One BCS Computer Still Says Notre Dame Is No. 1

One BCS Computer Still Says Notre Dame Is No. 1You saw the BCS Championship Game, right? So you know that Alabama is the best team in the nation. Nobody in their right mind would pick Notre Dame ahead of Alabama after witnessing the carnage that was 42-14 on Monday night. Oh, but the BCS has a computer that still prefers the Irish. So let the BCS bashing continue.

‘Margin of victory’

The Colley Matrix, one of the six computer systems used by the BCS, has Notre Dame ranked No. 1 and the Crimson Tide No. 2. Notre Dame’s final ranking was 0.973997 to Alabama’s 0.961139. Notre Dame had an edge in strength of schedule. Alabama won more games against top 25 teams in the rankings. Margin of victory is not part of the calculations. No matter how the computer spit out that reading, it’s worth mentioning again: An entity the BCS uses still prefers Notre Dame to Alabama.

‘Flaws in the process’

They’re not going to make Alabama give back the trophy over it or anything, and it’s just one of the many rankings the BCS uses to determine who plays in the final game (not who is awarded the championship) but it just shows once again that there are flaws in the process.

We’re all sure to find something new to rail about when the playoff system is implemented for the 2014-15 season. But at least we can be sure that there won’t be such an egregious issue like a team winning 42-14 in the final game, but a component of the system picking the losing team No. 1 anyway … right?

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Source: Frank Schwab, Yahoo Sports

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Arizona Bill Could Outlaw Internet Trolling

After spending years targeting illegal aliens, the Grand Canyon State is turning its sights on obnoxious Internet users (commonly called ‘trolls’). A new update to the state’s telecommunications harassment bill could make the practice of harassing people online illegal.

Arizona House Bill 2549 has already passed both of the state’s legislative bodies and is currently sitting on the desk of Governor Jan Brewer. While there’s a lot in there that doesn’t concern trolling, here’s the line that has people worried:

It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use ANY ELECTRONIC OR DIGITAL DEVICE and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.

Violators could be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor and face up to 6 months in jail. If electronic devices are used to stalk someone, the charges then become a Class 3 felony, with penalties ranging from a minimum sentence of two and a half years in jail for non-dangerous offenders with no prior record to 25 years.

Despite its good intentions, the Arizona law is already being called “overly broad” by critics. By using vague terms like “annoy” and “offend,” it could easily encompass Internet forums or even comments like the ones found at the end of this story. Free speech groups say they don’t believe the law would ever stand up to court scrutiny if Gov. Brewer does, in fact, sign it. And many have pointed out the flaws in the bill to the governor herself.

Source: Yahoo News

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