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Floyd Landis Sentenced For Hacking Test Lab 173

McGruber writes with some news that slipped by in December: "Floyd Landis won the 2006 Tour de France, but was later stripped of his title after testing 'positive for an unusually high ratio of the hormone testosterone to the hormone epitestosterone (T/E ratio).' In February 2010, Slashdot covered the news that Landis had been accused of hacking into the laboratory that detected the unusually high T/E ratio. Since then, Landis was 'convicted in absentia by a French court for his role in hacking into the computers of a French doping lab,' according to National Public Radio. Landis and his former coach Arnie Baker both received 12-month suspended sentences, according to USA Today."
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Floyd Landis Sentenced For Hacking Test Lab

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  • by d4fseeker ( 1896770 ) on Sunday January 01, 2012 @07:57PM (#38559452)
    The reasoning is more like that he wouldn't have doped with such a trivial method if he had known he would be found in the test.
    And you can't honestly believe he hoped for "some luck" to make his test results look normal...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 01, 2012 @08:09PM (#38559516)

    There are many things about France which are shocking to anyone who has not spent much time in France. To take three examples:

    In the field of education, medicine involving taking in over ten times the number of people you expect to graduate then expelling all but the top tenth in first year exams.

    In the field of business, I was surprised at the number of government-owned or government-propped French businesses which have taken over following privatisation in other EU countries.

    In the field of justice, the lack of jury availability except in the most severe cases means some absurd rulings from a weak judiciary.

    They have a very classist approach to society and they're even more hypocritical than England with their good-sportsmanship-equality-under-the-law bullshit.

  • You left one out: (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Shakrai ( 717556 ) * on Sunday January 01, 2012 @08:23PM (#38559582) Journal

    No freedom to practice your religion without interference from the state. Muslim women can't wear the burqa in public. Jewish schoolboys can't wear the yarmulke in public schools while Christians are prohibited from wearing "large" crosses. In the name of secularism French society has crossed the line into intolerance and forced compliance with the tyranny of the majority.

  • by Peter H.S. ( 38077 ) on Sunday January 01, 2012 @08:49PM (#38559756) Homepage

    Can't let lack of evidence interfere with how the French feel about themselves. They're still pissed off from Lance Armstrong.

    The French media just loved Lance Armstrong, as anybody who actually knows anything about the subject can attest. But of course when it turned out that he was just a cheating doper, some journalists began to write critical articles about him and the entire doping circus he represented.

    Lance Armstrong is a cheating doper, no doubt about that; he has simply failed too many doping tests that anybody can deny that. But for technical reasons he can't get a doping sentence because retro-testing can't be used as evidence.


  • Re:You left one out: (Score:5, Interesting)

    by icebraining ( 1313345 ) on Sunday January 01, 2012 @09:17PM (#38559944) Homepage

    Etiquette is just a word for controlling people's behaviors. Not allowing "flag desecration" simply because you find it offensive is just censorship.

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