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Comment: Re:Money how? (Score 1) 118

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) 118

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 3, Insightful) 118

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) 118

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.

Comment: Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (Score 3, Insightful) 415

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).

Comment: Re:LMFTFY (Score 1) 628

by MightyMartian (#48459077) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Yes, because apparently technologies don't get developed from inefficient proof of principle prototypes through to efficient production units, but either spring forth fully developed or not at all.

Nuclear is certainly a good stop gate, but unless we come up with cheap fusion, fission has all sorts of problems; everything from finding fissile materials to getting rid of them.

Comment: Re:How much longer will Foxconn need Apple? (Score 1) 109

by macs4all (#48458859) Attached to: Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

Maybe I phrased it wrong. What I mean is: Apple is not really relying on best specs, best technology anymore. Just like Gucci doesn't have to come with totally new bag all the time. And that makes sense as they won't be able to be the best all the time.

Just as long as they are perceived to be the best by their loyal fanbase, they will do well. That's also why a smart watch (very much a fashion item) is so important to the lineup. Or white headbuds. It's all to build brand. It doesn't have to be the best, just perceived to be.

First off, thank you for your considered response; that's getting pretty rare around here... ;-)

Actually, Apple is almost never the "first" to employ a new technology or adopt a new standard. They actually shy away a bit from the "bleeding edge" (while still maintaining a cachet of "innovative" and "ahead of the curve").

What they are masters at is waiting until a technology/standard/product niche is getting popular (e.g., WiFi, Music Players, Small-form-factor Desktops, Netbooks, Smartphones) and then "re-imagining it" with a distinctive flair and usability-level that is consistently far above the pack.

Often, these improvements come with a "fit and finish" factor that is often mistaken for "Fashion for Fashion's sake" (Apple Watch notwithstanding. They freely admit to it being a "fashion accessory"); but actually just looks that way because the competition so often ignores the aesthetic appeal of good industrial design (how many creaky brittle plastic laptops have we all suffered?), or which have some bizarro Asian idea of "fashionable"? (Not picking on Asian product design; but it is just "different" from what most "Westerners" think looks "classy")...

But make no mistake: Along with the "classy" industrial design is real, solid product engineering, both hardware and software. And that is what seems to escape so many in the Slashdot crowd, who seem to almost universally seem to place price over value (and who seem to, at the same time, incredibly value the cost of their time at zero).

I get my "tinkering"-Jones satisfied by being an embedded developer; my computer is a tool, like my oscilloscope, various meters and my Zircon-encrusted tweezers, and I want my tools to "just work".

And in my nearly four decades as a professional embedded developer (software and hardware), Apple products deliver on that promise far more consistently (nothing's perfect!), both in and out of the lab, than what my non-Apple-oriented friends and colleagues seem to experience (which looks a lot like "suffering" to me).

And that, my friend, is the very height of "geek-chic"; at least to me.

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