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BlackBerry Back In Profit

asifyoucare Re:If only financial engineering was a viable prod (67 comments)

Yes, they're a chance if they start marketing properly. They have a very strong security message for corporates, and that message is only getting stronger post-Snowden.

For corporate (not private) use, BB is the most secure phone/e-mail platform, and that's gotta be worth a lot when phones of at least two national leaders are getting hacked. For non-corporate use, they're not secure because they allow governments of India, at least, to spy on their customers.

If senior executives travel to (say) China, they'd have to be idiots to prefer iPhone or Android to BB. They should know they'll be spied on and they should know that the Chinese (and others) have no qualms using whatever information they can get for commercial gain.

This is the message they should be pushing.

about a month ago

Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice

asifyoucare Re:Good news for Mice. (207 comments)

Flowers for Algernon.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

asifyoucare Re:As an OS, sure, as a UI, no (516 comments)

Trojan writers loved that decision. Executable SHS files had an icon almost identical to that of TXT files. Hilarity ensued.

about 2 months ago

Biggest Dinosaur Yet Discovered

asifyoucare Re:advice to those who name dinosaurs (113 comments)

Aw come on, what about "HUMUNGOSAURUS"? That sounds pretty bad-ass.

Humungosauras? that's what I had after the vindaloo.

about 2 months ago

Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

asifyoucare Re:Mod parent up! (409 comments)

7. My own network, especially my LAN, has lower latency and higher bandwidth than the cloud.
8. I can monitor my own network.
9. Not everything is a web app.

about 2 months ago

Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

asifyoucare Re:next 50 to 100 years? (453 comments)

But if they are to us as we are to slugs, how much empathy would they have then? I don't go out of my way to kill lower life forms, but I don't particularly care when I do. Probably an advanced life-form would be scientifically curious about life on earth, but if we were their hundredth similar planet and they wanted something from the planet, they'd just take it.

about 3 months ago

Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

asifyoucare Re:Survey results != Real world (293 comments)

"to which you are replying"

about 5 months ago

Japan's Alleged Death Threat-Making, Cat-Hacking Programmer Says He's Innocent

asifyoucare "The plane had to stop mid-flight" (69 comments)

Umm, I think that might've cost more than $93,000. If it returned to the airport on the other hand ...

about 5 months ago

DDoS Larger Than the Spamhaus Attack Strikes US and Europe

asifyoucare Re:Why are network providers allowing FORGED packe (158 comments)

Even if those addresses didn't belong to your network, you should have had a route to them via your inside network. If you allow outbound packets from addresses in your own network AND from addresses for which routes exist on your inside network, that should cover 99.99% of valid situations.

about 6 months ago

Quarks Know Their Left From Their Right

asifyoucare Fuck Beta now = Slashdot in Google (150 comments)

It took a day or two, but now when I google "fuck beta" all the top results are from slashdot. Yay.

about 6 months ago

Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec

asifyoucare Re:plastics the new paper (398 comments)

The best thing about the plastic notes is that you can leave money in your pants and it doesn't turn to mush in the washing machine. That has saved me hundreds.

about 6 months ago

23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

asifyoucare Re:Reminds me (449 comments)

Usually grammar.

about 6 months ago

Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

asifyoucare Re:This could be a huge charge on him (644 comments)

Why would he be under any obligation for pay for their education or medical bills? It isn't his kid except in a technical sense.

about 6 months ago

Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High

asifyoucare Straw man (846 comments)

Your complaint seems to be "Skeptics are demanding that climate models very accurately model the global average temperature in each of the last 15 years, before they will accept general trends from those models". I don't think skeptics are demanding that. Rather, they've seen that most of the early doom-and-gloom models have predicted the last 15 years quite poorly, and are thus unwillingly to accept predictions from those models will be anywhere near accurate into the future. That seems entirely reasonable to me.

about 6 months ago

Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

asifyoucare Re:I find this strange (397 comments)

CXXs will go too, but through a different mechanism. Companies with lavishly paid American CXXs (and one or two levels below) will compete poorly with purely foreign companies and either go bust or be taken over.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

asifyoucare No updates for the OS itself (417 comments)

So the original deadline remains, for organisations anyway. The announcement is that anti-malware products for XP will continue to be updated. Secuirty patches for the OS still cease in a few months.

about 6 months ago

Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

asifyoucare Re: Decreased Costs (1043 comments)

I also lack sympathy for the parent in this situation, but what you're proposing will damage the child. Are you really OK with letting a child go hungry, even though their parent might be negligent, when the hunger can be fairly easily fixed?

about 7 months ago

Why a Cure For Cancer Is So Elusive

asifyoucare Re:Hugh Pickens Blog (366 comments)

At least he isn't Roland Piquepaille.

about 7 months ago

Bursting the Filter Bubble

asifyoucare Bingo! (136 comments)


about 8 months ago



asifyoucare asifyoucare writes  |  more than 7 years ago

asifyoucare (302582) writes "One of the more interesting aspects in the SCO v IBM case is the investment by Baystar in SCO. Baystar's Larry Goldfarb has long alleged that he was encouraged by Microsoft to invest in SCO, thus giving SCO the cash to continue their apparently meritless suit. He claims that Microsoft said they would "backstop" the investment, and presumably that word means some sort of guarantee of the investment.

It has long been alleged that Ex-Microsoft employee Richard Emerson promoted the SCO investment to Baystar, but in his latest declaration Goldfarb also names Kenneth Lustig and Tivanka Ellawala. So, if Goldfarb is to believed, and there seems to be no reason to doubt him, the encouragement to invest in SCO was not the work of a lone misguided employee. Rather, it was done with actual authority from Microsoft.

It is ironic that this declaration was in response to claims of tortious interference by IBM in SCO's business. IANAL (yet) but it looks like the beginning of similar suit that could be brought by IBM against Microsoft.

As usual, Groklaw has all the juicy details."


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