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MeasurementBlues
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Olympic measurements
MeasurementBlues   4/3/2014 11:47:41 AM
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Remember when Michael Phelps won a gold medal in swimming by 10 msec (0.01 sec)? That wouldn't have been possible without high-speed cameras. Measuring 10 msec is easy. We can measure picoseconds.

Larry Desjardin
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Re: Olympic measurements
Larry Desjardin   4/4/2014 10:10:23 AM
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Wasn't therre a little controversy about the measurement aspects of Phelp's win? I think the cameras shows that the competitor could have touched the end of the lane first.  But there is a switch that has to be lightly depressed from the swimmer's momentum when they touch it, and the competitor was stretched out trying to touch the wall first, and slowing down. Phelps gave the wall a strong jab, and won.

krisi
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Re: Olympic measurements
krisi   4/4/2014 4:43:40 PM
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Phelps was lucky...the other guy clearly won by any objective human measure

jimfordbroadcom
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Proposed modification to the Biathlon
jimfordbroadcom   4/4/2014 2:20:52 PM
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Yes, the biathlon is a strange event.  I've always thought it would be more interesting if it combined alpine (downhill) skiing with machine gun shooting, simultaneously of course!  I can hear the Olympic announcer now, "And James Bond from the UK takes the gold!"  IIRC, such a scene was in The Spy Who Loved Me.  Correct me if I'm wrong.

MeasurementBlues
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Re: Proposed modification to the Biathlon
MeasurementBlues   4/7/2014 12:20:40 PM
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Should shooting even be part of the Olympics? OK I know it's been there for a long time, but...

jimfordbroadcom
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Re: Proposed modification to the Biathlon
jimfordbroadcom   4/7/2014 12:26:18 PM
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@MeasurementBlues - Say, you're not one of those anti-gun nuts are you?  Thank God OJ did the dirty deed with a knife and not a gun, or the left-wing wackos would have had a field day.

MeasurementBlues
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Re: Proposed modification to the Biathlon
MeasurementBlues   4/8/2014 11:24:05 AM
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There are plenty of wackos on both sides to go around. But, that's not a discussion for EE Times. Let's keep politics out, regardless of one's view.

jimfordbroadcom
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Re: Proposed modification to the Biathlon
jimfordbroadcom   4/8/2014 11:50:18 AM
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Isn't that the truth!  My observation is that people tend to get really worked up about life/death/freedom/oppression issues.

As far as the original article goes, I applaud Larry Desjardin for making the connection between the biathlon and the bringing of a product to market.  Great article!

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Proposed modification to the Biathlon
Max The Magnificent   4/8/2014 12:17:04 PM
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@JimFordBroadcom: My observation is that people tend to get really worked up about life/death/freedom/oppression issues.

Go figure! LOL

Larry Desjardin
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Re: Proposed modification to the Biathlon
Larry Desjardin   4/10/2014 12:29:04 PM
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Thanks for the feedback Jim. I find the subject of how to define product requirements interesting. It is still more of an art than a science. I will probably follow up with a couple more columns on product requiremetns, their ambiguity, and how to deal with that ambiguity. This is particularly true in the high tech world where product lifetimes are very short. 

jimfordbroadcom
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Re: Proposed modification to the Biathlon
jimfordbroadcom   4/10/2014 12:33:50 PM
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Looking forward to your future columns, Larry!

Larry Desjardin
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Re: Proposed modification to the Biathlon
Larry Desjardin   4/8/2014 11:14:53 AM
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In the winter, nordic skiing is my primary aerobic exercise ("skating" technique, not classic). There is a nordic lodge not too far away that will give you one day training on biathlon- gun and all. I plan to take the training one day, just for the uniqueness of it. 

Marksmanship is an Olympic event for the summer games, so I don't think it is so strange to have an event with firearms in the winter as well. I've never heard of a firearm-related  injury during one of these events, so I don't think it will be eliminated. 



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