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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I've not had the dis(pleasure) of needing to drive a long distance along a motorway recently, but I think that the price of tea is now over £1.50 in most of them. From memory, coffee was usually slightly more. I don't remember gold cups (actually, I don't even remember decent bone china cups), so I suspect the price is partly because they have a captive audience (where else do you get tea on a motorway), but partly because their costs are high. However, all this justification of extortion reminds me of Schwern's explanation of the cost of the POSIX standard. [mpe.mpg.de]

    • Re:gold cups? (Score:3, Informative)

      I find it so sad that prices for such a simple thing have escalated so high. In a regular truckstop cafe, of which I know a few along the Manchester to London route (which I travelled more times than I can remember), 50p-75p is a more normal price. Admittedly the Motorway services do have a captured audience and theoretically there is more hotwater in the metal container, but it's a bit pointless when half of it ends up on the floor.

      Their costs are not as high as you might think. The ex-singer of Ark used