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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

paziek Re:Kinda funny how taxes set back the internet (321 comments)

Not sure how it is in Hungary, but in Poland ISP subscriptions are taxed by VAT, I think its 23%. Actually, almost everything is taxed like that. So why tax it again? If ISP would charge me per gigabyte then that would be taxed by VAT as well. They don't charge me like that (unless its mobile network), so there should be no tax on this either.

Yes, there is stuff that is taxed not just by VAT, for example alcohols, tobacco, petrol and such. Is that fair? Debatable, since you could argue "They cost public money due to health issues and roads are maintained by public funds as well". Network infrastructure? Is it owned by Govt, or corporations? if Govt, then sure - they should charge for usage or by some other kind of scheme, but if its privately owned, then I think Govt should fuck off.


Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

paziek Re:Hoax (984 comments)

Isn't that hypothesis until you can actually prove otherwise? Theory is something we can agree on that is best explanation of certain phenomenon, while hypothesis is just one of many suggestions.

about two weeks ago

Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

paziek Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

Maybe you just didn't notice that as you update on regular basis. I had Windows 7 that didn't see any update for like 2-3 years and then I decided to do it. I had no idea about this decay issue until I told my coworker about how much my system slowed down after huge upgrade.

about three weeks ago

Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

paziek Nah, its battery life and/or light output (182 comments)

I think that most people would rather have 2x battery life or 2x brighter light in their flashlight, rather than it lasting twice as long, considering that I'm yet to see IC of flashlight to die on me.

about a month ago

Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

paziek Re:Apps which require location? (67 comments)

If there are 3 base stations in your range, then they can triangulate your position. It ain't as accurate as GPS, but can be useful - just check Google Maps with GPS disabled.

about 4 months ago

Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

paziek Why Silevo didn't aim to be biggest? (262 comments)

Why Silevo didn't aim to be biggest? If their panels are so good and cheap, then why not just keep selling them? Why sell company that is making profit and will most likely grow? Fast cash grab, or those panels aren't so special after all? And why not just use some cheap 16% China panels in higher volume? Sure there is limited real estate on house for panels, so you might not get all your need covered by solar, but with unstable weather you wouldn't anyway.

about 4 months ago

YouTube Releases the Google Video Quality Report

paziek Re:Hmmm. (66 comments)

I see nothing wrong with that as long as video streaming service does that, not my internet service provider. This is what has been in place for most porn sites, so whats new? I think GP is worried about ISP charging extra for such "service".

about 5 months ago

TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

paziek Re:They still have not caught a single terrorist. (289 comments)

Maybe that's because terrorist would know that he would be caught, so he is sitting on his ass figuring out any other way to get around current security?

about 8 months ago

Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

paziek Re:Do not want ... (167 comments)

Well, we've got internet search engines integrated into almost any browser nowadays. Difference would be that you can choose what search engine you want to use.
Seems like they added some support for Delicious and whatever India streaming service; what you need to do in order to get integrated, beats me, but I bet on $. I guess its sad, but then again Mozilla in its manifesto never mentions neutrality or any such thing and they need money to pay staff.

about 9 months ago

Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

paziek Re:Duh? (219 comments)

Yeah, they didn't make a success of the Apple TV, so its not like everything they touch magically becomes popular. They had their failures in the past.

about 9 months ago

Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science

paziek Tornado did it? (110 comments)

So he claims that tornado produced infrasounds and it itself would be scary, but probably not that much with all that wind and hikers inside tent. From what I read, it is not confirmed that infrasounds induce fear or anxiety in humans, at least not to everyone. Those were experienced hikers and I guess they are used to bad weather... hard to believe that all of them would run away like that just cause of some noise outside of tent.
He wrote a book, wants to sell it, so we have this story as promo.

about 9 months ago

Nagios-Plugins Web Site Taken Over By Nagios

paziek Distro packaging mess (119 comments)

It will be interesting to see who will provide source for packages used by various distros. Those plugins can be used by other monitoring applications and I guess that new maintainers on the old domain could release version of their plugins that would not work with competition, while at the same time old maintainers probably shouldn't use nagios-plugins for their packages.

about 9 months ago

Nagios-Plugins Web Site Taken Over By Nagios

paziek Re:Suprise, not really (119 comments)

They (Nagios Enterprises) requested it. I didn't see mention of why they did, but I would guess it was trademark issue. They were supposed to let them use it independent of Nagios Enterprises, but seems like 3 years was all they could get on this deal. From what I read in their discussion, reason for takeover are mentions of compatible competition on main site of old Nagios Plugins.

about 9 months ago

My SSID Is...

paziek Scare (458 comments)

I have put information, that I'm collecting all their data. Maybe that would put off some people from using it.

about a year ago

"Piracy Filter" Blocks TorrentFreak for 4 Million Sky Customers

paziek Re:There we have it (122 comments)

That depends on your point of view. I'm pretty sure there people/corporations/governments that do like it.

about a year ago

I use a screen protector ...

paziek Leather case (194 comments)

I have this leather case, so when I drop my phone it protects whole of it. Never really cared about safeguards from wear on normal usage... tho I wish now that I didn't use that night clock - it burned into my screen.

about a year ago

Why Protesters In Cairo Use Laser Pointers

paziek Re:uh uz they're idiots (303 comments)

I doubt this pilot will crash just cause of that. He won't be able to see what's down there, but fly away? Shouldn't be a problem.

about a year ago

Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

paziek Re:Whoosh (547 comments)

Only if you assume their customers are people who buy and play games, not publishers.

about a year ago

HTC Does What Google Wouldn't: Sell an LTE Phone That Sidesteps AT&T

paziek Re:Looks great! Except, it needs a hole in its hea (290 comments)

I honestly don't care about that, but I can imagine some people need it. What angers me most with todays phones is no LED notify on the phone, so we have to use some weird applications that either blink camera flash, buttons or actually turn on screen. I had very nice LED notify on my G1, as well as trackball (worked as mouse cursor in some webbrowsers) and hardware keyboard. If I could switch internals from my SGS2, then I would be happy to do it, even if it was more bulky.

Also, it seems like battery is NOT removable (in the spec) - WTF?

about a year and a half ago


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