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, …
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!
...losing your Omega will feel like an upgrade.
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!
So has anyone asked Swatch for our money back?
ERROR -- 201 -- 01 --
I see the Clock is running some kind of apache/SQL mishmash. Swatch should adopt closed-source approaches.
Seriously though, this obviously was tested, but NOT FOR 24 HOURS STRAIGHT.
You're saying it's running open source software? So, I should be able to browse on over to their website and request a copy of the code?
Let's hope it's not web connected eh?
...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.
Cheap, plastic crap from Switzerland. Shame Britain hasn't got a decent clock maker anymore - Enfield went out of business years ago, and Smiths dumped their clock making division which then also went out of business.
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.
Or even J B Joyce of Whitchurch
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.
The Three Laws of Mechanics.
1) Always use the right tool for the job.
2) A hammer is always the right tool for the job.
3) Any tool can be used as a hammer.
RE: The Three Laws of Mechanics
When in doubt, give it a clout. And if it breaks? Well, it was broken before, wasn't it?
Bloke with 'an 'ammer
Good old percussive maintenance, works every time.
As they say, when the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a thumb
Otherwise known as a Glasgow Screwdriver
If it doesn't work, hit it with a hammer...
If it still doesn't work...get a bigger hammer!
Birmingham screwdriver, shirley?
Start, Hammer time
posts like that
Can't touch 'em.
Bloke with the batteries:
I've got the power
I had expected a Playmobil reconstruction.
Is this one of the apprenticeships that the radio adverts keeping banging on about in action?
Wonder if there’s a lot of demand for massive clock repairs?
Certainly took their TIME about fixing it!
I know I know I'll get my coat.
Re: An OMEGA?
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.
Really? :( Meh and there I was thinking I couldn't get more cynical....
Re: Re: An OMEGA?
They should sack their marketing dweebs then.
Right way: Write on it: "Sponsored by OMEGA", so when it goes titsup everyone knows it's not your fault.
EPIC FAIL way: Badge it as yours, so when it goes titsup everyone thinks your product's shit.
I bet Omega is really pleased
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.
letters and/or digits.
Omega is owned by Swatch.
If I was there instead of John Oates I would have been loudly humming the Countdown theme. :-)
I was just wondering
if the yellow boards and red/white placcy tape is a permanent part of the installation..?
Wouldn't be at all surprised.
Life imitating art
The question is, is the clock counting DOWN backwards to the Olmypics, or counting up FORWARDS to the Omlypics?
(Watch the excellent comedy Twenty Twelve on BBC4 to see what else is likely to happen...)
As me mom-in-law is fond of saying
Every problem can be solved with a hammer. The bigger the problem, the bigger the hammer.
They still need to re-think that logo
Because all I can see is a certain cartoon character performing a lewd act.
I agree - that 2012 logo really is something else!
It seems to be totally beyond my comprehension! It maybe sort of looks like a piece of cat puke or something?
certain cartoon character performing a lewd act.
Still haven't found a link to that drawn up properly..just so that people can see what were always on about... mind you it is probably illeagles, under some prohibited use of a pencil law...
Try this, dudes...
Pretty much explains it.
Why, in all that's sane, do they have a CUSTOM-MADE clock for a 500 day count, that has 5 DIGITS for the day number.
It is so they can charge us for them.
Yeah! Yeah! We're number one!!! UK rules!
#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!
I think your on to something
Benny Hill Olympic events.
I might even watch them!
I did an engineering apprenticeship when I left school... and one of the priceless bits of information that was offered was.
'If the spanner doesn't fit... get a bigger hammer'
It's as true today as it was then.
it's not a British timer so we can't be blamed for this clock-up!
Big Clock 101
Don't go to Aldi for the batteries.
Lets hope the actual race timing clocks are more reliable.
I'm not too sure the marathon runners would be too please if the official at the finish line told them, "Sorry lads, bit of a cock-up with the timing, can you do another lap?".
AC, Benny Hill Olympics
I look forward to all male runners being pursued by a dozen topless women to the tune of Yakety Sax. And you might as well run it on fast-forward so that you can see more events in the same time. Winner all round, I reckon.
@Piro re logo...
..yup, once you've envisaged young Ms Simpson on her knees, that is all you can see.
Hang on a mo...
Bloke fixing things with hammer, youthful assistant standing by? Surely it's the BOFH! I smell a plot here. Watch out for broken lifts!
Was he pissed?
Looks like the 2nd picture was taken whilst falling down.
re. Was he pissed?
Nah; probably got tased by the plod 'coz he was using a camera in London (which, as all pollicemen know, is a potential terrorist target, so it's illegal to photograph it).
He's a Reg reporter
That should be enough to answer the question!
too expert for yellow jacketage
Someone call health and safety, the main clock guru is not wearing regulation dayglo, someone might walk into him!!!
- NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED
- Pic Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments
- Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers
- Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low
- Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs