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Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction?

LardBrattish Re:oh my (411 comments)

The answer to your question is that he lives in Australia where you can get a tax break on laptops but not desktops.

more than 4 years ago

Linux Games For Non-Gamers?

LardBrattish Re:Yes (460 comments)

I was going to suggest Westnoth - it is one of the absolute jewels of Linux gaming. Another one I like is "Pioneers" which is a neat little implementation of the "Settlers of Catan" boardgame. Which has it's own free online client tha is more active online but a bit buggy & laggy. Pioneers is good for a 15-30 minute game against 3 computer players. Use the official client to play against other human beings :)

more than 5 years ago

iiNet Pulls Out of Australian Censorship Trial

LardBrattish Parent NOT "Insightful" (77 comments)

Bigpond & Optus are not involved in the trial

more than 5 years ago

Detecting Click Tracks

LardBrattish Re:It's pretty standard these days (329 comments)

Keith played to a click track. I remember reading an interview with him when he described what it was like playing stuff like "Baba O'Reilly" & "Won't get fooled again" live when the synth parts were sequenced. Can't remember WHAT he said (it was a long time ago!!) but The Who were definitely using click tracks live in the '70s.

more than 5 years ago

Computer For a Child?

LardBrattish Re:Oh, get over yourself (556 comments)

It's not "Pop-Psych" She's done the research & read up on other peoples'. Every chapter is loaded with references.

The contention in the book is that there is so much more diagnosis than there was a few years ago & general poor performance by kids in all developed countries that there is a bundle of reasons why it's happening.

Maybe there's a genetic predisposition to Autism caused by a number of genes. So, get the lot & you're autistic. Get some & you have a predisposition that may only manifest if your upbringing triggers it.

There is obviously a real syndrome called "Autism". It's not a joke & it's not a badge to be worn with pride. Some people on the internet here & elsewhere seem to think that it's cool to have (usually self diagnosed) Aspergers. These are the people mot likely to have had the syndrome triggered during early childhood. If it's purely genetic why are the Romanian Orphans so much more subject to autism symptoms than non-orphans?

Anyways, point me at your "Real Science"

more than 6 years ago

Computer For a Child?

LardBrattish Re:Oh, get over yourself (556 comments)

Say it brother.

Read "Toxic Childhood" by Sue Palmer - available from Amazon. It explains why kids are getting so badly f&*ked up these days. Summary, too much TV, too little interaction with parents, junk food, lack of sleep. Result, often low grade autism.

So when people here (and on other websites) boast about being functional autistic I just think you poor sod, your parents were too busy to play with you when you were young...

more than 5 years ago


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