Millar says truth and reconciliation ‘inevitable’

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PORTO VECCHIO, France (VN) — A “truth and reconciliation” process over cycling’s torrid past is not only necessary, but it’s all but “inevitable,” according to Scot David Millar (Garmin-Sharp).

Fielding questions during a pre-Tour de France press conference Thursday, Millar said the best way for cycling to come to terms with its past and to move forward is to come clean.

“There’s an inevitability to it all,” Millar said of a possible truth and reconciliation process. “What we’re seeing now is micro events, individual truth and reconciliation. What we need is a macro event, so we can all move on.”

Millar was referring to recent revelations involving Laurent Jalabert’s positive EPO tests dating back to the 1998 Tour de France and admissions from Jan Ullrich that he worked with Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes.

Millar, who served a two-year ban for EPO charges in 2004-06, said if cycling does not embrace some sort of reconciliation, the endless doping stories may never stop despite indications that the sport has dramatically cleaned up its act.

“If we just let it happen, it will never stop. It will go on for decades,” he said. “I think now everyone knows what happened in the past. We need to reconcile that.”

Garmin-Sharp CEO Jonathan Vaughters agreed that some sort of TNR process is an essential step for the sport that’s been crippled by doping scandals.

“Having it come out in little dribs and drabs, like with Jalabert, is ridiculous, painful, and unnecessary,” Vaughters said. “You see Jalabert, he’s trapped. We could get it done with truth and reconciliation. Let’s move the sport forward, let’s own up to the past, let’s learn from it, and then move forward.”

The notion of a truth and reconciliation has been bandied about for years, but the idea gained urgency in the wake of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation of the U.S. Postal Service doping conspiracy last fall.

That case laid bare cycling’s EPO past and helped tip the balance toward coming clean as a path toward moving forward.

The idea is stuck, however, as cycling’s governing body has waivered on whether it’s a good idea or how one might take place. Without clear leadership on the issue, the sport continues to get bogged down by doping revelations dating back over the past two decades.

Vaughters said Garmin had its own internal version of TNR. Several riders, including Vaughters, Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie, and Tom Danielson, provided testimony in the USADA case.

“We’ve been knocking on that door for years. We did it, I did it. And we had tremendous support from our sponsors, our fans, the media,” Vaughters said. “This team is a great example of sometimes it’s better to take the gut check and move on. I hope more people would choose to go down that road.”

PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

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jones_supa writes “This discovery comes nicely alongside the celebration of FreeBSD’s 20th birthday, for all the UNIX nerds. The operating system powering the PlayStation 4 is Orbis OS, which is a Sony spin of FreeBSD 9.0. It’s not a huge surprise FreeBSD is being used over Linux, in part due to the more liberal licensing. The PlayStation 4 is x86-64 based now rather than Cell-based, which makes it easier to use FreeBSD. BSDs in general currently lack manufacturer supported full-feature AMD graphics driver, which leads to the conclusion that Sony and AMD have likely co-developed a discrete driver for the PS4. Some pictures of the development kit boot loader (GRUB) have been published too.”

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Wiggins says there may not be another Tour de France in his future

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LONDON (AFP) — 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky), sidelined from this year’s race because of an injury, may not try to win the race again, he indicated in comments published on Friday.

“For me it was always about winning the Tour,” Wiggins was quoted as saying on the website for The Guardian.

“I’ve done that. If I’m honest, I don’t think I’m prepared to make those sacrifices again that I made last year, with my family and so on. I’ve achieved what I’ve achieved. I’m incredibly happy with that.”

Wiggins, who was Britain’s first-ever winner of the famous race, followed up with a gold medal in the Olympic time trial and played a starring role by ringing a bell to signal the start of the Games’ opening ceremony.

He also won the BBC’s prestigious Sports Personality of the Year award and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to cycling, but he has endured mixed fortunes on the bike since then.

First he was involved in a training ride crash with a car near his home in northwest England, and then he had to pull out of last month’s Giro d’Italia — which he was hoping to win — because of an illness.

He then dropped out of the Tour with a knee injury, paving the way for his teammate Chris Froome to lead Sky’s charge for further glory when the race starts on June 29 in Corsica.

“If I do anything else after this it will be stuff I want to do, stuff that I’m willing to train hard and sacrifice for really,” the 33-year-old Wiggins said. “For me it was always about winning the Tour, that was a huge thing for me, a huge journey; I’ve been doing that four years. I don’t know if I’d want to go through all that again to be honest.

“I’ve always had other goals and there are other things I’d like to try and do,” he added, without elaborating.

On Froome’s chances, Wiggins said his Nairobi-born compatriot was in prime form and looked set “for a few years to win a few Tours maybe.”

The paper said that Wiggins was on the road to recovery and aimed to return to racing at the Tour of Poland, which begins July 27.

He is also aiming to compete in the Tour of Britain and the world championships in Florence in September, according to the story.

“The Fighter Jet Take-Off Platform was a concept platform that…

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“The Fighter Jet Take-Off Platform was a concept platform that would rise vertically from the ground, and allow an aircraft to take-off from its back — allowing planes to operate from small airstrips or narrow forest clearings.

English Electric developed the P17A jet to fulfill the purpose of a tactical strike and reconnaissance jet, and rather than attaching a heavy vertical take-off and landing system to the aircraft, they collaborated with Shorts, who created the P17D — a platform that would stay steady above the ground and allow the P17A to take-off from its surface.

With no less than 56 jet engines, the P17D gave the P17A the desired effect of being able to take off from tight spaces. On its own, the P17D would also have been able to fill the role of a VTOL freight transport, able to deliver equipment and supplies to less-accessible locations…” (via)