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  1. Results - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix The Predictions League reached its conclusion this weekend after the chequered flag at the final Grand Prix of 2022! After a couple of lean weekends, the group returned to form this weekend with a more predictable set of results. Max Verstappen's return to pole position on Saturday gave everyone aside from @nudge 5 points to start the weekend, as Lewis Hamilton missed his last opportunity to continue his run of securing at least one pole position in every F1 season since he was a rookie. The podium predictions were characterised by an over-reliance on Mercedes to continue their form following their 1-2 in Brazil, with almost everyone backing at least one of Hamilton or Russell to make the rostrum, to no avail. @RandoEFC, @Coma, @OrangeKhrush, @DeadLinesman and @Whiskey all backed the pole-win double for Max Verstappen, with @Tommy, @Stan and @nudge picking up 2 consolation points for putting him elsewhere on the podium. Title-chasing @RandoEFC and @Tommy picked up a further 5 points for placing Sergio Perez in third place, but the major spoils go to @Coma here. The only man to back a Ferrari for a podium finish at all, @Coma actually rounds off the season with a perfectly predicted top three, scoring him a total of 20 points. The limited faith in Ferrari to return to form this weekend was reflected in the random driver category, with nobody predicting a top four finish for Carlos Sainz. His 4th placed finish sees @RandoEFC, @Tommy, @OrangeKhrush, @DeadLinesman and @Whiskey score a couple of points each for going joint-closest with 5th. Finally, @Coma and @DeadLinesman called the bonus question correctly, with Daniel Ricciardo's 9th placed finish meaning that he finished highest out of the drivers not due to be on the grid for next season. Another 5 points each for them. Results - Pre-Season Predictions Below are the results for the various predictions made in pre-season, with a potential total of 90 points up for grabs! Starting with the championship winners, there was 20 points available for each of the Drivers' and Constructors' champions, and 10 points available for picking a driver or team finishing 2nd or 3rd. @DeadLinesman and @Whiskey take a hit here, their Hamilton/Mercedes combination only bagging them 10 points out of a possible 40. @Tommy's Leclerc/Ferrari combo scores him a total of 20 points, whereas @RandoEFC, @Coma, @nudge and @OrangeKhrush score 30 each for a correct Drivers' Champion and Ferrari or Mercedes in the Constructors' top three. The major spoils go to @Stan here, though, who scores the full 40 points for backing Verstappen and Red Bull to wrap up both championships. @Stan's good form continues into the "Drivers to Win a Race" category. Predicting the lowest number of everyone with 5 drivers, @Stan was already on track to pick up 5 points for coming closest until George Russell broke the Mercedes duck in Brazil, turning his prediction into a full 10-pointer. In the "Constructors to Score a Podium" category, scepticism about the competitive nature of the 2022 season was rewarded again, @DeadLinesman picking up a vital 10 points in the close title fight for being the only one to predict just four teams to score a podium. Nobody predicted that Carlos Sainz would have the most retirements throughout the season with six, so 5 points go to those who chose the next highest driver. There was a three-way tie between Alonso, Albon and Magnussen, on four retirements each, heading into the final weekend, but a fifth retirement for Fernando Alonso in Abu Dhabi put his nose ahead of the others, meaning that @Tommy and @nudge both pick up the 5 point consolation prize. The team mate qualifying battles largely cancel each other out. Each one was worth 2 points and there was little variation in people's picks, so this will be re-worked for next season if we run this Prediction League again, but a shout out to @Whiskey here who got closest to a full house, calling 9 out of the 10 match-ups correctly. F1 Predictions League 2022 - Final Standings Congratulations to @DeadLinesman, who wins the Predictions League with a margin of 7 points following a solid score in the final race and a healthy lead that he has sustained throughout most of the season. @RandoEFC wins out over @Tommy in the season-long battle for 2nd place, with the differing Drivers' Championship picks proving to be a decisive factor here. @Coma's bumper 30-point score at the last race, the joint highest for the whole season, sees him come from nowhere to claim 4th place ahead of @nudge and @Whiskey, the latter suffering badly when the pre-season predictions were calculated. @Stan's 66-point haul from these categories was the highest by far, and enabled him to overtake @OrangeKhrush in the battle for 7th. Thanks to all who took part this season! Hopefully it added some spice to a fairly processional F1 season. I'm sure we'll talk about whether to do the same thing or try something else for 2023.
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  2. I reckon it will be a Dutch now. They could put 6 or 7 past these.
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  3. A reminder that Qatar lost in a friendly to Linfield (Northern Ireland's champions) a few months ago. They've been as hopeless as expected.
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  4. While you both wait for this glorious game, you can play Jesus Christ RPG in the meantime. https://store.steampowered.com/app/449040/Jesus_Christ_RPG_Trilogy/#:~:text=Title%3A Jesus Christ RPG Trilogy,Franchise%3A Jesus Christ RPG
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  5. If I ever met you John I'd have to pat that bold head. Same with @DeadLinesman
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  7. Not allowed your phone on in the cinema, hope you get arrested you stupid IMAX shagging nonce.
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  8. Obviously you've never lived in a city with beaches.
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  9. The Menu. Just about to start, can’t wait.
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  10. Great fun @RandoEFC! Thanks for sorting. Glad my 66 point haul saved me from more embarrassment Looking forward to next season Well done @DeadLinesman on your success!
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  11. This league has genuinely been a really fun part of what was a rather dull F1 season. I can't believe how badly my standings took a hit following the additional points, but I'll certainly tip again next season if there's interest.
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  12. The coverage from the BBC was pretty shit to be honest.
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  13. Thanks for running this @RandoEFC, good stuff. Congrats @DeadLinesman, I'm sure you are delighted to be our own Max Verstappen!
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  14. Qatar as expected were absolutely dogshit, genuinely think they'd struggle to get out of the National League. They won't score a goal this tournament and the only saving grace for them is that the Netherlands will probably already through when they meet as truly head to head, it'd be a thrashing.
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  15. Wonder if they're quite nervous, letting the occasion get to them.
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  17. Why are MOTD talking like it wasn’t a clear offside? Yes, it looked dodge to start with because there was no replay at the time, but it is the correct decision.
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  18. You have to also factor in it, and this is not slate on Ecuador, that Senegal and the Netherlands have to play this Qatari team. There could be a bloodbath in those matches.
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  19. National teams are ephemeral in football. Italy couldn't qualify after winning the Euros.
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  20. Yep. You have a pretty decent shot at winning it with 5 or 6 goals. He's almost half way there and he also takes PKs for Ecuador. It kinda reminds me of Oleg Salenko scoring 5 in one match and the winning the Golden Boot with 6 goals in 1994.
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  21. I am SO sorry. I'll get this updated soon.
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  22. You changed your older post but no worries, have noted.
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  23. Apparently Bavarian police deserve their reputation.
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  24. I’d like to change my Top Goalscorer prediction to Neymar with Benzema out injured if that’s okay @Stan
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  25. Even if it's free-to-air, the broadcaster is still paying for TV rights... The cost of TV and streaming rights for the future tournaments is directly linked with the viewership figures of the previous ones, as understandably, advertising needs to have maximum audience reach for maximum profits. Example: FIFA has recently rejected TV rights bids for the next years Women's World Cup, deeming them too low based on the record viewership of the 2019 tournament. Now for this World Cup, they are projecting around 5 billion viewers in total to watch at least some of the tournament. That's a massive reach and a huge audience for selling things to, and it's fair to assume that the TV rights cost is reflecting that. Now imagine if there was a globally coordinated effort to not watch it, and those figures fell far below the projected numbers? It still surely wouldn't make any difference to this particular World Cup; that ship has sailed a long time ago. But customer behaviour is an important tool in influencing businesses and organisations that are looking to maximise their profits, and boycotts generally work best when they inflict economic loss on the target. Most of FIFA's revenue comes directly from TV and marketing rights - of the $6.4 billion generated in the last cycle, it accounted for more than $6.2 billion ($4.6 billion from TV rights + $1.66 billion from marketing). So yeah, the viewership figures are definitely important to FIFA and its future revenue and could be a pretty decent way to hit them where it hurts and potentially influence their future decisions, but only if it's organised well with a significant number of people committing to it globally. Which is never going to happen; it's virtually impossible to convince half of the world's population to care and do something about it. And that is a huge psychological barrier hindering any social movement - people know that their individual action won't make much difference and that any massive structural change requires a huge and well coordinated collective effort so they just don't bother. But many seem to forget that without individual action, there can be no social movement in the first place.
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  26. I love how everyone recognised his talent at a young age, and that he was already so focused and ambitious, that his future was pretty much set in stone. Also Anthony Hamilton seems like a great dad. Not a Jos Verstappen kinda guy.
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  28. Mixed in the UK I'd say. No one really denies there's issues in the country or that its being hosted. Some are adamantly boycotting it which is fair enough. I fall in the category of wanting to watch football because its the World Cup, but also realising there's little I can do from my sofa about it. Matches in UK are on free to air TV, so whether I watch or not won't make much difference. Fifa aren't gonna change their ways any time soon, and neither are Qatar. The only thing I can hope for is that future World Cups are held in regions or countries that have better moral standard but also equipped to deal with a massive tournament.
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  29. Its possible. You have to understand that after a while most tech component positions become a bit redundant and they spread the work components out to multiple people. As an example, lets say you needed 20 people to start a project to keep their servers up and 50% of those were automation engineers. The initial phases might be terribly hard so you'd spend 5 - 10 years understanding and refining your network, architecture, etc. But once you get past that first phase you may really only need 10 people, then you get into internal company politics and folks just get reshuffled and more importantly rebadged. Then there's the evolution of tech. You don't need 30 engineers for a 6000 node network. You may need 20% of that but you need some really smart ones to ensure you're up to market standards. Where Twitter, imo, really needed folks was in legal and PR because that's where most of its biggest issues are. The tech side has components that are highly robust and I of course say this as pure speculation after seeing their architecture. The gold standard is Netflix, that thing is a CS marvel with how it upspins components to match pressure and retain data consistency. If they can do it, I am sure Twitter isn't far behind. If you're interested, there's a book that is sort of relevant now but not so much that I always ask folks in SWE to read its called "The Mythical Man Month" The Mythical Man-Month - Wikipedia Talks about shortening delivery blocks and not throwing more people at a problem. There's more modern literature of course but its very domain specific and further tech specific too. If you're interested in their architecture - The Infrastructure Behind Twitter: Scale I know its 2017 but that's some serious stuff for even 2017.
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  30. In England? I'm not sure & can only suggest for my local region, but I sense the general public perhaps aren't overly enraged by the topic. Plenty of mainstream media coverage is pointing out the negative stories, with most emphasis on LGBT issues. BBC News having an activist on every now & then to remind what people's issues are with Qatar. But without any apparent plan or suggestion about not even watching TV. Some vague concerns as to how safe it may or may not be to actually visit Qatar. A government minister was widely criticised over some comments about any LGBT fans travelling to Qatar to basically respect the rule of the land. In slightly different words, but with that meaning. And Harry Kane will be wearing a rainbow armband. In France? I noticed Hugo Lloris, Tottenham team mate of Kane, is not intending to wear the rainbow 'one love' armband when he captains France. He apparently agrees with the current FIFA president, Gianni Infantino. Who has defended it being in Qatar. And Lloris is keen to only use FIFA provided & endorsed equipment.
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  31. I feel like he would have done it anyways. While I don't like Trump they did invent this wonderful tool called "block" which does the job instead of perma-banning these kinds of folks.
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  32. Contrary to media potrayal in films and games, horses were never actually that common for commute like say cars are today. Owning a horse was only for the rich for the vast majority. The whole process of getting a permit for a horse was very complex. By the time they started becoming common trains had started kicking in.
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  33. In Brazil, unlike Germany for example, there's simply no movement or talk to boycott the World Cup. There is obviously criticism to Qatar but everyone will be watching the matches. The boycott is not a thing in Brazil. I'm curious. How is the general attitude of public opinion in other countries?
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  34. I know, they could have at least taken Kownacki, he's had one of his best seasons ever at club level. Yet, Kownacki was selected for Poland's 2018 World Cup squad and their Euro 2020 squad but has been dropped for the World Cup in Qatar. He must be feeling very disappointed and so must Karbownik really, because he's also hit some very good form recently. I think though that Poland have an excellent chance of qualifying from their group. Argentina is of course inevitably going to win Poland's group; they have one of the best squads at the whole World Cup. But Poland can definitely beat both Mexico and Saudi Arabia, which I believe they will do. So, I think Poland will finish 2nd in their group and qualify for the Round of 16.
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  35. I honestly thought this was going to be a thread about rating your looks. I was going to post a 10 out of 10 obviously... Actually that would have been an exaggeration, I'd say a solid 9
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  36. Like the one in charge of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab
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  37. There's never too much binge.
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  38. I just finished watching it all (well, Season 1, that is). Non-spoiler review: I really liked it. I think it's not as good and captivating as Dark was (it's impossible to improve the masterpiece, after all), but it's still damn good and it deals with interesting topics and concepts. I also think that it will be easier to follow for most people, compared to Dark - at least for now. Spoilers for the whole Season 1 - PLEASE DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED ALL 8 EPISODES
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  39. Tbf when you visit a country, you should be respecting the local culture... Idk wtf anyone expected with this World Cup. Of course beer would be prohibited, regardless of their previous guarantees - it's fucking Qatar.
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  40. The World Cup might be about to start, but don't worry @Pyfish we haven't forgotten about you
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  41. Top Gun Maverick. See this in theatres while you can. If you loved the first the sequel has everything you can ever want.
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