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Comment: Re:Alternatives? Same problem.. (Score 1) 506

by queazocotal (#48221275) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

This was not a case of the driver accidentally not coping with the format of the noncompatible chips.
There would be no issue whatsoever then.
And indeed - refusing to work with the chip would be just fine.
Actively disabling the chip in such a manner that it does not work even in other computers without the driver installed was what happened.
It's only fraud if the vendor of the chip claimed to their customer it was a genuine computer chip.
A computer cannot tell if that happened automatically.

Comment: Re:Alternatives? Same problem.. (Score 2) 506

by queazocotal (#48220265) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

It would have been quite reasonable to - on plug-in, put up a 'this device is using a counterfeit chip'. Banner.
(though if the chips merely reimplement the API -and do not copy the chip, and are not sold as made by the company - it is questionable if it's really counterfeit)

Comment: Ten years inside. (Score 1) 687

by queazocotal (#48216549) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

FTDI is headquartered in Scotland.
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/...

For the purposes of the act, the serial adaptor is a 'computer' -as it's a data storage device that is plugged into a computer.
Destroying, or recklessly damaging the devices stored data is in principle worth up to a ten year sentance.

Comment: Re:clinical trials. (Score 2) 112

by queazocotal (#48215983) Attached to: Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

What about:
80/20 - with the remaining 20% monitored more closely - with daily temperature readings - and if temperature spikes - take a blood sample, and give a high dose of vaccine. (or monitor everyones temperature, if blinding is a concern)
As I understood it - vacine - post infection is a moderately effective treatment

Comment: Re:There are two problems here: halting Ebola & (Score 1) 383

Addressing this as a purely american issue.

Ebola has the potential in africa to hit really quite scary numbers, quite fast.
10000 new cases per week in a couple of months are not looking unlikely.

This will spread over the world - admittedly greatly less in 'the west' and risks becoming a long-term health problem for americans - both in Africa and heavily infected regions, and in people travelling from them.

This both affects trade, and causes increase direct costs for stuff like extra screening.
Putting in the funds to kill the disease in Africa now - even with some deaths of US personel - could be significantly cheaper than allowing it to grow exponentially uncontained - at which point the 'leakers' from the hot zone vastly go up in number increasing expense and causing much harsher travel restrictions.

Comment: Another major problem. (Score 1) 128

This is not statistics done on those doing CS degrees, and their employment outcomes.
It's statistics done on linkedin members who have done CS degrees, and their employment outcomes.

Perhaps there is a substantial slice of CS grads who don't do linkedin, and that population is not representative of the sampled one.

Comment: Re:Any suffiently advanced tech... (Score 1) 986

It doesn't even need to be very complex or expensive. No need to use vacuum or anything expensive.
Take about 10 meters of 22mm copper pipe.
Coil it into a suitable coil to go round the device.
Paint the inside black.
Wrap the thing in insulation.
Insulate the pipes, and attach to an insulated 55 gallon drum full of tapwater, with a central heating pump.

It will be very, very obvious in the first couple of hours if it's heating at 900, or 3kW.

Comment: Re:So what they are saying... (Score 1) 335

by queazocotal (#48090833) Attached to: US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

You've got to read it in context.
Preamble to the constitution:
'We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.'

This has in many judgements been found to mean it's only effective in the states.

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