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Comment: Re:Who the F gets to live without competition? (Score 3, Informative) 417

by shortscruffydave (#46957391) Attached to: London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

What these drivers are asking for is a special privilege to be a superior class of citizen: To be spared any natural competition.

And what they're doing is not protesting. It's throwing a tantrum.

In saying that, you demonstrate that you have no idea how good London cabbies are at their job, an dhow hard they have to work to get to that position.

They are vetted and must have no criminal record, and they are regulated by the Public Carriage Office

The Knowledge is notoriously difficult, and leads to them having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the streets of central London - something like every street in a 10 mile radius of Charing Cross, every hotel, cinema, theatre, etc. Every time they've been put into competition with a SatNav, the route they calculate *in their head* is superior to anything that technology can come up with.

There's no way some guy with a smartphone app can be seen as anything like a peer for a proper London Cabbie.

Comment: "Drones" vs "RC aircraft" (Score 1) 297

Everyone seems to be getting all gussied up about drones, but (excuse my ignorance here) what's the difference between drones and remote control aircraft? People seem to have been playing happily with the latter for years, but when they get called "drones", they're seen as evil?

Comment: my preferred approach (Score 1) 716

Accept that there will be a certain degree of bugginess in code, and cater for this in project timescales, workload allocation, etc. As bugs get teased out of the product, they get fixed. It's all part of the process, and implicitly it's accepted that developers will include some bugs in their code (for which the testing process is included in the development lifecycle) BUT....there is a limit as to how much bugginess a single developer can be responsible for. When their output drops below an acceptable standard, i.e. bugs:code ratio is not good enough, then they get fired.

Comment: Re:Picasso (Score 0) 360

by shortscruffydave (#46151809) Attached to: Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

Copying your work to give away for free or to sell should have a much much shorter leash, as should the privilege to restrict others from creating new things based on your work. 5 years seems more than enough to me in this digital age.

Why? Why the hell should that be the case? If I pour loads of MY time and MY effort and MY resources into creating something, then it's MY creation and I want to keep it then I can, because it's MINE.

Sorry, but it just boils my p**s that everyone these days just thinks they have a God*-given right for unfettered access to anything they like for free,

* other deities may be available

Comment: Re:So Full Of Win! (Score 4, Informative) 227

by shortscruffydave (#44705167) Attached to: How One Man Turns Annoying Cold Calls Into Cash

It's just a shame he could only make 7p/minute from it. What happened to £1/minute premium rate lines?

Actually, going for a cheaper rate is a smart move. A lot of companies block outgoing calls to >=£1/minute numbers, but something in the region of 10p/minute could slip through those filters....that allows him to get - and make money from - calls that he might not get if he'd gone for a more expensive line. And yes, I agree - epic win

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis