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Yes, I'm a sourpuss. Skiathlon doesn't need someone screaming all over it. The races are competitive. The exhaustion is apparent. Salmela does a good job explaining who is a strong climber, sprinter, etc. and how the race strategies are playing out. But, like Gus Johnson, he ruins the finale for me by distracting from the race. The biathlon coverage was a mess. NBC took a hard race to cover and made it completely impossible to follow with too many camera cuts and left the commentators always one step behind. Good thing NBC sets such a low bar every four years.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Skiathlon announcer emerges as the star of the Sochi Olympics
When will athletes learn. The only acceptable way to attack a fan is with your footwear!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on SportsCenter circles the wagons on Marcus Smart
@SethOwen It was silly for me to speculate. I just wanted to point out some of the hypothetical advantages of possible advantages to servers in Antarctica. Of course, running lots of fiber optic cable down there probably makes it unfeasible.
1 year ago on Access denied | FP Passport
Snowden has important things to worry about than how he is going to spend his evenings in a somewhat grim foreign country. He has an excellent opportunity to spend the next year endearing himself to the world, as best he can. Like any celebrity who needs to spruce up their reputation, it's best to focus on being humble and getting into the news for doing positive deeds. If I were in Snowden's position, I'd keep my head down, but occasionally create headlines like "NSA leak-er teaches elderly neighbor how to use twitter", or "Snowden visits orphanage". If he does this, and let's the hubbub die down, he maybe will have more options in a year than living in a overcast security state. Perhaps, he can move to a sunny security state. I'd probably give the same advice to the NSA, except, don't visit an orphanage, you will scare the children.
1 year ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
Just taking my best guess about the dots in Antarctica, it could be a good place to put servers out of sight and cooling would be less of an issue.
1 year, 1 month ago on Access denied | FP Passport
bed bugs, maybe?
On a positive note, the Qatari debacle is a great opportunity to get rid of Sepp Blatter. I imagine, changing the World Cup to winter will greatly irritate all the European leagues and club teams. I have nothing against having the World Cup in the middle east, lots of great soccer fans, but the temperatures seem impractical.
1 year, 1 month ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
The MOOCS vs. traditional universities debate between futurists and Luddites is a false dichotomy when looking at the future for education. If you look at education as information delivery, retention and demonstration, MOOCS are just one of the new tools available. I think they get the most attention because they require the least amount of effort and are highly scale-able. Like all tools, it's effective at some things and less so at others. For instance, it's good at broadcasting information from esteemed lecturers who otherwise are bad writers, or don't have the time to write a good book, but they don't necessarily offer much interaction depending on their size.
VOIP and virtual classrooms are another tool that seem completely left out of the discussion, perhaps because it is still in it's infancy. The tech available allows for more players to enter the game, due to lower overhead, and also the possibility of outsourcing to teachers in low wage, low cost of living countries.
Whether these new tools have any effect on education depends entirely on the field of interest, the market niche targeted, i.e adult education, or just out of high school, international or domestic. I predict online education will be as revolutionary as the electric screwdriver, but, don't use it for hammering a nail.
1 year, 1 month ago on Twilight of the MOOCs? | Daniel W. Drezner
QR codes in general should be treated with suspicion, just as you would treat any url. This same technique can be used to hack your cellphone, especially android.
1 year, 1 month ago on Great, Now Your Face Can Get Hacked | War of Ideas