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Comment Based on incorrect information (Score 3, Informative) 29

As always with Blackberry stories this news is based on incorrect information. According to Crackberry the Senate was informed that the Blackberry Classic phone, which does run BBOS10 is being discontinued not all phones running the BBOS10 operating system. Blackberry is continuing to update the operating system with a new version 3.3 in the final release now.

Comment Why all this hatred is focussed on Blackberry? (Score 1) 144

I'm not sure why all this is on Blackberry when they are just following what a lawful court ordered. After all even with Apple strenuously resisting in the San Bernadino terrorist case the FBI still hacked into the phone with private help. Shouldn't the vitriol be focused on the government that ordered this infringement of liberties? After all Snowden's leaks have illustrated that no one is safe if the government wants to get into your phone and your business.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 4, Insightful) 175

CPU,GPU,OS, ??? That is not an answer to the question. Sure these things change over time, sometimes improving. Phone features also go backwards from time to time. No removable storage, No replaceable battery. These are part of a trend to planned obsolescence that manufacturers use to force consumers to buy new phones and recycle or discard the old one. Truly a tragedy given the nature of scarce non renewable resources like rare earths from third world countries with broken governments.
But fundamentally this misses the point. As long as a phone, computer or other device continues to serve the need that it was intended to serve I see no need in replacing it.

Comment Re:Yeah, it was security that motivated them... (Score 1) 152

From Wikipedia "The product was originally developed in the early 1980s by Canadian company Quantum Software Systems, later renamed QNX Software Systems and ultimately acquired by BlackBerry in 2010.[1] QNX was one of the first commercially successful microkernel operating systems[citation needed] and is used in a variety of devices including cars[2] and mobile phones."
So ... not developed in a short span of a few years.

BB10 has FIPS 140-2 certification

"The company said its BlackBerry 10 platform has received the FIPS 140-2 certification that would allow government agencies to deploy the devices, along with the new enterprise management platform on which they run, as soon as the new smartphones are launched.

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM said this is the first time BlackBerry products have been FIPS certified ahead of launch".


Comment Re:NO and CO are toxins? (Score 1) 228

==>"Two-stroke engine leaf blowers mix fuel with oil and don't undergo a complete combustion, emitting a number of toxins, like carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide, which their operators inevitably inhale."

    Nitrous Oxide ? I get that at the dentist office. I think that they mean Nitric Oxide and Nitrogen Dioxide as components of incomplete combustion.

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