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Comment: oh well (Score 1) 532

by Osgeld (#48208613) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

FTDI has .... interesting level of support, they THINK they are the only ones in the universe with a USB to various serial devices, but they are not, prolific chips are easier to design with since they are pretty much a drop n go part, TI and Microchip have some good ones, and any yahoo can take a cheap usb device capable micro and make their own which is what arduino did years ago.

so I applaud you FTDI for taking a stand, DONT make it a pain in the ass for me, the guy who has no problems using someone else's chip in my design

Comment: Re:Not Invented Here (Score 2) 225

by Osgeld (#48173683) Attached to: Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

its more like wayland is Designed by committee which gives you a never ending cluster of everyone's best wishes, which is why after hearing about it since 2008 the most promising thing it can say about itself in the first sentence of their own website is

  GNOME and KDE are expected to be ported to it.


Comment: phones during events (Score 1) 130

everyone gets on their phone at a slightly windy thunderstorm clogging up the networks (voice, data or pots) so I understand that having a OK button to click is more desirable, but does it really solve the problem when everyone and their dog is A) still calling B) trying to update a half dozen media sites and C) now facebook is going to auto spam you complete with graphics and ad's

seems like if you really want to help in this situation it would be better to have phones that can mesh together and ping pong data around until it can find a outlet that is not damaged or clogged, instead of "every phone for itself" system.

Comment: Re:I dont think its the chips (Score 1) 60

by Osgeld (#48098951) Attached to: Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

as the AC said, its not silicon, its flex pcb bonded to the metalized and etched glass, there's no reason what so ever that it HAS to be in a line or a circle, other than it makes the most since on the edge of a rectangle to make it a line of contact points, even if it WAS silicon there's no reason it has to be square either as its the same principal

trust me, I make flex circuits in all sorts of weird ass shapes, heck I have one that stair-steps in the Z axis as it circles a perimeter. So again there is no reason the driver ic's have to be bonded to a perfect line

Comment: I dont think its the chips (Score 1) 60

by Osgeld (#48088049) Attached to: Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

Just about LCD I have torn open (and there's been lots) has the chips on a bit of flex circuit, usually folded over behind the light defusers, sometimes on the outside of the metal shell. I bet its been at least 2 decades since I have seen one with chips ridgedly attached to the edges of the sceen!

I see no reason why that the driver chips could not be arranged in another shape and traces on kapton film ran over to the actual panel, cause thats what they already do. So there must be a reason why we dont see circle screens ala 1930-50's CRT or any other shape other than everything you film is is in rectangular format

Comment: to be fair (Score 1) 95

by Osgeld (#48066957) Attached to: Only Two States Have Rules To Prevent Cheating On Computerized Tests

its not about memorizing useless bullshit that you will never need again, its about learning the material and how to quickly reference it in the real world

the old notion that you will need to memorize to a perfect T something you will never use in your life is dead, just like the teachers in my day POUNDING the fact you wont have a calulator on you at all times .... meanwhile we have pocket super computers on our bodies 24/7

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?