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Submission + - Leaked Intel roadmap shows the end of socketed CPUs (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "For the past thirty years, desktop system longevity has been defined in sockets. I cut my teeth as an enthusiast on Socket 7, and I’ve owned examples of virtually every AMD and Intel socket standard that followed. For the past eight years, Intel has used an LGA (land grid array) socket in which the actual contacts are on the motherboard with contact points on the CPU. This packaging has served the company well; it’s scaled the number of contacts from 775 to 2011 on Sandy Bridge-E, and had no trouble with high TDP parts. According to a leaked roadmap, Haswell will be the last Intel chip slated for an LGA package. All of the Broadwell parts on the map are dual- and quad-core SoCs with 47-57W TDPs that would be soldered to the motherboard, using BGA (ball grid array, the usual method for soldering surface-mount chips to PCBs). Dual-core Broadwells also pick up the 10W and 15W form factors; the same article suggests Intel intends to abolish the 35W TDP segment altogether. Is Intel doing this to simply ramp up chipset sales, by forcing users to upgrade the whole motherboard rather than just the CPU? Unlikely, given the tiny number of users who still upgrade CPUs, rather than merely upgrading their entire system. More likely the move away from LGA to BGA is to reduce electrical resistance, thus reducing the TDP of the parts and pushing newer chips into lower power envelopes."
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Submission + - Top ten open source gifts for the holidays (opensource.com)

tarheel2012 writes: A list of ten open source gifts for that special (open source) someone. The list includes Raspberry Pi, MaKey MaKey, BeagleBone, Flora, and others. All of the gadgets are either open source hardware, or run on open source software. Which do you think are the best? Do you think any great open source gadgets were left out?

Comment Careful with this one... (Score 1) 266

The poster says he was contacted by someone who says he is the hacker. Nothing was confirmed about AppleCare involvement, though it is a possibility - especially if the hacker knows his victim. But the best part? The INSANE posts to the original article: Death threats from "Navy Seals", tons of homophobic comments and hatred for days. Oddly, very few were able to respond directly to the original post since the comments were so ridiculously incendiary. Sadly the adage still applies:Think before you post or you are toast!

Comment Nope, just weird (Score 1) 302

I have a concern about this, but can't address it because of the hypocrisy: Odd to have the government so deeply concerned about invasion of privacy when they have implimented numerous policies that greatly curtail it. Now if Chuck were interested in pointing fingers at both groups, we might have something...

Comment They clearly don't search their own data... (Score 1) 500

...because if they did, they might remember a little incident of assisting the chinese government with its great firewall. And those pesky others? Coincidentally competitors. For a company with such deep search capabilities, they are amazingly blind sighted when it concerns themselves.

Comment Uneven response (Score 0) 356

How we react to this should be independent of our feelings about Stratfor. I recall a breaking at a a certain hotel Watergate which upon discovery, had drastic consequences for its perpetrators . Why should we stop to congratulate these guys for breaking in any organization?

Comment Not all peaches... (Score 1) 427

Yep, without clear guidelines we only have warm fuzzy 'good intentions". Those don't show on a resume. Nor does an extended indentured servitude. There are possible good perks here, but the practice of it outweighs them. Anyone here have similar experiences with grad school? Med rotations? Let the intern beware...

Comment Same old thing, brand new drag.. (Score 1) 1162

I have little interest in Blu-Ray. Not because it can hold more or that the picture is better, but because the movie companies are trying to sell me the same thing again at a higher price. Their larger capacity is irrelevant- if a movie only needs a portion of it, I care little for directors and actors talking over the movie, and while extra scenes can be fun, they are not worth the extra dost. Take a look at the media ecosystem; they fianlly get on board with an 'approved' means of delivery then gradually abandon all others. This forces people to buy the same things at increasingly higher prices. Look at VHS, laserdiscs and cassettes. Blu-Ray? Maybe for Avatar, but never for "To Have And Have Not".

Comment Science is verifiable... (Score 1) 1486

...faith, however essential to your psychological well being, is not. That Fenyman stated he din't know all about a subject is normal- even Einstein said that we really don't know all it takes to get water down a garden hose. But allowing such statements to be tantamount to faith is to, ironically, take them at face value or on faith. Pause, ask a few relevant questions. Have an hypothesis in mind. Test. Verify. So starts the scientific method. Do whatever you need for your faith, just don't confuse it with science.

Comment Re:Typical (Score 1) 811

It can also be argued that Amazon can offer its often much lower pricing because of lack of sales tax. If you make people in any state pay taxes its regressive and yet....Amazon caused a lot of book stores and such to go out of business- I'm certain not only is that the greater loss but it was nigh impossible to compete with since any local store has to pay local taxes.

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