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An anonymous reader writes "In the latest windows update from FTDI (maker of usb/serial converter chips, very often used in arduinos and their download cables), the driver will look for 'fake' chips and overwrite their USB product id (PID), making them useless (unless you work-around it and re-flash the chip with the proper PID). The linux driver is still safe, but the binary blob from windows update is now something that we should all blacklist and uninstall, for our own safety."
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Comment: Re:Windows only; NTFS only (Score 1) 96

by TheGratefulNet (#48200935) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

short answer: yes.

I would not trust their 'fix' if they actually work at the filesystem level.

you'd think this was a sector based issue. you'd think!

even if there is a dos bootable for this, unless it understands ext2/3/4 (and maybe others; jfs, reiser, xfs) then linux guys ARE screwed by this.

Comment: Re:Classic Samsung... (Score 1) 96

by TheGratefulNet (#48200929) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

I don't trust samsung. but sadly, I did buy a bunch of 840 evo drives over the last year or 2. damn.

samsung is known as the company that makes things last 'the warranty period + 1 day'. almost literally. almost to an art form.

samsung lcd's also are built like crap. one after another, their electrolytics die (fake china caps; like so many others). buying japanese (nichicon, panasonic, etc) low ESR caps usually brings the monitors back to life. I've fished several out of the trash cans and restored them via simple psu cap replacements.

but dammit samsung, why do you have to be SO cheap??

guess I should start avoiding all samsung things, now. I'm tired of their crap.

Comment: Re:Folks this is what happens with bad leadership (Score 1) 148

by TheGratefulNet (#48180693) Attached to: Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

all datacomm companies are in bed with the spooks. cisco is just like all the others, not special in that regard.

I joined cisco in the early days, back in the early 90's. I was there a short time, then left, and recently came back; so I see the new cisco and do remember the old 3 building cisco. they are not even close to the same company anymore.

I enjoy being there but its more about my group than the company. company wise, I see a lot of bad designs and bad decisions and a lot of young kids who have no business writing or supporting routing software. but like all other valley companies, most work is farmed out to india to the lowest price bidder and the results really show this ;( even locally, you won't find many americans working there and the attention to detail has been long gone. its a young employees company and experience is not really valued, again, like most other bay area companies.

there is a lot of cool stuff going on, but they have lost their ability to stay focused and deliver world-class software like they once did. its now a body shop with very few visionaries left. sad to see that happen.

Comment: Re:That whole list (Score 1) 124

by TheGratefulNet (#48137409) Attached to: Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

ALL of our founding fathers would be arrested as terrorists.

they fought their own country, the English.

now, we agree with their views, but if the TLA's had their way (and congress, and the president and, well, all the courts, too) they'd be marked as 'bad guys' and would have little to no freedom.

odd, how that turns 360, huh? ;(

Comment: Re:Analog displays are better in some situations. (Score 4, Insightful) 155

by TheGratefulNet (#48117457) Attached to: Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

as a guy over 50 who has analog meters (triplett, simpson, stuff like that) that are nearly as old as I am, I can say with confidence that you have no idea what you are talking about.

digital meters tend to fail more! they are more complex, and unless you buy very good ones, they will suffer 'cap problems' (esp. if made in china, which nearly all things are, these days).

otoh, buy a used meter of the type I described and as long as it was not hit by a truck, it will likely work and out live YOU.

springs fail? never saw that happen. bushings fail? again, never saw that happen.

I would guess, based on your very high UID that you are a youngster and never really used or lived with such gear before.

probably better to just remain silent than to speak up and tell everyone how much you don't know.

Comment: Re:They may still hire you (Score 2, Insightful) 578

by TheGratefulNet (#48117415) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

right.

you're only allowed to do illegal things and lie about it AFTER you are hired by the fbi.

does anyone seriously believe that 'law enforcement' is about fighting the good fight and standing up for what is right, anymore?

I have lost 101% confidence in our system's ability to do what's Right(tm). it seems only the stupid or brainwashed would want to work for the government goons.

and of course, goons is basically what they have, now, anyway.

Comment: Re:Nevertheless, Microsoft is doomed (Score 1) 93

by TheGratefulNet (#48062835) Attached to: Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Last Year In Android Royalties

And desktops and laptops last more than 8 to 12 years,

NOT in a corp environment, they don't! 2 or 3 yrs, tops. corps do a 'refresh' and buy new gear (cheaper than supporting older stuff).

and every company I've been at in the bay area, for the last 10 yrs at least, has mandated windows (sometimes giving mac a choice) but they NEVER run linux on the desktop. juniper ran freebsd on the desktop for its engineers (2000 timeframe) but that's the exception, not the rule.

corps keep paying the MS tax. happily, it seems.

MS is not going away. they may not get consumers to rebuy pc's so often but corps do, that much is true.

Comment: Re:How many of you are still using Gnome? (Score 1) 403

by TheGratefulNet (#47980739) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

I try the 'desktops' every so often, but I keep getting annoyed and go back to very old fvwm1 (emulating twm. no, not kidding).

very light weight, no huge process list from hell (like all desktop linux's these days) - just the window manager, the x server and some other minor things. makes fast systems truly fast, and slower systems quite acceptable.

what do I run on a rasp pi or beaglebone? yup, fvwm1 and no 'desktop'. makes those tiny systems usable. does not need a lot of memory or disk footprint.

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 3, Insightful) 504

by TheGratefulNet (#47961769) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

18 months, huh? you think that's long enough?

I still have my N1 phone and its still in nearly new physical condition. bugfixes and security updates stopped several years ago. should I throw it out? even CM is not updated for this phone.

otoh, I have pc's that are more than 10 yrs old, STILL SECURE and STILL able to be updated.

fuck google. they are children with a short attention span. they make linux look like something worse than MS or apple (even MS and apple give more updates than google does on older hardware.)

Comment: Re:No more cash in the bank? (Score 2) 109

by TheGratefulNet (#47945697) Attached to: Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

do you live here (bay area)? I do. been here several decades.

the valley does NOT want talent. what do they want? CHEAP LABOR. quality is not important, insight is not important, even code quality is not important. speed and price is all that matters.

I wish I was kidding... ;(

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