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Comment Belgian BS (Score 3, Insightful) 337

I genuinely hate these people as much as Sony... Some of the taxes they ask: 1. Tax on a blank cd/dvd (you might use it to pirate music) 2. Tax on a DVD/CD-Burner (you might use it to pirate music) 3. Tax on music you buy (you might pirate it) 4. Extra tax if you buy the music online (you might pirate it more easely) 5. Tax on HDD/USB/Media players (you could store some of their music on it) 6. Tax on listening to the radio at work 7. Tax when you give a party and play music 8. Tax when you are a DJ and use the music at a party When is the last time you had to go to jail because you bought a screwdriver? (You could kill someone with it, you know...) Crazy BS...

Submission + - Apple's Role in Japan during the Tohoku Earthquake (

TiZon writes: "As you all must have heard, the 5th largest earthquake in recorded history hit us on Friday, 2:30pm Japan Time. As Alex often says on TWiM, stories on the ground are often quite different from the stories in the news, and there is a tech story that I'd really like to tell: the story of Apple Inc in Japan."

Submission + - BSA worried about proposed EU consumer law (

crimperman writes: The Business Software Alliance is worried about proposals for a new EU consumer rights law. The new law (to be voted on in a couple of weeks) would bring software and digitial content into line with other goods. That is that the consumer would own what they "buy". The BSA is clearly worried about its members revenue and raises a number of arguments against this law including the fact that software companies "could stop offering patches and updates because they are only liable for faults at the time of purchase."

Submission + - Cloud Gaming With Ray Tracing (

An anonymous reader writes: As real-time ray tracing on a single desktop machine is still too slow for gaming Intel has worked on a research project that puts the heavy workload up into the cloud consisting of multiple 32-core chips working together. That enables new special effects for games like realistic reflections (e.g. on cars or the scope of a sniper rifle), glass simulations and multi-screen surveillance station. The paper also takes a closer look at various sources of latencies that become relevant in a cloud-based gaming approach.

Submission + - $30 GPS jamer - jams your life (

An anonymous reader writes: A simple $30 GPS jamer made in china can ruin your day. Not just affecting your car navigation — ATM machines, cell phone towers, plane, boat, train navigation systems all depend upon GPS signals that are easily blocked. These devices fail badly — with no redundancy. These jamers can be used to defeat vehicle tracking products — but end up causing a moving cloud of chaos. Next wave of anti-GPS devices include GPS spoofers to trick or confuse nearby devices — scary.

Submission + - ISP making it impossible to change router settings (

TiZon writes: Earlier this week, Telenet (a belgian ISP) started swapping modems to a new all-in-one type. The end-user is no longer able to change settings other then what the ISP allows them to. As of this moment it is no longer possible to disable NAT or DHCP. Rendering the connection useless to people who want to use VPN (via PPTP or IPsec) since the ISP disabled these functions. Is this a new step in the wole net neutrality-story?
More info here: (google translation)

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