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RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

scharkalvin Re:RIM-Don't chuck the old phone (267 comments)

If you really read the news you should have seen that a version with a keyboard was also announced, It will be released shortly after the all touch version.
Also Blackberry always had a varied range of models available in different price points, one would expect this to continue meaning there should eventually be more models in higher and lower price points. The BB10 OS is based on QNX as has been reported elsewhere. This is a secure OS used in mission critical applications in the automobile industry, consider that the next time your Android or IOS phone gets a virius hack job.

about a year and a half ago
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RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

scharkalvin Re:Not available in USA until Mid-March (267 comments)

Actual dates will probably be set by carriers who will probably get most of the initial shipments.

about a year and a half ago
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Book Review: Super Scratch Programming Adventure!

scharkalvin Re:BASIC (74 comments)

I was programming in basic in 1974 so BOTH of you get off my lawn!

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Create Vomiting Robot To Analyze Contagions

scharkalvin Re:Seriously, that's the best they could do? (65 comments)

How about.....

Astro Barf
Retching Robbie
Uran Upchuck
Coughing Cobalt
Maximilian Meltdown
Deadly Data

about a year and a half ago
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Blue, Not Red: Did Ancient Mars Look Like This?

scharkalvin Re:Unlikely - mars has always been cold (75 comments)

Actually Mars might have been warmer, THEN colder. The planets maintained much internal heat left over from creation for millions of years. Mars once had an active core like the Earth still does (the now dead volcanoes on Mars are proof of this). With an active core Mars also once had a magnetic field that protected it's early thicker atmosphere. Mars might once had been a lot warmer and wetter, perhaps long enough for life to evolve there. In fact the early Earth might have been TOO HOT due to still containing much of the heat from it's creation while smaller Mars that was farther from the sun had cooled to the point where life was possible. Then Mars cooled down, the sun wasn't yet warm enough to make up the difference (for Earth it was), and also being smaller Mar's core shut down, the magnetic field died out and the solar wind slowly removed the planet's outer atmosphere. Mars then died. If Mars had been born a larger planet, it might be a twin of Earth today.

about a year and a half ago
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Gerry Anderson, Co-Creator of Thunderbirds, Dies

scharkalvin Re:Supercar! (129 comments)

Yes supercar came first (ran two seasons) and then Fireball XL5. Both were in B&W but there are some color versions of FBXL5 floating about on youtube.
I bought the Supercar DVD collection, one of these days I might spring for the XL5 one.

about 2 years ago
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RIM Pays Off Nokia; Patent Dispute Settled

scharkalvin Re:Make your money and exit (23 comments)

If Apple had followed your advice a few years ago (before Jobs returned) what would have (NOT) happened?

about 2 years ago
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RIM Pays Off Nokia; Patent Dispute Settled

scharkalvin Re:Do Not RIP Yet (23 comments)

Having just started working for RIM at their Sunrise FL development center so do I!
I must confess that until I joined the company I was not all familiar with their phone products. My family and I had recently got Samsung Galaxy series smart phones on AT&T, to replace our "dumb" tracphones. Now I have a company issued Blackberry curve as well. The curve has a smaller screen, and a built in keyboard, it's not in the same "market class" as my Samsung Galaxy smart phone (Blackberry DOES make larger phones that ARE). I am very impressed by the Curve though. Voice quality is very good, it doesn't sound "digitized" like the Samsung does (on the SAME network). Also the battery life is very good. I have to charge the Sammy every day or it will go dead, even if hardly used. The Curve can go days between charging. I've been told that the Blackberry firmware is heavily optimized for battery life. BTW President Obama has a Blackberry (his choice).

about 2 years ago
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Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

scharkalvin Re:Even if this was true... (1009 comments)

Who says you can't make a socket for a BGA chip? Just wait till Augat or someone like them gets wind of this and engineers a nice socket for the bugger.
It WILL happen. There already ARE sockets for BGA memory chips for the device programmer market. The LGA chips are very nearly BGA as it is, the only difference is the pads are gold plated instead of solder balls. Another solution might come from the guys at Smardtboards. They make BGA breadboards that are easy to solder to.

Back in the good old days of home built PC's (1980's) most motherboards were sold with CPU chips already installed in sockets. When they started selling them without CPU's people started crying about price fixing, but got over it. I wouldn't mind buying a tested motherboard with a cpu in place. There might be fewer choices such as better featured mother boards coming with the more expensive processors and visa versa..

Finally, if this gives AMD a shot in the arm, even better. The only thing I don't like about their CPU's is the higher power draw compared to Intel.

about 2 years ago
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Probable Rogue Planet Spotted

scharkalvin Re:Why hope? (155 comments)

The world won't end 12/21/2012

It will RE-BOOT!

about 2 years ago
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Apple Orders Memory Game Developers To Stop Using 'Memory' In Names

scharkalvin Re:I Can See It Now (409 comments)

The unforgetery game.....

about 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Tries KDE, Likes It So Far

scharkalvin Me too (289 comments)

I agree with Linus, I'm back to KDE after the Gnome2 to Gnome3 transisiton. While the default KDE settings may not be optimal, some distros (such as Mint) have chosen more sane defaults for THEIR implementation of KDE. I'd suggest that Linus try Mint 13 KDE, but since he probably knows how to tweak things to his liking he can use any distro he likes. I've also tried Kubuntu, but Mint is closer to my desired configuration out of the box.

about 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Advocates For 2560x1600 Standard Laptop Displays

scharkalvin what about desktop monitors? (661 comments)

Most desktop monitors have stopped short of the 2560x1600 standard as most computer monitors now use the same glass as HDTV. If laptops with 14-17" screens become standard at 2560x1600, then I'd expect my desktop 23" monitor to go to at least 5000x3000 or so.

about 2 years ago
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New Arduino Due Brings More Power To the Table

scharkalvin Not bad, but... Teensy3.0 is also nice. (130 comments)

Once again Arduino has taken a nice chip and cut off it's legs while mounting it on an compatible platform. It looks like almost half of the Due CPU's available IO pins are NOT accessible on the board (unless you are good at soldering fine wire to .4mm spaced pins by hand). They did the same thing on the Arduino Mega with the atmega1280 and atmega2560 parts (leaving out at least 16 of the IO pins, including the XCK signals so you CAN'T use the usarts in SPI mode!).

If you want to go ARM, you might consider the Teensy3.0 which DOES make all of the I/O pins available (though you will have to solder some wires to pads on the bottom of the board, but at least the pads are there!). The Teensy 3.0 is also about $15 cheaper than the Due.

about 2 years ago
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Internet Providers To Begin Warning Customers Who Pirate Content

scharkalvin Re:Fairness (442 comments)

Actually I I'm accused and found not guilty I might consider suing the ISP for slander.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Does Wireless Gear Degrade Over Time?

scharkalvin Something funny is going on (615 comments)

While I don't have too much trouble with my routers (I have two in my house since one can't cover the whole house) I DO have issues with my garage door opener. Most of the time I can open it from the street, but sometimes I have to hold the transmitter right next to the door before it will open. It's almost as if a phantom jamming station goes on the air at specific hours of the day! The batteries in the transmitters are up to snuff, and one transmitter is buit into our Dodge Caravan and runs off the car's electrical system. All of the transmitters have the same problem at random times.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Does Wireless Gear Degrade Over Time?

scharkalvin Re Jamming your neighbors (615 comments)

That won't work because moset people are too stupid to change channels on thier routers, I bet 90% of all routers in residencial use are on the same channel, which ever one is selected by default in the firmware. So if YOU change channels you might be on a clear channel!

about 2 years ago
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Thousands of Muslims Protest 'Age of Mockery' At Google's London Headquarters

scharkalvin Re:I'll Play Your Game (515 comments)

If you people want to protest like CIVILIZED HUMAN BEINGS then more power to you. However should anyone pick up a stone to throw it at another human being in anger may you be struck down by a bolt of lightning from the hevens.

about 2 years ago
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SpaceX Launch Not So Perfect After All

scharkalvin Re:It was a good launch (272 comments)

The Saturn V rocket was certainly "man rated" yet it lost an engine during launch on TWO of the moon missions without aborting the flight. It's a NON-ISSUE since the possibility was designed into the rocket.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

scharkalvin fllying? (612 comments)

Do you still have an active Pilot's license? Myself I've never gone beyond my SEL private license and gave up flying after my daughters were born (due the the cost of insurance). Did you give up after the accident with the Beechcraft (those Bonanza's were sometimes nicknamed "twin tailed Doctor killers") or did you continue flying? Do you still follow what's going on in aviation? If so what do you think of Rutan's Spaceship One?

about 2 years ago

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Linux Mint Maya XFCE and KDE released

scharkalvin scharkalvin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scharkalvin writes "This weekend the final versions of Linux Mint 13 (code named "Maya") for KDE and XFCE were released. The "MATE" and "Cinnamon" versions were released about a month ago. These are the "LTS" (long term support) versions based on Ubuntu 12.04. I've been waiting for the KDE LTS version myself to upgrand my computer with Mint 9, it's a bit long in the tooth now."
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Heathkit Educational Systems Closes Shop For Good

scharkalvin scharkalvin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scharkalvin writes "For the second time since 1992, Heathkit Educational Services (HES) has shuttered its doors. Rumors of the legendary kit-building company’s demise were posted on QRZ.com, with several readers bringing the news to the attention of the ARRL. In August 2011, Heathkit announced it was returning to the kit building business, and in September, that it would once again be manufacturing Amateur Radio kits.

On LinkedIn, a popular networking site, HES Chief Executive Officer Lori Marciniak listed her employment ending at Heathkit as of March 2012. Likewise, Heathkit’s Marketing and Sales Director Ernie Wake listed his employment ending in April 2012. An unsubstantiated report on Wikipedia states that “[in] December 2011, Heathkit Educational Systems laid off most employees and in March 2012, the company indefinitely suspended operations.”

It looks like Heathkit is gone for good. Their plans on re-entering the kit market died with the current ecconomy."

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Build a red light camera warning system

scharkalvin scharkalvin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scharkalvin writes "Build your own red light camera warning gizmo. It uses a GPS module and an Arduino to find intersections that have cameras. When will Garmin and Tom Tom add this feature to their auto GPS units?"
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Nuclear Debate

scharkalvin scharkalvin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scharkalvin (72228) writes "In the wake of the Nuclear meltdown in Japan CNN has a aired views on both sides of the debate about the safety of nuclear power. IMHO If we are react with our emotions and not our brains we will probably end up throwing the baby out with the bath water on this one and lose a valuable asset in the fight over global warming. You need to read this."
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Mini Cannon shoots BB's

scharkalvin scharkalvin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

scharkalvin (72228) writes "I ran across this youtube video of a cannon small enough to wear as a charm that shoots small steel "BB"s with gunpowder. Great video of various things being destroyed including a CRT monitor (took two shots to get through the safety glass) and a can of soda. Reminds me of one of agent 99's spy guns, but this is something Max would have had."
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A Grand (i.e., Cool) Piano

scharkalvin scharkalvin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

scharkalvin writes "A Grand (i.e., Cool) Piano
Yamaha has a new digital player piano the runs Linux.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/17/technology/personaltech/17pogue.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&ref=business
"This instrument, the Disklavier Mark IV, is the first piano in the world with an Internet connection. And since it's also a digital player piano, all kinds of eyebrow-raising possibilities open up. ... Suppose you actually have the $42,000 to spend. After six months, are you still going to be loading up those Chopin files to show your friends when they come for dinner?

If the answer is yes, then you, the affluent owner of this amazing machine, have a lot to look forward to. Grafting the very new (Linux, Wi-Fi, Internet connection) onto the very old (classic grand, hammers hitting strings) might seem like a recipe for a Frankenstein monstrosity — but they mesh surprisingly well. The result is one of the most imaginative, unusual and expensive home-entertainment modules to come along in years.""
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scharkalvin scharkalvin writes  |  about 8 years ago

scharkalvin writes "It seems M$ has me by the short hairs. My wife's Compaq desktop croked (won't boot, CPU fan not turning and the heatsink is WHITE HOT). Looks like the MB/CPU is fried. I can't get a new MB from Compaq (too old) so I want to rebuild the machine with a new MB. Problem is what happens to the data and software on the HD? It seems you CAN'T transfer an XP instalation to a new motherboard. The EULA won't allow it. It also seems that you can't install a new copy ($$$!) of XP over the old one without loosing your data off the HD as XP will reformat the disk. Has anybody been done this road before? Yet another way Linux is better I think."

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