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Comment: Re:"Let me ask you.... (Score 1) 76

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) 568

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.

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) 592

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?

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