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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

mcvos Re:Useless (182 comments)

In the UK, we have had "cats-eyes" since at least WW2.

We have those too. Problem is that they only reflect light that shines on them, which means you don't see them until you're pretty close. I think the idea behind these glow-in-the-dark lines is that you can see the shape of the road much further ahead.

3 days ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

mcvos Re:Useless (182 comments)

I can see just fine by the faint yellow haze that hangs over my city at night.

3 days ago
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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

mcvos Re:Blaming the victims ?? (273 comments)

How many times has there been a choice with a chance in hell of winning that wasn't one of the assholes?

If everybody was to stop voting for assholes, the chance of a non-asshole winning would be pretty good.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

mcvos Re:Now that's news for nerds (519 comments)

No, I got that. I'm just pointing out that it's just the outer clothing that's in public, and not the underwear.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

mcvos Re:Does not make sense (519 comments)

If you are in public, you have no right to privacy.

But what's under your clothes is still public. Photographing under someone's skirt is like photographing the interior of your house through the window. It's technically visible from the right angle and with the right effort, but it's not intended to be public.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

mcvos Re:Now that's news for nerds (519 comments)

But this is *not* visible in public from a normal human viewing angle.

I assumed that's what he meant. A skirt is clearly meant to cover something. Photographing up someone's skirt is clearly photographing something not currently intended to be publicly visible.

about a month ago
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South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America

mcvos Re:what the *beep* (221 comments)

Usually it's the US version that gets censored. I guess it's a "nudity + drugs" versus "libel and hate speech" issue.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

mcvos That reminds me... (467 comments)

That reminds me. I still need to return a book to the library. Better get on it within the next 9 years.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Untested? (357 comments)

the Dutch championships are a good enough place to tell whether it's positive or negative

And I'm sure if there was a problem there people would have been complaining that they were used when they were "untested".

But then it's the athlete's decision. Some try something new to gain an edge, whereas the ones at the top probably stick to what they know works for them. If lots of new guys with the new stuff do well, next time more people will use it. That's how it worked after the invention of the clap skate ("klapschaats"), and it's a great model for innovating in a sport without putting all your eggs in one basket.

To some US competitors those *were* the Olympics.

Having no national competition will very likely hurt you at the Olympics. True, many smaller countries just don't have enough good skaters to fill a good competition, but surely the US is big enough for that.

Also, if you believe that people play harder in competition (creating a better test), then you probably believe that people play harder in the Olympics, so the Dutch championships still wouldn't have been a good enough test.

They as good as it gets without risking your chances at a European, World or Olympic championship. Competition here is unbelievably tough. Perform badly at the national championship, and someone else will go to the Olympics in your place. And it doesn't really matter that much which skater we send to the Olympics; we tend to get lots of medals at speed skating anyway. (Except for the 500m until now.)

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Then again, maybe it’s not the suits at a (357 comments)

You can usually still send enough athletes to take all the medals if you're that good. Medals per capita is not meaningless, but you do need to make sure you've got a really good competition to select those athletes. (And it helps if they use the same tech in that selection as they'll be using in the final event; some take to it better than others.)

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Then again, maybe it’s not the suits at a (357 comments)

Tougher competition can certainly explain part of it. The Dutch have lots of innovation and competition in training techniques, and the pay off is clearly visible at the 500m, which was always the one distance we totally sucked at. But then you'd expect the American world record holder in 4th place, not 8th.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Untested? (357 comments)

You don't tweak your form in a month. You train for it all year. Several years, maybe. If your suit ruins your form, the suit is wrong, not your form.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Untested? (357 comments)

Any professional skater can tell you after a month of testing that your suit sucks. But chances are the US Olympic committee didn't want to listen.
That clue was dropped by the coach:

U.S. national long-track team coach Ryan Shimabukuro declined to discuss the suits or Under Armour. "I'm not going to criticize them, even if I was allowed to," he said.

I'm betting there was bitching all along.

In an interview for Dutch TV yesterday, Shani Davis made it as clear as he was allowed to, that he wasn't allowed to say anything negative about the suit, and that's why couldn't say anything about the suit.

Shani Davis holds an impressive number of world records, regularly improving upon his previous record. Yesterday, he finished 8th. That's just not where he belongs.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Untested? (357 comments)

Better question is, who the hell tries to gain an unfair advantage

It's not an unfair advantage. There's lots of innovation in speed skating. But using something untested in a major tournament like this, requiring all athletes of your country to use it, well, that's pretty stupid.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Untested? (357 comments)

Last I checked it was the Dutch leading in Speed Skating.

Amazingly even on the 500m, which was the only distance we always sucked at (and where Shani Davis ruled).

Big part of the difference is that while most countries have a single national team, we have a lot of competing teams with their own ideas about training, tech, etc. Through this competition, what works and doesn't work is quickly proven. Also, skating is a popular area of research here. I suspect we're the only country where skating has professionalized to this level. As a result, it's the only truly international sport that we utterly dominate.

It's like the US's situation in basketball, baseball or American Football. Having the most professional competition in the world pays off.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Untested? (357 comments)

Problem here is it every US athlete was required to use this untested gear. Had it been optional, some would have used it hoping for an extra edge, others would have stuck to their guns, and the new tech would get to prove itself without throwing all eggs in a single untested basket.

Also, maybe start at something smaller than the Olympics. The Olympics are kind of a big deal. Not the best timing for a big screw-up.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Untested? (357 comments)

So where should they have tested them? In competition? I hope not without testing them in competition before that!

There are smaller skating tournaments than the Olympics. Though it's possible that a factor here is that most countries, including the US, are focused entirely on the Olympics, whereas the Dutch also want to perform at small tournaments a few months after the Olympics. Or before, for that matter. If someone tries something new, the Dutch championships are a good enough place to tell whether it's positive or negative. And usually Dutch skaters have a choice whether to use something new or not. And if it's good, they will, because otherwise they fall behind. Competition is unbelievably stiff here.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Untested? (357 comments)

All athletes try to get a technical advantage. Usually the Dutch have the advantage, because a lot of speed skating research happens here (the clap skate that everybody now uses is also a Dutch invention, for example). Now the Americans tried to get an advantage on ill-thought-out terms (little practice; there's no way back), and it blew up in their faces.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Untested? (357 comments)

They perform far worse than expected. Shani Davis does not suck. He used to win everything, now he's 8th. Had he been 4th, you could blame it on the excellent crop of Dutch sprinters, but he's 8th. Yesterday in an interview (where he explicitly wasn't allowed to say anything bad about the suits), he hinted that getting disqualified might be better than finishing 8th again.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mcvos Re:Untested? (357 comments)

It's a fine example of how ambiguous the word "test" is. If my code has unit tests, it has technically been tested, but if nobody has looked at it in anything resembling a production environment, what is that test worth?

about 2 months ago

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Pirate Bay bought for $7.7 million

mcvos mcvos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mcvos writes "Global Gaming Factory bought The Pirate Bay. For $7.7 million! Who would pay that amount of money for a site that's in court and probably doomed to disappear? Well, somebody who can afford $7.7 million for PR of course. Don't expect TPB to remain unchanged:

"Content creators and providers need to control their content and get paid for it. File sharers need faster downloads and better quality,"

So instead of a filesharing site, it's probably going to be a new web shop under a familiar name. Which reminds me: how is Napster doing these days?"
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