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Comment: Re:Slashdot, Stop Spinning the GamerGate Content (Score 1) 500

by Archangel Michael (#48215261) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

You know, most of the time, the truth lies right in the middle of the fighting sides. Having seen two kids fighting over a toy a time or two, it is the toy that ends up suffering (broken, destroyed, damaged etc). Slapping the kids across the back of the head, and taking away the toy is often the only "real solution". Being a parent isn't easy, but the grownups sometimes need to simply smack the back of heads and issue a timeout.

And when it is the grownups are acting like children, the parent role becomes the easy target. "Don't tell me how to think or what to do". Please don't make excuses.

Note: I'm not taking sides in the GG debate. I have no idea what it actually is. Except that it involves Gamers who often act like little children.

Comment: Re:No chance (Score 2) 500

by Archangel Michael (#48214913) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Generally speaking, hurt feelings strike a nerve. Barking dogs don't strike a nerve, therefore don't hurt feelings. However trolls telling tramps that they are sluts hits a nerve. Hell, even my using those terms will get me in trouble because they elicit a certain negative connotation on the female gender (and done to illustrate a point). If a girl is secure in their sexuality, then no hurt feelings, but if a girl is not comfortable with their sexuality hurt feelings ensue.

Just to make it clear, I don't care about who people sleep with, that is their own fucking (pun intended) business.

The real defense to "hurt feelings" is thicker skin. Which can be learned. But instead, we've become a society of victims of "hurt feelings" and the outrage that is a result.

What is real, is that troll exist. Have existed for ever, and will exist into the foreseeable future. It would be much better use of time and energy helping people ignore trolls, than letting them get the best of us with their trolling.

Comment: Re:Not right (Score 1) 665

by Archangel Michael (#48208157) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

If you buy a Frod, thinking it is a Ford, you do. That is what happened here. Renault isn't counterfeiting Ford Cars or trucks.

Car analogy: If you bought a Frod, and took it to Ford Dealer and they put in a Motorcraft Oil Filer that damages your FROD because it isn't a Ford, is Ford Responsible because all you cared about was the Frod Car was cheaper on eBay?

Comment: Re:Not right (Score 1) 665

by Archangel Michael (#48208087) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

I went to google and searched cheap usb to serial adaptor and bought the cheapest one

So, you're complaining because you got exactly what you paid for, why? I realize that you don't care about the chips inside, which is why you went cheap, because Rodex Watch keeps time just like a Rolex, looks like a Rolex even. You can't get mad at Rolex when your cheap watch doesn't work when you upgrade it using Rolex technology.

All I cared about was a cheap way to get access to my switches.

And you got that. You got exactly what you paid for. A cheap counterfeit.

Comment: Re:Not right (Score 0, Flamebait) 665

by Archangel Michael (#48206131) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

The user didn't harm FTDI.

Yes they did. Buy buying a knockoff product (counterfeit) directly harms the maker of the real, and diminishes the value of the real. If you buy a Rodex watch, expecting it to be exactly like a Rolex watch, you have harmed Rolex. If you buy a Frod Car, instead of a Ford Car, you have harmed Ford.

And while bricking a device is harsh, I have no problem with an updated driver for FTDI chips harming faked FTDI chips. None at all.

Comment: Is this legal? (Score 5, Insightful) 665

by Calibax (#48205771) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

A component manufacturer is unhappy that someone else is using his product id so he puts code in a driver that sets the product id to zero. This prevents the fake component being recognized by his driver or any other driver. The license for the driver explicitly states that using the driver with a fake component may irretrievably damage the component.

If the component manufacturer doesn't want the fake product to work with his driver he can code his driver to ignore the fake. Modifying the product id to brick the component is another matter entirely.

This doesn't hurt the people who created the fake, or even the people who purchased the fake and used them in their manufacturing. It only hurts end users who have done nothing except purchase a product in retail channels. Deliberately destroying equipment because it uses a fake component goes to a whole new level of nastiness.

Comment: Re:backup for 911 (Score 1) 115

by Archangel Michael (#48205379) Attached to: Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

For the idiots that don't comprehend because their rose tinted liberal glasses don't work, here is the relevant portion highlighted:

Have a gun. In a real emergency, the police are too busy to help everyone.

You see, you're deliberately changing the parameters to make fun of me. I get it, you're too stupid to have a valid argument against what I actually said, in context, so you change the context. The reality is, it makes you look stupid.

But okay, lets go with the hypothetical "cardiac arrest" mentioned below. Okay, you're cardiac arrest is because your shop is being overrun by a mob of thugs on a rampage, do you think that calling 911 for an ambulance is going to help you while they are rioting in the street outside your shop?

If you're going to change the parameters, so can I.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 80

by Archangel Michael (#48204915) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

Why yes, making a more expensive, less useful product is always a good goal. If you don't want to run Play Services or use the Play Store, that is fine, get yourself an Android and install one of the good ROMs that don't use those products. It is faster, cheaper and likely to draw less attention from those you're paranoid about anyways.

The easiest way to blend into a crowd is by blending into a crowd, not by wearing Neon Colors in a sea of grey.

Comment: Re:It would be interesting (Score 1) 121

by Archangel Michael (#48203621) Attached to: Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

Here is an example of what you're talking about.

In windows 3.1, there was no networking. Period. Windows since 95 have had built in networking stack. Now think about all the networking applications built into Windows now (not just the stack), file sharing, remote control, hell as crappy as IE is today, there was nothing like it (yes, still built into the OS).

I remember how much of an advance Windows 3.11 for was with its networking additions. In fact, looking back, 3.11 is what killed off DOS apps, because of the built in networking. No more sneaker net.

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