Does it work on Wine?
Yes, actually. It's been in winetricks for a while, I recently committed the new version:
Sorry guys, most of us hate this shit too.
They don't do it because both the US and the UK (the only states who'd have the balls to consider something like that) have (largely) cut bilateral diplomatic relationships with Iran, and neither operate an embassy in said dictatorship, and Iran does not operate embassies in the US or the UK.
UK DOES have an embassy in Iran:
198, Ferdowsi Avenue
As does Iran in the UK:
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
16 Princes Gate
London SW7 1PT
Not all drugs are viable in the market. Under your proposal, those R&D costs are lost, and cannot be recovered by drugs that do well and are more profitable.
That said, the amount of the tax passed on the consumer isn't always equal. It depends on the elasticity of the good. The less elastic entity (producer/consumer) is the one that will absorb the additional cost more. In the case of wireless internet, the consumers demand is relatively ineleastic, and they will bear a majority (but not all of) the increased cost (tax). The exact amount depends on the demand/supply curves, as well as the tax rate.
For a more reputable ranking, see http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=363&year=2009
Freedom house is one of the main sources for such statistics in political science research.
I'll defend my right to lolcats to the death!
sales tax when measured against the actual tax base is not regressive and in the US is actually more 'progressive' in that some goods you need to survive have no sales tax.
That greatly depends on the state you're in. Some tax food if sold in a restaurant, but not from a grocer. Some tax rent, others don't. For a poor person that works a lot with little time to cook, they'll pay a much larger (percentage wise) tax amount on food than a moderately better off person with time to cook/shop at a grocery store.
I've used my Linux desktops/laptops here for years without a hitch. It's actually a bit easier. If you login to the dorm network on windows, you're forced to install all windows updates (not a bad thing, of course), then install their anti-virus and let it scan (ALL) drives. Most people with multiple hard drives just disconnect them on the first boot (or perform a clean install on a spare disk), get their OS checked, then swap config around. On Macs, I believe they have a similar procedure (or so I'm told). For me on Linux, I boot up, try to go to google, get redirected. Login with university credentials, and am told to reboot. In reality, a simple 'sudo
FYI, us Texans aren't proud of it either.
East Texas is the backwoods part of Texas. I was born/raised in Southeast Texas (think 15 minutes from coast and 15 from Louisiana). The 'true' East Texans were always joked about.
TL;DR East Texas is to Texas what backwoods Kentucky is to the rest of the US.