Tech at Night: Amazon Internet Tax, Privacy, Google

On April 25, 2011, in General, by Neil Stevens
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California’s Democrats, having refused to get tough with the unions who coincidentally will fund their re-election campaigns, are still determined to raise taxes. So they continue to push for an unconstitutional Amazon Tax on the Internet that just might cost the state more than it brings in, in the long run. They’re playing with “thresholds” to try to focus the bill on specific companies like Amazon, narrowing the tax base and making the idea even worse! So yes, as Calbuzz says, it’s still a bad deal for California.

And just think, soon the rest of the country going to face the same problem as Dick Durbin’s Internet Tax would target Amazon nationally.

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Tech at Night: Google, Microsoft, Net Neutrality

On April 12, 2011, in General, by Neil Stevens
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In case you missed the great news Friday, Net Neutrality was repealed in the House. The resolution now must go to the Senate, where under the Congressional Review Act it cannot be filibustered, so it only needs 51 votes.

And while I do hope that the House will follow up by attempting to repeal the redistributionist data roaming regulations passed last week, other work must be done. On Tuesday, Greg Walden’s subcommittee will hold a hearing on spectrum allocation. I hope they will support allocating the D block to public safety.

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Much to cover, and less time to cover it in! So many important things I don’t even know what to hit first. So, I’ll be biased and hit what I found out about from RedState. Google and the NLRB teamed up to promote unionization, with Google providing free ad space.

That’s a problem for three reasons. First, the NLRB is supposed to be the impartial arbiter of disputes between unions and employers. For the NLRB to promote unionization is to tip its hand as being a tool of one side: the unions. Second, Google isn’t even unionized. Third, and the undoing of the scheme: The NLRB, like the rest of the government, is prohibited by law from accepting free goods or services. If it weren’t for that, they’d all have continued to get away with it as they have since 2008. What a technicality.

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Why does Nintendo win despite being hated?

On December 9, 2010, in General, by Neil Stevens

Follow long enough most any popular online discussion of video game consoles, and eventually the same theme will come up: the popularity of Nintendo’s Wii console is supposed to be ridiculous because the games are terrible. Serious “gamers” (which is what people who like to play video games call themselves when they want to sound more serious than that) are supposed to prefer Sony’s Playstation 3 or Microsoft’s Xbox 360 consoles.

I think those people promoting these ideas are wrong, and they’re wrong because of one specific flaw in their perceptions that can be difficult for anyone to overcome. They grew up.

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Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1

On November 6, 2010, in General, by Neil Stevens

My Sega Master System broke back in the day, very sadly, and I never had a Genesis, so the whole Sonic the Hedgehog thing passed me by. Well, there was a brief experimentation with Jazz Jackrabbit, but it was very brief.

So when I tried Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, I came to it with fresh eyes. I had no preconceptions of the series and I gave it a good, honest try, taking some time to get familiar with the way the game is supposed to be played. And so, my total dissatisfaction with the game I believe I came to fairly.

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Katamari Forever

On July 9, 2010, in General, by Neil Stevens

Blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah, Katamari Forever.

Yeah, I’m told that earlier games in this series are not like this game, and in fact not like the Playstation 3 version of this game in particular, but this is the game I have, and the one game of this series I’ve played, so this is all I can assess. And my assessment is not good.

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