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  1. James?

    Latitude 2010 was another clusterfuck. From what I gathered at the time, they'd been promised the special guest slot (in addition to their regular spot) on Sunday morning, which they were going to do a set with an orchestra and choir. Last minute the festival changed their mind and stuck Tom Jones on again in the Sunday morning slot (he'd already done one 'secret' set the Thursday evening). There was a certain anger to their actual set and they overran for 15 minutes too.
  2. The Elephant in the Room.

    Well it did: But the terrorists are trying to make a point. Hence the co-ordinated attacks on Friday, at multiple locations at once. For right or wrong, they think that works better. Of course, the more people involved in an attack, the more ways to find out about it before it happens by the police / security services.
  3. The Elephant in the Room.

    A huge amount of measures are taken to protect us. We have branches of major organisations and indeed entire organisations devoted purely to looking out for this stuff. Terrorist attacks have been stopped in this country, before they've happened. But obviously it's necessary that these groups operate with a degree of secrecy. But it sure is there.
  4. The Elephant in the Room.

    It's technically the same, it just feels different. That's not to be discounted of course, it's a significant factor. But there are car accidents you're just not going to be able to avoid, no matter how you react. It's kinda like the gun control argument in relation to terror attacks. Your survivability doesn't realistically go up much (if at all, and that of the rest of the crowd may fall), but you get to imagine that in such a situation you'd be able to go all Rambo and take out the attackers yourself. You wouldn't, but the idea you could makes you feel more comfortable.
  5. The Elephant in the Room.

    Not suggesting they do it. Just suggesting they could. And anyone who thinks security don't already profile... I've never been searched once in eleven festivals, my friends who look and dress like genuine hippies get drug-searched 90% of the time. That said, you don't actually have to do it. Terrorists are obviously going to be reluctant to target somewhere with "random" searches where they would stand-out. Especially when they could target another festival, cause just as much damage, and stand out less.
  6. The Elephant in the Room.

    Glastonbury does have random searches on the gates though. And, ugh, much as it pains me to say - you could profile those random searches pretty well at Glastonbury. I feel icky even typing that.
  7. Is Glastonbury still a 24 hour festival?

    Yes. Not only does more stuff run late, but there's more stuff starting earlier too (9am-ish).
  8. Taking kids out of school...

    Yep, we should put more money into schools to do that, but most people wouldn't support the rise in tax that would allow it. As to the rest, the breaks aren't about the impact on the individual child. It's the impact on the teacher and the kids as a collective. Say you're teaching three connected concepts that lead into each other in week 1, week 2 and week 3. If a third of the kids miss week 1, you have to catch them up in week 2, while teaching the kids who were there the week 1 stuff, and trying to get them up to speed. Then a third go away in week 2, so in week 3 you have to teach the group that were there for both weeks, the group that missed week 1, and the group that missed week 2 and so on. Faced with that, the obvious response is "wouldn't it be so much easier if all the kids went on holiday at the same time?" and that's why school holidays exist. But people will constantly fail to grasp that, because it requires seeing past what's purely best for their kid, and looking at what is best for teachers, and by extension all the children as a whole. And parents tend to be remarkably selfish when it comes to their kids.
  9. tickets and how it could be done better

    The issue with expanding coaches that much is that there are only so many available coaches in the country. NX already sub-contract out to a huge number of different companies, as do See, obviously. That said, it might be workable if you also included people taking the shuttle buses.
  10. tickets and how it could be done better

    Right. But getting through after the tickets have sold out also means no tickets. Larger groups mean tickets sell out more quickly. You'll increase your chance of getting through to the sales page for any given try, but you'll reduce the number of tries you get to make as the sale time falls. Imagine there are 100 balls in a bag. 99 yellow, 1 red. You have ten seconds to pull out the balls, one at a time, to try and get the red one. I could take out 50 yellow balls, doubling your chances of getting the red one. But if I then tell you only have five seconds instead, you're no better off.
  11. tickets and how it could be done better

    That's not how odds work. Everytime you hit refresh you have odds of 1 in 500 or so of getting through. Yes, if fewer people were trying, those odds would improve. But the chance of you getting a ticket is the compound probability of a single success for each time you hit refresh. If the odds of getting to the sales page are 1 in 100 and the tickets sell out in 5 minutes, you have the exact same chance of a ticket as if the odds of getting to the sales page are 1 in 500 and it takes 25 minutes. Just how the maths works.
  12. tickets and how it could be done better

    Yes it does. You're correct that with a larger max group size, they'll be off the system faster. Which means other people will be able to get on the system sooner. But the tickets will also sell quicker. Say tickets sold out after 20 minutes. I got through in minute 21 and got a sold out message. If we had larger group sizes, people would clear out more quickly, and perhaps I would get through at minute 15 instead? And get a sold out message, because by increasing the max group size, you increase the speed at which tickets are sold. So the net benefit is zero.
  13. Another price hike

    I see what you're getting at: the more costly a ticket, the more risky the "investment" that buying a ticket is for a thief. I agree that this is true. However. As you say, upping the ticket price will encourage more affluent people to attend the festival, and bring more valuable stuff, and carry more money around with them. And (...can you see where this is going?) that therefore increases the average value of stuff a thief will be able to steal, thus restoring the equilibrium of the "investment". (And I'd argue the reason theft has dropped is because mobile phones were the high-ticket item, and those and tablets are increasingly painful to fence now as the security on them improves, while nicking tents and sleeping bags and low ticket items will barely win you back the ticket price, and you can just wonder in on Monday and do it without a chance of getting nicked either... cash is pretty much the only thing worth having now).
  14. tickets and how it could be done better

    I don't think a lottery with registrations being excluded if people have gone the previous year would work, as people would just re-register. That's a system where I struggle to see how to make it work without vast administrative overheads (would also cause a 2-3 year waiting list for the festival). A truly random lottery on a year by year system is viable though, if not ideal.
  15. tickets and how it could be done better

    I've covered in fairly great detail earlier in the thread how a lottery system could work (I'm not proposing they move to it, but it's very much viable). Essentially, you register in groups, each group gets one entry in the ballot (the odds of any single person then getting a ticket are the same - the maths is up-thread) Multiple registrations can be avoided by opening entry to the ballot for just a couple of days in April, you put your card details in there and then, and if you're successful, you are charged. So multiple registrations risk paying two or three times the cost of the ticket (and if you're rich enough to do that, there are other ways to get a ticket). It would create other problems - last refund date would be earlier, money would no longer be split between two tax years. But a system could work.