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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (571 comments)

consumer devices that do not have the USB logo can use whatever VID/PIDs they like. there's no law governing this except the trademark of USB's logo.

5 days ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (571 comments)

the routine inside thier drivers as assertained from the symbol tables in the driver code was called "BrickClonedDevices"

do you have a link for that? curious.

5 days ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Why suspect malice? (571 comments)

or a leak?

5 days ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Why suspect malice? (571 comments)

would you risk a subpoena?

5 days ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (571 comments)

because the operating system automatically detects the VID, downloads and installs the driver, which bricks the hardware.

I'm pretty sure that's why Microsoft put a stop to it, since they realized they would probably also be named in any class action.

5 days ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:USB VID is meant for a specific organization (571 comments)

palm was slapped down by the USB IF. the USB IF can't stop anyone from making USB-compatible products, or using specific VIDs. all they can do is refuse to give them the right to use their logos if they break their rules. the ftdi-cloners don't care about the UBS IF since they're not looking for their approval, so they're free to use whatever VIDs they want.

5 days ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (571 comments)

it's not that they're not supporting the work-alike chips, they're actively damaging them. they specifically detect non-ftdi chips and overwrite the IDs.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Now Makes Money From Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion

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

of course, anyone who ever said anything nice about a Microsoft product is a shill...

5 days ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

spongman Oh dear (240 comments)

scroll, scroll, "lisp", back.

about two weeks ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

spongman vacuum cleaners (455 comments)

there was a time when vacuum cleaners were sold by door-to-door salesmen. imagine if we had corrupt politicians still propping up that ridiculous practice today and the only way to buy a vacuum cleaner was to wait for some schmuck to turn up at your doorstep and throw a bunch of dirt at your feet when you opened the door.

about 4 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

spongman WebDescent (251 comments)

heh, i started writing a WebGL version of descent a while back. never finished it, but you can play with it here: WebDescent (only tested on Chrome).

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

spongman Re:Netflix makes bad choices (328 comments)

Not if netflix made it clear that the additional charge was due to comcast's extortion. Do you blame the store for the additional sales tax? No. So you shouldn't blame netflix for the comcast tax.

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

spongman Re:Netflix makes bad choices (328 comments)

It's trivial. You just ask do a lookup on the source IP address on stream start. If that steam is initiated by a machine on comcast's network then you add the amount of streamed data to a running count for that user. At the end of the month divvy up the comcast extortion charge between all users that have streamed over comcast's network. If users start complaining just forward them to Comcast support.

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

spongman Re:Consumers pay (328 comments)

netflix offered to set up a direct connection to comcast before at netflix's expense. but comcast declined, saying that netflix must pay.

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

spongman Re:Consumers pay (328 comments)

this won't eat into their margins, it'll eat into their content budget, which directly affects me - a non-comcast customer. i'm pissed.

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

spongman Re:that was quick! (328 comments)

they offered to do that, and comcast declined.

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

spongman Re:huh? (328 comments)

... subsidized by those that steam netflix on NOT(comcast).

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

spongman Re:Seriously (328 comments)

did you try sonic.net or other local providers? you might be able to get a decent DSL connection at a good price.

about 6 months ago

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MIcrosoft buys Teamprise, will ship Linux tools

spongman spongman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

spongman (182339) writes "Microsoft's Senior Vice President, Developer Division, S. Somasegar has announced that Microsoft has acquired Teamprise from Sourcegear, LLC, and will be shipping it as part of the upcoming Visual Studio 2010 release. Teamprise is an Eclipse plugin (and related tools) for connecting to Team Foundation Server, Microsoft's source-control/project-management system. What's most interesting about this is not only that Microsoft has realized that heterogeneous development platforms are important to their developer customers, but the fact that Microsoft themselves will now be developing and shipping products based on those heterogeneous platforms, including 5 versions of Unix."
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