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Comment Re:Cultural? (Score 1) 469

Agreed. This sort of thing probably doesn't have anyone specific to blame but a lot of people making bad choices.

If mechanical engineering is anything like software development, the engineers are under pressure to get the car to fit a whole load of contradictory design goals. The manager doesn't understand the problem too clearly. The engineers do a bodge job to get the pressure off. Management sees that it ticks the boxes and doesn't really care. Engineers figure "what the hell".

Comment Re:I wonder if TiVo is long for thisworld (Score 1) 85

I'm also not particularly tempted to replace my satellite bill with a bunch of smaller streaming bills especially when support for any particular service on any particular device is hit or miss.

The absence of standardisation here is one of my bugbears. My Sony TV supports Netflix and iPlayer (The must-haves in the UK), but players for the other major channels seem to be missing.

Still, you can get cheap android based devices, and Android itself is a fairly stable standard. Even Amazon's fork for FireTV seems to be pretty well represented, and the devices are cheap enough I don't mind throwing it out if it does become obsolete in a year or two.

Comment Re:Got Anymore Of That 4K Content? (Score 1) 223

Don't think that many people care about 4k content.

The rental prices are daft. Also rentals make things confusing if you have Prime. I don't want to pay per item.

They have a couple of exclusives that look interesting though, I quite enjoyed The Man In The High Castle. And getting Amazon prime delivery is a nice perk.

Comment Re:3D Printing (Score 1) 106

Chocolate teapots have their uses. Main one is that if you're hungry you could eat it. Also, these guys would have it that you can even use one for brewing tea

A 3D printed clock though - plenty of examples. Usually using other materials for the pendulum, but I imagine nowhere near as consistent or useful at sea as Harrison's clocks.

Comment Re:No Cost Clause (Score 1) 106

That depends entirely on how much safer and/or faster a journey is thanks to the clock, as well as the lifetime (and maintenance cost) of the clock,

It does indeed.

How long does a precision instrument that needs to keep perfect time last in conditions of wildly varying temperatures, high humidity and high chance of contact with saltwater? Larcum Kendall made a replica of H4 but he argued that it was too expensive for general use.

It's not unreasonable to wait for the claimed advantages to be tested and verified before paying out a hefty prize, after all. After others had demonstrated that the watch could be made more cheaply, then it's quite clear that Harrison deserved the award.

Comment Re:No Cost Clause (Score 1) 106

It was expensive, but not too expensive. Ships were also expensive. Entire fleets of warships and the upkeep of the sailors and marines even more so.

Yes, but when a quarter of the price of the ship is the clock, I'd say there's an argument that costs need to be reduced before it's really "practical".

Comment Re:It should... but what about Ecto-1 (Score 2) 138

True, but if you see a silver Aston Martin DB5 you immediately think of James Bond, and would that red stripe be enough to violate the copyright on the A-Team van?

There are of course always edge cases. I just wonder how these things would go if challenged.

Curiously, in a similar case, despite the vehicle in question being an unmodified creation of the Met Police, the rights to the Blue Police Box now belong to the BBC.

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre