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Comment Re:New Top Gear (Score 1) 293

Netflix are also producing Clarkson, May and Hamond's new show. It won't be called Top Gear of course, the BBC still own the name, but it's being made by the original production crew and the same cast of course.

Personally I'm looking forward to the three way super-hybrid showdown (McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Ferrari La Ferrari) which I've been informed will be filmed next month...

Disclosure: I don't work for Netflix but am friends with one of the ex Top Gear staff.

The Clarkson, Hammond and May show is actually on Amazon!

Comment Re:Stats (Score 1) 293

So are you saying that Netflix should pay real money to have titles that people don't actually watch but like to see that they are available in the library?

At the end of the day, people will renew their subscriptions if they always have something to watch when they fire up Netflix, and they will cancel their subscriptions if they can't find anything to watch on Netflix.

I certainly don't look for Citizen Kane in the library to let me know if the library is any good or not. I look for the stuff I want to watch, watch that stuff, then lok for more stuff.

Comment Re: I don't want a fucking TV channel! (Score 1) 293

Some shows are not funded for a whole season. Producers will only commit so much money while they wait for ratings to provide them with an indication of whether or not the show will make them a profit. So the fact that the producers were willing to fund half a season rather than just a pilot indicates that they were willing to risk a lot financially. The fact that it got cancelled means there wasn't enough interest. It is the way TV works unfortunately (unless you are a BBC type organisation which can fund a whole series without really caring about whether or not it is "profitable").

Comment GPLv3 (Score 2) 359

Dear Mr Stallman

It is now 8 years, in fact, a few days past 8 years (if Wikipedia is to be believed) since the final version of the GPL v3 license was published. It feels an appropriate length of time to gauge how successful the new license has been.

How do you think we should measure the success of GPL v3? And by this/these measure/(s), do you believe that GPL v3 has been more, less or just as successful as you hoped when you launched it?

Comment Re:Developers will not come (Score 1) 118

Apples and Oranges.

When Symbian ruled the roost, most mobile phones sold were dumb phones which are more appliances than they are handheld computers.

Nowadays, your smartphone is in reality a computer that happens to make calls, and needs a lot of additional software for it to work more to the users liking. It will be harder to dislodge Android iOS for the same reason it is hard to dislodge Windows - inertia and a very high barrier to entry. Before smartphone, the only barrier to entry was to make a phone that was better than a Nokia phone. Now you not only need to get the OS right - you also need all the third party apps before customers are willing to buy your product en masse.

Comment Re:Speed v.s. reliability (Score 0) 114

But then wouldn't it be better to let the end user choose whether something is optimized in a certain direction?

No, asking end-user to optimize their own software is the silliest thing I have ever heard. And people wonder why Apple is such a success and ${insert_random_OSS_company/software} isn't.

Comment Re: Hideous? (Score 2) 337

The solution to this is to allow privacy for certain court proceedings and to not allow reporting of the names of the people involved. Basically, grant anonymity to all people involved in criminal proceedings.

That is the easy, non-technological solution to the problem. Every person charged with a crime is a John Doe until he/she is convicted. All court records etc refer to John Doe unless the person has been found guilty and sentenced to prison.

In the Duke Lacrosse case, anyone searching on the internet would just see that x John Does were accused of a crime and, unless you name is actually John Doe, being accused and then acquitted need not leave you with a lifelong association with the crime you did not commit.

Comment Re:Tech Solution for Non-Tech Problem (Score 1) 71

One of the "innovations" if you will, to come out of the Zimbabwe elections some years back was that votes are now counted at polling stations. This, together with clear ballot boxes makes it harder to cheat at the count stage. (Still plenty of problems regarding the free-ness and fairness of elections).

Results are posted outside each polling stations too.

In technological terms, we have distributed counting which is more efficient and quicker than transporting results to some central location and then counting there.

Comment Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 743

The whole point of debt, and in particular of investor imposing high interest rates, is that there is a chance that you will default. If Greece is not allowed to default, then they shouldn't be saddled with high interest payment.

If Greece has a primary surplus, and more importantly, a balance of payments surplus, then they should default, or force a restructuring of their debt. However, they will then know that no one, not even Greek investors, will want to buy any new bonds they issue.

Comment Re:But if it is a addictive... (Score 1) 630

You are going remarkably offtopic!

I did not discuss the food pyramid, proteins vs carbs, the amount of fat people should be eating etc. And I don't know of anyone forcing anyone to eat off a food pyramid. You are getting rather hysterical about that. And the bit about where I got my argument from, it's from my brain. It's called logic - try it some time.

Anyway, back on topic, the only point I made was that the prime cause of people being obese is them eating too much. Too much is _obviously_ relative.

You countered by saying this was because they do not do enough exercise. I disagreed, and showed you a chart showing, as an _EXAMPLE_, that Americans eat much more than the Japanese, and that - surprise surprise - they are more obese. In fact, so are the Brits and the Germans.

The point I made is pretty simple, one should not eat more than they need to, otherwise they become obese. If you become obese, it is because you are eating more than your body needs, and your body just stores the excess as fat. I think this is beyond obvious.

If you are a professional athlete your calories needs are obviously greater than those of an office worker. The solution isn't for the office worker to eat as much as a football player and then exercise as much. it is to eat less. The amount you eat should be informed by your energy needs.

This is the point that I was making, perhaps too subtly for you. I made the point that exercise is not a substitute for not over-eating. You shouldn't exercise to get rid of calories you shouldn't have eaten in the first place. You should exercise to remain healthy, and eat enough to allow a healthy amount of exercise. If you can't understand that last point, then there is no point discussing this further.

Comment Re:But if it is a addictive... (Score 1) 630

And most people are not bodybuilders.And I wouldn't call bodybuilders healthy either.

Individuals might be able to do enough exercise to burn off the excess food that you eat, but why do that (except to have a healthy level of physical activity)? If you are exercising just to get rid of the excess food, then maybe the most efficient way to go about it is to eat less. You should be eating enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle, not using exercise as a way to get rid of food you shouldn't have eaten in the first place.

For the amounts that most obese people eat, they are not going to be able to do enough exercise to get rid of the excess food. So they gain weight instead.

I have actually been to Japan, and one thing they don't do is to eat large quantities of food. Oh, and they don't eat over-cook either - the body doesn't expend as much energy digesting cooked food than it does raw food. You certainly don't get 2 litre sodas with your food in Japan. They eat much more healthily than in the west, and in shows in their waistlines.

And if you don't believe me, check this out.


It's quite obvious than, for example, Americans eat a lot more than the Japanese - about 34% more. is it any wonder the US is one of the most obese countries on the planet?

The average Japanese person also walks a lot more than the average American person, in part because they use public transport a lot more, and are much more likely to cycle to work etc.

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante