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Comment: Re:No FDTI (Score 1) 538

by Khyber (#48225747) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

"they just grabbed an existing microcontroller design and added an extra module or two to it"

AND somehow implemented a feature-size shrink on top of that, with another mask. Did you even read the tear-down?

They didn't grab shit. This was a new FABRICATION MADE AS A COUNTERFEIT.

I've got the semiconductor experience to tell you that for a fact.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 656

by TheLink (#48223669) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Automation increases jobs.

Automation does require the displaced employee to get another job. This may require retraining, returning to school to upgrade or acquire a skill set that is marketable. The may require a change of career. Most displaced employees will find other jobs.

Imagine the Chinese, Indian etc workers as robots[1]. Have all the US workers who've lost their jobs to these "robots" experienced the increased number of jobs you mention? Now imagine what happens when Foxconn et all replace those Chinese workers with real robots (as Foxconn is actually doing).

What will these Chinese workers do? Some of them will take your higher end jobs:
From the article:

And it turns out that the job done in China was above par â" the employee's "code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building,"

If the population growth remains at X% and the Earth resource/wealth extraction rate does not increase by much more than X% if robots and automation take some human jobs, there will NOT be replacement jobs that pay out the same amount of wealth. Because in most cases automation is about reducing costs and increasing profits. Furthermore the resource extraction rate cannot continue increasing as long as we are stuck on Earth[2].

See also:
tldr; the automobile destroyed the jobs of the horses, there was no increase in replacement jobs that the horses could do.

And that is what will happen to most humans once the robots get good enough.

[1] Many of these workers are actually doing jobs that are "robotic" and could be automated- it's just that they are cheaper and more flexible than current robots and someone else paid for much of the manufacturing).


Comment: Re:Steering? (Score 1) 149

by Khyber (#48222371) Attached to: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

" It's like offering cheaper drinks on ladies night. Just because you aren't part of what ever group that they offer a discount to, doesn't make it false advertising."

No, that makes it discrimination.

Let's take two people and have them shop on the internet right next to each other so they can see the other persons screen. Same computer systems, same browser, same store. Everything is the same, down to having never bought anything from the store so there is no prior business relationship incentive in play. There is only one difference - one person is logged in, the other is not.

They go to the same item. The person logged in is told $4.99. The person not logged in is told $6.99

You can bet money the person not logged in, having no logically-based disadvantage versus the other person, is not going to be happy about that at all.

Comment: Re:Sorry They're Changing (Score 1) 538

by Khyber (#48222301) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

"So buy through their designated supply channel and QC what you receive to ensure its provenance."

You fail at logistics too, it seems. When you get down to it, the only way to guarantee authenticity is to rip the thing apart yourself (costing money) and analyzing it against a known-real sample from the company. Then to top it off, I'm DESTROYING potentially usable product to ensure that I've got real stuff. Now I'm losing more money.

There is NOTHING that stops shipment swaps. Even the best logistics places have this happen all the time.

Comment: Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (Score 1) 288

by Khyber (#48222217) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Thunderbolt is only (and not even then) necessary for video. HDMI does the same and can just as easily change to do the same thing. It's already doing ethernet, audio, and video, it would be a snap to have keyboard and mouse, joystick, etc.

Hyperthreading is pointless when you're getting 4 threads either way from either chip.

It doesn't take more than 8GB RAM but we're comparing BASE features, here, EG what it already comes with.

Performance numbers are just about equal.

You can either buy the laptop at $329 and have a complete system, or buy the Mac Mini at $499 and STILL have to buy more shit just to make it even work.

That's a goddamned ripoff.

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