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@mwlucas
Here's a thought: when a company writes off some IP for tax reasons, that IP should become public domain (or _at least_ revert to the actual creator(s)).

After all, copyright exists to allow creators to make a profit off their work; it restricts the rights of the public in exchange for incentivizing the creation of new works. Writing something off effectively says, "there is no profit to be made here". If that's case then there is no reason to uphold the copyright.

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In destroying content libraries, Warner/HBO is using a publishing trick.

Because of the way intellectual property is valued and taxed across much of the English-speaking world, insufficiently profitable property is more profitable out-of-print than bringing in cash.

I could do this too. Here's a vastly simplified example.

Let's take my Prohibition Orcs. What's the value of PO? Well, there's the film rights, the TV rights, audiobook rights, branded fedoras... This is such an innovative property, for a few grand I can easily hire an outside evaluator to tell me it should be worth, say, fifty million.

I claim PO on my taxes as worth fifty million dollars.

PO fails to live up to that. Nobody even buys the branded liquor rights, even though that's a no-brainer.

So I take the product off the market, and write off a fifty million dollar loss.

"It can't be this blatant," people think. But it can. Every IP-related industry lobbied for these laws. This is part of why tech is so profitable, because surely the new game is worth top dollar.

The catch is, only a certain kind of person can do this and sleep well at night.

The tax system is Dungeons & Dragons, except the dragons wrote the rules.

This, by the way, is why publishers won't bring back so much of the out-of-print blacklist. Internally, they value all those vanished first novels at a bajillion dollars, and resurrecting them would require un-writing-off those losses.

Under current tax code, creators are more valuable dead than alive.

Some publishers/distributors play the game fair, and have deep backlists. But if it's a big conglomerate, like HBO or Randy Penguin? It's sociopathy all the way down. Remember, it's not about making money; it's about the quarterly statement, and massive deductions are a win there.

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The fetishisation of “hard work” across the political spectrum, with all parties reflexively using such thought-terminating cliches as “hard-working people” and “hard-working families” reduces people to commodities. Why should work be hard? Why should we make life harder than it has to be? Rather than praise hard work, we should use our resources and skills to make work, and life, easier. Hard work should be seen as a problem to be solved.

#LizTruss #HardWork #graft

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How to Pack an Overnight Bag for a Stay at Your Boyfriend's House

Dear @internetofshit developers; if you make a device that connects to the Internet, but that doesn't do NTP, please take up bee keeping instead of development.

I have a wifi-enabled stove with an extremely drifty clock that I have to set BY HAND whenever the power flickers or whenever I get sick of it being inaccurate. 😡

No idea what kind of butterfly this is, it was in the garden yesterday evening...

Running under Linux using github.com/goatcorp/FFXIVQuick and my CapsLock key (which I've remapped to Ctrl in the OS) is some sort of sticky Ctrl... it works once, then never again, and I can't type in chat properly afterwards.

So I ran SharpKeys in the FFXIV Wine prefix to remap the CapsLock to Ctrl in (fake) Windows... this made it run FFXIV on the Intel integrated GPU instead of the real one.

Now I have two problems.

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How to Cope when You Find out Your Parent Is Having an Affair

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