I hope everyone who is so upset about this issue takes the time to report and pay the sales & use tax they owe on all online purchases for which such tax was not collected at the time of purchase. You do know you’re legally required to do that, right? (Assuming the state you live in has a sales tax.)
But real money does change hands when you convert dollars into bitcoins, then trade those bitcoins with someone else, who then converts them back to dollars. It seems pretty clear that the government is treating bitcoin as a currency (albeit virtual). If they are going to be exchanging dollars for bitcoins, Mt. Gox needs to be registered properly, and they are not.
One quibble with the article: there is no such thing as “digital rabbit ears.” An antenna doesn’t care whether the signal it’s receiving is digital or analog. That’s the tuner’s job. TV antenna designs may have changed and improved over the years, but it’s not fundamentally anything to do with the switch from analog to digital TV. At best, the design changes we’ve seen are more to do with improving directional gain and multipath rejection. You could still use a set of rabbit ears from 1980 to watch digital OTA TV today.
I don’t understand this obsession with smartwatches. I have no desire to wear a watch of any kind, much less one with a tiny screen that tells me I just got an email that I now have to go read and respond to on my phone or computer.
These lawsuits are so stupid. It’s legal for me to put up an antenna in my house and receive OTA TV. It’s legal for me to set up something like a Slingbox connected to my own personal antenna in my house and stream that OTA TV signal to my own personal mobile device over the internet. So why can’t Aereo make a business of doing essentially the same thing? As long as there is a unique antenna and unique copy of the data for each subscriber, it seems no different than everyone simply having their own individual antenna and DVR at home.