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Portugal Is Considering a "Terabyte Tax" 353

Posted by samzenpus
from the pay-to-store dept.
An anonymous reader writes "As a proposal to avoid becoming the 'next Greece', a Portuguese opposition party has proposed a tax on storage. The party claims that the tax will not effect the average citizen and is mostly levied at business users, but internal storage on mobile phones means a 64GB iPhone could be €32 more expensive. From the article: 'The proposal would have consumers paying an extra €0.2 per gigabyte in tax, almost €21 extra per terabyte of data on hard drives. Devices with storage capacities in excess of 1TB would pay an aggravated tax of 2.5 cents per GB. That means a 2TB device will in fact pile on €51.2 in taxes alone (2.5 cents times 2048GB). External drives or “multimedia drives” as the proposed bill calls them, in capacities greater than 1TB, can be taxed to the tune of 5 cents per gigabyte, so in theory, a 2TB drive would cost an additional €103.2 per unit (5 cents times 2048GB)."
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Portugal Is Considering a "Terabyte Tax"

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  • by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Friday April 13, 2012 @05:33AM (#39670919) Journal

    Before long, Spain will have its Gigabyte Tax

    Italy will chime in with its own Megabyte Tax

    And Greece? They'll have the honor of having the world's first Kilobyte Tax

  • by Lord_Breetai (66113) on Friday April 13, 2012 @05:36AM (#39670939)

    Before long, Spain will have its Gigabyte Tax

    Italy will chime in with its own Megabyte Tax

    And Greece? They'll have the honor of having the world's first Kilobyte Tax

    I guess that leaves the byte tax for Ireland.

  • by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Friday April 13, 2012 @05:49AM (#39670997) Journal

    Before long, Spain will have its Gigabyte Tax

    Italy will chime in with its own Megabyte Tax

    And Greece? They'll have the honor of having the world's first Kilobyte Tax

    I guess that leaves the byte tax for Ireland.

    It's more like "Tax Bites" for the Irish :)

  • Re:Maths (Score:5, Funny)

    by bmo (77928) on Friday April 13, 2012 @06:03AM (#39671053)

    It's Europe, so it will have to be a Metric Shitload, which is itself different from the Imperial Shitload, which is 1.125 American Shitloads

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    BMO

  • by Splab (574204) on Friday April 13, 2012 @06:14AM (#39671089)

    Dude, seriously? What right do YOU have to come here and destroy the rants with facts? This article is the perfect fear and trolling opportunity and here you are, ruining it with facts.

    Shame! I said SHAME! on you!

  • Re:Outdated (Score:5, Funny)

    by SeaFox (739806) on Friday April 13, 2012 @06:57AM (#39671289)

    ...discarted like 2 moths ago.

    So into the flame it went?

  • by jackhererUK (992339) on Friday April 13, 2012 @07:19AM (#39671443)
    If you are going create an arbitrary tax on the size of something that affects an arbitrary section of the population why not create a penis size tax. It could be entirely self declared with no verification. The results should be made available on a public register, listed in order of length x girth. I'm sure that would raise a fortune.
  • Re:Outdated (Score:4, Funny)

    by ThatsNotPudding (1045640) on Friday April 13, 2012 @08:03AM (#39671711)

    **OLD** This law draft was already discarted like 2 moths ago.

    By Renee, attracted to a candle flame.

  • by mhajicek (1582795) on Friday April 13, 2012 @08:44AM (#39671995)
    Would data compression be considered tax evasion?
  • Re:Maths (Score:5, Funny)

    by bmo (77928) on Friday April 13, 2012 @09:31AM (#39672461)

    Shit compression algorithms work only once, at the factory where it is forced into bags by magical and undocumented processes that happen at the quantum level. The factory is owned and operated by entities outside our Universe who have refused repeated inquiries about this process.

    Shit is incompressible once out of the bag. You can never put it back in, hence one definition of a blivet which is "10 pounds of shit in a 5 pound bag" equating to a 2:1 compression ratio at the factory.

    People have tried to put shit back in the bag once it has been let out. Einstein, and Bose thought they got close to a theoretical compression, which they called a Bose-Einstein-Shit condensate, but they failed to take into account dark energy, which is an opposing force that tends to spread shit everywhere.

    When Edwin Hubble discovered the expanding universe through red shifts, he exclaimed "Holy Shit!" and "What is this shit?" not knowing at the time that shit is the actual source of the dark energy speeding the expansion.

    Minkowski described "shit cones" describing the causality of shit.

    Stephen Hawking, in his famous paper proved through Feynman-Shit diagrams that black holes evaporate because they "lose their shit."

    At the macro level, sometimes this is also measured in worm cans. Worms eat shit, which is probably why they too are incompressible once out of the can.

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    BMO

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