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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

cdrudge Re:Plausible deniability (139 comments)

It goes both ways though. Do you want the IRS to be able to audit you or your company going back indefinitely? If your company is sued, do you really want to have to go back forever as part of discovery?

There are practical reasons to limit how long information is retained. I'm not saying that in this particular case 5 years is too long, just right, or too short, but it's not always about plausible deniability.

3 hours ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

cdrudge Re:ACH = Automated Clearing House (627 comments)

Nope, that's more or less it. It uses the same system that you get paid by with direct deposit, make your utility and mortgage payment because they don't take credit cards, and fund your paypal account with a bank transfer. It cuts the credit card companies out of the process so the retailer saves on fees, but the consumer lose the protection that those fees help pay for such as fraud protection.

2 days ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

cdrudge Re: Not a chance (627 comments)

You'll never know your balance!

You know, there's a solution for that. Some forms even work when your electronics are dead.

2 days ago
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XYZPrinting Releases All-In-One 3D Printer With Internal Laser Scanner

cdrudge Re:Still an extruder/glue gun (45 comments)

What's your point? It's obvious that this isn't for a "serious 3D printer maker" and is priced accordingly. While accurate prints are always the goal, having micrometer accurate prints aren't always a requirement. If it was, there wouldn't be a large community of enthusiasts building their own inferior "icing/glue gun method" printers.

2 days ago
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Alienware's Triangular Area-51 Re-Design With Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 980, Tested

cdrudge Re:It's a space heater. (132 comments)

That might ok in the winter when you can make use of the heat. But in the spring/summer/fall when you don't want the extra heat, or worse when you're running an air conditioner, you're just undoing the advantages gain during the winter.

Plus electric resistance heat is about the worst way to heat a home from a cost per BTU perspective.

2 days ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

cdrudge Re:A Pox on Both Your Houses (330 comments)

I'm not sure how much it was an over reaction. Seemed reasonable to me. It's unfortunate it happened, but TPTB were screwed no matter what they did.

If it was reported, and did nothing, then it gets out that authorities didn't investigate a possible threat and are inept.

If it was reported, dismissed, and something bad happens, then it was something that was preventable.

If they did what they did, it's labeled as an overreaction.

It's not like passengers were ordered off the plane, stripped searched, and received a free body cavity search. They were inconvenienced for a few hours before a 11 hour flight. It happens.

2 days ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

cdrudge Re:someohow I think (211 comments)

However, letting people know when the "coast is clear" and they can speed or (worse in my opinion) use a mobile phone will only increase roadside accidents and fatalities

If they were going to speed or text while driving, they are going to regardless if they have a radio detector or not. Same goes for speeding with radar detectors.

3 days ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

cdrudge Re: Not to be outdone (175 comments)

Right. The orbit is 36,000 km from the surface, or a radius of 42,000 km, a difference of...6,000km

5 days ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

cdrudge Re:Not to be outdone (175 comments)

MIR isn't that high currently since it was deorbited in March of 2001. Prior to that, it was at an altitude 364 km +/- 10km depending on where it was at in orbit.

Geostationary orbit is ~36,000 km from earth (radius ~42,164km). The moon is 384,000 km (+/- 21000 miles)

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

cdrudge Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (571 comments)

But in the mean time, your product looks bad, which makes your company look bad. You may suffer far more than what your vendor will, or their vendor, or however far up it goes in the supply chain.

Another thing is that FTDI may hurt their actual customers that inadvertently received the fake chips. If I'm a manufacturer I wouldn't be happy that somehow my supplier got the fake chips, and I'd understand the actual company not supporting the fakes, but I would rethink whether I want to use a company that harmed me in the process of protecting themselves.

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

cdrudge Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (571 comments)

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

Was it their chip? No? Then they shouldn't touch it, regardless if it was a counterfeit chip or not. Two wrongs don't make a right. Turn the other cheek. Blah blah blah.

The chip still works, just not with FTDI's drivers.[/blockquote>This is the correct solution. I don't think anyone would have an issue if the FTDI driver just didn't work with the fake chip.

Nothing was broken.

Depends on your point of view. From the consumer/end user's point of view, I think they would disagree whether something was broken or not if one day it worked with one driver, one day it didn't with the newer driver, and rolling back the driver didn't fix it.

about a week ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

cdrudge Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (571 comments)

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

FTDI doesn't have to ensure that their driver doesn't break chips. It sounds however that FTDI went out of their way to detect whether the chip was a counterfeit or not, and if it was, specifically write to it to disable it when it could have just as easily done nothing (as disabling the driver from functioning).

about a week ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

cdrudge Re:Geneva Convention? (152 comments)

This stuff wouldn't be allowed in warfare, why is it allowed in use by civilian agencies?

Because the Chemical Weapons Convention explicitly allows it:

9. "Purposes Not Prohibited Under this Convention" means
...
(d) Law enforcement including domestic riot control purposes.

My guess is that countries wanted to prohibit an opponent from using it on them (in case TPTB weren't prepared) but wanted to reserve the right to use it on citizens (when TPTB are prepared).

about a week ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

cdrudge Re:Environment Variables (347 comments)

I believe that was just an IIS 6 (and maybe before) "feature". IIS 7.5 running on my Windows 7 dev machine sorts them alphabetically by site name.

about a week ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

cdrudge Re:Why is FTDI the villan? (697 comments)

With your example, it happens all the time. A few years ago when the Super Bowl was being held in Indianapolis, the FBI raided multiple stores that were selling counterfeit merchandise on behalf of the NFL. The merchandise that was confiscated was either ultimately destroyed or given to the NFL which donates it to some 3rd world location. So while the NFL itself didn't destroy the car, ultimately in the end the store was left hanging as it didn't have it's money, nor it's apparel it was suppose to be selling.

about a week ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

cdrudge Re: Entirely preventable software error (115 comments)

All kidding aside, when I read that line I wondered what type of software error isn't preventable. There's things that are easily preventable and should be thought of, but ANYTHING is "entirely preventable".

about a week ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

cdrudge Re:DOS version? (101 comments)

The same way that you're suppose to run their DOS executable on a Linux?

about a week ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

cdrudge Re:What about the Dell knockoffs? (101 comments)

Shouldn't you ask Dell that? Welcome to buying OEM-ed manufactured equipment. You (possibly) saved as you're now Dell's customer, not Samsung's.

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

cdrudge Re:Ahem. (407 comments)

Obviously the reason why crime is down is because they are equipped like tank battalions. We must equip them with more in order to keep lowering the crime rates. You don't want to see crime rates increase, do you? And if rates do happen to go up, obviously we didn't equip them well enough so they deserve EVEN MORE!

about two weeks ago

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cdrudge cdrudge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cdrudge (68377) writes "A federal jury on Thursday said Vonage Holdings Corp. violated 3 of 5 patents of Verizon Communications Inc. and ordered the upstart Internet-phone company to pay $58m in damages as well 5.5% in royalty fees per month per customer. Verizon said it would seek an injunction to block Vonage from using its patented technology. The jury did reject Verizon's claim of $200m in damages and that Vonage deliberately violated Verizon's patents. As you might expect, Vonage said it would appeal the decision and seek a stay if an injunction is granted. Judge Claude Hilton set a hearing for March 23 on whether to grant an injunction."

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