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Comment: Re:Not too big to fail (Score 1) 50

by drinkypoo (#48937383) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

If you're seeing that enough to make a comment about it, maybe you should look to a different source.

I have to return stuff I bought on eBay all the time, and occasionally stuff I buy from Amazon. It's not a big deal that some of the stuff from Aliexpress is garbage, until I get stuck with a bill and pile of shit. That hasn't happened to me yet, though.

Comment: Re:Great! (Score 1) 50

by drinkypoo (#48937289) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

How do you become surprised that you're getting fake watches, sunglasses, et cetera from Alibaba, anyway? It's believable that a few items will legally trickle through channels as advance demo units and the like, and wind up on eBay, but it's not at all believable that some random Chinese outfit can legally supply you anywhere from one to several thousand pieces of genuine Casio watches or LV handbags or even Cisco routers, for that matter.

Comment: Re:Not too big to fail (Score 1) 50

by drinkypoo (#48937247) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

So far, my experience with Alibaba (Aliexpress, anyway) is that at least on small items they are happy to refund you and ding the shipper. They don't care about those guys, if they go out of business and get broken up for parts or whatever there will be another guy right behind them with some more crappy crap.

Comment: Re:Not always a good thing. (Score 4, Informative) 149

by drinkypoo (#48937227) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Yes, it seems like most phones are abandoned by cyanogenmod at about the same time the manufacturer does.

The sticking point is drivers. Most SoCs are abandoned at about the same time and virtually none of the drivers are Open, let alone Free. If some influential manufacturer keeps using a particular SoC past the usual sunset, then odds are good that they will release a newer version of Android, and then the drivers can be taken from their image and used to roll a newer version of CM for other devices based on the same SoC.

AFAIK the only GPU with credible OSS drivers is still Mali 400, which is an antique by modern standards. Still works, though. It works well enough to play Q3, IIRC. Most of the rest of the hardware is less well supported than that...

Comment: Re:Well Shoot... (Score 1) 149

by drinkypoo (#48937221) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

What can I run my Nexus tablet on now that Cyanogenmod has sold out? Suggestions anyone?

I suggest you be specific as to what Nexus tablet you have if you want advice, since there are several and they are all different. I also suggest you take yourself to the XDA-Developers forums for your particular device. There you will find a number of alternate roms for a variety of tastes.

Comment: Re:pot and kettle (Score 1) 149

by drinkypoo (#48937213) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Haha, cry us a river Microsoft.

Now let us be fair, Microsoft may have published functions which are nothing more than an unpublished function plus a delay while using the internal functions int heir own products, but they haven't done much to keep other people's software from working on their OS — with the possible exception of the probably apocryphal ain't done 'til lotus won't run bit.

Comment: Re:I'm shocked. Shocked! (Score 1) 50

by drinkypoo (#48937193) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

If I were to believe Alibaba's seller, I could get 5 of them for the same price as 1 TV from Costco. Yeah, that sounds legit.

That's a fairly clear scam, unless you were shopping Sony and they were offering J. Random Brand. But there are real things on there, too. And if you were to buy 5 TVs you probably could get them somewhere close to half off, but you'd have to pick them up from the port for that price.

Comment: Re:Manual config (Score 1) 54

by drinkypoo (#48937101) Attached to: D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking

As it turns out, and as I would probably have noticed if I paid more attention to model numbers, all the intel chips on this card are DEC clones. Linux, naturally, just calls them tulips. Huzzah!

Also as it turns out, the PCIE interface is weird. It has an almost-PCIEx1-almost-PCIEx16 video card in it which appears to just provide the DVI output for the onboard intel 960 graphics. I'm sure this is old hat to other people but I haven't messed about with an even vaguely modern corporate PC in a while, just clones and servers. Presumably I could still stick a normal X1 card in it.

Comment: Re:Manual config (Score 1) 54

by drinkypoo (#48936335) Attached to: D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking

Well, somewhere i've got a mystery Quad Tulip with genuine DEC chips, but the NIC I'm planning to use is a Phobox P430TX. It's four totally discrete Intel 21143TD chips with Level One level shifters (whatever you actually call the chips that handle the ethernet line itself) behind an intel 21152AB PCI to PCI bridge. If it doesn't pan out then I've gotta track down that tulip, which is probably deep inside a crate someplace.

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