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Submission + - Argentina wants to tax "potential" piracy (

joabjon writes: The Argentinian senate wants to tax (1%-75%!) a broad range of electronic devices, such as external and internal hard drives, usb sticks, mp3 players, cell phones, blank DVDs and CDs, DVD players, BluRay players and others; because they contain "memory" and that "memory" *COULD POTENTIALLY* be used to store illegal content such as MP3s, movies, etc.

The tax would be to "compensate" (?!) artists for the POTENTIAL pirated content that could be stored in those devices.


Submission + - Facebook More Hated Than Banks, Utilities (

jfruhlinger writes: "According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Facebook raises a lot of ire among its customers — more than Bank of America or AT&T Mobility. This bodes ill for the company — as blogger Chris Nerney points out, many of the others on the most-hated list are utilities and other companies with monopolies, which can hold customers despite bad service. At least Facebook edged out MySpace."

Submission + - World of Warcraft Goes Free With Starter Edition ( 1

Stoobalou writes: Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its enormously popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft will be free to play for characters up to level 20.
WoW has always offered free trials of one of the world's biggest multi-player online games but previous offers have always been limited to a set number of days.
The new policy means that first-time visitors to Azeroth will be able to build an unlimited number of characters and classes up to level 20 at their leisure, although there will be some limitations.

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles