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Comment: Re:Intel CPUs have had no pins for a while (Score 0) 1009

by tecmec (#42105571) Attached to: Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?
As an EE I can tell you you're just wrong. Multiple ground pads exist for signal integrity reasons, not "redundancy". If any one of those GND pads isn't connected, you're setting yourself up for instability and problems. Look at any BGA processor or SoC, they still have all those grounds. They're not "redundancy". You're taking a far too simplistic view of how digital electronics work.

Comment: Re:Hire bad programmers with good social skills (Score 0) 211

by tecmec (#40256433) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Teach Programming To Salespeople?
He's a fool. [for MBTI at least] you don't want a 100% match for finding a SO, they say. 50 or 75% match is ideal. The logic behind this is that if you have a very similar personality, you're more likely to clash when you disagree on something. But slight differences make it not so bad.

If you think about this, it makes sense. I wouldn't want to live with me. :P

Comment: Re:Why would you want to keep the telephone number (Score 0) 239

by tecmec (#30780202) Attached to: Dragging Telephone Numbers Into the Internet Age
That's what you may prefer, but you are the aging generation. If you look at the cell phone market you will quickly realize that smartphones, or even just "texting" dumbphones with full keyboards are becoming very popular. You don't even want to know how many highschool girls walk around with Blackberries. I'm sorry, but you are going to start noticing less and less cellphones without full keyboards.

Comment: Re:Exactly (Score 1, Interesting) 241

by tecmec (#30313142) Attached to: Windows 7 Under Fire For Patent Infringement
Sounds like Directed Electronics Inc (DEI). If you want a car starter you either buy a Compustar or a DEI...there is nobody else left. Over the years DEI has bought out several competitors, if only for their patents. Viper, Clifford, Python...all DEI (now), and all sell the exact same products. Some /.s might know that Viper (a DEI company) just released an iPhone interface for their starters. Pretty neat idea, no? I thought so, I was going to do something similar for my 4th year EE progect at school...until this came out. Anyway, while researching this I noticed that Clifford filed a patent for this in 1989, 11 years before being bought out by DEI, only to have DEI sell a product using that patent under their own name 9 years after that. Crazy how this stuff works.

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