IBM Trying To Patent Cure For Obama's BlackBerry Woes

from the isn't-that-convenient dept

theodp writes “Appearing Thursday on The View, President Obama lamented that his BlackBerry was no fun anymore, noting that only about 10 people had his BlackBerry personal e-mail address. ‘I’ve got to admit it’s no fun because they think it’s going to be subject to the Presidential Records Act so nobody sends me the juicy stuff,’ he ruefully added. Coincidentally, the USPTO disclosed on Thursday that IBM has a patent pending for a Cellular Telephone Using Multiple Accounts, which provides multiple SIM card slots to address the problems faced by ‘an elected official [who] may be under legal restraints regarding the nature of calls which may be made from a particular telephone.’ Without its invention, explains Big Blue, ‘an official may use one telephone for calls in an official government capacity; another for calls to a re-election committee; and another for purely personal use.’ IBM ran to the patent office with details of the new ‘invention’ (image) just days after Obama was told he could keep his BlackBerry for personal use, but would have to use an NSA-approved phone for anything government related.”

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Anonymous Coward says:

“just days after Obama was told he could keep his BlackBerry for personal use, but would have to use an NSA-approved phone for anything government related.”

Who did we elect to set policy, the NSA or Obama? Seriously, why is the NSA telling Obama what he can and can’t do, shouldn’t it be the other way around?

Ryan says:

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Fortunately, Obama is not a dictator (yet), so he does in fact have to operate within limits.

Though if you want to complain about unelected officials making policy, I think a much more significant place to start would be the Fed, or any number of “czars” or Cabinet departments that set policy with a complete lack of accountability that should actually be done by Congress (the legislative branch is supposed to make policy, remember – the executive just enforces it)

Anonymous Coward says:

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I think the biggest issue is encryption. Wireless signals can be intercepted. Perhaps the NSA broke blackberry’s encryption and they know someone else can too. So they want the president to use encryption that they cannot currently break. The president being able to have a conversation that cannot be easily intercepted has nothing to do with transparency. Presidents have had secured telephone lines for a long time, nothing new there.

Anonymous Coward says:

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Of course this makes sense, in every organization across every land. CEOs don’t do anything they wish in meatspace just because they want, they have a PR and Legal department that vets out every action. It doesn’t seem too difficult that the President doesn’t understand security protocols, so that task is left to a professional organization like the NSA.

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