NRL and gambling – apology

In a previous post I railed against the infiltration of gambling sponsorship into the NRL, and I anecdotally observed that,

Every second team seems to be sponsored by a betting agency.

I must apologise for making such a grossly inaccurate statement – it’s not 50% of the teams, but 87% of the teams sponsored by gambling!

After looking up the sponsors for all 16 teams, it turns out that 13 out of the 16 are sponsored directly by a betting agency, and one other team (Bulldogs) is sponsored by a registered club that generates 71% of its revenue from the pokies and assorted gambling.

For the NRL to say that the influence of gambling on the sport is not a problem, is like being assured by Count Dracula that “loss of inventory” from the blood bank is nothing to be concerned about.

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When conceptual modelling goes bad

A good sign that conceptual modelling and terminology has gone astray is when you get to a contradictory definitional statement like this in the documentation:

“A flag indicating that the contact is busy and inactive.”

Yes, I’m looking at you Microsoft Lync 2010 SDK. I think I need to lie down now.

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Google Reader replacement

I think I’ve found my replacement for Google Reader: “The Old Reader” at http://theoldreader.com

Very similar interface and functionality to Google Reader. Understandably it’s running a bit slow at the moment as hundreds of thousands of disgruntled GR users roam the net seeking an alternative. So far, its looking good.

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