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Comment: Re:Oh Noes! (Score 2, Interesting) 725

by Hektor_Troy (#24908339) Attached to: AT&T Slaps Family With a $19,370 Cell Phone Bill

That's a very interesting stance. Especially considering that visitors to the US have to fill out that weird sheet which has the following question:

"Do you intend to do anything illegal or immoral while in the US?"

It's a yes/no question, which is rather annoying. While people in New York might find it immoral for me to use the services of a prostitute in Nevada, it's not illegal. So ... which one do I cross off?


+ - A Two Gear Toilet in Every Home->

Submitted by Hektor_Troy
Hektor_Troy writes: The New York Times' foreign-affairs columnist Thomas L. Friedman has written an op-ed column comparing energy policies between Denmark and the United States in which he wonders why Denmark, ranked 28th in the world by GDP, has been able to not only prosper with their high energy prices, when the US (dwarfing Denmark's GDP 44 times over) seems unable to cope properly under rising oil prices. Interesting point — Denmark's prime minister's idea of handling the rising oil prices is to raise taxes on it even more to make more people seek out alternatives.
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Flaws In a BSA Software Piracy Report? 288

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the everyone-has-an-agenda dept.
Ian Lamont writes "The Business Software Alliance has just released its state piracy study (full PDF also available). The BSA says that one in five pieces of software in use in the United States is unlicensed, and notes that piracy rates are highest in Ohio (27%). However, as noted by the Industry Standard, there are problems with the state study, and the way the BSA is presenting the data: the study only includes eight states, and it is making some questionable connections, including the claim that lost state and local tax revenue from piracy would have been enough to 'hire nearly 25,000 experienced police officers.'"

+ - Cheapest way to UK Vista is through WGA

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Details of Windows Vista's UK prices can be found here http://www.techworld.com/applications/news/index.c fm?newsid=7668 According to techworld Vista Prices are significantly marked up in the UK compared to the US, as much as 80% for some versions. Ironically in the UK apart from buying abroad, and hoping customs doesnt add VAT to your order... the cheapest way to get a legal copy of Vista in the UK is to first get WGA to flag your copy of XP as illegal. Then UK users can purchase legitimate copies of XP for about £53 for the XP Home version and £92 for the XP Pro version. http://www.itweek.co.uk/itweek/news/2154729/micros oft-increases-checks From Here they can download the form for an upgrade for only £10 http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/D/1/AD102 E9D-2DCF-4552-ADE3-68C02F0938E8/unitedkingdom.pdf That means the total for Vista Home Basic = £63 Vista Bussiness = £102 Still expensive by US standards but cheaper than buying from a UK retailer.

+ - Venice Project : First Real Review

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wilcosworld writes: "Yesterday, plenty of people were talking about their hopes for the new "Venice Project" system from the makers of Skype, but no one actually had a copy to talk about what they really thought. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one for the first public beta releases of the new "Venice Project" system from the makers of Skype, and have written an in depth review of it on my blog.

http://wilcosworld.co.uk/2007/01/08/review-the-ven ice-project/"

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