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    So some brief research shows that the government system was designed to recognize number plates even when the speed difference between the car doing the checking and the car being checked is >100 mph. The $86 million also includes weather hardening, regulatory compliance auditing, hardware deployment, training, spares, and so on.

    Sure, there’s probably some waste, but “replicated” is a strong word.

    (It’s like when people say “SpaceX/Whoever only spent $X dollars, and it took NASA $Y dollars!” Sure. NASA had to discover all this stuff for the first time. SpaceX has the benefit of decades of space research out there and available. Not saying SpaceX/Whoever doesn’t do amazing things, but they got to stand on the shoulders of giants.)

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      Obligatory Dan Luu essay

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        “Sure, there’s probably some waste, but “replicated” is a strong word.”

        Dont forget corruption. At least in US, politicians paying back campaign donors with piles of tax dollars as contracts or subsidies is the norm. I dont know UK situation. Id look into that possibility, though.

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          I dont know UK situation

          Australia, if you’re referring to the article.

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            Read it too fast. Rephrased: “Are laws and contracts bought and paid for from businesses to politicians in Australia? Anyone know?”

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              Oh, good heavens, yes.

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        There’s also this where he tries to justify his argument and ends up talking about all of the ways his system falls short, and this where somebody tries to get the same results as him and fails.

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          Oh, you replicated the functionality. This is a government contract, it’s impossible to replicate that kind of inefficiency. You don’t even have to pay HR.