Posted on 03 May 2009
Dr. Jelly Finger is back!
Developers at IntuApps are developing a tracking program for the Swine Flu spread. They will be using the the some of the systems people already use for tracking the spread of the disease. Apple is still reviewing the program, or not based on a previous post. (read everything), but hopefully we’ll get access to this in another week or so. The program will have five tabs. The first tab will have current threat levels from the WHO, second tab will be the google map tracker and so on. Im not writing a review of it here. The creators say that people are concerned about the spread and they are doing there part by releasing a FREE yes, free app. “Oh Lord Im coming for ya, this is the big one”. So expect to see thie Swine Flu app, and the Swine flu coming to a neighborhood to you.
I know I’ll be using this app to track how many of my skeezy neighbors have it. I can use it against them in the future. Except now I wont want my lawnmower, or blender back. This is getting a little out of control. I mean come on, a tracker for the disease thats not a pandemic? How many people have AIDs??? Yet no trackers for that. They go spreading it unknowingly and people have no chance to stop that. SO yes the swine flu is app is a good thing. However I feel that they should be putting time to develop applications that are more useful. Also if I see one more fart application I’m going to take a fire arm to a developers poop shoot and we’ll see how funny farting noises are. I swear some of these developers must be like 6.
The OG Swine Flu.
Posted on 16 April 2009
With the economy in so much trouble, state tax revenues are being hit hard — so, rather than figuring out ways to spend more wisely (what a concept), they’re looking for ways to boost tax revenues, and are hitting up two popular online tax targets: taxes on physical goods purchased online and taxes on digital downloads. Of course, the whole (official) purpose of a sales tax was that it was supposed to be used to pay for the infrastructure that made it possible for you to drive to the store and purchase the product (e.g., the roads…). That’s not always the case for online ordering (though, some will point out that local infrastructure plays a part on the delivery side). However, it’s difficult to see any justification at all (other than a blatant money grab) for a digital download sales tax. But, state officials don’t even seem to be looking for any real justification. They’re just saying that they need more tax revenue.
Another point raised, in the article on taxing digital downloads, is that politicians don’t seem to be distinguishing between digital goods and online services. The person quoted in the article suggests that’s a problem, but I’d argue that the real mistake is in thinking that there actually is a “digital good.” These days, pretty much all sales of “digital goods” are nothing more than a service. So if we believe that services shouldn’t be taxed, then digital goods shouldn’t be taxed either. They’re the same thing.
Next thing they’ll be taxing air, and babies breath. I say not cool. I wonder if pirates are going to get taxed too? Can the internet IRS go after them??? You owe 600 back taxes from downloading 6 movies that have yet to be released. haha.