Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Maryland To Tax Computer Support Services -- Tax -- InformationWeek

It seems the once "Free State" is unhappy about no longer being the State with Highest Taxes per capita in the Union. So to found yet their latest and greatest "Government Knows Best" initiatives the have decided to not only increase their Sales Tax from 5% to 6%; but also to apply to any and all IT/Computer Services including the coast of writing customized software.

When other States are courting the high paying IT industries to their State, Maryland has decided to tax it out of theirs.

Maryland To Tax Computer Support Services -- Tax -- InformationWeek: "The measure increases sales tax by 1% and adds computer support services, data center support, custom programming, consulting, and disaster recovery services to the list. Legislators approved the change as part of a tax package they passed early Monday morning."

Friday, November 16, 2007

Stupid stuff ,,,,

Warner Music Group: We were wrong to go to war with consumers

I have a hard time buying that a big multimedia conglomerate and RIAA member in good standing would inadvertently wage war on consumers.

This statement that all but resembles an apology is just the latest tactic by the greedy to lull the consumer into a false sense security.

MacUser: News: UPDATED: Music boss: we were wrong to go to war with consumers: "We used to fool ourselves," he said. "We used to think our content was perfect just exactly as it was. We expected our business would remain blissfully unaffected even as the world of interactivity, constant connection and file sharing was exploding. And of course we were wrong. How were we wrong? By standing still or moving at a glacial pace, we inadvertently went to war with consumers by denying them what they wanted and could otherwise find and as a result of course, consumers won."

Union Members becoming Fat and Lazy?

If I owned a Construction firm, I would offer the Union workers a meager $8/hour since their Union seems to feel that it is a good enough wage to outsource picketing my firm.

NPR : Union Outsources Picket Lines to the Homeless: Gary Chaison, who teaches industrial relations at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., said renting pickets sends a bad message.

"It's essentially saying that our own members don't have the time, the inclination — or the spirit — to walk picket lines and protect their jobs,' Chaison said. And if actual carpenters don't care enough about companies paying lower wages, Chaison said, why should anyone else?

"I'm trying to imagine what the civil rights movement would have been like if, in fact, they had hired demonstrators to walk down South," Chaison said.