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Comment Re:So much for Apple's "better design" (Score 1) 102

That what JTAG boundary scan is for.

Seldom used, I have no idea what Apple does, but most places I work with do not use JTAG for factory test of consumer devices. The other issue is that if this was an issue that came from board flex or a bad solder joint, JTAG would not have caught it...at the time of manufacture the part was still making contact!

The only things I know of that can reliably catch weak joints are "bed of nails" probes, which are not frequently done on devices like cell phones where every pad is taking up precious space. Or x-ray can sometimes catch weak joints though it usually ends up best with broken joints, and is too expensive and time consuming for consumer designs.

They are assuming this issue was caused by flex, I am not sure that's necessarily true (or at least haven't found anyone who has a smoking gun). Often very fine pitched BGAs suffer from manufacturing issues on their own, that show up later even if the board was not flexed.

Comment Re:So much for Apple's "better design" (Score 1) 102

We, the hardware design community, have been working with BGAs now for well over a decade. A lot of time and energy has gone in to investigating how to design them in and get good results on a reasonably consistent basis. Still shit happens both in manufacturing and product integration.

The absolute worst description for BGAs I have ever read is this:
the Touch IC chips connect to the logic board via an array of itty-bitty solder balls -- "like a plate resting on marbles,"

I understand that hobbyists do not like BGAs, it requires substantially more effort to solder them down than other packages but they are neither new nor unreliable. But in terms of products you own, everything uses them, from computer DRAM to game console components.

Yes, inspection is difficult, but then visual inspection of products like a cell phone with many parts all of which are microscopic (an 0201 resistor, for example, is large) is not practical on millions of devices. x-ray techniques can catch these issues, but again on millions of parts I am not aware of anyone who x-rays every device. Latent defects end up being the hardest things to catch.

Comment Re:Or Maybe (Score 3, Informative) 330

If you want to see the bills you will. I recently had a CT scan, the average global price for this variety anywhere not in the USA (without dye, which is evidently much more expensive) is something like $500. The place billed by insurance for $15,000. My insurance paid the (evidently badly) negotiated price of $7500. I paid $1,500 out of pocket.

I just can't even.

Comment Re:Up to date? (Score 2) 330

Lots of people are incapable of thinking like the owner of a business,

If we did that the most ethically sound decision would be to kill ourselves. The sort of thinking those people engage in, while it makes sense from a very narrow perspective, either leads to sociopathy or depression. That humanity still exists is due largely to the fact that most people refuse to think like their leaders.

It's better to live in delusion.

Comment Re:So glad I don't work with her (Score 4, Insightful) 290

It's not just your company. This is a trend on the internet too. It used to be you could google for a term and get a list of steps to do. Now you get a 30 minute video (subscribe please!) with a lot of fluff and chat.

Dry technical manuals have their place, and they're very useful at what they do. But you don't normally read them cover to cover.

Comment Re:So glad I don't work with her (Score 5, Interesting) 290

Trying to decide if I'd ignore all her voice mails because I don't have time to listen to everything she said and can't scan for important things, or I'd ignore her voice mails because clearly she is full of bad ideas.

Probably both. If anyone sent me an email that took 10 minutes to read, I would ignore it after glancing.

Comment Re:Truly (Score 1) 475

Same, but other than games i play while standing in line, I am affixed to a workstation at home and at work more than my doctor would probably recommend. I cannot see any possible way I could use my phone as anything other than a toy or communications device (in that order), it's just too limited in its interactivity.

Comment Re:Wait What? (Score 1) 159

Yes. For municipal infrastructure, that someone is called the "taxpayer". Everyone who pays taxes in that municipality. That's how municipal bond measures work. The municipality promises money, from the taxpayer, to an investment company in exchange for them selling bonds to investors and the expected payback of that money, with interest, to those investors. At the base of the system is a promise that the taxpayers will cover any costs not otherwise covered. And when you wind up with a large number of people getting free service until they die or move away, there are going to be a lot of costs that won't be covered by the customer.

Or, perhaps you divide your big hunk of debt into many little chunks, and you put it on the end-user to pay. Yes, taxes can do this, but taxes have the problem of Mayor and Representatives. They take that tax money and squander it, sometimes embezzle it. Then there's assessment (income, property, sales, etc) which people throw a fit over, but in this model is most like "flat tax". At least that is the general consensus amongst people who are against big government, I personally think it works just fine provided citizens are awake, in control and do not spend undue amounts of time worry about what other people do. However if we have this independent, not for profit entity that owes $1B to bondholders, accountable to the public, and is being paid $100K by 10000 people, neglecting interest due, you have an arrangement that manages to be independent of the government that serves the public need and pays off the people who put up the initial investment.

You seem to be turning the entire municipal bond system on its head

Maybe, I didn't invent this. It's used for some HOAs. You do not buy a bond, you are assigned debt that you must pay off. The big muni is chipped into bits. Once you pay your debt, you are entitled to its use for the remainder of your time there.

I've seen too many ISPs come and go under the existing cable franchise system to believe that you would not see it "change" were you to look about you

I haven't. I've lived in ten different cities in the US, I have had two choices for internet in the past 15 years: cable or DSL, with one noticeable exception during Clinton I, when he opened the central offices to competitive ISPs and it was far and away the best time for me, as a consumer to get internet. That went under almost immediately after Bush II changed that rule. Since then it's either the phone company or the cable company, service has gradually been de-featured, redefined and become less reliable.

Comment Re:Wait What? (Score 1) 159

No, they will race to your house if they can be guaranteed of a profit. Domination isn't necessary. Competition eats away at profits.

Not my problem to solve. The problem I seek to solve is the investment factor on the provider end, and distrust of the provider on the consumer end. If there are a dozen service providers all charging X, then very likely that is the cost of the service, the funding model will work. That is not what is happening.

These upgrades are installed by unicorns and the fibers are made out of pixie dust. I note the scare quotes around "free" to indicate that you know it won't really be free

I never said anything was free. Someone will need to take out a large bond to build the infrastructure, maintain it, and upgrade it. They will issue bonds corresponding to the portion of the infrastructure consumed to residents. What that portion is and how much can be subject of public debate, dictatorial fiat or something in between. It will however cover the debt or it collapses. In my established neighborhood I would assert it as opt-in for current dwellers, but require it as a title lien for future sales, I believe that would pass easily provided assurances about how this municipal entity were controlled were given.

All or none. A good way to get Internet to all.

Not the problem I'm looking to solve. It is a problem, but it requires a different solution.

It appears you are using "bond" in an unusual way in the context of a municipally-owned infrastructure. Such bonds are always transferrable.

For the people who bought the municipal bond absolutely it is a traditional bond and risk can be assessed with full knowledge of the funding model, can be transferred etc. The people who are bonded would have different terms. They would be released from debt if they die, move away or pay their bond. But they would be required to pay their debt on a schedule.

Ahh. A Ponzi scheme. Service for existing customers is paid for by new "bondholders", and their service will be paid for by later bondholders.

No it's not a Ponzi scheme. You will pay at least what you yourself owe, if not more, debts will be repaid with whatever interest was owed. It solves the problem of that large initial investment, it allows for services to be provided by traditional corporations in an economic model that fits our cultural values (i.e. rabid stupid capitalism), doesn't incur "taxes" which have a bad rap for being abused by governments and rerouted by politicians, but does create a problem: it probably is more expensive than the bare bones system a potential monopolist would create; but that's ok because they will overcharge for their much cheaper installation anyway, refuse to upgrade, and continue to profit on it long after it has been paid for.

. Nobody's soul is encumbered by an "eternal monopoly".

This is an equivocation. In many places in the US laws rabidly protect the entrenched monopolies. It is quite difficult to create alternatives, which google has found out in a few places they entered. While "eternal" does imply an indefinite time period that I cannot prove exists, it seems unlikely to change in my life-span given prevailing laws and government protections.

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