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Comment: Re:Costs? (Score 1) 89

Actually it's much worse than "who wants to be a billionaire." A show like that actually is plausible and wouldn't need to have 1000x as many viewers as the millionaire show.

You don't need an actual billion dollars on-hand, you need insurance for a billion dollars. The premium for which needs to be lower per episode than the revenue for each episode, but that can be arranged by limiting the number of questions per episode, raising the number of questions before reaching the grand prize, and increasing the difficulty of the questions. It's entirely possible to arrange things so that the risk of a payout is low enough to have a profitable show.

Of course.. you wouldn't be able to have a winner most years, so that might be a negative for viewership, but all of the factors are within your control, and you could have such a show at pretty much any budget level (that an insurance company will bother with) by tweaking the conditions.

A space mission's costs will be what they will be. If you're definitely going to do the mission, you can't get rid of them by something as simple as tweaking a number of dice rolls.

Comment: Re:Didn't knew they even had computers (Score 1) 95

by zippthorne (#49309063) Attached to: South Korea Begins To Deprecate ActiveX

A decade ago South Korea had had a well-publicized StarCraft obsession for years. The fact that they are stuck on ActiveX is due to them being early adopters of internet banking and government activities. IIRC, a decade ago there were already articles and discussions about being South Korea being stuck on ActiveX...

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"

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