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Fibre rates – time to repeal the modern equivalent of the window tax - 12/14/2010 - Computer Weekly
"Why would anyone tax windows? Well it seemed like a good idea to some in late 17th century England and in both 18th century Scotland and France, as it was thought to be less intrusive than income tax but would still scale progressively according to property assets.
"The more windows you have over a base number, the more light enters your house, the more you pay. Although it was easy to assess, it was intensely unpopular and controversial, causing windows to be blocked up and is probably the origin of the phrase 'daylight robbery'.
"A similarly troubling tax exists today, but for light that passes underground rather than overhead - fibre rates. Not everyone realises it, but there is a tax to pay for each metre of previously dark fibre when it is lit. For those in the business of providing networks, this is a problem."
How to handle an account security concern >> Asa Dotzler
LinkedIn did it right, proactively getting people to change their passwords, but not including a link in the email.
Gawker Password Mess Spreads World of Warcraft And Possibly Yahoo | Arik Hesseldahl >> AllThingsD
It simply gets worse, and will probably keep bouncing around the web for weeks.
Shakespeare's London for iPhone is the best way to experience the Bard's Great Britain >> The Next Web
Vic Keegan, formerly of this parish, has a great new app, of which The Next Web says "The app itself is simple to use, extremely well-designed, and a pure delight." But it thinks £1.79 is too much to pay, while using on your £500 iPhone. Uh?
Rejoice! Download Katy Perry From Amazon to Your BlackBerry Without Waiting! >> Peter Kafka | MediaMemo | AllThingsD
"You know how everyone you know who owns a BlackBerry is always complaining that they can't buy and download MP3s from Amazon directly to their phone? Problem solved!
"At least theoretically: I just tried to download the new app to my year-old Tour, and got an error message. And BlackBerry's support link for the app gave me a 404 error."
And as Kafka points out, Apple has been offering over-the-air downloads since 2009. Not that anybody has much cared about those either.
DDoS Attacks Make Headlines, But How Common Are They? >> NYTimes.com
"In fact, almost every network admin working on a large site reported at least one DDoS attack a month; some reported dozens. And over 60% said they'd experienced DDoS attacks larger than 1 Gbps. So not only are DDoS attacks quite frequent, finds the Arbor Network survey, they're becoming larger as well. Over the last six years, service providers have reported a near doubling in peak DDoS attack rates year-over-year, increasing from 400 Mbps in 2002 to 40 Gbps in 2008. This year the peak was "only" 49 Gbps, just a 22% growth from last year."
A Key Figure in the Future of Yahoo >> NYTimes.com
....is Masayoshi Son, the 53-year-old "serial entrepreneur" who owns big chunks of Yahoo's stakes in Yahoo Japan and Alibaba group in China, which make up about half Yahoo's value.
"As he spoke, he got more and more agitated: 'I said from the very beginning, Yahoo should position itself as a technology innovation company, not as a media company.'" Oh well, too late for that.
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