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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

bickerdyke Re:Sorry They're Changing (542 comments)

Why would you decide to use UST-to-Serial chips that need vendor specific drivers in the first place? That's a basic usb profile that should be handled with generic drivers.

Largely reduces such unpleaseant surprises.

2 days ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

bickerdyke Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (542 comments)

They didn't disable it though, they simply moved the PID off their allocated range.

So they moved other chips into a PID range that doesn't belong to them?

Which is intresting as this is exactly what they were complaining about. Sort of "it's not illegal if WE do it"...

2 days ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

bickerdyke Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (542 comments)

Why would FTDI have to ensure their driver doesn't break chips that aren't theirs? There's no agreement, licensing, or goodwill.

Like we don't have an agreement or licensing or other kind of contratc that I will NOT burn down your house or otherwise cause damage to you or your property.

But that does NOT give me the right to burn down your house.

We're talking about intentionally damaging a device.

It would be a different matter for unintentional damage after someone uses your product , but even then you have to apply a sensible measure of care to avoid damage through wrong or careless handling. (A warning label is the simplest measure, selling bleach in bottles with a child-proof lock another one)

2 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

bickerdyke In related news.... (239 comments)

In related news. DEA to facebook: Who cares?

4 days ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

bickerdyke No surprise. (213 comments)

The same kind of protagonists are performing the same schtick in the US and in Europe.

STEM is called MINT, skill gap is Fachkräftemangel, and H1B is called "blue card" (yes. someone mixed up work permit and permanent residency when looking for a catchy name)

Arguments are the same, debate is the same.

And it becomes slightly absurd when immigration officers at a US border somehow expect every other country but the US to be a 3rd world hole people would be happy to trade in for a McJob in the US of A. They can't even imagine that someone likes their job and their home country and actually WANTS to go home after their visit.

about two weeks ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

bickerdyke Re:Reasonable (144 comments)

Exactly. And that's what you don't want to turn up if someone does a casual search with your name. On the other hand, he can't expect to have historical facts (like his foreclosure) purged from the historic archives. That was 1984.

And we ALL need to learn that a bankrupcy 20 years ago hardly effects his current financial situation.

about two weeks ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

bickerdyke Re:Reasonable (144 comments)

Agree.

But still putting that into the hand of one commercial search engine is the wrong way to do so. That "making hard to find" should also start at the source. My suggestion would be to have the newspaper archive use an additional robots.txt/metadata like X-ARCHIVE:True to indicate that this site may be indexed, but contains out of date information that should NOT show up unless someone does a specific archived/cached search request

PRO:
Available to all search engines. You don't have to go to all serach engines to have something hidden from simple searches
Historical information still available and easily searchable - if desired so
Searching uiser knows in advance that he will receive outdated information

CON: ?

about two weeks ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

bickerdyke Re:20 years there was no index (144 comments)

I absolutely agree that it's better that things should be forgotten in many cases for many reasons. I do wonder if the search engine is entirely the right place to do the forgetting. Search engines typically index content because it exists. Does right to be forgotten also give a right to have content taken down?.

In this case: Explicitly no. In a related ruling in the same case, the website with the archived newspaper article is explicitly covered by freedom of press and has NOT to take donw anything.

But removing the link from the search engine will at least make uncovering 20 year old sins of your youth as difficult as it was when you had to spend the time in a dead-tree newspaper archive.

about two weeks ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

bickerdyke Re:What right do they have anyway? (144 comments)

Thanks to a prior ruling (in the same case) the source is explicitly protected by press freedom.

After losing that round at court, that spanish guy who went broke years ago simply kept on sueing the next in line, which happend to be Google.

about two weeks ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

bickerdyke Re:What makes them the judge of these matters? (144 comments)

It's not even a law. It's a court ruling.

a law would at least give some legal foundation. Another court may decide in a few months that some other name should habe not e taken down.

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

bickerdyke Lessons learned: (622 comments)

Lessons learned:

1) Things that don't exist cant leak or get stolen

2) Computer security matters for everyone!

I now that #1 was the main point of the victim blamers. But it's simple and true. It's the victimblamers conclusion that is wrong that you shouldn't have (or create) anything.

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

bickerdyke Re:Sounds like a planned PR stunt to me. (622 comments)

Whoever did this was clearly hacking and "stealing" a huge bunch of personal data. Including, amongst others, photos including, among others, private photos, including, among others nude pictures.

Of course the net and all media are only intrested in those. Sex sells. That's still true. But from a legal POV, you should keep things in perpective. When someone mugs a person stealing his satchel containing a joint, doesn't make it a drug crime.

about two weeks ago
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Smart Battery Tells You When It's About To Explode

bickerdyke Re:Quick, get the manual! (97 comments)

No. it hat 2 short inbetween. for SMS. Which is pretty logical, but scared the heck out of me when I heard it for the first time.

about two weeks ago
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Smart Battery Tells You When It's About To Explode

bickerdyke Re:You're reinventing the wheel there hoss (97 comments)

Increasing my STEAM capabilities is the best excuse to install Steam on my PC and spend the rest of the week gaming....

about two weeks ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

bickerdyke Re: One huge customer - schools (345 comments)

They COULD sell your data in the future, but they are unlikely to do so because what makes that data valuable is their exclusivity.

Actually selling them would make them worthless.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

bickerdyke Re:Nice wording (179 comments)

Absolutely.

And I'm not saying those who lost that trust are wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

bickerdyke Re:Nice wording (179 comments)

While surveillance itself is problematic, too, it wasn't a real problem before. I used to be comfortable with the fact that in some cases, police and FBI could wiretap phones and intercept email. So surveillance isn't exactly the problem either.

The "problem" is that this power has been heavily misused and that the trust that surveillance would only be directed to crime suspects is now lost. And people losing trust in police IS a problem.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

bickerdyke Broke already. (179 comments)

Anxiety over US spying already broke lawfull access to data on cellphones for law enforcement agencies when Apple and Google declared that activating phone encryption will now be default.

about two weeks ago

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Telecommunications data retention unconstitutional

bickerdyke bickerdyke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bickerdyke (670000) writes "The highest german court ruled this morning that the advance retention of telecommunications data is unconstitutional. Collected data has to be deleted immedeatly.

Comming into effect January 2009, telephone and internet providers had to store information about each and every telephone, internet or email connection for 6 months. 35,000 people sued against that law at the Bundesverfassungsgericht

Article in german: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Karlsruhe-kippt-Vorratsdatenspeicherung-2-Update-943695.html
Press release: http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/pressemitteilungen/bvg10-008.html"

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