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Comment: Re:Please tell me this is satire (Score 1) 318

by BlackHawk-666 (#49135653) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

"Virgos, today you will be waterboarded by the state to facilitate a confession of terrorism charges. Move to your safe house before 10am today. Make sure to switch off your phone and remove the SIM card before leaving the house. Use public transport away from surveillance cameras."

Why is astrology advice never as pointed and useful as that? Instead you get...

"Virgos, today will bring many things. Travel is a possibility, and expect to meet some new people."

Comment: Don't do it (Score 1) 684

Stop pissing around with a video camera and video editing software and spend time with your daughter now instead. Don't waste time trying to predict the things she might want to hear about at graduation, on her wedding day, or other events, the truth is she probably doesn't want to spend those happy days crying over a ghost her left her life a decade ago. Stop being selfish and trying to memorialise yourself, your daughter is alive and in need now. Give her the chance to mourn you and put you to rest, without haunting her later years with boxes of tapes labelled "first date", "prom", "graduation" and the like.

You're on a timer, live in the moment. Leave happy memories in your wake.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 291

by BlackHawk-666 (#49058393) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?

I hate to disappoint you, but what you talk about learning here is covered in the first week or two of a university level computer science degree. in the six months you spent learning the basics of flow control, looping and conditional execution we learnt 3-4 languages (Pascal, C, PDP-11, SQL), database theory (SQL), statistics, flow graphing, how to break problems down into pseudocode, finite state automata, advanced data structures, O notation, and a host of other subjects.

If I had completed the degree (dropped out midway in 2nd year) I would have gone on to write a compiler and text editor and tackled other advanced subjects. They would have added DBase and 8086 assembly code in at that point.

You did learn how to break down problems and to use logic though, and that's something you can apply in all areas of your life.

Comment: Re:price = how good? wtf (Score 1) 249

by BlackHawk-666 (#49036751) Attached to: How good is your audio equipment?

I have those same headphones too, albeit they are now close to 20 years old IIRC. The leatherette is worn but the headphones still sound pretty good when I have occasion to wear them. I haven't been able to find anything during my last few shopping trips to match their quality without being stupidly expensive.

My desktop speakers are an Event Tria setup, project studio grade gear, and it's been just great for the 15 years I've had that. It's pretty flat, and non-fatiguing. I have an outboard firewire box to power them, again - project studio grade. You can mix tracks on this setup and be pretty sure it will ok on most systems.

My AV gear is mid-range Yamaha 7.1 receiver and a 5.1 setup (sans the centre for now) of Australian made Subsonic speakers which sound terrific for the price - about $3700.

I'm no audiophile, so it's just a regular silver coated set of cables for the speakers.

I love audio, and it gives me pleasure every time I play a track, hearing all that extra detail and definition that spending a decent amount of cash can provide. My last setup lasted 15 years, this should last as long or longer. Money well spent over the long term.

Comment: Re:Le Crueset pots. Powder coating. (Score 1) 958

by BlackHawk-666 (#48976153) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Le Crueset pots are not cheap by any standard, but they are exceptionally well made. There are knocks off you can buy for a fraction of the price, most of which are designed to look very similar and would do a similar job. I don't know if the enamel coating is quite as good, but it should be comparable.

I've bought video cards that cost more than those pots and last only a few years, so it's really a question of spending on things you love.

Comment: Re: Science... Yah! (Score 1) 958

by BlackHawk-666 (#48966811) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Purchase some decent cast iron cookware. Good stuff will last your entire life, and then some. I have a few Le Crueset pots, pans and baking dishes. They have a ceramic surface that is tough, and mostly non stick without being as toxic as that thin sprayed on crap the pans at K-mart / Wal-mart use.

After I cook anything in those pots I can simply wipe them clean with a cloth and warm soapy water. They never need scrubbing. I heavy cast iron fry pan I use has a tough enamel surface that can be scrubbed hard with steel wool as often as you like. I'd have to burn something relentlessly badly in order to get anything stuck to these pans. By contrast, the stainless steel ones are a nightmare.

Eating TV dinners is it's own reward. I think I'll stick to old fashioned cooking and old fashion cookware - it's still the best there is.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux