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

Paul Berger phb.hfx at gmail.com
Thu Oct 23 22:28:26 EDT 2014


Yes it is hard to tell, I believe that is the aim of people in the 
counterfeiting business, if it was easy to tell they would not get very 
far.  I do however believe that FTDI has the right to protect their 
intellectual property.  I don't believe they are in the business of 
enabling counterfeiters.  Let the counterfeiters provide their own 
drivers.  If you think this is harsh it is no worse than being passed 
counterfeit money, when that happens no one reimburses you for the 
phoney money, I know I have been there, but fortunately it was only $10.

Paul.


On 2014-10-23 11:05 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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