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Comment: Re:No FDTI (Score 1) 541

by Khyber (#48225747) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

"they just grabbed an existing microcontroller design and added an extra module or two to it"

AND somehow implemented a feature-size shrink on top of that, with another mask. Did you even read the tear-down?

They didn't grab shit. This was a new FABRICATION MADE AS A COUNTERFEIT.

I've got the semiconductor experience to tell you that for a fact.

Comment: Re:Steering? (Score 1) 152

by Khyber (#48222371) Attached to: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

" It's like offering cheaper drinks on ladies night. Just because you aren't part of what ever group that they offer a discount to, doesn't make it false advertising."

No, that makes it discrimination.

Let's take two people and have them shop on the internet right next to each other so they can see the other persons screen. Same computer systems, same browser, same store. Everything is the same, down to having never bought anything from the store so there is no prior business relationship incentive in play. There is only one difference - one person is logged in, the other is not.

They go to the same item. The person logged in is told $4.99. The person not logged in is told $6.99

You can bet money the person not logged in, having no logically-based disadvantage versus the other person, is not going to be happy about that at all.

Comment: Re:Sorry They're Changing (Score 1) 541

by Khyber (#48222301) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

"So buy through their designated supply channel and QC what you receive to ensure its provenance."

You fail at logistics too, it seems. When you get down to it, the only way to guarantee authenticity is to rip the thing apart yourself (costing money) and analyzing it against a known-real sample from the company. Then to top it off, I'm DESTROYING potentially usable product to ensure that I've got real stuff. Now I'm losing more money.

There is NOTHING that stops shipment swaps. Even the best logistics places have this happen all the time.

Comment: Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (Score 1) 293

by Khyber (#48222217) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Thunderbolt is only (and not even then) necessary for video. HDMI does the same and can just as easily change to do the same thing. It's already doing ethernet, audio, and video, it would be a snap to have keyboard and mouse, joystick, etc.

Hyperthreading is pointless when you're getting 4 threads either way from either chip.

It doesn't take more than 8GB RAM but we're comparing BASE features, here, EG what it already comes with.

Performance numbers are just about equal.

You can either buy the laptop at $329 and have a complete system, or buy the Mac Mini at $499 and STILL have to buy more shit just to make it even work.

That's a goddamned ripoff.

Comment: Re:Sorry They're Changing (Score 1) 541

by Khyber (#48222027) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

" buy direct. They sell direct"

Plenty of companies refuse to sell direct. For example, you will not buy anything directly from Cree unless you become their distributor. They'll send you engineering samples if you've got a legit request, but that's as far as it goes. You're stuck with Mouser or Digikey or similar.

Comment: Re:Sorry They're Changing (Score 1) 541

by Khyber (#48222015) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

" getting them directly from FTDI for example, to ensure the provenance of the hardware I'm selling, rather than trying to find lots of them on alibaba."

I got some real bad news for you. If the company making the authentic product is in China - IT'S ON ALIBABA. Trying to source direct will only get you laughed at.

Now, this won't work since FTDI isn't a Chinese company.

Yes, I do tons of global sourcing. Alibaba is about to steamroll the internet.

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