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Comment: Re:Not concerned (Score 1) 118

by drinkypoo (#49349953) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

The "trucking industry" is unlikely to be an agent of change. They are entrenched incumbents who will fight, lobby, and bribe to stop automation.

Again, why would they do that? The only members of the "trucking industry" who stand to lose if trucks go automated are truckers themselves, but they can't possibly out-lobby trucking companies.

Progress is more likely to be driven by customers such as WalMart, or entirely new transport companies.

No. Wal-Mart will just contract with whoever can moves the trucks most cheaply. But they're not going to do the leg-work themselves. They'll just contract whoever has the self-driving trucks, after they do the lobbying.

Wal-Mart doesn't give a shit how cheap trucking is, only that they get it at the lowest possible cost, because they don't care what their prices are, only that they are lower than the competition.

Comment: Re:too bad.... but... (Score 1) 474

by drinkypoo (#49349927) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

The refrigerator thing would definitely deserve being yelled at, don't you think? Employees have been fired for lesser offences.

It still wouldn't justify a 20 minute screaming tantrum that disrupted the entire hotel.

You're assuming that there were not earlier events which led to this event, and also that the producer didn't say anything to exacerbate the situation.

Look, violence is not a wonderful answer to something other than violence or impending violence, but the anti-Clarkson force seems to believe that he just got the wind up his arse and started throwing fists. But since none of us were party to the conversation, and none of us know what was said, none of us knows how unreasonable violence was as a response.

As someone who was bullied in almost every possible way in school, including a whole lot of verbal abuse, I know that verbal abuse can be as painful as the physical kind. In fact, studies have shown that emotional abuse actually causes physical pain responses in the nervous system. That's right, words literally hurt. If the BBC were as progressive as they'll have you believe, they'd fire people for saying mean things to other people. And then it might well have been the producer who was out of a job, before he even got a chance to eat a fist.

Comment: Re:BBC not to blame here, Clarkson is (Score 1) 474

by drinkypoo (#49349877) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Fact is BBC are getting dragged over the coals for letting all kinds of behavior from past stars go unchecked in order to keep the money flowing, including pedophiles.

So they cracked down on a shot to the jaw as a response to being soft on pedophilia?

Even if that is not true what is not in dispute is that he physically assaulted another person and some lines cannot be crossed no matter who you are or what you bring in.

Nobody really believes that "no excuse for violence" canard, do they? The world certainly isn't run that way.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1) 474

by drinkypoo (#49349841) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Well, to be objective here (though you might disagree) ... every time I get an American car as a rental I'm forced to conclude the people who design American cars are idiots.

It's not just you. Watch any car review show, there are many to choose from and you can watch pretty much all of them on Youtube. The presenters will always talk about how much better the fit and finish are in the kraut cans, and will always talk about how they are a much "nicer place to be" than their American rivals.

People don't understand how to watch reviews. Reviewers who aren't nice don't get to do reviews, so you have to mentally turn down the nice on every statement. If they say that something is quality, then it could be a lot better. If they say it's better than the competition, then you know it's that.

Comment: Re: what will be more interesting (Score 1) 474

by drinkypoo (#49349819) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

They are not directly tax-funded. Subjects in the UK pay a TV licence (currently about £145, IIRC) that subsidises the organisation in the UK.

And that fee is mandatory and difficult to escape, even if you don't have a tuner in your house. Which is what makes the BBC a government organization.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 4, Insightful) 475

by drinkypoo (#49349803) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

It's the same as how the US went through a phase of people suing for the most ridiculous reasons before it mostly calmed down to a sensible level. Of course most of those lawsuits were thrown out at the early stages, or if not turned out to have merit (like the infamous McDonald's "hot coffee" incident).

Uh, what? The McDonald's "hot coffee" incident was decided in favor of the customer. That's the opposite of not having merit. McDonald's served coffee at a temperature above their own published standards, which were set in part because they knew that the cups become inadequate at doing their job when used at those temperatures. The coffee was hot enough to cause substantial burns to the woman's flesh, which is not the case if they follow their own guidelines. The case might have been decided the way you imagine absent those guidelines, but it proved that McDonald's was aware that there was a legitimate danger.

Care to try again?

Comment: Re:The BBC doesn't have much latitude here. (Score 1) 475

by drinkypoo (#49349719) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

But at some point young people aren't going to be so keen on watching some ancient codger behaving like an ass.

At what point do you imagine that will be? I think Clarkson's spine would give out long before then.

Clarkson is amusing precisely because he acts like a child. You think that's not amusing to children?

Comment: Re:in further news show tanks (Score 1) 475

by drinkypoo (#49349697) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Is Top Gear USA still on, and if so does it still suck?

Yes, and yes.

Internet car aficionados have suggested lots of possible credible competition to Top Gear. There's several highly popular Youtube car shows out there right now, and some of the people on them have more charisma than anyone on US TG.

You can be replaced by this computer.