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Comment: Hard To Swallow - But Right Verdict (Score 1) 1870

by zubikov (#27611053) Attached to: Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences
It's not our fault that piracy happened. As intelligent people, we were innovative in our ways to push IT to the edge and allow us to get this content free. But Pirate Bay is at fault because they capitalized on others' misfortunes. As a frequent user of torrent sites, it stinks to see them be out of commision. But as a hard-working member of society, it's great! At the end of the day, this site (and many others) are blatantly making it possible to acquire paid digital content for free. Same digital content that our friends and classmates are working to create and make a living off. Obviously free > paid. But you owe it to society to put yourself in the shoes of the people making the games, the music, the movies and the software you and I were taking for free.

Comment: New York (Score 1) 784

by zubikov (#27600489) Attached to: The End of Tax-Free Internet Shopping?
New Yorkers already pay an online tax of 8.625% for many retailers who operate within the state (Amazon Tax). It really sucks! It's not fair to introduce this tax in the current economic conditions to the rest of the country; people have little disposable income as is. The only good thing is that it sort of levels the playing field for mom-n-pop shops with no online storefront.
Government

Electronic Transaction Reporting Slipped Into Senate Bill 343

Posted by kdawson
from the grist-for-data-mining dept.
StealthyRoid writes "The Senate mortgage bill proposed by Sen. Chris Dodd (who was the recipient of a sweetheart deal on his mortgage from Countrywide, one of the beneficiaries of the bill) includes an attempt to sneak into law a requirement that all electronic payment processors send detailed transaction data to the federal government. The proposed law contains an exception for businesses with fewer than 200 transactions or a total value less than $10,000. Quoting FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey (former House majority leader) from the article: 'This is a provision with astonishing reach, and it was slipped into the bill just this week. Not only does it affect nearly every credit card transaction in America, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, but the bill specifically targets payment systems like eBay's PayPal, Amazon, and Google Checkout that are used by many small online businesses. The privacy implications for America's small businesses are breathtaking.'" This is the same bill that contains a controversial provision to fingerprint all mortgage brokers.

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