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Comment Re:Fucking idiots (Score 1) 1532

Um, I think the budget has now become a political nuclear weapon. Until the Tea Party can be excised from the GOP and forced to run its own merits (or, to put it another way, disappears into oblivion), this will continue. When maniacs like Cruz have sufficient clout to fuck up budget negotiations, you know the lunatics truly have taken over the asylum.

Comment Re:As Henry Ford said... (Score 1) 278

Blackberry has made lots of phones with keyboards. There is nearly a billion dollars in inventory, much of it with keyboards, and they can't move that inventory.

The keyboard didn't just become hard to find, it fell completely out of fashion.

Comment Re:"We believed we knew better what customers need (Score 3, Insightful) 278

Blackberry's problem was that it didn't even think about average consumers. It had enterprise offerings, concentrated on the market, not realizing that there is a positive feedback loop between what you use at home and what you use in the office. By the time it figured out that iPhone had gained penetration in the enterprise precisely because people wanted to use the same device at the office that they used at home, they had lost their momentum.

Comment Re:"We believed we knew better what customers need (Score 5, Interesting) 278

Indeed. The problem is deeper than daring to assume one knew better than the customer what the customer wanted. The failure, I think, was that Blackberry had boxed themselves into a corner by marketing themselves as a business solution. Fundamentally it was a failure of marketing. Apple's genius isn't really the devices or the operating system, though they're pretty well done, but rather in being able to use that acumen to guide customer choices. As much as we all like to think we're driven strictly by utilitarian requirements, the fact is that people like shiny bobbles over dull functional ones.

In many respects the first iPhone didn't have much to offer over your average Blackberry, but it looked cool, and more importantly, was built on top of hte marketing and technology of the iPod. Apple already had a leg up in having produced a killer device and knew how to extend that to the smartphone. Basically, the Blackberry become the staid competitor, functional to be sure, but lacking the "hip" factor. It became like a snowball for Apple. More customers meant more developers, more developers meant bigger app store, bigger app store meant more customers.

You still see the Crackberry types not getting it. They talk about things like real keyboards, about BES and other enterprise tools. They all became irrelevant, particularly when Apple licensed ActiveSync, completely undermining the whole enterprise justification for Blackberry. Now you could connect to your Exchange email and calendar. Sure, maybe it wasn't quite as nifty as the BB one, but it didn't matter. iOS became like many successful technologies; good enough for certain tasks to eliminate any particular handicap from lack of complete functionality.

Microsoft has suffered a similar fate with its mobile offerings. Too late to the party, wrongheaded marketing that indicates that not only the engineers and dev teams don't get what customers want, but neither does the marketing team.

Android's route to success has been somewhat different. Rather than trying to out-hip Apple, Google has managed to get Android on everything from high end smartdevices right down to bargain basement devices. By seizing the low-end, it has gained massive penetration.

Blackberry and Microsoft simply don't have a lot of room to smack into the market, and for Blackberry, that really doesn't have any other product besides its phones and BES, there isn't any other monster divisions to keep the whole show afloat until there is some penetration.

Comment Re:Is there really any point to this? (Score 1) 326

I can't speak to any other province, but here in BC we have Pharmacare, which sets up limits to what any person will pay for meds, and it is means tested. In other words, a person making $100k per year will have a higher ceiling than someone making $25k per year. There are also provisions, though you have to obviously prove it, for emergency coverage of drugs. This often kicks in when you suffer a catastrophic illness and require very expensive meds.

Comment Re:Maybe the CO2 is keeping us warm.... (Score 1) 324

The report doesn't suppress anything. the "slow down" is nothing more than cherrypicking because 1998 was the warmest on record up to that point. In other words, take the same reading from 1996 or 1997 and your claim of slow down goes away.

The only coverup here is the Koch Brothers have a bunch of fucking retards like you repeating their lies for them. What's worse, a liar, or a moron like you who just repeats lies?

Comment Re:90 days waiting room, costs $1,000 - $1,300 /mo (Score 1) 326

The US spends more on health care as a portion of GDP than pretty much any other industrialized country on the planet. Ponder that as you denigrate a public system and pump your fists for the US "model".

All I know is that I didn't go bankrupt even when faced with my wife's serious cancer and my own concurrent lay off.

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