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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

wiredlogic Re:Why is FTDI the villan? (614 comments)

Because they are abusing unwitting consumers. They clearly have a method to detect unauthorized clones. They should just have their driver refuse to connect and leave the hardware alone. The economic repercussions on the cloners will be the same without the risk of a class action from your innocent victims.

As an EE, I will think twice about designing in FTDI products from now on.


More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

wiredlogic Re:I want (205 comments)

Don't forget the flames.

2 days ago

Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

wiredlogic Re:Umm, what? (242 comments)

Because he wrote the Cathedral and the Bazaar... then got an inflated ego about it. Sort of required knowledge around these parts.

2 days ago

An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

wiredlogic Re:/. please add a filter (329 comments)

Greasemonkey filter for you to enjoy:

// ==UserScript==
// @name Bennett Remover
// @namespace kpt
// @description Remove Bennett Haselton articles from Slashdot
// @include
// @grant none
// @require
// ==/UserScript==
var bad_articles = $("article").has("div:contains('Bennett Haselton')");

2 days ago

Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

wiredlogic Mint Debian Edition (547 comments)

Isn't Mint Debian Edition effectively a defacto fork already? I would assume most Systemd haters are also Gnome3 haters.

2 days ago

An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

wiredlogic Re:"Read on for the rest" WTF (329 comments)

I don't have ads. The problem is that the mentality of pushing page views at all costs results in this sort of fragmentary crap.

Back before Dice I tried to whitelist ads for /. just to give back some and found that I couldn't get them anyway because they were deactivated for accounts above a certain karma/age threshold.

2 days ago

IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

wiredlogic Re:How on earth? (84 comments)

IBM manufactures ICs for the defense industry. The federal government won't let them shut it down so they're forced to offload it in this craptastic way.

2 days ago

Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

wiredlogic Re:I can already see it (171 comments)

You give them too much credit. I envision baby poop brown Zunes retrieved from deep storage with wristbands hot melt glued onto them. Version two will be the voice enabled version done with the Kin.

2 days ago

An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

wiredlogic "Read on for the rest" WTF (329 comments) making one small... Well, read the description below of how they do things now,

I'ts one thing to have to see BH's articles but Slashdot has NEVER sunk to the level of using lame journalistic teasers. The summary should sumarize. It doesn't exist just to coax someone into loading a fresh ad.

This is the sort of crap that has shrunk the user base. Stop doing it Dice.

2 days ago

Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

wiredlogic Re: I don't follow (369 comments)

The reason is that MS tweaks the hinting in its screen fonts to ensure minimal problems with alti-aliasing. Cleartype carries forward a legacy of supporting low resolution displays by optimizing the position of strokes to align with the pixel grid.

Apple just throws whatever the designers get off on at Quartz and let it blur details into oblivion. Yeah, this will become a non-issue with high DPI displays but it is exemplary of Apples user hostility that they make adverse decisions for them and then claim it's for their own good. There's nothing even special about Helvetica other than hipster designers fawning over it.

3 days ago

Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

wiredlogic Regretting their pride now (125 comments)

The Snapchat team are really regretting that they were too prideful to take a $3B buyout. Now they get to enjoy the quick, flaming descent into being penniless refugees from a failed startup.

4 days ago

India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

wiredlogic Re:GPS (86 comments)

The US can turn on SA and degrade positional accuracy whenever they want (by global region). The Russians can't be trusted either. Countries with satellite guided munitions don't want to face the risk of missing their target.

5 days ago

As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

wiredlogic Plenty of room for the politicians (407 comments)

Now we have plenty of room to house the corrupt politicians that are dragging our country into the ground.

about a week ago

Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

wiredlogic Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (187 comments)

The book has significant departures from the radio play to accommodate the needs of a written text. Which one is authoritative? Douglas Adams is on record as having approved the changes made for the movie, recognizing that storytelling needs to make allowances for the media it is presented in. That being said the movie could have been better.

about a week ago

Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving

wiredlogic Re:Once again proving ARM is awesome (97 comments)

No. Micro-ops were introduced in the Pentium Pro, first released 19 years ago.

about a week ago

Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

wiredlogic Re:Meh (201 comments)

Why couldn't they have hit the sweet spot - 5", 1080p, and focused on camera quality & battery life?

They already did that with the Moto G2.

about a week ago

Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

wiredlogic Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

Verizon is tier 1. They dont buy transit. They do transit. You dont get to dump many times as much data on another transit network as they dump on yours without consequences.

This is the crux of the problem. The FTC needs to break up backbone providers from their consumer ISP services or at least force them to manage them separately so that the 800 pound gorillas can't engage in these sort of anti-competitive practices.

about two weeks ago


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