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2004 | Jason E. Shao

Bit torrent and P2P Distribution

Wired 13.01: The Bit Torrent Effect Cohen knows the havoc he has wrought. In November, he spoke at a Los Angeles awards show and conference organized by Billboard, the weekly paper of the music business. After hobnobbing with “content people” from the record and movie industries, he realized that “the content people have no clue. ...

America’s Giving – Scroogish?

America, the Indifferent Almost a third of the way into the program, the latest available figures show that the percentage of United States income going to poor countries remains near rock bottom: 0.14 percent. Britain is at 0.34 percent, and France at 0.41 percent. (Norway and Sweden, to no one’s surprise, are already exceeding the ...

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone! ![christmas card](http://jay.shao.org/images/2004-12-25-christmas.png “Christmas Card”)

For a Flat Tax

WSJ Opinions Section > Mr. O’Donnell’s complaint seems to be that blue > states like Connecticut pay a much higher > average tax rate than do red states like Oklahoma, > making them carry a disproportionate > share of the federal tax burden. If that is so, > enacting John Kerry’s proposed tax hike > ...

Cutting Mass. Partner Benefits

business2blog: Companies Cut Benefits to Gays >> Massachusetts companies, some of which pioneered so-called domestic-partner benefits for unmarried, same-sex partners, said they are now withdrawing them for reasons of fairness: If gays and lesbians can now marry, they should no longer receive special treatment in the form of health benefits that were not made available ...

Mars Edit

I’ve been playing with [MarsEdit](http://www.ranchero.com/marsedit/), and must say that I’m impressed. The biggest problem for me would have to be the fact that I spend so much time on a PC at work, that I don’t feel like I can get tied to too many Mac only programs. If only [Firefox](http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox) supported spell-checking as you ...

Where the Jobs Are

business2blog: Where the Jobs Are > Cnet maps the top IT-job producing cities. Not a lot of surprises: San Jose, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Long Beach, Calif.; New York; Chicago; Boston; Oakland, Calif.; Seattle; and San Francisco. I don’t think this map would really surprise anyone. It’s interesting to see the concentration of tech jobs around ...

Free Credit Reports Coming Soon

Free Credit Report Rollout Begins Wednesday > Beginning September 1, 2005: Eastern states (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia), Puerto Rico, and all U.S. territories. > Consumers may choose to order free reports from all three nationwide ...

Incredibles

I saw the Increadibles over the weekend, and it was fantastic. Probably the best movie I’ve seen all year, and heads and tails above Shark Tale. I posted a longer [review on IMDB](http://imdb.com/title/tt0317705/usercomments-159)

Music & Filesharing

When will the music industry do it right ? – Blog Maverick – www.blogmaverick.com > This is the only industry in the world that can see thousands of its retailers close, reduce the number of products it sells via cutbacks in artist rosters and albums released, cut back marketing and promotional dollars and then blame ...