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Comment Early versus late (Score 1) 123

To be fair, the decision of when to make the final throw in a game is based on reading the clock before the throw while for most of the game there's nothing particularly interesting happening when the clock runs out.

Those earlier decisions matter just as much as the ones at the end. The fact that they are to some degree contingent decisions does not change the fact that early decisions have just as much impact as later ones. A basket scored 20 seconds into the game counts just the same as one scored at the end of the game.

The exact instant the clock is started generally has no bearing on win/loss or even goal/no goal.

The exact instance the clock is started has a VERY direct bearing on when it stops and as such it can have a bearing on the outcome in a close game.

Comment You only can control what you do (Score 1) 123

Doesn't always work. My freshman/sophomore year of HS our 215 won state both years and only lost 1 match each year. In both cases he lost by his opponent scoring quick then stalling out the rest of the match without the official calling it.

You're missing the point. He didn't put enough points up so his opponent won. Whether or not the official called stalling is irrelevant. You can't depend on him doing that. You CAN depend on what you do and nothing else. Stalling in wrestling is almost entirely subjective so you cannot depend on it being called ever. Not for you or against you. It simply means your 215 didn't do enough to get the job done. Watch the wrestlers from the University of Iowa sometime, particularly Brent Metcalf. You will NEVER hear them say they were robbed even if they were. They will simply say they didn't do enough to get the job done and the responsibility is theirs and theirs alone.

Our coach would simply send me out to take the forfeit at 215 and use our guy to wrestle the other 215 in the heavyweight slot. I got enough wins to letter but they didn't count them because I didn't actually wrestle the matches. I got robbed.

Taking a forfeit is meaningless. It isn't a win because there wasn't an opponent. Unless you got your hand raised because you beat an actual wrestler then why should that count for anything? If you weren't good enough to crack the starting line up and all you did was take forfeits then you weren't robbed of anything because you didn't actually earn anything.

Comment Real world versus models (Score 2) 123

The stacked errors should have impacted both teams equally (generally speaking) since it was a "constant" factor (same human performing the same error)

In theory you should be right provided there is a large enough sample size. In reality it is VERY unlikely that it would work out equally balanced at the end of the game. It's not going to be a perfect bell curve with both sides equal. I used to do a lot of statistical simulation and real world outcomes very rarely match perfectly with models.

I would put cash money on a bet that if you added up the over and under on the clock stoppages you wouldn't come out to zero at the end of the game. In fact I would be surprised if you weren't off by a fairly significant amount, probably well over a second. I would guess that it would tend to skew late because the guy running the clock has to react to the whistle being blown and can't start the clock until certain actions occur. I could be wrong but I doubt it.

Comment Be accountable (Score 5, Insightful) 123

If you don't want to the outcome of the game to be determined by referees and shot clocks, then you need to put enough points on board so that there's no doubt that you've won.

I coach a wrestling team and that is more or less exactly what I tell my team. If you don't put enough points on the board then you risk having the referee decided the match in a way not favorable to you. If that happens you have no one to blame but yourself. We insist on accountability and no whining. If it doesn't go our way we own it and figure out how to make sure we do better next time. If a bad call is made it is my job as the coach to try to get things set right but at the end of the day the goal is to leave no doubt as to the outcome even in the fact of bad calls.

Comment Re:Stacking errors (Score 1) 123

In the NFL the coaches can call for a video review of the spot but not the measurement.

Only the NFL and maybe a few big Division 1 conferences have the resources to make that feasible. And most of the time it doesn't really matter much to be honest. But the technology exists to make it very exact - they elect not to use it for practical an economic reasons.

Comment Stacking errors (Score 5, Insightful) 123

It's kind of a silly discussion because the clock is started and stopped by humans throughout the game. So even if an error was made here by some fraction of a second, there have to be numerous other errors throughout the rest of the game which aren't being considered with equal scrutiny. So yeah a timing error probably did cost one team the game but unless you go back across the entire game you'll never know which team got screwed by the timer.

It's like in football where the referee rather arbitrarily places the ball but then they measure it to the inch to see if they got a first down. The problem is with the spot, not with the measurement.

Comment Self indulgent little boys (Score 1) 520

No, I"m not...I do NOT want kids.

I don't have kids and I'm married. Have been for a long time. The decision to be married has nothing to do with whether or not you want kids. My wife and I have been together for almost 20 years and we go back another 10 before that. Our decision to get married had nothing to do with children at all.

Therefore, there is no reason to get married, and risk losing half of what I own whenever I decide I want to move on to a different woman.

So A) you've apparently never heard of a pre-nuptial agreement and B) you are apparently a selfish little boy who thinks that women exist merely to service your desires.

Yes, I say, grow a pair....women don't respect you if you don't assert yourself, show confidence, and show that you know (or at least project that you know) what you want in life.

You don't date much I'm guessing or if you do you probably get dumped a lot for being an ass. Son, let me let you in on a little secret. If you get married you aren't doing it for you. You do it because someone else matters so much to you that you are willing to make huge adjustments to your life to care for them and your spouse is doing the same. There is enormous satisfaction to be found in taking care of others, whether that be a spouse or a child. When you are in a relationship your opinion isn't the only one that matters. It doesn't mean your opinion doesn't matter but sometimes it does mean you'll need to put away your toys and do something for someone else. A real relationship requires both people to make some accommodations the the needs and desires of the other person. Given the self indulgent nonsense you are spouting it's probably a good thing that you aren't married. You certainly wouldn't remain married for long.

Geez, do you ask permission to change the radio station too?

Grow up little boy.

Comment Blame the victim (Score 1) 176

First let me say that I block everything that I can, to the point of ignoring a lot of content on the net.

So what? Lots of people don't even know that is possible.

That's...not how HTML works. The user asked for the data, and they're gonna get it, hard.

First off, don't even begin to pretend that webpages these days consist of merely HTML. Second, there is absolutely NO reason why the web page serving up the data cannot ask if the person requesting wants stuff from these third parties and to explain who and what these third parties are. That is technologically trivial. The reason they don't is because they are acting in bad faith and trying to hide their shady activities.

tl/dr: it is absolutely your fault for getting raped.

So my grandmother is at fault for "getting raped" because she didn't have the technical chops to defend herself? Wow... just wow. That is a perfect example of the sort of idiotic blame-the-victim attitude that forced governments to step in. Relatively few people are the sort of uber-nerd who reads slashdot for fun. Privacy rules by necessity must be a sort of lowest common denominator thing.

Comment Economics of solar vs nuclear (Score 5, Insightful) 281

Nuclear power: 500MW is considered a "small/compact" nuclear plant, costing about $1.5 billion with a footprint of a few acres with a lifetime of approx. 40 years.

A nuke plant will cost far more than what you are claiming. Costs currently are running between $5000-8000/KW. And that is just to build it - you didn't consider operating costs at all which are far more substantial for a nuke plant than a solar one. The waste disposal alone is a huge cost that doesn't exist with solar.

Why the hell are people investing in solar? The economics make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Really? You can't figure this out? Solar has no failure modes that can render a location uninhabitable. Solar has no serious fuel waste disposal problem. Solar has no weapon proliferation risk. Solar is insurable by private companies rather than nation states. Solar doesn't require getting fuel from elsewhere. Frankly solar has quite a lot to recommend it over nuclear in many (though not all) cases. Nuclear has its advantages but let's not pretend that it doesn't have some very substantial drawbacks.

Comment Economics (Score 3, Interesting) 281

If Morocco is just across from Spain, why would Spain pay for the energy (i.e. cost of production, plus payoff of initial outlay, plus transportation, plus the company profits) rather than just build their own?

A good question and the answers are mostly fairly straightforward. In no particular order here is a non-exhaustive list of reasons why they might decide not to build their own. Not all of these might be the case here but all are possible.
1) If they build there own it might result in overcapacity which would make the economics not work
2) Spain isn't in great financial shape so the financing might be a problem
3) Exchange rate risk. Currently the Euro is relatively strong versus the Morrocan Dirham. This means that 1 Euro can buy relatively more KWh.
4) Cost of land might be significantly higher in Spain. Spain has about 5/7 the land area with about 4/3 the population.
5) Politics (need I say more?)

Comment Advertising ROI (Score 4, Insightful) 286

I think the whole advertising situation will get better once the tech bubble bursts.

You seem curiously convinced that A) we are in a bubble and B) that advertising will go away or "get better". You can't really know A for certain by definition because bubbles generally can only be identified in retrospect and B will never ever happen. It's unclear what "get better" means to you but I'm pretty sure whatever it is won't happen.

My prediction is that eventually the industry will fall apart as companies realise the ponzi nature of current advertising prices, and that much of this expenditure is not converting in to sales.

I think you don't understand the advertising business. You think that companies are naively throwing money at advertising because they don't know any better. While there are some out there where that is true for the most part buyers of advertising understand very well the relationship between advertising dollars spent and the returns they get. It's not at all hard to get a pretty solid idea of the correlation between ad spend and revenue.

Comment China is the reason NK exists (Score 3, Insightful) 254

At the moment, for people in the USA and Europe, NK is just an annoying abstract threat. Nobody wants to go start anything there because they could probably take out Seoul and parts of Japan quite easily, so it is better to just monitor the situation and leave them alone.

The main reason they get left alone is because of China. China protects NK even when they get completely out of pocket for reasons that are only vaguely comprehensible to us. Honestly if China wasn't involved I think NK would have been curb stomped by either the US or one of their neighbors some time ago. China props up the NK regime apparently primarily because they don't want to deal with the humanitarian crisis that would follow if the regime toppled. They also apparently don't want a unified and modern Korea with a border on China for strategic reasons.

Having said that, the guy sounds like a complete crackpot, so maybe he is just bored.

North Korea is on their third generation of crackpot absolute dictator. Hell, technically the Korean War never actually ended. There was an armistice but never an actual peace treaty.

Comment Nerds aren't just in IT (Score 3, Insightful) 435

Of the stories on the front page the only ones I wouldn't consider "news for nerds" would be the sexual misconduct case and the Jeep gearshift story.

Believe it or not there are other types of engineers here besides folks who program for a living. The jeep gearshift story is about an engineering/design screwup and personally I find it quite interesting. Judging by the number of comments so did others. That sort of story definitely fits slashdot and would have before Dice took over. Furthermore the motto of Slashdot is "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters." Nerds come in many forms and I certainly am one but not of the IT variety. Stuff that Matters extends beyond IT.

I agree however that the stories seem to be more focused lately so that is a good thing in my opinion. Of course the number of comments is still WAY down from 10 years ago. Used to be that slashdot attracted a fairly elite technical crowd. That hasn't been the case for a few years now for the most part. I still find it interesting but not like I once did.

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