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(Some Guy)   6 Reasons Why John McCain Could Not Have Invented the Blackberry   (comedy.com) divider line 48
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2008-09-17 05:30:45 PM
god, this is the silliest non-controversies to come out of this election cycle

/and that's saying something
 
2008-09-17 05:32:20 PM
thomps: god, this is the silliest non-controversies to come out of this election cycle

/and that's saying something


silliest non-controversy. i suck at the typing.
 
2008-09-17 05:33:07 PM
thomps: god, this is the silliest non-controversies to come out of this election cycle

/and that's saying something


Too bad this is the kind of thing that resonates with the electorate. . .
 
2008-09-17 05:35:47 PM
Atillathepun: Too bad this is the kind of thing that resonates with the electorate. . .

i don't believe that. i mean, there's just no precedent for mocking a presidential candidate's claim of advancing technology through legislation...
 
2008-09-17 05:36:23 PM
1. He cannot use a computer.
2. Every other reason on planet earth.
 
2008-09-17 05:38:13 PM
Al Gore is amused.
 
2008-09-17 05:39:59 PM
flavor of the month: 1. He cannot will not use a computer.
2. Every other reason on planet earth.


FTFY
 
2008-09-17 05:45:44 PM
50mm


doesnt know how to use a computer. plain and simple. it is beyond his comprehension. maybe because he's too old to learn how, maybe because he is too dumb at any age.
 
2008-09-17 05:46:16 PM
FireBreathingLiberal: Al Gore is amused.

Wasn't he the first Emperor of the Moon or something?
 
2008-09-17 05:47:55 PM
flavor of the month: 50mm


doesnt know how to use a computer. plain and simple. it is beyond his comprehension. maybe because he's too old to learn how, maybe because he is too dumb at any age.


I know, I just wanted to point out that it's not his war injuries preventing him from doing so. Just his stubbornness and chronic corpse syndrome.
 
2008-09-17 05:50:22 PM
50mm: I know, I just wanted to point out that it's not his war injuries preventing him from doing so. Just his stubbornness and chronic corpse syndrome.

i'd say stubbornness mixed with a perceived lack of need - he came up in a time when they weren't necessary and now has a huge staff to cull and format information into whatever format he prefers.
 
2008-09-17 05:52:09 PM
thomps: god, this is the silliest non-controversies to come out of this election cycle

/and that's saying something


i honestly believe that "lipstick on a pig" has that honor.
 
2008-09-17 05:54:03 PM
WaltzingMathilda: i honestly believe that "lipstick on a pig" has that honor.

that's because you are sexist
 
2008-09-17 05:54:58 PM
just six?
 
2008-09-17 06:00:29 PM
thomps: WaltzingMathilda: i honestly believe that "lipstick on a pig" has that honor.

that's because you are sexist


well, yeah, but not because of that.
 
2008-09-17 06:07:40 PM
Atillathepun: thomps: god, this is the silliest non-controversies to come out of this election cycle

/and that's saying something

Too bad this is the kind of thing that resonates with the electorate. . .


How does this compare with lying in ads by saying the Obama wants to raise middle-class taxes?
 
2008-09-17 06:09:48 PM
Somewhere, on a houseboat, Al Gore is nodding and smiling.
 
2008-09-17 06:09:51 PM
bronyaur1: How does this compare with lying in ads by saying the Obama wants to raise middle-class taxes?

well we've seen the polling data that shows that the electorate is buying into it, but that's despicable spin, this is just silliness.
 
2008-09-17 06:14:33 PM
bronyaur1: How does this compare with lying in ads by saying the Obama wants to raise middle-class taxes?

Republican-leaning "independents" already believe Democrats automatically raise taxes. I saw a poll somewhere where 53% of Americans believe Obama will raise their taxes. So while it's a blatant lie, it still is believed.
 
2008-09-17 06:25:07 PM
Atillathepun: I saw a poll somewhere where 53% of Americans believe Obama will raise their taxes.

Wasn't there a thread the other day about that? IIRC, it had the FAIL tag.
 
2008-09-17 06:49:05 PM
King Something: Atillathepun: I saw a poll somewhere where 53% of Americans believe Obama will raise their taxes.

Wasn't there a thread the other day about that? IIRC, it had the FAIL tag.


"53% of Americans believe that they are in the top 1% who will have their taxes raised under Obama", or something like that.
 
2008-09-17 06:50:15 PM
1. The Blackberry is Canadian
2. It was invented in Canada
3. Waterloo, Canada, to be precise
4. By Research in Motion, a Canadian company, with Canadian executives
5. The Blackberry actually faced big hurdles in the United States because it had to deal with a bogus lawsuit from a US patentholder for a similar idea (already in the public domain), which cost it hundreds of millions of dollars. RIM had to make an enormous settlement to prevent their entire US operation from being shut down, no thanks to the US government
6. To sum up, Blackberry is Canadian, developed in Ontario, Canada, by a Canadian company with two Canadian co-CEOs, and was funded as a startup by Canadian venture capital and listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. And its success in the United States is solely attributable to developing an excellent product and paying a hell of a lot of money to get over hurdles presented by US interests.

For extra credit,
7. John McCain is a dithering old fool, not an engineer or CEO.
 
2008-09-17 07:04:50 PM
Cynical Idealist: King Something: Atillathepun: I saw a poll somewhere where 53% of Americans believe Obama will raise their taxes.

Wasn't there a thread the other day about that? IIRC, it had the FAIL tag.

"53% of Americans believe that they are in the top 1% who will have their taxes raised under Obama", or something like that.


And about a month ago, there was a poll where 12% of the country believes that Obama is Muslim.

In other news, you can't fix stupid.
 
2008-09-17 07:26:05 PM
What about the best 5 1/2 reasons he couldn't have done it?
 
2008-09-17 07:32:02 PM
7. He has to get his wife to help him operate the new-fangled monster in the bathroom that makes his poopies disappear.
 
2008-09-17 07:34:45 PM
The man don't even know how to turn on a com-pu-ter...
 
2008-09-17 07:35:22 PM
In the name of intellectual honesty, McCain did not invent the Blackberry, and this is a gaffe by an aide that has been blown out of proportion.

...but I cannot stop grinning and chuckling about this reversal of fortune.
 
2008-09-17 07:35:37 PM
bobbette: For extra credit,
7. John McCain is a dithering old fool, not an engineer or CEO.


And, yet, he wants to President of the United States...go figure
 
2008-09-17 07:41:02 PM
7. 8 9
 
2008-09-17 07:47:15 PM
that was dumber than the corresponding fark thread from when the news surfaced ...
 
2008-09-17 07:50:38 PM
I am from Waterloo Ontario and live only a mile or so away from Research in Motion, so I am really getting a kick out of these replies.

/only guy in Waterloo who doesn't have a crackberry
 
2008-09-17 07:55:25 PM
McCain did indeed create the first Blackberry but it was in Vietnam. All he had to make it out of was bamboo, para grass and fish guts. Sadly, it rotted away, just like his iPod and his hybrid car.
 
2008-09-17 08:00:40 PM
He was busy being a POW.

/POW!!!
 
2008-09-17 08:01:41 PM
FTFA, which was actually funny, short, and on one page.

6. BlackBerries come from Canada.

RIM, the company that came up with BlackBerry is based in Ontario. And John McCain totally isn't Canadian. He's from Panama. But, luckily for McCain, Sarah Palin can probably see Canada from certain porches in Alaska.

5. He wouldn't have named it that.

Unsubstantiated rumors suggest that when McCain first saw the BlackBerry, he tried to name it "the Magic Talking Thingy" before advisers half-explained to him how it worked. Plus, he thinks that people who say that whole "blacker the berry, sweeter the juice" saying are "uppity".

4. He wouldn't have invented something that requires you to bring your arms up to your head.

Just saying.


3. He doesn't know how to use email, the Internet or a keyboard.

And that's kind of the point with BlackBerries.


2. He prefers communicating via hologram.

farm4.static.flickr.com

This photo of McCain using hologram technology comes from a documentary shot in 1980.



1. Al Gore already invented it.

www.starpulse.com
 
2008-09-17 08:03:44 PM
steve_s: /only guy in Waterloo who doesn't have a crackberry

The rest of the world thanks you.

For people who first get a blackberry I tell them I feel very sorry for them and their loss.

McCain prefers hologram for communication. John McCain you are only hope. To bad you got shot down and the people in need of this message won't hear it for 5 1/2 years.
 
2008-09-17 08:06:10 PM
bobbette: The Blackberry is Canadian


This. I don't know when we annexed Waterloo...
 
2008-09-17 08:24:19 PM
flavor of the month: doesnt know how to use a computer. plain and simple. it is beyond his comprehension. maybe because he's too old to learn how, maybe because he is too dumb at any age.

Anyone who thinks McCain is too old to use a computer has never tried looking for sex on Craigslist.
 
2008-09-17 08:31:04 PM
i3.photobucket.com
 
2008-09-17 08:39:35 PM
img134.imageshack.us

I have ridden the mighty moonworm (and invented the blackberry)!
 
2008-09-17 09:24:27 PM
McCain invented Crackberry.
 
2008-09-17 10:04:34 PM
That old fart can't even invent a good bowel movement.
 
2008-09-17 10:33:05 PM
Craptastic: That old fart can't even invent a good bowel movement.

This comment and your login suggest that you have a one track mind.
 
2008-09-17 10:45:07 PM
Geologist: FireBreathingLiberal: Al Gore is amused.

Wasn't he the first Emperor of the Moon or something?


I'm Al Gore, and I approve this message.
 
2008-09-17 11:03:21 PM
Dem HACKS!

100% FACT!

/PROVE it isn't!
 
2008-09-17 11:55:15 PM
Reason #1: He's John McCain
Reason #2: See #1
Reason #3: Seriously?
 
2008-09-17 11:56:10 PM
FireBreathingLiberal: Al Gore is amused.

"EXCELSIOR"
 
2008-09-17 11:56:11 PM
On the kick-out-of-these-replies side of things... I helped my wife at RIM on the big patent case (the one they bungled, lost, and settled for a half-quatrillion bucks a couple years back) when she was in the legal department there. She was the first female engineer, employee #171, and started at RIM when it was on 1/2 of the ground floor of the first building they ever occupied.

In doing some late-night help on this case, I actually got to read some of the e-mails from '95 and '96 where some of the bright sparks at RIM were speculating about how if they took the OEM modems they were making for Ford at the time, shrank them, and stuck a keyboard and a 2-line LCD on as well, they would have a handheld device that could send and receive e-mail if they built a server on the other end to handle the e-mails. They figured that the power needs could be met by a couple AA batteries, and the antenna could wrap around the inside of the case... all very exciting at the time.

So they built the "Bullfrog" in '96 on that design. The "Inter@ctive Pager" followed in, I believe, '97... and that's where the Blackberry was born.

I know the guys who invented the Blackberry. I've played softball with them. I'm almost 100% sure that they weren't John McCain.

Incidentally, RIM's first big win in the US market -- I remember it very well -- was with BellSouth, its first major carrier. Did McCain have anything to do with that? Because that was where RIM started to take over the US market.

/Yes, we were there at the IPO
//No, we were screwed by the options structure, so we're still working for a living
///P.S. Fark you, RIM.
 
2008-09-18 06:58:43 PM
steve_s
I am from Waterloo Ontario and live only a mile or so away from Research in Motion, so I am really getting a kick out of these replies.

/only guy in Waterloo who doesn't have a crackberry


I also, live in Waterloo Ontario, and do not have a crackberry.
/ Is a girl though.
 
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