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    Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs

    I see this as big a deal to stop a the PHONY Health Plan & Cap and Trade.

    We need to band together regardless of Party affiliation and nip this in the bud.

    I for one don't need a higher cost of anything.

    The up coming massive taxes are going to be more than enough to last a life time.

    Microsoft makes enough profit to build better security into it's software without gouging us for more. Bill Gates has enough money to last 100 life times.

    Just say not Microsoft taxes!

    Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

    By Tony Romm - 03/03/10 11:26 AM ET
    A top Microsoft executive on Tuesday suggested a broad Internet tax to help defray the costs associated with computer security breaches and vast Internet attacks, according to reports.

    Speaking at a security conference in San Francisco, Microsoft Vice President for Trustworthy Computing Scott Charney pitched the Web usage fee as one way to subsidize efforts to combat emerging cyber threats -- a costly venture, he said, but one that had vast community benefits.

    "You could say it's a public safety issue and do it with general taxation," Charney noted.

    Ultimately, Charney was only offering one suggestion during the RSA security conference; not a precise policy prescription.

    But his idea has already riled many in the computer world, some of whom have since charged Microsoft and its historically vulnerable Windows operating system are responsible for countless, worldwide cybersecurity problems.


    Still, Charney implored those in his own industry to focus more on "social solutions" to growing Internet security concerns. He described the importance of cybersecurity in terms of national healthcare, noting that computer ailments and hacks, like preventable diseases, travel to and incapacitate other, connected units -- not just the infected user's home computer.


    "Just like we do defense in depth in IT, we have to do defense in depth in... response," he later added.

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    Re: Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs

    All we need is to disallow EULA's from disallowing damage claims due to product deficiency if the product is paid for (non free programs). Of course we would need reasonable civil damage caps.

    That will force companies like SUN and MS to upgrade the security in their languages.
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    Re: Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs

    No, Microsoft, you can't have a bailout.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    No, Microsoft, you can't have a bailout.
    They don't need one.

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    Re: Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs

    Don't you think that if a drug company puts out a drug that costs lives or a food company puts out hamburger contaminated with E. coli they should be held accountable?

    The same should go for any Software company that creates a product allows for cyber attacks that cost the public for costly repairs?

    Why should we have to pay a tax to cover their mistakes?

    I see this as just plain wrong and back as-wards.

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    Re: Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Don't you think that if a drug company puts out a drug that costs lives or a food company puts out hamburger contaminated with E. coli they should be held accountable?

    The same should go for any Software company that creates a product allows for cyber attacks that cost the public for costly repairs?

    Why should we have to pay a tax to cover their mistakes?

    I see this as just plain wrong and back as-wards.
    Oh I bet it will worm its way into some of the congressmen on some sort of national security grounds. Especially some of the older congressmen who don't really understand computers and just regurgitate what their lobbyists say. See: McCain's "Internet Censorship Freedom Act."
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs

    "The Equalization of People's Online Security Inequality Freedom-America-Patriot Security Bill"

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    Re: Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs

    Quote Originally Posted by Areopagitican View Post
    "The Equalization of People's Online Security Inequality Freedom-America-Patriot Security Bill"
    Add "For Freedom" on the end!

    Actual text of bill:

    "No person may access any internet website not approved by Internet Security Committee."
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    All we need is to disallow EULA's from disallowing damage claims due to product deficiency if the product is paid for (non free programs). Of course we would need reasonable civil damage caps.

    That will force companies like SUN and MS to upgrade the security in their languages.
    The caps should only be effective when a private citizen challenges another and when a business attacks a citizen.

    Citizen vs big business = skys the limit.

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    Re: Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Add "For Freedom" on the end!

    Actual text of bill:

    "No person may access any internet website not approved by Internet Security Committee."

    "The Equalization of People's Online Security Inequality Freedom-America-Patriot Security for Freedom Bill"


    Two freedoms. Done.

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