressively" toward a different business. "This is probably the most tangible evidence yet of the company's transition into something very different than it was even a year or two ago," Levy said.

Comment: Re:Bribery and corruption (Score 1) 539

by kamapuaa (#47699557) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Over the years, there's been several articles on Slashdot about the problems involved with transitioning to Linux, which is like FOX news talking about problems with unregulated assault rifles. There's been constant cost overrruns, the transition has been far behind schedule, and I'd say a better take is "possible, but not a good idea." As a model, it hasn't been widely copied by other municipalities around the world, despite Linux becoming a much better, well-known, and practical system over the past 11 years.

Comment: Re:A complaint (Score 1) 206

I had a friend who was a lawyer working at Cisco, him and the other lawyers had essentially no work to do and spent their time playing card games. After half a year they lost their jobs. Good. That is how the system is supposed to work. Eventually my friend found a job where he did use his skills, training. It wouldn't have made sense for Cisco to teach him how to install routers, and he wouldn't have been interested in that anyway. He didn't get a job with Cisco expecting lifetime employment.

Sucks to get layed off, but companies don't owe us jobs, and we don't owe the company our lifetime dedication, and it's pretty well understood in the Silicon Valley and really all of the US.

Comment: Re:That kinda sucks (Score 2) 172

by kamapuaa (#47605199) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Minidisc and ATRAC pre-date MP3 as a format (1992 v 1995), so of course they didn't use the MP3 standard. Sony released MP3 players in the 90s, and while the software did indeed suck, it wasn't because of DRM. It didn't allow you to copy from MP3 player to computer, but that's not really a thing people want to do.

Anyway, the idea that they could leverage their movie holdings counters the idea that using an established standard as a format would have helped them. If they have large holdings, the only way to leverage that would be to restrict these large holdings to a Sony-only format. Similarly, Sony owns the company that makes Uncharted, they makes games in a Sony-exclusive format. If they owned the company that made Uncharted, and then had them design games in some open gaming format that would work on any gaming system, that would not help Sony's hardware division.

Comment: Re:non military space agreement?? (Score 2) 150

by kamapuaa (#47600829) Attached to: Japan To Launch a Military Space Force In 2019

It's de facto exactly the same. In the case of a war, any sort of informal treaty with Russia would have been forgotten and we would have taken out the other's space based assets. Of course. It's not like "they're raining death down on us from above...but we're powerless to stop them! We have an informal treaty!"

And certainly China doesn't believe it could "win" a conflict with the US. And the US military procedures and military systems are designed with the idea that GPS may become unavailable (anyway, GPS signal can simply be jammed).

Comment: Re:And... (Score 1) 135

by kamapuaa (#47590977) Attached to: Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

Maybe you ran into a guy who did that, but TMobile promotes it pretty well on their stores and their web page, and before they had iphones they had radio ads encouraging people to just use an unlocked iphone.

I looked into prices for my wife and I, and even without the subsidized phone (and using expensive phones paid off per the month) TMobile was substantially cheaper than AT&T or Verizon. For a family of four, AT&T becomes cheapest, with its family plans.

You could say that all the different prices and contracts and deals makes comparison between companies more difficult than it should be, but that doesn't make TMobile more expensive.

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