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Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 2) 533

by jonwil (#49506429) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

My power company here in Australia charges me 0.673700c a day for the fixed connection to the grid and 0.259500c for each kWh of electricity I use. Other electricity providers I have been with in other places in Australia do the same thing (per-day charge and per-KWh charge)

There is no reason utilities in the US and elsewhere can't do the same thing (charge all customers a fixed per-day fee that covers the cost of maintaining and running the network and stuff then charge customers for each kWh of electricity they actually use). Most importantly this should be a change for everyone (with a corresponding drop in actual per unit charges for power to account for the removal of maintainence costs etc from those charges) and not just an extra fee charged only to solar power users.


Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA 153

Posted by timothy
from the be-right-over-here-guys dept.
Mark Wilson writes Twitter has updated its privacy policy, creating a two-lane service that treats U.S. and non-U.S. users differently. If you live in the U.S., your account is controlled by San Francisco-based Twitter Inc, but if you're elsewhere in the world (anywhere else) it's handled by Twitter International Company in Dublin, Ireland. The changes also affect Periscope. What's the significance of this? Twitter Inc is governed by U.S. law; it is obliged to comply with NSA-driven court requests for data. Data stored in Ireland is not subject to the same obligation. Twitter is not alone in using Dublin as a base for non-U.S. operations; Facebook is another company that has adopted the same tactic. The move could also have implications for how advertising is handled in the future.

Comment: Re:Technically right (Score 1) 245

by jonwil (#49484509) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

The issue isn't "android" per se, its "Google Play Services" which is a big set of (AFAIK closed source and proprietary) libraries that many apps depend on to do stuff. If you want "Google Play Services" on your device you need to follow all the other Google rules. So the EU is saying that Google is using "Google Play Services" (something it has a dominant market position in since its the only provider of many of these services for Android apps) as a way to push other things in the Google stable (and hurting things not made by Google that compete with those other things)

Comment: This makes a LOT of sense for Microsoft (Score 2) 125

Right now Microsoft has a JIT compiler running on a few platforms that translates .NET byte code into native code. Instead of reinventing the wheel and writing their own JIT compiler for a bunch other platforms they want to be able to run .NET code on, they are instead using something that already exists in the form of LLVM.

They aren't abandoning anything, just using LLVM instead of rolling their own JIT compiler on certain platforms where doing so makes sense.

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