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Comment: What irks me the most (Score 1) 700

by maliqua (#48206637) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

The thing that really bugs me the most about this is, they don't have to make counterfeit chips to sell them, if they simply made another chip that used an ssop-24 or whatever standard case the FTDI ones use, and made it pin compatible, but released it under their own name, people would still buy them, most people buying cheap chips from china know they're not getting an ftdi chip, they don't really care they want something so they can build to a price and include X functionality.

If the silicon itself is a unique design (and i'm not saying it is) then they would be totally above board..

+ - Thousands of snapchat images leaked:->

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An anonymous reader writes "At first glance one would have assumed that snapchat was hacked, as the linked article implies. But a recent release from snapchat states the issue was not a breach by snapchat but by 3rd party applications being used to send and receive snaps."
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+ - Ship noise makes cuttlefish change color->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The boom of a ship’s engine makes common cuttlefish change the complex swirls of skin hues, stripes, and spots that they use for camouflage and communication. Like other cephalopods such as octopus and squid, cuttlefish rely on visual and tactile signals to communicate; there’s been little evidence so far to suggest they perceive—or respond to—sound. But when researchers placed a loudspeaker near cuttlefish tanks and played the sound of an underwater engine, the animals swam more and changed colors more often. The fast color changes could hinder camouflage when ships are near, increasing the animals’ chances of being spotted by predators."
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