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Comment: Re:Internet Tax Freedom Act & Why Only Amazon? (Score 1) 762

by Westech (#30147114) Attached to: Calling B.S. On Amazon's Taxation Arguments
I wonder how much income tax revenue New York has lost out on now that New York-based Amazon affiliates can no longer earn money from Amazon.

I wonder how this lost income tax revenue for commissions on worldwide sales referred by New York-based Amazon Affiliates compares to the amount of sales tax they lose out on for Amazon sales to New York-based customers.

I'm guessing that New York shot themselves in the foot on this one.

Comment: Blizzard is not putting this in their games! (Score 1) 244

by Westech (#29260233) Attached to: Personalized In-Game Advertising In Upcoming Titles
Blizzard signed the advertising deal with Massive to display ads on the website ONLY. They've specifically stated that it doesn't cover in-game ads. This has been reported here as well as in many other stories that can be found with a Google search.

So, hopefully no in-game ads from Blizzard. I don't know about the other publishers listed.

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter (Score 5, Insightful) 315

by Westech (#24783721) Attached to: Will W3C Accept DRM For Webfonts?

The spec for W3C can say whatever it wants. If the standards body makes a mistake, like blessing useless DRM where it doesn't belong, the rest of the web will kindly ignore the stupid standard. Seriously, IE isn't standards compliant, what would keep Mozilla, Safari, any of the other browsers from simply ignoring this?

How about the fact that being standards compliant is one of the main advantages that Mozilla, Safari, and other browsers currently have over IE? IE ignoring W3C standards has significantly weakened the usefulness of the standards. If other browsers are forced to also begin ignoring the standards due to BS like this being adopted then the existence of the standards will become pointless.


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Unix is the worst operating system; except for all others. -- Berry Kercheval