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Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

ArhcAngel Re:Hints (74 comments)

lets the magic smoke out of the storage and ram chips

You had the same electronics theory professor I did!

5 days ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

ArhcAngel Re:Riiiiight. (233 comments)

You are correct. However Apple developed the CarPlay spec with QNX's assistance. Basically Apple copied the MirrorLink API and made their own version but they had to make sure QNX had a CarPlay plugin since the majority of cars today run on QNX. So to dismiss the QNX base is to deny that without QNX's help CarPlay would still be a concept instead of a shipping product. While the phone is handling the interface QNX is still coordinating the connection. Ford is likely switching to QNX at least partly to get CarPlay into their cars.

about two weeks ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

ArhcAngel Re: Riiiiight. (233 comments)

You're confusing the kernel with the windows manager. QNX runs the car. It links the engine and transmission to the cabin A/C and anything electronic. Without QNX the car will have a hard time starting/running. The Auto maker works with QNX and other third parties to develop a proprietary UX which is why you never knew the Audi, Volvo, BMW, Chrysler, etc. you were driving was running QNX. Apple is partnered with QNX on CarPlay. So it makes sense that Ford wants the added compatibility QNX will bring.

about two weeks ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

ArhcAngel Re:Riiiiight. (233 comments)

I've heard from people who work with QNX that it has plenty of bugs.

Well that settles it then! QNX is total crap.
That's why over 50% of the cars rolling off the assembly line today come with it installed.

I prefer the philosophy of right tool for the job. And QNX for now is the best choice for auto makers. I use Linux where it makes sense and when AGL matures it might become the best tool for the job. But don't expect auto makers to jump on it if they can't control it.

about two weeks ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

ArhcAngel Re:Riiiiight. (233 comments)

The confusion stems from thinking of QNX as the radio (infotainment system) instead of the vehicle control system. Past generations of automobiles separated the two but on modern cars they are integrated. QNX is used to control the entire electronic system including all the sensors on the engine and transmission, the cruise control, the intrusion detection system, as well as the cabin A/C. They all work in concert. That is why Android auto and CarPlay both run atop of QNX. Something Apple and Google downplay. QNX is sold a la cart. OEM's can purchase just the kernel or a whole host of off the shelf plugins that provide a very robust drop in ecosystem. Ford's MySync system runs atop Windows CE (Windows Embedded Compact) and the complaints from customers was it was just too slow. After years of trying to get the responsiveness they wanted they have finally admitted Windows Embedded Compact just isn't the ideal platform for their cars.

about two weeks ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

ArhcAngel Re:sync unintuitive (233 comments)

I own a 2013 Ford and a 2014 Jeep. The U-Connect system is light years ahead of the Sync system but the Sync system's voice control works better IMO. I can attest to the unintuitive nature of the settings on the Sync system. Pairing your Bluetooth device is indeed a challenge.

about two weeks ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

ArhcAngel Its just practice (190 comments)

The botnet architects are just honing their skills for next years Turing competition.

about two weeks ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

ArhcAngel Obligatory (100 comments)

Obligatory HaHa

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

ArhcAngel Re:I've never had a background check (720 comments)

But as a sole proprietorship if you get sued you can lose everything you own. A LLC buffers you from them taking your personal assets. Of course we all say why would I ever be sued? I do great work. Then you encounter someone who makes their living off of suing. I wouldn't risk it.

about three weeks ago
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Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's Startup Garage

ArhcAngel Re:More important garage (77 comments)

We're talking about the importance of garages. Does IBM have a garage? Does IBM have a Function Generator that plays the Halleluiah Chorus? I didn't think so! Who said I had to have a point anyway? THIS IS /.!

about three weeks ago
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Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's Startup Garage

ArhcAngel More important garage (77 comments)

If it hadn't been for the hp garage there might not have been the tech to make the Apple garage possible.

about three weeks ago
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Openwashing: Users and Adopters Beware

ArhcAngel Re:Debian rejectsGame due to authors opinion on wo (96 comments)

Is the code sound? Does the program work? Just because you don't like the programmer it shouldn't disqualify his code. Before calling someone scuzzy perhaps some alone time in the mirror is in order.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

ArhcAngel Stereotypical Archetypes (488 comments)

Let's set aside the bulk of OSS users are by and large oblivious to what OSS even is and focus on those that do and are not programmers. A good portion of those see programmers as old fart *nix self proclaimed messiahs or fast and loose hothead control freaks because about the only time they actually get to see the programmers in nature is when they are fighting over VI and Emacs or Init and Systemd. Would you want to work with you?

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

ArhcAngel Re:Bah hah hah (120 comments)

Yet again you fail to see the bigger picture. BlackBerry phone sales aren't where the company makes money. They make it on MDM and EMM offerings which are subscription based thus the subscriber base numbers. When BES only supported BB devices phone sales were crucial for them. Now that BES 12 supports iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices phone sales are a secondary concern. They really don't need to be #1, 2, or 3 in phone sales to make money as long as they continue to grow their MDM business...which, despite rumors to the contrary, they are doing. In fact they just entered into a partnership with Samsung to integrate the Knox security platform into the BES system to enhance Android security.

Jon Chen knows BlackBerry addicts love their QWERTY based devices and he will continue to build those phones to keep the faithful but he is a businessman and not an idealist like Lazrdis or Balsillie. He won't hesitate to cut off a limb if it is toxic to the company.

about a month ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

ArhcAngel Re:Bah hah hah (120 comments)

They blinked, and went from #1 to ... well, mostly irrelevant.

Put in perspective this comment is irrelevant.
When BB was #1 (~March 2007) Their subscriber base was less than 10 million. In 2012 when their market share percentage (percentage is the keyword here) had "eroded" to nothing their subscriber base was 80 million yet everyone had already written them off. You see the market for smart phones expanded quicker than BlackBerry but they were still growing year over year until 2013. BlackBerry is the BSD of cell phones. Netcraft confirms it! You can be angry at them for "caving" all you want. They are a business and if they can't do business they are no longer a company. Just ask Aereo.

about a month ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

ArhcAngel Re:Bah hah hah (120 comments)

What part of everybody else caved first didn't you comprehend? By your logic AT&T is to be commended for bending over first and not even trying to protect your privacy. Can you name a carrier that hasn't "caved"?

about a month ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

ArhcAngel Re:If your product is any good... (120 comments)

Sunce when did BlackBerry become a carrier?

1999 when they launched their first two way pager. Their BIS network is deployed worldwide.

about a month ago

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ArhcAngel ArhcAngel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ArhcAngel writes "My stepson's laptop was stolen recently and the person who stole it knew exactly where to look. I'm pretty sure he is acquainted with the person who stole it and they go to college together. My question for /. is since I have the MAC address of the laptop and I know where the kid goes to school is there a way to have the college IT dept. flag that MAC address when it hits the schools network? Has anyone ever done something similar and what kind of help or hindrance was the IT dept. in assisting in this kind of request?"

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