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Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 617

by drinkypoo (#49354595) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Tell me about it. The other day I tried really really hard and I just couldn't manage to not buy a TV.

The default is to charge you the fee whether you have a tuner in your household or not. This may be less ridiculous now that they provide a lot of other services, but it was also true back when they didn't.

Comment: Re:Cookie authenticated or open WiFi is insecure? (Score 1) 38

by drinkypoo (#49354031) Attached to: Big Vulnerability In Hotel Wi-Fi Router Puts Guests At Risk

What you use is noscript, and then you allow only the scripts necessary to get the portal working, and you don't run any flash or java from the portal, etc etc. And you keep your browser updated. It's not rocket surgery. It's not foolproof, but it's best to act as little like a fool as possible.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 4, Insightful) 209

by drinkypoo (#49353913) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

He specifically said no fines, that they have to provide the service as the fine.

And if they don't?

Fine them enough to bring in that line from the telco, installation and service. If that means they're paying for a fiber pull so you can get a fractional T3, so be it. It makes it a simple cost decision. I'm tired of blatantly fraudulent coverage maps, too.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 1) 209

by drinkypoo (#49353883) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

I guess it depends on what the fine is for not complying. For your above scenario to make sense, the fine itself would have to be more than the cost of installing the line.

Sounds good. Let's set the fine to be twice the cost of installing the line.

Also, there's no law saying how much they are allowed to charge you, and they often don't charge the same fees for everybody.

So the law says they can't charge you more because you're on a line which was installed under this program.

Comment: Re:It the UK, you insensitive clod! (Score 1) 367

by drinkypoo (#49353161) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

As a Scotsman, it is my duty to say "England" is not interchangeable with "UK". Even in the published piece from Educational Testing Services the term *actually* used is "England / Northern Ireland". While Nothern Ireland is a part of the UK, calling it out alongside England only adds to the slight. The possibly non-existent / mythical Scotland and Wales are many times larger than Northern Ireland but clearly down't merit a mention.

You chose to be part of the UK, you can live with being referred to as a citizen thereof. If you don't like it, you can try another referendum.

Comment: Re:Aww poor baby (Score 1) 617

by drinkypoo (#49353143) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Good point about screwing with the delivery, though I would assume that the BBC is big enough and has a solid enough reputation that this would be a 'blip' rather than a noticable loss of confidence.

You're forgetting that Top Gear is the most popular television program... in the world. It's rather on the same scale as mismanagement of the Superb Owl.

Comment: Re:Well past its Best Before date (Score 1) 617

by drinkypoo (#49353107) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Like just about everybody, my picks for a new co-host include Sabine Schmitz

Her English is very good, but not good enough.

But they have to look very carefully at the show and decide if its worth continuing first. I'm not convinced it is.

You cannot sub out the cast and have the show work. So they shouldn't, but not because it's not worth it, but because they can't do it.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1) 617

by drinkypoo (#49353097) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Oh please, American cars technologically are no different than any other cars these days.

On average, that's false.

The main problem with American cars these days is styling.

No, the main problem with American cars these days is build quality, just like always. UAW simply doesn't do as good a job as the non-union workers at the Japanese plants. Whether that's because higher per-hour labor costs make it impossible to pay them enough to torque fasteners correctly, which is a thing they seem to have trouble with, or just because they're shiftless layabouts without work ethic, the truth is that American cars tend to be assembled like shit.

If I want a car assembled correctly, I buy one which was put together in Germany or Japan, or second choice, by a Japanese company operating its own plant in the USA.

Only the top-end American cars are built from the same basic design strategies as euro cars... well, maybe and the Fiesta and Focus.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 617

by drinkypoo (#49353083) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Realistically though, How could the BBC have resolved this any other way?

The way most stars are handled when they act out, you put them into counseling, make them make a public apology, that sort of thing. And that's why the BBC is stupid for being all PC over things Clarkson has said in the past. They gave him final warnings over things which didn't deserve any warning, now this happened and they had no choice but to go straight to firing him.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 617

by drinkypoo (#49353073) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Is your entertainment more important than someone being assaulted?

You mean battered. Just threatening someone is assault.

I think a lot of people would benefit from a pop in the nose. And I say that as someone who was bullied in school. Namely, some of those bullies could have used a good socking-up, for some perspective.

We don't know what was said. It's easy to say that violence is never an acceptable answer to something that someone says... But if that's true, then it's equally never acceptable to say something hurtful to someone, because words can hurt more and longer than fists depending on how they are applied.

I'll worry about Clarkson being violent when I find out what was said, and not until.

Comment: Re:The BBC doesn't have much latitude here. (Score 1) 617

by drinkypoo (#49353047) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

I think he probably took for granted the freedom the BBC actually gave him to speak his mind (about cars). It may turn out that the PC brigade were much more understanding than the world of advertising driven commercial TV.

I think that a corporate master will let Clarkson speak his mind, because that's a big part of the appeal. Without that, he's not the same guy.

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