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Comment: Re:Paid off the house (Score 1) 582

by Sandcastle (#30709752) Attached to: Best estimate of monthly spending on food:shelter

You're kidding, right?

The comparison is "I have x dollars to pay off a debt", so the answer is always the one with the highest effective interest rate should be payed off first.

i.e. it takes most people over a decade to pay off a house, and months to pay off a credit card based on the SAME AMOUNT of money being dedicated to one task or the other.

Who the hell says "is it better to pay $2000 and remove my credit card debt or $200000 and pay off my house", and do nothing with the left overs, so to speak?

Even if you had $200,000 floating around, you'd be best paying of the CC first, and $198,000 off the mortgage...

Surely you see that?

Comment: Re:How is this news? (Score 1) 331

by Sandcastle (#30233050) Attached to: Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child

I have identical twin boys, nearing 3 1/2 years old.

It's like a double control group, both with the same genes and the same upbringing, right down to nap times, food eaten (or at least offered) etc.

One has always been half a pound or so heavier, and very healthy other than some normal colds / croup from the bio-warfare that is daycare. His twin has eczema, asthma and hayfever. Growing out of it slowly, thank goodness.

There are both typical Aussie boys. Wrestle like bear cubs, couldn't keep them inside if you wanted to, covered in dirt and grass within 5 minutes of putting their shoes on (if you can convince them to) in the morning.

So there you go. It may all have an influence, but there's no single cause.

Comment: Re:The Right Tool for the Right Job (Score 1) 266

by Sandcastle (#29749607) Attached to: Yet Another Premature Declaration of Email's Death

Well said. Not only can you leave replying to later, but one of the most common time management tips for many managers and most executives is to only read/deal with email twice a day.

The constant interruptions make you feel busier / more involved and therefore more productive, but in reality nearly everyone whose value to a company is more than the bureaucratic equivalent of grinding, you're actually far less effective, which is the more important measure.

Cue the MBA bullshit bingo comments, but there's a lot of logic to it.

Comment: Re:Don't have the details (Score 1) 655

by Sandcastle (#28090947) Attached to: Ridiculous Software Bug Workarounds?

Not limited to managers or ICT... It's a famous doctor joke too...

Patient - "Doc, it hurts when I do this"

Doc - "Then don't do that"

It's real though. How often do you get dismissed when the effective management of a condition is deemed to be more of a hassle than just grinning and bearing it? Compained of a bad knee when jogging to be told to stop jogging? Without real assessment, physio referral, or treatment, all of which could lead to the ability to jog (and more) again?

Pet Peeve #238

Comment: Re:What stupidity. (Score 1) 398

by Sandcastle (#27948079) Attached to: Texas Makes Zombie Fire Ants

I get how some of these cases would have seemed like a good idea at the time, but the cane toad case always amazes me. An animal that is toxic to touch, let alone eat... How could they have ever thought it would end well?

Crazy dumb idea, even before the punchline that they couldn't jump high enough to eat the damn things we brought them here to control!

Comment: Re:Nebraska and EHR's (Score 1) 367

by Sandcastle (#27767789) Attached to: Why Digital Medical Records Are No Panacea

I'm an ICT Director in a public health system. I understand the issues, pro's and con's in every approach so I'm not trying to rule on who is right or wrong here. If you're not familiar with the industry, the best way I've seen the issue (drastically) summarised is as follows:-

"Consumers don't want anyone to see their private medical records when they're well - as soon as they're ill, it's assumed everyone already has access, with the only excuse being incompetance".

Not always true, but it summarises the catch 22.

Cheers.

Comment: Re:Worthless Benchmarks (Score 1) 200

by Sandcastle (#27073655) Attached to: New iMac, Mac Mini Benchmarks Show Changes Are Slight
Good points. Worth noting that Snow Leopard is including technology to offload all sorts of work to the GPU, so the NVIDIA driver might not be the issue when the new version of OSX comes out.

However, if you are planning on using XBMC, be aware that it is CPU bound as far as I know on OSX - it does not off-load anything to the GPU.

Cheers.

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