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Comment: AT&T confirms its future business plans... (Score 1) 306

The headline rephrased for truth:

AT&T confirms its future business plans depended on being able to double-dip subscribers AND content providers for payments.

or perhaps with the correct context:

AT&T confirms its future business plans depended on being able to shake down content providers for bandwidth subscribers already pay for.

Comment: Re:A global network of high-latency torrent server (Score 2) 74

by BenJeremy (#48340281) Attached to: Elon Musk's Next Mission: Internet Satellites

High latency is right. Back around 1999 I got sick of waiting for Charter to flip the switch on broadband and got Echostar/Dish 2-way. My ping times were around 800ms for the trip to satellites 22,000 miles out. Luckily, I only had to deal with it for a year.

Cranking up a multiplayer game of Serious Sam with my son on our LAN was funny though... the games would appear on the internet, and people would try and join. Satellite wasn't conducive to multiplayer games, for sure.

Comment: Re:The good news (Score 2) 700

by BenJeremy (#48207649) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

You might be a bit out of your depth in understanding the issue.

The information is still a bit sketchy, but from what I gather, the chips in question are widely used to interface Arduino-type boards to your PC to program, debug, get data, etc...

The key thing here is that the counterfeit chips essentially have the same interface, so they can use the same drivers as devices built with the FTDI chips. Inside, however, they aren't using the same "firmware" as the FTDI chips, so the counterfeits have some extra functionality, like programmable PIDs; this is what FTDI exploited. It was NOT accidental, this simply isn't possible. They specifically coded their drivers to re-write the PIDs using functionality unique to the counterfeit chips.

The real problem is that they not only bricked the fake chips, but the entire device using it. This is a pretty bad thing, if your arduino was collecting data, for example, and you plugged it in to save it. The user has no idea his board is running FTDI-compatible chips (which is really what they are - they are no more "counterfeit" and an AMD CPU is somehow a counterfeit Intel CPU).

FTDI is upset because they paid legitimate fees to get the assigned PID for their device, but this is entirely the wrong way to do it. All you do is upset your customer base and break the law; destructive responses go back to the days when a CP/M spreadsheet program incorporated code to delete everything it could touch if it detected a pirated copy - and they paid dearly for that at the time. At least the victim back then WAS a pirate (mostly, unless the pirate was an unscrupulous vendor, which was often the case back in the 80s).

Comment: Begin planning use of Lockheed's fusion power (Score 3, Insightful) 352

by BenJeremy (#48164949) Attached to: White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Fund NASA to explore the advantages (and mitigate issues, such as waste heat) of using fusion in space vehicles. Let's get new designs in play now, so we can get the ball rolling fast when these compact generators are practical and real. Ion thrusters, magnetic fields, life support... having hundreds of megawatts of power makes the entire solar system within reach for manned space travel.

Comment: Re:Open Source? (Score 1) 345

by BenJeremy (#48126389) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

It's a purposeful misspelling of the word moron, a habit picked up on another site where it's a meme.

The original reference was from a picture of some idiot holding a sign that says "Get A BRAIN! MORANS" and another sign saying "GO USA" while wearing a Cardinals shirt and star-spangled bandana.

Thanks for "calling me out" though, especially as an AC. One more 'moran' with nothing worthwhile to contribute to the thread, it seems.

Comment: Re:Open Source? (Score 1) 345

by BenJeremy (#48124737) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

I posted the question honestly (Not sure what moran gave me a Troll mod for my question) - I know ChromiumOS is open sourced, I was not sure how available the source was for Chrome OS.

That said, if the issue is not an issue in ChromiumOS, Google has some serious questions to answer.

Comment: Open Source? (Score 3, Interesting) 345

by BenJeremy (#48123517) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

If so, why can't members of the Linux community write the required code to support EXT2/3/4 properly, since Google's team can't?

Instead of bitching about losing the feature, zero in on the alleged problem, and provide a solution so it can be reinstated.

Problem solved.

Comment: Synergies never emerge (Score 1) 86

by BenJeremy (#48110309) Attached to: Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

HP is a great example... one division responsible for a tool such as Fortify wants full price (or more) for another's use of the tool, though they'd both benefit. Every company I've worked for typically has one group trying to overcharge another, or even outright backstabbing, which is a real shame, because it only hurts the overall company's bottom line.

That's what you get when you put greedy MBAs in charge, worse when they don't reign in the behavior of their underlings, who are simply emulating their bosses.

Comment: Disappointed (Score 3, Insightful) 113

by BenJeremy (#47999577) Attached to: Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

An article with exactly one image from India's mission, and a slide show of false color images from NASA that most slashdotters think were from MOM.

I expected at least a few more images hinted at by the summary. It will be interesting if they can capture some of the more controversial spots to provide independent confirmation of what NASA has been telling conspiracy buffs for the past few years.

Comment: Re:SSDs will outpace platter drives (Score 1) 296

by BenJeremy (#47868241) Attached to: WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

Why should we be excited by a $30 1TGB drive today? 5 years ago I was paying $50 for 2TB drives.

That's my point. Development has slowed on higher capacity platter drives for a number of reasons... our demand as consumers might have slowed, but the "cloud" continues to grow and demand storage, but cloud providers are willing to spend too much for enterprise-grade storage they need. Technology is certainly a stumbling block, but they've been talking about these advances for many years. The main reason for the delays and jacked up pricing was plain and simple greed. The Thai floods were a godsend to the industry, which saw prices plummet below $0.025/GB - and suddenly, they were able to charge 3 times the price for all the drives they had stockpiled (not unlike the Sumitomo explosion back in '94 that drove RAM prices to 5 times their previous prices overnight - when the epoxy resin Sumitomo made was in plentiful stock supplies and never was short)

So platter drive makers have sat back and reaped profits, instead of staying ahead of the SSD price/performance/capacity changes. By 2020, those lines will have crossed. We now see "Enterprise" class SSDs, so capacities WILL continue to rise, even if most consumers only need a 1TB or 2TB drive on their PC. Server farms running only SSDs will be a thing in the future. They may even end up being more durable than platter drives by 2020, and that will make it an easy choice for cloud providers, even if it comes with a slight price premium.

Programmers do it bit by bit.