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Comment: Re:States really need revenue (Score 3, Informative) 364

The impervious surface fee actually makes a lot of sense, and isn't simply a "rain tax".

Storm-water runoff is a negative externality that right now everyone in a community pays for regardless of their actual runoff. It's a tragedy of the commons - there's no incentive to minimize it. Charging a fee based on the area of impervious surface on a property converts that externality into a direct cost, rewarding those who minimize runoff and charging those who produce the most runoff more. A property owner need only replace impervious surfaces with pervious surfaces and they'll produce less runoff and pay less; everyone wins. It's the same idea as a carbon tax.

Comment: Re:Hope we have a proper treaty with the Goblins. (Score 1) 543

by roju (#41597213) Attached to: Supreme Court To Decide Whether Or Not You Own What You Own

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and J. K. Rowling vs. RDR Books (575 F.Supp.2d 513) is a copyright lawsuit brought on 31 October 2007 by the media company Warner Bros. and Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling against RDR Books, an independent publishing company based in Muskegon, Michigan. Lawyers for Rowling and Time Warner argued that RDR's attempt to publish for profit a print facsimile of The Harry Potter Lexicon, a free online guide to the Harry Potter fictional universe, constituted an infringement of their copyright and was not protected by the affirmative defense of fair use. The trial was held from 14–17 April 2008 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. In September 2008, the court ruled in Rowling's favor, and publication of the book was blocked.


Comment: Re:Copyright and DRM are a bug. (Score 1) 374

by roju (#36157322) Attached to: Valve's Newell: One-Price-For-Everyone Business Model 'Broken'

In many large cities, tap water tastes like you are drinking out of a sewer. NYC is probably the most famous example, but it is also true elsewhere.

Um, what? Someone is actually selling bottle NYC tap water and people love it. Check out this article. Here's a choice quote:

Michael Saucier, a spokesman for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, notes that the city's water beat 150 other municipal water systems in New York state in a taste test last summer.

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