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    Monday, March 25th, 2013
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    may stir things up further, even though the bottom... The indie singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson offered her take on love during an evening at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.
    Microsoft has done something it's historically been loath to do:

    discount prices for the copies of Windows it sells to computer makers, online reports said today.
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    around 77 cents, as American investors look longingly at soaring returns in international markets.... If you’re a high school junior, this is the part of your college search that does not have a lot of specific deadlines. It does, however, have a lot of things you need to do to stay on track and set yourself up for the best experience.A recent report in the Lancet uses figures from the Global Burden of Disease Study (2010) to suggest that Britain is 'falling behind' other European countries in terms of health and longevity.
    Sometimes the history of medicine is essential to help us interpret these sorts of claimsWhat cures tuberculosis?This year is the 110th anniversary of the birth of the writer George Orwell (Eric Blair). I've been listening to the BBC's series of plays about his life and work, which reminded me of his writing on health and medicine; his essay on 'how the poor die', for example, or his experience of treatment for tuberculosis – a disease which eventually killed him in 1950 at the age of just 47.Tuberculosis
    was a major European health concern in the nineteenth and early twentieth century (and remains so in some places today – especially with new drug-resistant strains). At times it was probably the single biggest killer of young adults, feared particularly because it seemed to attack those in the prime of their lives. Treatments were varied and sometimes desperate: Sulfa-based drugs,

    open air treatment, bed rest, and surgery (including a phrenic nerve crush) were all tried on Orwell.
    The first effective drug treatment for tuberculosis, streptomycin, was only released in 1947 – and it was too expensive for many sufferers (Orwell used the proceeds from the American sales of Animal Farm to fund his treatment). The first preventive,

    the BCG vaccination, was introduced in 1953.We
    might expect that these

    drugs were crucial in the fight against tuberculosis, but in the 1960s and 1970s the doctor and demographer Thomas McKeown argued that something else had caused the massive decline in deaths from this disease.
    In The Modern Rise of Population (1976) he did something deceptively simple: he plotted the rate of death from tuberculosis in England and Wales over time, and marked on the graph the introduction of drugs and vaccines. You can see a copy of the graph

    It's immediately obvious that the major decrease in the disease happened long before streptomycin was invented. McKeown argued that it was not drugs, or

    vaccines, or scientific medicine which conquered this infectious disease, but money.
    Specifically, the crucial factor was improved nutrition – this became known as the McKeown Thesis. Many doctors, biologists and pharmacologists rejected this conclusion, but I think the most powerful criticisms have come from historians. In particular the historian Simon Szreter has done some meticulous work on statistics and death records, and suggested that sanitary measures, clean water and public health are the real causes of the decline in tuberculosis mortality (he's also made it clear how political this process of interpretation can be – something this Lancet editorial recognises for the Global Burden of Disease study too)Changing Definitions: Changing DiseasesOne major flaw in McKeown's argument is that he's assuming tuberculosis is the same thing in 1850 as it is in 1950.
    It isn't. Initially tuberculosis was diagnosed symptomatically

    - tuberculosis was a disease with all sorts of symptoms, including night sweats and menstrual problems as well as coughing.
    Then from around

    the 1820s some doctors started to use René Laennec's new-fangled stethoscope to listen for tell-tale noises in the chest, insisting that particular kinds of damage in the lungs were the only 'true' indicators of tuberculosis (although such a diagnosis could only be made definitive at autopsy). Then from the 1880s bacteriological and immunological tests were gradually

    introduced, which meant that some symptomless people could be told they were infected with (latent) tuberculosis.Lumping
    these diseases and diagnostic techniques together is obviously a problem for statistical studies. It's also a problem for historians. One way of telling the story of tuberculosis is to assume that there is a specific, discrete disease called TB, and that over time we have just 'got better' at diagnosing and understanding (if not curing) it. That's the 'progressive' story, and it's an extremely common way of writing the history of science and medicine.
    It's not a good way to do history though – because it starts with the assumption that we're obviously right now, and were therefore obviously wrong then.
    But diagnosis and disease definitions change all the time; today's is as likely to be proved 'wrong' as yesterday's.
    Cervical cancer is now prevented with an anti-viral vaccine; five previously discrete mental illnesses may be redefined as related genetic variations. It's hard work to write with this flux in mind, as if the present wasn't certain, and it's probably impossible to manage it thoroughly, but it's a good goal nonetheless.This is, after all, a real world problem. I put it to my students this way: if you

    were responsible for a nation where infectious and contagious diseases were the most serious killers, what would you do with your budget? Take the progressivist approach and fund drugs and vaccine research? Take the historian's approach and fund sanitary measures, public health interventions and clean water? Or go with McKeown and use the money to foster economic development and better standards of living? Whose advice would you take?There's been some discussion on science blogs and twitter about the need for 'experts', arguing that we should spend

    more time listening to their opinions. That seems very common-sensical,

    but I've

    already pointed out how hard it can be to figure out who is an 'expert' and who is not. Perhaps it should be obvious once people have made their arguments…but some arguments are easier to communicate than others: McKeown's

    graph, and the Global Burden of Disease figures are simple and tweetable. It's taken me over 800 words to write a simplification of one fraction

    of one small

    part of the historical objections to the McKeown

    thesis (my students get the benefit of hours of lectures and a reading list before having to decide how to fund their country!).
    Who's got time to read much more than that? Why would you even start to read what a historian has to say when you're looking for 'experts' on health policy and drug effectiveness?Vanessa knows that there are many different types of tuberculosis recognised today & is willing to tweet about all of them...@HPS_Vanessa• This introduction to this article was amended on 6 March to say that this year is the 110th anniversary of the birth of George Orwell, not of his death.History
    of scienceVanessa © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.
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    Conditions | More Feeds PHOENIX One year ago, the field was open and just about every contender believed an 11th-hour move could ensure a trip to the NBA Finals. This year, with professional basketball, like every other industry, carefully guarding

    its wallet, trade deadline rumors will be more hype than reality and the... Plus: Has any player made 200 league appearances for three clubs?; Teams voluntary going down to 10 men (2); and the

    referee who blew for half-time

    after 29 minutes. Send your questions and answers to
    and follow us on TwitterTHE GREATEST FIXTURE PILE-UP REDUXThanks to a wet winter, and an amazing cup run to the semi-finals of the FA Vase, Guernsey FC of the Combined Counties League Premier Division are currently looking at playing 17 competitive games

    in 30 days," writes Neil

    "Is this a record, or have any other clubs faced a backlog this large?"The Knowledge is no stranger to fixture pile-ups, having discussed them at length in 2009 – see here, here, and here. At that stage the travails of Canvey Island, who played the final 12 fixtures of the 2001-01 season in just 17 days (including a string of five matches on 1, 2, 3,

    4 and 5 May), could not be topped, but Guernsey FC's current fixture list is something rather extraordinary.
    With 14 games in hand on some of their

    Combined Counties rivals, Guernsey have 21 games to play in 37 days, and that'll go up to 22 if they come through the FA Vase semi-final against Spennymoor

    Town."I've never known anything like it," Guernsey's head coach, Tony Vance, tells us, joking that he'd prefer not to reach the final.
    The cup run, coupled with the dreadful British weather, hasn't left Guernsey with many weekends to play with. "The teams that we play in the league won't come to Guernsey during midweek, so thus they can only play at weekends," says Vance.
    "We travel midweek but they don't, but that's part of the deal for us competing in this competition. We were led to believe that in extreme circumstances they would come midweek, but that's not been the case."Being fair to them, we're stuck in Guernsey, we've joined their league, so I can understand their reluctance to come out to Guernsey midweek.
    It is what it is. For us to play in their league something has to give and

    if that's it, then we have to deal with it. It's a simple choice of playing the fixtures or forfeiting them, and we don't want to think about that because at the end of the day, if we fall short by a few points, you don't want that hanging over you."If Guernsey win all their games in hand, they'll top the table, but Vance believes it is simply impossible. Instead he's focused on going up in second with a

    decent points-per-game average. "We're being realistic about it," he says. "We've had tough schedules in the past when we

    competed in the Island Games, where you play five games in six days in a tournament situation, but obviously this is a little bit more hectic than that."Three times

    in as many weeks Guernsey will have to play league matches on three consecutive days, with the season ending on a four-games-in-four-days streak if they do reach the FA Vase final. Although most of the matches will be at home, it's the sort of run that would have some managers turning scarlet with rage.
    "We're going to have to use completely different teams," Vance says.
    "It's probably a straight choice between splitting the first choice XI or just playing a brand

    new XI, because there's no way that players are going to be able to cope with that, especially at this stage of the season."Between the visit of South Park and a Tuesday night trip to Epsom & Ewell in mid-March, Guernsey lost three players to injury and work commitments. "Injuries are going to play a bigger and bigger part as the spell goes on," Vance says, but with the players enthused, he's staying chipper.
    "It's a nice story if it comes off, and the players are really up for the challenge; we'll have a go and see where it takes us. If we do manage to get sufficient points it'll

    be a massive achievement for everybody."THE DOUBLE-TON TREBLE"Has any footballer played over 200 league games for three different clubs?" wonders Jeff Applegate.
    "The closest I can find is Peter Shilton who played over 200 games for Leicester City and Nottingham Forest and then almost

    doing so again at both Southampton and Derby County.
    Recent players to have reached the 200 mark with two different clubs but unable to reach it with a third are Gary Speed and Nigel Martyn – I am sure there are many others. So, has this feat ever been achieved?"Shilton did indeed come within 12 games of reaching the milestone.
    He made

    286 league appearances

    for Leicester, 202 for Forest but a mere 188 for Southampton.
    Indeed the former England goalkeeper is only eclipsed by one man in our reckoning, and even he did not make it three times to 200.
    World Cup winner Martin Peters made 302 league appearances for West Ham, 206 for Norwich and 189 for Tottenham.And, despite a painstaking search through every Rothmans, Playfair annual and PFA record book we can find, that's the best we can do. Of the players currently active, QPR goalkeeper Rob Green perhaps

    has the best chance of becoming the first to reach the mark, having already made 223 Norwich appearances and 219 in a West Ham shirt.
    Eleven appearances for the Super Hoops have followed so far – he just needs rid of that pesky Julio César.DELIBERATELY
    DOWN TO 10 MEN (2)Last week Neal Butler took us back to January 1991, when Nottingham Forest finished their FA Cup third-round replay with Crystal Palace with 10 men because Brian Clough wanted to "take the piss". But we mistakenly suggested that Clough could have replaced Steve Hodge, the third player to be removed, if he'd wanted to! "Surely a maximum of two substitutions was allowed back then," says Omar El-Gohary. "I love the fact that Clough may have been taking the mickey out of Palace, but I'm halfway through Jonathan Wilson's excellent biography of him, and the running theme so far is that Clough later embellished quite a lot of stories …" A perfectly sensible point, well made.Other examples have been flooding into the Knowledge inbox this week: "Bela Guttmann 1947 is another (almost) example," says Jonathan Wilson, reminding us of this passage from Inverting the Pyramid:The following season [Guttman] won the Hungarian title with Újpest, and then it was on to Kispest, where he replaced Puskás's father as coach. A row with Puskás, no shrinking violet himself, was inevitable,

    and it came in a 4-0 defeat to Győr. Guttmann, who was insistent that football should be played the 'right way', had spent the first half trying to calm the aggressive approach of the full-back Mihály Patyi. Furious with him, Guttmann instructed Patyi not

    to go out for the second half, even though that would leave Kispest down to 10 men. Puskás told the defender to stay on. Patyi vacillated, and eventually ignored his manager, at which Guttmann retired to the stands for the second half, most of which he spent reading a racing

    paper, then took a tram home and never returned."How
    strange that your story should involve Roy Keane," points out John Briggs, in another of the emails we had in response to this question. "When he was manager of Sunderland, in every pre-season game

    he would play the last 20 minutes or so with 10 men. When asked why, he claimed his team should get used to playing with 10 men in case they had a player sent off in a league match." We don't have anything to hand to back that up, but as Keane also

    threatened to leave players at home if they wore tracksuit bottoms

    in training or walked on their heels instead of their toes, we wouldn't blame him for preparing to find himself short.Steve
    Faulkner got in touch to remind us of the time that Kenny Burns, then playing for Birmingham City (not yet Clough's Nottingham Forest, though the story is often told as

    if he were), kicked John Hollins in the head while the QPR defender lay on the floor.
    The City boss at the time was Willie Bell, who was so incensed at the kick – missed by the referee – that

    he pretty much sent Burns off himself, removing him from the field without a replacement.Juande Ramos is another manager happy to reduce his own numbers in the name of principle, as

    Nick Einhorn pointed out after reading this Barney Ronay blog written at the time of Ramos's appointment as Spurs manager. Remember those few moments before everybody realised this was going to be a horrible mess? Yes, everyone was very excited about another churlish Iberian tipping up in the Premier

    League, especially after learning that he'd once left Rayo Vallecano with 10 men "to teach his players a lesson" for being complacent during an easy 2-0 win. "The players were not trying, so I took a drastic step because I wanted them to work harder," Ramos explained.Finally, here's Nicholas Siggs, with

    another Forest tale, this time from August 1997, at the start of what would be a promotion-winning season under Dave Bassett. "We were 8-0 up in an away league cup tie at Doncaster," says Nicholas. The goals came from Geoff Thomas, Dean Saunders, Jon-Olav Hjelde, Pierre van Hooijdonk (of course) and Chris Allen. "Given that we were so far ahead and having used all the subs, Hjelde had I think not long returned from international duty and was basically knackered, so he was withdrawn before the end.
    Needless to say it didn't affect the result!" Forest also won the home leg, 2-1, to take the tie 10-1 on aggregate. And then lost to Walsall in the next round.KNOWLEDGE
    ARCHIVE"A few years ago in the Premiership, a referee pumped his fist with an exclamation of 'yes!' when a player scored a

    goal in a certain game," wrote Ian Kerr back in 2006. "The referee later claimed that he was so pumped because he had allowed play to go on instead of blowing for a foul in the build-up, and was chuffed with his own free-flowing refereeing. So who was the ref? What teams were playing, and who scored the goal? And where is our friend the enthusiastic referee now?"The nugget in question was Mike Reed, who knocked seven bells out of fresh air when Patrik Berger put Liverpool ahead against Leeds during their 3-1 win on 5 February 2000. Reed did indeed claim he was made-up with his own performance, having waved play on after Vladimir Smicer was fouled in the build-up, but the FA were not particularly enamoured with his public display of self-loving."Having
    considered the available

    information, we have issued a reprimand and a warning to Mike Reed," warbled a spokesman. "While we understand the emotions involved, it is essential that match officials do not make gestures which could lead to misinterpretation.
    The impartiality of our officials must not be open to question. Mr Reed has been warned to keep his emotions under control in future or face further action."There
    are several other examples. "I

    recall seeing footage from the end of the 1971 FA Cup

    final after Arsenal had beaten Liverpool 2-1 after extra-time," says Steve Hewlett.
    "When he blew the final whistle, I'm sure the referee Norman Burtenshaw fell to his knees, pumping his fists towards the heavens."
    It's tough to get more than anecdotal evidence on this one – they didn't have it on YouTube [2013 update: Mike Aylott this week got in touch to point out that the brilliant footage is now] - but it seems to be true.
    Burtenshaw claimed afterwards that he was simply celebrating the fact that the game hadn't gone to a replay.That excuse lost what little credence it had when, a few months later, he presided over Arsenal's 6-2 battering of Benfica. Burtenshaw's performance was so bad that he was mobbed by Benfica players, who tried to beat the crap out of him – a task that would clearly have taken a fairly long time. He'd had a chance to brush up on his self-defence skills a few years earlier, mind. When Aston Villa beat Millwall 2-1 in October 1967, the Den crowd were so incensed they stormed the pitch and surrounded Burtenshaw. He had to be carried from the pitch after being knocked unconscious.The
    German referee Wolf-Dieter Ahlenfelder, by contrast, was knocked sideways by a few pre-match liveners.
    "It was 8 November 1975

    when, in the Bundesliga, Werder Bremen played against Hannover 96,"

    scene-sets Eberhard Spohd. "The referee Ahlenfelder surprised everyone with some seriously strange decisions - including blowing for half-time after 29 minutes.
    A linesman indicated

    his mistake and Ahlenfelder played 16 minutes' added time. Then, during the half-time interval, he stuck his tongue out at a photographer, and Bremen's president Böhmert said:

    'For this show we could have charged a higher entrance fee.'
    Ahlenfelder of course denied drinking alcohol, but later he admitted that he had 'several Maltesers' (a schnapps) before the match. And to make things really

    clear to the layman, he said: 'We are men – we don't drink Fanta.'"For
    thousands more questions and answers take a trip through the Knowledge archiveCan you help?"Have any twins

    or brothers ever jointly managed a football team?" wonders Luke Kelly.And
    on a similar line, here's James Burnell: "Oldham have just appointed Lee Johnson as manager. When the Latics take on Yeovil on 16 April his dad, Gary, will be in the opposite dugout. Will this

    be the first ever meeting between

    managers who are father and son?""In ocean races in sailing a handicap prize is awarded as well as a line honours prize to recognise sailing skill rather than simply the newest and most expensive boat," writes Benjamin Penny.
    "Have any leagues ever instituted a "handicap winner" as well as a winner on raw points at the end of the season to reward footballing skill irrespective of the wealth of the

    club or the

    size of its wages bill?""I've just finished watching Central Coast Mariners lose 3-1 to Kashiwa Reysol in the Asian Champions League," writes Tom Engelhardt.
    "Nothing out of the ordinary there but what is notable is CCM missed a penalty late on which was the club's 5th consecutive penalty miss in League

    and Continental competition. In their

    previous Champions League match they missed in injury time from the spot for a 0-0 draw. My question: is this the worst penalty missing streak in football history?""Ronnie Johnsen played the last three games of Manchester United's season in May 1999, lifting the Premier League in the match against Spurs, the FA Cup the week after against Newcastle and

    the European Cup a few days after that against Bayern Munich," begins Paul Brown. "Exhausted by his efforts he didn't play for United again until late on the following season. Now, I'm almost 72% certain that he next played

    for United in April 2000 in a game in which the

    Premier League title was regained.
    This means that lucky Ronnie played in four consecutive trophy-winning matches. Can any other player match such a gluttonous run?"Send your


    and answers to AshdownGeorgina © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.
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    Hawks used to look out to watch over for this piece of farmland for trouble.
    Soon, it will be parents and

    umpires monitoring kids pounding cleats on the land Nick Maravell once tilled. The change in land use tells a more complex story about school development, particularly at a time when open space Multimillionaire who claimed he was held hostage for eight months has been arrested on suspicion of wasting police timeHe was the helicopter-flying, Porsche-driving former multimillionaire who mysteriously disappeared last spring after his partner reported him missing from his luxury mansion.However,
    the Irish property developer Kevin McGeever mysteriously reappeared barefoot on a rural road

    in January, his emaciated body and long, unkempt beard made him resemble the tycoon Howard Hughes.

    The word "Thief" was etched in ink on his forehead and when he was finally taken to a Garda station he asked for a bag of

    curry chips.The
    68-year-old's story gripped Ireland, especially as he claimed to know nothing about his months in captivity or the identity of his kidnappers.However, his silence since a couple spotted him wandering disoriented in County Leitrim has resulted in his arrest. The Garda Síochána confirmed they were questioning McGeever on Friday on suspicion of wasting police time.He was detained under section 4 of Ireland's 1984 Criminal

    Justice Act, which allows the Garda to hold him for 24 hours.
    McGeever is being held in Gort Garda station in County Galway.Although McGeever has given no face-to-face

    media interviews since he was found on 29 January, his brother, Brendan, has told the

    Irish broadcaster RTE the businessman had been locked in a dark room, suffered death threats and physically abused by his captors.Detectives
    had been exploring the theory that McGeever's captors were one-time Provisional IRA members now aligned to armed republican dissidents.Security sources in the republic

    suspected McGeever might have been freed by the gang ,after members possibly panicked over the murder of police officer Adrian Donohoe near the Northern Irish border.Garda sources say McGeever's captors may have

    feared possible police raids targeting suspected sympathisers of criminal gangs and former republican paramilitaries in the days after Donohoe's death on 25 January.The
    Irish police officer was shot in the head by raiders in Jenkinstown in County Louth during a botched bank robbery days before McGeever was found on a road between Swanlinbar and Ballinamore.Garda had been investigating a highly experienced group of former paramilitaries with links to dissident republican groups as possible suspects behind McGeever's alleged armed abduction from the garden of his €3m home in Craughwell, County Galway.There
    is no suggestion that the relatively small criminal gang that murdered Donohoe had any connection to the McGeever kidnap.The
    entrepreneur has been reluctant to give a full statement to Garda detectives. All he has said is that three masked and armed men abducted him in his garden. Yet because he is not

    a suspect in

    relation to his ordeal, under Irish law he cannot be made to speak further to gardaí about the events of the past eight months.McGeever used to be known as a chatty, gregarious character who, despite his enormous wealth, mixed with locals at Rafferty's bar in the County Galway village.
    He was sometimes seen roaring through the Irish countryside in his luxury Porsche and Hummer cars, or crisscrossing the country in a Eurocopter.So far, however, he property tycoon has only relayed to Gardaí that his captors had demanded a ransom for his release and he was not sure if it had been paid.IrelandEuropeHenry © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this

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    level of hostility he has provoked among certain Manchester United fans

    for "crimes" seemingly ranging from treason to apostasy. He simply couldn't care.On Tuesday night, after his former club's

    defeat by Real Madrid, he said in his role as an ITV pundit that the decision of the referee, Cuneyt Cakir, to send Nani off was "the right call", an opinion that has inflamed some of the millions who disagree with him and their advice over the past few hours has included proposals that he perform an anatomically impossible act, calls for his

    sacking by the broadcaster and suggestions on how to spend his "30 pieces of silver".The oddest thing about the abuse is this sense of betrayal.
    Some supporters seem to feel genuinely let down by Keane as if his loyalty had somehow become perverted by malice. But how can anyone who has any knowledge of his outspokenness as a player – in 2000 after booing during a Champions League victory over Dynamo Kyiv he said of United's corporate fans "they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, I don't think some of the people who come to Old Trafford can spell football, never mind understand it", his anger that United linked the rise in season ticket prices in the summer of 2000 to the cost of his new contract, his view that Jaap Stam's transfer to Lazio in 2002 signified football clubs treating players as "pieces of meat" and Saipan – think that he would feel a debt to the club that would curtail his right to be fearlessly frank on television? That he would silence himself?After all he was even more fearlessly frank and furious on MUTV in October 2005, following Manchester United's 4-1 defeat by Middlesbrough when he was interviewed on the channel's Play the

    Pundit programme. First he described Kieran Richardson as a "lazy defender", questioned why "people in Scotland rave about Darren Fletcher" and said of Rio Ferdinand: "Just because you are paid £120,000-a-week and play well for 20

    minutes against Tottenham, you think you are a superstar." The

    programme was pulled and the issue became a huge source of embarrassment to the club and particularly Sir Alex Ferguson who decided the best way forward for club and player was to terminate Keane's contract. "I was disappointed the way I was treated at the end, nobody will change that," Keane said last year. "But that doesn't mean to say I'm bitter and twisted towards Man Utd.
    Far from it."That,
    obviously, is not how his critics see it. The very qualities Manchester United fans used to praise – his obdurateness, intolerance for slackness in deed and thought, his perception of himself as a Cork Hercules cleaning up the game's bullshit merchants, his feistiness and lack of sentimentality – are the very ones some now claim to have warped all notions of his duty to the club.All he said was that he disagreed with the received wisdom that Cakir's interpretation of Nani's collision with Alvaro Arbeloa was wrong. That Nani's boot hit the Real Madrid full-back is a fact. The rest is a debate about the referee's judgment and in Keane's view: "I think the referee has actually made the right call.
    Everyone's upset about it and it's slightly unlucky, but it's dangerous play.
    Whether he meant it or not is irrelevant.
    It was dangerous play – it's a red card. You have to be aware of other players on the pitch. Does he think he's going to have 20 yards to

    himself?"When ITV first began the televised football revolution at the 1970 World Cup, Malcolm Allison, Pat Crerand, Bob McNab and Derek Dougan were known as opinionators not pundits.
    Over the past few years you cannot read anything about the BBC's coverage of football without reading a condemnation of how bland the punditry is and yet when Keane offers what we can only presume given his character is his honest

    opinion, he is attacked for supposed heresy against Manchester United and hypocrisy because he, too, was once sent off in debatable circumstances.We know from his famous line about only dead fish going with the

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    knockoutThe details are more complicated than that, and of course, with very few exceptions, no one in the real world wants to be on the hook for a million dollars in order to learn the answer to a math problem. But the upshot of the researchers’ paper is that with rational proofs, they can

    establish in one round

    of questioning — “What do you bid?” — what might require millions of rounds using classical interactive proofs. “Interaction, in practice, is costly,” Azar says. “It’s costly to send messages over a network. Reducing the interaction from a million rounds to one provides a significant savings in time.”“I think it’s yet another case where we think we understand what’s a proof, and there is a twist, and we get some unexpected results,”

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    agrees. “I think of this as a good basis for further explorations,” he says. “Right now, we’ve developed it for problems that are very, very hard. But how about problems that are very, very simple?” Rational-proof systems that describe simple interactions could have an application in crowdsourcing, a technique whereby computational tasks that are easy

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