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  • BlackBerry: Analyzing The Movirtu Purchase [View article]
    Mr K. there is no way of answering that question, without knowing the people involved, which includes not just the available engineers, but also to whom they are allocated, and who determine who gets to do what, and what drives them. A boss might put a guy on a particular project or team, for reasons that often have little or nothing to do with how well he wants that project or team to succeed! Read The Dilbert Principle, the best guide available (I kid you not!) for office politics in the real world.

    You seem to think that there is some power at work that ensures the right people get picked for each job (it could be done, with proper use of psychometric testing, but I know of no company that does this) but in practise it is much closer to random motion and happenstance, kneaded somewhat by the personal preferences of local management, loosely guided by those higher up. Never forget that companies are managed primarily for the benefit of management, and what that may be, at any level, on a minute to minute, day to day basis, usually bears little resemblance to what would have been best for the project's outcome.
    Sep 18, 2014. 11:44 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Passport: Biggest Tech Flop Of 2014? [View article]
    There are two styles ZK, the american being the best known; the european style option differs in having a fixed realisation date, which may seem more risky, but has certain advantages. For instance, you can buy and forget, which should make life easier for some ditherers, and it'll always be exercised (unlike the oft reported 80% + of american style options). If the figures check out (I still can't finalise my research as France Télécom no longer seem to understand "please connect the line at my new appartment", however I communicate it to them; isn't progress wonderful?) I'll be using european style options for automated one week plays, for instance.
    Sep 18, 2014. 10:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: BlackBerry Working On Wearables, Including Smartwatch And Smartglass [View article]
    Seriously guys, it shouldn't be difficult to build one into a sleeve, with a curved (or flexible) lift-up screen over it! The upper arm section could hold a massive battery...
    Sep 18, 2014. 10:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: BlackBerry Working On Wearables, Including Smartwatch And Smartglass [View article]
    I agree, sh; a watch is the size it is because it only needs to show the time. If I'm going to fasten a PC/phone to my wrist, I want it phablet sized, at the very least! With modern materials, weight shouldn't be an issue, as is demonstrated by some of those classic watches, which really make their presences felt!
    Sep 18, 2014. 10:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: BlackBerry Working On Wearables, Including Smartwatch And Smartglass [View article]
    You've got to wonder, SJ, and it's not just Time, sites like eWeek are even more pro Apple and anti BBRY! Would it be legal?
    Sep 18, 2014. 10:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Analyzing The Movirtu Purchase [View article]
    Ah, some real info at last; would that be a new transceiver for each n°? If it's on offer to all manufacturers, then what's the incentive to participate, from their point of view (and so reducing their potential sales)? I somehow doubt that BBRY are planning on modifying other manufacturers phones...
    Sep 18, 2014. 08:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Analyzing The Movirtu Purchase [View article]
    Thanks, al, that's cleared up a few points, but I still don't know what the product is; are they selling sim cards, maybe, or software, or...?
    Sep 18, 2014. 08:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Analyzing The Movirtu Purchase [View article]
    Really, seek? It seems like waffle to me, and left me still not knowing what it is exactly they are offering.
    Sep 18, 2014. 08:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Analyzing The Movirtu Purchase [View article]
    Why a free offering, ZK? I confess I'm still not altogether clear on the exact nature of this product, but if it's something BBRY can offer to any potential phone buyer, then it has considerable value, saving them the cost of a second phone (or the option of putting their cash into a more desirable model).

    Mr K. my point was that, with their apparent ambivalence about staying in the hand set business (which Apple absolutely depends on) BBRY would be less concerned about any drop in overall sales.
    Sep 18, 2014. 08:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Analyzing The Movirtu Purchase [View article]
    Very true, al, but more of a factor is the vision that kicks off a company! As companies grow, though, they accumulate dead wood, which seems almost impossible to avoid, even when the founder(s) hold onto the reins of power (which is fairly rare).
    Sep 18, 2014. 08:28 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Analyzing The Movirtu Purchase [View article]
    "a pool of 10,000 engineers to pull from will always yield better engineering talent"? Oh dear me no! Not unless they were hired on the basis of ability! Most companies don't even know how to test for this (or maybe don't want to...) and generally go for academic achievement, which I can assure you is not a good guide: quite the opposite, in fact, and those few I met who had a real talent for invention, like myself, tended to see exams as just an obstacle to be overcome with the least effort, not being aware that just scraping through will work against them at selection time.

    A truly competent inventor will work faster and better than any committee of engineers, and two together will experience a gestalt which will multiply the sum of their output (been there, just once) but the chances of two such ending up in the same company, let alone being in the same team (and without dead beats to hold them back) even a company like Apple, is so slim as to be almost non existent!
    Sep 18, 2014. 08:25 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: BlackBerry Working On Wearables, Including Smartwatch And Smartglass [View article]
    Time magazine, on the other hand, praised it to the skies, describing it as the first real invention since the iPad, the whole article being based on the assumption that Smart Watches will now experience huge growth, and Apple Watch will be the leader. Oh, yes, they did mention in passing, LG, Samsung et al, but they don't count, apparently...
    Sep 17, 2014. 10:44 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Passport: Biggest Tech Flop Of 2014? [View article]
    That's often the case, ZK. It looks like I'll have to shop around to trade in USD, then? Well, there is that broker in Belize, which should be offering options, by now (if they still exist...).
    Sep 17, 2014. 08:21 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Passport Beating iPhone 6 In A Recent Poll [View article]
    It looks like iOS8 will overcome this, j; it's quite an improvement over the previous! It could well give the iPhone 6 Plus an edge, despite the high price.
    Sep 17, 2014. 08:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Passport Beating iPhone 6 In A Recent Poll [View article]
    Yes, this time it's the best buy, on price (for a nice change). There's still the marketing challenge, though, which is more arduous than it should be, as Apple have somehow got most of the media to do free advertising for them! Check out Time's Apple Watch article for an egregious example.
    Sep 17, 2014. 08:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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