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Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 373

by lgw (#48207439) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Bad analogy. If this was deliberate, which seems likely, there's no legal loophole which lets you destroy someone else stuff. With a court order you can go after unsold inventory with a vengeance, but not consumer gear.

None of which will matter if they end up bricking government PCs, no matter what their excuse is.

Comment: Re:oh fuck no ! ! ! (Score 2) 131

by lgw (#48206531) Attached to: Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

That's good info, but they do push their annoying-as-fuck unneeded "improvements" by default. I'm tired of it - I've migrated my important email to Outlook.com now, and I'm sorting out my personal email now (harder to change as I search history more there than the financial stuff).

I've said it before on /., but I'll repeat it: Outlook.com doesn't suck. Gmail was the only sane answer 12 years ago, but my how times have changed.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 373

by lgw (#48206357) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Through the class-action lawsuit settlement, one presumes. This is pretty far over the line, and is likely criminal if it breaks any US government gear.

In the Sony rootkit fiasco, the DoJ made it clear that the only reason Sony would continue to exist in America was the presumption that the damage to government computers wasn't intentional. This was clearly intentional.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 3, Insightful) 373

by lgw (#48206301) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

If they work, I don't care. The scumbags bricking devices are the problem.

Indeed. This will end badly for whoever thought this was clever. You'd think companies would have learned from the Sony rootkit fiasco, but no.

FTDI just bought a ticket to the "fuck with the DoJ lottery". If they happen to brick anything used by the US Government for any official purpose, they're a winner! Who's that at the door, Ed McMahon with a giant check? No, it's the the DoJ with a giant fine! You may also have won: "being made an example of", with complementary federal prison time!

Comment: Re: Yikes (Score 1) 100

by lgw (#48205279) Attached to: Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

PowerPoint - nothing else even comes close. As engineers we don't care about it, but there are just as many people who live and die by the PowerPoint presentation (literally in some cases, as the US military leadership is sadly all about the PPT these days).

SmartArt is freaking magic for some people. It's exactly the sort of automation that LaTeX would be great at, but presented visually, not as "yet another programming language for those geeks." Like VI or EMACS, PowerPoint will always be with us: it's that central to a culture.

Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 3, Insightful) 404

by lgw (#48205141) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

>>> It's time to deal with radical Islamist extremists.

How? Declare Islam a thought-crime?

The problem has never been "Islam", and wanting to eliminate terrorists has nothing to do with being anti-religion. The problem is, as has happen so often throughout history, a bunch of people who self-identify with a particular religion are being steered by leaders who claim that religion as a tool to get followers.

The problem must be solved within the leadership of Islam. The honest leaders of the religion need to become more vigorous about this - expel those inciting violence, denounce them as heretics, cause a schism, all the same shit that the Catholic church had to go through in centuries past.

National leaders who are not religious leaders need to do what they can to support that. When someone with religious authority denounces a terrorist religious leader as such, of course that terrorist group will try to kill that authority. The state can offer protection.

Completely separate form religion, we should be bombing the fuck out of assholes who start conquering, looting and raping their neighbors like it was the middle ages! America still has some strength, and there's a growing territory where women have become property, and are being raped daily. Where men re being executed out of hand for having the wrong religion. Where they're partying like it's 999. We can't let that cancer grow - humanity mustn't slide back into barbarism.

Comment: Re:Aero yet (Score 4, Insightful) 108

by lgw (#48200753) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

Tabs suck - switching between explorers using the task bar (when set up properly to not combine windows on the taskbar) is good.

What explorer has lacked since Windows 3.1 is two panes in explorer, to simplify moving/sorting stuff between directories. Yeah, you can snap an explorer to each side of the desktop these days but that only works properly if you have just 1 monitor. If I could easily tile explorers on one monitor in a multi-mon setup, that would be far less annoying.

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