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Comment: Re:USB VID is meant for a specific organization (Score 1) 462

by dgatwood (#48224873) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Regardless of the fact that it may be legal for others to do so, it's unethical and clearly misrepresentation.

Not true. Lots of small homebrew hardware uses off-the-shelf chips like the ones FTDI builds without applying for their own VID/PID combo. This causes minor headaches because software can't tell them apart from one another, but as long as the final product doesn't have a USB logo on it, it is perfectly acceptable to sell it, even if your homebrew flash programmer looks like a USB to serial adapter to any software that asks.

If you want to use the USB logo, you have to apply for your own VID/PID combo and reprogram the chip to identify itself as being your product, and ship a custom driver that talks to it (which could be a modified version of the official FTDI driver, or the open source driver, or whatever).

Comment: Skydiving lesson (Score 5, Funny) 126

by PPH (#48224311) Attached to: Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

So this skydiving student goes on his first solo jump. When the plane gets up to altitude and over the target, he jumps. Falling to the proper altitude, he pulls the release on the main chute. Nothing.

Fighting back panic, he remembers what they taught in class and pulls the release on the backup chute. Nothing happens again. Things are starting to look pretty grim as he watches the ground rapidly approach.

Then, he notices a man, rising toward him from the ground. Odd, he thinks to himself. But what the hell ..... When this person gets within earshot, the skydiver yells, "Hey buddy! Do you know how to work a parachute?"

"No", the other person replies. "Do you know how to light a Coleman stove?"

Comment: Re:Gore to the Rescue (Score 3, Interesting) 358

by drooling-dog (#48224299) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

You can tell a lot about a person (or political party) by whom they choose to ridicule, and why. Gore never said he invented the Internet, but rather that he was instrumental in its creation. And it was quite true. This is what Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf had to say about the matter:

Al Gore was the first political leader to recognize the importance of the Internet and to promote and support its development... No one person or even small group of persons exclusively "invented" the Internet. It is the result of many years of ongoing collaboration among people in government and the university community. But as the two people who designed the basic architecture and the core protocols that make the Internet work, we would like to acknowledge VP Gore's contributions as a Congressman, Senator and as Vice President. No other elected official, to our knowledge, has made a greater contribution over a longer period of time.

So the kids in the back of the class are laughing and shooting spitballs at the smart kid. It's Junior High all over again.

Comment: Re:Security + Telnet (Score 1) 60

by jandrese (#48223323) Attached to: Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances
Connecting to a device and forwarding packets through it are two different things. It's sensible to have a policy that disallows most users from attempting to ssh to the router's management interface. Often they're on completely different VLANs. It can cause a problem however when the managed connection between the VLANs has an issue and people need to get in there to modify the router settings.

Comment: *sigh* (Score 2) 26

by gstoddart (#48222825) Attached to: Recent Nobel Prize Winner Revolutionizes Microscopy Again

Betzig came up with his Nobel-winning microscope (PALM) when he'd grown frustrated with the limitations of other microscope technologies. The so-called lattice light-sheet microscopy that he describes in Thursday's paper was the result of his eventual boredom with PALM.

*sigh* And some of us have yet to get bored with "pull my finger".

Comment: Re:Steering? (Score 1) 127

by gstoddart (#48222025) Attached to: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

Well, what are the bounds of this before it becomes illegal?

OK, you're a frequent customer, and I'm willing to give you a discount. Sure, fine.

Now, imagine someone charges you 10% more because you're not white. That's obviously going to be pretty illegal, one would think.

If the mechanism for this, or the fact that it's even happening isn't transparent, then it's fairly arbitrary.

Comment: Re:How? (Score 2) 274

by dbIII (#48218903) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Now, about that 121/hr work week

I've done weeks like that during plant shutdowns but never for more than five weeks in a row. Possible, but stupid for a wide range of reasons. Medical interns put in those sort of hours too but get sleep here and there during that time when they are on duty. Not just possible, but widespread, and stupid for an even wider range of reasons.

Comment: Re:tip? (Score 1) 274

by dbIII (#48218867) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour
That's the libertarian dream - power to the powerful and the rest can go hang if they can't afford to pay a lawyer to impose some power.
Hopefully I'm dumbed that down enough so that those who will be offended by it can understand before their replies about how that isn't a "real" libertarian view, just that bunch over there that call themselves libertarians but somehow are not.

Comment: Re:They've reset that date from 2005? (Score 2) 168

by dbIII (#48218767) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?
ZFS raidz2 is pretty well RAID6 with an awareness of what is going on with the files in the array giving a variety of improvements (eg. resilver time normally being vastly shorter than a RAID6 rebuild time). A few years of seeing RAID6 in action was ultimately what drove me to ZFS on hardware that's perfectly capable of doing RAID6.
Anyway, the "raid only has five more years" article keeps on getting warmed up, and keeps getting disproved by the very reasons given for the RAID use by date. Increasing capacity has only been possible by increasing the data density on the disks which means the heads pick up more information - thus faster read and write speeds. Better controllers also made a massive difference. Now dedicating lots of cycles to many cores of fast CPUs (instead of the processors in the controllers) is once again making a massive difference. It's only three hours to do a scrub on a 12 x 1TB 7200rpm drive system here with an i5 CPU and it would take close to the same to resilver a new drive. That is six mirrors so faster than raidz or raidz2, but still, it's not a huge amount of time to replace drives now even though that's bigger than the 500GB or so that was supposed to take forever to rebuild.

Comment: No point nitpicking aboutt no "b" (Score 1) 168

by dbIII (#48218661) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?
No point nitpicking just because the "b" denoting Megabits was forgotten. A speed of 200Mb/s is not huge but it's not too bad either, even though a fairly old machine (6 years) with a few disks in an array can get close to five times that and saturate gigabit (or even twice over if a second connection is going somewhere else).

Comment: Re:It's all about the data prouction rate (Score 1) 168

by dbIII (#48218621) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?
I've seen PDFs almost that big that were made by printing out large MS Word documents and then scanning them at 600dpi, 24 bit color. For added fun they used full sentences, including punctuation and variable whitespace, as their filenames. Various problems associated with making and opening such things I have been assured are due to a slow gigabit network and "crappy ten year old" i7 machines and not whoever decided to not just save as PDF. A few versions of files done that way and you've got GB and vast amounts of shredded paper before you know it. I'm not sure that some people even get the point of using computers in an office.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson