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Comment Re:How about non-BGA? (Score 1) 24

OK, then give us QFP version with less pins.

I mean, Rockchip offers a competing range of SoCs in LQFP176, up to quad core, and they're huge sellers. Too bad that the Chinese companies typically won't talk to anyone.

Freescale would be smart to follow suit. If they did, they'd become a standard, quickly. I'd be happy to trade having gobs of GPIOs for cheaper and easier assembly.

Comment How about non-BGA? (Score 1) 24

It's great that Freescale is making a version of the ultralite that's easier to manufacture - but it'd be even better if they had a non-BGA version. BGA means "ball grid array", and it's one of the more difficult component in terms of electronics assembly.

Some companies charge a 3x premium if there are any BGAs at all. Having version that has the pins on the side (QFP), even if it was huge, or had less functionality, would allow for easier prototyping and assembly.

There'd be a market for it.

Comment No, the problem is the software (Score 1) 327

Actually, PowerPoint is so horrendously clunky and limited that even if you want to make a compelling presentation, it works against you. In short, the only thing that you can do easily is to use bullet points.

PowerPoint still cannot do what the long dead Persuasion could do, and do efficiently.

I'd love an decent alternative to PowerPoint, but it really doesn't exist.

Comment NYC Resident Here (Score 5, Informative) 149

People forget that there is another side here - the NYC resident. Consider that there's likely several people within 20 feet of me at any given time - this is the reality of big city living.

What AirBnB means to me is a diminished quality of life.

It means "guests" rolling in at 2am, feeling the need to open and close every door and cupboard (and waking up my household). Ringing my bell accidentally at all hours. Using AirBnB to find one-night party space. Smoking everywhere.

This is all from one apartment directly above me. If I complain to NYC, it means that they're sued to death and evicted (which I'm sorely tempted to do, but the punishment is very harsh). If I don't, I have to live in a noisier, less enjoyable circumstance.

And yes, I've taken the time to ask the folks upstairs to be more considerate. Their response? "It's our right", even though it's against the law.

AirBnB sucks.

Comment Two kinds of people in the future (Score 1) 509

The notion of "haves" and "have nots" are going to be about robots, not about money. There will be two kinds of people in the future - those that own the robots, and those that are either displaced or enslaved by them.

Automation is going to make the future rather bleak, indeed. Universal welfare, anyone?

Submission + - CyanogenMod Installer removed from Google Play Store->

sfcrazy writes: Today Google asked the CM team to voluntarily remove the app from the store or they would be forced to remove it administratively. CM team chose to remove the app voluntarily. According CyanogenMod team Google initially said that the app was in violation of Google’s Play’s developer terms. When the CM team reached out to the Play team the found that “though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it ‘encourages users to void their warranty’, it would not be allowed to remain in the store."
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Submission + - MakerBot Parent Stratasys Files Patent Litigation Against Afinia

hirschma writes: Stratasys, which recently bought MakerBot, announced that it was filing for patent infringement against popular 3D printer vendor Afinia. While the Afinia UP! 3D printer is a closed-source design, the Open Source Hardware community is both worried and annoyed. Mostly annoyed, it seems, since MakerBot got it's start using OSHW designs to build their business. MakerBot's co-founder says it best in an older post back when MakerBot first went closed-source, which happened just a couple of days before MBI's Bre Pettis gave a talk about the challenges of OSHW in consumer products. Well, challenge apparently met.

Submission + - The Biggest Fraud in Kickstarter History is Currently Unfolding->

An anonymous reader writes: The SmartDuino project launched on Kickstarter last October promised many things, including making it super simple for hobbyist to create amazing electronic projects easily, and ended up raising an amazing $157,571 for project creator Dimitri Albino. But allegations of fraud soon came out shortly after funding ended — including Arduino creator Massimo Banzi calling Mr. Albino's claims of being the manufacturer of the Arduino a lie and claimed his project violated the Arduino Trademark. Now a year later, after many broken promises and no products delivered, the project backers are demanding answers, refunds and threatening international legal action in what looks to be the largest fraud in Kickstarter history.

And to add insult to the victims of this, Mr. Albino's company, SmartMaker, is currently running multiple other projects on crowdfunding site Indiegogo which so far have raised over $420,000 and also have had similar fraud claims being made.

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