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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

chuckugly Missing the point (559 comments)

It's not fear of an actual attack. It's fear of the economic consequences (public fear) of showing The Interview in a multi-screen theater where other also profitable shows are showing, thus reducing profits for the duration of the run.

yesterday
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

chuckugly Re:Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

It is true that in cases I'm aware of, solar panel users buy at the same rate as everyone else but sell at a rate much higher than wholesale. In other words, they buy at the same rate as everyone else on the grid, but they sell at a price much higher than the other generation facilities such as hydro plants etc.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

chuckugly Man-Cave (720 comments)

You need a man cave.

about three weeks ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

chuckugly Meetings (186 comments)

Get the meetings in check.

A good manager can isolate devs from most meetings and will efficiently communicate what needs communicated. Unavoidable meetings should be scheduled for as short a span as possible and must end on time, no exceptions.

about a month ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

chuckugly Re:What's the name of the drug? (140 comments)

TFA states this is for type 1.

about a month and a half ago
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Revitalizing Medical Imaging With Ultrasound-On-a-Chip

chuckugly Re:Anyone has a link to a patent app? (47 comments)

Good point however sometimes dirt cheap has association attached to it, so maybe dirt cheap in the realm of medical devices, or again, sometimes, it's considered beneficial to go for quantity and license the IP for a reasonable fee to many vendors on the hope that a small slice of a much bigger pies is better.

If for instance this allowed 3D ultrasound technology drop to a consumer price point maybe the profitable strategy is to license it cheap to everyone and collect a few bucks on the sale of every iPhone 7 or Galaxy 6.

about a month and a half ago
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Pirate Bay Co-founder Arrested In Northeastern Thailand

chuckugly Re:What a shame (189 comments)

The purpose of copyright is to ensure the public can continue to enjoy the creative work of artists. Probably good not to forget that. Artists (or their agents) getting paid is an implementation detail. That implementation has been working pretty well but it's not the actual goal.

about a month and a half ago
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Pirate Bay Co-founder Arrested In Northeastern Thailand

chuckugly Maybe a routine VISA run (189 comments)

It's common over there to cross a border (leave the country) in order to get your passport stamped and renew your tourist VISA. The practice is so common there are organized "VISA runs" via bus and even services that will do the legwork (exit for you - lol) every few months. It's possible he was just trying to be in Laos legally.

about a month and a half ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

chuckugly Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

AGAIN, the clones are not defective and behave like the standard product from a software point of view

Device drivers are software. The clones behave differently, therefore, the statement above is incorrect.

about a month and a half ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

chuckugly Re:No (232 comments)

If you have a NAS, who cares, and if you don't have a NAS, why not?

about a month and a half ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

chuckugly Actually, Yes (232 comments)

I'm going to get at least one of these. Should be perfect for my house; I'll mount my users area in my NAS and I can browse the WWW or RDP to my EXSi hosted VMs from a nice little inexpensive terminal I can leave in the living room or garage, or both. I'll probably also send 1-2 of these to some family overseas who like to Skype as well.

It's an incredible (subsidized) value. Not a great main system but still useful in many scenarios.

about a month and a half ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

chuckugly Re:Robot factories (331 comments)

So they have a history of genius life choices then.

about a month and a half ago
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Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

chuckugly Re:i miss old slashdot (81 comments)

It's possible - I lurked without signing up for close to a decade.

about a month and a half ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

chuckugly Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

.... you show you have no clue how these "clones" work. They are not defective, the driver on the other hand is....

If you use Windows, there is an excellent chance that you or someone you know who does use Windows executes my driver code the entire time the PC is operational; I have a pretty decent idea of "how it works".

In this case the device was claiming to be a specific device (and was not) and yet did not correctly behave like the device it was claiming to be. You might not consider that defective. I would. The instructions that change the PID to 0 are discarded by a legit device and would be discarded by a correctly implemented clone.

In the old days the DEC "Tulip" was a pretty popular NIC "standard" and was cloned, I guess it was a kinder gentler world then (of course, where is DEC now?) or maybe the clones were better back then.

I don't think this was wise, but I can understand their interest in defending their brand reputation - when a crap clone says it's made by FDTI and then doesn't perform perfectly it's not going to damage the reputation of an unknown chip cloner in a Chinese alley, it's gonna look like FDTI makes crappy chips, which in my experience is not true.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Now Makes Money From Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion

chuckugly Re:Did they make money on Surface? (117 comments)

Frequent contributor Bennet you mean?

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

chuckugly Re:Where's Bennett? (175 comments)

He is a frequent contributor after all.

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

chuckugly Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 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?

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

chuckugly Re:Is this legal? (700 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.

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

chuckugly Re:Is this legal? (700 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.

about 2 months ago

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