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Be afraid. Be very afraid ... [Dec. 14th, 2006|12:22 pm]
Douglas Spencer
... because Liam is using a motorbike-racing analogy to explain a computing concept to me.

Yes, I know. But it actually made sense.

Liam says "can anyone come up with a better analogy than homologation in motor racing for this concept?" (being the requirement to manufacture a particular model for general sale in order to qualify it for participation in a certain kind of race)
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[User Picture]From: sbisson
2006-12-14 12:45 pm (UTC)
You get the same in car racing, with things like Formula Ford and the Morgan Series - and I suspect you could argue similar for horse racing or animal breeding, where you have to target a specific specification (hence handicapping and the like).
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[User Picture]From: reverendjim
2006-12-14 01:02 pm (UTC)
Er, as the wikipedia link you've got has nothing about making stuff available for general sale (it's more just saying it fits in the rules) then if that's the meaning you're trying to get over then perhaps something else would be good. Don't know what though.
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[User Picture]From: timill
2006-12-14 01:20 pm (UTC)
What is the basic concept to which homologation is the analogy?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-12-14 02:35 pm (UTC)
Intel brought out a SATA-only (no IDE) chipset, and released it to Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers. These manufacturers made an armful of very expensive motherboards and sold them to games-players and overclockers, using them to iron out the kinks before they brought out the cheap commodity motherboards.

So nothing to do with the satisfying-regulators business that the wiki page mentions, but very much to do with dumping limited quantities of expensive and exotic kit into a gullible market.
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[User Picture]From: the_magician
2006-12-14 04:20 pm (UTC)
Fashion shows ....

... terribly expensive and often impractical outfits that then lead to much cheaper and more useable versions in the high street.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haute_couture
Every haute couture house also markets prêt-à-porter collections, which typically deliver a higher return on investment than their custom clothing. In fact, much of the haute couture displayed at fashion shows today is rarely sold; it is created to enhance the good name of the house.
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[User Picture]From: quercus
2006-12-14 02:34 pm (UTC)
For "computing analogies explained in terms of the way we live now", I like Run PC Run's explanation of Blackberry email quotas as a problem with one's butler.

http://www.runpcrun.com/node/257

I wonder what Dan's home life is really like? All huge leather armchairs and vast collections of ancestral pewter, no doubt.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-12-14 02:37 pm (UTC)
I remember a description of CMSA/CD couched in terms of a bunch of offices, and giving girls huge unwieldy piles of paper with which to run across to another office. If two girls bumped into each other they dropped the papers, but you could hear the screams, and send another girl out with another copy.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2006-12-15 01:54 pm (UTC)
hmmm, I like it, a bit, in a "Secretary" kind of way.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-12-15 02:25 pm (UTC)
... and dial-up is like sending her down the corridor on her hands and knees with a single piece of paper in her mouth.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2006-12-15 01:38 pm (UTC)
I have never done better than when trying to explain Object orientated deisgn and programming to baratron using a Pizza restaurant as an analogy....
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