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(CNN)   Today's trainwreck you can't look away from: Three chubby RIM developers spoof an REO Speedwagon song to hype up Blackberry 10 (video)   (tech.fortune.cnn.com) divider line 28
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2012-09-26 08:12:04 AM  
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"Rock on!"
 
2012-09-26 08:24:24 AM  
And, shortly after that song, REO declined into church festival obscurity....

I actually kind of feel sorry for the sad bastards at RIM. They're getting their asses handed to them just about everywhere these days.
 
2012-09-26 02:26:03 PM  
RIM is Canadian.

Shouldn't they be destroying Nickelback or Bryan Adams songs instead?
 
2012-09-26 02:26:33 PM  
it's... beautiful...
 
2012-09-26 02:31:40 PM  

madgonad: RIM is Canadian.

Shouldn't they be destroying Nickelback or Bryan Adams songs instead?


Destroy... Nickleback songs? How does one destroy that which is already the embodiment of destruction in music?
 
2012-09-26 02:34:34 PM  
(Subby, I'm sure you have to be at the gym in 26 minutes, but seriously, skip the weight comments. No need to gild the lily -- with poo.)

I do actually hope RIM can do something unique, innovative, and exciting.

This song, however, although admittedly unique, is a horrifying excrescence of desperation exceeded only by its banal groveling. The one saving grace is that the singer does not sound as much like a bleating goat as others might.

There have been many amazing, exciting, or just plain weird examples of "Industrial Music" -- this is just plain embarrassing and sad.

Here's my favorite:
General Electric Silicone Products Department - Got To Investigate Silicones

And, because turnabout is fair play:
Apple ][ Forever
 
2012-09-26 02:45:59 PM  
It's definitely a weird trend. Here's EMC's "Cloud Freaky"

And their child company, VMware, has their own band, Elastic Sky, which, if you've had enough to drink at one of their conferences, aren't really too bad.
 
2012-09-26 02:49:11 PM  
I really didn't find it Squirmy. They didn't do anything that was gross or disgusting, and they aren't really that chubby. However, the lyrics could have a used a little more work, but overall it was an enjoyable once video.
 
2012-09-26 02:54:51 PM  
Those RIM boys got nothing on the Doughboys of the Macworld!
 
2012-09-26 03:03:18 PM  
Well that did not live up to the headline.

Not anywhere close to a train wreck.
 
2012-09-26 03:10:58 PM  
I'm pretty sure I count five guys in that video.

lh3.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-09-26 03:32:20 PM  
Those aren't chubby RIM developers. That is three senior vice presidents at RIM. The singer is actually pretty smart (this farking fiasco not withstanding) and runs their developer program. He's made a whole lot of changes over the last year, most of them good, in order to try to make BlackBerry development easier.

In other words, he's the best deck chair re-arranger I've ever seen.
 
2012-09-26 03:38:11 PM  
After seeing the words "rim" and "chubby" in the headline I'm grossly disappointed.

Seriously, Blackberries? Time to step up, Apple.
 
2012-09-26 03:49:01 PM  

Rent Party: Those aren't chubby RIM developers. That is three senior vice presidents at RIM. The singer is actually pretty smart (this farking fiasco not withstanding) and runs their developer program. He's made a whole lot of changes over the last year, most of them good, in order to try to make BlackBerry development easier.

In other words, he's the best deck chair re-arranger I've ever seen.


When I was doing BB development it felt like RIM was shooting explosive diarrhea at me every day. For all the jokes about Steve Balmer's "Developers! Developers! Developers!" speech, at least Microsoft walks the walk when it comes to making life easy for developers.

If RIM wants to get developers back, in addition to somehow getting back marketshare they need to:

1) KEEP THE FARKING SIGNING SERVER ONLINE!!!! If you can't have it go offline for a week at a time and ignore everyone asking when they can again compile their programs (for those who don't do BB development, all programs must be sent to Waterloo and signed by RIM before you can put them on a device, even for testing)

2) Stop renaming things and moving everything around. Each time I go to do an update of one of our apps, there is another framework or the old framework has a new name and doesn't work with the version from a few days ago. Stop doing that! I have other things to do with my time than find out the design philosophy of whoever has been put in charge of development this week.

3) Open up the website. It's stupid to hide developer tools behind authentication walls. I can go download Visual Studio Express without signing up for an account, much less giving out all my personal details and a complete report on the inner workings of my company. And the whole thing is obviously organized by the ad department because the developer site, once you get in through security, is 95% brochure garbage. Only Sun (and likely now Oracle) made it more difficult to find the actual tools to download in the Mount Everest of ad copy telling you how great the tools are.

If I didn't know better, I'd swear that someone at RIM only wants RIM apps on the BB and is actively trying to keep away third party developers. It sure worked for me.

/Also the emulators sucks and don't come close to emulating the actual performance of the devices.
 
2012-09-26 04:30:37 PM  

the_sidewinder: madgonad: RIM is Canadian.

Shouldn't they be destroying Nickelback or Bryan Adams songs instead?

Destroy... Nickleback songs? How does one destroy that which is already the embodiment of destruction in music?


You clearly haven't seen me doing Karaoke when wasted. I can make ANYTHING worse.
 
2012-09-26 04:43:21 PM  
At least they didn't do rap.
 
2012-09-26 04:44:00 PM  
We won a Playbook a few weeks ago during some charity event. Took it home and plugged it in. Several hours later nothing. Turns out that when the battery is really low (like after sitting on a shelf for three months) you can't charge via USB. There is a firmware fix for this. But that requires you to be able to boot it up. Which you can't do because you can't charge it via the supplied charger which uses a USB cable.

Just awesome engineering there ....

/it looks pretty - been using it as a cheese cutting board
 
2012-09-26 04:45:05 PM  

EngineerAU:
3) Open up the website. It's stupid to hide developer tools behind authentication walls. I can go download Visual Studio Express without signing up for an account, much less giving out all my personal details and a complete report on the inner workings of my company. And the whole thing is obviously organized by the ad department because the developer site, once you get in through security, is 95% brochure garbage. Only Sun (and likely now Oracle) made it more difficult to find the actual tools to download in the Mount Eve ...


WRT this one, he has done a lot of that. Starting last year, you no longer have to have a certified letter stating you are who you say you are from your company in order to get on line, and other associated bullshiat. You can sign up on line, download the tools, and start work. You don't have to interact with RIM at all unless you are ready to push your app to the app store.

As of a year ago, their tooling still sucked balls, but I know they were putting a ton of effort into improving it. No idea if they've succeeded.
 
2012-09-26 04:50:10 PM  

madgonad: the_sidewinder: madgonad: RIM is Canadian.

Shouldn't they be destroying Nickelback or Bryan Adams songs instead?

Destroy... Nickleback songs? How does one destroy that which is already the embodiment of destruction in music?

You clearly haven't seen me doing Karaoke when wasted. I can make ANYTHING worse.


vid or i doubt it
 
2012-09-26 04:52:33 PM  

gingerjet: We won a Playbook a few weeks ago during some charity event. Took it home and plugged it in. Several hours later nothing. Turns out that when the battery is really low (like after sitting on a shelf for three months) you can't charge via USB. There is a firmware fix for this. But that requires you to be able to boot it up. Which you can't do because you can't charge it via the supplied charger which uses a USB cable.

Just awesome engineering there ....

/it looks pretty - been using it as a cheese cutting board


give you 20 for it
 
2012-09-26 07:37:47 PM  

gingerjet: We won a Playbook a few weeks ago during some charity event. Took it home and plugged it in. Several hours later nothing. Turns out that when the battery is really low (like after sitting on a shelf for three months) you can't charge via USB. There is a firmware fix for this. But that requires you to be able to boot it up. Which you can't do because you can't charge it via the supplied charger which uses a USB cable.


I had a Playbook for a while before I traded it in at Amazon for a Galaxy Tab 2. Didn't it come with a wall plugin thingy that the USB can plug into?
 
2012-09-26 08:23:44 PM  

gingerjet: We won a Playbook a few weeks ago during some charity event. Took it home and plugged it in. Several hours later nothing. Turns out that when the battery is really low (like after sitting on a shelf for three months) you can't charge via USB. There is a firmware fix for this. But that requires you to be able to boot it up. Which you can't do because you can't charge it via the supplied charger which uses a USB cable.

Just awesome engineering there ....

/it looks pretty - been using it as a cheese cutting board


I had the same issue with mine, it sat on my desk for a month or so. It was still under warranty so they shipped me a new one. Haven't had the issue again but I wasn't impressed.
 
2012-09-26 09:20:12 PM  
I could do a job at RIM. Thinkin I could circle around, find an opening, wag my tongue at some asshole and clean up.
 
2012-09-26 11:38:24 PM  

Lego_Addict: gingerjet: We won a Playbook a few weeks ago during some charity event. Took it home and plugged it in. Several hours later nothing. Turns out that when the battery is really low (like after sitting on a shelf for three months) you can't charge via USB. There is a firmware fix for this. But that requires you to be able to boot it up. Which you can't do because you can't charge it via the supplied charger which uses a USB cable.

Just awesome engineering there ....

/it looks pretty - been using it as a cheese cutting board

I had the same issue with mine, it sat on my desk for a month or so. It was still under warranty so they shipped me a new one. Haven't had the issue again but I wasn't impressed.


Happened to a coworker of mine and he just took his to Best Buy and they let him use the dock charger for 20 minutes. Fixed it right up. Granted, it's a shiatty bug to have in your product on release.
 
2012-09-27 12:52:14 AM  
FTA:

"...end-of-the-70s stadium ballad "Keep on Loving You."

Well, I suppose you could consider 1980 as being the end of the 1970s.
 
2012-09-27 05:19:08 AM  
Any irony in the fact that they chose a song from a group that once filled stadiums, but now works the county fair circuit?
 
2012-09-27 05:56:08 AM  

andyofne: I'm pretty sure I count five guys in that video.

[lh3.googleusercontent.com image 729x445]


www.startrek.com

Count them again.
 
2012-09-27 10:11:08 AM  
If Blackberry want to keep market share they need to do one thing.

FIT A BIGGER SCREEN


they seem to have the needed apps, the device is terrible for 2012...
 
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