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Comment: Re:Slight correction (Score 1) 754

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.

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.

"Well, if you can't believe what you read in a comic book, what *can* you believe?!" -- Bullwinkle J. Moose