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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.

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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....


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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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