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Comment: Re:Bank accounts for the poor (Score 4, Interesting) 344

by jonwil (#47445967) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

The problem isn't banks, its US banks.

Here in Australia I recently opened a bank account including an attached VISA Debit card (lets me pay with VISA using my own money). When I did it, the bank didn't care about my financial circumstances or anything and I was able to open the account with a single dollar coin.

The only account fees I have paid since I opened this account was an overseas transaction fee when I bought something from overseas with the VISA and a fee (charged by the ATM operator) when I used an ATM not part of the RediATM network.
I pay NO monthly fees and NO transaction fees for using RediATM ATMs, EFTPOS, VISA in Australia, bPay or internet banking.

No reason why a bank has to make it hard for people to get a bank account or charge huge fees, they just choose to because they are greedy.

Comment: Whats the problem? (Score 1) 140

by jonwil (#47430705) Attached to: Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

If Aereo is now considered a cable company then presumably it will be paying the same fees to, say, WABC7 in New York as any other cable company operating in New York. So why would WABC7 (or any other station) be unhappy with that?

They get more eyeballs watching their ads and they get the same money from Aereo as they do from cable companies.

Comment: Re:Scoped certificates (Score 1) 107

by jonwil (#47428937) Attached to: India's National Informatics Centre Forged Google SSL Certificates

There are any number of proposals out there to replace or augment CA certificates for SSL purposes (the EFF has Sovereign Keys, there is the DANE proposal to store certificates in DNS with DNSSEC security and there are other proposals out there designed to make it much harder for these kinds of "bogus certificate" type attacks)

Why aren't any of these proposals actually gaining any traction?

Comment: Start with coal... (Score 2, Interesting) 376

We need to start by ending ALL money spent by the governments that supports or benefits the coal industry (direct subsidies, governments building rail lines, ports etc to benefit the coal industry, building new coal fired power stations instead of building better alternatives etc)

And no I dont care if you loose your job because no-one wants the coal your mine (or mining town) produces anymore, much like I dont care that people no longer want asbestos or buggy whips or any other obsolete technology.

Comment: Re:Blacklist the bastards. (Score 1) 349

by jonwil (#47386069) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

From looking at this, it looks like it was NOT Qualcomm who sent these notices but a 3rd party firm employed by Qualcomm to enforce their IP (who have a vested interest in being seen to be as pro-active as possible when it comes to IP enforcement). Once we have an actual response from Qualcomm, then we will know for sure if Qualcomm is being evil in this case or not.

As for a boycott, my current phone is a Nokia N900 (a phone with zero Qualcomm parts in it) and when the N900 dies, I hope my next phone can be a Neo900 (also a phone with zero Qualcomm parts in it at least in the current plans)

Comment: Better idea (Score 4, Insightful) 501

Instead of building a giant wall, just require that any new buildings (including replacements for damaged/destroyed ones) built in Tornado Alley MUST be strong enough to withstand a certain amount of force, that way if its hit by a big tornado, it wont collapse. Its been done elsewhere (mostly in areas where cyclones/hurricanes are a problem but the same standards will stop all but the biggest/most extreme tornadoes).

Comment: The feds are scared (Score 3, Interesting) 251

The feds are probably scared that if state cops release all this info (or allow it to be brought up in a court where defense lawyers could get the info in questioning), it could A.Allow the bad guys to figure out how to detect these devices (and therefore not do anything incriminating over their phones when they detect one or possibly even find ways to avoid the monitoring all together by e.g. switching carriers for their throwaway phones) or B.Give the bad guys information they could use to get a judge to say "you need a warrant to do what you did, you didn't get one therefore your evidence is inadmissible"

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