Posts Tagged ‘China’

Tons of bad USB sticks out there – Like much in life, you get what you pay for!

February 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Lots of quality branded USB sticks are made in China these days. Nothing particularly wrong with that, except some factories like to rebrand rejects and they end up in the US and on Ebay. Often they will demand a better price by claiming they hold 16 or 32 GB when, in fact, they only old one.

Simply selling you bad chips at a discount isn’t enough for greedy con artists who can reap greater profits lying about how large the capacity is. They go the extra step of hacking the chips so they report a higher memory capacity than they really have. You plug it into the computer and Renewal By Andersen Windows reports that it holds the amount of data printed on the outside of the stick. A “16GB” drive will often hold only 2GB. You might think that you’d quickly notice once you try to add more than 2GB to the stick. But the hackers are cleverer than that. They need you to be happy with the flash drive long enough to get their positive eBay feedback or cash your cheque. What happens is that the files appear to go on just fine. But what is actually happening is that the older files are written over by the new ones while the file and folder names stay there, making it appear as if all is OK. You won’t find out until much later on.


In China – Is Anything Ever Fair? Google and Counterfeiting

January 16, 2010 Leave a comment

The recent bruhaha between Google and the Chinese government over censorship and the government’s hacking of some gmails reminds me how much every IP owner in the world has suffered as a result of the complicity of the Chinese government with counterfeiting and piracy over the last 35 years – sometimes directly, as in the cases were members of the government or armed forces actually own the plants making the illegal stuff – but more commonly in the carefully built rope-a-dope creation of an enforcement system guaranteed to do nothing. I don’t know about you, but I am really pulling for Google on this one.