You can bet the farm that because of this all major online retailers have already started work to change their registration and ordering systems to implement a clickthrough rather than ticking a checkbox that says 'I agree'.
I run a Minecraft server with/for a small-ish group of friends and family (~25 people whitelisted). The problem we've faced is that as Mojang adds more features, you have to do a reboot of your map if you want to have access (or easy access, I should say) to them if you're playing in Survival mode. Because of this we've already rebooted once, since we ran one map from ~1.2 beta through the 1.0.0 launch (to get NPC villages, Fortresses+The End, etc), and now are facing a second reboot because of Emeralds being added (and to get a map with jungles not out in the far away/unexplored areas).
Some people wanted to keep working on old projects or at least have access to them, so I found a mod called Multiverse that allowed me to set up portals across worlds. Now our old map is Creative / free build, our current map is Survival, and we have a flat map in Creative for large projects. When 1.3 gets released we'll probably spawn a new map and change the current map to creative (with its own inventory, separate from the new map) and start a new.
You're trying to use the metric of countries = largest civilization. Any extraterrestrial visitors (probably) wouldn't know where China's borders were. My guess is they would go to the areas with the most light emitted at night, which would probably be Western Europe, Eastern Seaboard of the US, or Japan.
... is Cheetos
CheetOS, codename "Chester", to be exact.
Link to the map, rather than using the tiny iframe in the article.
OGA/WGA/activation is pointless. It annoys the legit users while the pirates are happily ignoring it.
Exactly. I'm running a legit copy of Sever 2008 R2 and after my latest reinstall (on to a SSD), it wouldn't activate without calling an automated number and following prompts. I tried 3 times to get it to activate through this method but it 'failed' every time. After the 3rd try, I let the automated service send me off to talk with a human rep...except for one problem: the extension the system sent me to was a disconnected number. After having wasted 45 minutes on the "simple and automated" system, I found a WGA crack (or whatever the hell they're calling it now) and have been puttering along for the last several months with no problems at all.
As much as I agree with you about al a carte cable TV, it would kill the over-the-top selection. It is the major/core channels that supplement the costs for all of the specialty channels that get included in the current packages.