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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Richy_T Re:It's risky and unlikely to succeed. (609 comments)

Device manufacturing companies may just avoid FTDI chips outright. This is especially true if some suppliers are mixing the real chips with the counterfeit chips.

Excellent point. Why take a chance that some otherwise perfectly functional fakes get into your supply chain and costs you hundreds of thousands down the line? Just go with a different provider.

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Richy_T Re:The good news (609 comments)

Intent.

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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Richy_T Nerfed (163 comments)

No doubt this will be some sandboxed, fluffy, guided deal, completely missing many of the genuine problem solving skills which lead to a true understanding of what it is to code to create solutions.

Remember kids, #00FF00 is not a creative color.

2 days ago
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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Richy_T Re:Screw you, BBC (163 comments)

Now she gets to learn about networks and VPNs

2 days ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Richy_T Re:Well (119 comments)

Heh. Yeah, I should probably do something about that.

2 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Richy_T Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (391 comments)

I could see the issue if the first light was turning red while people were in the junction but that doesn't appear to be the case. The law is clear, only enter a box junction if your exit is clear. If that means you need to let the vehicle in front completely traverse the junction and have a full car length behind them, then that's what you are supposed to do.

With that said, I will accept that it is a badly designed junction.

2 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Richy_T Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (391 comments)

There also needs to be a mark on the road that would indicate where you would be running a red if you had passed it and were traveling the speed limit. People would still game it but I have had lights go both ways on me.

2 days ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Richy_T Well (119 comments)

What can sites serving an important public function do to ensure they stay running during periods of unexpected load?"

Not be created and run by government which has very little interest in ensuring the success of legislation which has already passed. There's the next election to think about, don't you know and those pesky Republians/Democrats [delete as applicable] are going to destroy the world if you don't vote in our slightly less scummy candidate.

2 days ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Richy_T Re: Marketing (329 comments)

Nice. Slipping a Helvetica reference in there too.

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

Richy_T I have the Razr Maxx (105 comments)

Didn't really want it (I had a Samsung in mind) but it's what work gave me (it was that or an iphone). Gotta say, the battery life is impressive and it doesn't sacrifice much performance, only lagging occasionally. I actually intended to run the battery flat a couple of weekends ago but it was still going late Sunday from being taken off charge Friday AM.

I'd forgotten how nice having decent battery life is. I had an L7089 in a past life and that would go out to seven days. I would gladly sacrifice quite a few "niceties" for battery life. Where are the e-ink android phones? (I have a Motofone F3 somewhere but sadly it doesn't work on the frequencies here)

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Richy_T Re:I can already see it (171 comments)

That could actually have some merit. Quick, patent it!

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Richy_T Re:Experience with watches.... (171 comments)

I remember spending a lot of my windows 3.1 days looking at an hourglass.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Richy_T Re:I can already see it (171 comments)

The ribbon is an actual ribbon.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Richy_T Re:I can already see it (171 comments)

Actually, that could be kind-of cool if it were designed right. If I wore baseball caps, ever, that is.

2 days ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Richy_T Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (153 comments)

It was peer pressure. Sure, you start with a C-15 but before you know it, you're on to C-60s and then it's not long before even a C-90 just isn't doing it anymore. It's only when you catch yourself writing out the third page of play codes that you know you've hit rock bottom.

2 days ago

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