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Comment Defining sports (Score 1) 194

Out of curiosity, how would you define 'sports', and what is it about, say, competitive LoL or StarCraft that doesn't meet that definition?

The answer is fairly straightforward though perhaps unsatisfyingly ambiguous. If you say you play sports to someone, nobody is going to ask which computer game you play. They are going to be thinking something involving gross motor skills 99.9999% of the time. Ergo it isn't a sport under commonly accepted uses of the term. That might change in time but ask 100 people today if computer gaming is a sport and the answer will overwhelmingly be no. QED it isn't a sport.

If you want to get pedantic about definitions you can make all sorts of activities that aren't widely regarded as sports fit a given definition but I think that serves little purpose. Poker is on ESPN but is it a sport? Few would say so. That's not to say poker or computer games aren't fully deserving of respect but calling them a sport is something most people will not agree with. So called eSports are their own thing but saying they are sports a bit of appropriation of a term that doesn't fit. Like how soy milk is marketed as "milk" when in fact it is actually a type of juice. It conflates two concepts in order to profit from the confusion. Getting overly pedantic about the definitions merely leads to pointless arguments. If you want to call competitive StarCraft a "sport" I'm not going to call you foolish and I get what you are saying but I still don't think of it as a sport and neither will most other people.

Of course there are differences between even the "traditional" sports. If you watch the Olympics you'll see two major categories. There are competitions with objective criteria (i.e. track) and those with subjective criteria (i.e. gymnastics). The former determines a winner through objectively measurable criteria such as who can run a course in the least amount of time. The later typically judges aesthetics and in practical terms are simply dance competitions. Nothing wrong with either one but in some important ways they aren't quite the same thing and one could argue they might be deserving of different labels.

Comment Re:I thought Linux was supposed to be secure? (Score 1) 83

Maybe we need to forget trying to secure devices and instead try to secure the router. Each device would have a profile, something like "can only access this short list of IP addresses, rate limited to X bytes/second and capped to X bytes/day." Literal alarm bells when limits are exceeded, with the device auto quarantined.

Comment Altitude training (Score 1) 194

In other sports, runners who live at sea-level are disadvantaged in competition against runners who live high up in the mountains.

Actually not true. High altitude training is most effective when you aren't at high altitude all the time. It's the people who can train at altitude for periods of time and then return to low altitudes that see the best results.

The life of athletes is full of unfairness.

Which has what exactly to do with this conversation? I have mad respect for top gamers but they aren't athletes in any widely accepted use of the word.

Comment Re:LPB! (Score 1) 194

Some games just add lag for everyone, so that a low ping offers no advantage. Street Fighter 5 does that, there is a fixed lag of 8 frames (128ms). You press a button, even in a local match, the character reacts 8 frames later. So pings under about 100ms are all the same and offer no advantage.

Players just got used to it.

Comment Re:Coordination, not more text (Score 3, Interesting) 133

Because the idea that there are alternate facts and all viewpoints are equally valid needs to die. There really is objective truth and impartial journalism is entirely possible.

To be honest I'm not sure what this new site adds. Sources like the BBC are already very good. Yes, they screw up sometimes, but they fix it and 99% of the time are factually accurate and impartial. We don't really need more than that, what we need is a way to flag up fake news and opinion marketed as news.

Imagine if inaccurate statistics or misrepresentation of sources could be flagged up by wiki-style crowd sourcing. Kinda like what Facebook is doing but with volunteers and public oversight instead of Facebook staff, and for all sites.

Comment Homeless (Score 1) 194

Instead of homicide, you just have to deal with ridiculous amounts of homeless people that make Hawaii resemble a third world country, sleeping on sidewalks, defecating and peeing everywhere.

I've been to Hawaii a number of times and not in the tourist trap parts either. Doesn't remotely fit my anecdotal observations. There are more homeless people in Chicago than in Hawaii.

Comment Tiny minority (Score 1) 194

For an actual tournament with significant money on the table, if they need that improved ping they'll simply have to travel to attain it.

You do realize that describes a tiny minority of the people who actually play any given game, right? Most people just want to play and compete with their "friends". Less fun to do that if you are experiencing a significant handicap even for casual play.

Comment Easily impressed (Score 1) 148

Featureless except for a generic tablet screen in the middle. No awe-inspiring gauge cluster. No pleasing lines and curves.

You find gauge clusters "awe-inspiring"? You need to get out more my friend if that really impresses you.

What the hell were they thinking? This is Tesla, damnit. They should be making a car that blows you away when you sit behind the wheel.

Have you sat behind the wheel of one? How do you know it won't blow you away? Given that the car hasn't entered production yet you seem awfully quick to judge...

Comment Strained arguments (Score 1) 148

Yes, supercharging is much worse for the environment than regular charging.

That might be one of the most strained arguments I've ever heard. Talk about missing the big picture...

And supercharging isn't as energy efficient in itself either - the heat loss is larger than with slower charging.

Even if we stipulate that is true, it still better than burning fossil fuels to move a vehicle. A lot better. Just because the heat loss is some arbitrary amount larger when charging quickly doesn't make it a bad idea. Slow charging is only useful in a garage overnight when you aren't going to use the car for many hours. Any heat losses for rapid charging are more than made up for by not burning gasoline/diesel.

In countries that produce a good part of the electricity from coal and oil, that's not a good thing.

As opposed to burning the oil directly in a car? Weird logic you have there. An internal combustion engine is hugely inefficient and pollutes badly and you are arguing that a few supercharger stations are somehow a bad thing?

Comment Re:Couldn't the battery be replaced instead? (Score 2) 148

An EV battery is not some 12V with a couple leads sticking out of it. Just like an engine, it requires rigid attachment to the frame, integration with the airflow circulation, etc. It's not just sitting in some compartment that you can open up, it generally runs the length of the entire vehicle, having a meaningful impact on structural strength. The EV pack is also significantly heavier than most car engines (~500-600kg for Teslas - you can get whole cars lighter than that). And HV connectors are a lot more sensitive than just some random wire. When it comes to engineering, designing the HV connectors to survive numerous removal / reconnection connection cycles without degradation is one of the hardest parts. It's one thing to demonstrate simply swapping it once, but ensuring reliability is a much more challenging part.

Beyond that, your comparison of a car engine not designed for swapping with an EV pack designed for swapping is facetious.

Comment Re:Unimpressive performance. (Score 2) 127

Scan through a big folder of 20MP+ photos, what happens to your application cache? Quite possibly evicted.

Intel is probably smart enough to use a hybrid MFU technique rather than MRU. They might set aside a portion or percentage for MRU to speed up ongoing operations, but I don't think they're dumb enough to run the whole cache on that basis.

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