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Comment: Re:Spoiled much? (Score 1) 59

by jedidiah (#48209617) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

> Name ONE use case other than streaming multiple 4K video channels which REQUIRES anything more than the 6.5Mbit/s connection

Remote support of friends and families running GUI enabled operating systems.

Telecommuting (basically the same thing as above but for money)

Usable WAN backup and recovery.

Family and friends VPN.

Imagine anything you do at your job and imagine doing that between your friends and family or with some commercial cloud provider. The same goes for stuff you do at home and just want to extend over a larger network.

If you can't figure out what to do with a better-than-a-cablemodem networking then you really don't have any imagination at all.

Comment: Re:Just keep it off the servers.... (Score 1) 204

by jedidiah (#48209593) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Familiar interfaces? GUI? That's a laugh. The whole problem with GUI interfaces is that they change with every major release. Sometimes they change radically.

Meanwhile, the icky awful hard and "inefficient" command line interfaces stay the same as there are no marketing or management dweebs trying to "look busy" by mucking everything up.

Also, those "hard" interfaces are often built to be automated. So it's actually LESS work to deal with a good command line.

If it's "something that you don't do often", then you can script it.

Although googling some obscure GUI option that you seldom use is really no improvement over doing the same for some command line arcana.

Comment: Re:Umm, like I have an idea? (Score 1) 104

by Teancum (#48209383) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Tesla is opening up stores and has repair shops in many of them (where it can legally be done). They just don't see the point of paying somebody else for the privilege of opening such a store that they will also have to pay to have constructed that will get a cut of the profits simply because they are an existing businessman in that state (ordinary citizens need not apply BTW.... you need to already possess the dealership license or pay a huge deposit to the state government that mere mortals need not bother with).

What advantage is there again for a dealership?

Comment: Re:Tesla faces a catch 22 (Score 1) 104

by Teancum (#48209345) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

On the contrary. There are several dealerships (especially the mega auto mall groups in major cities) who want to sell Teslas. A couple of them have even been blunt to Elon Musk basically saying that he can't sell a Tesla without cutting them in for a piece of the action.

That is all that is happening here, where these dealerships in the big cities (it was a dealer in Boston who threatened Musk) just want to get a cut of all of the sales... including the on-line sales where the dealer doesn't have to do a damn thing except collect the royalty checks for a company he neither invested in nor even bothers promoting. Oh yeah, he even expected Tesla to pay him for the privilege of selling Tesla cars on-line in Massachusetts with an annual dealership fee.

Profit margins can certainly be derived from the whole endeavor, which isn't the real problem. I do think Elon Musk's assertion that by going to these dealers who also own sales distribution rights for other manufacturers will sideline the sales of Tesla vehicles by shoving a couple Model S cars in a corner and only use them to get customers in the door for sales of other vehicles. It would ultimately hurt Tesla sales to use these dealers in the first place.

Comment: Re: On the other hand... (Score 2) 466

by MrNaz (#48209309) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

This is exactly correct. I've experienced this with a radio programming cable with a counterfeit chip supposedly from Prolific. The drivers that Windows automatically downloaded for it caused the device to not function. Rather than stuffing around with the supplier, I simply downloaded an old working driver, uninstalled the new driver, installed the old driver, and done.

Certainly not a job my mother could do, but also not the same as the OEM bricking devices, which would legally be dangerous for them as it could be argued that they were willingly causing property damage.

From a commercial point if view I think it is an appropriate measure, albeit perhaps not the most reasonable from consumers' perspectives.

Comment: Re:dumbass governors (Score 1) 104

by Teancum (#48209289) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

As a matter of fact, those states allowing fracking have reaped huge tax benefits and for the most part has helped out ordinary citizens of those states too.

If only it was as simple as you suggest... and perhaps Detroit might not be so broke as it currently is. If only Detroit could become a major oil producing region of America, as it might do them some good.

I'm not saying there are so consequences to the practice that needs to happen as well, where the economic costs of the practice certainly need to be examined beyond the straight extraction of oil, but your illustration here only backfires and reinforces the GP post even more.

Comment: Re:Already illegal (Score 2) 104

by Teancum (#48209273) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

The question that should be raised here is not demanding a repeal of this law, but to question why the government thinks it has authority or purpose for regulating this activity in the first place? In the federal government, Article I, Section 8 explicitly states what Congress has the authority to regulate or control (like setting up laws for copyright, regulations for the military, controlling immigration policy, etc.) and the implication is if Congress doesn't have that authority explicitly granted by the Constitution, they are exceeding their authority to act. Not like that stops Congress from pushing boundaries on those limits in a huge way to absurd directions, but that is at least the original theory.

State legislatures similarly have defined limits on their authority according to their respective state constitutions. That state legislatures often exceed that authority may be true as well, but the voters in Michigan sure can question why they have that authority to act in the first place. It really makes no sense at all.

Comment: Re:Of Course it did (Score 2) 105

by Teancum (#48209217) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

This is a classic situation where there is a very narrow constituency who wants to have a particular law or program in place, but no comparable counter group opposed to the idea. Corn subsidies is another really good example.

Just watch this video to see if it makes sense:

Or if you want something less dramatic but still more of the same... and tries to explain why this happens:

The same thing that got Coca-Cola to make their products out of corn syrup is what got this legislation passed to prohibit Tesla from direct sales.

Comment: Re:Is this legal? (Score 1) 466

by sjames (#48208879) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

The end user who gets harmed DOES have clean hands. He has no way to know if the parts are or are not legit but also has no reason to suspect they are not.

The unclean hands happen several transactions back in the chain and belong to someone who doesn't suffer in the slightest for this.

Comment: Re:The good news (Score 1) 466

by sjames (#48208285) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

The problem was that knowing event happened 6 hands ago and probably in China. You buy device at Frys and it gets bricked. You didn't know the chip was fake. Fry's didn't know the chip was fake. The wholesaler Fry's bought from didn't know. The American company the wholesaler bought it from didn't know. The Chinese outsource factory didn't know. The wholesaler they bought the chip from didn't know. The people the wholesaler bought the chip from knew because they paid someone to fab it.

In what way does the end user deserve to have his device bricked?

If FTDI wants to just not work, that's at least understandable. If they want to pop up a warning and ask you to return the device and report the problem, that's perfectly fine.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 466

by sjames (#48208207) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

I think you misunderstood "brick" here. By that, TFA does not mean that the driver returns an error and doesn't init the device. It means the driver detects the counterfeit and then takes a positive action to maliciously re-program the chip so that it no longer works at all even for the old driver or a third party driver.

The initial report was plug device into Linux box, works fine. Plug into windows box with latest FTDI driver, no work. Plug back into the linux box, no work.

Comment: Re:"Protected Corporate Speak"? (Score 2) 67

by sjames (#48207839) Attached to: Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

More likely it goes the other way.

For example, the whole civil forfeiture thing relies on the courts determining that when the form is like State of Police vs. $100,000 in cash, the owner of the cash is a 3rd party and so has no cause of action and the cash isn't a person so it has no rights to due process at all.

The correct ruling is that the papers are yours, not the house's and you have a right to not have your papers and effects searched without a warrant.

Comment: Re:This could be really good for Debian (Score 1) 545

by sjames (#48207757) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

It has nothing to do with genitalia. It has to do with naming an actual problem that people actually have that requires systemd as a solution. Claiming that systemd can't give you cold sores isn't much of a supporting statement when no software can give you cold sores.

I still haven't seen a single problem that requires a hairball of dependencies staked down into PID 1 to solve. I genuinely want to understand why the systemd camp doesn't solve the problems in a more flexible and reasonable manner which would, incidentally, put to rest all of the controversy. Why can't systemd be started from the old init instead of (or along with) rc.S for example (at lest as an optional configuration)?

Evidently, logind was modified such that it doesn't need systemd to operate so it could go into Ubuntu to support Gnome. So then, why did it ever need systemd and why can't it stay in modified form upstream? For that matter, why isn't it a standalone project or a part of Gnome (the only thing that cares about it)?

But more specifically here, the discussion turned to why can't a Debian fork stick with sysvinit for another release cycle. You arguie it is way too buggy for that because of a situation you admit you already solved but apparently didn't send along with a bug report.

In the end, I'm not the one trying to jam my fingers into your pie. Half the systemd camp claims they are absolutely positively not trying to cram systemd down my throat but as soon as I discuss not going to systemd the other half wants to tell me how impossible that is. Some even gleefully prattle on about how they will get more and more software to depend on systemd so I won't be able to patch it out fast enough to keep going. Really nice, huh?

Look in the mirror.

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