No kidding. Which is why Amazon isn't actually PAYING the tax. It's COLLECTING the tax, which is actually paid by the person who lives in the jurisdiction... and who is presumably partaking of the services the tax is paying for. Better go back to the drawing board on this one.
Actually, it's doing neither. Which is how it should remain.
A corporation in state X has no obligation to play tax collector for state Y.
The government of state Y chose to pass an absurd, impractical to collect tax instead of biting the bullet and doing something practical but politically inconvenient like raising income tax rates, and they're paying the price. It's between them and their citizens, no one else.
Tax and spend is an economy killer.
"Fail in a different manner" is the issue.
Enron is gone and no one will ever lose another dime to them. Madoff's going to rot in jail for the rest of his life.
When the government screws something up, it doesn't die and go away, it tends to get bigger and more expensive for the (increasingly small) portion of the population expected to pay for it. I can stop buying food grown with Monsanto products. I can choose not to patronize or invest in poorly conceived internet startups. I can't (without serious social/legal/financial consequences) wake up and stop paying taxes.
You implied all the carriers save AT&T force handset manufacturers to agree to their terms. AT&T has forced apple to remove/cripple a number of apps for the iPhone as part of their business relationship.
Apple is a handset manufacturer. AT&T's terms are the blocking of apps which could result in a certain level of data usage on their network. AT&T forced Apple to agree to their terms as a condition of launching Apple's handset on their network.
While all major carriers engage in some level of feature-blocking, AT&T has been one of the higher-profile offenders of late. I'm not sure where you got the idea they were special.
Except AT&T? Right, that'd be why the slingplayer mobile for iPhone is the only one that can't utilize the cellular network.
Copy-on-write is at the block level, if I'm not mistaken, and given that data has to be written in blocks to block devices anyway it's not that big of a deal.
Real computer scientists like having a computer on their desk, else how could they read their mail?