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Bert22306
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Re: A small correction
Bert22306   6/17/2014 3:57:50 PM
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" De gustibus non disPutandum est". Romans were wise enough to know that this is the beginning and the end of the discussion....

Mea culpa. I would pretend it was a typo, but unfortunately the C and the P are too far apart on the keyboard. (However I did wonder a few hours after posting that, if I had it right.)

Excusatio non petita accusatio manifesta.

Wnderer
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Wrong name
Wnderer   6/17/2014 1:50:03 PM
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In the US we have the World Series, where anyone from anywhere in the world can play for any team. In this so called 'World' Cup, some of the best players in the world have been excluded because they have the wrong nationality. Face it a kid from Bora Bora or some other tiny nation has a better shot of someday pitching for the New York Yankees than playing in the World Cup. They should call it the Nationalistic Tribal Stupidity Cup, because that is what it is all about. Whipping up the same emotions that have people shooting at each other all over the world. Get nationalism out of sports, art and science.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Forgive him folks
Max The Magnificent   6/17/2014 1:37:28 PM
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@Patrick: Alas, he's more to be pitied than scorned...

Hang on -- that's what you used to say about me!

Max The Magnificent
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Re: A supernatural knowledge ?
Max The Magnificent   6/17/2014 12:47:53 PM
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@boblespam: ...you know who will win the Cup, please tell us...

Well, I'm betting on England (ROFLOL)

patrick.mannion
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Forgive him folks
patrick.mannion   6/17/2014 12:20:31 PM
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Poor Benjamin. Alas, he's more to be pitied than scorned.:( Maybe half the world is crazy and even wrong, but we sure are having fun!:)

Lucianobello
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A small correction
Lucianobello   6/17/2014 12:16:52 PM
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" De gustibus non disPutandum est". Romans were wise enough to know that this is the beginning and the end of the discussion....

Max The Magnificent
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Re: A fair knowledge ?
Max The Magnificent   6/17/2014 12:08:30 PM
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@Rishiyur: I retreat with my flame-retardent suit...

Where did you buy it (and do they do XL sizes)? LOL

Max The Magnificent
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Re: A fair knowledge ?
Max The Magnificent   6/17/2014 12:07:34 PM
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@Rishiyur: ...I will no doubt be characterized as "another American who does not understand football", even though I am not...

You are not what? Another American, someone who does not understand football, or both? LOL

Susan Rambo
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Re: A fair knowledge ?
Susan Rambo   6/17/2014 11:53:37 AM
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oh and I have to say because of the World Cup tech stories I've read on EE Times, I've watched some of the games and saw the first use of goalline tech. Not much to see with when it happened. But that's the point: no arguing ensued. How much you want to bet someone will hack that goalline tech to his team's benefit? NOw that's a soccer geek.

Susan Rambo
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Re: A fair knowledge ?
Susan Rambo   6/17/2014 11:51:29 AM
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@Rishiyur.Nikhil, ha ha. I like it.  I think you're on to something: you never know what ideas are going to come up when you through a seemingly unrelated, non-engineering subject in front of a bunch of engineers. As a crowd, you're actually a creative group.

We did post a series of World Cup tech stories last month and they didn't get much attention at the time. (Now you see we're resurfacing the stories.) Maybe it was the timing but I concluded it was because Americans don't like futbol/soccer/football -- whatever you want to call it. I wanted to know why it wasn't compelling -- even though America is full of kids and families that love soccer -- so we grabbed the nearest most eloquent and opininated American we could find to put the problem out there.

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