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BlackBerry 10 Can BBM Anything You're Watching, Even Porn 104

Posted by Soulskill
from the it-was-for-research-i-swear dept.
redletterdave writes "The new BBM in BlackBerry 10 has the option to automatically share what music you're listening to as one's status update. As it turns out, this BBM feature in BlackBerry 10 can actually share anything you're listening to with your BBM network, including videos. Therefore, any videos viewed in the BlackBerry Z10 browser or media player will be displayed for all of one's BlackBerry contacts to see, even if you don't want your network to know you're watching certain videos."
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BlackBerry 10 Can BBM Anything You're Watching, Even Porn

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  • Wow (Score:1, Insightful)

    by spike hay (534165)

    These guys really can't think anything through.

    • Re:Wow (Score:5, Insightful)

      by All_One_Mind (945389) on Tuesday April 02, 2013 @09:33PM (#43344407) Homepage Journal
      The bigger WOW here is that this is even a story. The key phrase in the summary is: "HAS THE OPTION" as in it's an optional feature. You know. One that you can turn off or on. This is the same thing Netflix recently added, where it will post what you're watching if you turn the option on. Here's a novel idea, if you're watching porn on your blackberry, turn off sharing or never enable it to begin with.
      • and if you do, you better not be watching any movie "Ingenuity 13" of "AF Holdings" owns the copyright to... oh, wait... no really oh wait because there has been NOTHING on Slashdot yet re today's Prenda Law hearing.
      • by sjames (1099)

        You stopped reading too soon. It HAS THE OPTION (as you say) to share what you're LISTENING to (they say) but in fact, will also share what you're looking at.

      • by dubbreak (623656)

        The bigger WOW here is that this is even a story.

        Exactly. Thanks Dice for bringing slashdot down another notch. This is garbage.

      • by wvmarle (1070040)

        Honestly I wonder why people would want to turn this on to begin with. It's of no-ones business what I'm listening to, or whether I'm listening to anything at any time. And that has nothing to do with porn as such.

        • by Anonymous Coward

          I know people who like to share what porn they are watching, I can't wait for one of them to forget to turn it off when they were listening to Bieber.

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          The target market is probably teenagers and advertisers. To a lesser extent adult gossips.

      • by PPH (736903)

        From TFA:

        that private users may want to toggle "off."

        Implying that this feature is on by default. Bad idea. Such a feature should be off and very, very difficult to enable accidentally.

        • Re:Wow (Score:5, Informative)

          by narcc (412956) on Tuesday April 02, 2013 @11:41PM (#43344949) Journal

          Implying that this feature is on by default. Bad idea.

          That would be a bad idea. Good thing that it's OFF by default.

          The article and summary are ridiculous.

      • by Joce640k (829181)

        The bigger WOW here is that this is even a story. The key phrase in the summary is: "HAS THE OPTION" as in it's an optional feature. You know. One that you can turn off or on.

        So....is it 'on' by default?

        (wouldn't surprise me if it was)

      • by stenvar (2789879)

        "Share music" doesn't imply "share videos" or "share porn" to most people.

      • The bigger WOW here is that this is even a story. The key phrase in the summary is: "HAS THE OPTION" as in it's an optional feature. You know. One that you can turn off or on. This is the same thing Netflix recently added, where it will post what you're watching if you turn the option on. Here's a novel idea, if you're watching porn on your blackberry, turn off sharing or never enable it to begin with.

        Wait... Netflix has porn???

      • or just don't watch porn on the incredibly tiny screen...
    • by gstoddart (321705)

      These guys really can't think anything through.

      I think it's a problem with social media in general.

      The assumption has become that what people really want to do is be able to share everything at all times. Many of us have no interest in that, and don't trust the companies involved.

      I find it especially annoying when companies start a push to ramp up their use of social media in the office. I don't see it as enhancing business value in most cases, and then you mostly get pressured to waste your time making s

  • Uh. Uh. Uh. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rueger (210566) * on Tuesday April 02, 2013 @09:36PM (#43344429) Homepage
    Even by the standards of the usual ROT13ifying overlords of slashdot, I gotta say... uh..????
  • It is an option, so you can turn it off. And if you really want to share what you are listening to, there are better options out there, such as Last.fm. Which keeps track of all your statistical information, recommends new bands, events, album releases and finds users who have similar tastes.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It is an option, so you can turn it off They should add the option to shock the user when they pick up the phone. You know, with an option to turn that feature off.

      • Re:Last.fm (Score:4, Informative)

        by narcc (412956) on Tuesday April 02, 2013 @11:42PM (#43344955) Journal

        It's off by default.

        This is a non-story.

        • by Anonymous Coward

          Also, this has been a feature of BBM for years. It became a story only because a Crackberry staffer found the option and turned it on, then surfed porn. The fact that it hasn't been a story for all these years only confirms that it has never been story-worthy.

  • I have yet to meet anyone who admits to having used BBM...
    • you need to get out more
    • by Barny (103770)

      Still don't know what it is, I can only assume it is 'Big Beautiful Men' (The counter of BBW).

      In that case, uh, pass?

      • by arth1 (260657)

        Editors: When using TLAs in TFS, spell them out the first time. I would wager that most people here have never heard of BBM.

        I guess the BB stands for BlackBerry, but the M? Music, Meeting, Messenger, Melody, Micropenis, Movies, Microcosmos, Multimedia...?
        Who knows, and at this point, WGAS?

        • by Anonymous Coward

          Monkey, Madonna, Manboobs, Macbeth, Mercury

          this is fun!

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Are you sure? BBM stands for Big Bowel Movement*. You never had one of those?

      *lazy fucks, spell it out, dammit!

  • by theRunicBard (2662581) on Tuesday April 02, 2013 @09:49PM (#43344495)
    There is no way you can't turn this off, and really, who watches porn on their phone? That just seems like a terrible life choice. Small screen, horrible data speeds, smudgy finger marks.
    • by Greyfox (87712)
      Maybe if you have a blackberry you have those problems. The Iphone is awesome for porn! One-handed operation, wifi (who doesn't have wifi when they're watching porn anymore) and an awesome screen! I've... said too much, haven't I?
      • by PPH (736903)

        The Iphone is awesome for porn!

        And so the phrase "you're holding it wrong" is born.

        One-handed operation,

        Speak for yourself.

      • by azalin (67640)
        Well this looks like a ... RIM job!
    • by msauve (701917)
      "There is no way you can't turn this off"

      Huh? That's a triple negative.

      Do you mean "There's no way you can turn this on" or "There is a way you can turn this off" or "There is no way you can turn this on" or "There is a way you can't turn this on" or what are you trying to say?
      • by PPH (736903)
        I can't tell either. Is marketing gibberish left or right associative?
      • I think theRunicBard means, 'I do not accept that Blackberry has not included an option to disable automatic sharing'.

        It's less confusing once you realise that he/she hasn't read TFA, TFS, or any previous comments ;)

      • by arth1 (260657)

        Huh? That's a triple negative.

        No, it isn't. "Off" is not the same as "not on".
        If you do not turn something on, it's not the same as if you turn it off. The former allows for it to be on afterwards; the latter does not.

        • by msauve (701917)
          You're as confused as the GP, claiming that if you turn something off, it can't be turned on afterwards.

          You're also confusing state with action. Do or don't do, there is no try.
          • by arth1 (260657)

            You're as confused as the GP, claiming that if you turn something off, it can't be turned on afterwards.

            Where did I claim that, exactly?

            You're also confusing state with action. Do or don't do, there is no try.

            That has no relevance to whether "off" (whether an action or a state) is a negation or not. Two offs don't equal one on, so it is not a negation.

    • by mjwx (966435) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @05:18AM (#43346085)

      really, who watches porn on their phone? That just seems like a terrible life choice. Small screen, horrible data speeds, smudgy finger marks.

      Business travellers who cant afford prostitutes.

      • by c0lo (1497653)

        really, who watches porn on their phone? That just seems like a terrible life choice. Small screen, horrible data speeds, smudgy finger marks.

        Business travellers who cant afford prostitutes.

        I can accept that. What baffles me: why this would need to be shared?

    • by arth1 (260657)

      There is no way you can't turn this off, and really, who watches porn on their phone?

      The driver approaching you in the other lane.

  • And I could also setup a VNC server and invite everyone I know to view it while I browse anything/everything.

    But I don't...how is this a bad thing, again?

  • by Blaskowicz (634489) on Tuesday April 02, 2013 @09:56PM (#43344533)

    The article is written in a way that implies the feature is turned on when you get the phone.
    Well it's still a problem, if you have unsuspecting users, and users who don't want to muck with settings. All people on slashdot know that these phones are computers but they are also marketed as just phones and importantly, many people will just finger-navigate their way to the music player or video player and play the files they put there with an USB cable or something.. Even knowledgeable people might do that, not willing to waste their time learning all the GUIs in their phones, or even changing the wallpaper etc.

    • by narcc (412956) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @12:55AM (#43345245) Journal

      The article is written in a way that implies the feature is turned on when you get the phone.

      Which it is not.

      I even double-checked on my wife's phone as she hadn't yet setup BBM. It was off.

      You must explicitly turn that feature on.

      • by sp0tter (1456139)
        for now anyway. I can see a future board meeting going something like this: "We are not seeing the market penetration we desire. The users must not be aware of our fabulous features. Turn everything on by default in the next update so they all see how awesome we really are. No I haven't done any usability research on potential impacts of this and I am sure the end users will simply throw their legs up and pollute their britches with joy" Not that I have much experiance with BBM honestly... this just
  • Things you post on Facebook can be seen by people! Oh the travesty! When you elect to turn on an option that shares the audio/video that you're listening/watching, and it does just that, why would anyone be surprised?
  • Does anyone think their full Google search history, combined with partial browsing history, back to 2000, will not be publicly available to everyone a few years from now, either posted by hackers or as a for-profit venture?
  • by Nyder (754090) on Tuesday April 02, 2013 @10:34PM (#43344669) Journal

    Blackberry Messenger. I had to google it.

    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      RTFA is easier, it's mentioned there as well. But at least you do keep up a good /. tradition by not RTFA.

      • by dohzer (867770)

        And the submitter carried on their side of the tradition by failing to use the full version of an obscure acronym at least once in the summary.

        • by wvmarle (1070040)

          And that is entirely true as well.

        • by tlhIngan (30335)

          And the submitter carried on their side of the tradition by failing to use the full version of an obscure acronym at least once in the summary.

          Technically, BBM isn't that obscure - I'm sure if you query upper management folks, they know what it means just fine. Even a startling number of the general public - it's been around for a LONG time. Prior to the iPhone it was fairly popular as well.

          Heck, it was also one of the things that caused the UAE and India to force RIM (err.. Blackberry) to install servers i

      • RTFA is easier

        Rim Tony's Fruity Artechoke?

    • Yeah, I had to google it too.

      And here I was trying to come up with a pun regarding the meaning of "BBM" in the gay subculture. Which, of course, leads inevitably to jokes about RIM.

    • by JeanCroix (99825)
      So one can use BBM to announce to everyone that they're listening to BBM? [wikipedia.org] How meta.
    • > Blackberry Messenger. I had to google it.

      And now Google knows you probably download porn on your Blackberry.

  • Never suspected BlackBerry users to watch porn. Or do anything to lighten up a party for that matter.
    • Yeah...watching porn on what's 9 times out of 10 a company-provided phone seems...unlikely.
      • by Lehk228 (705449)
        that's what blackberry balance is for, keeping your work stuff at work and your personal stuff personal.
      • by azalin (67640)
        Do you really think it's much different than company provided laptops/desktops? With a device that's small enough to carry to a more "private office"? People watch images of scantly clad members of their target sex whenever they think they can get away with it.
        • A colleague of mine proudly takes his tablet to the can. Never mind the wanking, it's his hygiene that bothers me. Won't touch that or any other tablet/smart phone with a barge pole. At least regular keyboards are not often brought into the loo.
          • by azalin (67640)
            On the other hand touchscreens are a lot easier to clean and will be wiped once in a while (either by pockets, bags or once they can't be read in daylight anymore). Keyboards are bacteria's wet dream: Food crumbs, soda spills, dead skin cells, grease and sweat from your fingers all together in a nice hard to clean environment (in case of laptops they even get perfect reproduction temperature).
    • by leuk_he (194174)

      User 1 is listening ... Queen, breaktrhough.
      User 2 is listening Justin Bieber.
      User 3 Is currrently not sharing his play list
      User 4 Is listening Bruno Mars.

      We better not disturb User 3, he is wankin at a porn video at the moment.

  • A few days ago I had the ability to vote stories up and down. Now it's gone. I wish I could vote this one down, it's utterly pointless.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Wow. Big hoopla over nothing. No one seemed to care that msn messenger did the same thing when the same music feature was added. And now no one even remembers.

    Even worse, no matter what phone you are loyal to, who the fuck would use a 4" screen to wank to porn?

  • What is BBM? It would have been nice to define that in the summary, instead of assuming that every Slashdot reader is an experienced Blackberry user...
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    "Porn" obviously has more weight to garner clicks, so let's resort to sensationalizing the headline in order to make a buck.

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