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Comment Re:Uhmm...BlewBerry? (Score 2, Insightful) 278

Blackberry was killed by their failure to upgrade their infrastructure.

Do you guys remember when they lost all emails, not once but TWICE in a matter of a week? That was what got businesses to say "oh shit, this isn't something we can depend on" and get other phones working. I'll bet that they're still running all their services through that same fucked up server in Ontario, despite the failure they've had on the unit.

Once that seed of doubt got planted, compounded by the fact that people could start using their personal phones (i.e. free to corporate) for business, that was it. Stick a fork in them, they're done. The one thing they said they were good for they couldn't do anymore.

Of course, given that they were hilariously spied-on and infiltrated (not as much, but almost as badly as Nortel), who's to say if those failures were accidents or if they were pushed?

Comment IOMMU (Score 4, Informative) 125

Yes, when I saw this I thought that this was a reason to make motherboard IOMMUs a security feature. Also, the DMA destination memory pages should not have the executable bit turned on. Recent generations of Intel/AMD CPUs have provided the ability to turn that bit off.

Comment Re:Piracy rationalizations in 3... 2... 1... (Score 5, Insightful) 348

I preordered Iron Man 3 on BR. It wasn't shipping yet, so I downloaded a copy.

What the fuck was their problem with making me wait to watch a movie I enjoyed with my kids?

They could just as easily sell the movies at the theatre. But they don't. It's still all about the buggy whips.

Comment Re:I wish it weren't so (Score 1) 621

This particular problem really irks me. My brother-in-law, who is otherwise a sensible and brilliant guy, let's his seven-year-old play these violent games. My child, also the same age, is not allowed to play them. I have a very hard time explaining to my child why his cousin can play these games, but he can't.

I tell my kids "different houses have different rules". Works great.

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