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Comment: Re:huh? (Score 1) 187

People have tried to get me to eat balut, i cant bring myself to do it, its a rite of passage that the local guys here try to put foreigners through. Its almost the first thing they offer when you ask about philippine cuisine. They all think its very funny when you go strange colour as they describe it to you. I'd rather eat red salt egg or 1000 year egg than balut. Although i am partial to a pickeled egg, my wife has just learnt how to make them and proper pickeled onions, so they are back on the menu. All I need now is a decent supply of Cod out here that does not cost 4 gold bars a kilo, and its chippy night again, battered cod and chips, pickeled eggs, pickled onions, buckets of salt, malt vinegar and ketchup. And some doorstops of white bread and butter to make a chip butty. Good strong cup of hot milky sweet tea to go with it. Loverly........ Homesick british ex-pat in manila.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 1) 572

by tshawkins (#48221675) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips
In most cases consumers have never heard of FTDI, and would not understand what it did anyway. In thier eyes they did a windows update and thier device broke, and even if the use a rollback point, and unwind tje update its still broke. Microsoft is going to take the heat.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 5, Insightful) 572

by tshawkins (#48221615) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips
You do know that the routine inside thier drivers as assertained from the symbol tables in the driver code was called "BrickClonedDevices" I think that is a smoking gun, and shows intent. How much chance does 99% of the population have of recovering the functionality of a bricked device, even if pid 0 is rewritable. Its like telling a comsumer that a phone that has scrambled its eeprom is still perfectly ok, all they have to Do is buy a JTAG interface, hook it up, learn several years of embedded systems knowledge. But its not bricked is it. For all intentive purposes it is Bricked as far as a consumer is concerned who has never heard of FTDI.

Comment: Re: are the debian support forums down? (Score 1) 286

by tshawkins (#48177853) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?
All varients except the android version, have deteriorated over the last year or so. I use skype a lot to call into conference calls, i have a Mac, Linux desktop and large android tablet, and one by one each version has stopped generating recognisble touch tones that can be used to drive the conferencing services (more than 1) . If the android version goes the same way, i will have to give up on skype.

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