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Olympic Medalist was Spyware King

CowboyNeal posted more than 8 years ago | from the other-biathlons dept.

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Remy writes "Seems that Australian gold medal mogulist Dale Begg-Smith is also a spyware entrepreneur. According to a report at Spam Kings, Begg-Smith has supported himself in style as president of a company responsible for generating 20,000,000 pop-ups per day, thanks to drive-by installs of spyware. I know the concept of Olympians being amateurs is outdated, but shouldn't they be barred from competition for this sort of thing?"

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336 comments

FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14737818)

Moo.

Well... (4, Insightful)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737821)

...unless spam or spyware is illegal in Australia, or against terms set by the International Olympic Committee (which probably includes stipulations for non-voliation of the laws of competitors' native countries), then no, he shouldn't be barred from competition.

Also, on the subject of "amateurs", you can't be a "professional" in the sport you're competing in. There's nothing to say that someone can't be rich, or be a "professional" in some other field. He shouldn't be barred for "richly supporting himself" either, until installing spyware becomes an Olympic sport.

Hmm. Don't give them any ideas.

Re:Well... (-1, Troll)

afroloop (603664) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737895)

I wish he would have fallen and broken his neck...

Re:Well... (4, Funny)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737908)

No! THis would be a great sport in a biathlon.

Sport 1: Competitive spamming

Sport 2: Shooting. But we give the recievers the guns

Re:Well... (0, Offtopic)

progbuc (461388) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737923)

Also, on the subject of "amateurs", you can't be a "professional" in the sport you're competing in. There's nothing to say that someone can't be rich, or be a "professional" in some other field.


Tell that to fellow mogulist Jeremy Bloom. The NCAA recently kicked him out of college football because he accepted sponsorship money for his skiing.

Re:Well... (1)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737971)

Well, this doesn't have anything to do with what we're talking about, and is actually, if anything, the reverse of the situation we're talking about (which is that you could be barred from Olympic competion if you're a professional athlete). Jeremy Bloom wasn't barred from Olympic competition for being a professional athlete, and indeed wasn't barred from Olympic competition at all. In fact, he's not a professional athlete at all by IOC rules. The only thing that barred him was the NCAA because he was accepting endorsements.

In other words, what you said has nothing to do with this, and I'm not sure why you posted it.

Re:Well... (3, Informative)

DrLlama (213075) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738002)

Unless you are either a Hockey (Winter) or Basketball (Summer) player.

The Winter Olympics Men's hockey tournament is essentially an NHL intra-squad match...

And for the Summer Olympics it's basicly the NBA vs. the World.

Remind me what the criteria is for "amateur" status?

Re:Well... (3, Interesting)

Audacious (611811) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738009)

Also, on the subject of "amateurs", you can't be a "professional" in the sport you're competing in.

Ummmmmmm....I do not think so. Pro-Basketball stars compete in the Basketball tournaments as do Pro-Ice Skaters (Michelle Quan?) Which is a bit sad since the Pros have already made it and it is the newbies that made the Olympics great. I understand that, as professionals, the people who compete have a chance to actually make some money while they are still young - but it used to be the atheletes competed to get the recognition. Now it's more like they compete to show off their backers. Almost like horses at a race track where the jockies have various brand names on their jackets (and I even saw a brand name on the blanket under the saddle once). Too much commercialism.

<On a side tangent>In the Bible Jesus threw the merchants out of the church saying churches were a place of worship and not for the selling of wares. Should the Olympic committee take a hint from him and throw the merchants out of the Olympics because it is a place for amateurs and not professionals? (By this I mean the merchants are basically buying their way in to the Olympics whereas before no blatant displays were allowed and now they are allowed.)</side tangent>

After all, what's the difference between watching the Indy 500, the WWW, or even a boxing match at Ceasar's Palace and the Olympics? None - if they keep going the way they are going.

Going back to the original topic though, being Spyware King has nothing to do with being a "professional" athelete. Nor would having gained a traffic ticket (so long as said ticket doesn't land you in jail). It is not yet against the law to create Spyware although a lot of people (myself included) do not like or want Spyware. So until that is changed - whether or not this person creates Spyware has nothing to do with whether or not they should or could compete in the Olympics.

Re:Well... (1)

mythosaz (572040) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738073)

In the 1980s, amateurism regulations were relaxed, and completely abolished in the 1990s. This switch was perhaps best exemplified by the American Dream Team, composed of well-paid NBA stars, which won the Olympic gold medal in basketball in 1992. As of 2004, the only sport in which no professionals compete is boxing; in men's football (soccer), the number of players over 23 years of age is limited to three per team.

From : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympics#Amateurism_a nd_professionalism [wikipedia.org]

Further (3, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738029)

I know the concept of Olympians being amateurs is outdated, but shouldn't they be barred from competition for this sort of thing?"
...unless spam or spyware is illegal in Australia, or against terms set by the International Olympic Committee [..] then no, he shouldn't be barred from competition.

Seriously, since when has it been a precondition of The Olympics for an athlete not to be some horrid scumbag? For the most part you only see these people perform, a smile or tears for the camera, stand around on the medal stand while the music plays, perhaps on a cereal box and some lite interviewing on telly. Unless they erupt like Tom Cruise (on behalf of his Co$ beliefs), how are you likely to know any past or present are rotters?

Ok, thanks to the internet and nature of this weasel's business it will come up, and hopefully he'll get flayed in the press (Gold Medal Vermin), though you don't often hear much of these, except the most photogenic who go on to some level of stardom.

Re:Well... (1)

Hi-Nu (532202) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738106)

> Also, on the subject of "amateurs", you can't be a "professional" in the sport you're competing in. There's nothing to say that someone can't be rich, ... So, all the NHL'ers are not considered professional? I'm sure they are rich though. According to CBC (up here in Canada), Team Canada's players earn a combined salary of about $100 millions in NHL. Not to mention basket, socceer/football, tennis in Summer Olympics...

FIRST POST FOR JESUS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14737826)

There is an intelligent designer, folks, and he loves you very much.

Re:FIRST POST FOR JESUS (1)

Le Marteau (206396) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738125)

Jesus loves you but Bob [wikipedia.org] WANTS you!

Praise Bob!

Then again (4, Funny)

Janitha (817744) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737827)

Only if they had Spamming as one of the events in the Olympics.

I wonder (1)

zpeterz63 (851922) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737891)

I'm curious if Spamming would fit the mold of a summer or winter sport.

Spyware King? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14737830)

then who am I?

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In true Aussie style: (4, Funny)

wiresquire (457486) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737833)

As an Australian, let me be the first to disown him.

Fuck you canada! You can have him back - and take this trashy medal with you on your way out.

Re:In true Aussie style: (4, Funny)

Zarquil (187770) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737916)

As a Canadian, let me the first to turn you down.

Fuck you Aussies! You claimed him in the first place - you keep him! We're going to keep the steroid users from Jamaica.

  - Zarq.

Re:In true Aussie style: (3, Funny)

Gnagus (468419) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738016)

The initial reason he moved to Australia is because here in Canada he was asked to concentrate more on his olympic career and less on his sideline. He refused.

(Being on Slashdot) this could be interpreted as if we asked him to stop sending spam and because he refused he's now in Australia.

(Still being on Slashdot) I could go even further and imply that Australia actively supports spamming! ;-)

Imposter (4, Funny)

Dr. Evil (3501) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738081)

A real Canadian would apologise.

Re:Imposter (1)

Zarquil (187770) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738144)

That's true.

I'm sorry. I shouldn't have let it happen in the first place.

You'll note I'll be vague over precisely what I'm apologizing for. *grin*

    - Zarq

Re:In true Aussie style: (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737949)

You can have him back...

Wouldn't it be easier to feed him to the dingos?

Re:In true Aussie style: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14738008)

> > You can have him back...
>
> Wouldn't it be easier to feed him to the dingos?

There are some things even a dingo won't eat.

Re:In true Aussie style: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14738032)

Nah, we'l just give him a swimming lesson in the Northern Territory. Much more effective [google.com.au] .

Re:In true Aussie style: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14737963)

That's not very Australian of you. I thought we sold our firstborn children and/or souls in exchange for sporting success. Besides, our PM is guilty of war crimes and has contributed to the murder of tens of thousands of Iraqis, so what's 20 million popups against that?

This is True Aussie Style? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14737978)

If you are going to kick people out of your country for being dicks, you better get on the boat with him. You guys were awfully happy to let him join the program when he first left Canada and it's not like this 'business' of his is new. He's only a villain now that /. says so? Baaaaaaaaaaaa.

Re:In true Aussie style: (1)

askegg (599634) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737980)

I watch the repeat with interest last night and his amazing run down the mountain. It was great to see the "Australian" underdog last in the line up (because he was first in qualifying) zip down the mountain at such graceful speed. Knowing he was not truely Australian never seems to bother us - if you are a winner we will adopt you. My wife informed me he was an Internet millionaire and now Olympic Gold Medalist at the age of 21. How could this be? Well, now we know - spam, popups and porn. I second the motion - Canada, you can have him back. You're not the first adopted Australian we have later rejected and you won't be the last.

Re:In true Aussie style: (1)

Goonie (8651) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738107)

To be fair, the guy came over here when he was 15 years old (he's now 21).

In any case, lots of elite athletes are not particularly nice people. Doesn't alter the fact the guy is a damn good mogul skiier.

Re:In true Aussie style: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14738022)

I'm already sick of seeing replays of him winning that race, and we'll have to put up with it for at least the next four years. I just had to laugh last night as they talked about it for at least half an hour, showing replays, while pimping some commemorative trash for Stephen Bradley's "win" in the ad breaks (accompanied by replays of that too, naturally).

We're happy to claim anyone as Australian as long as they're a "winner".

Re:In true Aussie style: (1)

Timothy Chu (2263) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738148)

There was a commentary on him last night on CBC (the Canadian network that provides the Olympic coverage), and I found him well spoken. In answer to the question, "What do you do?", he answered gave some answer that sounded like "helping businesses market themselves". Now I know what that really means. I still had to respect the guy for being able to balance his business life AND his olympic dreams, all before most of us have even finished our schooling.

No (1, Funny)

CosmeticLobotamy (155360) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737834)

... shouldn't they be barred from competition for this sort of thing?

No. I don't think I want the Olympics in charge of non-sports morality. They should have their asses beat by people that meet them, though.

Re:No (1)

fuchsiawonder (574579) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737864)

Being an ethical or moral person and being involved with the Olympics appear to be mutually exclusive nowadays.

hum (0)

McGiraf (196030) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737835)

I don't see why he should be banned , it sure does not help him getting better results at the Olympics.

Yeah (4, Funny)

zardo (829127) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737839)

They could throw it into it's own category, like doping. "He was disqualified for spamming".

Re:Yeah (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737906)

Yeah, even by the standards of the Obligatory Stupid Question, this one is pretty stupid. Whatever happened to good old "Could this be the first step towards widespread Linux adoption on the desktop?"

Re:Yeah (4, Funny)

TekPolitik (147802) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737992)

They could throw it into it's own category, like doping. "He was disqualified for spamming".

Or they could do an interesting drug test - "We heard you are a spammer and need to find out if you have been using drugs. Drop your pants and stand next to this ruler."

They should've made him ski while his CPU... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14737843)

is stuck at 99% usage. Maybe he'll freeze mid-jump and crash like the rest of the poor bastards he's helped infect.

Re:They should've made him ski while his CPU... (1)

icydog (923695) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737996)

I think it'd be more appropriate if he froze and then crashed.

Re:They should've made him ski while his CPU... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14738139)

That doesn't make any sense.

Let's just hope... (0, Redundant)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737848)

...that chair thowing does not become an olympic event *shudders*

Re:Let's just hope... (1)

rune2 (547599) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738143)

that chair thowing does not become an olympic event *shudders*

Yeah because Balmer would win the gold medal every time! You'd just need to get him nice and worked up about Google first...

I wonder..... (1)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737849)

... if the mogul course is anywhere near where they do the biathalon. accidents can happen....

Re:I wonder..... (4, Funny)

iamlucky13 (795185) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738063)

At a slight disadvantage being the oldest biathalete on record, vice president Cheney nonetheless earned plenty of points for his target skills. "I tracked the target across my vision," he said. "When I pulled the trigger however, there was a spammer in my line of fire. I take full responsibility for what I did."

The spammer was taken to a hospital with .22 wounds to the face and neck, where his condition was upgraded from "stable" to "beaten to death with computer mice."

those that excell (3, Funny)

Rooked_One (591287) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737852)

tend to do it in more areas than just one.... 20 mill annoyances a day is pretty good

interesting (5, Informative)

coaxeus (911103) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737854)

This article reports him the president of "AdsCPM Network." http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/the-ski-dream- funded-by-a-spam-fortune/2006/02/13/1139679533728. html [theage.com.au] Which is mysteriously under construction right now. Handy archive.org has a copy from last month: http://web.archive.org/web/20050125100919/http://a dscpm.com/ [archive.org]

Re:interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14738001)

Wow, visiting the home page of a company based on delivering spyware, I wonder what browser you use.

Amateurs (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737857)

I know the concept of Olympians being amateurs is outdated, but shouldn't they be barred from competition for this sort of thing?

Amateur atheletes... they don't have to be jobless (even if that job is spamming).

Re:Amateurs (1)

j3rryh (909483) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738000)

Amateur athletes? what about olympic basketball? And isn't Michelle Kwan a professional skater? ???

Nope... (1)

JamesTRexx (675890) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737858)

but shouldn't they be barred from competition for this sort of thing?

I feel they should be barred from this planet...

Re:Nope... (1)

bobscealy (830639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737918)

I feel they should be barred from this planet...
The next natural question is with what kind of bar, lead or iron?

What (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14737863)

What does being a Spam-King have to do with being an athelete. How did this even make it to the front page of slashdot. There is nothing to discuss except for the author's complete ignorance.

Skiing over the moguls... (3, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737868)

Skiing over in moguls in the Olympics is like running a spyware ring on the Internet.
Even if you win, you're still a scumbag.

Congrats [epsilonminus.com] .

spaming skier? (1)

MoebiusStrip (769927) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737870)

good god, i hate him already.

I hope you're joking (3, Insightful)

llZENll (545605) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737875)

"but shouldn't they be barred from competition for this sort of thing?"

What relevance at all does spamming have to do with the Olympics? Why not just fire and ban spammers from all walks of life, jobs, restaurants, movies, etc, oh wait, it's a little something called freedom. As much as all us hate spam, child porno, junk mail, ads, laywers, etc, we must live them. It's something most people call "society".

Re:I hope you're joking (1)

crimethinker (721591) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737938)

As much as all us hate spam, child porno, junk mail, ads, laywers, etc, we must live them. It's something most people call "society".

HOW DARE YOU sully child pornographers by placing them in the same category as spammers and junk mailers???!?!?!?!11111

Seriously, though, I think you're making a big mistake here. Kiddie porn must never be acceptable in any society under any circumstances. Lumping that in with necessary (or unnecessary) evils that we tolerate is just plain wrong.

For example, nobody likes lawyers, until you find a company bending you over for something like unpaid wages, and then suddenly, you like lawyers a lot. Call them a "necessary evil." Spam and junk mail may not be illegal, but that doesn't mean we have to tolerate them; these are "unnecessary evils." The real-world analogy of spam is that I'll stand on the street outside your house, with a megaphone, and yell, "WOULD YOU LIKE A BIGGER PENIS?" When you open the front door to tell me to stop, I'll think, "hey, great, there's someone home!" and then shout louder and more frequently. Should society tolerate that?

-paul

Re:I hope you're joking (1)

Ethan Allison (904983) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738040)

I thought spam was illegal. (In the US at least)

Re:I hope you're joking (1)

AeroIllini (726211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737970)

As much as all us hate spam, child porno, junk mail, ads, laywers, etc, we must live them. It's something most people call "society".

I'm not sure what "society" you live in, but the one I live in calls child porno "illegal" and definitely not a freedom. The other stuff, sure.

Re:I hope you're joking (1)

aqfire (885545) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737974)

Sorry, but, Child Porno is a lot less legal than spamming, junk mail, ads and lawyers, and doesn't need to be tolerated in society.

Then again, I would argue that spamming doesn't belong in society either, but I'd be in the minority--how anyone can uphold spamming and invasive advertising in general as freedom of speech is beyond me.

Re:I hope you're joking (1)

PsychicX (866028) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738026)

As much as all us hate spam, child porno, junk mail, ads, laywers, etc,

I think one of those might be illegal, actually...not sure.

Re:I hope you're joking (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738037)

oh wait, it's a little something called freedom.

And it is why they need to be thrown in jail for "drive by downloading." In fact, I think it is already a felony in some states.

Felons should not be allowed to compete in the olympics. Just like they don't allow "dopers."

It gives the olympics a bad name.

Right on (1)

GoatPigSheep (525460) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738098)

People who spam, or work in the adware industry, are still human..

A lot of people seem to have no sense of morality when speaking of spammers... They aren't any worse than anyone else working in the ad industry. They still have rights as human beings

Huh? (5, Insightful)

bobscealy (830639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737876)

The olympics are judging competitors on thier sporting abilities, not thier business ethics. If Dale has broken some law then fair enough, chase him down with lawyers. Disqualifying him from the olympics would be on par with banning anyone who fails a doping test from running thier own business - they are completely unrelated.

Sad (5, Insightful)

DeadPrez (129998) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737877)

You don't even attempt to mask your jealousy. Nerd athletes are the Xmen of the future. Sorry, Napoleon Dynamites of the world.

ps: this is only a joke if rated funny and a serious warning all should heed if rated anything else.

Well... (4, Insightful)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737884)

If Jesse Owens was allowed to compete in the Berlin Olympics near the height of Nazi power, then I don't think any Olympic committee has authority to enforce a morality unrelated to sporting itself. An Olympic spammer in an online nation is no guiltier than a black Olympian in a racist nation.

(Please don't misinterpret this as saying that Jesse Owens was somehow wrong.)

Re:Well... (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738103)

The Olympic Committee should have a morality that would force a black-hating nation to accept a black athlete for the games.

And if they refuse, the OC should move the games.

Likewise, they should ban criminals from competing, and bar countries that allow criminals to compete.

The Olympics should have a sense of law unto itself.

That's not exactly true. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14738145)

Given that they drug test for recreational narcotics, they are most definitely pushing their morality upon others. (To quote Robin Williams: "The only way [marijuana] a performance-enhancing drug is if there's a big fucking Hershey bar at the end of the run.") If they are going to ban pot, then they might as well ban spam.

Mogulist ? (1)

mybecq (131456) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737885)

Mo-gul-ist:

1. A Mongol or Mongolian mogul.

2. The moguls' mogul; a magnate-ist.

3. A professional mogul.

since when did business? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14737894)

Since when did owning and operating a business, no matter how much someone else dislikes it, have anything to do with competing in the olympics. If you got the talent, go for it.

and daveschroeder said:

"Also, on the subject of "amateurs", you can't be a "professional" in the sport you're competing in."

I think you need to wake up and joing the 21st century. You can be a professional in the sport you're competing in. Look at Hockey, Skiiing, Basketball, etc. For the longest time, USA did not allow professional athletes to compete in the games, but the rest of the world wanted us to, so now we send them. Lot of good it did for our basketball....stupid no-talent NBA players screwed all that up.

Shouldn't they be barred from competition? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14737896)

shouldn't they be barred from competition for this sort of thing?

Only if he inhales, injects, or otherwise ingests the spyware. Despite banning it in the 90's, blood tests for spyware remain elusive.

It has also been rumored that spyware use is rampant amongst major-league baseball players.

20,000,000? (4, Funny)

AeroIllini (726211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737911)

Twenty million popups a day?

That's it?

Pfft. That's like 100,000 infected machines, tops.

Please don't tell me (5, Funny)

serginho (909707) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737914)

it showed up in his urine sample. Man, these guys are getting really insidious.

Re:Please don't tell me (3, Funny)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737973)

it showed up in his urine sample. Man, these guys are getting really insidious.

Are, um, male appendage enhancement pills banned by the Olympic authorities?

(Is it 'performance enhancing' if one has to lug a minor python around in one's trousers? I do hope for his sake he wasn't partaking in what he was most likely advertising...)

Olympic committee morality (4, Insightful)

yorktown (947019) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737920)

Given that the International Olympic Committe has chosen to hold their games in places that grossly violate human rights like Nazi Germany (1936), the Soviet Union (1980), and mainland China (2008), I don't think they have much moral standing to ban someone for spyware.

Re:Olympic committee morality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14738100)

Or that other country (2002) that just got told by the UN to stop detaining people without trial and torturing them - not to mention that it refuses to accept the authority of the International Criminal Court because of the potential for its current leaders to be convicted of war crimes.

Re:Olympic committee morality (3, Insightful)

Stanneh (775821) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738117)

your correct but you forgot... USA Salt lake city 2002.

Re:Olympic committee morality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14738123)

You forgot to mention the worst offender of all when it comes to human rights violations, with the 1904, 1932, 1984 and 1996 summer olympics, as well as the 1932, 1960, 1980 and 2002 winter games.

drug screening (1)

darkain (749283) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737921)

So besides drug screening, we should now "virus" (or in this case spyware) screen contestants as well? I AGREE!

Re:drug screening (1)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738053)

I'd bet that if we expanded the Olympic drug testing, we'd discover traces of performance enhancing h3rbal vi@gra in his system.

makes sense now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14737931)

i found it odd that he was quite tight-lipped about his thriving IT business that he started when he was young in all the media... i had assumed it was pr0n, but this is worse :/

Mogul Mogul (1)

demonbug (309515) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737940)

They were talking about him being some sort of "business mogul" on NBC last night, my wife and I were wondering what business he was in that he was a millionaire in his teens. Now I know - but really, it has nothing to do with the Olympics. It doesn't make such a nice story (after winning his medal he goes home to his little old Lamborghini, how sweet), but unless he was doing something illegal it really shouldn't matter. Millionaire spyware mogul wins gold skiing moguls. Whatever.

(and now for something completely different)
I can't stand NBC's coverage of the olympics. I don't remember ever being exactly thrilled with whoever covers them in a given year, but this year seems especially bad. They do the same old "All the Americans + the top 2-3 other people" for every event, and instead of actually showing us as much of as many events as possible (the reason I want to watch the Olympics), they waste precious hours of their limited coverage with lame feel-good stories that TV reporters seem to love so much. They claimed there would be something like 400 hours of coverage this year, but it seems to be the same stuff three times a day. For the next olympics can we give the rights to someone who actually cares about attempting to cover the Olympics?

Re:Mogul Mogul (1)

Enigma2175 (179646) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737985)

instead of actually showing us as much of as many events as possible (the reason I want to watch the Olympics), they waste precious hours of their limited coverage with lame feel-good stories that TV reporters seem to love so much.

You must be new here....

Seriously, I cannot remember an Olympics where the "human interest" stories were not the bulk of the coverage. I doubt NBC has cornered this market.

Re:Mogul Mogul (1)

Spectra72 (13146) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738039)

This is because NBC gears their coverage towards women and the American Idol crowd (which BTW kicks the Olympics ass in ratings).

When you watch the Olympics and see commercials for baby stuff and feminine hygenie products as well as the soap opera type "human interest" stories you are made acutely aware that this coverage is not for the hard-core sports fiend. (ie men). Would NBC garner higher ratings if they went the hardcore sports route? Doubtful, men are not really the demographic of prime time tv in any case, at least not enough men to make up for the droves of casual fans and women who would turn on something else. As for the non-primetime slots, you don't really expect anyone to pre-empt soap operas do you? Housefraus of the nation would revolt.

The IOC couldn't give a tinker's cuss as to the number of people actually watching once they get their money from NBC. That's NBC's problem.

Move along. They don't want you.

Re:Mogul Mogul (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14738062)

Man are you right! The coverage this year is atrocious. It is hard to tell whats going on and the feel good stories and event jumping kill any exitement that a given event might generate. NBC totaly screwed this one. You'd think they would want to make good on their 800 million dollar investment but no they are seeing how fast it can all flush down the toilet.

Foster's. Australian for beer. (4, Funny)

TheOtherAgentM (700696) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737942)

Spyware...Australian for advertising.

Maybe a reason for the Australian gov't (1)

ccccc (888353) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737947)

It might be a reason for the Australian gov't to refuse to fund him, but it'd be stupid for the IOC even to consider it. The Olympics are an athletic competition, if the skier has done something illegal then being in jail should be what deters him from going. Otherwise, it has no relation to their athletic ability. If Australia feels it hurts their country's image then don't put him on the team.

No. (-1, Flamebait)

Karma Farmer (595141) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737948)

shouldn't they be barred from competition for this sort of thing?

You are stupid.

You have no sense of humor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14738045)

I may be stupid, but you have no sense of humor.

Die Australian Spamming Scum

*WAS* is the important word right (4, Funny)

StArSkY (128453) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737972)

.. he gave up his spyware business to focus on the olympics...

Well at least the olympics are good for reducing spam right ?

Re:*WAS* is the important word right (1)

hotdiggitydawg (881316) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738014)

You mean someone finally found a use for the olympics?

They still hold the Olympic Games? (-1, Flamebait)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 8 years ago | (#14737987)

Shit - this is 2006, and they still hold the Olympic Games? Four years ago you might have heard some people whining that coverage of the frozen stumpfuck was messing up Must See TV on NBC, but now I think people are happy the O-lame-pics are on network TV so they don't fuck with the schedules of the remaining TV shows people care about.

Professionals in the Olympics (2, Informative)

834r9394557r011 (878286) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738007)

Didn't they change that law to allow those who make money at their sport can now compete in the olympics? a la shawn white?

Re:Professionals in the Olympics (1)

feyhunde (700477) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738121)

Not sure if it's wide open yet. I know basketball has been wide open since the Dream Team in 92. But I think a few sports still have reservations.

his real sponsors.... (5, Funny)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738034)

check out his competition jacket...

I bet it has 'sponsored by C1Alis! and Vi4gra! By online too satsfy you're lady"

Modified medal (5, Funny)

MrNougat (927651) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738038)

Someone should modify his Olympic medal so that it's got a flap on the front that "pops up" at random intervals and smacks him in the face, blocking his view.

he is an amteur (3, Insightful)

Edmund Blackadder (559735) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738122)

From the original Slashdot story:

"I know the concept of Olympians being amateurs is outdated, but shouldn't they be barred from competition for this sort of thing?"

Well, it is correct that the Olympics no longer require that the contestants be amateurs, but even if they did the Australian in question would still be an amateur. I.e., olympic athletes were always allowed to be professionals in some field but untill few years ago they were not allowed to be pros in the field they are competing in. So the quoted sentence does not make much sence.

A think a much bigger issue is what this guy did may have been a crime in many of the countries he was doing it in. So should a criminal be allowed in the Olympics? I don't know ... but since he probably has not been convicted anywhere, I dont think the Olympic games is the correct place to judge him.

spyware & the olympics have a connection? (1)

mcguyver (589810) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738127)

I don't see a connection between spyware & the olympics. Why ban him from the Olympics at all? Or why stop at banning him from the Olympics? Why not take away his driving privledges or his passport?

This must not be true (1)

greatigers (808914) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738149)

TV never mentioned it! It has to be false!

Ironic (1)

txghia58 (951109) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738155)

reading an article about a guy that makes money off of popup advertisements and I get two hits on my google popup blocker from the site.

Take away his medal and... (5, Funny)

Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738158)

Take away his medal and give him an X-10 camera instead.

The Olympics and 'morality' (1)

grolschie (610666) | more than 8 years ago | (#14738167)

"...but shouldn't they be barred from competition for this sort of thing?"
Shouldn't China be barred from entering the Olympics for their human rights violations? Nah, instead they'll let those commies host the Olympics.
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