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Comment Re:Maybe (Score 1) 329

True. It will be worth checking for evidence of VW like fraud, but there is no evidence for it currently.

The good news is that the results in TFA were a comparison between the current test and the one that will become law in the EU in 2017, so the problem is already being corrected. The results suggest that the manufacturers have their work cut out for them.

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 325

The point is that some people are more naturally managers. All things being the same, even if that person had your qualifications and experiance, he would remain a manager even if he could make just as much in a technical role.

The artificial division in the pay scale is what pushes you away from your preference and natural talent. It's not that management is actually a more difficult job, it's just that it's out of your wheelhouse even though it is still within your capability.

Given how everyone seems to be screaming about a STEM shortage but not a management shortage, supply and demand suggests you should be able to get a raise by going back to tech. Reality begs to differ.

Comment Re:Then start your own router company. (Score 1) 143

Mostly, they already have the separate processor. They have to because the analog gear won't put up with the jitter caused by the CPU running an OS and userspace. So it's just a matter of having the flash not be co-mingled with the flash that holds the OS. OR, the processor can check the signature of the blob it gets handed before enabling Tx (that one would add no hardware).

Now, go fetch me a fab, and a team and I'll get right on that for you.

But if you object to those pennies, you should object to the new FCC reg that demands that they actually secure the things and write a detailed report on how they did so. It's cheaper still to just leave it the way it is now.

The sad part is that this regulation will do nothing. People who want to use the forbidden channels will just order the hardware from somewhere that permits those channels.

Comment Re:Thanks for this, NYCL! (Score 1) 67

If you don't have the $10 to spare for it (often true of teens and early 20s who are the largest market for music) then downloading a copy changed nothing for the copyright holder. If you didn't think it was worth $10, you wouldn't have bought it, but you might download it. Either way, they were never going to get $10 from you and you downloading the music doesn't change that.

Comment Re:The right answer *is* to Tivoize it. (Score 1) 143

Support?!? You mean the guy with a thick Indian accent who claims to be "Bob" who talks you through the process to unplug and replug the device? What support?

As for what makes it cheapest, that would be leaving it unlocked and terminating warranty if you do anything like re-flashing.

As for cheapest to the consumer while being in compliance, a lot of people saved a lot of money by using a re-flashed Linksys rather than the much more expensive (but no better) APs that had the needed features in the OEM software. It's a great way to correct an unhealthy market.

Of course, you're forgetting that this will also include WiFi cards in laptops Enjoy your driver compatibility hell and OS lock-in.

Comment Re:Shouldn't that be fixed by the vendor? (Score 1) 143

The correct response, rather than locking up the entire OS and driver layer is to handle the low level stuff with a separate processor with it's own flash. The separate processor is almost an absolute requirement since the hardware is unlikely to deal well with a processor delay caused by handling an exception/fault in the OS kernel. The latter is the contentious part. The manufacturer might enjoy saving that dime by having the OS driver verify and load the firmware on init rather than loading it from onboard flash or having the radio processor verify it like it should.

The FCC seems to believe that they'll spend the dime to be compliant. I believe they are being naive and they need to be more specific and force that behavior if that's what they want.

To be more specific, different countries allow different subsets of the channels and different signal strength. Typically, the OS driver tells the radio what regulatory domain is in effect. The FCC doesn't want the end user to be able to change a config file or recompile the driver to select a non-US domain in order to use a forbidden channel or turn the transmitter power up. The FCC thinks the manufacturer will embed the domain in the radio firmware and verify that signed firmware in the radio (creating no problems for Free software). I'm pretty sure they'll leave all that like it is and forbid re-flashing anything at all (Tivoize it)

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 325

Perhaps that's because you are naturally a techie who has been able to adapt in order to progress on a career path. Perhaps it would be better if you could remain a techie but continue to accrue seniority and raises if that opportunity was available to you. Likely it is not, and you made the best move you could under the circumstances.

Comment Re:Thanks for this, NYCL! (Score 2) 67

The standard of proof HAS to be high considering that the penalties are ruinous. Beyond that, If I am to be deputized as a defender of other people's copyrights in my home, I better be getting a paycheck from the beneficiaries.

But beyond that, the movie industry is showing no signs of damage from copyright infringement. Their profits are higher than ever.

Comment Re:wow 38% of copyright cases, 88% of IP, are Mali (Score 3, Insightful) 67

Correction: Someone in that household, or leeching that household's WiFi or someone with a hacked cable modem or someone at the ISP downloaded that content that they may or may not have known was copyrighted.

Or due to a clerical error, perhaps it was another household.