I've always wanted to trade up my TAG for an Omega at some point...but after seeing how their Olympic clock isn't so Olympic, perhaps I'll just stay with my TAG...or trade up to a Timex!
We're delighted to report that London's high-tech Olympic chronometer is once again counting down to the opening of next year's celebration of performance-enhancing drugs sporting excellence. The OMEGA London 2012 countdown clock clapped out yesterday less than 24 hours after it was switched on to a backdrop of fireworks, …
What kind of world have we stumbled into when 'professionals' can't even design a reliable clock!
Also, when I did some work on information systems for a transport company, a requirement was that if anything at all went wrong with the kit the display should shut down - no information is better than wrong information.
P.S. That was 20 years ago!
...in the name of buggery would you need Apache/MySQL for that? (Isn't "201" a stanard error code anyway, not related to the server?)
A couple of quid for a standard PCB (found in any washing machine, VCR...) and a few more quid for a display, done. Heck, they could have got a local tech college to make it and promoted UK training, skills and people.
Oh wait, the Olympics is about corporate shcmoozing not people. I forgot.
If they wanted to go for a genuinely British company rather than a publicity-seeking Swiss one, there's always the Cumbria Clock Company (http://www.clockmaker.co.uk/). They maintain a lot of town hall clocks, not to mention that big one at Westminster. Obviously I'm not a customer, although the idea of installing a clock tower on the roof would be a tempting one if my landlord would let me.
Claimed (although contested by Thwaites & Reed) to be the oldest continuing clock manufacturer in the world, and based in Shropshire, the home of the Modern Olympics (Even if they did decide to commemorate this by creating an animated penis of a mascot) . Far more appropriate than a piece of cheap foreign junk.
Clock is Swatch, we're just in that situation where something is made by one company but has another company's name on it for sponsorship reasons - happens a lot with sports, pro cyclists will ride a bike made by one company as they prefer it, but for sponsorship reasons it'll have their sponsor bike company's name all over it as if it were made by them.
Or is this an evil plot by Swatch to muddy Omega's good name?
I wonder who is doing the timing for the men's 100m? Could we trust we time recorded?
"And the Swatch time for Usain Bolt is 200 days, 10 hours and 31 sec... sorry thats SQL error 201 - 01. Here's one for question of sport!"
Paris, because she doesn't need a watch for a good time, but anyone can watch her have a good time.
#1 for childhood asthma!
#1 for childhood obesity!
#1 for heart-disease!
#1 for mending complex gadgets with f**k-off big tools!
#1 for taking a relatively simple thing like running a major sporting event and turning it into a major cock-up of Benny Hill proportions!
Sod the sports, I can't wait to see what the organisers will get up to next!
How is it we can't even get a digital clock to work these days? How much of our money was spent on something that most people could build themselves with bits from Maplin?
Why are they using Apache/SQL when all they needed was a £1.99 digital watch?
Just another bit of the rather expensive white elephant that is the Olympic Games. If people want to watch some people running round a track then fine. But please make the ticket price reflect the true cost of organising the whole thing.
Haven't we got better things to spend our tax money on?
Would we win the bid to host the Olympics, right in the middle of a global financial meltdown, host it in the shit-hole of London where everywhere is still being built and the place is already full and over-priced, and then have a clock to countdown break day 1.
Welcome to the arsehole of the world.
I admit I was bored yesterday, and wrote to Swatch Group asking why their clock was crap.
Dear Mr. Goodwin,
Thank you for your message of yesterday evening.
Yes, it is embarrassing, especially as we are the timekeeper of almost all the Olympic Games since 1936 and have proven time after time how accurate we are. But mistakes happen.
The important thing is that we fixed it.
Best wishes from Switzerland,
Head of Media Relations, Spokesperson
The Swatch Group Ltd.
I still don't understand this - and I reckon we should demand a detailed technical explanation as to what exactly happened we did after all pay for the bloody thing / will pay for the bloody thing.
As a programmer I can only see 2 things that could of gone wrong.
1) it crashed.... Christ knows why it would - but it could of.
2) the function that stops the clock from counting down when it reaches 0 so we don't see negative numbers has a glitch / misplaced comma / alcohol induced lazy arsed coding error.
I would however like to know WHY the clock stopped and what they have done to stop it from doing so in future.
I'd also quite like to know what the point of it is in the first place too - but I guess we won't get a satisfactory answer to that one. They will probably say something like "it is to remind you" yeah - because with the amount of news it will be taking up in the coming months - it will be SO easy to forget.
Plenty of opportunity to comment here:
"next year's celebration of performance-enhancing drugs sporting excellence." Yeh. That's what the clock needs: enhanced performance. Hur. Hur.
"developed by our experts and fully tested", as a Swatch spokesman put it. But will you ever get it on your wrist?
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