On TimeWarner, the only requirement is that you have "digital service" which doesn't have a billion channels. then you can add premium stuff like HBO/Showtime/Cinemax a la carte... Not sure you have though, so if that's the case with your provider... They suck.
Uhhh... The HBO network is one of the few services offered on an a la carte basis by just about every cable provider out there. Unless you're needing access to more than one premium network (like wanting both HBO and Showtime), it's cheaper to get just the one premium you want.
Would they get customer calls? Sure they would, especially on a Netflix-type streaming service. But... By bringing in a serious amount of money that they were previously losing, they could likely pay for that call center...
Another option is that they could work with Netflix (GASP!) and maybe license all of the HBO content to be streamed like on a 15 minute timeshift (show becomes available to stream 15 minutes after it starts to air for the first time), charge Netflix $6/month/actual subscriber, which Netflix would (or could) bump to $8. It could be an "add-on" service for Netflix (not something they currently have). You know... Like the a la carte we've been asking for from the cable and satellite industry for years!
Actually, I find it very hilarious, and snide, and think that the only way it could be any better is by having a dude holding up two middle fingers and saying "F U Lamar!"... But I don't think that would fly.
What would your more highly developed ventromedial frontal lobe produce?
Look, we members of the SMDA (Sock Manufacturers and Darners Association) need to feed our children. You need to understand that you can't wear just ANY sock with ANY shoe that you wish. When you buy a new pair of shoes, you must buy a new pair of socks specifically for those shoes. If you want to wear those socks with a different pair of shoes, you'll need to go buy a similar pair of socks. Socks may only be worn with the shoes that they are purchased for.
If we catch you sharing socks with someone else, or copying SMDA socks, we'll take you to court.
Beyond the voting, there's a lot of stuff that can be gleaned from the servers... In TF2, you could get some positive karma as a medic from healing a teammate while taking fire yourself. Or you could get it as a sniper for taking out an opponent getting ready to nail an engie while building. Reward TEAM players.
I run a sizeable (but now essentially useless) Unreal Tournament website (yes, some of us still play!), and we always found ways to award team players - defenders of flag carriers, as an example, so I know a thing or two about dealing with assholes in games, as well as great team players. Watch some recording of GOOD team players - and you'll see them help teammates that they don't know and have never played with before. It's cool, it's fun for both people, and should be rewarded.
Wanna be an asshat in game, the Goonswarm? Awesome. Since you're preventing people from enjoying a game, you're gonna pay full retail for the game, plus full retail for the voice pack. You've got 8000 karma from helping your teammates in TF2? You rock! You can convert that to a 50% off coupon.
Actually, that's a really shitty analogy. Megaupload wasn't a pawn shop. It was a storage place.
You can get a big storage unit, or a small unit. I can give a copy of the key to MY lock to anyone I choose. They can go get stuff out of it. They can give me a key to their lock. And while there may have been plenty of stolen items in the storage unit next to mine... I used mine for my own purposes - storing extra furniture, some old PCs, and a sweet ass '70 Hemi 'cuda. Douchenozzle government came in and seized the whole place, simply because the moron next to me was growing weed and storing stolen goods in his unit. I can't get my car back (worth way more than the weed and the stolen goods), and there seems to be no process for doing so.
How is that a problem? They are very nearly all crony capitalists - with the exception of an extremely limited number (like Bernie Sanders). You should have no problem voting that ticket - just put a check mark damn near anywhere.
As a small-time admin myself, I would probably attempt to (in)validate the claim. If I found that the claim was in fact correct, I would notify the site owner, while removing only the infringing content. Only as a VERY LAST RESORT (i.e., I could not determine a way to remove the infringing content from the filesystem), would I shut down the site.
But that's just me, and I don't have that many sites that I host.
Because those searches that are uneventful don't really do anything for the security of flights anyway. And what about the continuous tests of the system where the TSA fails? And the un-controlled settings of the backscatter machines, the unknown health issues, etc.?
Where do you decide that the false security and the costs thereof outweigh what the organization ACTUALLY does for us? There's no metrics, nothing. The whole thing is a sham. ANd you bought it. Hook, line, and sinker.