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Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 669

by turp182 (#48216629) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

I finally took the time to RTFA and the situation is different than I understood.

Does the FTDI driver have any patented technology (I hate software patterns, but it matters a bit in this case)? And, why are the fake chips requesting FTDI's driver?

Patent issues aside, it sounds like the hardware is requesting a 3rd party driver, which the 3rd party owns and benefits from, even though they "give it away" for free. The fakes need to provide their own driver. Bootstrapping to a 3rd party proprietary driver is a situation where one should expect problems or failures, especially as the driver is updated (and regardless of how one receives it). Bricking is pushing it, just non-functional would suffice (bricking pure counterfeits is fine to me, but fakes that aren't promoted as the real thing is different - except they want the 3rd party driver).

If there are patents in the driver code then IP is being stolen.

In any case, the fakes should provide their own drivers. That is the crux of the issue.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 669

by turp182 (#48209693) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Is Wally World doing "malicious damage" by, in many cases, selling few-use cheap crap when more higher quality is available? That's an implicit guarantee of failure to me. The business model is dependance on failure due to low quality. (which is an issue here, so some degree).

But after having had their proprietary IP (and Trademark by the sound of it), one for which they claim a certain hardware/software performance expectation, can an attempt to enforce authenticity be a problem? What's the point of any IP? Keep in mind that they have to handle and deflect counterfeit claims.

This is counterfeiting and potentially Trademark infringement as well. If you receive counterfeit currency, are you legally allowed to use it?

The only criminal side is the infringer.

Devil's advocate: Don't take the update. Does the hardware allow for a rollback/reflash? That's not FTDI's problem.

Any "good faith" on the part of the purchaser is irrelevant. They purchased counterfeit goods (not much different from stolen, in fact stolen applies in terms of IP/Trademark). Even if they "made a mistake", the product they have purchased is effectively illegal, why should they be allowed to use it?

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 669

by turp182 (#48209245) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

And they disable a bunch of truly pirate hardware. This isn't a software issue, it's a hardware interface issue (OK, it's software, but the connection to the hardware is the key). I'm would think they have IP/patents on their setup. I haven't verified that, but if they have an non-unique hardware/software solution it is certainly patentable (preferably as hardware and software together, the verification means they have addressed both sides I assume).

Everyone purchasing the fake is harmed, and it is harm. They need to take it up with the company they bought the hardware from AND with the company that manufactured it. That is the route to a fair legal solution.

Class action against the offenders, not those who defend their propriety IP.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 669

by turp182 (#48208803) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Is the FTDI hardware interface driver a 100% pure "standard" USB interface (something Windows or Linux may include by default)? Then the hardware should work. If not, FTDI is clear and free to enforce their hardware via their drivers. Graphics cards come to mind (Nvidias driver optimizations wouldn't work with a competing card).

It's just optimization of the hardware to software interface. Competitive advantage. Something that is very worth protecting, And this is defense, not offense in my opinion.

But, this is certainly an offensive attack on the Alibaba business model. And that is a good thing (full disclosure, I have purchased dashcams from the Allibaa consumer site, Russian design, direct from China, with English as the default language - great stuff, I also watched some pro-camera scammers get shut down, I was looking for a deal that was "too good to be true").

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 2) 669

by turp182 (#48208273) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

You get what you pay for. Unless good counterfeits are a high percentage of the market you will know the price. You KNOW the real price. Those discounts are "too good to be true".

This is a driver issue, and a manufacturer can certainly code solely to their hardware (who doesn't? other than general hardware providers that can implement an existing interface, and expose the fact of this implementation). And they can enforce this (enforcing a driver/hardware interface).

The solution is simple, the knockoffs need to provide a proper driver set. But if their knockoff hardware identifies as, but isn't, another companies product, then so be it. If that prevents a proper alternative driver set, then so be it. They are identifying as hardware they are not.

The knockoff companies should get "their asses sued big-time". And I would bet they will. But those taking advantage of the "too good to be true" are also complicit in the counterfeiting (I guarantee someone knew what was up). These parties both deserve and need to pay up, if this is the hardware solution they want to keep.

Comment: Re:Performance (Score 1) 283

by turp182 (#48113083) Attached to: Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

I can't YouTube from work, but there's a video shot in Alaska of a Traxxis road car going 100mph down a highway for a few miles.

It was this model:

0 to 100mph in 5 seconds. I'm happy with my much slower (35mph) off roader by the same company. Awesome fun while camping.

Comment: Re:Fuck Greenpeace (Score 1) 252

by turp182 (#48110801) Attached to: Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

Your last sentence is quite ironic (I have little to no idea what you were talking about), but I thoroughly enjoyed your post.

Keep it up, whatever it is (I believe "it" = framing various parties as D&D entities and then, somehow, performing mathematical calculations based on the words describing moral direction, resulting in nonsensical results?).

"Sea Ranger" was my favorite part.

Comment: Re:How does an automated shelf work? (Score 1) 106

by turp182 (#48110713) Attached to: Amazon Robot Picking Challenge 2015

The shelves come to the human picker with the items for a particular order.

They describe is as "Kiva is the ultimate goods-to-man (goods-to-person) automation system."

Now they want to replace the word "man" or "person" with "robot".

The next step from there is to automate stocking of the shelves (I'm would bet the shelves come to the loading area when there are items available to resupply them).

Comment: Re:We need a movie to spread the word (Score 1) 238

Unfortunately, Real Genius suffers badly from horrific acting (the young teenager and the girl, not to mention most of the others), some terrible scenes (the water party takes the cake), and an unappealing 1980's shooting style that dates the movie badly.

But, the movie holds a very special place in my heart, I love it. Actually, it holds a very special nostalgic place in my heart, my memory of watching it a lot of times a long time ago are special to me.

About a year ago I tried to watch it again, and within 20 minutes I realized I had to stop. I was going to ruin my memories of the movie, as my appreciation of quality acting and good production values had changed considerably.

I love to replay it in my mind though, but never actually watch it...

Always check your optics.

Comment: Swiss Banks? (Score 2, Insightful) 335

by turp182 (#48090843) Attached to: US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

So are we working to hack Swiss banks or other off-shore financial institutions, looking for tax evasion by US citizens?

It would be a dragnet, but we know there is tax evasion occurring.

This would seem reasonable if the precedent stands. Especially if the evidence can be used for further warrants.

I need to watch Sneakers again...

"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel