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Comment Re:History repeats. (Score 2) 87

I'm pretty sure you can pay monthly for Amazon's streaming service (in the UK at least). I only tried the free trial but the option was definitely there for monthly payments for streaming video only membership.

Plus you could always just use a free 30 day trial if its just for one show.

Comment Re: BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 2) 132

The answer is ... its complicated. The BBC is responsible for the collection of the license fee, not the government. There are laws making it illegal to watch live TV without a license but it is enforced by the BBC who prosecute license evaders through the courts. The BBC is a separate entity controlled by the BBC Trust and the Board of Governors and is in no way controlled by or a branch of the government.

Obviously you could argue about political interference but that is just as true with e.g. banks where they can be persuaded by the threat of changes in laws or regulations.

tl:dr - the answer is mostly the BBC

Comment Re:The straightforward (Score 1) 108

I'd agree with this. The situations where the system is abused to steal someones domain is so rare that its not worth worrying about. If Giant Corp Inc really wanted to steal your domain you would probably just disappear one day anyway ;)

Like the parent I've had a few domains over the years - some just because they were for customer projects that never got going and I liked the sound of them. I've even been approached to sell one of them (not enough to make me part with it) but I can't say I've ever worried about justifying my ownership. If it could be confused with a prominent brand then obviously YMMV.

Comment Re:You cannot know *WHO* is voting (Score 1) 258

Completely agree with this. Going to a polling station might not be perfect, but it works - its secure and watched over by generally impartial humans. There is just now way to get all the same benefits of voting in a secure public place for internet or postal voting.

You might solve some of the identity issues by rolling out universal ID cards, but like you say - how do you know they are not being coerced?

Comment Re:A conspiracy of academics? Math MODELS (Score 1) 525

And does everyone share in the expense, or only the richest 6 countries. And if only the richest countries spend tons of money, can they get any desirable result with the rest of the world not paying attention, let alone money and methods, to "fix" whatever is estimated to help.

Climate is a morass best left to God.

Which is why we can only stop it by having a single world government, able to make the decisions without the national infighting and disagreements. We need some kind of different order to the world. Perhaps we could encourage the UN to take on this role and push for this 'new world order' as it might be called. What could go wrong?

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"