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Alun Davies
Hi Vlad, We understand your frustration and we've been working hard to overcome the issues with RIPE Atlas probe USB sticks. As mentioned in the article, we recently launched a new firmware update that seems to have gone some way towards resolving the issue (more on this here: https://labs.ripe.net/Members/kistel/ripe-atlas-countering-hardware-issues-with-better-firmware). That said, we're aware that this is not a complete fix, and we really do appreciate the efforts you're making to keep your probes connected.