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Comment: This could be a good thing... (Score 1) 53

by jonwil (#48030753) Attached to: eBay To Spin Off PayPal

For example, if eBay no longer owns PayPal (or has any connection to it) they no longer have the incentive to force people to accept it (or like they did in Australia before they got in trouble for it, make PayPal the only method of payment).

Also maybe this will impact the ability of eBay to do certain things they do now like holding money from an eBay auction instead of releasing it to the seller straight away.

Comment: Re:Android version req - long time coming (Score 2) 383

by jonwil (#48023593) Attached to: Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

You want an N900 or its successor, the Neo900 (which is basically a community-developed board designed to go into an N900 case with a faster CPU, better cellular modem and some other hardware improvements) Runs full linux (including X) and is close to the most hackable phone available.

N900 is available now if you look online for a second hand model and Neo900 is currently at the advanced prototype stage.

Comment: Re:highly damaging to linux on the server (Score 1, Insightful) 322

by jonwil (#48018409) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Except that Windows probably has just as many holes only you dont know about them because they aren't public or because Microsoft has decided not to invest the engineering resources to fix them or because Microsoft has fixed them in a patch but the actual security flaw is still unknown publicly.

At least with Linux, if a security hole is found (and made public or released to experts in the security community or to the relavent developers or whatever), the number of people who are able to investigate and fix the hole (and make official or unofficial fixes available) is (in most cases) significantly larger than the number of people who would e able to deal with issues in Microsoft code. And the Linux guys can have patches out much faster (and they can get into distros fairly fast too)

Comment: Or they will simply get it banned or restricted (Score 3, Informative) 488

by jonwil (#48008521) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

In some areas of the US (especially the south eastern states where cheap dirty coal rains supreme) state governments have banned the kind of solar fiance schemes and loans that have allowed people in the west or in the north east to get solar panels on their home without the huge up-front cost. Yes the solar company makes money from the deal but the home owner still comes out on top in that they aren't paying anywhere near as much in power bills.

Also utilities have attempted to restrict (and in numerous cases succeeded in restricting) the amount of power allowed into the grid from small scale generation (including grid-tie solar) or have reduced or eliminated feed-in tariffs in way that make solar less viable.

Plus there are cases of outright bans on some kinds of solar setups (I cant find a cite right now but there have been cases where people have wanted to install solar panels and a battery bank or whatever and completly disconnect from grid power but have been prohibited from doing so by state and local laws)

Comment: Re:Taxing the Congested Skies (Score 1) 221

The real problem is that the airlines switched from having a few flights a day between point a and point b using medium sized or large aircraft to having more flights per day using smaller aircraft.
Reverse that and you wont have anywhere near as much of a problem (especially if the airlines have an incentive to use larger planes as demand grows rather than adding more flights)

Comment: Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 1) 594

by jonwil (#48005733) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

The right answer for water (and electricity and piped gas and other utilities like that) is for the company to charge a fixed cost (that covers the cost of running the systems and maintaining the infrastructure) and then a per-unit cost on top of that for the actual usage. That way everyone pays based on their usage of the infrastructure and how much water they actually use.

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 1) 53

by jonwil (#47945469) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

Here in Australia I see many stalls in shopping centers that can do phone repairs (as long as those phone repairs consist of replacing the screen on an iDevice or occasionally popular Android devices like the Galaxy S). But their primary business is selling overpriced cases/covers/screen protectors/etc/etc/etc for iDevices and sometimes Android phones.

The only difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman is that the car salesman knows he's lying.

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