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The Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means For Amazon's Future

gweeks Re:Amazon phone is the Apple/Google Frankenstein (155 comments)

The fire phone is currently $189 for an unlocked phone and it includes a year of prime. That means free shipping for a year no matter what platform you order on as well as free video and music streaming for a year.

about three weeks ago

FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

gweeks Re:Yes we're going to keep using FTDI chips (572 comments)

By "pissed" I mean we would charge them with the costs of removing all of the hardware from the field and doing the board reworks. You don't get these kinds of guarantees at the hobby level, but you do at the higher end. We've never had to do it for "clones" but we have for parts that didn't meet spec in other ways. I might be a little bit ticked at FTDI, but none of our stuff ever touches windows anyway.

about 3 months ago

FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

gweeks Yes we're going to keep using FTDI chips (572 comments)

We don't use any of the serial only chips, but on the higher end with JTAG and SPI the FTDI parts work great and aren't too expensive. If any "clone" chips get into our supply chain we would be very pissed at whoever did it. We specify actual FDTI parts for a reason. The "clones" have very hit or miss quality. We don't use them under windows either.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

gweeks More likely an IPS (572 comments)

It's more likely they are running the traffic through and IDS/IPS rather than logging everything. It's also likely that well know banking sites are excluded and just passed through. It does use quite a lot of resources to scan the traffic after all.

IDS/IPS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about a year ago

Intel Opening Foundry To Third Parties

gweeks Tabula (51 comments)

Tabula has some cool tech. Their current chips aren't dense enough for what we wanted to do with them, but at 22nm they might be.

more than 2 years ago

Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

gweeks Re:If they hadn't brought their drone (1127 comments)

You're going to get your license pulled if you take it below 1000 feet without cause though. Wanting to take pictures is normally not cause. If you are a TV news crew it might be, but not otherwise.

more than 2 years ago

German Kindergartens Ordered To Pay Copyright For Songs

gweeks Re:Can we charge for ear worms? (291 comments)

Almost all churches already pay a license fee to display the music on the overhead projector. It's the CCLI number in the corner of the projection. They've been doing this for years.


more than 4 years ago

The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms

gweeks Thomas Jefferson's perspective (386 comments)

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without
lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without
darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the
globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his
condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by
nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without
lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe,
move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive

Thomas Jefferson

He was talking specifically about patents, but the idea is still relevant for copyright.

more than 4 years ago

RIAA Confusion In Tenenbaum & Thomas Cases?

gweeks Estimated actual damages (229 comments)

Estimated actual damages

24 songs with a $.99 retail value. Assume the $.99 is the damage per song that a sale was lost on. (That's not the case actually as the wholesale price is the damage amount.) Assume every song downloaded is an actual lost sale. (Again not true, but simple for this calculation.) Assume a seed ration of 5, so for every song 5 copies were made. (Again not true, 5 is an insanely high ratio on P2P networks as 1:1 is common.) 24*.99.*5 = $118.80 actual losses incurred. 10 times that is the constitutionally recognized limit.


That's why RIAA doesn't want the constitutionality of the damages award adjudicated.

about 5 years ago

Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels

gweeks Re:Sounds like the Navy. (269 comments)

Now it makes sense that a friend in the Navy told me, everyone with half a brain tries to get on a carrier instead of a sub.

Everyone with half a brain joined the Air Force instead of the Navy. Not having a private room as an E5 was considered a hard ship and you got an apology for it.

about 5 years ago

What Would Have Entered the Public Domain Tomorrow?

gweeks Re:A book my great-great-grandmother wrote (331 comments)

Exactly when and where was it published. If it was published in the US prior to 1964 it still required a renewal. If it wasn't renewed it's in the public domain.

about 5 years ago

Consumerist Says AT&T Site Won't Sell iPhone In NYC, Citing Network

gweeks Re:AT&T's service is crap (420 comments)

Hell, I had good verizon coverage there. I'll admit I wasn't there for very long.

more than 5 years ago

False Copyright Claims

gweeks Re:Public Domain Can Be Re- Copyrighted (268 comments)

>> (However much Project Gutenburg would like you to believe that their non-commercial clause is valid)

You should read it some time. They don't make a claim that the work isn't in the public domain. They don't make a non-commercial claim either. They make a trademark claim and say that you have to pay them a license to use it commercially or remove all of their verbiage to get just the public domain work.

more than 7 years ago


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