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Controversy Over High-Tech Brooms Sweeps Through Sport of Curling 179 writes: Billy Witz reports at the NYT that the friendly sport of curling suddenly has become roiled in controversy over — what else? — the brooms. The crux of the debate is fabric — specifically, something called directional fabric. The use of this material in broom pads is the latest escalation in an arms race among manufacturers, whereby the world's best curlers can guide the 44-pound stone around a sheet of ice as if it were controlled by a joystick. Many of the sport's top athletes, but not all of them, signed an agreement last month not to use the newest brooms. But with few regulations on the books and Olympic qualifying tournaments underway this month, the World Curling Federation has stepped in and issued new rules that set severe restrictions on the types of brooms that can be used. "There's definitely some anger over it," says Dean Gemmell. "In curling, we're generally known for being pretty friendly with most of your opponents. Even at the big events, you see the top players hanging out. But it's sort of taken that away this year, that's for sure."

It was prototype brooms made by BalancePlus that were the focus of complaints at the Toronto tournament, but Scott Taylor, president of BalancePlus, says they were never intended for sale, and were meant to demonstrate the problems that the reversed fabrics could cause. Players say the brooms allowed sweepers to "steer" the rock much more than they were comfortable with, and even slow them down. The brooms have been compared to high-tech drivers that allow amateur golfers to hit the ball as far as a pro, or the advanced full-body swimsuits that were banned from competition in 2010 for providing an unfair advantage. Of his company's high-tech broom, Taylor says: "This isn't good. It's like hitting a golf ball 500 yards."

Comment Re:You did Something vs. You didn't do Anything (Score 4, Insightful) 206

You don't even need to post-process anything to make a fake photo.
Just choose the right position to hide context from the photo, the right angle for emotional effect or simply ask people to do something or rearrange some objects.
One could say that by even merely being present, a photographer influences the content of his photos.

Comment Re:Computers against "prosecutorial discretion" (Score 1) 200

The complaints against the particularly-effective enforcement techniques are misguided and stupid — the laws need to change instead.

Yeah, if we could just change the laws to a zero mph speed limit everywhere, all the time, then all speeding tickets would be valid and nobody would complain about that.

Comment Re:Follow the money (Score 1) 211

I'm actually surprised you don't hear this kind of thing more often.

The vast majority of startups fail.

Read, especially chapter D.
The vast majority of startups fail. This report claims 74% of startups fail due to premature scaling alone.

Premature scaling seems to be exactly what has happened here; a company finding itself in a situation where it has to produce far more than it knows how to.

Drilling for oil is boring.