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Comment: Re:Compelling? (Score 4, Informative) 243

by cpotoso (#49732369) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

No one in tech does that. But the insinuation that Apple is a worst offender here is demonstrably false. Backward compatibility for both iOS and Mac OS X go back as far as the hardware itself will allow, and Apple is, for all its other faults (and they are many), a role model in this particular instance.

Please explain why my Mac Pro 2,1 which has 8 cores of Xeon 3 GHz and 21 GB of RAM is not able to run anything above Lion? Even though it is 7 years old, It is still faster than almost anything apple has to offer (esp. after I upgraded to SSD). Yet, I am stuck on Lion unless I am willing to make a hackintosh out of it and then it can actually run any OSX... so... no real reason why it can't run newer OSX, just that apple did not want to do it.

Comment: Re:Just make sure you don't use FTDI chips... (Score 1) 107

by cpotoso (#49728757) Attached to: Turning an Arduino Project Into a Prototype
Bricking = taking something that does not belong to you. It is immoral and if it weren't for the fact it is not worth it they should be sued out of existence. Acceptable = make your drivers not respond to the fake chip anymore. In the meantime, just stop using this company's chips altogether. That's my opinion. There are other alternatives (e.g., use atmega chips with USB in them).

Comment: Re:Just make sure you don't use FTDI chips... (Score 1) 107

by cpotoso (#49721731) Attached to: Turning an Arduino Project Into a Prototype

Just make sure you don't use FTDI chips... as you never know whether they are legit and the current FTDI Windows drivers will brick them. Sure, it is reversible but if anybody connects your FTDI chip to a Windows machine then it is bricked... Not nice. Not nice at all. Just avoid FTDI.

Or god forbid you can buy your parts from places other than ebay. You're pretty much guaranteed legit parts if you buy from reputable sources.

While this may sound like their reliability is in question, I would say worse from other vendors as the only alternatives to FTDI have had just utter garbage drivers to begin with.

As if you have full control over what you get. Are you buying the FTDI chips yourself? You may be buying from a reputable vendor only to know in the end that their supply lines were not as clean as you thought. What FTDI did (brick chips that used their driver, vs. the correct thing: simply ignore the chips) is extremely unethical, I will NEVER BUY ANYTHING FROM FTDI or that has FTDI on them (whether it is fake or not fake, since I can't be sure until it is too late). Next time they'd better think twice.

Comment: Just make sure you don't use FTDI chips... (Score 1) 107

by cpotoso (#49713261) Attached to: Turning an Arduino Project Into a Prototype
Just make sure you don't use FTDI chips... as you never know whether they are legit and the current FTDI Windows drivers will brick them. Sure, it is reversible but if anybody connects your FTDI chip to a Windows machine then it is bricked... Not nice. Not nice at all. Just avoid FTDI.

Comment: Ugly as it can be? (Score 5, Insightful) 214

by cpotoso (#48920887) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements
Ugly as it can be? All decoration gone? Why does everybody have to copy Apple? I understand copying when it is beautiful, but apple is now engaged in making computer graphics look like an X11 system from the 1980s and everybody else is following suit. Awful... truly awful.

Comment: Software from Samsung = NO THANKS! (Score 1) 243

by cpotoso (#48855805) Attached to: Could Tizen Be the Next Android?
My experience with all tablets and phones by Samsung (and other devices too) has been most underwhelming, especially with regards to support. Yep! You can count with your device being supported for about 3 months. You will NEVER get any software updates besides that. Still on android 4.2 for a ~1 year old Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. No intentions of going above that. Sure... let me think about my next Samsung purchase will be... NEVER!

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