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

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.

Submission + - Google reveals government data requests (bbc.co.uk)

themacks writes: "From the article: "Google has released details about how often countries around the world ask it to hand over user data or to censor information. Brazil tops the list with 3,663 data requests while the US made 3,580 and the UK came a distant third with 1,166.""

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

the interesting bits from the script:

if [ "$UNAME" == "Darwin" ]; then
PLATFORM=osx32 # prepend our lib path to LD_LIBRARY_PATH
elif [ "$UNAME" == "Linux" ]; then
# prepend our lib path to LD_LIBRARY_PATH

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

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

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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