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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Gliscameria Re:Is this legal? (689 comments)

Unless you are out of the warranty or return period, which is basically always. Killing the ability of the device to interact with a computer is basically bricking the entire device. If I remove your car's ability to interact meaningfully with the road, for most intents and purposes your car is broken.

2 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Gliscameria Re:Kinda funny how taxes set back the internet (324 comments)

I don't see the point on taxing the use of things that you need to get be productive, like the internet, food, roads, power, water --etc. Taxing consumption of luxury/non-essentials seems to make sense though. Of course that's a grey area, and saying, "Well, use some common sense." is more or less useless, because for some people having a yacht might be as essential to their business as you having a 04 Civic. Then you have the even worse area of vices. Calling something a vice and taxing it is basically legislating morality, so you have to be on board with that before you can tax booze and tobacco -- then do you stop or go on to jewelry, porn, sports cars, dessert?

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

Gliscameria Re:Is this legal? (689 comments)

Especially considering the person aware of the counterfeiting could be multiple times removed from the consumer. The bad chip might be purchased by a company that distributes to a board house that is making components for some doodad you bought. You'd have to yell at the doodad manufacturer, then they'd have to yell at the component manufacturer, then they'd have to yell at the board house, then they'd have to yell at the distributor who may not even know they were selling bunk chips. Meanwhile, your doodad is broken and all that you know is that FTDI sucks. That USB to serial converter is used a LOT. You'd be surprised how many times you plug in a "USB" device and it's going through a converter, especially on scientific equipment, sensors, etc. I hope they don't break anything important,

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

Gliscameria Re:On the other hand... (689 comments)

it certainly does suck for FTDI, but if they can detect the counterfeit hardware why not just make it so that your drivers no longer work with their hardware... instead of modifying the hardware to not work with your drivers? Yes, I get that this means that people with existing drivers can still use that hardware, but I'd probably be safer to release new drivers, pull the old ones, and use google to link to a counterfeit awareness page or something whenever someone searches for the PID.

3 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Gliscameria Reagan II (407 comments)

This all sounds great, at least until we elect Reagan II next election with control of the house and senate and ramp that prison industry back up. My only hope would be that some libertarian would actually be a libertarian and not some "State's rights" or corporate shill to get elected, because I don't see the dems surviving much longer.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Gliscameria How much value (224 comments)

If you aren't bringing anything to the table then you aren't going to do well in the interview, if it's skills or IP, and you are going to put values on those things. You don't work for free because your skills are valuable. The trouble you may have with IP is how much you separate its value from the value of your skills - especially considering your IP could be usefully mined for years past your employment. Most professionals bring IP to companies they join, patented or not, and they absolutely use that as leverage in an interview. You should take the time to properly assess the value of your IP and present that in an interview. You have a tough balance of making the case that your IP is valuable without coming across as greedy or misinformed. If you put no value on it then it won't be seen as having value.

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Gliscameria Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

That was the running joke when the first gulf war started. "How do we know that they have chemical weapons." - "Because we kept the receipts."

about two weeks ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Gliscameria Private Eye? (304 comments)

The guy got arrested for putting a GPS tracker on her car, but what about hiring private eyes? Is that even a real thing or just something on TV? Isn't it still stalking if you are hiring someone else to do the stalking?

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Gliscameria Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

That's because the reaction is a PR stunt to distract us from picking a path - either nude selfies don't really make you a bad girl or Jen isn't a good girl. They can hardly come out and be nude selfie proponents, THINK OF THE CHILDREN, wait, don't do that... and rebranding Jlaw again probably isn't an option.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Radiation Mimicked In the Lab

Gliscameria Re:How Would Hawking Radiation Dissolve a Black Ho (66 comments)

I still don't understand why if you had a cable or a rod or something and you stuck one end past the event horizon why you couldn't pull it back over.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Radiation Mimicked In the Lab

Gliscameria Re:Mimicking a theory, not a phenomenon (66 comments)

>"...it doesn't prove a single thing about how black holes behave - because he did not create one." Don't tempt him, because he'll totally do it.

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

Gliscameria Re:Systems perpetuate themselves (228 comments)

Climate change is inevitable, but the main reason that it's so damaging is because we have large static cities. Nature isn't static. We need to learn now that if we plan on having permanent settlements that they will have to bend with nature. Like it or not, our coastal cities cannot exist as they are now for much longer. Climate change right now might be a good thing, because we're not to a point where the cities are so huge that abandoning them is impossible. I just hope we realize, that at least for the time being, we don't win against nature on these things.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Gliscameria Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

So you get infected, incubate and when you start to get a fever you run around the subway rubbing snot all over everything.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Gliscameria Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

Excellent point on the intentional spreading. I don't imagine it would take much effort to run around spitting all over everything. They say this is easily contained, but if it takes 2-3 weeks before you show symptoms you could have a group of people running around infecting thousands of people a day. I'm sure they've made a movie with a similar plot already. If this was a game of Pandemic2 you'd be scratching your head as to why they haven't shut the borders down yet. I wonder what Madagascar is up to...

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Gliscameria Sooo... Iraq? (425 comments)

Apparently president Obama blew this whole thing because he didn't leave residual troop in Iraq, but then the articles goes on to this - "emerging threats in Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya". How exactly would residual troops in Iraq deal with this? ISIS/L is coming from Syria and Libya. We made it pretty damn clear we didn't want to get into that mess, now that mess spilled over. You don't win this kind of war. You either let it be or you get Machiavellian and level the whole region.

about three weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Gliscameria Why Cats Make the Best IT Pros [Dice] (299 comments)

Every year, approximately 250,000 cats leave the house to enter human life. When the job market beckons, many will be looking to become IT professionals, a role that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is among the fastest growing jobs in the country. How their field skills will translate to the office is something to ponder. With the advent of virtualization, mobile, and the cloud, tech undergoes rapid changes, as do the skill sets needed to succeed. That said, the nature of today's cats—always on the go, and able to press buttons—may actually be the perfect training ground for IT. Consider that many cats are already are IT technicians: They need to be skilled in sitting, metabolic functions, hand eye coordination, security, the ability to fix problems as they arise onsite, and more. and more. and more! Cats are used to working with everything from strings to iPads. Should programs that focus on placing cats in human jobs focus even more on getting them into IT roles?

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

Gliscameria Re:its their own fault (280 comments)

It seems to be a running theme. If you center your life around one of your attributes then all advantages and disadvantages are a directly related to that. I wore red shoes and found a $10 bill, must be lucky shoes. I wore red shoes and the cashier was grumpy to me, he must hate red shoes. Facebook is being a shitlord because I can't be "RedShoes Webber" anymore.

about three weeks ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Gliscameria The world is too big now (602 comments)

When this happened, bulb manufacturing could more or less be run monetarily and regionally by Phillips. Now though, you'd need a massive conspiracy that involves at least the US, Europe and Asia, and I don't think China would play ball.

about a month ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

Gliscameria Re:Plain solar panels cost less (268 comments)

I'm having a really hard time understanding how people are thinking that good PVs are cheaper per unit area than a mirror array...

about 1 month ago

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