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New Olympics Scoring: No More Perfect 10.0

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the get-rid-of-judged-events dept.

Math 722

Dekortage writes "If you watch the Olympics gymnastics this year, you may be confused by the new scoring system which will let athletes score 14, 17, or even higher. The new rules are 'heavy on math' and employ two panels of judges: one for technical difficulty, which adds points up from a score of zero; the other for execution and technique, which starts at 10.0 and subtracts for errors. The two numbers are then combined for the final score. As one judge put it, 'The system rewards difficulty. But the mistakes are also more costly.' The new rules were adopted after South Korea protested a scoring at the 2004 Olympics." Now I'm sure that no Slashdot reader will intentionally watch any "sport" that has judges determine the winner, but their wives/girlfriends might seize control of the remote because they want to know who is the best at that ribbon-twirling thing.

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Huh (5, Insightful)

Aaron_Pike (528044) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495559)

And people wonder why there is a perception of sexism in technical fields.

Re:Huh (5, Funny)

jfclavette (961511) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495799)

Seriously. I'd expect more open-mindedness from a bunch of people whose hobbies are such interesting things as soldering and typing in a text editor.

Re:Huh (5, Insightful)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496079)

To play devil's advocate, it really does seem stupid to include Rhythmic Gymnastics [wikipedia.org] in addition to the tried-and-true Artistic Gymnastics [wikipedia.org] , as the demonstration of ability is almost exclusively artistic in nature.

If they have rhythmic gymnastics, they should have professional dance. Seriously.

Re:Huh (1, Funny)

Professor_UNIX (867045) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495855)

I'm sure there are plenty of homosexual men that enjoy gymnastics, this is just Slashdot being sexist.

Re:Huh (5, Funny)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496133)

I'm sure there are plenty of homosexual men that enjoy gymnastics, this is just Slashdot being sexist.

On the other hand, watching nubile athletic girls contort themselves does it for me.

Re:Huh (4, Insightful)

TheoMurpse (729043) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496053)

I'm going to chime in, too. I find Taco's comments offensive. I suppose the code obfuscation contests are worthless as well, since there are judges for that event, too?

Also, there are no ribbons in gymnastics. That's rhythmic gymnastics, sir.

I wish I could mod down the editorialization.

Re:Huh (5, Insightful)

lilomar (1072448) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496205)

I think the point is that anything that needs judges is not a sport, due to it being subjectively instead of objectively scored.

Re:Huh (1)

ghoti (60903) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496171)

It's really mostly CS, the engineering fields are doing a lot better right now in attracting women and being perceived as less of a geek stronghold. Remarks like these show that we need a lot more women in this field, this boys club is not doing anything good for us.

Hot chicks at the olympics (3, Funny)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495563)

I just wait for someone to tell me there are hot chicks in skin tight clothes doing something. Otherwise, I could care less.

Re:Hot chicks at the olympics (4, Funny)

SpeedyDX (1014595) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495621)

I was gonna say the same thing. Then I remembered all gymnasts look 12 years old.

Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, amiright? ...

Re:Hot chicks at the olympics (1)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495765)

Hey, this is important. Imagine if they had an Olympics and no one scored higher than in previous years. Imagine what that would do to Nike's bottom line. No, we have to keep changing the rules around so every years is even better than the last one. If we can't do it with highly specialized equipment that sets the bar far beyond what a human can do naturally, well, changing the scoring system is cheaper anyways.

If you love your parents and want to see the corporations they've invested their retirement money into do well, you'll embrace this change with open arms. You do love your parents, right?

Numeric inflation (5, Insightful)

Moryath (553296) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495877)

isn't restricted just to the Olympics - though it's sad to see it happening.

Look at all (american) professional sports. Every time they're in a slump, some "rule change" comes along to bump scores. Basketball got laxer and laxer on obvious rules violations (watch any of the running leaps a "slam dunk" guy takes). Football implemented letting q-backs throw the ball into the stands. Baseball juiced up the ball itself, but thankfully drew the line on allowing metal bats.

And it's not even restricted to physical sports. Look at a pinball table today - you could easily chop off the last 3 digits of the score, because they never read anything meaningful anyways. Look at the numbers for damage ratings in "rpgs" like the Final Fantasy series - you used to start with characters doing 5-6 points of damage a hit, now you do 500-1000 and go from there.

Re:Numeric inflation (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495949)

But this has nothing to do with Nike. Scoring is exciting, and higher offenses often mean higher attendance.

Part of this is that athletes get better with each generation. Sports with the exact same rules often see records fall one after the other. So rule changes are only part of the story.

Re:Numeric inflation (1)

JohnnyGTO (102952) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495993)

Yes, but you feel better about yourself. Those high scores build your self image and take away that evil system of advancement through merit and skill.

Re:Hot chicks at the olympics (-1, Troll)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495791)

Oh yeah. I'm masturbating right now thinking about my rock hard cock sliding in and out of some 12 year old Chinese gymnasts tight virgin pussy. I'll pull out just in time to blow my cum load all over her cute little face. After I'm done with her, I'll turn my attentions to her little brother.

Re:Hot chicks at the olympics (1)

Professor_UNIX (867045) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495891)

"Have a seat over here. Would you like some cookies or a refreshment? I see you have a pack of Mike's Hard Lemonade there. Did you also bring condoms?"

Re:Hot chicks at the olympics (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495925)

Many gymnasts are in the 12-16 age range.

Re:Hot chicks at the olympics (5, Funny)

value_added (719364) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496095)

Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, amiright? ...

Dunno. Are you attracted to powerful shoulders, an over-developed torso, flat chest, and short (Russian style) muscular legs?

If you are, you might be interested in the stocking clerk that works at my local grocery store. His name is Billy.

Re:Hot chicks at the olympics (4, Insightful)

BitterOldGUy (1330491) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496151)

I was gonna say the same thing. Then I remembered all gymnasts look 12 years old.

Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, amiright? ...

Rhythmic Gymnastics - nothing but dance and "judged" by the most subjective methods you'll ever see. Part of the score is how the girls look. That's right, look; not entirely how well they performed. Many of these girls develop eating disorders when they hit puberty so that their looks and subsequently "careers" aren't destroyed.

They make the child beauty pageants look tame.

Re:Hot chicks at the olympics (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496177)

I was gonna say the same thing. Then I remembered all gymnasts look 12 years old.

I seem to remember the competitors in Women's trampolining [wikipedia.org] being the exception. As a bonus, they're on trampolines!

Re:Hot chicks at the olympics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24496091)

You could care less, except when there's hot chicks, in which case you _couldn't_ care less?

Yeah, being a grammar nazi...

Re:Hot chicks at the olympics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24496109)

That's not saying much. If you "could care less" doesn't that mean you might "care a lot"?

Not everyone uses metric you insensitive clod! (3, Funny)

m3j00 (606453) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495571)

Where is America's perfect 12?

Re:Not everyone uses metric you insensitive clod! (1)

Fungus King (860489) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495863)

I think some smartarses tried that scoring system somewhere. Participants couldn't understand why they were getting 'C' for perfect performances so they ditched it.

For a system that's math heavy (1)

n3tcat (664243) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495579)

You would think they could have just increased the floating point size to 10.00 instead!

Re:For a system that's math heavy (4, Funny)

squidfood (149212) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495843)

You would think they could have just increased the floating point size to 10.00 instead!

But it goes to 11.

No Thanks. (1)

blcamp (211756) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495593)

I'll wait for ladies Beach Volleyball instead.

China controlling even this? (1)

phoneteller (1261402) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495601)

Is Beijing controlling even this aspect of the Olympics? I thought censoring of free speech and the media was the only thing they were censoring!

Re:China controlling even this? (5, Informative)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495963)

The IOC made this call a few years back actually. I believe most international competitions leading up the Olympics have been using this new scoring system.

Re:China controlling even this? (1)

ddvlad (862846) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496073)

Is Beijing controlling even this aspect of the Olympics? I thought censoring of free speech and the media was the only thing they were censoring!

This has nothing to do with the Olympics being held in Beijing. The Code of Points [wikipedia.org] has been revised in 2006 and has been already used at the European Championships recently.

Hey Now . . . (2, Funny)

hardburn (141468) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495603)

I intentionally watched just such a sport in my teen years. This was mostly because I had a crush on Shannon Miller, but still.

Re:Hey Now . . . (1)

cbiltcliffe (186293) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496143)

Yeah, and my wife will be commandeering our TV for the entire Olympics, to watch everything from diving to gymnastics to volleyball to hockey.

Yes, she also watches the superbowl.

Remote? (1)

517714 (762276) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495605)

She can "seize" the remote when she prys it from my cold dead hands.

Re:Remote? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24495873)

She can "seize" the remote when she prys it from my cold dead hands.

She seized my remote all night long

Re:Remote? (1)

phoneteller (1261402) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496011)

and the remote grew in size and had 50 extra channels.. and one free bonus after she used it for 10 minutes.

For anyone confused by the summary (5, Funny)

JohnHegarty (453016) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495607)

Re:For anyone confused by the summary (2, Funny)

Van Cutter Romney (973766) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495889)

[citation needed]

Re:For anyone confused by the summary (1)

EZReady (677430) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496119)

Reminds me of that Simpson episode where Mayor Quimby is shopping at the mall,
sees a sweater, and says,
"I'll have one in wife size, and one in girlfriend size"

Or something along those lines

Re:For anyone confused by the summary (1)

ghoti (60903) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496005)

Yeah, that never gets old. No wonder nobody wants to go into CS these days. By projecting an image like this, we make the field really attractive.

Yeah right (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24495611)

No single male would ever switch the gymnastics on and watch a bunch of young ladies do physical exercise in leotards.

In other news, the last porn site finally died, citing a "lack of market" for its product.

Re:Yeah right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24496003)

They're not ladies, they're pre-teenage girls. Any single male wanking off to that deserves a visit to the local don't-bend-over hotel.

Boxing anyone? (4, Insightful)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495629)

how about martial arts... last time I checked they are scored by judges...

Re:Boxing anyone? (3, Insightful)

rob1980 (941751) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495947)

But aren't those scores based on hard values? Punches thrown vs. landed, that sort of thing. It's not like they're judging the artistic quality of the fight or something.

Re:Boxing anyone? (4, Informative)

Flying Scotsman (1255778) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496093)

Some martial arts scoring systems have aspects that are non-quantative. For example, in judo competitions penalties (which are essentially points for the non-penalized player) can be assigned on things like "non-combativity," where you aren't attacking enough or hard enough in the eyes of the judge. Perhaps not as subjective as gymnastics scoring, but there's no hard metric for it.

Re:Boxing anyone? (1)

icegreentea (974342) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496107)

Yeah, except at the speed that fights can reach, it becomes far less hard than people (including the judges) would like. Which is why they have a panel of judges anyways. Some people in Australia are working on a electronic scoring system, but I figure it might be a bit before its widely adopted. You have to wear a vest right now, and there's going to be some resistance to that.

Re:Boxing anyone? (2, Informative)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496169)

Yep [wikipedia.org] .

From the above article:

A kick or punch that makes contact with the opponent's hogu (a trunk protector that functions as a scoring target) scores one point; a kick to the head scores two points. Punches to the head are not allowed. If a competitor is knocked down by a scoring technique and the referee counts, then an additional point is awarded to the opponent.

At the end of three rounds, the competitor with the most points wins the match. If, during the match, one competitor gains a 7-point lead over the other, or if one competitor reaches a total of 12 points, then that competitor is immediately declared the winner and the match ends. In the event of a tie at the end of three rounds, a fourth "sudden death" overtime round will be held to determine the winner, after a 30-second rest period.

knives/girlfriends? (2, Funny)

suds (6610) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495633)

>Wives/girlfriends?

This is ./ YOU INSENSITIVE CLOD!

Re:knives/girlfriends? (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495743)

No, no, ./ is news that matters, stuff for nerds. This is /., which is just random news stories that have even less relevance.

outcome decided by judges ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24495649)

So boxing and freestyle snow-boarding (or any event where style is judged) don't count as sports?

Easy Gold (1)

thehickcoder (620326) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495653)

hmmm....
What is to prevent me for coming up with some crazy impossible routine that would give a starting score of 20 points? Then, just sitting down and doing nothing so that my "execution" score would be 0, but I would still have the extremely high 20 point score.

Re:Easy Gold (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24495767)

Maybe the fact that "math-heavy" implies more than a simple addition+division?

Still doesn't count as "math-heavy" (or even good), but imagine a scoring system where you make the two score components be extended along axes at right angles to each other, and your final score is the area of the resulting rectangle. Care to calculate what your "easy gold" technique scores you under such a system?

Re:Easy Gold (1)

notorious ninja (1137913) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495881)

In gymnastics at least, they count the 10 most difficult skills in the routine. Usually the most possible points they can get will be in the 6's or 7's.

Re:Easy Gold (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495981)

What you said is approximately what's happened to figure skating since their last round of scandal-precipitated scoring changes.

What a shame. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24495661)

I'm sorry, but who the fuck cares? This shit makes any difference? What a waste of time and money and resources, just to prop up China. What a shame.

Always Helpful (0, Troll)

BigBlueOx (1201587) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495663)

Now I'm sure that no Slashdot reader will intentionally watch the Olympics

There. Fixed that for you. You're welcome.

I really dont care for olympics (0, Troll)

unity100 (970058) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495669)

we are not in 19th century anymore. we already have discovered the approximate limits of human body. so why should i care if someone increases the world record in some field from 9.125 to 9.124 seconds ? and that is if some record is broken. if not, people get medals. they compete, some win some lose, and some get medals. so ? life IS a competition these days. we're having more than we ask for. we dont need to watch competition in our leisure time too.

and with all the shitty stunt china pulls, in tibet, in darfur, suppressing bloggers, olympics are all the while less attractive.

Re:I really dont care for olympics (1)

rob1980 (941751) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496039)

and with all the shitty stunt china pulls, in tibet, in darfur, suppressing bloggers, olympics are all the while less attractive.

Add beating Japanese journalists [bloomberg.com] , and new sidewalks already falling apart [japanprobe.com] to the list. We already know their environmental initiatives aren't sustainable, but when it comes to construction and the press, they aren't even trying.

Re:I really dont care for olympics (5, Insightful)

Gotung (571984) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496055)

So you don't think its cool to watch somebody that can not only do a back flip, but throw in a full twist in the middle of said back flip?

Now add in that they did this not on the ground, but on a balance beam only inches wide and they nailed the landing with narry a wobble?

Regardless of the politics surround this year's Olympics, you seriously can't see why anybody would enjoy watching a human being pull off amazing shit like that?

Re:I really dont care for olympics (1)

id3as (1067224) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496059)

I really don't have interest in sports for the same reasons.

The only thing that looked good about the olympics is the slogan of "1 World 1 Dream".

Re:I really dont care for olympics (2, Insightful)

Five Bucks! (769277) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496075)

When you look at the Olympics from the shallow perspective of how many Gold, Silver or Bronze medals a country wins, then yes, the Olympics are simple and disinteresting.

It becomes exciting when you see athletes from so many countries competing on a level playing field (socioeconomically). It's only in such instances where humanity gets to see that we're all pretty much the same.

How else could you gather thousands of people together from potentially all the countries in the world without sport and competition?

Hating the Olympics is about as nihilistic and pessimistic as one can get.

Re:I really dont care for olympics (1)

icegreentea (974342) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496199)

Life wasn't a competition in the past? We don't NEED to watch competitions in our leisure time, but we certainly can. Maybe you shouldn't care, but other people who follow or appreciate that field care. The Olympics as a whole might be kind of screwed up now, but don't use it to paint a brush over all competitive sports. You may not hold them as a role model, but many people do. The level of focus and determination that competitive athletes (professional and amateur) is truly incredible. And they're not all brainless jocks either. Some combat sports are among the most cerebral activities you can do. They're 3d real time chess that hurts when you lose.

Boring. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24495671)

Someone wake me up when robot fighting is in the Olympics already. Or when fencing is done with real light sabers.

What's with the jackass summary? (4, Insightful)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495701)

Why the need to throw in the condescending misogynist comment, Taco? What does it have to do with math or sports? Can we moderate you offtopic flamebait?

Yes, and I didn't like the implication (5, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495775)

Yes, and I didn't like the implication that any /. geek would not be able to override a TV remote.

Re:Yes, and I didn't like the implication (1)

qoncept (599709) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495983)

..or that they may have girlfriends. Get real!

Re:What's with the jackass summary? (2)

Kozz (7764) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495787)

Hey, I perform that ribbon twirling thing, you insensitive clod!

Re:What's with the jackass summary? (2, Insightful)

kiwimate (458274) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495809)

Agreed 100%. If you as an IT geek ever feel you're the recipient of condescension or are mistreated as a lowly tech worker, well, it's because of idiotic garbage like that which makes people wonder why someone who's so intelligent can be so stupid. Seriously, that's the kind of stuff you expect from the same fools who wolf whistle and holler at girls walking by because they're wearing a low cut dress. Grow up.

Re:What's with the jackass summary? (1)

phoneteller (1261402) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495831)

Chill out buddy. Its not misogynist. Commander Taco would have easily said about changing the channel the other way with a /. geek and his wife fighting over the remote.

Re:What's with the jackass summary? (0)

soulsteal (104635) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495861)

Someone's got sand in their vagina....

Re:What's with the jackass summary? (-1, Flamebait)

gazbo (517111) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495951)

Go through every story posted by Taco. He very frequently posts some crap after the story which reads "Here is my opinion which everyone agrees with".

This is because Mr Taco is a socially retarded cunt.

Just call it part of the game (5, Insightful)

kahei (466208) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495721)

Sure, the 2004 Olympics (and the next Winter Olympics perhaps even more so) contained judging that didn't necessarily reward the 'best' contestant. But that's part of the sport; it's not about being the 'best', which is pretty well impossible to define except in straightforward running/throwing events. It's about getting the highest score.

Nobody really thinks Tour de France cyclists don't store blood and take drugs; part of the game is the tradeoff between higher performance and higher chance of getting disqualified. Look at the way football is played in south america; taking a fall is just seen as part of the game, a judgement call like any other with particular risks and rewards. Argentina beat England in 1986 by pushing the ball in the net by hand; that may mean they won by taking a particular risk, but it doesn't mean they didn't win. They won the game of 'being allowed the most goals, by whatever means', which is the game they were actually playing.

I don't think the answer is to change the scoring. The answer is to take a more holistic approach, and say: "Ok, he was maybe the second best at *gymnastics*. But he was the best at *getting points for gymnastics*!"

Re:Just call it part of the game (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495807)

I'm waiting for some American to run up to a weenie non-US soccer player as he wallows on the ground in a fake injury, and taunt him with some sort of "pretend crying" or something. I REALLY hate that aspect of the sport. It's creeped into basketball as well. Go friggin play rugby, American football, or Aussie (INSANE) rules football, or hockey. Bunch of wusses, I call 'em.

Re:Just call it part of the game (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495833)

You should build clocks. They would be awesome.

"Does it keep good time?"

"Well, it keeps pretty good time, I managed to get pretty close to a second on Sunday, so I stopped improving it."

"Do you have any ideas for improving it?"

"I don't care about improving it."

Fuzzy Math? (1)

cwAllenPoole (1228672) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495751)

2 + 2 = 5 For very large values of 2.

Re:Fuzzy Math? (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495851)

Best Bobby "the Brain" Heenan Line EVER:

Schiavone: Two plus two equals FOUR, Bobby.

Bobby: Not if you get the deal.

Lame. (5, Insightful)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495759)

Now I'm sure that no Slashdot reader will intentionally watch any "sport" that has judges determine the winner, but their wives/girlfriends might seize control of the remote because they want to know who is the best at that ribbon twirling thing.

First, if you can't appreciate the beauty and artistry in judged events, then you're missing something wonderful. From the guys doing iron crosses on the rings (which makes my shoulders hurt sympathetically) to the girls seeming to ignore gravity, there's something there to move any soul.

Second, my wife was a college swimmer and completed Army Airborne training. She's about as into ribbon twirling things as I presume girls are into you.

Re:Lame. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24495895)

First, if you can't appreciate the beauty and artistry in judged events, then you're missing something wonderful. From the guys doing iron crosses on the rings (which makes my shoulders hurt.....

Stop wanking yourself off while you watch then.

Re:Lame. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24496135)

The Olympic Games are a way for the world to come together, experience new events that would otherwise be meaningless, and learn new customs about the world. If I'm flipping though channels, I'll go right past badminton or fencing championships, but during the Olympics, I'll watch as it gives me a reason to see other people do athletic things in sports I normally don't care about, even if its just to cheer on an American.

No more 10? (4, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495793)

Are you saying that our gymnasts now go to eleven?

Re:No more 10? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24496149)

Yeah but the 10 year olds are still cuter.

Oh, but I will... (1)

zotz (3951) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495805)

"Now I'm sure that no Slashdot reader will intentionally watch any "sport" that has judges determine the winner"

Oh, but I will... even though I don't like that part of things.

I like the ski jumping / flying stuff. Never understood why style points would count except as a tie break when two people jumped the same distance.

And I will watch the occasional fight but there, at least, it is possible that the judges will not determine things.

all the best,

drew

Not watching (1, Insightful)

rlp (11898) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495821)

That's OK, I'm not watching the 2008 (aka '1936') Olympics.

Re:Not watching (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24496139)

Oh. For. Fucks. Sake. Nice Godwin.
There's no comparison.
See here [wikipedia.org]

Are you kidding me? (1)

GungaDan (195739) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495835)

Womens' gymnasties is the ONLY olympic event worth watching. Just not while my wife's around!

I wish Svetlana Boginskaya was still competing... tasty morsel, that one.

At last! (4, Funny)

Centurix (249778) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495849)

I get to use my slide rule again!

The best? (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495859)

they want to know who is the best at that ribbon twirling thing.

The one with the highest score.

Perfect 10? No, it's 11! (1)

Javarufus (733962) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495911)

Well, the Spinal Tap judges decided that there would be a better score than a perfect 10 - a score that would demonstrate even more technical precision and execution; that score is 11.

Why not just call it a perfect 10? Because this score goes to 11.

But to the point of the new scoring mechanism, why not just take the highest possible score and apply a scoring factor that results in a score of 10? All other scores would then be calculated using the new formula multiplied by this scoring factor.

Boy, that would take too much effort and probably $1-$2 million to pay a management consulting firm to perform an audit to ensure that the scoring factor wouldn't result in errant scores. Forget it.

-- When life gives you lemons, drink beer.

I'm not in the slightest bit offended but.. (4, Insightful)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | more than 6 years ago | (#24495985)

Surely there are plenty of geeks out there that recognise that the pursuit of excellence (no matter if it is in a GAME) is far more commendable than the average person's pursuit of an encyclopedic knowledge of televisional (i likes to makes the new words) general knowledge. If you hate sport, at least admire the anti-apathy.

Kind of like going to the airport. It's uplifting. Just about everybody has a purpose, a direction, an empty wallet after that $8 coffee.

Scoring a maximum of five on both numbers (1)

Boetsj (1247700) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496029)

Scoring a maximum of five on both numbers wouldn't make any sense at all of course. No sir! :)

yoou fail ait (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24496035)

and exciting; but suffice it How is the GNAA file was opened AAl major surveys show tha"t FreeBSD Everything else

Circ de Soleil (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496061)

The circus actors put all the Olympic gymnasts to shame and make the Olympic events look like kindergarten activities.

Scoring... (5, Funny)

PottedMeat (1158195) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496071)

Scoring only enters my mind when I watch the women's beach volleyball.

Obligatory jokes below.

PM

I don't.. (-1, Troll)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496081)

... really give a shit about the Olympics & even less so this year. I wish there was an Olympic category so I could block it.

How's China's dick taste, IOC?

Anything that needs scoring is not a sport (1)

Barsteward (969998) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496191)

its about time they create another kind of olympics that had all the subjective sports in like gymnastics, diving etc.

On the other hand... (1)

JiminyJones (1334765) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496195)

The new scoring system will allow mediocre athletes to aim for a less-than-perfect 10.0 and actually reach that goal (receiving 5 for difficulty and -5 for errors).

I beg to differ (3, Funny)

Cathoderoytube (1088737) | more than 6 years ago | (#24496201)

"Now I'm sure that no Slashdot reader will intentionally watch any "sport" that has judges determine the winner"

I dunno. There's talk of finally approving the thong for women's figure skating...

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