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Comment Re:BBC - hammered by its own Political Correctness (Score 5, Insightful) 202 202

People enjoy the fact he acts an arse, him actually being an arse is a bit different. People often love "characters" on television they would despise in real life, sadly Clarkson let his idiot persona take over his real one.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1173 1173

Is that what he did then? And also warned them to lookout for falling drones? Or are you just imagining it that way because you sympathise with this guys description of how things happened? And I would strongly emphasise it's a description and not necessarily the way it happened.

Comment Re: Looking more and more likely all the time... (Score 1) 508 508

I think you're a bit confused there, try and reduce it to energy in and energy out, if you are generating less thrust than you are putting in energy you can't get free energy, the speed is irrelevant, I don't know what you expect to achieve by dividing input power by output power, but it's not a velocity. In this engine (Watts x Seconds >> Newtons x Metres) = No free Joules.

Comment Re:We're a tech company... (Score 1) 246 246

I can get a taxi anywhere in the country quite easily, it's not that cheap, but I doubt Uber would be significantly cheaper because at the end of the day some guy has to drive to where I am and pick me up and drive me somewhere else and some other entity will want a cut of the money. Uber are just trying to make themselves the middle man in every taxi transaction, and breaking the law to do so.

Besides it should be fairly obvious that with taxis supply is never going to match demand because sometimes an utterly absurd number of people need taxis, often at the same time in the same place where the streets are already full of people and vehicles. It becomes literally impossible to move, say at a large sporting event.

Comment Re:Handy article on the Globe and Mail (Score 1) 246 246

[Taxi] plate holders included an airline pilot, a dentist, investors who lived in Florida and Israel, and estates that had inherited the licenses after the holder died. The problems created by the plate system were mind-boggling. At least 30 per cent of the industryâ(TM)s revenues went to people who did nothing but milk income from their licenses.

What's quite funny is that is probably a lot less than goes to income milkers in other industries.

Comment Re:We're a tech company... (Score 1) 246 246

The laws that artificially limit the supply of taxis start to look quite reasonable when you realise after they are gone all the previous generation taxi drivers are basically destitute, those guys that actually know the city and have done the job long enough that we know they have the temperament for it and do a half decent job.

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