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London Wires Up For 2012 Olympic Games 79

Posted by Soulskill
from the yeah-but-do-you-have-thousands-of-drummers dept.
alphadogg writes "While London's massive Olympic park is still very much a frenetic construction site, IT engineers are fine-tuning the equipment that will be used to transmit scores, let athletes send e-mail, and broadcast high-definition video of the Games. The Olympic Games are set to kick off on July 27 next year and will be followed by the Paralympic Games. Test athletic events are already under way, which are being used to evaluate the resiliency of high-speed data networks costing millions of pounds. Acer has a large role in the 2012 Olympics and will provide much of the IT hardware, including 11,500 desktops running Windows 7; 1,100 laptops; 900 servers, and other parts including SAN storage systems, touchscreen monitors and standard monitors."
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London Wires Up For 2012 Olympic Games

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  • by caluml (551744) <slashdot AT spam ... OT calum DOT org> on Sunday November 27, 2011 @06:51AM (#38180818) Homepage

    The TOC's location is a soft secret, and organizers did not want its exact location to be published for security reasons.

    Wow. I contracted in Canary Wharf for 3 months this year, and I'm fairly sure I could guess where it is. That's got to be the softest secret ever.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 27, 2011 @07:02AM (#38180848)

    Whoa whoa whoa careful there! You're not supposed to know, notice, or comment. Head down, mouth shut, there's a good little citizen. Or else [boingboing.net].

  • by dominux (731134) on Sunday November 27, 2011 @07:55AM (#38181046) Homepage

    no, open source software won't do a lower bid because it doesn't come with a sponsorship deal in excess of the cost of it. This is the most commercially motivated games ever, with really really strict sponsorship deals for everything. You will be eating at McDonalds, the official food partner, if you want chocolate it will come from Cadbury the official snack partner, if you want to buy something to wear it will be Adidas, the official clothing partner, if you want to drive a car it will be a BMW, the official transport partner. If you want to pay for anything you won't be using anything but a Visa card because all the shops will be "proud to only accept Visa". Oh, and if you want to make a call on your mobile, I hope you are on O2 because the other networks are not allowed to put up towers to get enough signal to the venue.

  • by rbarreira (836272) on Sunday November 27, 2011 @08:22AM (#38181124) Homepage

    I though you were joking at first but then I searched around and I found this:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10394970 [bbc.co.uk]

  • Re:Waste of money (Score:4, Informative)

    by hipp5 (1635263) on Sunday November 27, 2011 @09:30AM (#38181396)

    and the athletes who love bumming off others taxes and sponsorship instead of getting a job.

    Most athletes, at least here in Canada, do have a job. Being an Olympic athlete does not pay. Well, the government does pay you a tiny bit. But if you want to live above the poverty line and be able to afford your training you need to have a job here. Or you become really lucky and land a sponsorship, but I don't see how that's "not having a job" -- someone is paying you money, and you give them a service (advertising recognition) in return.

Money will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years.

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