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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Larry_Dillon Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

That's part of the problems with the current state of IP law. No one would accept this in the physical world, but with IP, no one's quite sure if what FTDI did was illegal or just a bad idea, versus popping up a warning box every time you try to use a fake chip.

about a month ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

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

I think that a pretty lose use of the of word "subsidy", but the idea is that the providers won't build the infrastructure at all without a carrot up front. The large ISP's believe that those low-density areas aren't sufficiently profitable. I live in Montana and rural areas are ofter served by small local ISP's. The big ISPs come into the smaller towns with wired access, prices and speed that the small guys have a hard time matching, pushing the smaller ISPs out to the less-profitable rural areas, often using wireless. What would help the small ISPs is high-speed fiber to small towns that they could access at a reduced price. Many small towns are supposed to get high-speed fiber for schools and libraries, but I don't believe that small ISP can access this.

about 2 months ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

Larry_Dillon Re:Not just one mobo (102 comments)

> They just kept replacing it with defective cards.
I've seen a few companies do this over the years. They just keep sending defective parts until you give up in frustration or they go out of business.

about 2 months ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Larry_Dillon Re:No offense to Unbuntu but.... (232 comments)

I have to disagree. I think tons of things are broken in Ubuntu. They usually get the GUI right, but the underlying system is a mess, especially if you want to configure things from the command line. hostname -f has been broken for years. I like sane limits in ulimit. I agree with you on the aliases to rm. Training wheels.

about 3 months ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Larry_Dillon No offense to Unbuntu but.... (232 comments)

When someone asks me to connect to a Linux server, I think "Cool". When I find out it's Ubuntu I think they probably don't know much about Linux or they wouldn't be running Ubuntu as a server. My sampling is probably biased, but most of the Ubuntu user's I've met are beginning desktop users.

about 3 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Larry_Dillon Re:Document formats... (579 comments)

Why don't they just put a link at the bottom of the documents:

Having problems accessing this document under Microsoft products? Download LibreOffice for free at: http:///.....

about 3 months ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

Larry_Dillon Resturant seating (404 comments)

This isn't exactly the same, but it reminds me of the restaurant seating problem that happens when patrons, upon seeing that there's limited seating, have members of their party camp on a table before they've ordered. It exacerbated the problem. People who have just got their food can't find a seat because table-campers have what would be empty seats.

about 5 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

Larry_Dillon I think you're on to something here. (358 comments)

I've been seeing too many vehicles with flashing lights lately that didn't used to have them, from school buses and garbage trucks to mall cops. It's making true emergency vehicles, such as police/fire/ambulance not stand out as much as then used to.

about 5 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

Larry_Dillon Re:You know ... (358 comments)

Your second sentence is correct, but part of the social contract wherein citizens forgo taking the law into their own hands is effective law enforcement. Nearly every time you see citizens resort to vigilante justice, it's due to a lack of effective law enforcement.

about 5 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

Larry_Dillon Re:Families come first (370 comments)

The problem I've seen is that no one want to train anymore. Every company thinks they can get the perfect employee off the shelf. That a big part of ageism. Companies want young grads that have just been trained in the new technologies. But the flavor of the week will change again. Some will argue that it's up to the employee to learn new technologies, and that's true to an extent, especially if the company you work for says, "We're switching to technology X in two years," but that seldom happens. It doesn't make a ton of sense, from an employee's point of view, to learn some random new think hoping the current company or the next job will want it. If you don't use the new thing you just learned everyday, you'll just forget it anyway.

about 4 months ago
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Intel To Offer Custom Xeons With Embedded FPGAs For the Data Center

Larry_Dillon old timer here... (80 comments)

Image a Beowulf cluster of these!

about 5 months ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

Larry_Dillon Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

I'm not trying to defend Kingston or PNY but it may be that they had supply problems or other issues with the original part. It seems that Joel Hruska is assuming intentional deception/malice where none has been proven. I do think that companies should be required to change the model number when they change critical internal parts.

WiFi cards used to be horrible about this. Companies would change the WiFi chipset, requiring a totally different driver, and nothing on the outside of the box would give any indication. Somewhere on the card it would usually say rev b, etc.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Larry_Dillon Electricity usage (474 comments)

It will consume more electricity when someone else is using it. A trivial amount, perhaps, but none the less, more. Al mot of these things have overheating problems in the first place.

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

Larry_Dillon traceroute... (364 comments)

Wouldn't it be a fairly simple thing to pinpoint the congestion and only shame Verizon if it's in their network or at an under-sized interconnect? Netflix might know (or care) more about Verizon congestion than Verizon does.

about 5 months ago
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Interviews: Forrest Mims Answers Your Questions

Larry_Dillon Product of success (161 comments)

Evolution may have failed to produce advanced life forms, or any life at all, on a million worlds. Only the successful random mutations exist to contemplate it.

about 5 months ago
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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

Larry_Dillon Follow the money. (40 comments)

What you're saying may be true in regard to it being accepted to DefCon, but on the whole his analysis sounds about right. I don't know if civilians have the information to prove what he says, one way or another, but the economic motivations sure line up nicely.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Larry_Dillon Smart business move. (516 comments)

What a great way to make sure Windows 9 sells like hotcakes!

1. Remove a well-loved feature from a system with sufficient vendor-lock in.
2. Only provide the feature in a paid upgrade
3. Profit!

Is this a patentable business model?

about 6 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Larry_Dillon Re:Proposal - (584 comments)

A few firearms/accessories companies have written letters to law enforcement in various states telling them that they will no longer provide them with any weapons or accessories that are not legal for civilians in their state.

about 6 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Larry_Dillon Prediction (626 comments)

I predict a overall decrease in traffic accidents as we start seeing the average speed on roads reflect the speed limit versus the average of 5 to 10mph or more that is common now.

about 6 months ago

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OpenVMS gets new leason on life through VMS Software, Inc

Larry_Dillon Larry_Dillon writes  |  about 3 months ago

Larry_Dillon (20347) writes "It appears that the death of OpenVMS has been exaggerated. VMS Software is taking over exclusive development of OpenVMS and is planning on porting to x86. A road map of planned enhancements and developments is available at http://www.vmssoftware.com/new... OpenVMS development languished under HP's stewardship, never finding a good fix in HP's portfolio. Hopefully independent leadership will breath new live into this venerable OS that still sees widespread use in banking, medical and financial applications."
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Are Warrany Void if Removed sitckers legally valid

Larry_Dillon Larry_Dillon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Larry_Dillon writes "Engadget has an article (http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/10/asus-sez-eee-pc-warranty-still-valid-if-you-break-seals/) saying that breaking the seal on the Asus Eee PC will not void the warrant. This begs the question; are those "Warrany Void if Removed" stickers legally binding? Are there any court rulings on this?"
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