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Comment: Re:Is it true that Chinese girl pass all drug test (Score 1) 559 559

You're ignoring that regardless of gender at that age you are growing and increasing strength. The comment I made above was a partial copy / paste from my former coach who is an extremely experienced and had at least one athlete in the Olympic trials this year. He has also been participating in exchange programs with Chinese coaches over the past year. Pretty sure he knows exactly what he's talking about vs commentators and pundits who know near nothing about the sport. It's all sour grapes at being beat by a Chinese girl.

Comment: Re:Is it true that Chinese girl pass all drug test (Score 1) 559 559

Yes, there is past history (distant) in China, but there is nothing to suggest she or any of the other Chinese swimmers are cheating. She passed all her tests so far this year. In fact, she has NEVER failed a drug test and has been tested often in the past several years. People, 16 year old swimmers can do some amazing things. But what did she really do? and was it all that amazing? She dropped from a 4:33.6 to a 4:28.1 in the 400 IM. a 5.5 seconds drop (a 2% improvement). In the 200 IM she dropped from a 2:09 to a 2:07 (a 1.5% gain). People are saying that that is not possible? REALLY? When Michael Phelps was her age, he dropped 7 seconds in the 400 IM (from 4:22 to 2:15 - or 2.6% gain) and 2.5 seconds (from 2:03.4 to 2:00.8 - or 2% in the 200 IM from age 15 to age 16. Basically, the same statistical improvement, or even a little more. No one even suggested his gains were anything other then natural.

+ - Woman who says her WiFi was used by a 'house party for 100' not liable for copyr->

Dynotrick writes: A key court ruling in Finland says WiFi providers are not responsible if their connection is used by third parties to pirate copyrighted content. In 2010 anti-piracy body CIAPC sued a Finnish woman for using her WiFi connection to download copyrighted material, and threatened a €6,000 fine. But she defended herself, saying although it was her connection, she had open WiFi, and anyone could have logged in and used the line to illegally download content such as films, music or books.
As it happens, during the 12 minutes the offense took place, the woman was hosting a party for 100 people – all potential lawbreakers.

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Games

+ - Android Apps You'll NEVER See On The iOS App Store->

buffdaily247 writes: If Android users have a leg up on iOS supporters, it's the openness of Google's platform, which gives developers a chance to release games and applications that would never see the light of day on the App Store. Some wouldn't make it simply because of legality reasons, while others deal with mature and at times disturbing subject matter that would make the eggheads in Cupertino (and the millions of parents that give their kids "i" devices to play with) cringe. That said, here's a small glimpse at Android's most controversial wares.
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Announcements

+ - '55 Science Paper Retracted to Thwart Creationists

i_like_spam writes: The New York Times has an interesting story about a paper published in 1955 by Homer Jacobson, a chemistry professor at Brooklyn College. The paper, entitled "Information, Reproduction and the Origin of Life", speculated on the chemical qualities of earth in the Hadean time, billions of years ago when the planet was beginning to cool down to the point where, as Dr. Jacobson put it, "one could imagine a few hardy compounds could survive." Nobody paid much attention to the paper at the time, but today it is winning Dr. Jacobson acclaim that he does not want — from creationists who cite it as proof that life could not have emerged on earth without divine intervention. So after 52 years, he has retracted it.
Windows

+ - Dell pulls support for x64 Vista?-> 5 5

leighklotz writes: "This message is getting forwarded about with some concern by those who have to validate software on multiple platforms...it looks like Windows is beginning to see the fragmentation that Linux is so often accused of.

A user named "Morpheus Phreak" wrote on neowin:

I do a fresh install of Windows Vista Ultimate x64 Edition. The install finishes and my system reboots with in-box drivers for almost all of my hardware. The first thing I do is go to the Dell Support site and download drivers, or do I? It seems that Dell has decided to stop supporting all 64-bit editions of Windows, thus nothing to download.

I make a post on their forums asking if anyone knows if it's temporary and I receive this response from a Dell employee:

"It cost us in time and money to validate drivers. We built PCs with specific operating systems in mind. That is all we will support."


I mention to the Dell employee that he must be mistaken as that would violate their Vista Logo contract with Microsoft. At this point the Dell employee replied tersely with the following:

"Be assured, our legal team is on top of this decision."


At this point I'm stumped and a bit angry. After all the OEM Logo requirements state, "OEMs using x64 implementations must have signed drivers available to end users if shipping a 32-bit version of Windows Vista on the system."

By removing their x64 driver support they have now violated their contract with Microsoft. Any x64-based systems they sell now with the logo are illegal. One can only help but wonder, why would Dell put themselves in this position?

I'll kindly step down from my Soapbox now, but I ask one question to all of you.

Where do we go from here?
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