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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

ArhcAngel Re:Bah hah hah (116 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.

2 hours ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

ArhcAngel Re:Bah hah hah (116 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.

4 hours ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

ArhcAngel Re:Bah hah hah (116 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"?

12 hours ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

ArhcAngel Re:If your product is any good... (116 comments)

Sunce when did BlackBerry become a carrier?

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

yesterday
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

ArhcAngel Re:Money how? (116 comments)

microsoft should buy blackberry. MS has lots of marketing ability

Sure, I mean it worked so well when they bought Danger.

yesterday
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

ArhcAngel Re:Bah hah hah (116 comments)

It's amazing how a little information and a huge lack of understanding leads people to comment as if they are an authority on a matter they obviously do not understand. Let's focus on a key piece of information that virtually nobody understands when it comes to this story from India...This is about the wireless network not the phones! BlackBerry's BIS was/is a global network BlackBerry deployed to support its phones. Think of BIS as AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint for BlackBerry data. The wireless carriers in each country pay BlackBerry to jack into the BIS so they can support BlackBerry (BB OS 7 and earlier) phones on their network. Now all the carriers in India were already providing a direct link to the Indian government but because of BlackBerry's security focus they refused to provide access. They negotiated with the Indian government for over two years until the Indian government gave them an ultimatum. Give us access or lose all access to India. So to recap...the only reason you heard about it in the news is because BlackBerry fought to keep its network secure from the government whereas ALL other carriers happily complied without incident. This means no matter what device you use in India (or Saudi Arabia, or Russia, or any place else where the government insists on access) you are being monitored. However, if you happen to be connected to a BES the government does NOT have the keys and has no more access than they did prior to BlackBerry providing the keys to its BIS network.

yesterday
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

ArhcAngel I had no idea (262 comments)

I wasn't aware that Steam was written in Ruby.

yesterday
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

ArhcAngel Re:LOL ... (217 comments)

Thank you James Tiberius Kirk!

2 days ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

ArhcAngel Re:Zoosk will claim programmer error. (188 comments)

It's actually more likely user bamboozling. Since nobody on /. has a facebook account let me use a comparison you've likely run into.

Have you ever clicked a link to download software from one of the umpteen free file hosting sites and get greeted with a page full of ads and three or more links on the page that simply say download now? You have to decipher the page to determine which link/button on the page actually downloads the file you want. Have you ever just clicked the first download now link you saw and got something OTHER than what you were expecting? Or better yet it looked like the file you wanted but once you opened the file it was actually something else! Companies that live and die by their user numbers will do anything to inflate those numbers including tricking you into agreeing to opening an account and making it so easy you didn't even know you consented.

2 days ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

ArhcAngel UPS & Power Conditioner (233 comments)

I have my PC's connected to a local UPS and the UPS plugged into a power conditioner. The high cost of the power conditioner seems to have been recouped in the longevity of all my equipment. The US power grid has significant noise on the lines and that noise can wreak havoc on modern electronics. I have a 50" plasma TV that I bought in 2006. There are reviews all over the net about this particular unit dying prematurely. Mine is still going strong. Certainly not proof (correlation/causation and all that) but I'm not going to argue the results.

5 days ago
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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

ArhcAngel Re:Helium shortage (114 comments)

That's why they are using plutonium-239 in a micro-reactor to generate heat to keep the balloons aloft.

5 days ago
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Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

ArhcAngel new meaning (112 comments)

Gives new meaning to hookers and blow.

about a week ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

ArhcAngel Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (109 comments)

Wow! I had no idea the rubber boot business was so lucrative.

The world will always be full of politicians and bureaucrats so there will always be a need for hip waders.

about a week ago
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Popular Smartphones Hacked At Mobile Pwn2Own 2014

ArhcAngel Re:BlackBerry Z30 (52 comments)

The only problem is they gave the keys to the government of india.

Every carrier (this wasn't about the phone but the network) in India provides a back door to the Indian government. You only heard about BlackBerry because they fought it for two years. Until then most people weren't even aware (they still aren't) that BlackBerry is a global network carrier as well as a phone manufacturer.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

ArhcAngel Single source issues (91 comments)

Intel has flexed its near monopoly power heavily over the years. ARM licenses its tech and anybody can build compatible chips if they want. If I were an OEM I would be wary of giving Intel back control over my devices.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

ArhcAngel Re:Perfect Linux Application for .NET (525 comments)

What are you talking about? This was Microsoft's plan all along. SystemD is just Microsoft's version of the Registry for Linux. Now that they've gotten it implemented all the little Linux clients can be brought into the AD fold.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

ArhcAngel Re:Yeah, right... (459 comments)

Why don't you try a trip through Birmingham, Alabama

No need...The gang from Top Gear did it for him.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

ArhcAngel Re:Another Idiot Tempts the Fates (219 comments)

CIA? Naw they'll just grease the wheels of the local politicians to arrest that guy and deport him without due process. At least that's the way Kim Dotcom tells it.

about three weeks 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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