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Comment: Why are they trying to get sites blocked? (Score 1) 91

by jonwil (#49591865) Attached to: UK High Court Orders Block On Popcorn Time

Wouldn't it make more sense to send take-down notices (or if necessary, file lawsuits) against the owners or hosting providers of the sites directly?

Same with any pirate site or other illegal content they want to block, its better to go after the child porn sites directly than to try and block them at the ISP level...

Comment: Re:Lucky bastards (Score 1) 181

+1 to this, when I moved into a new apartment, I ruled out whole suburbs just because they had crappy internet. I am currently getting DSL sync speeds of about 9/1 or so which is more than adequate for my needs (including all the crap I watch on YouTube and various YouTube clones and downloading large git trees and big files related to various game mods I work on)

Comment: Re:My 2c (Score 1) 35

by jonwil (#49573727) Attached to: RealTek SDK Introduces Vulnerability In Some Routers

And what about when the router you use is an all-in-one provided by your ISP and you dont get a say in which one you use?
Like cable companies that provide a cable modem/router and dont give you any choice but to use theirs.
Or things like Verizon FiOS or AT&T U-Verse where they provide the same (modem/router in the one box)

Comment: Re:well then it's a bad contract (Score 4, Insightful) 329

by jonwil (#49563855) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

Don't blame Verizon for signing this "bad contract", blame Disney.

Disney refuses to sell ANY of its vast portfolio of content to ANY cable provider unless that provider agrees to put ESPN in the base package.
The problem for Disney is that if they allow cable companies to separate out ESPN (into a separate "sports" package, into a higher tier or on its own) then the number of ESPN customers drops dramatically (those who never watch it and those who watch it but wouldn't pay for it separately) which means they have to spread the cost of buying all that expensive sport across far fewer customers.

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.

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