You didn't get the joke.
Not entirely true. We did invent the pudding, though the name is french.
Don't blame all of us. It's just our government being full of idiots right now. Nothing much we can do about it - even when elections run around, censorship policy is rather low on the agenda right now.
And 5) The Daily Mail.
I've seen a few theories:
- Intentional anti-piracy bloat. Make the game so huge it isn't practical to download.
- Internal politics and policy ruled out all possible codecs. Titanfall was developed under contract from Microsoft, they probably had a 'no open source' clause.
- Rushed development leaving no time to test how audio codecs would interact with everything else on a highly-loaded system.
- Plain lazy incompetence.
It showed much the same problems as capitalism though - for all their idealism, it still ended up with a wealthy and politically-powerful upper class. Also a lot of government oppression, but a decent constitution and independant court system might have been able to do something about that.
Power isn't so much of an issue. It's actually not that hard to generate and store even in a low-tech setting, if you have the knowledge. Lead-acid batteries are made from chemicals any high-school chemistry teacher can produce. Generators can be hand-crafted. The only thing required to generate power that I couldn't personally make using 1700's instruments and enough time would be the rectifier diodes - and those things have a shelf life of centuries, with every appliance holding a small pile of them. Regulators are common and long-lasting too. Your small town is going to include a few 'engineer-improvisers' who, for a sufficiently large pile of money, can install and maintain functional lighting, telegraph, running water and sanitation systems. The price would get higher though, so electric lights may become once again an upper-class status symbol.
Even if all manufacturing capacity vanished overnight, parts could be scavenged for many decades. Every car contains a battery, alternator, rectifier, gearbox... just add paddle-wheel and you've a hydroelectric power system. Those aren't delicate parts - they are made to last a long time, and don't contain any nanoscale manufacturing so can be repaired with hand tools.
Socialism was tried, and didn't work. The most likely avenue may be a hybrid system - picking out the best parts of capitalism with the required parts of socialism, possibly with some accomodation for new technologies that have shaken things up a bit.
And substantial easily-extracted oil reserves. Industry just cannot get enough cheap energy.
The basic civil disobedience approach: Protest a law by publicly violating it to draw attention.
Can't be done. There's no way to resolve disputes - without some form of centralised management, there's no way to make sure [company].com goes to the company with brand recognition and not some fraudster. The only way to allocate addresses would be first-claim (Perhaps with a proof of work to keep someone from registering by the trillions), which is just too vulnerable to abuse. The resolution system could be decentralised, but not the management, unless you are willing to abandon human-readable addresses. Which defeats the purpose.
Nope. DNS operates at a level above IP. It will be almost entirely unaffected. Only thing to change is the addition of a new AAAA record type to store a v6 address. It'll make the allocation of IP addresses easier though, as there will be a lot more tolerance for inefficiency.
Plus it screws things up in other ways - if you're using 'snickers' as your local network domain, or have a tendency to name all your servers after snack bars as a mnemonic. DNS queries become ambiguous. There is no real reason for the gTLDs at all - they are just pointless, serving no purpose other than to bring in a big heap of money now that the dot-com expansion boom has dried up.
I find it amusing that the UK, which actually has an official state-sanctioned national church, has in practice more seperation than the US. Even though the US enshrines seperation in their constitution.
I think it's a cultural difference. Religion here is a fairly private thing, while religion in the US is something to be proclaimed as loudly as possible.
They could confiscate an entire country-code TLD, but the diplomatic fallout would be so severe as to rule that out in all but the most extreme case. Perhaps if a forign government were openly endorsing the infringing site while doing the national equivilent of mooning the US and singing 'We didn't sign the berne convention, it's all legal over here.'