* Posts by Never Ready

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Boffins turns landfill WinPhones into microscopes

Never Ready

"burning the top off of an IC with acid to physically look inside and read out firmware, etc..."

Plastic packages... impervious to acid.

Ceramic packages... impervious to acid.

Silicon wafers inside... destroyed by acid instantly.

That's without even considering the details are far too small to even hope of making out with this as already mentioned above.

Pi based kid-nerdifier Kano buried under freak cash avalanche

Never Ready

Re: so...

"Where's the other £60 going? The cardboard box?"

£20 VAT. £10 power supply (not a £3 Chinese "supply" that fails even a basic safety inspection). A fiver for the SD card and then the cost of programming it. Dongle and cables are likely to be closer to £10 a throw - HDMI cables are not cheap as chip even in the trade and again the dongle is unlikely to be the cheapest tat out there. And yes, packaging, manuals and support.

If you don't want it or can get cheaper then go elsewhere, no one is stuffing it down your throat. But adding up only half the BOM and complaining you only get to half the value is not a valid argument.

Graphene spintronics crowned latest Moore's Law extender contender

Never Ready

"This seems to be contradictory... Unless he just talking about processors when he says nobody has tested it in a practical device?"

It's unclear from the short snippets in the article and little surrounding context but spintronics is a broad field arguably more united under an umbrella buzzword than anything else. Existing applications have largely concerned essentially magnetic storage - hard drives and FeRAM. Another branch is more attracted to the possibilities of exploiting the electrical properties more for use as a switching element. It's vaguely similar to HP's hyperbole regarding the memristor - the first proposed application is as nonvolatile memory but use to implement logic gates has already been posited.

Google: Go ahead, XP stalwarts, keep on using Chrome safely all YEAR

Never Ready

They'll support for as long as it makes sense...

If there's still significant market share and they can support it without too much fuss why wouldn't they rather than cede that market to FF or anyone else? Right now they can continue to support it at very little cost, if new developments need system facilities not present then it becomes difficult to justify, but I can't think of anything truly fundamental that XP lacks. They are not in the position of Microsoft whose business model depends on a regular system software upgrade cycle.

Hell, a lot of new software still runs fine even on Windows 2000, despite the fact it has been out of support for a number of years now, it tends to be the consumer-focused stuff where support is lacking and they never really went for 2000 in any case.