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Comment Re:Tender (Score 1) 119

I used to know somebody who worked with the Met Office at one point, and she said (NB this anecdote is 20 years old, so it may be wrong now as technology has moved on) that the Met Office weather forecast is right about 75% of the time, but if you just say "the weather will be the same as it was yesterday" you'll be right about 80% of the time.

Comment Re:It's the base assumption that its invalid (Score 1) 392

Two things:

If you do happen to notice a person with a gun in a bank with a "no weapons" policy, you know they are up to no good.

If a bank robber does turn up and none of the other customers are armed, there will definitely not be a gun fight between the robbers and the customers, none of whom are likely to be trained for armed combat in an environment with a lot of innocent bystanders.

Comment Re:Startup management subsystem (Score 1) 416

You seem to be making the tacit assumption that everything works
perfectly. If I am debugging a system then I would much prefer
to deal with scripts (usually all in one place or otherwise easily
found) than have to try to debug C and C++ code and XML schema.
Theodore Ts'o comments that were linked to above.

Isn't that an argument that everything should be written in shell script?

Comment Re:Yes, unprovoked (Score 1) 207

"Oh, it would have only lasted 55 miles on our track!" SO FUCKING WHAT? That's a frigging RACE you retarded shitepile! How long would a car able to go so fast last on the same track? 50-80 miles tops. Less if it were a big car rather than a light racer.

If you compare it to, say, a Lotus Elise, an expectation of an owner of a car in that class is that you can take it on a track day. So take it to Castle Coombe (for example) and after an hour, the battery is dead. What are you going to do for the rest of the day while it recharges? watch everybody else driving round after refuelling with petrol in about five minutes?

Comment Re:Yes, unprovoked (Score 1) 207

The Reliant rolling was in the context of an segment that was deliberately and obviously taking the piss out of a car that is a bit of a running joke in British culture. In fact he rolled it four times in the segment.

Nobody watching it would have mistaken it for a serious attempt to evaluate the Robin.

Comment Re:The artificial expense of radio and tv (Score 1) 351

I see you've completely forgotten about the cost of people's time. Even if the content were free, somebody has got to obtain it, arrange for it to be broadcast, publish the running order, maintain the equipment etc etc etc.

Also people generally like to watch good quality TV. Have you any idea how much it costs to make an episode of Game of Thrones? Do you think you could do even half as well on $0? Nope.

Radio and TV can work without advertisers. The BBC seems to do pretty well, but only by levying a flat rate tax on every household in the UK. A subscription model could work and would make us viewers the customers instead of the product, but I think a lot of people would be shocked at how much they will have to pay.

Karl's version of Parkinson's Law: Work expands to exceed the time alloted it.