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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

eclectro Re:Alternatives? Same problem.. (404 comments)

So the better question is how can we improve the system to ensure that counterfeit chips aren't being secretly swapped into our products.

And here we have the question FTDI needed to ask before nuking people's equipment to deal with a crime that already took place.

4 hours ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

eclectro Stupid is as stupid does (404 comments)

Any BOM that passes through my hands will get FTDI crossed off. I'm sorry they have a counterfeit problem. They need to improve anti counterfeiting measures instead of inflicting collateral damage. Their abrupt decision is smelly no matter how you look at it.

5 hours ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

eclectro Re:What irks me the most (681 comments)

This is exactly what I was looking at. Are the USB chips covered by FTDI patents? What process are they assigned a PID?

In other words, why not just give it your own Chinese trademark and move on?

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

eclectro Re:On the other hand... (681 comments)

You get what you pay for. Unless good counterfeits are a high percentage of the market you will know the price. You KNOW the real price. Those discounts are "too good to be true".

Except that the end consumer has zero knowledge about these counterfeit chips inside whatever they bought. And my guess is a most slashdotters do not either, until it stops working because of FTDI.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

eclectro Re:More specific (149 comments)

Could you be a little more specific about the kind of software this is about?
That might reveal why people shy away from the project.

Tangentially, you manage to bring up a very good point. One huge problem is the software projects might be using. A number of companies open sourced their software before the notion of a 'standardized' license method became prevalent. If a project is not Mozilla, GPL, or BSD compatible then it will have a very hard time attracting new developers. I know would not want to work on something that did not have a useful open source license. I would encourage the submitter to make sure whatever he is working on have a standard, permissive as possible license (if possible) before he closes shop.

I know one interesting project (from a historical perspective) that suffers from this is the Open Watcom compiler with its non-compatible Sybase Public License. This project fits the submitter's description to a tee. I bet there are others like this. At least POV-Ray got around to fixing their license finally.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

eclectro A discussion for the ages - literally (149 comments)

This was asked back on Slashdot 14 years ago in 2000. As you can see, most of the websites mentioned that archived "ummaintained" software have since evaporated and are unmaintained themselves!

Then it was talked about briefly on stackoverflow in 2009.

Submitter, what I suggest you do is include a text file that describes the history of the project (If it was me - I think it would be nice to thank those by name who made significant contributions), known issues, ideas for direction of the project (if any), and then post it to Github and Sourceforge as an 'ummaintained' software. With as permissive as a license as you can give it, which will encourage it's use down the road. Also, I would post links, notices, and intentions to any associated forums. And give the community as much time to as possible before closing the website down. Maybe someone or some company will have the where with all to continue the project. If it is reasonable to do so and they seem to be reputable and serious, you might let them. Otherwise, when finished, make sure that archive.org has browsed the website for their archives. Also, post a copy the final software there. If it has a domain name, if you can, I'd give it a ten year renewal date and give it a notice of closure and a link to the project on Github.

But the larger issue for me, is that you, your colleagues, and friends spent time and effort on this project. That should be recognized. At least by acknowledging that support is ceasing for this project, it can hopefully move on to other hands in the future. It does happen.

I wish more more programmers were as thoughtful as you. And I wish there were better ways (i.e. more permanent and standardized) of dealing with orphanware.

2 days ago
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Air Force To Take Over Two Ex-Shuttle Hangers In Florida For Its X-37B Program

eclectro Probably good (48 comments)

With congress in reckless cut everything sequestration mode, this will help NASA hold onto the infrastructure and programs that they already have. Even though it involves mixing NASA with the military once again.

about two weeks ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

eclectro Re:Dissolution of the middle class! (261 comments)

Truth of the matter is, in the SF Bay Area, it is hard to be unemployed if you're a properly skilled tech worker, citizen, green-card holder or otherwise.

This is real humorous. One company offered a degreed Electrical Engineer $15 an hour in the SF Bay Area. I kid you not. (read the thread) This is not an isolated case, and I know of other examples. Why do people bother to get college degrees again??

This is what the H1B program has bought us folks. People with degrees working for slave wages that won't even enable them to pay back their student loans. In my book, that's going backwards. It's time to stop being fooled by the H1B folly.

about a month ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

eclectro Re:Mark Zuckerberg is a liar. (261 comments)

If we had a properly functioning H-1B program

I really question if we ever needed an H1B program. Because what it's doing is shifting the costs of training (if there is any) onto someone else. Not to mention the thousands of people who Microsoft and Cisco have laid off. Or the countless older workers who are being discriminated against (it seems like everyone's career ends at 40 - as they're laid off in favor of a younger H1B). If companies did not have H1Bs, perhaps all these 'undesirable' workers would have a lot more value in the job market. Or better yet, the layoffs would not happen in the first place.

This really is a case of the emperor having no clothes.

about a month ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

eclectro Re:IPO prices (191 comments)

Also, six months from communist China could be in turmoil over one thing or another. Share prices scurry to the ground!

about a month ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

eclectro Re:Don't buy/invest in mainland China (if you can) (191 comments)

they will continue to discard previous commitments to peace and will literally force their will upon the world.

I think people who are investing in Chinese companies are forgetting one thing. China could easily become an aggressor much the same way Russia is with the Ukraine. If China were to get in a war with Japan over Japan's northern islands, the share value of these companies could evaporate overnight.

As much as investing in BRICs is tempting, it can not be forgotten that most of these places are not democracies.

about a month ago
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

eclectro Official Home Depot statement (80 comments)

From their website. This is the official Home Depot statement.

Really, this symbolizes the lackadaisical attitude people have when it comes to security - that a breach is not going to happen to them. You'd think after Target major companies like Home Depot would have audited their own security processes.

about a month ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

eclectro Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (494 comments)

they're going to find it hard to secure the financing and trade deals they're going to need to make this work.

I submit that current trade agreements such as TIPP only work to lower wages and shift jobs overseas. In which case a vote for independence would be very beneficial to the Scottish people.

about a month ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

eclectro Re:didn't have to be worse.. (207 comments)

I think this really is the answer. The ROI on sales with what is already a razor thin margin for them just wouldn't be there. Especially that unusually large sapphire crystals would need to be grown on a very large scale. Which would have required a whole new plant and processes for them.

My gut tells me they could have made it work if they wanted to badly enough - considering how hard sapphire really is. But they looked at the numbers and it wasn't workable for them.

So what really 'cracked' here was the accounting numbers.

about a month ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

eclectro Re:Pay money up front - even for free ones (182 comments)

I'd be interested in seeing completion rates if people had to pay (put some skin in the game).

I'd like to see the completion rate for people who get actual college credit for the courses - and still have the courses free.

The reason that moocs are not disruptive is because have not been given the power to be disruptive. They still allow the old institutions to get away with their many current shortcomings without facing true competition.

Colleges and universities dangle the carrot in front of everyone's face (like MIT) while not really following through to the conclusion - i.e. granting credit for the work and effort someone invests in learning the material.

In MIT's case, they could offer to have an exam proctored at a local university where someone would walk in the door and be tested. But then nobody would bother to pay exorbitant amounts to show up to the brick and mortar school.

But I submit that the emperor has no clothes. The value of having a college degree (i.e. help in gaining employment) has decreased markedly, as the workplace values cheap workers over qualified ones in the first place. Employers first priority is to make sure that their board of directors and CEOs are well taken care of before anyone else.

about a month ago
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Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

eclectro Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (144 comments)

You can't win.

Students would be crazy to enter the CS field. You have employers demanding vast experience for "entry level" positions, and then that experience has to contain a long checklist of languages and methodologies. Then they face an employer who will always be looking for a way to find a cheaper H1B replacement for their American employee (regardless if they have less experience and knowledge). After that, a dozen years later their skills are "out of date" and job hunting becomes difficult - after their employer lays them off in a merger. Other employers want to hire the "hot shot" Doritos and Mountain Dew kid straight out of college.

And after all that, when they hit their 40's, they're completely unemployable now and ready to be put out to pasture. As age discrimination seems to be a widely acceptable if not approved practice in a society where other minorities are given legal protections of one sort or another.

Really kids, stay out of anything having to do with programming. Keep it as a hobby, you'll enjoy it far more.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

eclectro Re:Whenever I read stuff like this (223 comments)

Thank the 'patriot act' and all the ilk that drove for it. I'm looking at you, Senator Hatch.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

eclectro Re:I've got a great idea (352 comments)

What could go wrong?

Developers! Developers! Developers!

about a month and a half ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

eclectro This does not bother me (237 comments)

The fact that these towers are found next to military bases speaks volumes.

The military needs to there own version of everything to make sure things work in times of national crisis, emergency, or security. They need to have their own infrastructure to insure communications. They need to control their communications around bases and know who is saying or doing what. They need to be able to anticipate attacks. Nobody should have any expectation of privacy on or next to a military base.

Quite frankly, I'm glad to see this.

about 2 months ago

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The Earth barely missed solar storm equal to the Carrington event

eclectro eclectro writes  |  about 3 months ago

eclectro (227083) writes "NASA is reporting that in July 2012 that a huge solar storm crossed the path that the Earth takes, with Earth missing it by a week. If the storm had occurred a week earlier it would have at least equaled the 1859 Carrington event. It would have sent civilization back to the 18th century costing the world economy 2 Trillion dollars. A scientist has calculated that the odds of this happening in the next ten years is 12%."

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