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China's massive live-streaming industry is the next target of China's tech regulation blitz, with three governmental agencies announcing a requirement for operators to register in an attempt to eliminate tax evasion. The three regulatory bodies – the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the State Taxation Administration ( …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    The one and only benefit of a totalitarian government

    You WILL pay your taxes.

    1. batfink Silver badge

      Re: The one and only benefit of a totalitarian government

      Yep. It's still income, whether it's from old-school jobs or newfangled Influencing.

      So, pay your taxes just like anyone else.

    2. Anonymous Coward
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      @Pascal Monett - Re: The one and only benefit of a totalitarian government

      If I'm not mistaking, tax evasion is a punishable offence in a democracy too. A government that doesn't collect taxes is a poor government and can not easily spend to buy votes.

      1. batfink Silver badge

        Re: @Pascal Monett - The one and only benefit of a totalitarian government

        It is a punishable offence in democracies. However, it rarely seems to get much enforcement, except for the little people. After all, it might implicate lawmakers and their chums as well, so we can't be having that.

  2. teknopaul Silver badge

    Paid content

    It's good theregister highlights paid content. Interesting that comments are often turned off. I guess those advertisers are scared of well informed commentards with worrying amounts of field experience ;)

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      @teknopaul - Re: Paid content

      That's the privilege of paid content. As we use to say in my native country, the person that pays the fiddler is the one that will choose the tunes.

  3. tmTM

    I'm gunna say it

    Alot of what they're proposing is not a bad idea.

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: I'm gunna say it

      China is doing a lot of things to regulate the tech industry that may make them a healthier society down the road. We may despise the heavy handed authoritarian government system required to fully implement these policies, but we may eventually find out there's such a thing as too much freedom in a world where everyone can be a publisher, everyone can be a journalist, everyone can be an influencer, everyone can claim to be an expert on every subject because they "did their research".

      1. An_Old_Dog Bronze badge

        Re: I'm gunna say it

        @DS999: The problem isn't "too much freedom in a world where everyone can be a publisher..." It's people who lack the critical-thinking skills to weed out the bogus.

        Why do people lack those critical-thinking skills? Because their parents abrogated their childrens' entire education to the state, which has a vested interest in the masses becoming "sheeple". I went to a public school, but my parents did things at home to educate me and my siblings in areas where the schools did not. It wasn't until COLLEGE that I had the opportunity to take a critical-thinking course.

        1. DS999 Silver badge

          Re: I'm gunna say it

          Even people I've known for a long time and I know have critical thinking skills fall for some of this. Because they are being fed what they want to believe, and have self limited their sources of news - sources of news that tell them all the other sources are highly biased.

          1. An_Old_Dog Bronze badge
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            Re: I'm gunna say it

            @DS999: Your last sentence above hits the nail on the head. To counter these biases, you have to work at it -- hacking your own head, so to speak. You have to go out of your way to read sources whose typical slant goes against the grain of your own philosophy and preferences.

            1. DS999 Silver badge

              Re: I'm gunna say it

              Sources with a "slant" sure. But do you include sources that are five stops down the loony conspiracy theory train? Because increasingly the loony stuff is mainstream for a decent chunk of people. If I spend more time listening to those theories, how is that going to help people I know who have gone full QAnon?

        2. batfink Silver badge

          Re: I'm gunna say it

          @Dog: US "Public" or UK "Public" meaning?

          In the UK, "Public Schools" are what the rest of the world call "Private Schools".

          No, I don't know either....

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