Archive for April, 2010

away goal rule doesn’t work

April 29, 2010

The away goal rule was brought in to stop teams playing too defensively. It obviously failed in terms of the Liverpool v Atletico game.

If the home team can keep a clean score sheet, in the first leg, by defensive play, then they have a tremendous psychological and tactical advantage in the away leg.

In the second leg the away team can now play defensively again, just hitting the opposition on the break and preserving their energies, until,, they go a goal down, when they know that for a little concerted effort, they can achieve an away goal that puts them ahead.

Even if the home team keeps fighting, the same situation applies, plus the away team has the advantage that their away goal counts double even in extra time.

Summary: the team that plays at home first can win through defensive play, whilst the other team must be all out in attack on both legs and even in extra time..

The home advantage has to be countered; possibly by only allowing away goals to count double, where the team has scored two goals in their home leg.

I’m not even sure that the away goals should count double after extra time, as this could still encourage defensive play, although I appreciate the need to reach a conclusion rather than be forced into a penalty shoot-out.

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Postal voted

April 29, 2010

For me, the election campaign is already over. I have a postal vote and I have used it.

Whether Clegg will drag us into Europe, Whether Cameron will allow himself to be dragged into Europe, I’m not interested.

I’m not interested in listening to interviewers trying to unearth which of my pockets will be picked to raise my £18,000 share of the banker induced National debt.

I no longer care about their feeble attempts to avoid explaining how they are going to reach a consensus on providing for the elderly or why they cannot recover our pension funds that were robbed to fund Trident and other self aggrandising white elephants.

I don’t want to listen to whatever mumbled doublespeak will be trotted out to avoid discussing commitments in Afghanistan and the underfunding of our troops.

For all that, and more, I don’t expect to see any change in:.

The lack of prison accommodation, with murderers, rapists and  pederasts being freed to prey on us.

The proliferation of fines imposed on essentially law-abiding citizens.

The Eurozone dragging us deeper into debt, whilst encouraging Wheelie bins to breed, out of control.

The BBC emulating an NHS trust,, except with repeated programs, instead of deaths and squalor.

Graduates entering adult life, without any possibility of supporting themselves but being pilloried by politicians for being a drain on the benefit system.

Illegal immigration being effectively encouraged, by politicians, shamming concern.

Papal Bull

April 29, 2010

The leaked copy of the “joke” itinerary for The Pope’s visit was obviously deplorable but, politically, it has had one desirable effect, as far as  his State Visit is concerned :It has taken the heat off  His Holiness and his protection of pederast priests.

Windows driving me mad

April 29, 2010

Sent to computeractive letters page

One of the great bug-bears of Microsoft windows is the persistent need to upgrade, with new platforms being launched every 2 years.

Because each upgrade requires larger amounts of memory and greater speeds, perfectly good PC’s have to be scrapped to maintain compatibility with each new peripheral or software bought..

Not only does the PC have to keep pace with the compatibility changes but your favourite software and perfectly good peripherals become prematurely obsolete..

The worst aspect is that newish hardware is being sold that is almost immediately made out-of-date by the inability to find  up-dated drivers.

Queries about drivers are usually met by the stock response of “contact the manufacturer”. But what manufacturer is going to spend dead money up-dating all their drivers, every two years, when they have a greater incentive to promote the sale of their new hardware and blame Microsoft for the situation.

If it is possible to run two different platforms on the same PC, as I’ve often seen advised, why can’t some sort of driver adapter be written.

If I have a driver that works on windows 98, surely it should be possible for an emulator to accept the output of this driver and produce outputs that work in the Vista environment?

Even if a sort of interpreter-emulator is not possible, then a compiled version should be.

I’m probably being too simplistic but I’d welcome an explanation of why some similar sort of approach might , or might not,  work.

Wigan Today – evil near to my home

April 29, 2010

Published on Thu Apr 29 10:11:10 BST 2010

A GANG of youths repeatedly threw a cat in front of on-coming cars then left it for dead.

It was not until it was hit by a third vehicle that the injured animal, which endured a period of torture that the yobs recorded on mobile phones, finally gave up its attempts to flee.

Police confirmed the cat was killed as a result of the attack which took place at around 11pm last Saturday in Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge, and have urged witnesses to come forward to aid the investigation.

 The story doesn’t say whether, or not, the witness phoned the police and, if so, how long the police took to arrive.

I know that The Police are understaffed and would have probably arrived well after these feral youths had fled but it’s possible to use CCTV’s and appropriate software to allow local residents to collect evidence for use by The Police when they are eventually able to react.

By judicious siting of CCTV’s, linked to the Internet, we could have a form of neighbourhood watch that could not only monitor potential problems but, also, collect evidence.

Wigan Today – swimming baths

April 29, 2010

Intended to be family friendly and a facility in operation at Leigh Indoor Sports Centre, this is a concept Independent Councillor, Don Hodgkinson does not think will go down well with the public.

Out are the separate male and female changing rooms, and in, is one changing area where men, women and children will all go to change.

 This isn’t something that would bother me personally but I expect it might be off-putting to some more modest souls. Perhaps, some facility could have been arranged so as not to discourage them from using these facilities. It’s all very well going European and sneering at the likes of Councillor Hodgkinson but The British way is to show concern for other people’s feelings. I don’t, however, see the point of having a viewing gallery, except for competitive swimming, which the pool is probably not designed for.

Wigan Today – election candidates

April 29, 2010

Report on candidate debate, where, as per televised leader debate, only mainstream parties were invited and given the air of publicity.

 Even if the New Labour candidate is an honest politician, with views that I could support, I wouldn’t vote for her, because if she has any ambition (and her CV suggests that, not only is she ambitious, she is also a career politician), she will vote whichever way the new New Labour (farewell Gordon “bigot” Brown) leader tells her, just as the previous two New Labour MP’s did.

I’m for a sweeping change of the Parliamentary system. Forget about a hung Parliament. I want an MP that represents his/her constituency, not his/her paymasters.

windows premature obsolescence

April 28, 2010

One of the great bug-bears of Microsoft windows is the persistent need to upgrade, with new platforms being launched every 2 years.

Because each upgrade requires larger amounts of memory and greater speeds, perfectly good PC’s have to be scrapped to maintain compatibility with each new peripheral or software bought..

Not only does the PC have to keep pace with the compatibility changes but your favourite software and perfectly good peripherals become prematurely obsolete..

The worst aspect is that newish hardware is being sold that is almost immediately made out-of-date by the inability to find  up-dated drivers.

Queries about drivers are usually met by the stock response of “contact the manufacturer”. But what manufacturer is going to spend dead money up-dating all their drivers, every two years, when they have a greater incentive to promote the sale of their new hardware and blame Microsoft for the situation.

If it is possible to run two different platforms on the same PC, as I’ve often seen advised, why can’t some sort of driver adapter be written.

If I have a driver that works on windows 98, surely it should be possible for an emulator to accept the output of this driver and produce outputs that work in the Vista environment?

Even if a sort of interpreter-emulator is not possible, then a compiled version should be.

I’m probably being too simplistic but I’d welcome an explanation of why some similar sort of approach might , or might not,  work.

big elbows may be needed

April 27, 2010

 After alternating decades of Labour and Conservative, it’s not surprising that the only people expressing concern about a hung Parliament are those, from these two parties, particularly those persons, aspiring to Ministerial posts, in a future Government.

Presumably they are concerned about having to jostle for position at the trough.

Strangely, despite Kenneth Clarke’s dire warnings, The City seems unperturbed, with share prices (apart from  mining) showing recent movement upward.

Who pays for political follies

April 27, 2010

Today’s Fuller Money newsletter is interesting. Even the hardline capitalists seem to be getting peeved off with politicians of all colours.

The most pertinent message that I picked out is that we (especially Journalists) need to stop talking about The Government paying for helping Greece, funding Eurocracy etc.

 We need to start talking of The Taxpayer footing the bill for these Government follies.