NZCS Newsline: Taxing software, Chromebooks, Future of ISPs and Copyright

, posted: 14-May-2011 11:16

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NZCS Newsline
14 May 2011

Your weekly dose of ICT news and views

This week:

  • Paul Matthews: Taxing times for Software Projects
  • Juha Saarinen: Notbooks
  • Stu Fleming: Tough year ahead for New Zealand ISPs
  • Paul Brislen: How about giving people what they want?
  • ICT around town: All the latest ICT-related events in your area


Newsline edited by Juha Saarinen

This Week at NZCS

Paul Matthews

Taxing times for Software Projects
by Paul Matthews, NZCS Chief Executive

Could a recent change to Inland Revenue's treatment of failed software projects threaten the commissioning or development of software in New Zealand?
That's what we're wondering after reading a notice released by IRD. In essence, it overturns the previous state of play which allowed for the cost of failed software projects to be "written off" (ie treated as an expense). Now IRD says failed software projects can no longer be written off.

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Taku Waimarie Hoki!

Juha Saarinen

by Juha Saarinen, Newsline Editor

Software-as-a-Service advocates are fond of pointing at desktops and laptops and going "look at all the computing power you have! You're not even using ten per cent of it most of the time; it's like having a car with a five-litre V8 and never getting out of first gear."
To some extent this is true. Even cheap systems have very powerful processors that with few exceptions, today's software don't stress much.

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Contributed content is the opinion of the author only, and not necessarily the view of NZCS.


Stu Fleming

Tough year ahead for New Zealand ISPs
by Stu Fleming, Managing Director, WIC NZ

This year, 2011, was always going to be challenging one to be an Internet Service Provider in New Zealand.
We knew the world was going to change drastically in 2011. IPv4 was going to run out, some sort of new copyright legislation would emerge and Ultra-Fast Broadband will be deployed any day now.
Add to that a series of amendments and variation requests from Telecom on its operational separation, a reworking of the lawful intercept legislation on the cards...

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Paul Brislen

How about giving people what they want?
by Paul Brislen, CEO, TUANZ

Copyright has turned into a thorny issue that's only getting worse. Does it have to be so difficult, antagonistic and awkward though?
Before we start let me point out that I have no problem with copyright as a concept. For many years I was a reporter, making my living by putting words together in a certain order and selling them. There was absolutely nothing to stop someone taking those words - all freely available - and reuse them for their own purposes.

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