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Comment Re:Signed drivers? (Score 1) 228

Because even generic USB devices that adhere to standard device classes use drivers? And it is perfectly possible for a device manufacturer to still have a custom driver because they want added functionality?

Ages ago I was developing the USB functionality for a device and accidentally came up with a particular firmware load which did something wrong during the initial connection of sending back & forth device identification info... on any Windows machine (98, 2000 & XP) we tested it on that you plugged it into, the device discovery would fail, so you'd unplug the device and move on... and 3 minutes later the PC would seize up (no BSOD oddly enough).

For some reason I never reported the bug, nor did spend any time trying to figure out what bits of my code were breaking Windows, I just solved my problem, made the device be recognized by Windows and move on.

When parsing any protocol or format, it is often possible for there to be unexpected cases which weren't adequately tested which make have negative side effects. This shouldn't be a surprise, I'd just be curious to know what specific change in the new update caused this.

Comment Re:Who would have guessed? (Score 4, Interesting) 244

Government procurement contracts pretty much preclude the government obtaining goods and services on the open market. Instead it must rely to a large degree on contractors and vendors who have the capability of handling all the special paperwork and requirements.

So if you're on a procurement committee you don't have much choice. Once you discard the vendors who (a) can't absorb the amount of money to be spent on schedule and (b) jump through the statutory federal contractor hoops, what you're left with is a rogues gallery of usual suspects.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Simple answer: (Score 1) 187

Charge for the non-security feature updates -- maybe even do it through the app store. Customers have to pay for updates one way or the other, so you should be able to sell a competitively priced phone and then make just as much money selling fewer physical phones and more software updates as you would under the status quo. That'd be good for the environment too.

The one sticking point is, as always, the carriers. They'd much rather you trade in your perfectly good phone for another one whose price is rolled into a contract extension. I'm convinced that Verizon on several occasions deliberately botched upgrades to force you to buy a new phone with more RAM.

Comment Re:Pet Rock (Score 2) 192

Sure, the only really unpredictable aspect of this scenario is the size of the peak. If their business plans were predicated on maintaining usage near the initial peak indefinitely, then they were stupid plans.

I'm guessing that the plans for this product aren't that stupid. In that case a sensible goal will be to maintain a modest but loyal group of regular users and to periodically introduce new features that will entice usage jags out of occasional players.

Comment Re:Hillary for prison! (Score 2) 525

The sad thing is that I'm not sure that Obama overstepping the constitution and grabbing another term is worse than anyone on the ballot.

Would it be that hard to tell from his other constitutional oversteps?

More so, even if Clinton, Trump, Stein & Johnson & there VPs were abducted by aliens on election day, the electoral college system has methods for picking regardless of the actual votes cast by the public.

It's the same reason that Al Gore never had any legitimate chance of winning the presidency in 2000 via his court battles, but we could have seen a Bush/Lieberman administration.

Comment Why not public transit instead? (Score 1) 444

Public transit provides a service that complements as well as competes -- especially in an old, dense city like Boston where there isn't a lot of room to add cars and public transit carries about half the commuters despite being in dire financial straits.

Think about what would happen to Uber and Lyft in a place like that if you doubled the number of people using surface roads.

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