Yes, I agree with you about the fees... 1% is fair (0.9% pays pool servers and hard work Suhz has put in for years, 0.1% pays to help the open source development of this pool's codebase.)
It is miners like YOU that I care about and why I got upset in the first place at the 51% pool network control. The honest miners (and pool owners) like you (and many others, myself included) will feel the negative effects of a prolonged 50%+ pool (for any coin) by seeing it's value drop and possibly running it into the ground. But we also stand to benefit the most. Aeon has a LOT or potential with the upcoming rebase to Monero's codebase. This could mean great profits for honest miners, pool owners, investors... but it also has the potential to help reshape and takeback cryptocurrency to it's original design and ideology (Bitcoin was supposed to be decentralized... now it's controlled by $100 million+ ASCII farms.) The ideology of Bitcoin has been lost along the way... but Aeon and Monero have such potential to change this, giving the power back to the people (literally and figuratively.)
Aeon is (currently) a small community and I see this as a positive position. We have dedicated (very intelligent) developers, investors and a community who genuinely care about the future of Aeon... for all of you, you're awesome.
To answer AWS question: "Amazon Web Services" (Amazon owns some of the largest datacenters around the globe... these are filled with rows and rows of racks (per floor lol.) Each rack has many servers, often with 2 or 4 CPU sockets and some of the best CPU technology available. Mining on these is not generally allowed, they often get caught and banned. But many of these servers are rented for "free trials" with proxies and fake/stolen credentials, sometimes to the extreme of using stolen credit cards, just so theives can use them to mine coins before the card transaction is reversed and they get kicked off the servers.
These people are common crooks, thieves, dishonest scum bags. They are not "hackers" and I wouldn't glorify what they do by giving them said designation. This is my personal opinion on carders, thieves, DDoS kiddies, etc. I consider myself an ethical hacker/cybersecurity junkie; I do not go around stealing from anyone. I have reported (discreetly to the owners) several serious vulnerabilities in VPN servers and some websites in the past... they ignored me/never fixed the issues in all but one case, even when I offered a simple fix for free, but I won't publicly disclose these (still vulnerable) popular services because I'm not an asshole lol.
I will say that if you pay for a VPN service, go with Mullvad, Azire, or PIA. If I left any other good VPN provider off here, I apologize to them. Do NOT fall for the big marketing machine VPN companies. Exceptions to Mullvad and Azire (the best two IMO) anybody charging over $40/yr is a total rip off and is probably logging your data. But I digress way off topic here lol.