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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

tshawkins Re:No, it's not bricked. (485 comments)

I dont think the windows usb.sys will allow conndctions to devices with pid=0, thats why you can only fix them on a mac or linux box.

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

tshawkins Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (485 comments)

Many os's including windows wont allow connections to pid0 at the low level, below the driver, setting pid to 0 effectivly bricks the device as far as windows is concered, thays why they can only be fixed on a mac or linux system that does not have that restriction.

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

tshawkins Re: Computer Missues Act 1990 (485 comments)

And to make matters worse, even if they roll back to a restore point and an older driver it still does not work. Consumer given no notification, no choice as to the disposition of thier device, something that does not belong to FTDI.

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

tshawkins Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (485 comments)

In most cases consumers have never heard of FTDI, and would not understand what it did anyway. In thier eyes they did a windows update and thier device broke, and even if the use a rollback point, and unwind tje update its still broke. Microsoft is going to take the heat.

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

tshawkins Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (485 comments)

You do know that the routine inside thier drivers as assertained from the symbol tables in the driver code was called "BrickClonedDevices" I think that is a smoking gun, and shows intent. How much chance does 99% of the population have of recovering the functionality of a bricked device, even if pid 0 is rewritable. Its like telling a comsumer that a phone that has scrambled its eeprom is still perfectly ok, all they have to Do is buy a JTAG interface, hook it up, learn several years of embedded systems knowledge. But its not bricked is it. For all intentive purposes it is Bricked as far as a consumer is concerned who has never heard of FTDI.

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

tshawkins Re:Is this legal? (687 comments)

For 99.99% of people in the world, who dont understand that a) thier device actualy has an ftdi chip in it, b) which os is safe, c) how to rewrite the pid. Then the device is effectivly "bricked" .

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

tshawkins Re: are the debian support forums down? (285 comments)

All varients except the android version, have deteriorated over the last year or so. I use skype a lot to call into conference calls, i have a Mac, Linux desktop and large android tablet, and one by one each version has stopped generating recognisble touch tones that can be used to drive the conferencing services (more than 1) . If the android version goes the same way, i will have to give up on skype.

about a week ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

tshawkins Re:GPS (86 comments)

US has been known to shut down gps over regions during conflicts, last happend to india in 1999. India like eu, china, and russia now want thier own systems so they are not dependent on the USs goodwill and support.

about a week ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

tshawkins Re:Region-Specific (86 comments)

IRNSS sats are geostationary, they are positioned above india and dont move.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Partners With Docker

tshawkins Re:made for each other. (104 comments)

I love docker, its great to work with, but i have one concern with its use of dockerhub, the worse case scenario being somebody like the NSA getting in there and attaching to the os integration libs in the os api stubs. Suddeny you get all your docker containers being vulnerable and phoning home. Has anybody looked at wether that could be a problem. It would be a fat juicy target for them. People are putting a lot of trust in a bunch of images that are outside of thier control and verification.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

tshawkins Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

Its virilence works against it, a parasite that kills its host quickly, with high mortality rates, limits its opportunities for propergation, add to that its relatively narrow window of infection, and the fact that it is only infectious when symptoms are showing, helps put the brakes on transmission. That said it is still a very scary organism and needs to be dealt with carefully. This second infection in Texas is worrying though, if indeed it has been communicated by the officer being exposed to the environment that the first patient inhabited, then that goes against all that has been said so far about likely methods of transmission, and does not bode well for the other folks who where living in that appartment.

about two weeks ago
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US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

tshawkins Re:Oh yippie (123 comments)

Bigot.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

tshawkins Like nothing could go wrong (60 comments)

Plan for invading world.... 1. Hack amazon, download DoD documents detailing access codes for all US drone Weapons". 2. Upload new crapola ones 3. Instant army of killer machines. Profit....

about two weeks ago
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Arducorder, Next Open Source Science Tricorder-like Device, Nears Completion

tshawkins Re:Arduyawn (56 comments)

He is using a 32bit monster, its a pic32 device, a chipkit32 clone. Its running an emulation of the io of the 8bit aurduino through wiring. Its not a common of garden aurduino 8bit avr.

about three weeks ago
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Artificial General Intelligence That Plays Video Games: How Did DeepMind Do It?

tshawkins Re:all about 'vision' (93 comments)

Check out a mini robot learning to physicaly fly light aircraft. http://airsoc.com/articles/vie... Uses vision and robot arms to operate scaled down controls on a flight simulator.

about a month ago
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Dremel Releases 3D Printer

tshawkins Re:Obligatory (105 comments)

It is a flashforge dreamer, its just had one extruder removed and the heated printbed plate removed which stops it from being able to print ABS. Most printers have single or dual options. Presumably dremel did not want consumers using ABS plastic which requires the bed to be at 100c and gives off toxic fumes whilst printing. PLA plastic is biodegradable, made from organic polymers (corn) , and prints onto a cold bed at a lower temperature. However it is less durable, but gives off no toxic fumes (smells like waffles whilst it is printing). The products it prints are also food safe to a degree unlike ABS. Dual extruder is tricky to use, so its removal was probaly both a cost and useability move. The software is just rebadged autodesk software, so dremel have had virtualy nothing to do with this device other than deciding the configeration, where the logos went and designing the packaging. You can buy the same setup with dual extruder, heated bed and the software from the original producers for about $1400

about a month ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

tshawkins Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (288 comments)

No, what will happen is that the worse will be the ones that remain in business, the ones with the fake driving license, no insurance, and vehicles pulled off a scrap heap and welded together, because those will be the only ones capable of preserving a margin. If the app showed you the validity of the drivers license, the result of the last vehicle inspection, then you could choose the drivers that are best before you hail, and the market could operate as you describe. But hey would it not just be easier if in order to operate they had to meet licensing requirements enforced by the state. And we have now come around full circle.....

about a month and a half ago
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Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

tshawkins Re: So.... (170 comments)

Fedora installs python as part of its base, pretty much all the command line system-* tools used to install and configure rh/fedora are written in python, hence there is a large community of devs who work in python at the system level, and a bunch of existing python libraries for touching just about every part of the system, including as pointed out in the article all the filesystems supported by the installer. While i am not a python programmer, and not a system level hacker, i can see how the approach makes absolute sense.

about a month and a half ago

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