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Comment Reasonable, please continue (Score 1) 268

I hope FTDI continues to block counterfeit devices.
This will alert buyers who then can demand refunds, or sue the vendors who sold them low quality fakes.

Want guaranteed genuine chips? FTDI runs an online shop, reasonably priced too.

I for one was burned once with a fake Prolific PL2302 that crashes frequently and reproducibly. Never again.

Comment FOSS drivers (Score 1) 115

The FOSS drivers for Nvidia ("nouveau") and AMD ("amdgpu") have come a long way.
They are outperforming the proprietary drivers in some games already.
That is, at least with the latest pre-release kernel, for amdgpu, and Mesa 11.
Quirks are getting fewer and fewer. OpenCL support is progressing.

However the most important advantage is that the open drivers can support old hardware forever.

Comment Not news and 1/3 of the story (Score 1) 82

1. Not news. Story reheated too many times. Older articles:

2. The Russians did it too.

3. The Germans/Axis did it too:
This is also mentioned in the monumental 1970s British documentary "The World At War", which I strongly suggest to watch instead of reading this drivel.

Comment Please don't use the word "piracy" (Score 4, Insightful) 95

Publishers often refer to copying they don't approve of as "piracy." In this way, they imply that it is ethically equivalent to attacking ships on the high seas, kidnapping and murdering the people on them. Based on such propaganda, they have procured laws in most of the world to forbid copying in most (or sometimes all) circumstances. (They are still pressuring to make these prohibitions more complete.)

If you don't believe that copying not approved by the publisher is just like kidnapping and murder, you might prefer not to use the word "piracy" to describe it. Neutral terms such as "unauthorized copying" (or "prohibited copying" for the situation where it is illegal) are available for use instead.

Comment Desktop Wiki: Zim (Score 1) 227

If you're working with GNU/Linux, consider Zim, the desktop wiki.

Some points for Zim:

  • Zim stores your notes in plain text with only light markup so you can also edit them with your favorite plain text editor.
  • Built-in support for version control systems, including git
  • Equations and Plots with LaTeX and Gnuplot
  • Supports multiple wikis

Comment ACK (Score 1) 106

My virtual server apparently used to be owned by spammers before I rented it. Several web sites ban its IPv4 due to alleged proxies and/or spam.
Thinking it might be a one-off false positive, I cancelled the server and got a new one within the same network, to no avail.

So I contacted the admin of one of the websites that banned it. Turns out they blacklisted the whole network of cheap virtual servers years ago.
IP blacklists should have expiration dates. Apparently most don't.

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