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Comment Re:Lead free solder to blame??? (Score 2) 222

Some of the motor controllers I have to repair at work are made in the EU and cold solder is a huge issue with those due to the lead free solder. I do sometimes see cracked solder joints too. A lot of these controllers are 10+ years old. The whole process to get a board ready for testing takes about 40 minutes. Disassembly, rework, and reassembly for testing. The design is kind of shit, but they're otherwise a solid product functionally if it wasn't for the lead free solder.

As far as BGA's go, fuck that. The ECM's in some of your somewhat older Chrysler vehicles have three of four BGA's on them depending on the version of it, and it's the number one cause for failure on those modules. It's not worth it to even fix it if you're a repair shop as you have to dig out the potting around it, and ensure that you're using enough heat, but not too much heat, to get the BGA off, and hope that there isn't too much potting that seeped between the board and the BGA, holding it down.

Due to reasons you mentioned, the BGA is not something that should be used in modern electronics. Gull wing and J lead parts will typically last longer than a couple years with lead free solder. I realize their foot print is significantly larger, but I'd rather not deal with an expensive piece of electronics that's going to fail so quickly.

And fuck Apple for not being aware of this issue with BGA's. It's quite known to anyone else who has ever dealt with one.

One thing a lot of board houses are doing is using an x-ray machine to look for voids in the solder to help alleviate premature failure. This is even more critical with lead free solder.

Comment Re:SJW Bullshit (Score 1) 229

Alright, so you do believe in hearsay that hasn't been vetted outside a court of law. You do think poorly of people who have mere accusations lobbied against them. You could have said that instead of spewing all of the other bullshit that came flowing from your finger tips.

I suppose if someone made a false claim against you, you may feel differently, and you probably deserve it so you can be forced to open your eyes and think critically instead of thinking emotionally.

Comment Re:SJW Bullshit (Score 2) 229

Isn't it supposed to be innocent until proven guilty? What if you were a juror? Would you suddenly find him guilty due to mere allegations without the evidence? Sexual assault is a serious crime that comes with a heavy stigma just for being accused of doing it. Do you really feel comfortable demonizing someone based on "he said, she said" statements? Everyone involved needs to be looked at with a microscope, not just the person being accused.

It's not tinfoil hattery to think the government will use any means necessary to discredit someone. Does it apply here? Who knows, but it's not that far-fetched of an idea.

Comment Re:It's not a bad thing (Score 1) 241

What you just said has no basis or bearing on what you're responding to. You're using the racism card for the moral high ground when you have no leg to stand on. Had you any reading comprehension skills, you'd see the person you responded to isn't promoting anything you're rallying against.

Comment Re:Wtf? (Score 1) 94

I've only ever used Glassdoor for companies after I left. At that point I don't give a fuck what my previous employer thinks if I left on bad terms. Most of the names are not burner accounts either, at least from what I can see. I was one of the 600,000 affected by this.

Comment Re:is this something consumers care about? (Score 1) 224

There are businesses that make money doing exactly this with or without the manufacturer's support. This argument at this point has little to do with the end user at this point as most end users just buy new or send it off somewhere to be fixed. It's more about big business vs small business. The small business in this sense are the places that fix these things. Or imagine if you're a facility that does a lot of testing and one of your pieces of expensive equipment broke and you now can't fix it because a parts manual and a schematic are non-existent? Fixing it yourself would be cheaper. A lot of this boils down to cost of ownership. Manufacturer's hate lowering the cost of ownership as it means they can't keep selling brand new, which is what their argument ultimately boils down to. Imagine if cars were this way. They already are starting to to some degree.

Comment Re:Attended - a first person perspective (Score 4, Informative) 135

I attended during 2001-2003. In my campus the C++ teacher was Asian. I was a class of one taking CEET about half way through. The CAD program dropped down to about 3 people, and the programmers had 3. We all had to take our academic classes together at some point. The people in the programming course would always make jokes about "mammary leaks" and "C Press Press". There were other jokes, but I've long forgotten what they were.

Otherwise I agree with your assessment. It's overall a slightly above mediocre school in some respects, but I don't think it's worth the price, especially since I would see people with mental disabilities who had no mental capacity to do the work, be in these programs and get pushed along all because they had money.

Also, when I started I was doing 4 days a week for classes and they decided half way through they could cut that down to 3 days a week! That went over well with everyone. Their response was that if we didn't like it, we could leave, and they'd get to keep the money that we paid up until that point anyway. The three days I did go were longer, but I still ended up missing about 2 hours a week from my core classes.

ITT at one time did have a good reputation and that was because the education was actually pretty good for a tech school at the time. They rode that reputation into the grave, dug it up, pissed on, reburied, and repeated multiple times. The sad part is, in my local area, ITT is still one of the better tech schools for EE's. I get to deal with the new crop coming out of tech schools and they're all way more dumb than I was when I graduated. It's a scary thought. The people from ITT still have a slight advantage over the other schools, but being slightly better than a pile of rubbish isn't a goal post people should aim for.

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