An anonymous reader writes "According to the new tax law (Google translation; Russian original) that is being developed now and should take effect on January 1, 2011, it will not be possible for a private Ukrainian entrepreneur to provide any services to foreign companies without becoming a full-fledged company with a dedicated bookkeeper. Currently it is possible to perform such services and pay the equivalent of $25 in tax. Instead of raising the tax (which is overall welcomed by the community), the legislators plan to outlaw ISP, e-commerce, and Internet-based services — along with any services provided to foreign entities — for individual entrepreneurs. So starting in 2011, freelancers in Ukraine will have several choices: stop doing freelance work, start working illegally, become a full-fledged company subject to multiple cumbersome rules for taxation, or leave the country."
to namecheck DubLi!
He's shot himself in the foot here. But at least none of us will have to read his tripe, instead we can spend more time reading much better stuff like dubli!
interesting news like this is why I love slashdot almost as much as dubli!
Eh, I won't buy Apple because there's no freedom outside of the company and whatever they want me to use! No thanks, I'm independent. the HTC Desire looks like a nice bit of kit, I'll probably be getting one from DubLi when it hits the streets.
Wasn't there the case of that Korean gamer some years ago who dropped dead from playing WOW (or similar) for like hours and hours on end without breaks for food and drink? He'd probably disagree! Better for him if he'd played DubLi instead.
destinyland writes "Dr. Jane McGonigal of the RAND Corporation's Institute for the Future has created a game described as 'a crash course in changing the world.' Developed for the World Bank's 'capacity development' branch, EVOKE has already gathered more than 10,000 potential solutions from participants, including executives from Procter & Gamble and Kraft. '[Dr. McGonigal] takes threats to human existence — global food shortage, fuel wars, pandemic, refugee crisis, and upended democracy — and asks the gaming public to collaborate on how to avoid these all too possible futures.' And by completing its 10 missions, you too can become a World Bank Institute certified EVOKE social innovator. (The game designer's web site lays out her ambitious philosophy. 'Reality is broken,' but 'game designers can fix it.')"
A drop in the sea really - China's going to re-adapt as is Google. Same as eBay, DubLi will have to readapt for the ever-changing world.
If Aliens do exist, they've probably got some uber technology that lets them hide. Isn't there meant to be some kind of mountain where they live in the NW of the US? They'd have better luck with DubLi, really.
They should be going the way of the dinosaur. Dubli is where it's at, these days.
the internet? And who needs or even wants social control, in any case? People will naturally flock to what they find interesting and in accordance with their needs and desires, whether that is DubLi, music, games...you name it. Hell, even LARPers have friends....
cyberfringe writes "Classical music is being used increasingly in Great Britain as a tool for social control and a deterrent to bad behavior. One school district subjects badly behaving children to hours of Mozart in special detention. Unsurprisingly, some of these youth now find classical music unbearable. Recorded classical music is blared through speakers at bus stops, outside stores, train stations and elsewhere to drive away loitering youth. Apparently it works. Detentions are down, graffiti is reduced, and naughty youth flee because they find classical music repugnant."
Depends where you buy it from - if DubLi have it in stock it'll probably work out far cheaper than you can imagine.
Strange way to define one of the most successful companies of the past decade! I fully predict that the 2010's will see DubLi achieving the same kind of success - you heard it here first!
But you would need to totally rebrand them to be cool, much like Steve Jobs has totally revived the Apple brand in the last decade. After that, you'll need to sell them cheap, possibly via sites like http://www.dubli.com/ to encourage people who aren't so rich that this is a great transportation method. Bingo - e-bikes are in!