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Comment: let them eat fries with that (Score 5, Insightful) 646

by Thud457 (#48221915) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

You do realize that people aren't, you know, actually, like, supposed to be able to support themselves with the lowest-paid jobs in the country? These are the kind of jobs that used to be done by kids still living at home, not those who expected to make a career and raise a family by saying 'Do you want fries with that?' a thousand times a day?

But with today's fucked economy, that's the only type of job many adults with kids, rent and car payments can find.

Our society has deep structural problems relating to automation that have been ignored for forty years and those chickens are coming home to roost. One of those major problems is that we've given preferential tax treatment to capital gains over income (labor).

We can either have egalitarian democratic society, or we can be like Mexico. I hope the walls on your gated community are high enough and you pay your private security contractors enough not to steal from you.


FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips 527

Posted by Soulskill
from the righteous-backpedaling dept.
New submitter weilawei writes: Last night, FTDI, a Scottish manufacturer of USB-to-serial ICs, posted a response to the ongoing debacle over its allegedly intentional bricking of competitors' chips. In their statement, FTDI CEO Fred Dart said, "The recently release driver release has now been removed from Windows Update so that on-the-fly updating cannot occur. The driver is in the process of being updated and will be released next week. This will still uphold our stance against devices that are not genuine, but do so in a non-invasive way that means that there is no risk of end user's hardware being directly affected." This may have resulted from a discussion with Microsoft engineers about the implications of distributing potentially malicious driver software.

If you design hardware, what's your stance on this? Will you continue to integrate FTDI chips into your products? What alternatives are available to replace their functionality?

Comment: do you even tinfoil, bro? (Score 5, Funny) 688

by Thud457 (#48206737) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.
Fine, I'll just come out and say it, it's what we're all secretly thinking anyhow.

This is just another nail in the coffin pushed by none other than then N S A.
They want to be able have a documented chain of custody for every component in every piece of your equipment so the cyberpolice can backtrace any illegal encryption and punish scapegoats to justify their exponentially growing budgets. This way they can automatically tell if you done goofed and make sure the consequences will never be the same.

WARNING : may contain MKPUPPET triggers. Processed on machinery that may have also been used to process peanuts. Oops, maybe we should have put that up front.

Put no trust in cryptic comments.