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Black Sheep Blackberry Blackballed By Business 349

Hugh Pickens writes "Nicole Perlroth writes that the BlackBerry, once proudly carried by the high-powered and the elite, has become a magnet for mockery and derision from those with iPhones and the latest Android phones. as Research in Motion clings to less than 5 percent of the smartphone market — down from a dominating 50 percent just three years ago. One of the first steps Marissa Mayer took as Yahoo's newly appointed chief executive to remake the company's stodgy image was to trade in employees' BlackBerrys for iPhones and Androids and although BlackBerrys may still linger in Washington, Wall Street and the legal profession, in Silicon Valley they are as rare as a necktie. BlackBerry outcasts say that, increasingly, they suffer from shame and public humiliation as they watch their counterparts mingle on social networking apps that are not available to them, take higher-resolution photos, and effortlessly navigate streets — and the Internet — with better GPS and faster browsing."
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Black Sheep Blackberry Blackballed By Business

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  • 2 B || !2 B (Score:1, Funny)

    by roman_mir ( 125474 ) on Monday October 22, 2012 @08:11AM (#41727257) Homepage Journal

    Brought 2 U by letter B.

  • Ugh. (Score:5, Funny)

    by MachineShedFred ( 621896 ) on Monday October 22, 2012 @08:16AM (#41727283) Journal

    The annoying alliteration in the headline makes me need to acquire an avalanche of aspirin.

  • by tuppe666 ( 904118 ) on Monday October 22, 2012 @08:25AM (#41727363)

    Stupid people like to tease me for liking Star Trek and the Misfits. Fuck them, it's what *I* like that matters to me. If you switch phones because your old one isn't cool enough, you're a dipshit and deserved the mockery you were getting in the first place.

    Fitting in is important, although liking Star Trek which is pretty mainstream getting you teased is really surprising. I think perhaps you shouldn't cosplay all the time.

  • by SmallFurryCreature ( 593017 ) on Monday October 22, 2012 @08:27AM (#41727375) Journal

    Whether you deserve mockery depends on which Star Trek you like:

    1. Star Trek: The Original Series. My man!
    2. Star Trek: The Next Generation. My gay man!
    3. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. My girl, very inclusive of them to make a Star Trek for the soap opera crowd.
    4. Star Trek: Voyager. Go away kid
    5. Enterprise DIE!
    6. Star Trek: The rape movie Your death will be a public holiday.

    Same with old phones, the first people to use a real useful smartphone were the Nokia communicator users. Then for the people who found that to hard to use, the blackberry was invented.

    Then the iPhone came along for those who didn't have any real use for them apart from playing flavor of the day games. How many slicing games does a platform need anyway?

    But at least your not a windows phone user.

    There is always a pecking order and always someone at the bottom. Windows phone users and Enterprise watchers are the equivalent of the dead half cannibalized chicken at your local factory farm. McNuggets.

    Queue this post being modded down by a future McNugget.

  • by Scutter ( 18425 ) on Monday October 22, 2012 @08:33AM (#41727427) Journal

    I am a HUGE Star Trek nerd, but I always got grossed out when that dude's dad cut his hand off at the end of the second movie.

  • by hazydave ( 96747 ) on Monday October 22, 2012 @08:46AM (#41727527)

    The Blackberry is a great moving telephone, I don' t know what they're talking about. I can reads all my emails too, which is a bonus on a phone these days -- can't do that on the office or home phone. Very rugged, too, I dropped mine while adjusting the rabbit ears on my 24" big screen TV (still can't pull in a signal worth a damn anymore), and it didn't break. I hear you can even surfs the internets with the Blackberry, though I'm not sure just what people see in all that.

  • by gman003 ( 1693318 ) on Monday October 22, 2012 @11:01AM (#41728717)

    ( ) )

    Your parentheses are mismatched; your argument is invalid.

  • by Jesus_666 ( 702802 ) on Monday October 22, 2012 @11:18AM (#41728887)

    Maybe it's because I'm a Gen-Xer and I hate typing "were U at?" in emails, but I wish my iPhone and my BlackBerry had gone away for a dirty weekend and I'd wound up with the offspring.

    Congratulations! Your wish has been granted and you are now the proud owner of a touch-only Blackberry!

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson