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Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit

BBF_BBF Blackberry Android Phone with Physical Keyboard (89 comments)

Please, please, please. Pretty please with a cherry on top?

All the android makers have abandoned the high end keyboard phone. It's a niche that needs filling. It's not going to reinvigorate the handset side of the company, but would help pay some bills with minimal investment.

about a month ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

BBF_BBF In Western Culture, It wasn't his fault (127 comments)

You don't understand Asian culture, or Japanese culture in particular.

When one is "responsible" for something, even if one wasn't directly involved with the failure, the failure is attributed to EVERYONE responsible and is a major loss of "Face". It's especially bad in this case since it wasn't just an error, it was a planned deception by the lead researcher. So every project this person is associated with will now be "tainted"... (yeah, a bit different than Western culture) so pretty much his career would not advance any more.

Sure, suicide is a bit extreme, but in Japanese culture, as opposed to other Asian cultures, it's more common.

about a month and a half ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

BBF_BBF I Prefer Physical QWERTY Keyboards (544 comments)

The auto correction is ALWAYS messing up with my technical terms when I try to type on the google keyboard. I shouldn't HAVE to manually enter them into the dictionary, shouldn't the damn thing learn after 10+ corrections by me?

Also I noticed that typing while in landscape, with a physical keyboard phone, I can see 100% of the screen, with my new touch screen only phone, (yeah, I finally gave up on trying to find a decent slide out keyboard phone after my Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G started to eat batteries for breakfast and would take pause breaks for a few seconds at a time, and replaced it with a 4.3" touch screen only phone), the KitKat text entry dialog and virtual keyboard takes up the WHOLE screen... I can't see a thing from the original screen.

I can also type without looking down at the physical keyboard, I cannot do that with swyping. If I hit an "n" at the beginning of a word rather than "m" the predictive keyboard gets the word choices completely incorrect and I have to stab at the backspace virtual key, some times missing and getting a bunch of "l"s instead. That *never* happens with the physical keyboard.

Yeah, I'm one of the few that would pay $600 for a top spec slide out keyboard phone.

about a month and a half ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

BBF_BBF Re:Red Dwarf (701 comments)

No, no, no, it's "Goldfish soles nipping at my toes."

about 2 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

BBF_BBF Re:SPOON! (701 comments)

Same here... "Spoon!" would be my choice.... well maybe I'd use "Spork!" because "Spoon!" is the Tick's "go" phrase. ;-)

about 2 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

BBF_BBF Meh, Al Gore Proves It True. (710 comments)

Didn't need a study to tell me that people "most concerned" about climate change aren't necessarily the must frugal per-capita energy users.

Just look at Al Gore.
He's considered the biggest climate change advocate by many.

He probably uses more energy in his mansions than 99.9999% of the people in the world, let alone the energy jetting around everywhere. But of course his houses only use "clean" energy and all his jet travel is offset by purchasing carbon credits (most likely through clean energy and carbon credit trading companies he has shares in.)

about 2 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

BBF_BBF Re:$5k (875 comments)

You would think that just the scrap value would be more than $5g. Hell I got $200 for my lawn tractor.

You didn't RTFA didn't you... All a government agency has to do to obtain the equipment is to apply, get approved, then pay for shipping... those are the terms of the plan. (There are probably some other rules, but you get the picture.) The Sheriff's Office pretty much got the vehicle for free and paid $5000 for shipping costs.

about 3 months ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

BBF_BBF Depends if the "Idiot" is a Volunteer or Paid (255 comments)

In all situations, as a team leader, one has to find a use for the "village idiot" that as the article already states, that doesn't do more harm to the team. A sign of how "good" the team is, is how the individual members treat the well meaning, but incompetent, team member without guidance from the lead.

In a volunteer organization, it's imperative to keep all well meaning contributors on board, but in a company, that person has to eventually be moved out of the team since they're a drag on the group and definitely not suited for the position they're occupying. That's in an ideal world.

However, in real life, in a job situation. Nothing is ever this cut and dry. Not all "idiots" are well meaning, actually most aren't. There are also other dynamics at play at work, maybe the "idiot" is the owner's son... so there's nothing to be done, but elevate him to the level that the "owner" expects. At least for some "blood" relationships, the higher up actually recognizes the person is a cock-up, but has no choice because he/she is family.

It's actually even worse when the employee "idiot" is a "favorite" of one of the higher ups with no blood relationship. These people are the most dangerous to deal with. They can exert extreme negative pressure on your career since they have some "relationship" with the higher up, and that higher up will never listen to reports that they're favorite pet is not qualified for the job, nor doing a decent job, and usually the one that reports such things gets penalized for telling the truth. It's these people that make one's professional work life misery. It's even worse when there is some sort of romantic relationship between the "idiot" and the person higher up in the chain, especially if one or both have other official "significant others". :-( sigh.

Unfortunately, in real life, at a job, one just has to try to minimize the impact on one's team, and shut the eff up and put up with it.

about 3 months ago
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Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

BBF_BBF What about Justina? (329 comments)

It's been a year now since Justina was removed from her parents.

It should be painfully obvious if her health issues were as a result of her parents' psychological pressure since she hasn't been under their influence for over a year. So why don't any of the "advocates" fighting for the parents actually show us how Justina's doing now?

If Justina is FINE now, then it would be quite obvious that the Doctors at the Boston Children's Hospital were correct. If she's still suffering from the same symptoms, then the parents have a much stronger case.

about 5 months ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

BBF_BBF Violins != Speakers (469 comments)

Sure, the violinists may have preferred the modern violins in a double blind PLAYING test. Note that I emphasized PLAYING. The difference between speakers and violins, is that speakers are PASSIVE to the people in the study and the violins in this test were being ACTIVELY played.

I would expect that performing artists who are confident in their talent and the quality of their instruments perform better. So if a violinist *THINKS* their violin is a cut above the rest, it will help make their performance better because they are confident that their instrument is UNIQUELY SUPERB, rather than just great. So the artist's subjective feeling about the quality of their instrument *CAN* influence the quality of their performance.

Whereas, if one subjectively thinks ones speakers are better, it doesn't improve how it sounds to other people, but a better performance on a violin will sound better to everyone.

about 5 months ago
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Samsung SSD 840 EVO MSATA Tested

BBF_BBF Be Aware: Many mSATA slots don't support SATA-3 (76 comments)

Ensure you check the SATA protocol that is supported by your computer/tablet's mSATA slot first.

I have a 2012-3 era Thinkpad X230 and it has an mSATA slot, but it only supports SATA-1, so an SSD like the Samsung featured on this article are overkill since the computer cannot ever take advantage of the throughput. Even a cheap SSD with a Phison controller was fast enough to saturate the SATA-1 interface, so that's what I got.

about 6 months ago
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In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

BBF_BBF Re:Yes, they are (156 comments)

I agree.

Many "Journalists" no longer fact check their stories before they are published. IMHO that makes them no different than a blogger. At least with a blogger, it's implied that whatever they post is their opinion, with journalists, it's implied that they're supposed to be impartial.

However, Journalists have *never* been 100% objective, at a minimum there has always been some self-censorship and tacit agreements with governments, etc. (For example, FDR was never shown in press pictures in his wheelchair. And domestic press has always avoided printing pictures of "our" mortally wounded soldiers.) Journalists can "report only the facts" and still present a skewed picture by simply not reporting key facts and emphasizing others, or simply *not* publishing certain stories so nobody is aware of certain important issues.

about 6 months ago
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Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

BBF_BBF Re:Bullshit (312 comments)

Spoken like a true Manager, and not a true Engineer.

Some Engineers actually LOVE doing Engineering things, and will forgo a "promotion" to a higher paying or more powerful job so they can stay technical. It's a quirk that, in my experience, Engineers tend to have more than say people who get Business degrees. For those types of Engineers, being able to direct a project in a way they technically prefer *is* the Power they're looking for.

It's just something that a non-techie just can't grasp because it's so much out of their own frame of reference.

That's why in the good old days of IBM and HP, they had a technical track that would allow the top Engineers/Scientists to get promoted, and paid well, WHILE staying involved with the technical aspects of projects, so as not to *lose* their technical skills by making them management types.

about 7 months ago
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China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Officially Declared Lost

BBF_BBF USA, USA, USA is #1!!! (131 comments)

This is going to be great!

I'll be able to open the first junkyard on the Moon at this rate =)

The Jade Rabbit is nothing compared to the "junk" left all over the moon by the Apollo Missions. Even the Soviets left more crap on the moon than China.

In this respect it's still USA #1 with China nor any other country not even close to ever catching up.

about 7 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

BBF_BBF Theft from an Unprotected Site is Still Theft (248 comments)

7GB of downloaded files doesn't sound like it was just an "accidental" downloading of some files.
Let's put it this way.
If you misconfigure your wireless access point and leave it open, does that mean that it should be legal for anybody to connect to your network and download all the files from your NAS without penalty? Including *those* pictures of you and ____ doing _____ to _____, and your tax returns from the past 5 years?

about 7 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

BBF_BBF Fewer Amateur Pilots == Bad? (473 comments)

Dunno, I would think that having fewer John-John Kennedy like pilots around make it safer for everybody, especially the amateur pilot's family members. (Too soon?) ;-)

Certainly there are some *very* well trained amateur pilots.
But, there are also a bunch of dim-witted idiots that shouldn't be driving themselves, let alone flying. Not all amateur pilots are responsible.

about 7 months ago
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Boom Or Bust: The Lowdown On Code Academies

BBF_BBF Re:Software Enginering != Coding (130 comments)

Oh, and I forgot. I'd NEVER hire anybody who brought a prototype of a device he/she worked on at a previous job (unless it was an open source device.)

That would mean that this person will have no respect for my company's intellectual property, since he/she has no respect for his/her former employer's property.

about 7 months ago
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Boom Or Bust: The Lowdown On Code Academies

BBF_BBF Re:Software Enginering != Coding (130 comments)

Electrical Engineers are seldomly trained in Software Engineering, so in my experience, in general, make poor Software Engineers. Some Computer Engineering graduates have Computer Science training, some don't (ie Chip Designers, Computer Hardware Designers.) However, I fully expect anybody with a Computer Science Degree to have the basic theory of how programs are put together under their belt. Same as how I expect any EE graduate to have basic circuit theory under their belts.

With an understanding of how programs are put together, these Software Engineers (people with Computer Science Theory backgrounds, be it an EE, CE or CS major) can properly apply those basic building blocks to ANY programming language and properly debug software. (Oh, and when I mean PROPERLY DEBUG software, I don't mean just knowing how to use a particular brand of debugger.)

Have you actually *ever* posted at job and interviewed the applicants? I have, and in real life, people "stretch" their resumes to match the job posting. I would *never* limit one of my programming jobs to EE's ONLY, especially if it involved programming for a Multitasking OS. (I only know a few "self taught" programmers who were trained as circuit EE's, properly grasp threads. They're mostly more like the hack described by green led.) Note not ALL embedded device software jobs involve making BSP's and writing device drivers.

BTW, I'm a Computer Engineering graduate that took BOTH the basic EE curriculum and basic CS curriculum.

about 7 months ago

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