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Cristian Ciupitu
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I just spoke by phone to a senior engineer ("Bob") at FTDI U.S.A. regarding reports of counterfeit FT232 chips being bricked by a new version of a driver recently released by FTDI (See: Hacker News - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8493849). I am sorry to report that he became extremely defensive and refused to speak further when I asked if this was a purposeful act on the company's part. He told me to read their license agreement and that he couldn't say more. I noted to him that this left the definite impression that we were talking about a purposeful act -- after all, most users of hardware never see the license agreements for embedded chips and don't know if they are counterfeit or not. At that point he became flustered, said he would not speak further, and said all queries had to go to their UK headquarters. Draw your own conclusions, folks.
Microsoft should revoke the driver's signature via their next CRL update, so that it refuses to install (effectively making the drivers unsigned). It is acting maliciously and will break consumer's hardware, even hardware which doesn't contain any FTDI chips. If FTDI have an issue with a company ...
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how long is "too long", when it comes to RPM spec files ? At 329583 lines, the texlive.spec file provides one answer to that question.  Perhaps the only RPM spec file which qualifies as a crime against humanity ? NB this link will kill firefox for a few minutes while it loads. http://pkgs.fedoraproject.org/cgit/texlive.git/tree/texlive.spec
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Așa mi-ar fi plăcut și mie să merg la școală :-)
 
I hope this kid made it to school on time.
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So Facebook just updated its privacy options....


via +Reddit 
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The right team won.
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The right team won.
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"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes... That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes." - Jack Handey
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Ichini “Rōnin” Shichi originally shared to Linux (Posts to remove):
 
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So this is happening in Japan, and it's way more bad-ass than planking. 

"There is a massive internet photo trend brewing amongst youths in Japan right now that involves taking pictures of teens who appear to be releasing invisible energy that sends their peers flying. The photo mania is especially popular amongst schoolgirls who started the trend by uploading images on Twitter and labeling them as "Makankosappo", a reference to a special attack in the popular manga-turned-anime Dragon Ball series."
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/dragon-ball-z-makankosappo-kamehameha/  
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How did I not know about this?

I missed Clippy (for rather obvious reasons), and never understood the hatred some people had for him (her? I'm not very good at sexing paperclips). In fact, I remember installing "Vigor" just because having a talking paperclip was clearly what the whole point of computers was, and I was very disappointed in how inferior the Linux version of clippy was.

My life has not been complete.

Until now. Because I just found out that there's a JS version of clippy. Why the is this not part of Gnome, pray tell? 
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This is sad :-(
 
It's time to decriminalize nature and legalize food.

A dairy farmer in Wisconsin is facing two and a half years in prison for selling raw milk. 

Even the charge is legally false. The "buyers" of the milk were actually part of a "buyer's club" who bought shares in the cows. 

But let's be honest: The dairy farmer's crime was offering people an alternative to the massive and politically powerful US dairy industry. 

The problem with raw milk production is that it cannot be industrialized. So it's not a product that giant companies can produce at scale. Therefore, they want it to be unsafe and illegal and they press government to make sure that happens. 

How dangerous is raw milk? Between 1998 and 2011 there have been two fatalities nationwide. That's being used to justify the jailing of a farmer who sells raw milk to people who know the so-called risks and choose to buy and drink it anyway. 

Meanwhile, Harvard researchers say that 25,000 US deaths each year are linked to sodas and other "sugary drinks." 

Two deaths in 13 years = prison for selling a dangerous beverage. 

25,000 deaths each year = massive subsidy from the government to encourage lower prices and higher consumption. 

Raw milk is controversial and people aren't going to agree about it. But that's not what this is about. This is about whether corporations should be able to criminalize food -- any food -- because they don't want competition.

And it's about whether the government for any reason should ban food that people want to eat, weather it's trans fats and Big Gulp sodas in New York (illegal), raw almonds in California (illegal) or raw milk anywhere. 

I think the health food people and the junk food people should unite to end food fascism and legalize all food. 

Don't you agree? 

Hey, US government: The queen of England drinks raw milk. Maybe next time she's on a good will tour of the United States she should be bagged, tagged and shipped off to Guantanamo for her crimes against bovinity!

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/05/12/wisconsin-farmer-to-stand-trial-for-selling-raw-milk.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/3341324/Untreated-milk-is-in-demand.html

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/03/19/25000-us-deaths-linked-to-sugary-drinks/
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