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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Andy Dodd Re:Bad for Biz (669 comments)

"This is because if you accidentally get a bad shipment of clone chips, and put them into your devices, your devices will be subject to bricking, creating returns and bad PR."

Not if you actually test your product before you ship it.

Not if you perform ANY sort of inspection/testing of incoming components.

2 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Andy Dodd Re:It's risky and unlikely to succeed. (669 comments)

Yup. And now they've got a surefire test for genuine chips.

Seriously - these people using counterfeit chips have to be testing the final product. If that final product dies with an official FTDI driver, they can sue the crap out of their supplier for selling them counterfeits.

2 days ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

Andy Dodd Re:Classic Samsung... (100 comments)

Um, it's not 5 products out of several thousand. These are all screwups by a single division that refuses to learn from their mistakes and repeatedly makes the same kinds of mistakes over and over again.

They KNEW that the VYL00M/MAG4FA/KYL00M fwrev 0x19 was faulty, and they kept on shipping it for MONTHS in devices even though they had a newer fwrev (0x25) that didn't cause these problems.

They KNEW they had a track record of secure erase issues, and a year after becoming aware of a device-bricking bug, they were STILL shipping products vulnerable to that bug (the 840 Pro secure erase mess).

You simply don't see this sort of crap occur with eMMC chips from other manufacturers like Toshiba. Yeah, some of them have quirks, but none of them have such severe bugs that they render the device they're installed in unrepairable without a motherboard replacement.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

Andy Dodd Re:More specific (144 comments)

Also:

"under a corporate aegis"

Depending on how the company manages the open source project, this can strongly discourage community members. Even if the company TRIES to encourage community development, a combination of licensing and other behaviors of the company might cause issues.

See http://readwrite.com/2013/08/0... - I once saw another article (can't find link) where one of the MariaDB guys said that with the new org structure of MariaDB, they have FAR more community contributions than MySQL ever did, even before getting purchased by Oracle.

Another example was the Cyanogen Focal relicensing incident. Cyngn's founders tried to use their CLA to obtain MySQL-style dual licensing (and the founders cite MySQL's business model as their inspiration despite the fact MySQL never had a vibrant community behind it) caused a nasty forking event, and also caused other community projects in the AOSP-derivatives space to reduce their cooperation with CyanogenMod. I keep on hearing/seeing evidence that implies numerous people on the "community" side of things that stayed with the project are pretty unhappy, only staying because it's still (for now) the dominant and most well known project in that space. Cyngn leads have even found themselves having to bribe people with devices to get them to stay.

(Disclaimer: I was one of those who left CM after the Focal relicensing dispute.)

2 days ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

Andy Dodd Classic Samsung... (100 comments)

Couldn't write a proper wear levelling algorithm if their life depended on it.

First the MAG4FA/KYL00M/VYL00M data corruption bug that affected the Galaxy Nexus - https://android.googlesource.c...

Then (actually BEFORE it, Google found it during Galaxy Nexus development but Samsung kept it hush-hush - but it became a public issue much later) - the infamous Samsung Superbrick fiasco (If you fired a secure erase command at the chip, it had a chance of permanently corrupting the wear leveller data to the point where the chip's onboard controller would crash until you power cycled it any time you accessed that region of flash). - https://git.kernel.org/cgit/li...

Then pre-release 840 PRO devices suffer from the SAME DAMN BUG SAMSUNG HAD BEEN AWARE OF FOR OVER A YEAR - http://www.anandtech.com/show/... - While this only affected review devices, the fact that this was a known bug since before the release of the Galaxy Nexus (a year earlier) is inexcusable.

Then there was the Galaxy S3 "Sudden Death Syndrome" issue in late 2013... - https://github.com/omnirom/and...

Then there were a few other issues - http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/...

Now this...

2 days ago
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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

Andy Dodd Re:Oh, another one (123 comments)

Probably more people have heard of them as HID Global and not iClass.

When I saw iClass, my thought was "I can't remember, is that one of HID's brands?"

The HID products where I work are flaky as hell too...

2 days ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Andy Dodd Re:Irrelevant. Comes down to users. (106 comments)

This.

I've had so many devices that people claimed had shitty battery life, when I had no issues whatsoever. Like the Nexus 4.

(The N4 DID have some issues on initial release with the GPU frequency governor and broken wifi ARP offloading, but once these were fixed the device was great.)

Same with the Nexus 5. Google had some nasty power management bugs that killed battery on some wifi networks, but they had commits on AOSP within days that fixed the issue on the next OTA.

2 days ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Andy Dodd Re:I think they way you tune it can be bigger (106 comments)

This is only if the phone's broadcast/multicast filters are broken.

A proper wifi chip SHOULD filter out broadcast/multicast when the device is suspended.

Unfortunately, it's a common item for vendors to screw up. The Nexus 4's ARP offload was broken for example, leading to all sorts of issues. The original Galaxy S2 had a Broadcom chip that fully supported ARP offload and broadcast/multicast filtering - but Samsung disabled the filters, allowing everything through!!! (They do this on a regular basis on multiple devices...)

2 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

Andy Dodd Um, how is this news? (158 comments)

"Two NVIDIA Tegra processor modules are at the heart of the electronic components in the Model S, which "command a sizable price tag," according to Rassweiler. Here is a look at how they work."

Um no... Nearly all of Tegra3's design wins (including 2012 Nexus 7) were due to it being cheap...

Also, how is this news? It's been known for ages that the Tesla HU used Tegra3. http://www.theinquirer.net/inq... (March 2013) - and I've seen documentation dating back as far as 2012 that Tesla was using the T3.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Andy Dodd Re:WTF? (261 comments)

Except that it doesn't. I click "not spam" on a regular basis. I've been doing that for three goddamn years.

Despite this, the following routinely go into my spam folder:
Anything from Amazon
Anything from another gmail user
etc.

gmails handling of forwarded email is 100% broken, and there is NO way whatsoever for a user to fix it. I've explicitly whitelisted some addresses, but the end result is gmail now has a gigantic banner on every such email saying "This was not sent to spam because you overrode it".

about a week ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

Andy Dodd Re:Now if they could only fix... (278 comments)

Just stayed in a Marriott for a week. The wifi did not require a login, so accessing it did not require you to have paid a room fee.

about two weeks ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

Andy Dodd Re:I feel like we are living in an 'outbreak' movi (258 comments)

Well, that falls under "Unless you're considering people who received a live vaccine to be "infected"..." - since a live vaccine will cause antibodies to be present.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

Andy Dodd Re:Disabled (427 comments)

Recovery (which is used to apply OTAs) has read/write access to system. Official OEM recoveries will only apply ZIPs that were signed by the OEM. (This is to prevent, for example, people just flashing SuperSU to gain root access, or some app maliciously altering /system with a bogus "OTA" update.)

about two weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

Andy Dodd Re:It's sad (427 comments)

Samsung was preloading useless crapware on their phones LONG before Google started becoming more restrictive with GMS licensing.

"Ever wonder why Samsung installs a fucking duplicate app on your device for everything Google does? Samsung Calendar, Samsung memo, Samsung voice, Samsung Apps Store, Samsung Translator, etc?" - Yeah, they're arrogant idiots who think their shit doesn't stink. Samsung's apps are utter and complete shite (especially the apps store) compared to Google's stuff. They're a blight on Android, and cause a major negative perception of Android in general when the issue is Samsung-specific.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Andy Dodd Re:WTF? (261 comments)

I agree with this, except for the "dealing with false positives" issue.

About 50% of my spam folder is false positives... And Google refuses to learn.

about two weeks ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Andy Dodd Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

Nope, it hasn't been used in ages. It was largely obsolete even back when I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes close to 2 decades ago.

I'm not sure if it's cheaper, but human insulin IS more effective than pork/beef insulin. Also, pork/beef consumption was going down and insulin demand was rising decades ago, which is why insulin-producing bacteria are one of the first genetically modified organisms ever created.

These days, human insulin isn't actually that common - there has been a move to modified insulins that have slight differences from human insulin to achieve certain goals. (Lispro/aspart aka Humalog/Novolog reduce insulin's tendency to "clump", which greately speeds up the time to take effect when injected. Insulin glargine, aka Lantus, is designed to provide a very long "peakless" baseline effect for 24 hours.)

about two weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

Andy Dodd Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (278 comments)

Nope. Best free wifi I've ever used was at a Marriott, and best wifi I used on my last vacation was at the most expensive hotel we stayed at (we were always at budget hotels though). Many of the networks were set up my totally incompetent idiots.

This is not Marriott corporate policy - this happened at a single location that happens to also be a convention center, and is more about the practices of the convention center and not the hotel.

about three weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

Andy Dodd Re:Now if they could only fix... (278 comments)

To play devil's advocate - That's pretty much what the people here were trying to do - prevent a disaster like what happened at the 2012 Big Android BBQ, where exhibitors/speakers couldn't use the network because it was completely jammed, or 2013 BABBQ where they at least kept most people off of the convention center network but all of the hotspots around caused everyone's wifi to be flaky.

Keep in mind this happened at a single Marriott location which was a convention center - it's not standard corporate policy. I've been staying at various Marriott hotels for years and the wifi has always been free.

about three weeks ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

Andy Dodd Re:I feel like we are living in an 'outbreak' movi (258 comments)

H1N1 is a "real virus".

And even though the case mortality rate of H1N1 is FAR lower than Ebola - the reason H1N1 is so scary is because it is FAR more contagious than Ebola.

e.g. it is MUCH easier to keep an Ebola outbreak contained if your healthcare system is even remotely decent than it is to keep flu contained. It's pretty much a given that each year, 1-2 different strains of flu WILL spread globally, and even with vaccinations, that spread is inevitable because it's so damn contagious. Also, I BELIEVE that it is possible for someone to be contagious but not symptomatic with flu.

With Ebola - I am fairly certain that you are not contagious unless symptomatic (which is where the comments about "zero risk of infection" on his flights comes from), and even when symptomatic, transmission requires direct contact with bodily fluids.

about three weeks ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

Andy Dodd Re:I feel like we are living in an 'outbreak' movi (258 comments)

WHAT? You're claiming that one quarter of the US population caught the H1N1 virus?

That's TOTAL AND UTTER BULLSHIT.

Unless you're considering people who received a live vaccine to be "infected"...

about three weeks ago

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