Why can't it be both? Publicly traded companies aren't there to do things right; they're there to increase stockholder profits. If it cost $5 or took five minutes to increase security, it's off the table unless it makes that money back. And, if this negligence pleases the government, at whose pleasure the company exists, so much the better.
So - If you're career is or was largely dependent on the existence of a certain government program, regardless of what it is, would you come right out and say that program had no value? Preposterous. You'd promote, and quite probably rationalize in your own mind, ANY justification for it.
To make a banal comparison, when I was going through a divorce, my wife told a continuous steam of lies throughout the proceedings. Years later, she asked me incredulously, "Did you really expect me to tell the truth?"
Yes, I've seen it. There's a fine line between mechanical necessity (hey, it's a keyboard!) and unnecessarily blatant copying, and I think this product goes a little too far in the latter direction. BUT (and of course IANAL) this would seem to me more a trade dress issue than a patent one. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
One thing that IS clear is that Blackberry would be better off expending their efforts elsewhere.
Yes, but what's the fun in that? You've got the metaphorical Big Red Panic Button just sitting there; don't you just long to be the hero that presses it? Stopping and thinking, then taking reasonable action, is far less exciting. And, you run the danger of not showing Zero Tolerance for Terrorists.
I'm sure there are XXXX people (how many workers does the NSA employ?) out there gritting their teeth, as we've got it all wrong: It's not the spying, it's that people know about it. Edward Snowden is single-handedly eroding Silicon Valley!
I'd love for them to "ask" for my samples. I'm one of those guys who keeps printouts of several relevant laws (photography in public, who may request your SSN, etc.) in his glovebox for just such circumstances.
In an ideal world, people would remember asshat tricks like this, and just not do business with the company. But you know what? No one cares, no one remembers. The world is a blur of change; companies change ownership, names, policies, staff - you can't keep track of it. A couple of months after the "reconcepted" restaurant opens, no one (except the embittered former staff) will remember it was ever different.
Which is kind of funny, as the novel it's taken (badly) from was a patriot with an extreme belief in personal responsibility and freedom. The movie is essentially a parody of the novel, with the complete opposite message in a similar setting.
Like several posters here, I strongly prefer to purchase physical media. I have thousands of books, many hundreds of CD's, and nearly a thousand movies on disk. A fair number of them are out of print - never were or never will be available for stream or download. I may not own the stories, but I can keep them, or buy and sell them, the same as a hammer.
I have no problem with digital downloads, for transitory or novelty things. Even there, I purchase only DRM-free files. Anything important to me, that requires a company to maintain a remote server in perpetuity, doesn't get bought. Applies to games, even operating systems (right, MS?)
Problem is, people don't think about what they're getting. If they did, digital files would only yield a small fraction of the purchase price of a physical copy. This incident should be no surprise to anyone; just the harbinger of many disappointments to come.
...to save it. SINCE the people weren't supposed to know their every communication was monitored, it didn't matter if it was. The perfect illusion of privacy is as good for business as if it was really secure.
When you're being attacked by a group of armed thugs (with badges, as here) it's a pretty shitty choice between defending yourself (which GUARANTEES the beating won't stop) or just lying there and taking it, hoping they'll stop before you're dead. Doesn't make it any easier if your mental state isn't 100%, as in this case.
when the revolution comes, to borrow a phrase from Douglas Adams. There were a fair number of people who took pains to cover their asses when they saw the direction Germany was taking 70 years ago; never though I'd live to see the necessity for that in this country. But, it's true.