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Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 689

by Minwee (#48212923) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

There's a rule at work here. It's the result of a drunken hookup between Clarke's Third Law and Poe's Law.

"Any post on Slashdot, advanced or not, is indistinguishable from sarcasm."

NYCL's friend has a point, as my analogy was an exaggeration and it expressed a viewpoint which he does not agree with -- See his other posts on the topic for more.

I stand by my original point. According to Brian Benchoff's article, FTDI's new driver is being distributed automatically via Windows Update and it causes damage to devices which use FTDI USB IDs but which are not authentic FTDI chip, rendering them unusable with any computer by permanently resetting their USB Product ID to zero. While I believe that FTDI has every right to protect their name and the reputation of their products, producing malware designed to damage or destroy competing products is overstepping their authority, and whoever authorized this may want to read up on the Computer Misuse Act and ask themselves a few questions about what they are doing.

Here's one. "Am I engaging in 'an act which causes an unauthorized modification of the contents of any computers' with the intent of 'causing a modification of the contents of any computer' which may 'impair the operation of any computer', 'prevent or hinder access to any program or data held in any computer' or 'impair the operation of any such program or the reliability of any such data'?" If the answer to this is yes, then the Home Office would like to have a word with you.

The correct response to this is one which FTDI had already made earlier. They changed their official drivers to not work with fake chips. Being clearer about the cause of the problem would have been nice (The new drivers only returned zeros, no matter what the faux-232 reported, leaving end users wondering what had gone wrong), this was a reasonable and proportionate response. Going from that to distributing vigilante malware crossed the line.

Comment: Re:Yet another Chrome-only technology (Score 4, Funny) 119

by Minwee (#48197351) Attached to: Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

It's really sad to see Google turning inwards like this. What happened to working towards open standards for such things?

Too true. Couldn't they have used an open standard like FIDO's U2F instead of using proprietary technology like...

Wait, what was your objection again?

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 4, Insightful) 397

by Minwee (#48195737) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

You don't increase time on the yellow.... you let the yellow turn red on the same timer, but you leave both directions red for 2 seconds just to ensure...

...that drivers will feel safe going through the intersection after the light turns red.

It's a nice idea, but the universe will always build a better idiot.

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