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Comment: Re:Slight correction (Score 1) 755

by Rick Zeman (#49063519) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

The summary was talking about the late 1990's, not the late 1980's.

Novell had been almost entirely supplanted by Windows NT server and other alternatives by the turn of the century, largely owing to the fact that just as the Internet was just starting to become the next really big thing, they were still entirely dependent on IPX/SPX instead of TCP/IP.. By the time they corrected this oversight, they had lost such a large percentage of the market in which they were once dominant that they never recovered. They were about relevant in the late 1990' s as Windows 3.1.

You're off by by a few years. NCP over TCP was the default protocol in the late 90's (Netware 5, 5.1). NT 4 started Novell's slide to irrelevance, but it wasn't until Win2K came out with AD that the coffin was nailed shut.

Comment: Re:planned? (Score 1) 577

Companies and governments have seeded public discussion with enough chaff that they can make anyone look like an idiot if they want to, and the public's already primed to believe it.

You think? The government could tell me that water seeks its lowest level and I wouldn't believe them.

Comment: Re:"Let me ask you.... (Score 1) 77

by Rick Zeman (#48928891) Attached to: Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

And if Comcast doesn't pay Minneapolis, Minneapolis turns off everyone's cable, right?

Wrong? When I hear "remove the franchise", I imagine Minneapolis saying "hey Comcast, guess what, competition is now legal since you didn't pay your bill". What I don't imagine Minneapolis saying is "hey constituents, guess what, your cable is being cut because Comcast did not pay its bill", and it is not clear to me why you do imagine that.

Yep, that's what I meant.

Comment: Re:Not to be an apologist for Google, but (Score 2) 579

Apple and Microsoft control their own update process on all platforms; Google does not. It's the individual carriers who are getting in the way of Android updates.

And who entered into the contracts with carriers saying who is responsible for what? Google can't dodge some form of culpability for this.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.