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

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) 108 108

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) 258 258

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:theoretical solution (Score 1) 235 235

Read more about it on my blog, Starts with a Bump on the Head, which, as you may have guessed from the title, is written in atrophic dactylic tetrameter, like all good cosmological monographs and comic books.

i couldn't understand the jargon, but love the pictures

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

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?

Comment Re:I hate your rules (Score 1) 136 136

Ditto, right down to the three levels. I have a few of variations on my low level password (basically, add 123 at the end, capitalise and/or add an exclamation - to account for the all the (as you rightly say) ego-driven web sites. Sometimes I've just really had to get on a site, much as their rules annoy me).

Even with the variants I can guess which it was in 3 or 4 goes max, if I've forgotten.

Its a six character word that was the name of an old roleplaying character and is probably in the dictionary. Its also been known by almost everyone I've ever worked with (since its my 'don't care' desktop login). If someone really wants to hack one of those accounts all they have to do is use my browser anyway.

My higher level passwords are all sentences with digits and punctuation and spaces removed to prevent annoyance - good luck getting them with your brute force attacks.

Comment Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 4, Informative) 886 886

Bit of a strawman there. Nobody is saying people have to stock specific products for LGBT people - only that they have to serve them whatever they do sell. They can't refuse to serve them just because they are gay.

The coffee shop doesn't have to stock special gay tea, but they have to sell coffee to gay people in exactly the same way they serve it to everyone else.

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to work.