Personally I'm ambivalent about repair costs either way, though I feel for others who feel the pinch of high repair costs. The first mod calculation change is good, but I fail to see why the second temporary 50% reduction was implemented. Once people get used to this temporary discount they will not be happy when it's removed in 2.0. It should either be made permanent or removed immediately.
This crossed my mind as well, however I think the reduction is the correct thing to do.
Why the reduction: They costed everyone a lot of credits during a time frame and they are trying to allow them a chance to recoop some of their losses.
Forum reaction: Will people qq when prices go up, probably, but you could give everyone of the forums a free pizza and a very vocal minority would find some reason to qq about it.