15 posts • joined 19 Feb 2013
Re: I think...
of course not, that would be naive...
you painted a picture of a very lax attitude toward tax collection here in the US, i was simply pointing out that we all have taxes we are supposed to pay, but avoid at times (or as much as possible, whatever).
i have never heard anyone use the justification of "no sales tax" when deciding to order online. it's always : availability, base price or ordering direct from the manufacturer.
generally, shipping negates most potential tax savings... a $400 item would be $28 in sales tax in my state. if i overnight it... it would cost considerably more than the gas it takes to drive to the store AND sales tax combined.
if you want any support for your high dollar purchase, you buy from a retailer you can take it to...
it's just not that easy anywhere to "beat the system" plain and simple. can it be done? yes. is it rampant? hardly.
Re: I think...
That's only half true...
businesses collect sales tax on anything purchased in your state, or from a business with a location in your state. The percentage varies by state.
Even then... You are compelled to pay that tax at the end of the year, via a box on your state tax forms.
it would be a mistake to think your govt is more adamant about collecting taxes.
Re: On porn?
Because contextually aware.
Re: Amazon to drop veil
lift, drop... either way it's evident the veil is no longer in its original position and not serving its intended purpose!
pedantic reference to inappropriate punctuation FTW?
Re: I'm not surprised....
Some states (mine, anyway) have passed laws preventing municipalities from offering broadband service.
If you are prone to outrage, I urge you NOT to look into the details concerning North Carolina's House Bill 129.
I still twitch when I hear the name Perdue.
Re: Except that Apple keeps winning
I hate to be the one to point this out, but the patent was filed in 96 and published in 99.
I don't believe this invalidates all prior art arguments, just this specific one.
Re: But seriously folks ..
*collection of numbers, not one single number.
no clever for you!
Re: You have no idea what you're takling about
particularly tight, yes. unique? not by a long shot.
same situation here, 1 provider. Randolph Telephone.
$70 for 5Mb Internet (frequently laggrific)
$15 for phone (not optional)
$10 various taxes, etc...
just shy of $100/mo for service that would never survive with competition from cable.
i had to pay a $10 member fee, $100 DSL installation fee, $65 location visit fee... on top of the $100 security deposit.
my bill is 8 pages long...
my only other option for broadband is wireless from Verizon, which as stated is prohibitively expensive.
called the cable company... no exchanges within 3 miles of me. talked to a contractor... cost would be somewhere around $80k, and they want 30 customers per mile to build out.
Randolph Telephone is building out their fiber network, with somewhat more reasonable prices ($100/month for 20Mb) but you still aren't allowed to unbundle the phone...
Re: '...rubbish American sitcoms....'
far superior. beiber/gaga/spears supergroup vs the beatles superior.
i'm merican and i support this message.
Service providers always refer to lost productivity as an "inconvenience".
Surely this number comes from something else...
won't continue committing crimes against "the american people"
but he'll sure as hell make comments that could hurt the american IT industry. it's a justified comment, but still capable of doing more harm than simply continuing business.
uninformed is right...
this wasn't even really a microsoft centric move... they were giving devs and publishers control of their content. giving them the ability to choose whether to allow trade-ins, rentals, etc...
i loved the announcement. i hate gamestop and their ilk... middlemen with no interest in the sector other than money. they have driven local shops out of business, and now abuse their power to the the detriment of the producers and consumers.
since the industry relies on these parasites at this point... the producers were forced into anti-consumer tactics like online passes and restricting content ("DLC" unlocks) to help fight against that clerk pushing the used version over the 10 brand new copies they have in stock. it would also be nice to not have to hear the clerk complain about the very anti-consumer tactics the industry instituted to fight them.
ultimately consumers are to blame for ruining gaming for gamers... if gamers purchased ethically, and ponied up that extra $2-$5, knowing they were actually supporting EVERYONE that made it possible and not just the parasites.... we'd see no DRM (involving physical media) and no season passes...
i'll admit it made no difference to me... i buy new, i don't buy every game that comes out, and i don't sell my games. i was more glad to see someone trying to make a stand, and it's a shame more don't see it this way...
Re: "check the status"?
fail to treat your car as a cheap appliance.
how about... tire pressure, engine and transmission oil levels, coolant levels, belt life remaining, etc... it would be nice to know my tires are outside optimal inflation range when i'm making my daily plan, so i can alot time to fix the issue and maybe diagnose why the status changed.
Re: Off topic but...
pfff... it will be at least another decade before i let anyone trumpet ford without bringing up the self immolating SUVs.
cruise control circuitry should never be able to cause a fire when the vehicle isn't even running... that's an epic fail of biblical proportions.
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