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Comment Re:I have a better idea... (Score 1) 649

I don't know how you guys did it but in the UK we bought the banks. We own them now. When we sell them off we will get back what we paid for them, perhaps even a bit of profit.

Right..... That explains : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15769886 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9681545/UK-may-never-recover-66bn-spent-to-rescue-banks-MPs.html Your faith in the government is touching, but probably unfounded (see PFI, HMRC failures, FSA failures). Heck, pick up a copy of Private Eye to see just how often government utterly fails when working with commercial entities.

Comment Re:In fact..... (Score 1) 173

NPR? Why? As a non-American, it seems like NPR is somewhat akin to the BBC, despite the lack of significant financial support from the state. Given that it is propped up by funding drives, and seems to attract criticism from both sides of the US political spectrum, it seems to be doing a good job of justifying its existence and avoiding partisanship. Like the BBC, it seems NPR is also being cowed by those who are too easily offended.

Comment Re:PIN Codes (Score 4, Informative) 241

Oddly, in the UK and Europe, full service is available without having to scrawl on a piece of paper. The whole paper/pen thing is replaced by a portable device for handling the card payment. I had serious trouble using my US visa card in the UK because there was no chip, and they won't accept cards without chips in most places now.

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