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Comment: Re:The Million Dollar Question (Score 1) 56

by bullgod (#46672239) Attached to: Mystery MLB Team Moves To Supercomputing For Their Moneyball Analysis

No. Despite the apparent similarities (ball, bat, runs, etc.) cricket and baseball are very different games.

In baseball, there will be (at least) nine innings, each of which last until 3 outs. It's a competition between pitcher and batter that little can interrupt. I don't think many baseball fans realise that cricket is much more to about about managing resources than a gladiatorial contest.

So, for example, in a 5-day match every ball you decide to face is one less opportunity for you to dismiss the opposition, and if you don't do that (twice) you can't win the game, this is why a draw is a valid result. And why, if you think cricket works like baseball, it can't make sense.

Comment: Re:Correlation (Score 3, Insightful) 570

by bullgod (#26253349) Attached to: What Carriers Don't Want You To Know About Texting

No. The article makes the mistake in thinking the the Radio part of the GSM bandwidth is the same as the Network bandwidth. It's not.

To continue the FedEx example, an SMS is like a post-it was was stuck onto your package. Trouble is the post-it might be going to a entirely different recipient to the parcel. So it's only piggy-backing until it reaches the sorting office.

Some networks work by store and forward of SMS much like email, others attempt direct delivery first. The point being that, if the recipient's phone is turned off, unlike a voice line you can't just give a busy signal (or charge extra for voice mail).

Where the article falls down is it's ignoring that the network understructure needs to handle and route SMS not just carry then from the handset to the mast.

The devil finds work for idle circuits to do.