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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

accessbob It's designed to be a niche market phone (139 comments)

Read the BlackBerry blog and you will see some of the specific use-cases they considered. Would it be my choice? No, but I do see the point.

about 2 months ago

BlackBerry Confirms 4,500 Job Cuts, Warns of $950 Million Loss

accessbob Re:No BBM for iPhone/Android? (120 comments)

Not as I understand it, it makes it more of a priority,

about a year ago

Info Leak Wars To Get Messier

accessbob As accurate as an NSA report to Congress (350 comments)

I just want Slashdot summaries to be at least vaguely accurate.

This one is about as accurate as an NSA report to Congress.

1 year,26 days

Info Leak Wars To Get Messier

accessbob Siezed not destroyed (350 comments)

Miranda's property was seized not destroyed. And he wants it back.

1 year,27 days

BlackBerry Officially Open To Sale

accessbob Re:Once iOS and Android sold out to the NSA. (139 comments)

All phone manufacturers and ISPs have to follow the laws of their host country. For that reason BlackBerry was required to hand over access to BIS encrypted traffic.

However, BlackBerry's BES (business) security was not affected. Each enterprise keeps its own keys, not BlackBerry. There was nothing to hand over to the government. The government would have to go to each business individually and demand the keys.

about a year ago

BlackBerry Officially Open To Sale

accessbob Re:There's more to (business) mobile than email sy (139 comments)

Actually, no you probably can't, at least not to the level and granularity of BB.

And side-loading is a serious issue for some businesses.

I fear that BlackBerrry's problem is that the size of the market for their USPs is pretty narrow.
They are still way best in class, but that class is small.

about a year ago

BlackBerry Officially Open To Sale

accessbob There's more to (business) mobile than email sync (139 comments)

If you're managing large numbers of mobile devices then you also want to manage app versions, manage upgrades, and as far as possible protect you business info from user installed apps.

For all of it's faults, BlackBerry does all of that very well.

Is it enough? Only time will tell, but I wouldn't write them off yet.

about a year ago

Are Contests the Best Way To Find Programmers?

accessbob It's teamwork, stupid (260 comments)

Yes it is important that the candidate can program and can problem solve, but its not often that individuals analyze, design, code, and test an application, you work as part of a big team.

Further, a team of egotistical coding superstars is never going to be an effective team. Dull plodders who have an attention to detail are as important as the superstar programmer. You have to have a mix.

So yes, there may be a place for coding challenges, but a good coder is not necessarily a good analyst, a good tester, or a good integration guy.

And given the above, the only tests I'd want to see are those conducted at the company where you can ask "Why that way? Why not this way? What if I needed these changes now? How would you scale that idea? How could you best document that for the testers? How could you make that easier to integrate with this?". It would be difficult to get any of that out of a coding challenge.

about a year ago

An Exploration of BlackBerry 10's Programming API

accessbob Cross-Platform (100 comments)

BlackBerry support QT4.8, and 5.0 can be compiled. Digia (who now own QT) have ported it to Android and IOS, with Win8 on the horizon.

Finally, portable C++ apps.

And if you prefer something standards-compliant, you can code in HTML5 and embed that as an app.

Btw if you you do create web apps, BlackBerry own and develop the Ripple emulator.

What's not to like?

about a year ago

BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Market Is Dying

accessbob Niche markets (564 comments)

It's undoubtedly true that there are niche markets for tablets, and I suspect that's what he was trying to say.

Five years is a very long time in computing, and clunky tablets look to have the shelf-life of DVD players (if not Blue-Ray).

If wearable development continues as it is, big gray bricks don't have much of a future at all, they are a transition technology. Specific niche markets: health-care, and some forms of education, yes. General purpose devices? Probably not.

about a year ago

Yahoo Is Going To Stop Email Service In China

accessbob And the real reason is...? (70 comments)

Since they were/are prepared to do business in other dictatorships, I wonder what the real reason is?

about a year ago

Developers Begin Hunt For a Killer App For Google Glass

accessbob Not full screen, that's true but... (155 comments)

Don't make the mistake that VR has to be wholly immersive to work.

about a year and a half ago

Developers Begin Hunt For a Killer App For Google Glass

accessbob That's easy, pattern recognition based AR apps (155 comments)

Add horns to the tops of people's heads.

Analyze body shape based on the clothes and then re-draw without them.

Color the sky polkadot.

Play Where's Wally? in VR,

Have an animated Mitt Romney stalk women in your line of sight.

No end to the apps once you have fast/live pattern recognition.
There may even be really useful things to do with Glass, you never know.

about a year and a half ago

NSF Audit Finds Numerous Cases of Alleged Plagiarism

accessbob Re:I'm just surprised it's that low (44 comments)

Well, you are usually required to sign a disclaimer that the research is yours, original, and not published elsewhere. After the 5th paper on the same data-set, that claim gets a bit thin.

And that is where the plagiarism tends to kick in: the papers get padded out with other people's findings.

about a year and a half ago

NSF Audit Finds Numerous Cases of Alleged Plagiarism

accessbob I'm just surprised it's that low (44 comments)

When researcher's lives are ruled by arbitrary metrics on volumes of papers published, people will cheat. It's certainly true in computing. Try picking a few papers from the ACM Digital Library and start following the references. Rehash after rehash of other people's papers. Particularly their own...

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

accessbob Turn off your WiFi (884 comments)

Turn it on at the power button only when you need it. That will make a very poor quality connection for the attacker and they will move on, and it will also save you money on your electricity.

If you can't live without an always-on connection then you will have to get aggressive and really go after the attacker.

about a year and a half ago

Mark Shuttleworth Addresses Ubuntu Privacy Issues

accessbob Keystroke logging by default? (279 comments)

I replaced Ubuntu with Mint when I was first confronted by Unity because I couldn't abide the new UI.

Sounds like that was the least of the reasons to go...

I was thinking that it's been a while and that I should have another look at how Unity has evolved, but not if they are reduced to doing this to stay in business.

about a year and a half ago



UK's GCHQ appologies for treatment of Alan Turing

accessbob accessbob writes  |  about 2 years ago

accessbob (962147) writes "Ian Lobban, Director of GCHQ (the UK's electronic eavesdroper) has apologised for the treatment of Alan Turing whilst he worked for them. In Lobban's own words:

"I strongly believe [the] agency needs the widest range of skills possible if it is to be successful, and to deny itself talent just because the person with the talent doesn't conform to a social stereotype is to starve itself of what it needs to thrive. "Part of my job is to continue to foster that atmosphere: to attract the very best people and harness their talents, and not allow preconceptions and stereotypes to stifle innovation and agility. I want to harness the best talent so that they can apply themselves to the big issues of intelligence and security which challenge an organisation which simply has to remain at the cutting edge in order to survive and thrive." "I want to apply and exploit their talent. In return, I think it's fair that I don't need to tell them how to live their lives."


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