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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

chuckugly Re:Where's Bennett? (169 comments)

He is a frequent contributor after all.

yesterday
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

chuckugly Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (540 comments)

The new driver treats all devices on the VID/PID set in question the same; defective devices respond in a defective manner, correctly behaving devices are fine. Are we now requiring legit device makers to QA their drivers against clone devices? Seriously?

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

chuckugly Re:Is this legal? (689 comments)

No matter how you wish to claim this is right, they still willingly gained access to somebody else's property and disabled it.

This is supposition at this point unless you have proof. As Ars says:

It's not immediately clear how or why the drivers are acting this way. It's possible that they're somehow detecting counterfeits and deliberately reprogramming them. It's also possible that the drivers are sending the same commands to both good and bad parts, and these commands just happen to cause bad things in counterfeit parts while being harmless on the real ones. We've asked FTDI for comment but received nothing as yet.

....you are simply displaying you do not know the electronics industry at all. All drivers are written for a generic series of devices, any driver not written in this fashion is a waste of developer time and generally quite crappy.

Yes total crap, the cloners shouldn't use it.

So no, these drivers aren't specific to a device made by a specific manufacturer. They are specific to a particular hardware-software interface that anybody can freely imitate that infact became the de-facto standard for USB-Serial interfaces.

Clearly the clone is defective, or it would behave like the real thing. By definition.

2 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

chuckugly Re:Is this legal? (689 comments)

This is why we can't have nice things. First of all, drivers aren't unique to one specific device

These drivers are specific to a line of devices produced by a specific manufacturer. They are not generic drivers like the ones Microsoft supplies for a host of generic devices. My humble suggestion would be that if a chip maker doesn't like the way their chip interacts with a competitors driver, they could stop using the other parties driver.

Besides the complete wrongness of freeloading on someone else work, there is the fact that a flaky device that says "Hi, I'm a device from company Zxcv" and that doesn't perform to the normal standards of Zxcv because it's made by someone else is damaging to the brand and potentially costly in other ways.

Not to mention that since the 3rd party part is not part of Zxcv QA process, so you know, things like driver updates might make it malfunction. Like this.

2 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

chuckugly Re:Is this legal? (689 comments)

It was not malfunctioning, it happened to use the same driver.

The driver detected a device that claimed to be compatible, but that was not. That sounds like a malfunction, and before you claim it was behaving correctly I would point out that if it was actually behaving like what it claimed to be, the driver wouldn't know the difference. So yes, it was absolutely defective, whether defective by accident or by design.

2 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

chuckugly Re:Is this legal? (689 comments)

The device was already malfunctioning - it's now safer in that it's predictable.

Your analogy is badly flawed in that it involves all sorts of trespassing and so on that don't apply. This would be more like a surgical robot refusing to function with non-OEM instruments attached, which is exactly what the most popular line of surgical robots (ISRG) do if they detect non-OEM tools installed, by the way.

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

chuckugly Re: Cue party of hypocrites supporters (256 comments)

I would have bought a Volt if it didn't come inextricably linked to that legendary GM level of quality. If VW or BMW made the Volt it'd be in my garage already. A car that can cover 30 miles on battery and then has a fuel tank to make it go another 400 is ideal for me, but it has to be a car, not a Prius.

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

chuckugly Re:Link to law (256 comments)

Seems pretty minor - but both versions are shitty and examples of things government has no business mandating.

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

chuckugly Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

If I didn't already OWN a car I would, however since I *do* own a car, what is my incentive to go electric and then force myself to rent for most of the miles I drive?

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

chuckugly Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

Why would you drive 800 miles? Is your time worthless to you?

I mean, I can understand you preferring that. But to me that is as much insanity as electric cars are apparently to you. I'd rather stab myself with ice picks than be stuck driving a car for 14 hours. I can get halfway across the world in that time in an aircraft.

Yes, when I travel outside the Pacific NW I fly, however let's work an example.

Suppose I want to travel my typical route by air (I have done this, it is more relaxing), what does that look like? Well, My day starts around 8am, so giving a little time for the taxi to the airport and the required packing time, the typical departure time for the flight will be around 11am. The destination is my parents house, which is pretty rural, and there is no direct flight near there, so I have a choice of arriving 270 miles from their place around 2pm by the time I exit the airport, forcing them to drive (they are old, so not super cool) or rent, and placing my arrival around 5pm at their doorstep. Additionally I had to do the typical TSA dance where I can't carry my pocket knife unless I have checked luggage and I can't practically transport any bulky or otherwise non-TSA-friendly gifts and so on with me. During my stay, I won't have a car unless I rented for the whole week so I will have to borrow or ride with someone.

The other option is to wait in the remote big city airport 3-4 hours until a shuttle flight, which would bring me a mere 90 minutes away from the ancestral homestead, and I arrive around 8pm, still no pocket knife or whiskey.

Driving, I can load up the car for the most part the evening before, and walk out around 8am with a dufflebag in hand, fire it up and drive away. Some time around 8:30pm I will pull into the destination driveway with boxes of goodies for nieces and parents, and if I wanted to do something like bring a gun for some recreational shooting (these things happen) I didn't have to have TSA x-ray my genitals for the privilege.


If the trip were appreciably longer (this is why I set a limit at 1000 miles) I would and do fly unless the drive is the whole point, but for me and my endurance level and so on this is an easily doable drive and the alternatives are not compelling.

Just know your needs are in no way indicative of the average trip taken in a vehicle in America.

That would be why I said it won't work for me.

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

chuckugly Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

The battery trailer would actually work, I like it. A decent sized trailer would probably extend the range to exceed that of almost any driver, so maybe no need to even drop or swap; just hook it up for the long trips, and if it's a multi-day trip you can charge the whole assembly overnight. Ungainly but seems practical. Too bad there's no standard for that connection.

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

chuckugly Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

That's great that it works for you, however there is no "all the gas I'd burn otherwise" for me, and for what I do there is certainly no economic incentive to buy a car that costs more than my VW and is less capable.

Then don't buy one. Why are you even here?

I was replying to this:

I can state, definitively, that if a $30,000 electric car with a 150 mile range on a single charge became a thing I'd have to consider it. That's plenty for commuting and errands for my household, and since we already have a four door sedan with low miles as the out-of-town trip car, we wouldn't need extended range on something in the city. Having relatively clean maintenance would also be a plus.

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

chuckugly Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

Flying takes just as long really (there is no local airport at the other end) and insurance for my low mileage ownership is pretty reasonable. The car is paid for but it is a depreciating asset; logically and practically I would be better off with taxis and rentals, but city life is not how I grew up and I'm just not comfortable without a car in the garage yet.

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

chuckugly Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

The rational thing would be to rent, but I'm not comfortable not having personal transportation at hand just yet.

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

chuckugly Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

I walk or telecommute, and most things I need are delivered to me. Sometimes I have to run an out of the routine errand, but those are not long (typically less than 5 miles, certainly less than 30) and they are infrequent. Then 2-3 times a year I drive 1600 miles round trip to see family. That's it, about 5K or a little more a year, with most of it being a long road trip that I couldn't use an electric for anyway. So not at all typical, but electrics are not yet suitable for me.

2 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

chuckugly Re:This might have been incompetence, not malice (689 comments)

Unrecognized by what driver? There is no driver; it was previously misidentified by a driver from a different company, but that issue has now been fixed and the errant hardware no longer misidentifies itself.

2 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

chuckugly Re:Even Microsoft isn't that stupid (689 comments)

c) it doesn't work with any driver on any other OS

A software tool exists to restore the ID info; that means that a properly written driver from the chip vendor could in fact make this chip work. All the chip vendor has to do now is support the hardware they made and sold.

2 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

chuckugly Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

That's great that it works for you, however there is no "all the gas I'd burn otherwise" for me, and for what I do there is certainly no economic incentive to buy a car that costs more than my VW and is less capable. I can't remember exactly when I filled up last, but I think it's been maybe 5 or maybe 8 weeks ago. Last time I had to have the car (couple weeks back) the tank was full but I had to air up the tires.

2 days ago

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