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Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 1) 572

by djdanlib (#48222177) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

The problem with that, as I understand it: On Windows, you can change the drivers' INF files to use PID 0 with any text editor. You could do something similar on any OS. The problem is, the OS won't even try to load drivers for devices with PID 0. So you can't write a driver for that unless you intend to write a new driver for the USB chipset itself that remaps PID 0 devices to something else.

Comment: Whose job is it to know that? (Score 1) 313

by djdanlib (#48183493) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Why is Apple even responsible for tracking that kind of information?

Can I sue them if they get it wrong, rendering my mail client unable to connect to the correct server (or revealing my credentials to a third party) because it followed their instructions instead of mine? No, that wasn't a typo, but thank you for redirecting my login credentials to the wrong server, which then stole them and used them...

Comment: Re:Mind boggling (Score 3, Insightful) 167

by djdanlib (#47979193) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

Wellllll... kind of. When you're publicly traded, it's all about risk and paring down excesses. Shareholders don't want you to take risks. They want you play it safe so their share values don't go down. They want to see that you've cut operating expenses by X in every report. This limits your ability to try new things or market to those niches.

When you're private, you can take as big of a risk as your cash reserves permit.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982