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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

SirDrinksAlot Re:Can the counterfeit chip be detected? (572 comments)

From the sounds of it, that's pretty much what they're going to do.

I'm totally fine with TFDI disallowing counterfeit devices, even tho the consumer will get boned in the end they will have to go back to the manufacturer that tried to save a few bucks by buying what is unquestionably a counterfeit chip at counterfeit price. There's no pleading ignorance when the official suppliers charge a certain amount and these back ally dealers are a fraction of the price. Any authorized fab is going to have a fixed license fee that's going to keep the price relatively high compared to the unlicensed fabs. Crucifying FTDI because they're disallowing the devices is unfair with out putting most of the blame on the companies sourcing the questionable chips.

about 2 months ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

SirDrinksAlot Re:Link... (95 comments)

LAWSUIT! I was expecting news for nerds, stuff that matters! Not something about Apple and a company that built it's foundation on rumors that it didn't bother trying to distance it self from thus being responsible for the hole they dug them self.

I demand stuff that matters!

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

SirDrinksAlot Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

I think the question should be, is this patch they're applying that's bricking these devices a functional patch that does benefit the official FTDI hardware? If the answer is yes then there's no malicious intent or action being taken place here. You cant expect the company to test an update against counterfit hardware and you cant expect them to lose any sleep over it.

Now if what they're doing is specifically targeted at doing this and doesnt change anythign at all on official hardware? Then there may be a legal argument here. Like if their hardware you cant set a particular register/fuse but the counterfit hardware you can burn said fuse then ya they're trying to brick it.

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

SirDrinksAlot Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (342 comments)

McDonald's does that here too. I don't understand it either since it doesn't help anything being backwards - many into one. It's opposite to what Erlang worked on.

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

SirDrinksAlot Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (342 comments)

A guy named Agner Erlang solved most of this already, and we can thank the telephone. He took his work on how to figure out the optimal number of trunk lines for a town and used that to model cash register lines. Erlang worked out that one line into many registers is the fastest and most efficient, so if one line backs up but another one moves quickly, people don't bunch up at the register that was slow. You can see this system at work at Walmart of all places, their express checkout section where they tell you what register to go to is based on this model. If there's a bottleneck beyond the register, say the ice truck, then have a second queue where individuals are provided with something like a receipt for them to obtain the ice directly from the truck. This also has the benefit of individuals being able to buy more than one bag of ice and can come back and enter the ice truck queue to fill the remainder of the order later rather than requeue in the register line. Obviously there are risks to that but ultimately the risk would be the consumers. Both of these methods are in use today and even at the same time in some cases, I saw it just last summer at a beer festival. We went through one queue to get beer tokens, and then there were multiple vendors who accepted those tokens for you to redeem it. Then the vendors redeemed their tokens from the festival operators.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

SirDrinksAlot Stealing attention (611 comments)

My biggest problem with ads is they are designed to steal your attention from the content. I've mentioned this numerous times whenever a website starts crying about Adblocking. If you want me to read your content, don't put full motion video ads on the side right next to the content I'm trying to read. Don't make 2/3rds of the page giant clickable area to redirect me to your sponsor. I'm not visiting your site to see the ads, I'm there for the content that you put so much work into. Ads are typically designed to steal your attention and be obtrusive. Slashdot's ads are pretty much safe, even though I even have the option to disable ads here.

I don't recall who it was but one big site posted a editorial on why they think Adblock is bullshit. It was the same day they had full page sponsorship and basically clicking anywhere that had empty space would direct you to that sponsor and they had every kind of obnoxious ad possible on the site at the same time. If everybody was sensible about ads then I wouldn't use an adblock, I do have the option enabled to allow unobtrusive ads so at least I'm not that big of a dirtbag.

Basically the internet is turning into Idiocracy more and more every day. Animated ads all around and some times with in the content you're trying to read. NOW GO AWAY IM BAITIN.

about 4 months ago
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Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

SirDrinksAlot Re:draws a lot of comparisons to Mac OS X (209 comments)

They need to work on their design principals a little harder. Right now it looks like "Just copy MacOSX" Just watching the video on the site about Freya makes me wonder how apple hasn't sent a C&D yet. Mute the audio, show the demo to somebody who doesn't know and ask them what OS it is.

It's not just generic Grey gradient/brushed steel feel. All its missing is the buttons for resize, minimize and close. In the demo they have the iTunes rip off, The File manager that looks identical, and then on top of all that they still add in the dock.

about 4 months ago
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Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

SirDrinksAlot draws a lot of comparisons to Mac OS X (209 comments)

"draws a lot of comparisons to Mac OS X" or Draws a lot of cues from OSX?

Drawing a comparison would suggest its different but comparable, and not inspired by. Straight up copying as it is I wouldn't even suggest saying it's drawing cues.

If I wanted OS X I'd run OS X. I'm not sure why Slashdot is bothering to cover a distro whose claim to fame is ripping off somebody elses design. Or at least cover it and act like they're doing something unique.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

SirDrinksAlot Intel Knights Landing (143 comments)

So what's special about this chip that Intel's Xeon Phi (first demonstrated in 2007 as Knights Landing with 80 or so cores) isn't already doing? Or is this just a rehash of 7 year old technology that's already in production? It sounds like a copy/paste of Intel's research.

"Intel's research chip has 80 cores, or "tiles," Rattner said. Each tile has a computing element and a router, allowing it to crunch data individually and transport that data to neighboring tiles." - Feb 11, 2007

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

SirDrinksAlot Re:Run away! (294 comments)

I think the real moral of the story is, not that it isn't his job but it's a job for a whole team. There should be an engineering team (testing updates, finding the issues and improvements etc) and a change/ops team who does the leg work when deploying these kinds of processes. One guy responsible for a big ass pile of servers and is also responsible for all of this other stuff is at least two full time jobs.

about 8 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

SirDrinksAlot I don't entirely disagree (653 comments)

Sorry, I like SparkFun and all but this does look a lot like Fluke industrial design. Ok so the colour isn't EXACTLY the same shade of yellow, but if you removed the branding from it and asked somebody what brand it looks like they'll say Fluke assuming they've poked around the market any or are in the industry. Granted it would be cool of Fluke saying something like "OK This ONE time" since SparkFun is all about hobbyists who might eventually become Fluke customers. SparkFun should have thought of this before ordering a container full of them, pleading ignorance that your multimeter is DAMN CLOSE to somebody else's product and not expect trouble is dubious at best. It looks a lot like a Fluke 17b with out the buttons.

about 9 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

SirDrinksAlot Re: *you think* your kid might become autistic, if (747 comments)

But the problem is you still thought there was an autism risk and it took you an extra 2 seconds to do it. This is the underlying issue. Andrew Wakefield published a fraudulent paper on the subject stating that vaccinations cause this and got a celebrity to basically endorse it because she (Jenny McCarthy) was looking for a reason why her child was autistic. If it wasn't for JMC being desperate to find an excuse that doesn't include any self blame this would never have gotten even a tiny fraction of the attention it has.

about 9 months ago
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Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint

SirDrinksAlot Slideshow Presentations aren't bad (181 comments)

An effective slide show should not:
Be primary source of information
Exceed 7 words on 4 lines
Contain unrelated graphs and images
Discourage discussion of the slides contents

This is my example of an effective powerpoint slide. This slide while only containing 22 words should probably take a few minutes to talk about. A powerpoint of maybe 10 slides for me often ends up being about an hour long. I build in a degree of Q/A and questions directed to the audience to keep them engaged and interested in the content. A presentation should be a discussion and not a group reading exercise. Clearly these scientists are great at science, but terrible at sharing it if they can't use a slide show effectively.

about 9 months ago
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Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

SirDrinksAlot Re:Cooties (336 comments)

Circle Circle Dot Dot now you have your cooties shot!

about a year ago
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Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

SirDrinksAlot Three Sea Shells (336 comments)

Now instead of Raffee they'll be listening to jingles and learning how to use the 3 Sea Shells.

Demolition Man's setting was too far south obviously.

about a year ago
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German NSA Critic Denied Entry To the US

SirDrinksAlot There is liberty (352 comments)

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.” - John Basil Barnhill 1914
In 1914 who could have predicted the NSA? Today it would write “When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is the NSA. America is what you get when you have both"

about a year ago
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Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND

SirDrinksAlot But their 5400RPM hybrid drives suck (373 comments)

When I was buying a new laptop hard drive I got a hybrid drive but not before some research. The 7200RPM Momentus XT mops the floor with their 5400rpm new generation of hybrid drive. The performance increase on their 5400rpm drives is insignificant, it was not even worth considering but I at least found stock of the Momentus XT which *IS* well worth considering and ordered TWO. I took into account cost, capacity and performance when choosing the drives. For the cost/performance the 5400rpm drives did not deliver but it had the capacity, the Momentus XT delivered on cost/performance and was only slightly lacking in capacity. Pure SSD drive only delivered on performance which in my case wasn't weighted enough in my process to justify. If the Momentus XT didn't exist I'd have just stuck with a 7200rpm drive.

So RIP Seagate's worth while mobile HDD's. Unless you've fixed the mediocre performance in your 5400rpm drives I'll either be doing full SSD or just buying somebody else's 7200rpm drive.

about a year ago
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Blackberry 10 Sends Full Email Account Credentials To RIM

SirDrinksAlot Re:What person thinks this is OK? (191 comments)

Which with BES 10 can use the BES Infrastructure with DEVICE SPECIFIC KEYS as an alternative to a VPN. Which BlackBerry's can also use [a VPN] with the BES as a second optional transport in-case the BES goes down. On top of both of these transports the device will function directly over Corporate WiFi cutting out the BES all together when you're on the local network.

So Activesync with it's SSL over SRP, so thats TWO layers of encryption being used. ActiveSync's SSL and the BlackBerry transport as a secure tunnel into your network.

about a year ago
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Man Campaigns For Addition of 'Th' Key To Keyboard

SirDrinksAlot Re:Thorn (258 comments)

Maybe he thinks Ye Olde Pub is an Asian restaurant. Noodles and seafood!

about a year and a half ago
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Fox, Univision May Go Subscription To Stop Aereo

SirDrinksAlot Re:What am I missing? (306 comments)

Yea I have no idea what they're complaining about. Instead of fighting Aereo maybe they could work with them instead? When you're broadcasting you have no idea who's watching what and what kind of exposure paying advertisers are getting. Aereo likely knows what channel you're watching and at what time, this seems like ENORMOUSLY valuable information to a broadcaster. If everybody setup a TV tuner in their apartment and streamed it to their device of choice then the broadcaster has no clue what kind of market penetration they're getting.

It's like cutting off your nose to spite the face.

about a year and a half ago

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Ask Slashdot: Why don't companies validate emails?

SirDrinksAlot SirDrinksAlot writes  |  about a year ago

SirDrinksAlot (226001) writes "Why don't all companies validate emails? It seems like a pretty basic piece of security, especially if credit cards are involved. So this is a pretty big pet peeve of mine. I have a fairly plain GMail address which get's a lot of misdirected or typoed email. It's something I generally just deal with or try to deal with it appropriately. I may be wearing out the "Report Spam" button. However recently somebody got a shiny new Kindle for Christmas and they created a new Kindle/Amazon account with my email address. Amazon didn't validate the email address and let this person create an account and start making purchases. I tried to report this to Amazon Support but they were unreceptive that this was some kind of problem. I explained it's my email address and somebody else made an Amazon account using it and there's NO validation. The very next day I receive an email from Amazon saying GMail made the mistake and I should talk to them. I'm not sure how GMail is going to fix Amazon's accounts. After talking to 4 people and a manager my issue is unresolved.
I've explained that I can go into Amazon and hit the password reset button and own this account. Worse of all what if this person has a credit card on the account? There's a lot of damage somebody can do with the account in that case. Yet after a lot of attempts to solve the problem Amazon still insists it's not their problem.
The email from Amazon.ca

Unfortunately, this is an issue that will need to be resolved by Google. We would normally be able to temporarily disable your account in order to sort out the email issues, as these issues can be caused by typos on another person's side. However, as this is not an email typo issue, we will not be able to resolve this issue ourselves. Samantha L

How would my fellow Slashdotters solve this issue? There must be some terms of service preventing me from resetting and closing the account. Since this is my email address does that mean it's my account and COULD just close it?"
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My keyboard!

SirDrinksAlot SirDrinksAlot writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well, if this goes down on my permanent record i might as well make the most of it. I think I'll clean my keyboard.

I will be useing an eye glass cleaner that is plastic safe. When i have completed my keyboard i'll use it on my screen.

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Well there you have it, I now have a clean keyboard. There would be more but when I was cleaning the arrow key area I somehow managed to select a large chunk of text and clear it. The keyboard is all nice and clean, back to its black glory. It had built up an ugly brown film which needed to be removed. The shiny keys from typing are shiny again and the underused keys are back to normal.

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