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Submission + - "Muthuball": How to Build an NBA Championship Team ( 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."

Submission + - ISRO's Dead End in Space (

sirdude writes: "Forbes India has an interesting overview on the current status of the Indian space program. With the spate of failures in the last 18 months, charges of collusion & corruption within the ISRO, and the fickle nature of the Indian public, the Wednesday launch of the PSLV-C16 has assumed increased importance in terms of shoring up the reputation of the organisation."
The Courts

Submission + - Ebay's Paypal Only being investigated by ACCC

sasha328 writes: Today I received an email regarding the ACCC investigation into eBay's decision to only allow paypal as a payment method on eBay Australia's site.

Here is the reply I got from the ACCC (consumer commission in Australia):

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) concerning the recent exclusive dealing arrangement proposed by eBay International.

The role of the ACCC is to ensure compliance with the Trade Practices Act 1974 (TPA), which is designed to encourage fair trading and discourage anti-competitive conduct through a specific set of competition and consumer protection rules. It is only when there is a contravention of the TPA that there may be a role for the ACCC.

As you are aware, on 10 April 2008, eBay announced that:

        * as of 21 May 2008, all items listed for sale on must offer PayPal as one of the payment methods; and
        * as of 17 June 2008, all items listed for sale must only offer payment via PayPal (or credit card transactions processed by PayPal) or cash on delivery.

On 11 April 2008, eBay International AG lodged an exclusive dealing notification with the ACCC in relation to the above conduct, which provides eBay with immunity under the TPA from this date.

The ACCC has commenced a consultation process in relation to the notification. People who wish to raise concerns about the notified conduct should lodge a public submission via by 2 May 2008.

The ACCC can take steps to remove the immunity conferred by the notification if it is satisfied that:

        * the proposed conduct will result in a substantial lessening of competition;
        * the public benefit that may result from the proposed conduct would not outweigh the detriment to the public caused by the lessening of competition.

Further information, including a copy of eBay's notification, can be found at the ACCC's exclusive dealing notifications register, by going to and following the "public registers" and "authorisations and notifications registers" links.

Thank you for contacting the ACCC with your concerns. I trust this information is of assistance.

Yours sincerely

ACCC Infocentre

1300 302 502

I think it would be good for the community at large to be aware of this and how Austrlaian slashdotters can help by contacting the ACCC. see here

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