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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

Rick in China Calculated expense.. (77 comments)

Much like lobbyists and donations - it's obviously a well calculated cost. Spread around the freebies when you want something, because the upside once you get it is a thousand times more profitable! Yay for obvious corruption.

3 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

Rick in China Time to squat... (338 comments)

On farmland in New Zealand, ready to pounce.

4 days ago
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

Rick in China Absolutely fair.. (114 comments)

More countries should be doing security audits on more products.

about a week ago
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Authors Alarmed As Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Nature Words

Rick in China My child's dictionary will consist of... (174 comments)

"define:" and that's about it. She wont be getting an oxford "junior dictionary", wtf is that anyways..

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

Rick in China Re:Coal-powered car (426 comments)

At the risk of replying to what seems like a troll post:

* Coal burned in a power plant is far cleaner than gasoline burned in a combustion engine for the equivalent energy produced.
* Many 'green' electric car owners also go the route of installing solar at their homes, recharging their vehicles for free and 'off the grid' in their own garages.
* There's also an initiative to increase charging stations charge-via-solar, ultimately making those stations also essentially emission free.

about three weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

Rick in China Re:Cost? (426 comments)

The definitive factors of the quality or cost of a vehicle aren't fuel method and range. I would just hazard a guess at the other components used in a 'Bolt', and features, when compared to a Tesla S, as being far inferior in many ways. That's ignoring the fact that the Tesla batteries double that range claim, anyways..even the smallest battery far outdoes it (except when driven @ 85mph).

"Bolt" is far behind. 2 years away is *far* behind, I'd be shocked and chagrinned if the Bolt had any impact on the automotive market whatsoever.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Sends DMCA Notices Against Users Spreading Leaked Emails

Rick in China Is this a good thing? (138 comments)

The more companies try to cram under the umbrella of DMCA, I feel, the more opposition to the DMCA notices will crop up. This may end up being a good thing. Sure, cram it all under DMCA - start spamming everyone you can with accusations not befitting of copyright violation, and it'll only water down the 'authentic' violation notices - perhaps authorities will throw the baby out with the bathwater when evaluating DMCA complaints.

about a month ago
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US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

Rick in China Re:Disingenuous at best. (153 comments)

China needs NK to have 'antics'. The more aggressive the US is with North Korea, gives China more opportunity to finger point and criticise.. also, having NK next to China makes China's human rights abuses seem insignificant in comparison.

about a month ago
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US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

Rick in China Disingenuous at best. (153 comments)

There is no political currency in asking for your 'cyber-enemy' to cooperate in investigating an attack by a country whose biggest ally is said cyber-enemy. It's a worthless news-bit at best, and opening a door for problems at worst...imagine, US who accuses China of so many cyber attacks, now saying to China "can you help us investigate the SPE attack" (a Japanese company, 'China's sworn enemy'). The whole thing is turning into a fucking clown-shoes filled dance party.

about a month ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

Rick in China Re:I doubt it was North Korea (236 comments)

My biggest beef with the assumptions here is that some earlier reports mentioned that the breach has been in effect for a long time. Sony hasn't disclosed exactly how long - but if they have been breached and information has been siphoned out of their company for a long time, then I highly doubt it has any correlation to 'The Interview' whatsoever, which kind of kills the whole "it was North Korea!" finger pointing based on the fact this movie was coming out at about the same time the group responsible for the hacks begins leaking information.

about a month ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Rick in China Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (218 comments)

I feel for you man, good luck with the transfer. Their reach is far and wide, though, so you'd better hope the transfer lands you in another area of the world :D

about a month and a half ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Rick in China Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (218 comments)

I'm not pro-either side's corporate bullshit. But this is a specific case in point about the Koch brothers and *their* evil deeds. They are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public. I'm not making any statement here about the left being better, or worse, or the same - I'm commenting on this specific issue, on Net Neutrality and the fact that by deceiving the public, the Koch Brothers and other corporations end up victorious - and appearing to be on the 'right' side of the public, no pun intended. In fact, when PEOPLE -- not corporate shills -- are educated on the subject and asked what they think, I don't think any legitimate poll/collection of opinions has any reasonable weight behind allowing the corporate megagiants to continue to try to fuck other people hard for their own personal gain, but rather to allow the government to step in in this specific case and prevent the monopolies from getting away with what they're attempting here: controlling and taxing the shit out of the internet to the detriment of other services and individual's experiences when accessing information.

about a month and a half ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Rick in China Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (218 comments)

Um.... I have 100mbit fiber to my apartment. It costs me about $25usd per month - fully unlimited traffic, no DMCA notices - ever, and includes IPTV with too many channels/movies (mostly Chinese, however).

I pay very little in taxes/fees, to boot. Thanks, corporate shill #108277.

about a month and a half ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Rick in China Re:Curious (218 comments)

If there is some statistic that the majority of the population can look at without understanding how it got that way - and it indicates support for the decision, then the decision seems more legitimate than if it receives no statistical support but was made anyways.. ie. easier to defend from a political/court of public opinion perspective.

about a month and a half ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Rick in China I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making statements (218 comments)

If there's ever a time - it's times like this. Koch brothers' evil and the bullshit associations they support, typically lobbying for the opposite of what their names indicate (ie. "America" or "US" or "Family" combined with "Freedom" or "Prosperity" or "Commitment" or some other similar term) and the public would be greatly served by having these organisations dismantled, only, the people need some help -- the lack of transparency and lack of media coverage of these types of incidents means the majority, whose votes 'could' count, are too often taken for a ride.

about a month and a half ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Rick in China Re:Valid release (158 comments)

I think that it's more about whether her release allowed the portions she appeared in to be dubbed over or not, and whether dubbing with different lines is allowed or not. I don't know the details, but it seems her claim is that "but ended up in a five-second scene in which her voice was dubbed over so her character asked if Muhammad was a child molester." If she read the script, and that's what it said, that's one thing.....if she read it out and thought it meant something else...but if she played some role, then these words were inserted over as if she had spoken them, I'd imagine that's another.

It would be super deceptive in my opinion to get actors in roles, then have them "saying" all sorts of craziness, and expect to be able to get away with it. If she did say those words or her release allowed the film to use her in this sort of way, then I would assume she has no real grounds.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Rick in China Re:Check your math. (880 comments)

What? Your argument started off by saying, essentially, no it's not just 1 it's 149 locations this morning... I would like to see links to that, not links from 2006 about 'jihadi support' or whatever nonsense you're trying to inject into the thread.

Here's some additional information, ie. busting your obvious bullshit and towing of the line, with facts:

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/mart...

about a month and a half ago

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