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Comment: Bad for Biz (Score 2) 617

by Tablizer (#48206331) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Moral issues aside, this seems like a bad business move. If you are a device manufacturer choosing between chip A and chip B, and the vendor for chip B bricks their clones, then you would prefer chip A.

This is because if you accidentally get a bad shipment of clone chips, and put them into your devices, your devices will be subject to bricking, creating returns and bad PR.

Plus, having some cloners around gives you a spare option if the main company bellies up.

Comment: Re:Solving the problem wrong (Score 1) 741

by Tablizer (#48199851) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Sometimes that works, but shops often dictate or encourage certain styles and practices that may hinder "personal productivity" practices so that the team can do maintenance.

And it's not just a matter of typing: there are screwy schedules, screwy deadlines, fickle requesters, etc. If you finish coding fast, they'll make you install software, fix Outlook, clean printers or whatnot.

Yes, it's a living, but typically one plateaus early salary-wise. Why not encourage women to be sys admins or high-end application trainers? Why focus on coding?

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