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Comment: Re:RIM-Don't chuck the old phone (Score 1) 267

by scharkalvin (#42743919) Attached to: RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

If you really read the news you should have seen that a version with a keyboard was also announced, It will be released shortly after the all touch version.
Also Blackberry always had a varied range of models available in different price points, one would expect this to continue meaning there should eventually be more models in higher and lower price points. The BB10 OS is based on QNX as has been reported elsewhere. This is a secure OS used in mission critical applications in the automobile industry, consider that the next time your Android or IOS phone gets a virius hack job.

Comment: Re:Unlikely - mars has always been cold (Score 1) 75

by scharkalvin (#42474163) Attached to: Blue, Not Red: Did Ancient Mars Look Like This?

Actually Mars might have been warmer, THEN colder. The planets maintained much internal heat left over from creation for millions of years. Mars once had an active core like the Earth still does (the now dead volcanoes on Mars are proof of this). With an active core Mars also once had a magnetic field that protected it's early thicker atmosphere. Mars might once had been a lot warmer and wetter, perhaps long enough for life to evolve there. In fact the early Earth might have been TOO HOT due to still containing much of the heat from it's creation while smaller Mars that was farther from the sun had cooled to the point where life was possible. Then Mars cooled down, the sun wasn't yet warm enough to make up the difference (for Earth it was), and also being smaller Mar's core shut down, the magnetic field died out and the solar wind slowly removed the planet's outer atmosphere. Mars then died. If Mars had been born a larger planet, it might be a twin of Earth today.

Comment: Re:Do Not RIP Yet (Score 1) 23

by scharkalvin (#42371445) Attached to: RIM Pays Off Nokia; Patent Dispute Settled

Having just started working for RIM at their Sunrise FL development center so do I!
I must confess that until I joined the company I was not all familiar with their phone products. My family and I had recently got Samsung Galaxy series smart phones on AT&T, to replace our "dumb" tracphones. Now I have a company issued Blackberry curve as well. The curve has a smaller screen, and a built in keyboard, it's not in the same "market class" as my Samsung Galaxy smart phone (Blackberry DOES make larger phones that ARE). I am very impressed by the Curve though. Voice quality is very good, it doesn't sound "digitized" like the Samsung does (on the SAME network). Also the battery life is very good. I have to charge the Sammy every day or it will go dead, even if hardly used. The Curve can go days between charging. I've been told that the Blackberry firmware is heavily optimized for battery life. BTW President Obama has a Blackberry (his choice).

Comment: Re:Even if this was true... (Score 1) 1009

by scharkalvin (#42100367) Attached to: Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

Who says you can't make a socket for a BGA chip? Just wait till Augat or someone like them gets wind of this and engineers a nice socket for the bugger.
It WILL happen. There already ARE sockets for BGA memory chips for the device programmer market. The LGA chips are very nearly BGA as it is, the only difference is the pads are gold plated instead of solder balls. Another solution might come from the guys at Smardtboards. They make BGA breadboards that are easy to solder to.

Back in the good old days of home built PC's (1980's) most motherboards were sold with CPU chips already installed in sockets. When they started selling them without CPU's people started crying about price fixing, but got over it. I wouldn't mind buying a tested motherboard with a cpu in place. There might be fewer choices such as better featured mother boards coming with the more expensive processors and visa versa..

Finally, if this gives AMD a shot in the arm, even better. The only thing I don't like about their CPU's is the higher power draw compared to Intel.

Comment: Me too (Score 2) 289

by scharkalvin (#41864715) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Tries KDE, Likes It So Far

I agree with Linus, I'm back to KDE after the Gnome2 to Gnome3 transisiton. While the default KDE settings may not be optimal, some distros (such as Mint) have chosen more sane defaults for THEIR implementation of KDE. I'd suggest that Linus try Mint 13 KDE, but since he probably knows how to tweak things to his liking he can use any distro he likes. I've also tried Kubuntu, but Mint is closer to my desired configuration out of the box.

Comment: Not bad, but... Teensy3.0 is also nice. (Score 1) 130

by scharkalvin (#41723773) Attached to: New Arduino Due Brings More Power To the Table

Once again Arduino has taken a nice chip and cut off it's legs while mounting it on an compatible platform. It looks like almost half of the Due CPU's available IO pins are NOT accessible on the board (unless you are good at soldering fine wire to .4mm spaced pins by hand). They did the same thing on the Arduino Mega with the atmega1280 and atmega2560 parts (leaving out at least 16 of the IO pins, including the XCK signals so you CAN'T use the usarts in SPI mode!).

If you want to go ARM, you might consider the Teensy3.0 which DOES make all of the I/O pins available (though you will have to solder some wires to pads on the bottom of the board, but at least the pads are there!). The Teensy 3.0 is also about $15 cheaper than the Due.

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov