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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Grog6 Re:Is this legal? (560 comments)

"Service required" is what their cellmate will be saying; this will not end well for them.

If they get out of it for $50 for everyone in the class action lawsuit, it will be cheap, IMHO.

If M$ knew about it before they distributed it thru their driver distribution channel, they also seem to be on the hook. :)

I've never seen Corporate Suicide before; I wonder who's brilliant idea this was? :facepalm:

12 hours ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Grog6 Re:Not an April Fools joke? (164 comments)

I use the mouse lefty, and the keyboard with the right. Arrow keys for motion, and a Rosewill RK-9000 mech keyboard, wired for PS2.

USB limits you to 6 key presses per transfer.

PS2 is 'all key presses get sent' 200 times a second in hardware with a decent mobo.

I have every key programmed for something, and I've been using some of the main ones for >30 years now.

I had to learn a new whole set of "fast functions" when Crysis came out; adding cloaking, armor, and all really was hard to do for a bit.

A side effect we noticed after the new functions were working was that when you change the function of a key, it "takes" much faster. Something in the rewiring, I guess. :)

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Grog6 This is the "Oh Noes, the ISIS has WDM" moment. (376 comments)

This is how they're going to justify going back into Iraq, especially since Oil prices are Crashing.

Cheney's crowd can't handle that, so Something has to happen.

Who is "They"? Wait a week and we'll see, won't we? :)

about a week ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Grog6 Re:Analog displays are better in some situations. (155 comments)

I can glance at the tach and see that I need to shift RSN, as the rate of approaching the redline is pretty close. :)

Analog is much better than a digital display that updates every few dozen mS with a number that is interpreted by a different part of my Brain. :)

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Grog6 Re:Barney (487 comments)

The guy that did the early spreading of Captain Tripps was state trooper; just imagine how many people he's been in contact with.

And how many they have been in contact with...

about two weeks ago
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Hacking USB Firmware

Grog6 Re:Signed Firmware (97 comments)

The UV light damages the silicon over time, degrading the oxide layer.

It will fail to some other structure, and stick high or low eventually.

A good cosmic ray strike while you're programming at 21V can make one popcorn open, lol.

about two weeks ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

Grog6 Re:Let's wait 28 days (209 comments)

Hell Yeah!

rofl

about three weeks ago
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Hacking USB Firmware

Grog6 Those little windows... (97 comments)

...were made of fused quartz, because UV wont go thru normal glass.

That's why the erasable ones were so expensive.

about three weeks ago
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DARPA Technology Could Uncover Counterfeit Microchips

Grog6 This tool needs to hit the market asap. (35 comments)

I have had numerous problems with counterfeit transistors and Zener diodes.

How can you profitably screen thousands of rectifier diodes for their zener point, then grind off the original markings, and mold on new partnumbers??

At $0.003 each?

At least the transistors failed spectacularly. :)

about three weeks ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Grog6 Re:I made the obvious choice (410 comments)

Almost everyone claims to have read it now, but for your less literate friends there's a really good Movie, With Richard Burton and John Hurt. It was Sir Richards' last film.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt00...

It leaves out a lot, but a lot of people just don't read.

That's how it ends when the military industrial complex takes over:

Imagine a Boot, on a Face, Forever. :)

about a month ago
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Mystery Signal Could Be Dark Matter Hint In ISS Detector

Grog6 Re: Wow, I thought you were dead. (55 comments)

Cool beans; tell him I said hey; and he was right about those chicks. :)

about a month ago
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Mystery Signal Could Be Dark Matter Hint In ISS Detector

Grog6 Wow, I thought you were dead. (55 comments)

Great job on the whole moving out of the domes thing; how's R. Daneel?

about a month ago
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Mystery Signal Could Be Dark Matter Hint In ISS Detector

Grog6 So, what energy are we talking about? (55 comments)

Are we talking about the fountain of 511keV positron/electron annihilation photons from the galactic poles, or are we talking some exotic gammas from an Neutralino annihilation?

Inquiring minds want to know... :)

about a month ago
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

Grog6 Re:Borderlands meets Halo (93 comments)

Rage is fun; of course, I only paid 9.99 for it, so I didn't feel screwed.

If I'd paid 60, I'd be pissed.

I recently replayed DNF, and it wasn't nearly as bad as I remembered, lol.

about a month ago
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Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

Grog6 Re:SkyNet Deployment (143 comments)

Sir! We have a problem!

There is a dedicated team of hackers attempting to plant a virus in our main system.

We think it's a team led by Jeff Goldblum and the Android from Star Trek; Arnold help us if Mr Crusher is involved as well!

Cancel concern; they had a nuke with them with an easy pal code. We lost 10000 units, NBD.

about a month and a half ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Grog6 This just stops hobbyist types. (322 comments)

Everyone else in the fray is already simulating nuclear weapon designs on supercomputers.

The hydrodynamic calculations are similar enough the military isn't going to share code with the hyperflight guys, so this will just become another black project to be run by the same people. :)

This just gives justification for the research disappearing, and stopping any amateur work.

about a month and a half ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Grog6 Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Yeah, I thought Iran or another ME country would Nuke Israel, thus breaking...

the rusty wire that holds the cork
that keeps the anger in
gives way
and suddenly it's day again
the sun is in the east
even though the day is done
two suns in the sunset
hmmmmmmmmm
could be the human race is run...

I digress.

So: No, no Jihadi Idalist, just a Psycho Ex-KGB Agent with delusions of Stalin.

It's nice that we haven't downblended all the Plutonium and Uranium we bought from them; we may need it.

It's nice to know, in the world of Nuclear Overkill, One Trident sub is #3 on the list of "Most Nuclear Weapons".

It's sad to know, that MAD only works with Sane People.

about 1 month ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

Grog6 mod this up. (169 comments)

:)

about 2 months ago

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