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Comment: Virginia already has this. (Score 1) 268

by random_ID (#42182911) Attached to: Senators Vow To Renew Bid For State Taxes On Remote Internet Sales
From VA individual tax return instructions:

Consumer's Use Tax: Did you purchase merchandise by Internet, telephone, or mail, or did you purchase any merchandise outside Virginia and pay no sales tax? If so, you may be required to pay Consumer's Use Tax. Be sure to report the applicable tax on Schedule ADJ.

The difference: this tax is paid yearly by the consumer rather than automatically collected by the vendor at point-of-sale.

Comment: For those who didn't RTFA: (Score 1) 124

by random_ID (#42047019) Attached to: Jail Looms For Man Who Revealed AT&T Leaked iPad User E-Mails
He's facing 2 charges:

1) Violating an identity theft law by "being in possession of the e-mails." With no evidence that he planned to misuse the information.

2) Violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse act via "unauthorized access to a computer". Even though the information was publicly available on AT&T's website (not behind any kind of protection, not even a password).

I almost hope he's convicted on the latter charge; the publicity that will generate may lead to sane revision of these laws.

Comment: Re:Naturally (Score 5, Insightful) 435

by random_ID (#39481139) Attached to: Congress Capitulates To TSA; Refuses To Let Bruce Schneier Testify

No it's because Schneier has a conflict-of-interest since he's a hostile party in an ongoing lawsuit against the TSA. It makes sense that he would be excluded.

Why? Testifying before congress isn't like serving as a judge where conflict of interest is not permitted. Why shouldn't someone with a grievance be permitted to testify before Congress?

Comment: Re:3 of 6 half a dozen of the other (Score 1) 338

by random_ID (#37012106) Attached to: ISPs Will Now Be Copyright Cops
Police power? All they need are Terms Of Service. Copyright infringement = TOS violation = internet connection terminated. You'll need a lawyer to convince them to reinstate, assuming such is even possible.

There's a segment of the /. population that advocates open routers/TOR gateways/etc. as a means of legal protection ("Oh, no Your Honor, it wasn't me that done it!"). That may or may not protect you from RIAA et all, but you'll be internet-free long before you see the inside of a courtroom; your ISP doesn't require a judge's approval to cut you off.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser