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Comment Re:Unwise to play by the rules? (Score 1) 215

No. Only few cities have agreements with Airbnb like you describe.
The default (which applies to 99% of the hosts) ist that Airbnb does not collect taxes and pay them to your city/country for you.

Anyhow its wrong to ask a city to make particular agreements with Airbnb, Wimdo or whoever comes next. There are laws, which regulate rentals, and they should be obeyed - by the hosts as well as by Airbnb.

Airbnb should not accept hosts, which do not have a license - it's as simple as that. But then Airbnb would have the burden to check the legality (and even the existence!) of their hosts, which means on site labour. But Airbnb lives from the fact, that there are fake properties, and therefore Airbnb urges guests to pay through them as an escrow service. Airbnb pretends to be liable for problems which wouldn't exist, if there wasn't Airbnb. Believe me: my family rented apartments for several decades without any problems and without paying commissions to any agency. Now with Airbnb the unfair competition grows exponetially and problems arise which never happened before. And for that disservice we should pay 18% to Airbnb?!?

Comment Re:Unwise to play by the rules? (Score 1) 215

bullshit! You don't know italan law.

Real estate tax for my home ("prima casa") is different (effectively zero in many regions of Italy) than that for an apartment I earn money with.
To pay tourist taxes, you have to register your guests, but you cannot register guests, if you're not allowed to rent an apartment or room. There's no way to pay taxes for guests that illegaly live in your house.
Airbnb does not pay any taxes in Italy.
All earnings are taxable. But if you don't issue a receipt, you have (officially) no income and thus no taxes are due - but that's illicit / black market.

People renting through Airbnb without lodging licence are illegal in many ways. Airbnb doesn't care, if hosters act legally or not . Airbnb simply wants to pocket 6% from the hoster and 12% from the guest - that's their business-model.

Comment Re:Unwise to play by the rules? (Score 4, Informative) 215

You're so right.

As a private hoster in Italy with regular license, I hope that Airbnb shuts down soon and all advertisers get a visit by the tax fraud investigators. People renting rooms and apartments through Airbnb have no licence, do not pay real estate taxes, tourist taxes, and neither income taxes, do not contribute to the local tourist board, have no assurance, do not fill out police rercordings ... and are thus unfair competition.

Comment Re:So Germany is not a state? (Score 4, Informative) 265

You're partly wrong.
It was Italy that voted against nuclear in 1986. 2 reactors where working at that time and had to be shut down. In 2011 there was another referendum to reenter the nuclear powe production, but italians confirmed they'd like to remain nuclearless.

East Germany (not todays Germany) shut down in 1990 its last nuclear power plant due to security concerns, and no new reactors were planned or build afterwards.

In 2000 Germany (now united) decided to gradually reduce the use of nuclear power, and thus in 2003 the first power plant went offline. Others followed in subsequent years. In 2010 they decided to slow down the decommissionment and let the reactors live a few more years. In 2011, after the Fukushima tragedy, Germany decided to shut the reactors as soon as possible. 8 reactors were then shut down immediately, and the rest will be shut down in steps till 2022.

Comment Re:from a psychologist that has helped children gr (Score 1) 698

Fully agree with point 12!
You shouldn't try to tell her what she has to do - you can't predict what she will face anyway.
Tell her instead what she will likely want to hear from you, that nobody else could tell her: about you, your life, your past, your setbacks, your delights, your thoughts, your fears - anything!

Comment Spam-Collectors? (Score 1) 170

As more than 90% of all e-mails are spam-mails, will the NSA & Co. also collect all of that trash? Or have they good filters at hand to avoid filling their storage capacities with junk? What filters are they employing? If their filters are good, and the monitor *all* national and/or worldwide traffic, they could do us all a big favour and filter out that junk! Or even better: identify and eliminate the sources of this nuisance. Thanks in advance!

Comment interpretation of data... (Score 1) 303

Apache isn't below 50%. What counts, are "active sites", not parked domains or similar (see Netcraft). Numbers for active sites fluctuate much less and show us a more realistic picture. Apache is still at 53,62%.

And no, IIS is not the winner, but a distant second with only 11,78% market share. Considering, IIS had once 38% (october 2007), IIS is the biggest looser so far.


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