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Comment: Why does Windows install model-specifc drivers? (Score 1) 542

by knorthern knight (#48210167) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

One difference I've noticed between Windows and Linux...

* in Linux, plug in a USB key, or hard drive, or other USB device, and if you have the appropriate driver, "it just works". One USB "mass storage device" driver works for all USB keys and hard drives

* in Windows...
--- plug in a brand X USB key the first time, and Windws goes off onto the internet and installs a special driver
--- plug in a brand Y USB key the first time, and Windws goes off onto the internet and installs a special driver
--- plug in a brand Z USB key the first time, and Windws goes off onto the internet and installs a special driver

Come on guys, a USB key is a USB key, is a USB key. If it has some esoteric functionality, OK, otherwise don't clog up the registry and the hard drive with drivers for every USB key model that has ever been inserted into the machine..

I have a USRobotics USR5637 USB CDC "56K" dialup modem for backup on the rare occasions my broadband goes down. It's a hardware modem that works in Windows, Mac, Linux, DOS, etc. Once I set up the kernel options in linux "it just works", without constantly downloading updates. WTF is Windows always updating?

Comment: Re:No damage done... (Score 1) 542

by knorthern knight (#48210067) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

> ... the PID can be reset. It's not a brick at all. OP is off the rails. FTDI FTW.

Great. Now let's see Joe Lunchbox or your mother ...
a) diagnose the rason that a device stopped working
b) find, download, and successfully appy a corrective patch

Geek Squad, or whoever, will charge money to fix the problem.

Comment: Even Microsoft isn't that stupid (Score 1) 542

by knorthern knight (#48208867) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

> Except the chip wasn't, as you put it, "killed." The chip is still fully functional with a driver that will support it.

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. The firmware ID in the device is modified so that...
a) it doesn't work with the new driver
b) it doesn't work with the old driver on the current OS
c) it doesn't work with any driver on any other OS

> That FTDI doesn't want to support counterfeited chips with the driver it developed for the real article is reasonable.
> Why should FTDI support chips it didn't make?

    When a copy of Microsoft Windows decides that it *MIGHT* be a fake, it goes into reduced functionality mode and gives you 30 days to validate it. It does not wipe your hard drive. If the FTDI driver detected a fake, and merely refused to function, I'd be unhappy, but that would be within their rights. Bricking the device, requiring an estoteric bare-metal binary writer to unbrick it, is crossing the line.

Comment: Firewall their IP addresses (Score 3, Informative) 92

Depending which part of the planet you're in, most of your FB tracking attempts will come from one of the blocks below. Firewall them all to be safe. -
Facebook Ireland Ltd
IE -
Facebook Ireland Ltd
IE -
Facebook, Inc.
Facebook, Inc.
Facebook, Inc.
Facebook, Inc.
Facebook, Inc.

Comment: Solar only works because of *HUGE* subsidies (Score 1) 517

by knorthern knight (#48011701) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

See for some details of of how everybody else is being ripped off to make solar "profitable" in the pronce of Ontario in Canada...

> Ontario Hydro One will buy the clean energy generated from the program
> participants at rates of up to 80 cents/kWh. This is much higher than the
> rates Ontario Hydro One sell their energy to the public at approximately
> 9 cents/kWh. The idea is to provide financial incentives for private
> businesses and communities to invest in renewable energy generation

Yes, that's right. The provincial power utility is paying almost 9 times as much for unreliable solar (and wind) power as it charges the public. Damn well right it's a money-loser. This works like something invented by the "creative accounting" minds at Enron. Imagine 3 neighbours living next door to each other....

Neighbour A) pays 9.3 cents per KWH for his usage

Neighbour B) generates 12% of his usage, and feeds it to his fridge/computers/swimming-pool/whatever. He only has to pay for the remaining 88% of his usage

Neighbour C) generates 12% of his usage and sells it to Ontario Hydro at the super-inflated rate. He then buys back 100% of his usage at the regular retail rate. He effectively pays zero for his electricity, even though he only generates 12% of what he's using.

This is legislated robbery.

Comment: Re:Worse than Heartbleed? (Score 1) 318

> Busybox replaces GNU coreutils, not GNU bash.

Wrong. It's more than just GNU coreutils. busybox also normally includes the "ash" shell, although you can build a stripped-down version of busybox withouth ash. ash is very similar to bash, but there are some "bash-isms" that it can't handle.

Comment: Re:fuck american hegemony (Score 3, Insightful) 109

> If the CRTC would not exist no Canadian artist could ever dream of being
> able to broadcast or make anything as american media only care
> about american shit even when operating outside of america, fuck them.

* Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
* Hank Snow
* Oscar Peterson
* Paul Anka
* Ronnie Hawkins (US born, but made it big after moving to Canada)
* Leonard Cohen
* Joni Mitchell
* Neil Young
* and a whole bunch of lesser-known artists

All made their mark before the first "CanCon" legislation/rules took effect on January 18, 1971. At that point, Canadian radio started seriously sucking. (Yes, I was around back then; get off my lawn). We heard the same small group of Canadian artists over and over and over. There was a standing joke that "AM Radio" really meant "Anne Murray Radio".

Comment: Re:uClibc removal hardly makes sense (Score 1) 469

by knorthern knight (#47962847) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

> Ripping out udev? Have fun with you init scripts no longer knowing anything
> about device state change. Sure, might be useful if you could guarantee that
> devices don't drop in and out of a system, but that's not been true for at least five
> years now. I constantly plug and unplug my phone into my laptop (often just
> to charge the battery, but sometimes for file transfer or for music) so you're
> not capturing the desktop market either. Servers need it for hot swap. Exactly
> what benefits are gained in which market? If you can list them, then we will know.

Udev can be replaced by mdev which comes as part of busybox. See and also Yes, folks, automounting+autounmounting USB keys, without X running, let alone GNOME or KDE. Yes, mdev *CAN* handle device state change. It sets /proc/sys/kernel/hotplug to point to /sbin/mdev

+ - First bird flu case since 2011 in Japan->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Japan’s Agricultural Ministry confirmed finding two chickens tested positive for avian influenza at a farm where more than 1,000 chickens had died, marking the nation’s first case of bird flu since 2011."
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+ - Aussie state cops outed as Finfisher law enforcement malware users

Submitted by Bismillah
Bismillah (993337) writes "Wikileaks latest release of documents shows the the Australian New South Wales police force has spent millions on licenses for the FinFisher set of law enforcement spy- and malware tools — and still has active licenses. What it uses FinFisher, which has been deployed against dissidents by oppressive regimes, for is yet to be revealed."

+ - Extent of Antarctic sea ice reaches record levels->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Scientists have declared a new record has been set for the extent of Antarctic sea ice since records began. Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometers covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent. Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the discovery was made two days ago.

"Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we've never seen that before, that much area."

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