Oh, OK. I didn't now that.
The forum I learned this from has threads that quickly get out of hand so I didn't bother reading most of it or much about the original story because I don't really know anything about this kind of electronics.
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I wonder if MS can refuse to distribute these drivers through Windows Update once they find out that they can brick people's devices without warning them?
It's not like the average consumer, even the type of user who buys inexpensive Chinese USB/Serial boxes, knows if their device is using counterfeit ft232 chips.
Recently the newest FTDI drivers have been reprograming the PID to 0 on counterfeit ft232 chips, basically killing devices.
This new driver has been distributed through Windows Update and as the manufacturers of the fakes don't have their own drivers people who unknowingly purchased inexpensive devices that use counterfeit chips are finding stuff just stops working and no way to fix it.
People are really not happy about this.
Is it time for Microsoft to look into this and make sure that Windows Update isn't being used in this inappropriate manner? I'm sure MS doesn't want to get involved in wars between chip makers like this and the legal actions that might come out of it.
Being one of the few people in the world to have ever seen Kate Bush on tour, I think you should make it your duty to see her now that she's decided to perform live again :)
This add popped up for some kind of stupid chat roulette site and the little webcam image in the top corner is of Scott Hanselman so I captured it.
I'm pretty sure Scott didn't give them permission to use his image in their ad.