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Comment: Re:I don't think it's really a security audit (Score 1) 114

by Rick Zeman (#48886753) Attached to: Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

The Chinese is most likely doing this as a response to the US banning ZTE and Huawei telecom products in the US. The US government is accusing ZTE and Huawei of building backdoors and other security concerns into their hardware, so China wants to hit back with something equally annoying. China is basically saying that's cool, we can screw with your companies too. Especially since China is a huge market to cell phone makers that most US companies have yet to really tap into. And with a huge growing middle class, the amount of profit for products like iPhone and Android based phones is huge. China is basically holding the iPhone hostage to get better treatment of its companies outside of China.

The problem with that is the Chinese market craves iPhones and the US market couldn't care less about ZTE and Huawei products. All that'll do is piss off the Chinese with disposable incomes, "the growing middle class" and Chinese leaders will get voted out of office.

Oh wait. It's a dictatorship.

Comment: Re:I doubt the Republicans wrote it... (Score 1) 182

by Rick Zeman (#48846293) Attached to: Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

U.S. congressional Republicans on Friday proposed legislation that would set "net neutrality" rules for broadband providers, aiming to head off tougher regulations backed by the Obama administration.

That sentence should have read, U.S. congressional Republicans on Friday proposed legislation authored by industry lobbyists, that would set "net neutrality" rules for broadband providers, aiming to head off tougher regulations backed by the Obama administration. (additions mine).

Your additions were a given.

Comment: Re:MkLinux is pretty good (Score 1) 586

by Rick Zeman (#48844229) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

No offense, ninnle linux, but mklinux is pretty good. It's linux on top of the mach microkernel. (Think of it as a "fuck you" to gnu/hurd, though that's not why it exists :-). Since it's sponsored by Apple, it works better on Apple hardware than the stock linux kernel. Maybe now that Linux is using OS X and Sublime Text for linux development, we'll get better Macintosh support in the mainline kernel? Anyhow, mklinux is pretty cool.

I see what you're trying to do here....

Comment: What happened to 2013's winners? (Score 4, Informative) 94

Amazon is promising customers that they've assembled "some of the greatest storytellers in the businesswith works of novelty and passion."

I'm still waiting for the Harry Bosch show starring Titus Welliver that "won" in 2013. Hello, Amazon?

Comment: Old geeks are crying (Score 1) 314

by Rick Zeman (#48821751) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

If anything proves the commoditization of hardware, the death of Radio Shacks proves it. What was once a vital lifeline is...nothing. Personally, my last straw was when they insisted that I give full contact info...while paying with cash, and that was only an emergency purchase of batteries, not anything esoteric. Eff that. They won't be missed; they've been dead for years anyway.

Comment: Re:yeah well, (Score 1) 324

by Rick Zeman (#48803631) Attached to: How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

To be fair, since and entire CNET is actively involved in pushing malware, I wouldn't be surprised if any non-Windows downloads they might offer would try to push malware as well.

Once CNet acquired VersionTracker (Mac software site that'd been around forever), they tried their substitute installer bit. I don't know how successful they were as I've never been back using instead.

Mausoleum: The final and funniest folly of the rich. -- Ambrose Bierce