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Comment Re:How can FTDI not figure out how to do it? (Score 1) 268

Yes, this would have been the correct and ethical way to deal with the issue. Refuse to talk the counterfeit chip and provide a clear pop up message to the user.

That then allows the user to complain to the equipment supplier with meaningful information, passing the issue back up the supply chain but also allows the end user to start the process of sourcing and installing working drivers.

The equipment supplier now alerted to the problem can now pay extra to use proper parts in future if they were knowingly using counterfeits, or if they thought they were using the real parts they can chase the supplier.

I guess they just wanted to be a bunch of dicks instead of addressing the issue in an end user responsible way. The safe option, learn last time they acted like dicks is to not take supply chain risks and design your products not using FTDI parts.

Comment Re:Supply chains (Score 2) 268

You saved me posting the same thing. I worked in China and know first hand that you can pay premium prices from an authorised dealer and still be supplied counterfeit parts. It only take one corrupt person in the supply chain and you are stuffed. The good news is everyone learnt their lesson last time not to use FTDI parts and is now manufacturing with alternative parts. A decision that has now been proven to be the wise choice.

Submission + - Getting Started with GNU Radio (

An anonymous reader writes: Software Defined Radio must be hard to create, right? Tools like GNU Radio and GNU Radio Companion make it much easier to build radios that can tune AM, FM, and even many digital modes. Of course, you need some kind of radio hardware, right? Not exactly. Hackaday has one of their video hands on tutorials about how to use GNU Radio with no extra hardware (or, optionally, a sound card that you probably already have). The catch? Well, you can't do real radio that way, but you can learn the basics and do audio DSP. The next installment promises to use some real SDR hardware and build an actual radio. But if you ever wanted to see if it was worth buying SDR hardware, this is a good way to see how you like working with GNU Radio before you spend any money.

Comment No Qi no sale (Score 1) 190

I guess my run of always buying the latest Nexus phones is over. Wireless charging is just to damn convenient to give up. I just can't go back to plugging in every time I return to my desk/couch, or risking a flat battery. If it hasn't got wireless charging it isn't a premium phone, it is just another compromise product.

Comment Adblock Edge? (Score 2) 352

In the early days of Chrome one of the reasons I stayed with Mozilla was ad blockers. When Adblock Pro tried that trick on Mozilla I switched to Adblock Edge. I assume Chrome users will do the same or if they can't find a proper ad blocker will then switch browser.

I started blocking ads because animated GIFs were too distracting to my thought processes. Now blocking ads is simple Internet security 101, just way too dangerous not to, and despite 'acceptable ad' programs is still an attack vector with no benefits if left open.

Comment Re:Burgers as entrees (Score 1) 257

That confused me the first time at a restaurant in the USA, a long list of entrees and no main courses. The confusion is amplified when you receive a meal that is twice the size you would normally expect. At one hotel I was stay I ended up ordering kids meals just to get a meal a normal size for a non-American adult. Don't get start me on drink sizes (having it explained in 'ounces' does not help or make the it less crazy).

Comment Just get a refund and find one that works (Score 1) 229

It seems simple to me, just get a refund and use the money to purchase one that actually works. The refund is a legal right in most countries if the product does not work as claimed. Here in NZ consumer protection laws would see the refund being a simple process in this case, an ad blocker must block ads or your money back.

Disclaimer: I use Firefox/Adblock Edge so have never paid for an ad blocker.

Comment Re:Tell the old dogs (Score 1) 394

Have you not seen Windows 8? My parents needed to replace a dyeing XP laptop. They looked at the Windows 8 machines in the stores and had no idea how to use one so contacted me. I set them up a on new laptop running Mint Linux. They are old and struggle with computers but the move from XP to Mint was easy for them, took only an evening of introduction. They have been using that Linux laptop for about 2 years now and my support requirements are almost zero, much less than XP needed.

I recently moved to new job that required me to use a Windows 7 desktop after a couple of years using a Linux desktop at work and it did find it a hassle. To quote Anonymous Coward's flame bait "it's 10x more difficult to do even the simplest task, and most people just don't have that kind of time to spare.", Linux is so much simpler to use as Windows takes so long to wade though endless GUI screens and menus to make simple changes on Windows. Yes that is flame bait too but for me it is true.

Comment Could this lead to false sharing allegations? (Score 5, Interesting) 47

Given media companies chasing people for illegal sharing on the basis the very lists that this exploit is manipulating I guess this could lead to false allegations of file sharing? I guess it could be used in countries like New Zealand to have victims force disconnected by their ISP for multiple instances of file sharing when they had in fact never shared anything?

Comment Re:Pity we don't have a court judgement to point t (Score 1) 50

I don't know about the license on the DVD or the related legality under US law to export them but I do know that to bring in 10,000 to NZ would be perfectly legal as long was they were not pirated copies. Of course TPPA will like force a law change to ensure Kiwis pay way more than they do now.

Comment Pity we don't have a court judgement to point to (Score 2) 50

It is a pity this didn't reach court and had a judgement made. I think NZ law is pretty clear and the media companies would have lost. That would have been good as it would have put them on notice to shut up and rethink their business model in view of global communications. As it is they will take this as a victory and will now act as if it was actually illegal to bypass geo-locks, using this result to hassle the next company to offer such a service.

If I travel to the USA, buy a legal DVD, fly back to NZ and watch it here it is all legal. So how is that different from having my Internet connect travel to the USA, purchasing a media file and bringing it back to NZ to watch. Both cost time and money but offer more choice. Morally and/or legally is there any difference?

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