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Comment Re:BBC - hammered by its own Political Correctness (Score 1) 207

I preface this by saying none of the following excuses the conduct, but I do think many of the accounts leave out some of the context behind the punch. Clarkson was going through a divorce and had just been told he had cancer. The day of filming had not gone well, he was tired, and drunk. He profusely apologized in the morning and went to the BBC himself to confess. He did something wrong, he made a mistake, but the reports make it sound like it happened because he was a terrible human being rather than a decent one with some flaws.

I think the end result of the fracas will actually be a win all around. The trio will be forced to get out of the rut they had been in. BBC gets out of a show they were never really comfortable hosting. Those that never liked TG no longer have it shown over the airwaves. U.S. fans no longer have to pony up for BBC America or resort to torrenting the show. Amazon gets a nice crown jewel for Prime streaming.

Comment Re:FTFY (Score 1) 194

Deciding who broke the law and what the punishment should be is not the job of the military. A military coup involving a new election isn't necessarily any better than one where the military just directly takes over. Look at Egypt. Military stepped in because the president "broke the law." Military called a new election, which resulted in an unmitigated disaster of a government.

Comment Re:Wake me up when they stop using 28nm (Score 1) 76

To some extent, you are running into that problem everywhere in computing. If you had bought a processor in 2012, you would also be struggling for a reason to upgrade. Heck, my Q6600, which is now 8 years old, still suffices for 1080p gaming with contemporary titles. It could very well be a decade processor. Imagine trying to game with a 10 year old processor in 2007. It seems that video cards are starting to hit the same wall, and die shrinks probably won't change the things much- they haven't with CPUs.

Comment Re:"Get as many credit cards as you can..." (Score 1) 1032

In this case, the concepts would likely overlap.

Taxing large endowments would cause wealthy universities to slash financial aid and charge more tuition. Harvard doesn't even charge tuition if your family is middle class (less than ~$125 income) or lower because it has a huge endowment and can afford those kind of things. For profits have no endowment and charge almost everyone full freight. Hardly the desired result. Most of the really bad universities out there (the ones that don't get graduates jobs) don't have huge endowments.

Comment Re:pricing (Score 1) 1032

Those provisions are not entitlements (the term "entitlement" refers to direct payments the government has bound itself to make, such as social security benefits), and some of them aren't really aren't even tax breaks. For example, Oil and Gas development expensing (known as IDC expensing) was created in part in reaction to the specific economics of drilling for oil. Arguably, it simply creates a more accurate reflection of income.

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