Strength training?

Free weights   2 votes - 40 %
Machines   0 votes - 0 %
It doesn't matter   3 votes - 60 %
 
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should play flacs as well by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Jan 29, 2011 at 01:46:38 PM EST
And if you load the Rockbox firmware, you can double the size of the SD cards you can use.  Also the Rockbox seems to play music louder for me, wonder if there is some sort of limiting function in the stock firmware a la iPods causing hearing loss a few years back.


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Public sector efficiencies by Herring (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Jan 29, 2011 at 06:29:10 PM EST
I read that article and I can't help thinking that these problems are not unique to public sector services. IT departments (or at least some development departments) suffer from exactly the same thing - by rushing to deliver the project on time/budget (ish) the organisation ends up spending more time/money putting it right.

Internal service departments are in a similar position to public sector service departments - we have to deal with whoever comes through the door. Actually, that's not completely true - if someone is a real shit we can go to their line manager. That works unless the biggest shit is the CEO ...

Actually this is a bit of a trivial comparison. Generally when we fuck up nobody dies.

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So I don't end up being a fuckin' waffle waitress. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Jan 29, 2011 at 08:16:45 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

To please ammo by Herring (4.00 / 2) #7 Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 10:32:32 AM EST
takes a special woman ... or a whole bunch of average ones.

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The record bears that out. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 10:39:31 AM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Failure demand by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #4 Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:01:22 AM EST
... also appeals to me. This six sigma business is actually one of the corporate activities which is both efficient and very reminiscent of a command economy. Basically you find a workflow, make measurements, and then tune the fuck out of it. I can see how it works great in manufacturing, and in certain sort of production line activities elsewhere. Usually six sigmas is too much though, outside manufacturing. And as Herring was saying, sometimes there isn't a repeatible process because every project really is different. You can only find the microactivities to tune.

Also reminds me of a Bertrand Meyer quote: "It is crucial to find, as a criterion for decomposition, properties less volatile than the system's main function."

Great remix, you should bring him in as a guest artist on your yearly bookdump and see what happens :)

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do you feel by tierrasimbolica (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 12:59:25 AM EST
 there are more effective ways to boost creativity?  just curious.

Well by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #12 Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 03:05:17 PM EST
On a personal level, I don't think there's that much you can do to boost your creativity that you wouldn't want to do already (have side projects, read widely, talk to people).

On an organizational level, the problem is fighting the organization. This stuff would be useful if you were setting up a new office with a fair amount of control over it, but I'm not in that position.
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'Acquired a Sandisk Sansa music player recently.' by chuckles (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:39:59 AM EST
It is unfortunate that you cannot afford a proper music player, but you probably deserve your station in life.

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Flame war. by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 11:20:12 AM EST
People liberated from the fruity named company don't need a computer or special software to listen to music.

That is invaluable (what else do you get from the market leader except abuse anyway?

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Sorry, I'm straight [nt] by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 2) #11 Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 03:02:10 PM EST

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Music by nebbish (4.00 / 2) #10 Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 11:24:22 AM EST
I'm a firm believer in getting a decent amp and speakers from Richer Sounds, and connecting your PC/MP3 player up to it with a cable. You're getting much better quality from individual, replaceable parts, and can either spend loads or very little.

It's not very portable though - I'm speaking as someone who has a laptop I can sit on top of the amp.

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The problem for me is by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #13 Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 03:08:56 PM EST
If I've got a computer switched on I'll use it. I want to try switching my computer off and just doing other stuff.

Bit shocked by the change though. A decade or two ago you could walk into Dixons and they'd have row after row of hi-fis with big or biggish speakers and plenty of watts of output. Now they've just got about one shelf of itsy-bitsy micro systems with Ipod docks. I suppose everyone needs the space for their huge TVs now.
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I know what you mean about PCs by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #14 Wed Feb 02, 2011 at 06:44:20 AM EST
They are temptation itself.

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