Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry
When your market share in the consumer market is approximately 0% "saving" is not good, what you need to do is grow market share. So the question is whether an appstore which is as good as your competitors will grow market share for blackberry in the consumer market. And I think the answer it takes more than just being as good as your competitors in one area to gain market share. Perhaps if they just put out some decent android phones that had the old (patented) blackberry keyboard then they could regain some market share from the texters that hate on screen keyboards. That is the one feature they can offer consumers that will be better than the competition.
"Saving" market share only applies to the corporate and government markets where they still have market share to lose.
I'm not sure how much an app store "saves" market share in government, but I do know cost is a factor. I am in government and just received a Z10 after having a 9900 for a few years. Our agency was looking to go iPhone, but AT&T literally gave us the devices FOR FREE and then a credit of about $32 per old device for recycling, so the net cost of going iPhone would have been $40,000 (400 devices at about $100 per) and the net cost of Blackberry was -$12,800 (technically -$52,800 if you count the "saved" $100 per device). IT described it to me as "status quo with better hardware, and we can kick the can of moving platforms down the line or until BB goes out of business."
Vodafone Reveals Warrantless Wiretapping
The more we hear about surveillance the more I think about this quote from the 1995 movie "Heat":
"Assume they got our phones, assume they got our houses, assume they got us, right here, right now as we sit, everything. Assume it all."
Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B
The proposed AT&T+T-Mobile merger made sense, because they both use GSM over similar wavelengths. But how would Sprint and T-Mobile combine their network services? Their voice data at least is on completely different infrastructure.
Hopefully better than Nextel + Sprint did!! As I recall the iDEN to CDMA transition was a clusterf***.
Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered
Voyager 1 is 127 AU away, 500LY is about 31 Million AU.... so we only need to go 250,000 times further than we ever have!
That seems doable.
Better get a move on then; I'll hold your beer until you get back.
Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
CORRECTION: Effective rate would be "Total Tax/AGI = Effective rate" which gives me (a lowly common citizen) 10.5%.
Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
I can luckily use a family member who is an accountant. She charges us a flat $50 fee and it's worth it because in 2013 we had: two kid deductions, cashed out some (very) small investments, sold a rental property short at a horrendous loss, got a tax bill for the "forgiven" debt on the short sale, and other hijinks.
In the press a lot has been made of the Romney's and Obama's "effective" tax rate: that is, "Adjusted Gross Income/Total Tax = Effective tax rate". Romney's was something like 14.1% and Obama's was 20.4%. Populist rage ensued over both "not paying their fair share." I felt that same rage but then looked: my effective rate was 9.53%!!!! That sure surprised me.
So /.ers: look at your effective tax rate - are you higher or lower than these "greedy bastards"?
GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety
The names of everyone involved are going to come out anyways....I'm *guessing* GM's goal is to scapegoat a few responsible parties as early as possible,
so that when the management failures are unmasked, there won't be as much heat and vitriol.
The sound the bus makes running over the engineers thrown under.
Bill Would End US Govt's Sale of Already-Available Technical Papers To Itself
Not debating the merits of the NTIS' services, but let's look at the argument that they "cost the taxpayer's money" for an agency to buy from them.
If Agency X purchases $50 worth of product from NTIS, $50 of taxpayer money is simply moved from Agency X's budget to the NTIS budget. No taxpayer money was "spent" it was just a Funny Money transaction. If Agency X spends $50 at Amazon.com then $50 was SPENT (i.e. left the Federal government for the private sector).
Now if Agency X somehow finds the needed document for free and gets it, avoiding "spending" $50, does the taxpayer save money? I say no. Agency X will "use it or lose it" when it comes to their budget and will simply spend that $50 somewhere else. So is there any real benefit to such a bill?
44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted
Since I am the nerd of the family (I'm sure many of you can appreciate that), family always asks me: should I get on Twitter? My answer is "probably not" because it is really terrible as a person-to-person communication platform. 140 char limit will do that to you.
I use Twitter and it does have some uses, and I tell the family and friends that it's useful for...
* Breaking news (it's like a wire-service for the masses);
* Closely following a product/celebrity/athlete/event/sport;
* Posting a short question on a specific topic via #;
* Posting or finding witticisms and satire;
* Posting or finding a status report (not viable to foster a discussion by any means); and
* Finding spam, click-bait, impersonators of real people, bots, pr0n, and completely inaccurate information.
I mainly use Twitter myself to follow athletes in the NFL (primarily my team, Green Bay) and the three forms of motorsport I watch: NASCAR, Formula 1, and IndyCar. I really like Twitter during one of these sporting events because posters can give you more detail/insight into the event or people involved than just the TV or radio broadcasters (Example: sideline/pit reporters or members of a team participating in the event who can tweet during the event.)
IMHO though, the spam/bots/clickbait is out of control and detracts from the platform.
Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds
Oh, you mean they cannot just throw the highly poisonous nuclear waste into the sea anymore?
To be fair, it IS still legal to have a man in blue and red underwear gather nuclear waste into a gigantic net, fly it into space, and hurtle it into the Sun.
It's not a method that is popular with the public nor critically acclaimed, but it is still legal.
Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants
There is some thought that those people are so depressed that they aren't even capable of marshaling the energy to commit suicide. When you give them an antidepressant, they start to become less depressed and but are still depressed enough to be suicidal, only now they have the energy to kill themselves, and so do it.
Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"
No no no. The filter got it right! Those New Braunfels Republican Women are SKANKS!!!
Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy
...Everyone is *so* productive in today's world! Oh my yes! That's why it takes two people working in a household today to barely maintain the lifestyle my single-income parents had 40 years ago!...
I would guess that 40 years ago your parents had...
1 single family home, less than 2000 sq.ft., 3 bedrooms or less, 1 bathroom
1 car (maybe 2?)
1 television (maybe a second in a basement that was old?) with over-the-air programming of less than 20 channels
1 landline telephone
1 still, film camera
1 stay at home mom
Whereas today I am guessing your two incomes support...
1 single family home, greater than 2000 sq.ft., 3 bedrooms or more, 2 bathrooms or more
2 cars (or more)
3 or more televisions with pay tv programming in excess of 300 channels plus time shifting/DVR technology
1 mobile phone PER PERSON over age 13 with access to worldwide information resources; point-to-point videoconferencing; a multi-thousand long collection of music, photos, and video; still-photograph and high resolution video capability
Paid child care for dependents under 6 years old
The above situation is true for my household. If we lived like my parents did even 30 years ago, one of us could stay home AND we could sock some money away to the bank.
Our standards of "normal lifestyle" has changed.
Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network
Oh we are stuck to Windows for sure. Our main web-based application (that simply glosses up the mainframe app because the daily data entries dumps over at midnight each night) is IE8-only. Some outside folks have used it with IE10 and it failed. Add in custom Word scripts that have carried up from Word 95 and I think you can kiss Libre Office or any other competitors.
And don't get me started that we are still tied to BlackBerry...
Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network
Let me give you a sad glimpse into my corporate world.
Cash-strapped organization of about 1700 employees. 2009-era Dell desktops and laptops. Windows XP, Office 2003, IE 8, homerolled mainframe applications from 1970s and 1980s mixed with Access databases, homerolled mainframe feeds Oracle financial backend.
IT has been "testing" Win 7/Office 2010 but STILL with IE 8 for over 1 year. "Should" roll it out organization wide in calendar 2014 replacing all machines with Dell laptops.
The cost of machines is NOT non-trivial in my world, at least to the bean counters. They feel like they cannot drag feet any longer on getting off XP.
Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead
If you think stealing a van and hitting someone warrants death, you are an unhinged individual (or more likely, an internet tough guy).
Then I stand before you an unhinged individual. There is no rehabilitation for most people like this and it costs a lot of time and money to try.
This planet's habitable surface is overflowing with humans and yet most of us manage to avoid committing violent crime. Why should we roll over and take it from those people who repeatedly demonstrate their desire to hurt others?
Well.... that escalated quickly!
Monthly net electricity use in my household:
I pretty much agree. I had my bill handy so I checked how many kWh out of curiosity, but what really can I do about it? We minimize usage as we can, but at $0.138160/kWh with no competitor, what am I really going to do about it? And sure as shit the price "must" be raised, according to said monopoly, every year no matter what. What am I really going to do about it? Like it or not, most of us are just cogs in the machine.
Our home used 654 kWh in October in the upper Midwest. We ran the heat some but it's a boiler system fed by gas. Same with the water heater. We have an electric clothes dryer so I assume that is our main consumption device.
Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing
Assuming their telemetry system is limited and that "safe = slow = low prices". That isn't always the case!! Slow may very well = dangerous in many occurrences.
Pentagon Readies Contingency Plans Due To BlackBerry's Uncertain Future
In my little rear-end of the US Government (agency of less than 1500 employees) we have been on BlackBerry since 2003. Moving to iPhone over the course of this year with the troubled waters of BB. I won't shed a tear. Our IT folks have stuck with BB 7 devices and the attachment handling stinks, web browsing is horrible, and I hate the keypads versus touchscreen keypads.
US FDA Moves To Ban Trans Fat
Damn right! Their overreach of powers can try and pry the trans fat from my cold, dead arteries!!!
Seriously.... Dept. of Health & Human Services: please try, I am mere seconds from a heart attack.
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