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Comment Re:Drupal rocks (Score 1) 192

To be fair, the Drupal date module isn't just "the simplest helper module."

Off the top of my head, those 14k lines of code also include:

  • a system-wide API for other modules to reuse - the most important part
  • a few administrative UI variants
  • hooks into several common extensions including
    • Context
    • Views
    • Feeds
    • Migrate
    • Tokens
    • ... and I'm probably forgetting several others
  • tests for each
  • Markups and styles for front-end
  • hooks to override any of the above
  • administrative options to override most of the above without a single line of code

It's not quite the same thing as a WP plugin that lets you add Date fields to posts.

Comment Not as relevant to football (Score 2) 94

The reason this works particularly well in baseball, basketball and hockey is the schedule. You have 162 games a year in MLB, for example. In the NBA and NHL, it's 82 games. That's a relatively substantial sample - each game only accounts for roughly 0.6 or 1.2% of the season record.

The NFL, on the other hand, has a 16 game season. A team having a particularly good or bad game carries 10 times the weight it does in baseball (just going off the percentage of the season's games). Also, unlike baseball, football's playoffs are single-elimination.

The reason analytics aren't as directly relevant to football is exactly the reason that I enjoy it immensely.


Legend for our friends abroad:
MLB = Major League Baseball
NHL = National Hockey League
NBA = National Basketball Association
NFL = National Football** League

** - yes, we're talking about American football, rather than the game known internationally as the game in which you kick a ball with your foot.

Comment 40 rods to a hogshead = 1.8 Library of Congresses? (Score 1) 244

... the probability of an Earth encounter on April 13, 2036, for Apophis has dropped from one-in-45,000 to about four-in-a million, NASA stated.

Can we keep our units/ratios consistent?

... the probability of an Earth encounter on April 13, 2036, for Apophis has dropped from one-in-45,000 to about one-in-250,000, NASA stated.

When you're regurgitating statistics that are generally considered good news - such as the decreased chance of global catastrophe - doesn't it seem reasonable to make those statistics intelligible?

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