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Comment: Re:No FDTI (Score 1) 491

by Z00L00K (#48223397) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

More complex does not make it better. The point is to create something with as few components as possible to get a high level of reliability and performance.

The high complexity is most likely a sign of someone using standard generally available mask components and configure them to emulate the FTDI chip, or even a FPGA, PIC or similar. It does in no way make it better.

+ - Printer watermark obfuscation->

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An anonymous reader writes ""Interesting paper: Maya Embar, Louis F. McHugh IV, and William R. Wesselman, "Printer watermark obfuscation," Proceeding
RIIT '14: Proceedings of the 3rd annual conference on Research in information technology:

Link to paper: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm...

Abstract: Most color laser printers manufactured and sold today add "invisible" information to make it easier to determine when a particular document was printed and exactly which printer was used. Some manufacturers have acknowledged the existence of the tracking information in their documentation while others have not. None of them have explained exactly how it works or the scope of the information that is conveyed. There are no laws or regulations that require printer companies to track printer users this way, and none that prevent them from ceasing this practice or providing customers a means to opt out of being tracked. The tracking information is coded by patterns of yellow dots that the printers add to every page they print. The details of the patterns vary by manufacturer and printer model.""

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Comment: Re:Stupid is as stupid does (Score 1) 491

by Z00L00K (#48221427) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

That's only working into the hands of the counterfeit chip producers.

The problem isn't the real FTDI chips, it is those that leeches on property (PID/VID) purchased by FTDI with substandard equipment/chips.

If this causes a backlash of a lot of devices ending up in warranty claims due to non-functionality or DOA (Dead on arrival) then it will definitely hurt the counterfeiters.

Comment: Re:Yes we're going to keep using FTDI chips (Score 1) 491

by Z00L00K (#48221347) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

That doesn't always work.

The problem is that the fake chips are sometimes injected into batches of real chips, and it costs money to test the validity of every chip on the production line. If the standard driver borks the fake chips on the production line then they will fail tests and go into the junk bin. If the junk bin overflows with borked devices due to fake chips then it will definitely go back the food chain.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 1) 491

by Z00L00K (#48221287) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

In which case the customer will turn back to the shop where they bought the device and claim it to be faulty. Is this within the usual 12 month warranty period (which is mandatory in many countries) a lot of customers would come back to that supplier with warranty claims.

After that - well, can't get everything.

Comment: Re:No FDTI (Score 2) 491

by Z00L00K (#48221159) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

I don't have a problem with FTDI technology itself, the problem is with the hardware clones.

But FTDI could have taken a different route and instead show an annoying pop-up or only allow 300bps on counterfeit chips. That would work until the counterfeit chip makers goes so far in their work to create a clone that it would cost as much as the real thing at which time it's useless.

Comment: Re:A hearty meh (Score 1) 687

by Z00L00K (#48206167) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

I can't help but agree here...

The back-room chips are often not performing very well either.

It's actually amazing that they can put the back-room chips on the market - they need to work with some interesting channels to make that work. I have only had problems when there have been clone chips in devices. If they can make a chip then they should be able to make a decent driver for it as well instead.

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