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Comment: Re: On the other hand... (Score 2) 462

by MrNaz (#48209309) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

This is exactly correct. I've experienced this with a radio programming cable with a counterfeit chip supposedly from Prolific. The drivers that Windows automatically downloaded for it caused the device to not function. Rather than stuffing around with the supplier, I simply downloaded an old working driver, uninstalled the new driver, installed the old driver, and done.

Certainly not a job my mother could do, but also not the same as the OEM bricking devices, which would legally be dangerous for them as it could be argued that they were willingly causing property damage.

From a commercial point if view I think it is an appropriate measure, albeit perhaps not the most reasonable from consumers' perspectives.

Comment: Re:May I suggest (Score 1) 313

by PopeRatzo (#48209283) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Just FYI, even a single round fired causes permanent hearing damage, which is why wearing hearing protection is required on pretty much any firing range regardless of how many people are there.

They're using silencers on the firing range? What's wrong with regular ear protectors?

It would certainly be a very good thing for police to have and use silencers consistently, in light of the fact that they do occasionally use their firearms in public, and this negatively affects the health of every single person on the scene.

Yes, we have plenty of evidence that police using firearms in public negatively affects the health of people at the scene.

Especially if you happen to be of a certain shade.

But still, both of the main types of suppressors negatively affect both control of the firearm and impact on the target, and some accuracy. Why would you want police to have less control of their firearm, less stopping power, and less accuracy?

Let's not pretend that the DoD equipment being shipped to local police forces has anything to do with improving policing or protecting people's safety.

Comment: Re:Is it open source yet? (Score 1) 72

If you want real control, it's ownCloud or no cloud I think...

I've been meaning to ask someone about this. Is OwnCloud something that someone who's kind of a moron could set up on their own server? Asking for a friend.

Maybe not a moron, I mean, I've set up Apache and a media server, and I can read instructions when I'm sober. I just worry that I'll do something wrong and end up syncing my data with some Estonian hackers by mistake.

Comment: Re:Congratulations, FTDI, You Just Killed Yourselv (Score 1) 462

by ewhac (#48207355) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

The chips are not destroyed.

Yes, the bricked chips can (allegedly) be restored to working order through the use of a utility. "Hang on. Would this utility be furnished by the very same company that wrecked my device in the first place?" Why yes; is that relevant? "Very fscking hilarious; I'll be looking elsewhere for my USB-serial adapter needs from now on..."

This is a distinction without a difference, as they say. You wouldn't cut any slack to a malware author who tried to claim, "Oh, the files aren't destroyed. They're merely encrypted, and can be restored to their previous condition through the use of this handy-dandy decryption key, available exclusively from me... for a modest fee..."

Comment: Congratulations, FTDI, You Just Killed Yourselves (Score 1) 462

by ewhac (#48206865) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.
Assuming FTDI manages to weasel out of lawsuits for willful destruction of property (do NOT let them hide behind the so-called EULA), they have basically made themselves the vendor to avoid for either chips or drivers for said chips.

Can you tell, by merely looking at it, whether a given device is using GenuineFTDI(TM)(R)(C)(BFD) chips, or whether it's a counterfeit? Can you tell by using whatever the Windows equivalent of lsusb is? No? Then there is a random, non-trivial chance that plugging in your serial-ish device will either:

  • Work (old non-destructive drivers),
  • Not work (new, non-destructive drivers),
  • Ruin the device (new, destructive drivers), so that it not only Not Works, but also Stops Working on every other machine on which it previously worked.
  • Thus, in the mind of the user, FTDI == Flaky. And Flaky == Avoid.

    Congratulations, FTDI. Ten points for avoiding your feet, but minus several million for shooting yourself straight in the head.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 4, Insightful) 462

by mrchaotica (#48206761) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

You'd think companies would have learned from the Sony rootkit fiasco, but no.

What did companies learn from the Sony rootkit? That the criminal penalty for perpetrating literally tens of millions of felonies on behalf of a corporation is... absolutely nothing? Sure, that'll teach'em!

Comment: Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (Score 1) 450

by PopeRatzo (#48205161) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

and if we don't count gangland violence

And if you don't count death, we all live forever.

Why the hell wouldn't you count "gangland" violence? We've got more people in prison than any other country in the world, so when I hear people talk about how there is really little violent crime (except for the violent crime) in the US, it's kind of a joke.

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.