[time-nuts] If any of your USB devices have stopped working lately...

Chuck Forsberg WA7KGX caf at omen.com
Thu Oct 23 22:21:34 EDT 2014


The solution is for the infringing manufacturer to write their own
driver that tests for one of their chips and then gives the chip a
valid legal ID of their own.  This is what they should have done
in the first place.

On 10/23/2014 07:05 PM, paul swed wrote:
> Umm I think its profoundly hard to know one way or another what chip you
> have in a widget. This is pretty insane actually.
> I buy products that I believe are legit no way to know just as if the cpu
> in my acer or emachines not legal. Heck I have no idea.
> Regards
> Paul
> WB8TSL
>
> On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 10:02 PM, Bill Dailey <docdailey at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Well..if they didn't properly license the technology...  They should be
>> disabled.
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>>> On Oct 23, 2014, at 8:45 PM, Mark Sims <holrum at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> Happened to a friend of mine.  All his Arduino stuff died.   This could
>> be the reason:
>>> http://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/ftdi-driver-kills-fake-ftdi-ft232
>>> Short story:  FTDI released a new version of their USB driver (via
>> Windows automatic updates no less) that bricks other vendor's compatible
>> versions of their interface chip.   They also updated their license file to
>> indicate that this may happen...  except you never get a chance to decline
>> the new license with automatic driver updates.  I can just hear the class
>> action lawyers drooling...
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