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Comment: Re:The big question (Score 1) 91

by techno-vampire (#48224351) Attached to: Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads
It's very rare, now, that you download binaries and run them on Linux to install something. Most of the time, what you get is an rpm, a deb or whatever the equivalent is for your distro. Adding malware to such a package without making it uninstallable is not as easy as it is with a Windows executable. I won't say it can't be done, because I'm sure that it can, but I will say it's more work especially as the exact technique depends on what type of package you're working with. And, of course, that gets even more tricky if you're using this service to download updates from your distro's repositories, as you not only have to gimmick the files itself, you have to get the GPG signature to match.

Comment: WORSE! (Score 1) 592

by sycodon (#48221143) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Now, instead of waiting in line behind some idiot with 6 kids who don't know what they want, change their minds and bitch and moan they can't get breakfast a 11:05, I'll have to stand behind said idiot while they try to figure out what buttons to push and their maniac kids running around trashing the place.

I've seen people spending 5 minutes at the damned all in one soda machines trying to figure out how to get a root beer.

Comment: Re:A Serious Deficit, You Say? (Score 1) 324

by Reziac (#48214083) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

This is why I think government's revenue should be limited to export tariffs. That way it's directly dependent on people doing well, and having the wherewithal to generate a surplus. Which is what our own gov't depended on for a century and change, and was thereby kept in check. The income tax and property taxes changed everything, because gross income is always greater than net surplus.

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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic 324

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-to-kill-your-youtube-habit dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The Hungarian government has announced a new tax on internet traffic: 150 HUF ($0.62 USD) per gigabyte. In Hungary, a monthly internet subscription costs around 4,000-10,000 HUF ($17-$41), so it could really put a constraint on different service providers, especially for streaming media. This kind of tax could set back the country's technological development by some 20 years — to the pre-internet age. As a side note, the Hungarian government's budget is running at a serious deficit. The internet tax is officially expected to bring in about 20 billion HUF in income, though a quick look at the BIX (Budapest Internet Exchange) and a bit of math suggests a better estimate of the income would probably be an order of magnitude higher.

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