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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

thegarbz Re: Non-story? (91 comments)

I'm not familiar with the concept of buying a sim. No really I'm legitimately curious not trying to be funny. I though sims were provided by carriers for their networks. I thought all this is free as part of any contract and that replacement sims are likewise free. I'm struggling with the outrage. Isn't the carrier specific sim the reason for all those phones on the market with more than one sim shot?

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

thegarbz Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (511 comments)

Why would FTDI have to ensure their driver doesn't break chips that aren't theirs? There's no agreement, licensing, or goodwill.

They don't but I invite you to look at the driver they proposed for Linux: https://lkml.org/lkml/2014/10/23/129
I especially like the line with the comment: "/* Attempt to set Vendor ID to 0 */"

That is the exact opposite of ensuring it doesn't break. That is actively and maliciously breaking something. Also the cloners are producing a product that is perfectly legal when they use that VID/PID pair. It's against the USB spec to use another vendor's ID and then use the USB logo on your device, but I've never seen a USB logo on these devices, so it's all ok.

The only thing illegal here is they are printing FTDI's logo and model number on the chip. If they didn't do that it would be a 100% legitimate product.

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

thegarbz Re:An alternative (511 comments)

I saw that a while ago. Thanks for your efforts. I ended up using the LUFA library and bootloader to implement Serial CDC on my ATMEGA32U4, but thanks all the same.

Even more thanks for that 128x64 LCD driver. You have saved me a world of headaches coding for my hobby projects. Wish there were more people like you :-)

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

thegarbz Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (511 comments)

Again (as per previous posts) :) FTDI didn't break anything - they moved the USB ID off their allocated(and payed for/licensed range) and that was that

So what you're saying is that FTDI intentionally took a device that wasn't theirs, detected it as not theirs, and then modified firmware on the device even though it wasn't theirs with the specific purpose of setting a PID from one they own, to another they own (PIDs can be anything except 0, they are not licensed), but one that is guaranteed to not work on any machine even if the driver on another machine hasn't changed?

Got it. Totally not malicious. Definitely didn't break something. No sirrree. Nothing to see here. Move along please.

Also as an aside Windows doesn't handle PID of 0. You can't write a driver for a PID of zero. You need to manually force the driver on the hardware every time it's plugged in.

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

thegarbz Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (511 comments)

The chip still works, just not with FTDI's drivers. Nothing was broken.

False. All OSes do not like receiving a PID of zero, and the OSes can not automatically assign a driver to it.

Have to manually force two drivers to be used with a device every time it is plugged into a PC is a good definition of something that is broken. Windows doesn't remember the driver if the PID is zero.

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

thegarbz What has that got to do with PICs? (511 comments)

What does your hate of FTDI have to do with your love of PICs?

Here's a list of microcontroller brands which include built in USB in their lineup:

PIC
AVR 90, mega and xmega
AVR32 UC3
STM32
MSP

Actually the only standout I really could find was Parallax Propeller series. They don't seem to produce one with USB support built in.

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

thegarbz Worse, same action (511 comments)

Prolific had some counterfeiting problems too, and while they didn't brick devices by changing them they did release a never ending stream of updates with the only improvement being that they no longer worked with counterfeits.

The real alternative is to stop working with USB bridges. With so many microcontrollers come with native USB support and excess memory to implement it. They only real problem then is you need a VIN, something you got automatically when using a bridging chip.

yesterday
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

thegarbz Re:Mind Numbing Stupidity (340 comments)

That Dr took a few subway rides and likely infected at least a couple dozen people in the process. Thats more than enough to start a substantial outbreak around the US and likely the entire planet.

I don't know what's worse, that you think this is how Ebola works, or that someone modded you up for your clueless opinion.

yesterday
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

thegarbz Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (282 comments)

$500 is a lot of money just to try some other OS out.

People don't try OSes out. People buy a computer and the OS is incidental. The end result is you either use the OS you have or install another one. Nothing is forcing you to use OSX once you buy a Mac.

yesterday
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

thegarbz Re:After whast happened to Odroid-w, why? (80 comments)

Tell it to the GP. The RPi is the fastest embedded system in my house. Most of the others sit between 8 and 20MHz, all of them serving useful functions.

My RPi has no problem decoding 1080p video as a media centre.

2 days ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

thegarbz Re:Opt out (165 comments)

You don't need to connect to a WiFi network for this to work, you just have to have WiFi enabled on the phone.

2 days ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

thegarbz Re:Who cares (165 comments)

If you think a mac address can help or is needed to help with ad tracking then you need to do some real reading on how networks and how ad services work.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

thegarbz Re:Dear Canada.... (522 comments)

Yes he did. Most of what he said is very quotable in the Anals of stupidly funny crap said by leaders.

Specifically in this case the timeline is as follows:

- Australia joins the US lead attack on IS.
- ASIO steps up the local terror alert.
- IS publishes a video saying Australia will pay for what they are doing.
- Tony Abbott said straight from the G.W.B book of stupid crap: The IS threat has nothing to do with Australia's announcement, "They hate our freedom, our tolerance, our democracy."
- The government runs out and arrests some 63 muslims claiming to have foiled a massive terror plot.
- The courts free 63 muslims the day after saying there's no evidence of wrongdoings.
- Tony Abbott's government announces a reduction on our freedom by means of Patriot Act style laws, presumably he does this to foil the terrorist plots since they can't hate us if we no longer have freedoms right?

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

thegarbz Re:Is it legal to make code compatible alternative (688 comments)

I believe it is legal to "borrow" another vendors VIN and identify to the OS as another vendor's product. However it would then be a licence violation to put the USB logo anywhere on the device as using an unlicenced VIN is against spec.

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

thegarbz Re:This is just wrong. (688 comments)

or are using FTDI trademark

They are. The fakes look like FTDIs, same package, FTDI name, FTDI model numbers, fake serial numbers, and when plugged in will be recognised by the FTDI driver and report FTDI's USB VIN.

This is not a case of second-sourcing. That said FTDI's actions should be legal actions against the supplier. Bricking devices in the hands over end users is at best unethical and at worst criminal.

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

thegarbz Re:Why is FTDI the villan? (688 comments)

You know who's fault it isn't?

The person who will be most affected by this action.

2 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

thegarbz Re:After whast happened to Odroid-w, why? (80 comments)

A favour that resulted in millions of Pi sales. I could do with a slow favour like that.

For all the endless talks about how slow the RPi is you'd think that the competitors would be outselling them. I guess some people don't care about things like speed.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

thegarbz Re:Dear Canada.... (522 comments)

Same in Australia. We raised our domestic terrorism threat level and the day after an IS video was released threatening Australia.

Then our Prime Minister went full retard and with a serious face quoted .... George W Bush. I nearly died of shame.

2 days ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

thegarbz Re:Classic Samsung... (101 comments)

Being a fanboi and having a good sense of perspective are two very different things.

All of the examples of the parent show that there is a company which releases patches to solve issues. It shows a sense of a company which has had 1 serious issue which they fixed out of a line of about 60 smartphones they have released in the past 5 years. Quite interestingly some of the bugs had strange edge cases, e.g. installing CM causes issues due to firmware design and this is supposed to be Samsung's problem who have released a fine working product? Really?

No I care about one thing and one thing only, what is the affect on me? I have yet to experience a problem with a Samsung product that wasn't resolved by a patch issued by them. Yet that label makes me some kind of fanboi for calling out the GP who claims they can't code for shit because of {insert barely related bug here}?

You and I are the same, I too reward corporations that do good, I also do so by recommending their products to others and hosing down what appears to be either a grossly missinformed post or an intentional troll.

3 days ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

thegarbz Re:Classic Samsung... (101 comments)

Still a better love story than the one with OCZ.

Before you go attacking a company on a general sense, take a look at what they make. In the case of Samsung which make... Everything from what I can tell, it's little wonder that the occasional product has an issue. Calling out 5 products out of the several thousand they make is hardly a cause of concern, much like 5 bent iphones isn't either

3 days ago

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