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Comment: Re:Sounds Better? (Score 1) 433

by friedmud (#48594129) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

This isn't true for me. I really don't give a rat's ass about "toxins" (that's WAY overblown) - but I generally buy organic. Why? Quality. I'm not directly talking about "taste" (although grass-fed beef _does_ taste different from corn fed... but both are good!). I'm talking about average _quality_ of the food: i.e. how fresh it is, how well it is packaged, how it has been processed (or not), etc.

Yes, if you have two cows that are both high quality and you raise one organically and one non-organically and process their meat in exactly the same way and get it to the market and then to my table in exactly the same way: they are going to taste similar. _However_ that's not what happens.

Organic farmers are usually closer to where their goods are sold. They also give a shit about their product and aren't just some huge conglomerate - and their food is processed in smaller batches where more care can be taken. This means that (on average) I get higher quality food when I buy organic. Fresher greens, fresher (and better cut) meat, better spices, fresher produce, etc.

This is the same reason why people like to shop at farmer's markets: better quality food straight from farms.

As for the actual topic here: I know a lot of people are doing the Vinyl thing because it's "in" right now... but many people are also discovering that they _like_ the color added by vinyl medium.. and that it suits their ears. I'm not one of those people (digital FTW!) - but I can understand it.

Comment: Third category (Score -1) 176

by amightywind (#48589401) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession
Given the way my woman purred this morning, must be a third category. Those who reject the leftist Malthusian environmental orthodoxy and seek to live the best life possible through technology and, yes, high energy consumption. If I need to haul rocks, I can do it. If I need to give 5 people a ride, and all their gear, that too. Try that with your Smart car!. Heck, I could put one of those in my truck's bed.

Comment: Re:blah blah blah (Score 1) 105

by friedmud (#48560997) Attached to: Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

No. Design is just as important as getting the right answer. More projects fail from bad design then from not working properly (entropy overtakes them until they can't add new features users want or the bugs start to creep in as new features are added due to poor compartmentalization).

Math helps. It helps a ton. Being able to use givens and rearrange a known set of variables to get to an answer is definitely critical. BUT - there is more to creating good software.

Starting early on how to think abstractly and to generalize with good interfaces is key so starting with high schoolers is not a bad idea at all.

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention, with the possible exceptions of handguns and Tequilla. -- Mitch Ratcliffe