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Comment: Re:Prolific (Score 1) 700

by zerro (#48206533) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

(was just starting a response when I saw this)

Prolific has had this problem for a while with PL2303 chipset counterfeits.
They started a terrible shoot-the-completely-unaware-user campaign:
Starting a few years back with XP drivers, they started giving a nondescript "error 10" and refusing to start the driver when a counterfeit chip was loaded. On recent mac versions of the driver, they fail even more silently - just not transferring any bits. The funny thing is, the counterfeits usually work well when not on a crippled version of the prolific driver (or an open source).
Consumers here don't know the difference and just say - wow I have a crappy cable that doesnt work at all.

Would have been much better if they just displayed a message stating the facts when they detected a non-genuine cable - something to the effect of "hey we have detected a counterfeit chip in your cable - return to the dealer/vendor/manufacturer."

This would have been totally more effective at putting back-pressure against using counterfeits on the manufacturing/supply chain...
Alas - I guess it's cause I dont have an MBA that I can't see the wisdom in these tactics...

Comment: Re:I must be in the minority. (Score 3) 467

by zerro (#46773329) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

yeah, in 20 years, i suspect being a millionaire would be like what it is today to earn a "six-figure income" - which is B.F.D.
I remember when I was a kid in the 80's, a "six figure income" was meaningful. Now in some places where software development is a common trade (cough: silicon valley), six figures is just-getting-by

Comment: Re:Another case for open source firmware. (Score 2) 242

by zerro (#46684273) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

"Effectively, they are taking away functionality that I have already paid for."

You mean to say that you already paid DynDNS for service? If so, I dont see how this affects you, as you are a paying customer.
If you are talking about something you paid to a hardware/software company for a router which had dyndns feature - generating value for the said router vendor, but no revenue for dyndns - I'm not sure I understand the fairness in your argument.

Comment: Re:Alternative (Score 1) 407

by zerro (#44164713) Attached to: NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

^ this one. ding ding ding.
Paraphrasing old Brucie on this:
Why would an attacker spend time trying to get through your steel-plated triple-deadbolted front door, when they can throw a rock through your kitchen window and crawl in?

All it takes are some unchallengeable secret court orders, and off to your nearest cloud/service provider to suck down all your datas.

Comment: Re:Well they COULD put a backdoor in some OSS... (Score 5, Interesting) 407

by zerro (#44164465) Attached to: NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

Why backdoor just one brand of compiler (since there are several), when you could backdoor the architecture?
I'm pretty sure there is a special sequence of intel instructions which open the unicorn gate, and pipe a copy of all memory writes to NSA's server.

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C. - A.D. 65)