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Comment: Re:The good news (Score 1) 688

by Meski (#48217365) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Again, I'd say that needs to be proven. Isn't the sequence generally something like:

chip maker -> device maker -> distributor -> retail chain -> local store -> cashier who actually carries out transaction -> buyer

Exactly how far along that chain does knowledge of counterfeit go?

All the way to the end. If the price is 'too good to be true' then the customer knows.

Comment: Re:The good news (Score 1) 688

by Meski (#48217353) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Look, counterfeiting is wrong. But destroying the property of an end user, most likely unaware of the counterfeit device, is both wrong and illegal. Period.

Actually, counterfeiting is also both wrong and illegal. Period.

What? So if I shoot my neighbor,

What the hell is it with everyone using violent crime analogies? What does shooting someone have anything at all to do with a company issuing a firmware update that disables unlicensed counterfeit chips?

Everyone loves a strawman argument. And 'shooting my neighbour' is an extreme strawman.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 213

by Meski (#47905173) Attached to: Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)
Not so much the rock itself, there's many similar rocks with similar minerals. It's all about the mining infrastructure you build there. Or about portable infrastructure that does the mining, for convenience lets call it a spaceship. Now if I was building such an object, it'd have a lot in the way of defence systems on it, to ensure that the blood shed would be someone else's...

Comment: Re:What about other devices? (Score 1) 421

by Meski (#47905071) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy
Ship it with Windows for 'most people' then, and have a revocation at activation time that refunds the OEM OS cost. And stops Windows running after 15 days or whatever. More red tape, but it might keep both the 'most people' and the Linux / etc users happy. And the court system. Mac/iOS/Android appear to have solved the issue in their own way by making the OS free. (as in beer)

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