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Submission + - "Muthuball": How to Build an NBA Championship Team-> 1 1

Quillem writes: "Muthu Alagappan, a 5'9" biomechanical engineering undergraduate at Stanford made a presentation at this year's MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference which might well do to basketball what Moneyball did to baseball. His contribution revolves around a topographical analysis of NBA games which contends that there are really 13 positions in basketball — not just five. Besides a rather patronising — but informative — read in "Gentlemen's Quarterly", there are earlier stories over at Wired and NYT blogs. Muthu's talk and slides are also available."
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Comment Re:At the risk of sounding negative ... (Score 1) 193 193

Well, I'm not talking about eugenics ... hence my use of the quotes around the word guided. I am not insinuating that this is what has happened here with Andraka, but it's definitely a possibility that the parents of kids in science fairs provide a lot of assistance beyond moral support and a suitable environment.

Comment At the risk of sounding negative ... (Score 2) 193 193

.. from what I have seen of these fairs where kids invent/discover things seemingly beyond their mental, physical or financial means, they are inevitably "guided" by parents who are professionals. In the case of Andraka, his mother appears to be an anaesthetist at a hospital and his father might be an engineer ...

It's nevertheless a commendable result.

Comment Re:Fascinating .. but .. (Score 1) 307 307

Where am I using the UK as the standard? They are just as ridiculous with their units as the US. I want a metric system to be used as the standard everywhere.

I see that I've been marked as a troll by all the american mods :D I for one could not envisage the scale of the machine thanks to the units used.

Comment Fascinating .. but .. (Score 0, Troll) 307 307

.. I wish America (and all other non-conformists) would get with the metric standard. Did anyone else sigh at the following statement?

What sets the Fifty apart is its extraordinary scale. Its 14 major structural components, cast in ductile iron, weigh as much as 250 tons each; those yard-thick steel bolts are also 78 feet long; all told, the machine weighs 16 million pounds, and when activated its eight main hydraulic cylinders deliver up to 50,000 tons of compressive force.

According to WP, there are different "tons" out there. The terse "ton" or "tonne" should mean 1000kg everywhere. When used in terms of poundage, the appropriate terms are apparently "short ton" (US, 2000 lb) and "long ton" (UK, 2240 lb).

It makes it all the more annoying when people steeped in science and logic continue to pander to these archaic systems instead of phasing them out :S

Comment Why do intelligent people (continue to) use FB? (Score 3, Insightful) 155 155

In this information age where data-mining, credit/reputation ratings, etc. are the norm, why do people who are aware of its draconian privacy aspects, potential for misuse and the time sink that it is, continue to use FB? This is a serious 87 billion dollar question.

Comment Re:Lone Wolf and Cub (Score 1) 372 372

There's also manga for younger children such as Doraemon. If the kid enjoys Spider-Man, then he will surely enjoy Dragon Ball (the manga).

While I'm not sure how well Yotsuba&! will go down with the 3 year old (as it is about the antics of a 5 year old), but it'll make for hilarious reading for the parent (and everybody else). Highly recommended :)

Comment Re:Way too confusing (Score 1) 1264 1264

Most of the software that people use nowadays work within a browser. Setting aside Google Docs, Libreoffice is virtually identical to Office for the rudimentary tasks that most people require it for. Many apps such as Picasa run very well under Wine. It really isn't that much of a problem any more. There are of course many niche apps that might not run, but that is the case with Macs / Windows as well.

Comment Re:Way too confusing (Score 1) 1264 1264

It still is Ubuntu. The benefits of Mint over Ubuntu are more or less cosmetic. Ubuntu's benefits over Debian are a little more substantial than that. But *ubuntu, Mint, Debian are in many ways the same distro. The fact that there are 5-odd distros to choose from is not a problem IMO. It's choice and choice is good. It's only the remaining 95 that can be confusing when taken into consideration.

Sorry, my point should have read "Power users WHO are happy with Windows/Macs ..."; IOW, people who are comfortable with an OS recommend that OS to others. Then there's also fanboism :S

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