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Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

jonwil Re:Repair (52 comments)

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.


Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

jonwil Re:"with natural gas prices still so low..." (190 comments)

Blame the high cost of maintaining (and upgrading) the poles and wires used to get the electricity from where its generated to where its used. (and the need to engineer that infrastructure to handle the highest possible forecast demand)

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

jonwil Re:Fear of changing code.... (231 comments)

I have also seen/heard of circumstances where "doing the minimum to keep the thing working" is allowed but actually improving the code is not because improving the code counts as "new work" and comes from a different budget than maintanence.
Seems stupid but that's how some shops operate.

2 days ago

WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

jonwil Re:Flying Wing, XF-11, etc. (198 comments)

The biggest problem with the YB49 flying wing is that it was very unstable (leading to crashes and things). The Northrup Grumman B2 Spirit bomber has sophisticated computer systems to make it stable and flyable, something not possible in the days of the YB49

3 days ago

Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

jonwil I never get these calls (210 comments)

Probably because I dont have a landline phone and scammers (and telemarketers for that matter) dont call on Australian mobiles because it costs them too much.

about a week ago

The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

jonwil Re:extremely limited. (65 comments)

Hacker spaces have gotten all manner of expensive-when-new gear from all sorts of places (usually because the company that owns it has bought a new gadget and is tossing out the old one or someone has gone out of business and the liquidators are having a fire sale to sell everything off as fast as possible).
Electron microscopes. Mass spectrometers. Pick & Place machines. Robot arms. High-end electronic test gear. And more.

Its not unrealistic to think that a hacker space or individual could get their hands on used bio-science gear in much the same way.

about two weeks ago

How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

jonwil Graphics calculators have games... (359 comments)

Back in high school I used to play (and write) games on my Casio CFX-9850G (in the crappy internal "basic" type language). I know the games you can do on the TIs (especially if you are programming in z80 ASM) are far better.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

jonwil Re:Replace their bios (294 comments)

That's assuming you can actually find a desktop board that supports the Haswel-E/Devils Canyon CPUs the OP wants AND is supported by Coreboot. A read of the Coreboot compatibility list shows not a single supported desktop board that can run anything Intel past a Pentium 3 (there are laptops/embedded/dev boards that can run something newer but no full-on desktop boards)

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

jonwil Re:Sadly, they are getting out of the business (294 comments)

+1 for this, my current motherboard is an Intel and if I had the money I would upgrade to a Core series chip (instead of the Core 2 Duo I have now) with an Intel board.

about three weeks ago

Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

jonwil Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

I am in Australia and have Visa PayWave attached to my card yet I never use it (using EFTPOS instead) because there are fees attached to PayWave but not EFTPOS (with my bank at least) and because EFTPOS transactions show up faster and better on my online banking.

about three weeks ago

Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

jonwil Re:Broadcom don't deal with little guys (165 comments)

Not sure where I read it but I believe part of why Broadcom is so secretive when it comes to their SoCs and things is that a lot of their market is (or was) for SoCs used in things like cable TV set-top boxes. Keeping things secret from the public at large makes it harder for hackers to figure out how their chips work so they can hack the firmware of these cable TV boxes and things.

about three weeks ago

Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

jonwil Re:Wreak havoc on corporate networks, SSL observat (90 comments)

If you are the IT director of a big corporation, you have no option but to MITM SSL traffic. The alternative is providing a perfect way for malicious insiders to steal corporate secrets (like a whole pile of credit card numbers or the blueprints/source code for the companies latest products). And providing a vector for malware or attacks to bypass all the edge-level intrusion detection systems.

And providing a way for the people on the inside to access things that they shouldn't (whether its pornography, pirated content, or anything else). That last one is even more important in, say, a school or educational environment or library than in a corporate network.

about three weeks ago

Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

jonwil Why do governments persist with book price-fixing? (113 comments)

Its not just Japan, France and many other countries seem to have laws that limit discounting of books or fix their prices. Why do governments continue to maintain these restrictions?

about three weeks ago

News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

jonwil What about Foxtel? (132 comments)

Does this stuff say anything about the performance (good or otherwise) of Rupert's other big Australian media asset, Foxtel?

about a month ago

It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

jonwil Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (144 comments)

I recon if you were trying to convince someone to take security of critical infrastructure, one way to do it would be to show them Die Hard 4.0 (best example I know of when it comes to hackers breaking into infrastructure) and say "this may only be a Hollywood movie but do you want to be the one who said "no" to better security when that shit happens for real?"

about a month ago

Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

jonwil Re:Another reason to boycott the big 4 banks (112 comments)

Considering that Citibank is part of the gang of big US banks directly responsible for the Global Financial Crisis through their dodgy practices and considering they are just as bad as the big 4 when it comes to doing evil crap, I wouldn't go with them either.

I used to be with the National once, then I switched to P&N Bank (formerly Police & Nurses credit society) who were really really good (and are the only WA based bank left). Then I moved to Queensland and wanted to switch banks to one that had branches here. After checking all my options (including a number of credit unions) I ended up with an account from the Bank of Queensland because they have both a GREAT zero-fee everyday bank account (with attached Visa Debit card) AND the best customer service I have ever gotten from ANY financial institution.

about a month ago

Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

jonwil Another reason to boycott the big 4 banks (112 comments)

Anyone in Australia who hasn't at least considered one of the many smaller (and better) financial institutions instead of the big 4 banks (or one of their subsidiaries) is stupid, the smaller guys are just as good (if not better) than the big 4 when it comes to service, products etc and they dont do a lot of the crap the big 4 do.

about a month ago

Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

jonwil Re:Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Plenty of people on the roads who only have licenses because the cops haven't caught them yet (driving dangerously, hooning, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving unsafe or un-roadworthy cars or otherwise doing things that put the lives of other road users at risk)

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

jonwil Which feature would you add to C++? (427 comments)

If you could add one feature to C++ (either the language or the standard library) and have it adopted in the C++ standard and supported by all the compilers etc, what would it be and why?

about a month ago


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