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Comment: Re:Perversion of the law's intent (Score 1) 371

by themacks (#32824736) Attached to: AU Band Men At Work Owes Royalties On 'Kookaburra'
They can generate ongoing income because they created something of value to others. Artists most definitely can get royalties if they produce something that others license from them. More than likely if you buy a painting in a store it isn't an original but a licensed reproduction. Joe Taxi-driver is making money from providing a service, if he stops providing the service he stops making money.

Comment: Re:Insufficient data for meaningful answer (Score 4, Informative) 256

by themacks (#31937396) Attached to: More Evidence For Steam Games On Linux
the interesting bits from the script:

UNAME=`uname`
if [ "$UNAME" == "Darwin" ]; then
PLATFORM=osx32 # prepend our lib path to LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH="${STEAMROOT}"/${PLATFORM}:$DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH
elif [ "$UNAME" == "Linux" ]; then
PLATFORM=linux32
# prepend our lib path to LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="${STEAMROOT}"/${PLATFORM}:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
fi

Comment: Re:He has no case (Score 1) 646

by themacks (#28901757) Attached to: Student Suing Amazon For Book Deletions
I agree that the right to change the service would be found to be legal, however there are still stipulations to that clause. For some changes the provider has to provide a notice in advance to the changes. There also isn't anyway to know that courts would see the removal of the book as a change to the service. That being the case, this clause is irrelevant.

Comment: Re:the idiocies of religions are only matched (Score 5, Insightful) 247

by themacks (#27701453) Attached to: Hundreds of Thousands of Chinese Black-Hats

nationalism and organized religion are forces in this world which must be defeated if we are all to live in peace

I think that contains a subset of the real problem. The real problem is people thinking that, because they belong to a certain group (country, religion, secret club), they are somehow better than people not in the same group. Nations and religions are not the problem, it's the idea that "I'm better than you" because of some group.

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