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Comment Eliminate Component Based Pricing (Score 4, Insightful) 483

When traveling to California last year, that was one thing that I really didn't like - how prices are quoted exclusive of tax.

In Australia, the price quoted has to be the price that is paid by the consumer - the airline industry recently got into trouble for not doing this i.e advertising cheap fares exclusive of the fuel levy, tax and other surcharges.

In addition to this, the amount of tax that was charge very often ends up on the receipt so businesses can use it to calculate their GST credits etc

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Uncle Sam Spoils Dream Trip To Space 656

gollum123 writes about a dream come true and a dream dashed. Brian Emmett, a software consultant from the San Francisco Bay area, entered a contest sponsored by Oracle in 2005. He answered some questions on Java coding, won a free trip into space, and then reluctantly gave it up. The latter decision came once he had computed the taxes he would have to pay on the $138,000 prize — roughly $25,000. From the article: "Since the Internal Revenue Service requires winnings from lottery drawings, TV game shows, and other contests to be reported as taxable income, tax experts contend there's no such thing as a free spaceflight. Some contest sponsors provide a check to cover taxes, but that income is also taxable."

Journal Journal: PDF to become an open, ISO standard

This is great news: "Adobe Systems Inc. on Jan. 29 announced that it has released the full PDF (Portable Document Format) 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Association for Information and Image Management. AIIM, in turn, will start working on making PDF an ISO standard."
Now I won't have to start endless discussions with people not liking PDF because it is 'proprietary', an argument that IMHO made no sense because Adobe has alwa


Submission + - World's first 4G mobile system is in China

fmnews writes: "China has launched the world's first fourth-generation (4G) mobile communication system in Shanghai. The home-grown 4G system provides speeds of up to 100 mbps in wireless transmission of data and images many times faster than that of current mobile technology. The rollout of the trial, which has cost $19.2 million, is a milestone in the development of China's 4G technologies, the official 'China Daily' reported. "It testifies that the technology we've developed is feasible and brings us one step closer to put it into commercial use," a leading expert involved in the programme, You Xiaohu said. China initiated the B3G (Beyond 3G)/4G research project in 2001 under the label Future Technology for Universal Radio Environment, or FuTURE Project. =World's%201st%204G%20mobile%20system%20is%20in%20 China&case=1"

Journal Journal: Books to Go Digital this decade

Have you ever considered that this decade may be the end of main stream paperback and hard cover books? As we have seen in the last couple of years physical music sales have gone down at a rapid speed. But on the otherhand Digital music sales are taking a good share of the loses on physical copies of songs..... This story is at

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