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Submission + - Intel to use soldered CPUs; end of PC building? (zdnet.com)

Dystopian Rebel writes: ZDNET reported that Intel will sell the next-generation Broadwell CPUs as a ball grid array (BGA) rather than an land grid array (LGA) package. In short, Broadwell CPUs will be soldered onto the circuit board. The article mentions that Apple now has RAM soldered onto the mainboard of some PC products. Is this the end of hobbyist PC building and upgrading? Will AMD find new support from hobbyists and OEM builders?

Comment Re:Regular universities don't sell you the knowled (Score 2) 98

Research opportunities -- maybe at the PhD level, but the private sector doesn't like to hire software PhDs for a good reason.

Highly skilled mentors and teachers -- who are counting on their university pensions instead of learning what's happening in the real world of software development. I don't blame them for seeking safety, but let's not pretend that 90% of professors are "highly skilled mentors and teachers".

Real-world community -- of people who are just as lost. Might as well used Reddit.

Regular social contact with relatively capable people -- Based on statistical understanding alone, I must declare this point to be bovine excrement.

Comment "Computer prowess that Bill Gates would envy" (Score 3, Funny) 187

Oh, so the villain in this movie goes *further* than creating a monopoly, using its power to force suppliers to put competitors out of business, using a file-system hack to implement long filenames, having Notepad write a BOM to UTF-8 files, and, finally, choosing Ballmer to run the business into the ground?

How will Bond ever defeat a villain with such technical skill?

Comment If Dawkins and Torvalds did a mind-meld (Score 1) 862

Dawkalds-Torvins: It's very evident that Representative Paul Broun is a fucking moron who should kill himself. Only fucking morons would vote for a fucking moron like that. There was a rather amusing tweet I saw on Twitter, which went something like this. "[Patient:] Doctor, I think smearing chocolate on my teeth is a good way to keep them healthy. [Doctor:] Here's a punch in the mouth, you fucking moron!" Whom do I have to fuck to make people understand that there is no controversy about evolution? It's a fact, demonstrated beyond all possible doubt by scientific evidence. If you look at the evidence and don't see that it's an absolutely secure fact, you are a fucking moron who probably would like using Gnome.

Comment from the IBM Blue Ballmer Translator... (Score 4, Funny) 133

Input: "Where we see important opportunities to set a new standard, yeah we'll dive in."

Output: "We'll copy any product if it's a chance to make money. And if we can figure out how to squirt Windows into it, we'll do that, too."

The IBM Blue Ballmer Project is an artificial intelligence computer system capable of translating statements made in the unnatural language of Microsoft Chief Executive Orificer Steve Ballmer.

Comment Pry XP from cold, stiff fingers (Score 5, Insightful) 727

XP is still common at work because

a) it is fast even on old hardware,

b) it is supported by at least one good, secure Web browser (hint: not MSIE),

c) it supports about 15 years worth of professional applications (some of which are not available anymore), and

d) upgrading == (pain + time) && (upgrading != c)

Comment "Good morning, team. Arbeiten Macht Frei." (Score 1) 615

"For the next iteration, we are targetting stability, bugs, new features, and UI improvements. But no refactoring or anything else that Management doesn't understand easily.
"Good morning, team. Arbeiten Macht Frei.

"During this sprint (or other fashionable project-management term), we're not explicitly asking you to work 20-hour days and weekends. However, those who demonstrate commitment, require less food, and never leave the building will be recognised as Star Talent; the others will be sacked ("laid off due to regrettable global economic conditions") as soon as Senior Management has hired consultants to pose as Caring HR Personnel to escort you away with nothing to show for your work here. To the latter underperformers, we say good luck in your future endeavours. And hiding in the toilets will not help. No, not even in the wheelchair-accessible stall.

"For those innocents who are competing for recognition as Star Talent, note that there are very few people who receive this designation, so if you are fool enough to believe in our praise, you must compete to survive against other talent using cunning, subterfuge, and in general the dirtiest tricks and strategies. Please also note that being identified as Star Talent during this project means nothing for your future. The truth is that only people without talent who suckle the body parts of Senior Management have any hope of moving away from the rotating knives.

"If you have a family that you love, you must make a choice. We encourage you make the right one. Senior Management wishes to make it clear that they believe in family values, but they mean their own families, not yours. It is acceptable to have pictures of your family on your desk, but please keep them to less than 5cm X 7.5cm and ensure that everyone in the pictures is smiling. We may, at our discretion, trim any pictures that exceed these dimensions. It is not acceptable to use pictures of your family as screensavers or as desktop backgrounds. Screensavers are not necessary with LCDs and, in any case, screensavers are proof that you are wasting time.

"Thank you for your dedication to the project, the organisation, the shareholders, and Senior Management's bonuses. Arbeiten Macht Frei.

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