Aussie E-tailer Begins Taxing IE7 Holdouts

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pac789

my roomate's aunt makes $83/hr on the laptop. She has been without work for 8 months but last month her pay was $8682 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this site...NuttyRich.com

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Abeauter

Why come here and advertise? It's good sights like these and YouTube that become less and less pleasent when people advertise, please take your lame scam somewhere else!

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Jox

Why limit this to IE7? Wouldn't it make more sense to apply this to all versions of IE?

-Jox

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livebriand

+1

Strangely enough, I faked an IE6 user agent, and wasn't charged a fee. (I don't know if the site will render properly there though - I was actually using Firefox.) I did get the fee when faking IE7 though.

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alabasterdragon

One problem I see with this is the innocence that will suffer. Perhaps they will suffer enough and cause a big enough stick to get the problem fixed.

The problem: I deal with medical clients that have products that must be approved my the FDA. These products must under go a lengthy testing and safety check that takes years. "New" stuff that requires IE6 that has just recently passed the FDA has started rolling out in the last year. Hell it's only been about 3 years since government agencies like Medicaid stopped insisting people use 9600 baud modems to connect and transfer data to them. (Because the internet was not secure enough.) And yet the needed security enhancements are prevented from progressing my other government agencies like the FDA.

This falls under the misguided idea that the FDA is primarily trying to protect the public and that total government control is a good idea. Mean while technological advancements are regularly knee caped by the fed's under the premise that it might not be safe.

Outside of that...I say go for it. Charge a fee (aka tax) for stupidity/laziness/ignorance or what ever sorry excuses people might have for their lack of updates.

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livebriand

Keep in mind that IE doesn't auto-update to a new version it seems. My grandparents' computers were both running IE7 for quite a while, even after IE9 had come out I think. I had to manually update those. (both XP machines)

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whr4usa

I think you missed the point of this article

think "Apple tax" not Federal Income Tax lol

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Jeffrey Deutsch

One more factor in Chrome's favor...

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2010/11/whats-in-your-wallet.html

Have a great weekend!

Jeff Deutsch

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warptek2010

I don't know Australian law but I bet the only authority in Australia that can impose a TAX is their Parliament. Kogans can charge a fee for IE7 users probably but someone needs to tell them to stop calling it a tax.

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alabasterdragon

That is merely a matter of semantics. This is the same argument to has been going on for several years with the wording of the Obama care bill. Are the "fees" fees or taxes. Either way, it ends up in people being screwed out of money, and often for things out of their personal control.

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whr4usa

well said sir

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gmvolk

What a load of bull! I would boycott the site if I lived there. I was thinking along the lines of livebriand, what if you changed you user agent? Obviously there are ways around it, but this is still a load. Looking at their site, it does not even look all that complicated to even have problems running on IE6.

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brigor

Just stop investing in backwards compatibility and let nature decide. Either way you'll annoy & likely lose customers but why be jerks about it?

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whr4usa

that'd be much more dumb than the current scheme

this way they generate additional revenue to fund 'unnecessary' developement in an innovative way without blocking customers out of their site while simultaneously informing technically-ignorant customers of err in their habits of apathy

I like this innovative approach though it'd likely be shot down in court here with the stupidity of some of our "consumer protections" lol.

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livebriand

Fyi, I just tested this - I get taxed if I fake an IE7 user agent, but not if I fake an IE6 one. Lol... (if the site even renders correctly in IE6... I didn't bother actually trying it)

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