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RIM Attracts 15,000 Apps For BlackBerry 10 In 2 Days

taylortbb Re:Yeah but... (193 comments)

Maybe not, but I have a BB10 phone already. It's a pretty decent device, re-written from the ground up, natively supports ActiveSync, etc. Don't judge it based on old BlackBerrys.

about 2 years ago
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RIM Attracts 15,000 Apps For BlackBerry 10 In 2 Days

taylortbb Re:Do they still require a business plan? (193 comments)

I've been doing BB development for a few years and they've never required business plans, don't know what happened there. Registering for App World requires a scan of government photo ID, most people use their driver's license or passport. It's human reviewed so it takes a couple days but it's pretty painless. All the notarized form requirements are gone. The signing keys are free now and just require an email. The entire process has actually become quite painless, and BB10 is actually a nice platform to develop for. All BBOS development has left me wanting to smash my phone, but BB10 development I'll do for fun.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Equipping a Company With Secure Android Phones?

taylortbb Re:BB (229 comments)

You are aware they have zero debt and are sitting on over a billion in cash and growing? Yes, growing their cash, even this quarter with all the doom and gloom. You have a very interesting definition of "bleeding money out their assholes". They're also adding subscribers, total number of people with active BlackBerrys is at an all time high. They have their issues but they're not going to be filing for bankruptcy tomorrow, despite common perception.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Equipping a Company With Secure Android Phones?

taylortbb Re:Blackberry? (229 comments)

in any Blackberry I've ever owned or seen in smoothness, intuitiveness, app switching, ecosystem, and whatever else you can think of.

There is a key qualified there, that you've "owned or seen". The new BB7 devices really don't get the credit they should have and very few people know them. Everyone seems to have missed that RIM changed their UI over to 60fps hardware accelerated rendering. The result is an experience far smoother than the vast majority of Android devices. Things like pinch zoom in the browser are as smooth as iOS.

I'm not going to tell you that BlackBerry has a ton of apps, I'd be deluding myself. But the IM, email and social networking experience the GP was referring to is really unmatched by other platforms.

more than 2 years ago
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Homeless Student Is Intel Talent Search Semifinalist

taylortbb Re:How is this even... (464 comments)

There's a difference between "can't afford" and "not willing to pay for". If you look at the US and government spending as a percentage of GDP ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_spending#Government_spending_as_a_percentage_of_GDP ) it's not that out of line with other countries. The problem is that taxation as a percentage of GDP hasn't kept up to pay for it all.

I'm not going to say the US shouldn't cut anything, but what to cut is really outside the scope of this and discussing it wouldn't end well. To point is just that, other economically successful countries (say Canada, which doesn't have a debt crisis) manage with governments that spend an even larger amount of money. The US could afford what it currently spends if it raised taxes to levels seen in many other developed countries, or even just close to those levels.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM PlayBook Tablet Jailbroken

taylortbb Re:What are the physical difference (63 comments)

The Kindle Fire has half the RAM, half the storage of the PB base model, no cameras, no Bluetooth, single band WiFi, slower CPU/GPU, and lower quality (less accurate) touch screen. There may be other changes too, wouldn't be surprised if it was a lower quality LCD panel, the PB's is amazing and with that expensive.

about 3 years ago
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RIM PlayBook Tablet Jailbroken

taylortbb Re:Almost worth it... (63 comments)

RIM has been quite clear they're not abandoning the PlayBook, and have stated so officially on multiple occasions. Already there are starting to be rumours about a PlayBook 2. The OS on the PlayBook will power their next generation of phones, so they've got strong incentive to keep software development going. Despite all the bad press RIM remains quite profitable, making many hundreds of millions per year and selling over 40 million devices per year. They're not going to go bankrupt any time soon, and short of their bankruptcy the PlayBook won't be abandoned.

about 3 years ago
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RIM PlayBook Tablet Jailbroken

taylortbb Re:Heartbreaking (63 comments)

The thing about the PlayBook though is that it's already open enough you don't really need the root. What is this "unofficial code"? RIM already has a publicly available C/C++ Native SDK, they've even ported several open source apps and libraries themselves and made them available on Github. The PlayBook has also permitted sideloading since day one, so it's not even like you need RIM approval.

about 3 years ago
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Messaging Apps, VoIP Already Eating Into Carrier Revenue

taylortbb Re:speaking of blackberry... (225 comments)

Don't expect Android to be loaded onto it, RIM has always used very secure locked bootloaders.

On the upside, OS 2.0 already has MKV support. It's in the developer beta.

more than 3 years ago
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CarrierIQ: Most Phones Ship With "Rootkit"

taylortbb Re:list? (447 comments)

Go to Menu -> Modules while in the applications list and you'll see every module. Opening up an application will also show you the modules for that application, and let you edit the app's permissions. I see everything that's an actual app my carrier (Rogers) has installed, and found the Rogers certificates. The VPLs (virtual pre-loads) are just homescreen bookmarks so they're not listed as apps until you open them and do the installation. Most things carriers push are just VPLs.

I should point out though that your carrier already knows what numbers you dialled and when you received messages. Anything that connects off device is obviously readable and loggable by them, BES of course excepted due to the encryption.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Gmail App

taylortbb Re:Garbage (122 comments)

It does serve a useful purpose though. One, it provides push email service even for accounts only accessible over POP/IMAP/OWA. While obviously the push isn't instant, it does result in significant battery/data savings. It also enables compression, which I definitely appreciate when roaming. Compression also means better battery life.

You're right though that it doesn't strictly need to be there. I do think ActiveSync support is a good idea, and I do think we'll see it on BBX.

In either case my point wasn't really about the merits. In the years I've owned a BlackBerry I've only experienced two of those outages and they've been short enough. BlackBerry sure has its issues, but reliability is a pretty minor one.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Gmail App

taylortbb Re:Google Apps Sync? (122 comments)

It just means the app. Given Google's desire for Google Apps to be taken seriously in the enterprise I doubt the BES Connector will be discontinued any time soon.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Gmail App

taylortbb Re:This is untrue (122 comments)

Any device shipped in the last two years has either come with or is upgradeable to OS 6, meaning a WebKit browser. OS 7 actually has a pretty nice browser, the 60 fps hardware acceleration means it's much smoother than Android when scrolling/zooming. Pages also load quite fast. Okay, not quite as fast as the iPhone 4S, but an iPhone 4-like browsing experience is hardly "awful".

more than 3 years ago
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Google Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Gmail App

taylortbb Re:Garbage (122 comments)

In the past decade RIM has had 3 big outages. While less than ideal it's not exactly an awful track record either. Any system inevitably has some downtime.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Gmail App

taylortbb Re:Bad sumary much? (122 comments)

The newer BIS versions actually permit you to search remotely in the native client and access your full email history. In your inbox go Menu -> Search By -> Advanced. There's an On Device/Remotely option. Used to be exclusively BES, but that's changed. If you don't see it delete and re-add the account in the email setup app, some of the newer features require initial (automatic) setup steps.

@Pseudonym Authority With newer devices that limit has been increased 10x. I've never had a message be truncated. That limit doesn't include external images or attachments.

more than 3 years ago
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Encrypting Phone Storage and Transmission? (2011 Version)

taylortbb Re:Blackberry + BES Express (198 comments)

You can get a hosted BES/Exchange setup for a small fee. You have to have a trusted hosting provider in a country you consider safe.

Unlike many of the custom Android solutions being suggested on here, this requires an unmodified BlackBerry in a setup that is standard for pretty much any company. Having a setup which is highly customized for evading surveillance might work well, but if you're caught with it the consequences could be severe. Having something which is standard fare among business travellers makes you far less suspicious. Many oppressive regimes will throw you in jail even without being able to decrypt your data if they think it's suspicious enough.

As other posters have pointed out, RIM only provides access to BIS data. If you're running BES (an enterprise server) there's no way RIM can hand over your data. They've had the BES server software audited by independent agencies to confirm its security. Additionally, the on-device security is excellent. Unlike certain other mobile platforms there have been no attacks that can bypass the password lock screen. Additionally there's a full set of encryption and memory cleaning options.

more than 3 years ago
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Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

taylortbb Re:I said the same thing about Barak Obama in 2006 (1425 comments)

Even back then, he was supporting many extreme leftist ideas and policies on the campaign trail...but, the majority of US citizens must have been missing it. I know I was.

I don't think Obama is extreme left, not even close, and I say that with full knowledge of his policies. On the US political spectrum he's left, neither extreme or moderate, but on a global political spectrum he's quite conservative. Health care reform, as originally proposed by him, still wouldn't have created a universal health care system. The US is the only developed country without one. There's plenty more examples, but I think you get my point. It's about local vs global context.

To the rest of the world, anyone farther right than "American centre-left" is a nutcase. I describe most Republican senators as "batshit insane" without any risk of offending people in Canada. Here even our most conservative major party supports a single-payer universal health care system.

about 4 years ago
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Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

taylortbb Re:first! (1425 comments)

A couple European countries haven't done so well, they're the ones in the news. Greek and Irish bailouts don't change the accomplishments of the rest of the continent. I also encourage you to look at little closer to home at Canada. In many ways we're farther left than Europe, and not so coincidentally have a very stable financial sector (Europe deregulated under US pressure, Canada didn't).

Remember, the rest of the developed world is politically left of the US. Globally there's more success stories than failures, and the US economy isn't looking so great these days.

There's also more than just the economy. I'd still take living in Ireland over living in the US. Any country where more than 5% of people think Sarah Palin is anything but a complete moron scares me.

about 4 years ago
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Hands-On Look At the BlackBerry Storm 2

taylortbb Re:Uh, no. (213 comments)

But there's the thing, MobileMe. AFAIK there is no enterprise equivalent to MobileMe where it can be centrally managed. Also, two-way push sync with your e-mail server is the whole point of BES. It syncs just about everything on your phone with the equivalent Outlook (or whatever) features. It also provides end to end AES encryption, compared to the iPhone situation where the iPhone was reporting encryption when there wasn't any. That has rightfully so shaken the faith of a lot of security-minded people in the iPhone.

more than 5 years ago

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Canadians Organizing Net Neutrality Rally

taylortbb taylortbb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

taylortbb writes "Canadians are fighting back against Bell Canada's traffic shaping (covered here and here) by organizing a rally in support of network neutrality. The rally is being backed by a long list of organizations including Google, two major political parties, three ISPs, and two major unions. It's set for Tuesday at 11:30am on parliament hill, the only question that remains is: will the government listen?"
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