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Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 1) 132 132

Everyone in the UK doesn't have to pay for it. You only need to pay (or be covered) if you watch or record programmes as they're being shown on TV or live on an online TV service.

I've got a friend who doesn't have a TV, doesn't stream things live via the computer, and doesn't have to pay for a license.

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 1) 132 132

Curiously, being a uni-lingual Brit, many years ago I was toying with the idea of rectifying this and learning some other European language, and the one I briefly considered was Dutch. In the end I decided that if I was to learn another language it would have to be another major one, like French, German or even (if going world-wide) Mandarin! Not, unfortunately, Dutch! (I still intend to follow-up on this, probably French).

As to the BBC, it should be recognised that it does sell programs abroad, and the money it makes from this goes to supplement the license fee. I'm sure Dutch NPO does similar.

Comment Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396 396

Yes, everyone seems to complain about mountains of 'red tape' without being specific as to what actual regulations they object to.

Hopefully, in the coming months more 'facts' will come out, and more 'myths' exposed.

Talking of figures, it seems the European Commission employed 33,197 staff on 1st January 2015, while the EU Parliament employes about 8,000. Not sure about Birmingham City Council's as they seem to be being hammered by staff cuts. However, the UK Home Office number of staff was 27,546 on 1st January 2013, while the DWP was 91,643 (or 80,281 Full Time Equivalents) in August 2014.

Comment Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396 396

Actually another option (in the medium to long term) would be Edinburgh, especially if Scotland leaves the UK in order to stay in the EU (which it will).

People don't realise it but Edinburgh is a major financial centre in the EU (beaten possibly only by London and Frankfurt).

It's not going to be plain sailing inside the UK if we vote to leave the EU.

(Note to self - I must plan to move to Scotland while I can!)

Comment Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396 396

Unfortunately I don't think you're alone in thinking we should go, and I'm in the UK. We (or, let's be honest, our government) haven't been good team players. That does not mean that all us citizens don't want the EU to develop and thrive. Yes, there are a large number of my fellow citizens who vote UKIP, but many more who don't.

The matter is going to be cleared up in a referendum, hopefully sooner rather than later. What I would like the rest of the EU to do is budge not one inch to Cameron. Give him nothing. Make the referendum not one on any proposed reforms, but one on the EU 'as-is'. OK, he will have to campaign for an exit, and if we then vote for an exit (most probably), then you get your wish and we'll be out. Then by all means continue with the EU project without us (but be willing to welcome Scotland when they leave the UK, as they will if the UK votes to leave the EU). Go forward with the fantastic vision that originally started the whole thing.

However, what I hope is that even with no reforms, we will vote to stay in (unlikely I admit). After we have agreed to stay in will be the time to think about any reforms needed (which there may be), but at least we'll (the UK) be committed partners rather than wreckers on the edge of things.

I understand the frustration, but some of us in the UK are pro-Europeans and would like to be together with the rest of our European neighbours in a vibrant, dynamic and strong EU.

Comment Re:c'mon (Score 3, Interesting) 306 306

So the suicide was purely down to mental illness rather than the revenge porn? I suppose it is similar to deliberately giving peanuts to someone with a peanut allergy - It was their peanut allergy that killed them of anaphylactic shock, not the person who gave them the peanuts!

(</sarcasm> - in case anyone was wondering!)

Actually, you don't say whether you think revenge porn should be illegal in the US, only that victims (mainly women) should be 'man' enought to put up with it!

(I'm pleased to say that in England and Wales (I'm in England) it is already illegal - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31429026. Scotland and Northern Ireland are considering it.)

Comment Re:Armegeddon for indigenous marine life. (Score 1) 197 197

I should point out that four are planned for Wales, and only two for England. Wales != England, although both are parts of the UK, along with Scotland and Northern Ireland. Thus also England != UK.

Still, as you point out, the coastline numbers are quite large. See How long is the UK coastline? for details. The figure for the UK is given as about 19,491 miles (31,368 km). That said, this figure also include all the islands, so isn't just the mainland.

Comment Re:Kudos (Score 1) 91 91

Indeed, I've never understood why there are numerous versions of Ubuntu. (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, etc). Why not just get plain old Ubuntu and do "apt-get install de-of-choice" (where de-of-choice is KDE, XFCE or LXDE, etc.)?

The answer of course is that, perhaps, possibly, maybe, things are just a wee bit more complicated than that!

Comment Wonder when it will hit the repos (Score 1) 91 91

Running both LMDE XFCE and Xubuntu 14.04 LTE I'll look forward to when this hits the repos. Unfortunately I'll probably have to change Distros to use it as LMDE is changing to using Debian Stable (Jessie) and it probably won't be backported. Similarly for Xubuntu and it probably won't be in Xubuntu LTE until 16.04.

I really ought to change to Arch or something!

That said,I'm pleased it's still being developed. I was worried that it was going to fade away and I'd have to start using Mate, Cinnamon or even Unity.

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