* Posts by chris 17

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Britain needs more tech immigrants, quango tells UK.gov

chris 17

in my eyes, there is a lot of fragmentation in how companies staff IT in the UK. In the past there where network, server, desktop, application & developer teams, many of the labour intensive roles like developer and application teams have been hived off as packets of work to third party companies, initially based in the UK but now more likely abroad. In my eyes this outsourcing is what is reducing the availability of UK based staff, and now many organisations require data to be retain in the eu/uk which requires staff here hence the need to import those foreign nationals doing the jobs abroad to do them here instead!!

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: Again?

1080i is less bandwidth than 720p which is why 1080i is used for HD.

1080i is 540 lines interlaced with the next frame so at 30 frames per second that is 30 frames at 540 lines each frame

720p is 720 lines each frame so at 30 frames per second that is 30 frames at 720 lines each frame.

i'm always amazed at how many people don't understand the difference between p & i.

1080p is the current gold standard and requires ~ twice the bandwidth of 1080i effectively 2 HD channels, the providers would rather eek out 2 paying HD channels than 1 for the same money.

incidentally in the UK SD is 576i which is 288 lines per frame, 1 HD channel at 1080i is ~ 2 SD channels, 1080p is ~3.75 SD channels.

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chris 17

Re: "Satellite is the ideal way to distribute 4K. We will drive it just as we did with HD"

Also 1080i is lower bandwidth than 720p, just 540 lines shown each frame vs 1080 with progressive.

i read many years ago it was the reduced bandwidth that the providers liked as they didn't need to rent so many frequencies from the satellite providers.

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Traditional enterprise workloads on an all-flash array? WHY WOULD I BOTHER?

chris 17

The reason that ERP system has an 80ms client side latency is because the query took 13 separate 6ms storage requests and 2ms of processing to answer. Turn those 6ms requests to 1ms and your latency drops to 15ms, turn them to 500us requests and the total latency drops to 6.5ms. This is without doing any modifications to the application, there is basically no better place to invest money in to optimize than storage performance.

totally agree!!

You only have to look at a typical webpage to see the huge number of requests going here there and everywhere to deliver the page content. Internal apps aren't far off especially the security conscious ones that have to retrieve secure keys from hardware security modules. this all adds to the latency experienced at the client, its not all a single simple san data retrieve.

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chris 17

Re: Budgets are binary

That's the same problem with budgets across the public sector, there is no onus or reward to save money, but you won't get in trouble spending more than you could have but within your budget. Also if you spend less now you'll get less next time and have to work harder to justify why you need more than last time to do x. Stupid blind accountancy.

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Capita gobbles up more public sector pie

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i'd hate to be a recruiter covering crapita. when ever they call me they are very reluctant to say its for crapita and when i tell them i'd never work for them they immediately start the spewl on how much turnover and how advantageous it is to work for such a large organisation.

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chris 17

Crapita strikes again. I've been avoiding working for them for the past 10 years, every business they buy they close and relocate the "service" elsewhere. Problem is you never know where they will strike next. I imagine for security reasons they need to keep onshore a lot of the government department jobs which is a good thing at least. There should be a limit to the amount of contracts (value or volume) one organisation can have across government, that would atleast promote competition between the players.

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

chris 17

lenovo ts440 with xeon e3-1245 v3 with 4 x empty Hot Swap drive bays including delivery = £308 from ebuyer or this NAS?

I'd go for the xeon powered machine any day, install esxi, freenas and consolidate all home servers to one plug socket (freenas, dns, media server, windows machine etc).

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Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion

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Re: Wholesale...

@ Ledswinger

its not the same concept. there are loads of people in VM's patch that are ADSl customers on poor speeds. i'd rather have sky broadband over VM's net than just VM. I'd guess there are a lot of customers like me and it would encourage greater usage of VM's infrastructure earning VM more money from it. OpenReach is earning for every ADSL line (line rental), VM could be earning too if they opened their net up for high speed BB to competitors. The issue is VM are earning too much from line rental that costs them sod all (they don't have the same network costs per line nut this may be regulated) & competitors would expect a healthy discount on that. VM are "cutting their nose to spite their face" on this.

The closest concept of VM allowing competitors on their net is like Virgin Mobile operating as an MVNO on O2's mobile phone network.

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Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

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Re: Hmm

After WW2 Britain had a choice to repair or renew and chose to repair and maintain.

Germany had no choice and had to renew. Massive rebuilding projects ensured employment and investment in modern efficient machinery and practices. This propelled Germany into the industrial power house it is today and contributed to the downfall of British manufacturing as it couldn't compete due to its lack of investment (it was good enough before before etc)

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Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

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Re: I forget

"They originally started biz as Sim systems, a company started by Bedford council "

Not according to Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capita

Capita was formed in 1984 as a division of the non-profit CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy). In 1987 it became an independent company with 33 staff as a result of a management buy-out, led by Rod Aldridge, and was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1991.

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What time do you call this, BT? Late, state-funded broadband rollout plods on

chris 17

i'm closer to the exchange than our cabinet and get 17mbs on our fttc (the very limit of service availability) ads would be ~ 6mbs, whilst our last house i was getting ~22mbs on ADSL2 (same exchange different cab). having just got VM i'm now hoping FTTdp will be rolled out asap and save us from the crappy VM throttling. i'm in total agreement with the first poster, in that no one else wanted to put their money in and even if they did, they can't do the work any cheaper than BT can.

it would be great if i could get a different provider over VM's cable network, just like i can over OpenReach, Transco & National Grid.

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chris 17

Re: What I want to know..

@AC

"is if BT is forced to temper its enthusiasm for raising charges where the infrastructure was in essence paid by the users via their taxes. "

if we gave you all the infrastructure can you maintain it for free?

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

chris 17

Re: The whole point - encourage new businesses

~2004 the national organisation i was working for was paying £2.5k amortised per month per site for 256 -> 512 kbs atm leased lines across ~20 sites. Its expensive complicated stuff and costs. If you want the cheaper broadband but the isp has no capacity it'll cost them to add capacity which may not be economically viable for broadband but could be for a business leased line. I'm sure the company in question would take the same approach to any of their customers where the cost of doing the work would exceed the rate they could charge for it.

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chris 17

Re: BT in GB and AT&T in the US

i agree in principle but openreach staffed by civil servants would be an absolute joke. the unions would be all over it (after BT managed to rid itself of that infection), wanting to hold us all to ransom, there would be no innovation and no drive to cut costs anywhere.

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chris 17

if you knew what you where talking about you'd understand why it took so long. i'd be pretty pissed if some telco yanked my fibre to give to you because of congestion. to uncongest they need to re route which requires planning and potential outages to customers that might not be in your geographic location but some where on the ring that services your cab/exchange. providing reliable comms is not as easy as just plugging a cable in, the reliability comes from careful methodical planning & despite the fashion for bashing BT, considering the traffic they transit for essentially all uk ISP's (yes even VM) the system on a whole is very reliable and resilient.

If these guys wanted faster internet access they should have ponied up for a proper business dedicated internet connection (MPLS over something service) instead of relying on a cheap as chips residential or small business broadband connection.

If you want a resilient connection go dual carrier with diverse routes. It costs a fortune, requires careful methodical planning & you'll need some skilled network engineers to ensure it runs smoothly all of which costs.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

chris 17

The moral of the story is to not buy any niche MS products.

Will you be able to upgrade win phone 8 devices to windows 10 os?

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Can't afford a BMW or Roller? Just HACK its doors open!

chris 17

Re: Was there something terribly wrong with using a key?

In the 80's it was possible to buy a key from a market that would open almost all fords, then there was the open with a half tennis ball trick. then there was the once in short the ignition system to start the car. Electronic security systems not only make it harder for a thief to open the door (they could and still can smash a window) they make it very difficult to start the car without the proper key, even the correct mechanical key won't start a modern (since at least 1994) vehicle with the correct immobiliser electronic signature.

Most cars with electronic keys have a mechanical key to open at least 1 door, this is at least true with her mini and my merc.

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chris 17

unless a car is being stolen for parts its very difficult to pass on stolen vehicles in the UK to unsuspecting purchasers. When the purchaser registers the car its VIN & Registration will be checked by DVLA, when its due an MOT the VIN will be checked by the garage. Customs should be checking number plates and VIN's on vehicles transiting UK borders, Yes a crook could use a valid number plate for a matching vehicle when leaving the UK, but UK spec cars aren't as desirable on the continent as the driver is on the wrong side. Also in Europe the vehicle VIN will identify the car as stolen when the new owner registers it for tax or road worthiness.

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chris 17

Re: Was there something terribly wrong with using a key?

Laggards on an IT forum? why? you'll be complaining about multicore cpu's next!! Remember when all we needed was 640KB of RAM?

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Re: Mini, a luxury car?

I wouldn't describe a modern mini as a luxury vehicle but its certainly comfortable and more premium than an equivalent sized Peugeot, Citroen, Seat Skoda etc. Going from a 106 to a mini is definitely a luxurious upgrade.

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chris 17

Re: Lunacy

security by obscurity is no defence & no substitute for doing security properly in the first place.

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Should Google play carriers at their own game? There's never been a better time

chris 17

Re: why would anyone want to be an operator these days?

some one has to deliver the message from source to destination. The Cellcos and Telcos are merging, IoT and all things digital rely on moving the bits around. There will be great consolidation in the near future likely around the quad play (tv, landline, broadband, mobile) with Three likely to try and "Think Different" with the O2 acquisition.

There will be:

Premium:

Sky: with Vodafone (C&W backhaul for sky BB & Vodafone Transmitters)

Main Stream:

BT: with BT Vision & EE (BT for EE Transmitters)

Value:

Virgin: with Three (Virgin backhaul for Three transmitters)

Seems like NTL:Virgin will never shake loose their "National Transcommunications Limited" founding and will seek to push others produce on their net which fits Three's ideology.

The consolidation is not good for customers or staff but the operators are far from done, there are plenty of profits to be made just by consolidating.

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If BT gets EE, it will trigger EU treasure hunt for fixed lines

chris 17

Re: In theory....

up vote only for every thing starting the last sentence of the second paragraph.

Open reach de merged from BT will just be a cash cow for openreach share holders and the other ISP's who'll acquire controlling stakes and see costs further increase to up the end cost to the consumer.

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Outsourcer Capita snaps up Solid State Solutions for undisclosed wonga

chris 17

It noted that it will now have access to a datacentre accredited to a level which can offer enhanced security to protect sensitive information - a common requirement for central government departments and some agencies.

It's a co-location Data Centre meaning anyone with the cash can rent space, yes List-x and BIL3 too soo they also need a proper business case and likely customers too to park their gear in the secure bit. Capita can't be that stupid to think they needed to splash £22 for access to a co-location facility?

http://www.arrowecs.co.uk/ArrowECS/media/Main-Library/Corporate%20Brochures/Brochures%202013/SOURCE/SOURCE_FARNBOROUGH.pdf

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

chris 17
Big Brother

As they have conceded they can't readily read what the real baddies are doing, they should now stop spying on the rest of us. We all know they won't do that so although the innocent have nothing to hide, we do like our privacy so in order to maintain it we need to enhance our use of cryptography and start encrypting data at rest as well as in transit.

If they didn't want an arms race they shouldn't have carpet bombed us.

Precision strikes with minimum collateral damage would be the way to go. Mass surveillance just gives the baddies more places to hide.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

chris 17

Re: Bah!

I remember when i had Man Flu at my last job, the IT Director told me to stay at home and rest for as long as it took, but would i mind the occasional call if needed, of course i said that'd be fine, cue 5 days of working from my sick bed, attending conference calls and working as normal. Similar thing happened the other week, the week before 2 guys from my office where out with flu,the following week i was covering a US shift in the UK from home and was ill too, working certainly beats daytime drivel TV. Did the same when i was recovering from knee surgery, used the sick leave to catch up on things i couldn't when in the office, ensured i was ahead of the curve when i came back, my public sector colleagues where outraged when they found out, just didn't tell them when i had my second & third knee ops.

All said and done, if you need to take a cerebral brake then do so, its better to be rested and fit for work than out of sorts and tired. a career change or brake can often help too. Its important to find a role that ticks your boxes & that should ultimately tick the employers boxes

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Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace

chris 17

Re: Separate LANs

All bets are off if the separate LANS are just VLANS on the same infrastructure.

You'd want to be using fibre to the host (not as expensive as it sounds) and ensure complete physical separation. I've worked in so called secure locations where those in the know (as they've been there longest) will argue these systems are air gapped despite sharing infrastructure somewhere in the path which they deem as acceptable as they can't see it.

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No NAND's land: Flash will NOT take over the data centre

chris 17

Re: Last hurrah

Not sure how well a cold disk will respond after a few years on the shelf.

Use it or Loose it

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

chris 17

@Wattsy

Its called Sky Movies, many many channels of movies all for a monthly fee

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chris 17

Re: Control your media better.

Studios already have very tight control over playback of current releases in cinems

its called Digital Cinema Initiatives

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_cinema#How_digital_cinema_works

no license no play, 1 license per play, file is encrypted and can only be decrypted with a valid licence. Its not like anyone can just steal the file from teh DCI server and play it, you need to hack into the movie studio and rip the unencrypted file to do that.

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Europe rubber-stamps IBM Lufthansa outsourcing gig

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IBM paid them $1.25bn & they save $70m per year. I wonder how much IBM expect to make in profit over that time?

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Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows

chris 17

Re: more of it goes .. where?

Also causes inflation

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chris 17

Re: Questionable logic

@Teresa

Just like the Gas & Electric companies then

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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WTF?

Re: @cyke1

@stizzleswick

they purchased a package that as part of the service included a public wifi facility or whatever, which if the bill payer wanted could be disabled. They subscribed to a complete package that included that facility. Its like buying a car that includes see through windows and the salesman offering to tint the windows any time you want and then complaining that the windows are not tinted. Any normal person would just accept the offer to free of charge rectify the issue.

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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Boffin

@SMabille

are you complaining about BT or Virgin? Both do the same thing for their fibre services, unless you get FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) which as suggested in its name is a fibre connection to your home, Virgin's Fibre broadband is coax from the street cabinet to your home. I can never understand why the ASA let Virgin get away with calling their service Fibre broadband whilst BT's FTTC is essentially the same arrangement but is banned from being labelled a Fibre broadband service.

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BlackBerry's turnaround relies on a secret weapon: Its own network

chris 17

dare to sight any articles to back that up?

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

chris 17
Headmaster

Better the devil you know

I'd rather deal with open reach than the cheapie cowboy subbies the isp's will end up using to clutter up the ducts. Think things are bad now, they'll get much much worse if there is a free for all and everyone will blame everyone else. At least now everyone blames openreach and they eventually sort it out as they have to, talk talk couldn't care less if they disturb a sky connection whilst the subbies will get double bubble for any mistakes they make, won't take them long to cotton on to that.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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@ dogged,

Really? Google where the problem? Google produced the OS!! Nokia had their own OS's that Elop stopped developing & stopped product launches, burn't his platforms and jumped onto the M$ rescue ships that sunk. Thankfully the Nokia Platforms look like they can be rehabited and start producing again.

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And they're back!!!!

i want to buy one just because :)

A shame they couldn't have got rid of M$ sooner. That Elop has a lot to answer for.

For those too young to remember, Nokia married style with function. Many innovations we now take for granted where spawned in the Nokia Labs, Polyphonic/stereo ringtones, Cameras on your phone etc.

Apple arrived on the scene as Nokia was stalling and carried that style and function methodology forward where Mokia where confused and blinded by the Apple light.

Can't wait to see what they come up with next!!

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Pharmacist caught spying on friends' med records fined £1,000

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Re: We can breathe easy then

reactively addressing the issue is not sufficient enough. They should have systems in place to prevent those that should not be seeing those records from accessing them. If i haver a reason for checking a patients record, i should not be able to check some other patients record too. Perhaps some authorised person needs to grant specific permission to the viewer to view that specific record. That should stop opportunist viewing of unrelated records. Yes i appreciate it would cost more and take longer, but it would add trust into the system and perhaps people wouldn't be so against having their records digitised knowing there where robust checks and balances in place.

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US Marshals commit DIRTBOX INTRUSION on Americans, says report

chris 17

Nothing to hide nothing to fear

Until your phone imei is often coincidently found in these fishing expeditions & you'll suddenly find you're self under increased scrutiny from the security services for no good reason other than some bad guys happen to be doing business in your locality.

Guilty by unknown association.

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BOFH: SOOO... You want to sell us some antivirus software?

chris 17

Just use chrome for reading pdf's

If your just reading PDF's just use google chrome. Ok generally have 1 window with tabs of the PDFs I need to constantly refer too.

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EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in the heart of London

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Re: Caps

Fast access speed isn't important if what you really want is shed loads of data. If your done in under 60 seconds just buy more data allowance don't blame the access speed. It's like complaining about the size of the tank in a veyron when using it on the autobahn flat out and you'd rather cover the same distance flat out in a blue motion polo instead because it'll take you longer to travel the same distance at that vehicles max ability.

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NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

chris 17

Bought not leased

At least they purchased them and are not paying extra to lease them like the PFI contracts the NHS is so fond of

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BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems

chris 17

Re: lockit

How does a hardware lock and cpu lock stop someone remotely controlling the system from its connected controlling windows box that is connected to the Internet?

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Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

chris 17

Hopefully Apple, Visa etc will have the stomach to launch Apple pay in the rest of the world where it will flourish, before its abandoned in the US in favour of some backward technology.

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chris 17

Re: Plenty of retailer incentives for MCX

@Irongut What exactly is the incentive for consumers to walk around with a phone in their pocket when there are payphones everywhere?

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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FAIL

@jp19

1) why are they deliberately tampering with stuff they didn't produce or sell?

2) if their driver borks my fake chip, once I discover what's happened and get the repair app, what pid and vid settings did my chip have so I can restore it?

3) without destroying and forensically analysing my cable and chip, how do I know I have a fake?

4) FTDI should have just released a detector tool for consumers to verify their kit report fakes and procure real ones.

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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WTF?

Apple, which controls both the HW and SW side, does something alike when new OS releases no longer support older but still valid models.

can you cite examples? my 2008 Aluminium MacBook 13 inch is running Yosemite just fine, it's the non 64 bit intel Macs that can't upgrade so anything less than a core 2 Duo can't be os upgraded (that's Intel Core Duo & Intel Core Solo).

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3696

Supporting 6 year old machines is quite good i think.

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