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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Demonantis Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

I think that is the point of the VID. FTDI only tested the driver with their chips. They are now being coerced into supporting other chips that are not under their control. That is why it is a bad idea to use someone else's VID when designing a product. They won't be testing the driver to ensure it doesn't break your hardware.

about a month ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

Demonantis Re:Reasonable (144 comments)

In Ontario the employer performs a police records check. And there is an enhanced version for caretakers of children. That is more than enough. A search engine isn't the appropriate tool for this matter.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

Demonantis Re:How can you (171 comments)

I recently watched a guy from Y Combinator criticize Canada's "socialist agenda" for funding the lame ducks. I'm glad to know that the States is just as socialist. He did bring up a good point the wrong way. It isn't just money that is being wasted. There is talent in the individuals involved that is also being wasted.

about a month and a half ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Demonantis Re:Oh good (907 comments)

It is not a good thing for predatory loans to exist. These people can't afford the way they are living. They need to rejigger their lives. The loans just prolong the agony and inflate prices for everyone by creating demand and buying power where demand and buying power should not exist.

about 2 months ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

Demonantis Re:Risk aversion (203 comments)

The boardgame side of Kickstarter tends to work this way too. Most give out a print and play once funded or even before. The Kickstarter pledges are really only needed for artwork, printing, and distribution. There isn't a lot of capital floating around to cover the upfront costs of bring a boardgame to market.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Demonantis Re:Recent claims by whom? (224 comments)

They proved that the aggression wasn't the result of human interference. It is the common talking point from critics.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Demonantis Re: I never thought I'd say this... (353 comments)

You still need to do locates and the quagmire that is buried utility records will inflate that cost by at least a thousand, plus transport, overhead, drawing updates, engineer sign off. The $4000 for 500 ft looks like a legit price for work like that.

about 2 months ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Demonantis Re:Ms. Cohn was at USPTO since 1983 (124 comments)

I can't believe this was voted up. I know quite a few people that have worked for the same company almost his or her whole life and it isn't a government position. One started as a mail clerk and is now a director. Bad actors are bad actors in any organization. The length of employment has zero bearing.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Demonantis Re:This is robusta coffee they're talking about (167 comments)

Starbucks is a fairly dark roast arabica for the regular coffee. The Pike Place is a medium roast so ask for that if you don't like the default. Robusta is popular in Sweden(?), I think. They switched over to it in the early 1900s(?) and everyone just grew accustomed to the taste. Its all about different strokes for different folks.

about 3 months ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

Demonantis Re:Elephant in the room (181 comments)

The price will probably go down once manufacturing spins up and yields are better. I remember reading on /. that manufacturers over provisioned manufacturing for DDR3. They will probably be more conservative with DDR4 at least in the beginning. Wait a couple months until the market stabilizes.

about 3 months ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

Demonantis Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (248 comments)

I have seen the door fly open during an aggressive altitude change. I suspect it wasn't closed properly. I am very skeptical on if the door upgrades were actually done properly. Ideally, it should be similar to a bulkhead door on a ship.

about 3 months ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

Demonantis Re:Stupid metric system (140 comments)

I hate to pedant, but 0C and 100C are extremely useful where you need a reference temperature since ice cold water and boiling water are cheap and readily manufacture-able. Plus, when its below 0C you know ice could show up on the roads. The issue is inertia. Imperial suck when you get into engineering calculations and maintaining units since everything doesn't convert in magnitudes of 10. One system makes sense to you and the other will always feel alien. It just seems to depend on the one you learnt first in school.

about 3 months ago
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Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

Demonantis Re:Makes sense (144 comments)

Here in Canada faxing is still common industries that do international business for the exact reason that emailing PDFs doesn't work. Some countries simply don't have reliable internet services. Telegram services probably still exist world wide since they are legally binding unlike email. Its one of those funny quirks about the legal system. Maybe people would have less problems cancelling with Comcast if they sent notice through telegram.

about 3 months ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Demonantis Re:You needn't charge anything (570 comments)

That is correct. The credit score represents the value(how much interest they can get without you defaulting) of the customer to the loan issuer. It has nothing to do with good money management on the customers part.

about 4 months ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

Demonantis Re:Absolutely - it is filthy (156 comments)

Not all fuel cells require hydrogen gas. There is a significant amount of R&D into natural gas based cells. Everything you said is why the non hydrogen fuel cells are probably going to become the mainstay technology. This would mean the technology will probably never become carbon neutral.

about 4 months ago
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Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns

Demonantis No magnet links (80 comments)

While its full of nostalgia. They don't have magnet links implemented. The site kind of shows its age.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Demonantis Re:Fight for consumers (211 comments)

I think Kickstarter is going to do more damage to the publishing industry than Amazon. I have kickstarted several where the author gives you a unedited pdf upfront and is using the kickstarter funds to pay an editor and artist. You need to remember that publishers don't have a right to stay in business. They have to keep themselves relevant.

about 6 months ago
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US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

Demonantis Re:Keystone XL (411 comments)

That is a fantastic statistic until you realize most other minerals have less assured resource potential. Companies only start exploring for deposits when it makes sense so there is always about 100 years of found exploitable deposits. In the crust uranium is estimated to be as common as tin and zinc. It is a limited amount, but it isn't like you make it seem. Ideally we should be moving to solar power, but nuclear is viable in the current term and is much better than oil or gas for the environment.

about 6 months ago

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Chromecast: You get what you pay for.

Demonantis Demonantis writes  |  about a year ago

Demonantis (1340557) writes "According to Casey Johnston;

Since the launch and relative flop of Google TV, Google is vastly scaling back its approach to getting video to a TV. Its new effort is as stripped-down as the Chromecast itself, an unassuming HDMI dongle that comes with a small but robust set of capabilities: playing video from YouTube and Netflix or mirroring anything you can pull up in a Chrome browser tab. While it’s far from functionally perfect, enough of the experience is simple and straightforward enough that it bears seeing where Google and its hopefully growing list of partners take this project.

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