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Comment Radio jamming (Score 1) 398

It was in a paper I read not too long ago that thieves use a radio jammer so that the car never gets the signal to lock. Some cars lock the doors silently and some do it with a short honk of the horn. So, if its the type that is silent, then most people never notice the car did not lock when they pushed the button and walked away.

Comment Re:Creates a near monopoly (Score 1) 268

> Checking against a particular table to see the sales tax rate and then calculating it and adding it to a particular line item wouldn't be all that complicated.

Each state has a table. You have to look up the zip code to cross to a county to see what the county's tax rate is because some county's add 0.5 to 1% above the state's. Some cities have a tax, too, so this has to be taken into account. These tables change all the time. Then you have some goods that are taxable and some that are not. Florida, for example, does not tax foods. Then you also have "tax free" periods like back to school. Which state is doing that which weekend or week? Its a huge mess for any small company to deal with. Only the big companies can navigate this.

It would be a wise business strategy for the incumbents to back this idea/bill as a way of sealing off any new comers.

Comment Creates a near monopoly (Score 5, Insightful) 268

By forcing web sites to collect sales tax for all 50 states and the territories will create an accounting nightmare. The only companies that can afford to hire the people to do it would be the dominant players like Amazon. So, all the small start ups would be stifled right out of the gate. The end result will be a near monopoly and very few start ups bringing new ideas to market.


Submission + - DARPA Hunting for Backdoors->

CowboyRobot writes: "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Thursday published details of its new Vetting Commodity IT Software and Firmware (VET) program, which the agency said is designed to find "innovative, large-scale approaches to verifying the security and functionality of commodity IT devices — those commercial information technology devices bought by DOD — to ensure they are free of hidden backdoors and malicious functionality."

The launch of DARPA's new program comes after the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in October 2012 issued a scathing report on Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE, saying that they "cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a security threat to the United States and to our systems." The committee "strongly encouraged" businesses in the United States to look elsewhere for their technology."

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Comment This is funny (Score 1) 282

If you try to download Adobe Acrobat Reader, Google toolbar is injected into the download with no way to stop it. It installs before acrobat - I guess so you can't cancel it. If you download the Adobe Flash Player, Google Chrome is injected into the download and you cannot stop it. Uninstalling brings up an app asking why you uninstalled Google's product. Is it fair to play both sides of having your product injected without consent and then cry foul in another area of competition? (Admittedly this may be Adobe's decision alone, but Google probably knows it.)

We can predict everything, except the future.