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Comment: Re:I strongly disagree. (Score 1) 93

by fisted (#49161351) Attached to: Ikea Unveils Furniture That Charges Your Smartphone Wirelessly
I like how you say something dumb, get called out for it, and then follow up with random statements completely unrelated to your original point... But i truly lost it at

If there is a failure of the "command channel" in the table, everything I said is correct.

(not only because it's complete nonsense)
Please quit posting on /. forever. Thanks.

Comment: Re:How is a HDD firmware written? (Score 1) 309

by fisted (#49158613) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

The firmware is either stored on flash memory, or more recently, on the drive itself. Only a small bootloader is still in flash/rom of the controller

That sounds like a chicken-egg problem. If the drive can access the platters without firmware, what's the point of the firmware then? Or if the 'small bootloader' can actually access the platters, then what does it need to read the 'real thing' from the platters for?

Comment: Re:how ? (Score 2) 309

by fisted (#49158457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?
Ehm, first of all, JTAG isn't only used for downloading firmware to your device, it's also a debugging interface and *very* widespread.
Second, you don't typically "disable" the JTAG interface on a released device -- what you do is set some "lock bits" or equivalent in the MCU, so the firmware cannot be read. No need to disable JTAG for that.

But sure, go on demonstrating how little you know about the matter... AC after all.

Comment: It's not a test track. Like, really. (Score 2) 155

by fisted (#49153693) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year
It’s not a proof of concept, or a scale model. It’s the real deal. "It’s not a test track," CEO Dirk Ahlborn says [...]

Instead, this first prototype will test and tweak practical elements like station setup, boarding procedures, and pod design. [...] It’s also a way to prove that yes, this thing can be built.

Way to contradict yourself... Twice. Emphasis mine.

What good is a ticket to the good life, if you can't find the entrance?