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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

hhawk Re:The good news (700 comments)

Kester1964, you are being silly.. and I do like humor including your humor..

I am sure you think I'm being flippant with my "terroristic remark" but given that IANAL, my reading of the law says to me, that it is clear that FTDI is being terroristic. That may not have been the intent of the law.. but I believe it applies.

Let's start with 18 U.S. Code 2332b [cornell.edu] - (B) Acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries which states, "creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to any other person by destroying or damaging any structure, conveyance, or other real or personal property within the United States or by attempting or conspiring to destroy or damage any structure, conveyance, or other real or personal property within the United States;"

And the penalty --> "(E) for destroying or damaging any structure, conveyance, or other real or personal property, by imprisonment for not more than 25 years;"

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

hhawk Re:The good news (700 comments)

Dahamma,

I appreciate the very thoughtful response.. I understand (and agree) conceptually that the user is buying a counterfeit good(s); but in practical terms, in real terms the users isn't. They are buying a computer, or board, etc.; if they checked to see if it was legit (the chips within) it would appear to be legit (yes perhaps the definition of counterfeit).

You are implying that this only happens to people with "bad/cheap" brands.. ZD is reporting, "The chip is extremely common on a wide variety of devices and there is no way of knowing at this time which devices have cloned chips -- and the tainted supply chain could hit anyone."

I'm clearly saying that FTDI's wanton destruction of private and government property is terroristic in nature and that it will effect major users, home users, etc. Unlike many "debates" on the Internet, we will soon know which of us is right (or wrong) or in which ways we are right and wrong.. as I suspect the reporting on this will only continue to increase. We also also see if FTDI un-does their "silent" upgrade.

I'm also saying there isn't any valid legal reason for them to have taken this course of action; if they are taking action it should be with the makers of the devices; their upgrade could have been informational (for example). "Your computer contains counterfeit parts... Please contact us..." It's also not like this was a needed upgrade that by happenstance caused this problem.. it was deliberate, willful and served no urgent nor addressed any exigent circumstances.

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

hhawk Re:The good news (700 comments)

Dear Dahamma,

I really do appreciate your POV here.. but I think you are clearly mistaking several facts. In general you are implying that a end user knowingly bought a counterfeit item; this is far from the truth.

Let's start with 18 U.S. Code 2332b - (B) Acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries
which states, "creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to any other person by destroying or damaging any structure, conveyance, or other real or personal property within the United States or by attempting or conspiring to destroy or damage any structure, conveyance, or other real or personal property within the United States;"

And the penalty --> "(E) for destroying or damaging any structure, conveyance, or other real or personal property, by imprisonment for not more than 25 years;"

Now, with that out of the way, let's talk about your 'mythical user' who buys a counterfeit chip. The last time I bought a 'chip' for a computer was in 1987 for my IBM PC portable.. (not a board, not a device, but an actual 'chip').

#1) we are not talking about "a" user, but rather thousands if not millions or even 10's of millions of users
#2) the end user we are addressing here did NOT buy a chip.. they bought a device (computer, laptop, etc.)
#3) even if these millions of users had the knowledge to inspect the chips within the devices they are buying, a visual inspection would have indicated these are legitimate chips.
#4) this is in no way analogous to counterfeit currency - there are built in counter measures, there are tools for detecting them, and if you have homeowners insurance you may be covered for some or all of the loss (in the US).

The reason I feel this is terroristic is if you consider the following thought experiment. A group creates code that disables millions or 10's of millions of computers, computers used in banking, healthcare, traffic management, emergency management, law enforcement -- as well as general users like businesses and individuals with the potential direct economic loss (of the machine(s) in the 100's of millions of dollars, and the potential for additional loss, including loss of life, limb or other property potential worth even more --- would you call that a terroristic ad? I would.

Now hospitals hopefully don't do Windows upgrades live while a patient is in the room (and hopefully) ditto for the other types of uses -- but if a regularly scheduled update reduces the # of machines available, forcing additional triage -- ultimately some people may have delayed treatment, require transfer to other facilities -- its possible this could have negative impact on a number of people's healthcare delivery. We are talking about machines used before, during and post surgery for example.

The same issues could impact all the others; perhaps trivial to some but students could fail courses or have reduced grades because they were not able to complete assignments "on time, etc."
 

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

hhawk Re:The good news (700 comments)

I don't see how it isn't not only illegal, but also terroristic -- and if any device that fails results in loss of life, limb or just economic damages I would think they would be culpable as well.

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

hhawk Illegal? (700 comments)

I don't see how creating code that is intentionally malicious can be legal even if the chip itself is a fake. IANAL --- but would speculate that such code seem terroristic in nature.

about a month ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

hhawk Not Comcast ;) (418 comments)

Clearly it was someone from the NSA ;) just trying to help :) --- If you believe comcast..

"Comcast refuted the claims made in Deepdotweb, stating that they had launched an internal review into the discussions reported above:

Customers are free to use their Xfinity Internet service to visit any website or use it however they wish otherwise. Like virtually all ISPs, Comcast has an acceptable use policy or AUP that outlines appropriate and inappropriate uses of the service. Comcast doesn’t monitor users’ browser software or web surfing and has no program addressing the Tor browser. he anecdotal chat room evidence provided is not consistent with our agents’ messages and is not accurate. Per our own internal review, we have found no evidence that these conversations took place, nor do we employ a Security Assurance team member named Kelly. Tor’s own FAQs clearly state: 'File sharing (peer-to-peer/P2P) is widely unwanted on Tor' and 'BitTorrent is NOT anonymous' on Tor.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com..."

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

hhawk Next Gen is always bettewr (550 comments)

The issue is that eye surgery is complex. The tech manages the complexity but on some level it weakens the lens, Etc.

A eye surgeon friend/relation suggested that the "next" version of the technology is always better.. and in the past once you had had the surgery you were precluded from the newest revision. That may have changed. His advice was not to get the surgery unless you need it medically or understand that you maybe limiting your ability to get the surgery later in your life when you might need it.

 

about 4 months ago
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Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

hhawk Problem Solved (90 comments)

There is a problem that Xanadu really solves which is when you want to cite someone else's text verbatim... its a direct and visual link back to the source.. so it's clear whose words are being used, where they come from and there is an easy Color coded and visual LINK to see them in full context.. HMTL named hyperlinks can accomplish much of the same however... the interface for Xanadu is much more fluid...

i would enjoy writing with Xanadu...

about 6 months ago
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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

hhawk Re:what the FEC... (129 comments)

I would say FEC to is correct the current bit state, while this method RLNC is to correct a past or future packet.. I am totally suggesting is with fast enough processing power the protocol would assume every packet is missing and have recovered packets "ready to go" if one is missing...

about 6 months ago
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Google Announces "Classroom"

hhawk Re:My Use (143 comments)

I've used Blackboard since ~ 2001 it's changed a lot over the years...

about 7 months ago
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Google Announces "Classroom"

hhawk My Use (143 comments)

I use Blackboard (9.1) and do like it. I also use Google Docs with my students (I use it for virtual office hours), so we can review papers together (while talking on the phone, make mutual edits, Etc.). One issue I have with Blackboard is there isn't a great way to hand in assignments; I do it in a discussion forum. I'm really eager to see what Google comes up with.

That said, given Google's track record, I'm really concerned that this system might not last long. I can't imagine what would happen if/when it goes away in the middle of a term; I wonder if Google is willing to guarantee Classroom for X # of years.

FYI I am an Adj. Instructor at a College in NYC. I also provide commentary about Technology in Higher Education for the FIR Higher Ed Podcast (http://forimmediaterelease.biz/index.php?/weblog/C20).

about 7 months ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

hhawk Steam (204 comments)

If they want to go all Steam Punk they should recreate the Dobles E20 which has a 4 piston steam engine and is nearly silent..http://www.virtualsteamcarmuseum.org/makers/stewart_h_h_steam_stewart_doble_material.html

about 7 months ago
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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

hhawk What's Random Gibberish? (148 comments)

One person's gibberish is another's encrypted data. Perhaps Russia was testing a encrypted "secure" mode that would switch to in time on conflict, such as an invasion or something like that.

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

hhawk Re:Reaching Fans (276 comments)

I'm you are right..

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

hhawk Re:Recording Bab5 Fandom (276 comments)

JMS's reply was, "that would be telling..."

Not sure if there is such a thing as spoilers for such an old show but msg me and I'll be happy to spoil it for you... /hawk

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

hhawk Recording Bab5 Fandom (276 comments)

A highlight of my early days online was when I asked (and your replied) to a question I had about how the Narn defeated the Shadows the previous war. I'm sure that many people had a similar reaction when you interacted with them. I was elated for days.

Has there or will there be an effort to edit/catalog and compile all of the fan interaction as part of the history of Bab 5? [This seems like a great task to hand over the your fans].

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

hhawk Fans online (276 comments)

I consider your use of online technology for Bab5 to have been both Evolutionary and Revolutionary.

My question: Which if any other shows, writers, producers and show runners did you emulate or follow or get inspired by when you took to the Internet to promote Bab 5.

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

hhawk Reaching Fans (276 comments)

When you look back at how you used tools like NNTP to engage with your audience regarding Bab 5, is there anything you would have done differently today?

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

hhawk Social TV (276 comments)

For me, you are the father or grandfather of social TV, meaning the way you promoted Bab 5 (before, during and after) the series is more or less the methodology that many TV shows and movies have adapted. You maybe have been using NNTP (Network News) instead of Facebook or Twitter, but for me you are the first.

My question: in that context: What are show producers/runners not doing today with Social Media that they could or should be doing to engage and interact with fans?

about 8 months ago

Submissions

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Turing tests passed..

hhawk hhawk writes  |  about 6 months ago

hhawk (26580) writes "The UK newspaper, The Independent, reports that a chat bot passed "the" Turing test by fooling people it was a 13 yo boy. A (slow) link to the bot is here. The article notes Turing himself said, "a computer could be understood to be thinking if it passed the test, which requires that a computer dupes 30 per cent of human interrogators in five-minute text conversations." The Independent article can be found here

When a bot can pass as Christopher Hitchens I'd be even more impressed."

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TV's Future doesn't include broadcasting..

hhawk hhawk writes  |  about a year ago

hhawk (26580) writes "I've written about the future of TV since the early 1990's. I was inspired by Google's Chromecast, which I feel will help accelerate the demise of Broadcast TV. Models like YouTube, which provide free distribution and monetization is the classic "free" TV business model adapted for IP transport. I blog how at $35 the Chromecast makes model viable for 10's of millions of TV screens."
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Dynamic Ads Tech on TV

hhawk hhawk writes  |  about a year ago

hhawk (26580) writes "Dynamically placed ads on web pages with or without real time bidding has become the mainstay of online advertising. Dynamic web ads is only a side show; the main event will be when TV ads are dynamically placed "Inserted."

The WSJ reports that this technology is coming to Video on Demand (VOD). Their are tons of tech issues here. Network and CPU lags acceptable on the Internet generally are not acceptable in the world of broadcast TV."
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Hockey Playing Commodore 64?

hhawk hhawk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hhawk writes "NHL Red Wing Mike Commodore is seriously considering wearing #64 this season. Please send him some Geek Love @commie22 if you like the idea. There is also a group raising money to donate to charity if he does so. http://nightmareonhelmstreet.com/2011-articles/july/commodore-qpledgesq-for-64.html

I am currently consulting for Commodore USA but this wasn't our idea but we are certainly supportive of the ground swell."

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Broader Broadband

hhawk hhawk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hhawk (26580) writes "Hey Buddy, can you spare 100 Mpbs hook up?

The US is lagging behind other countries in making high speed networking available to residential customers. You might think that market forces would be enough but the FCC has weighted in...

"Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communication Commission, has outlined his vision for broadband in America: 100 Mbps connections to 100 million homes. As part of an update on the National Broadband Plan due to Congress in mid-March, Genachowski sketched out a plan that would keep the U.S. competitive with other nations and enable 90 percent of the population to have and use broadband, up from about 65 percent today...""

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Method Testing Global Navigation Satellite Systems

hhawk hhawk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hhawk (26580) writes "How do you know "which navigation system performs best” in a realistic testing scenario?"

Testing Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) e.g, the Sat Nav GPS system in your car isn't so easy since you have to both test the system and it's ability to handle real time traffic. When you are done testing several systems you need to compare them...

"This article addresses how best to quantify “which navigation system performs best” in a realistic testing scenario. The methodology focuses on land vehicles navigating in urban environments, but applies equally well to pedestrian navigation and can be adapted for testing assisted-GNSS implementations. During a drive test, the truth-reference system and RF recording system log samples to disk, with no need for the receivers under test to be included during the actual drive.""

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ISO API will help facilitate the interoperability

hhawk hhawk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hhawk (26580) writes "ISO 17267:2009 API will help facilitate the interoperability between navigation systems and map databases...

Why get stuck with built in route found in most automotive GPS systems. It would be nice is to work out a route on the web or on your web phone and then transfer that to your car GPS system. If you are planning to go cross country or just cross county why can't you go to Google Maps or MapQuest and figure a complex route. Then use Bluetooth or thumb drive move it over to your car GPS...

There is now an ISO standard that might help some day...

ISO 17267:2009, "Intelligent transport systems – Navigation systems – Application programming interface (API) will help facilitate the interoperability between navigation systems and map databases by providing an interface that will make information accessible and retrievable as well as assist developers of navigation systems."

Imagine being able to pick in advance the roads you want to use and avoid, finding the best path to all your roadside attractions and then having the power of a Sat/NAV GPS to route around bad traffic, etc. should the need arise."

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Journals

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Way OFF topic runaway threads

hhawk hhawk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I am increasingly fustrated by the way off topic threads and the lack of ability to moderate them out. Of course this means that some of us like these off topics...

but today there is an article about the CT court case w/ the RIAA and the highly ranked comments are about the presidential election (Ron Paul vs. Obama), and which canidate is more favored on /.

Although it started from a thread about the power of the /. community to influence the larger community, the degree (180 IMHO) that it's gets quickly off topic is very fustrating to me. It's a story about the RIAA, not the place to talk about Paul vs. Obama unless we are talking about what they might do Re: the RIAA.

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Hotmail rejects Gmail

hhawk hhawk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

In the last 12 hours several of my Gmail accounts have had email bounced back from HOTMAIL. It could be related to the IP address of my ISP (Verizon FIOS), but it seems odd.

Technical details of permanent failure:
PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 12): 550 SC-001 Mail rejected by Windows Live Hotmail for policy reasons. Reasons for rejection may be related to content with spam-like characteristics or IP/domain reputation problems. If you are not an email/network admin please contact your E-mail/Internet Service Provider for help. Email/network admins, please visit http://postmaster.live.com for email delivery information and support

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/. bad content

hhawk hhawk writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I'm at JFK airport using an AT&T 2000i public terminal and it wouldn't let me access the discussion within /. because of the "content."

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Boies and his topics

hhawk hhawk writes  |  more than 10 years ago

This is a post about Mr. Boies Esq. First things first. He is a better lawyer then I am; I'm NOT a lawyer. He is supposed to be high priced and excellent. I think only the high priced part is true. I want to consider two cases.

1) the Gore vs. Bush Fla election results
2) SCO legal suit

In the Gore vs. Bush issue, I think Boies clearly mis-stepped. He allowed his client to fight the certification of the election. The alternative would have been to allow it to be certified and the to contest the election itself. This would have allowed FLA to enter the "safe harbor" preventing Congress from interfering in their "results." It also would let them focus on the main point. From what I read in the Supreme Court decision they would have had a good case in contesting the election itself.

In the SCO case it seems that he didn't really look into the technical merits of his clients case. Of course the court is still yet to make all of its final rulings, but at least today, that is the way the wind is blowing. In the SCO case it seems to me SCO would have been better off first suing NOVEL for the copyrights and if they won that, then perhaps taking on some of these other cases.

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