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Comment: Won't happen if the utillities get their way (Score 4, Informative) 490

by jonwil (#48415213) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Many utilities in the US are fighting rooftop solar through various means. The south-eastern states in particular are the worst for this.

Utilities are getting laws passed banning the "solar lease scheme" so popular in other parts of the US. And getting laws passed banning off-grid solar installs. And not providing net metering (either "you get paid for your excess electricity" or the "electricity you feed into the grid offsets what you use when the sun isn't shining but you wont get any money if you produce more than you use" model). And doing everything they can to push electricity generated from dirty black coal or nuclear reactors built to outdated 50s era designs instead of clean green energy.

Comment: How will they get other browsers to support this? (Score 1) 201

by jonwil (#48415171) Attached to: Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

Being backed by Mozilla, Firefox will obviously support it, as will SeaMonkey and Thunderbird (since they use the same set of certs as Firefox from the same NSS tree). But how will they get the other big browser vendors to support it? In particular Microsoft (you can bet VeriSign will be using its very close relationship with Microsoft to lobby hard for MS not to support this in IE)

Comment: Re:Why isn't then the price exploding ? (Score 1) 322

by jonwil (#48398795) Attached to: MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

The problem is that companies like Mars, Hershey's, Nestle and Cadbury aren't willing to pay more for their cocoa since that would mean making the end product more expensive (or making less profit). If you increase the price (to cover the higher cost of the cocoa), less people will buy your product and more people will buy from your competitors (who haven't increased the price)

Comment: Re:Private Links != Paid Priority (Score 1) 257

by jonwil (#48393683) Attached to: Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

The problem is that Comcast is deliberately refusing to upgrade its links to big backbone providers like Level 3 in order to force providers like Netflix and others to pay Comcast for private links.

If Comcast would invest some of the money they get from subscribers on actually upgrading the links at their peering points, there wouldn't be an issue and those peering points wouldn't be so congested.

Comment: Re:240km/hr? (Score 1) 418

by jonwil (#48393439) Attached to: Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

The real question is, would the advantages of a high speed train from, say, Washington DC to New York (leaves from a central station instead of out at the airport, dont need to go through as much security crap, dont need to be there hours in advance, don't have to worry so much about luggage, faster total door-to-door time etc) outweigh the disadvantage of paying a fair bit more for the ticket than you would pay to fly between the same cities on one of the cheaper airlines?

Comment: Re:It's only worth it (Score 1) 237

by jonwil (#48383293) Attached to: Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

Brisbane proper does well. Whats missing is more resources devoted to better service levels in areas like the northern gold coast, suburbs like Ormeau, Coomera, Pimpama, Pacific Pines, Oxenford etc.

I have family who live in the area (Upper Coomera near the Masters Hardware and Woolies and stuff) and the last bus through that area leaves Coomera Station at 5:07 or Ormeau Station at 6:01, totally useless for anyone wanting to commute to Brisbane. Weekends get even less service.

Comment: Re:It's only worth it (Score 1) 237

by jonwil (#48383155) Attached to: Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

Not all cities have crappy public transport. My city (Brisbane, Australia) has excellent public transport if you live in the right area (to be fair, there are areas with lousy public transport but some of that is due to some political stuff and lack of resources rather than a genuine intent not to provide service to the area. (i.e. service would be better if the resources were there)

Comment: Re:Call Comcast? (Score 2) 404

by jonwil (#48381359) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

The reason why big email providers would be blocking business IP ranges from big ISPs like Comcast as well as residential is probably because they have seen too many people with a "Comcast Business Grade" connection, and no knowledge of whats going on get infected with the same spam-bots as residential connections.

Comment: Re:It is all about baseload (Score 1) 485

by jonwil (#48367141) Attached to: Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

What about solar thermal plants? These use mirrors and reflectors to concentrate the sun onto some form of liquid and heat it up. The stored heat energy is then used to generate electricity later when the sun isn't shining. It can certainly be baseload.

That said, if the country/area building them doesn't get enough sun its possible to use up all the stored heat energy and have neither stored heat nor sunshine to generate more. So a country like Australia that gets lots of sunshine lots of the time should be building these. A country like Denmark not so much.

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