Yet again I have neglected my blog writing responsibilities but in future I will do better!  I blame this recent failing on my starting a full time job.

I have slightly missed the bus on this topic, but I feel Volkswagen have been unfairly labeled as cheating villains.  It was probably unethical of them to capitalise on the flaws within the vehicle emission testing protocols, but I’m not convinced they did anything wrong.  These days all cars have engine management computers to maximise the efficiency of the vehicle.  VW programmed their system to detect when the steering column was held in one position.  In this situation the engine emitted the minimum possible level of emissions.  In my opinion this is just smart engineering!  If a computer can detect when it is under test (where the steering column is held still) then that’s fair game.  All the fuss that has been made is because the testers have been shown up and all the customers feel cheated.

I’m certain that I would rather have a car that wasn’t quite as green as I expected, than say a car from a manufacturer who ignored the warning that their vehicles could be hijacked via wifi.

In mildly more recent news, aren’t “doped” athletes just the worst!  Professional sport is having a tough time at the moment, maybe this stems from the opinion of many people that the team/competitor is more important that the sport/event.  I can see the reason why a competing athlete would use every option available to help them succeed.  At the end of the day, “If you’re not cheating, then you’re not trying hard enough”.  The advancements of modern medicine, nutrition and training could be seen as an unfair advantage.  Our developed lives have taken a lot of challenge out of competition.  Is taking performance enhancing drugs not the next natural step?  I think that blood doping is totally fair, especially if the blood is the athletes own.

The serious problems come when organisations such as the ARAF (allegedly) conspire to hide results or avoid testing to allow their athletes to dope.  This is nationalism, and can cause division between countries or communities.  This nationalism exists with spectators as well, too often officials are abused and criticised.  How correct the decision that has been made is doesn’t matter.  The rules of the game require someone to undertake that role and therefore human error is an acceptable part of the competition.  Fans must accept this and put their love of the sport before the love of their team.

But anyway that’s my take on some of the vaguely recent news.

Until next time, I have a job now so don’t hire me, just put me on a short list somewhere?