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Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

Cinder6 Meh (74 comments)

Google Now sounds really cool on paper, but I've never actually found it useful. I was intrigued when it claimed it would show you tracking information for packages shipped to you, but I never got it to work (Gmail cards are enabled, and I tried it with multiple Gmail addresses).

The quality of and speed of it's voice recognition is impressive, though.

about three weeks ago
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It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

Cinder6 Re:Music (268 comments)

While I never listen to music, I think it has its place in games and movies. The music can help to convey the emotion of the scene, or the action going on in the game, in such a way that it heightens the experience. But it doesn't serve that purpose for me just as general listening. I don't need (or want) a soundtrack for my life. If I'm feeling down, I don't need a perky song to cheer me up or help me relax. Music, of just about any kind, tends to make me feel agitated. It's usually extremely repetitive and vacuous.

about a month and a half ago
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It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

Cinder6 Re:Music (268 comments)

Yeah, there's always that awkward silence when somebody finds out that *gasp* you don't listen to music. I think people tend to find it a little more acceptable when I "explain" that I listen to audiobooks, because they absolutely cannot fathom the idea of driving in silence.

about a month and a half ago
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It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

Cinder6 Re:Right... I believe You. (268 comments)

It really depends on the person. I can honestly say I plain don't care for music (though I actually enjoy old chip tunes from the NES/SNES days, but there's nostalgia enjoyed). I've heard a pretty wide variety of stuff, too. I could maybe name 30 songs I actually like, but I wouldn't be bothered if I never heard them again. I prefer silence or an audiobook.

about a month and a half ago
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It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

Cinder6 Re:disliker! (268 comments)

If I were pressed, I could possibly name 30 songs I legitimately like, and none that I would care to listen to at the moment. Stuff on the radio is downright terrible to the point that I would feel relief when switching through stations and I came across a commercial. I know there is likely music out there that I would enjoy, but you know what? I don't care. It's not worth the effort. I haven't intentionally listened to any music in a year, and I'm actually happier for it. Whenever I drive anywhere, I just listen to audiobooks. They're immensely more entertaining and satisfying, and a great way to reduce my book backlog and discover new things.

about a month and a half ago
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The Emerging RadioShack/Netflix Debacle

Cinder6 Re:RS is liable (122 comments)

Honest question: 7-11 sells random audio adapters, cheap soldering equipment, and wiring?

about 2 months ago
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Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

Cinder6 Re:Still ugly (164 comments)

The trick with road/racing bikes is to move around in the saddle. Even on shorter rides, I tend to change hand and sitting positions freqently. Also, don't lock out your elbows. If numbness/"squishing" is an issue, then you might consider using a saddle that has a cutout or depression for the perineal area. After a week or two of riding, it shouldn't be uncomfortable anymore. Actually, it should be more comfortable than well-padded seats over long rides.

(If you don't do long rides, though, it's probably not worth the time or effort).

Full disclosure: I'm in my 20s :)

about 2 months ago
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Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

Cinder6 Re:Still ugly (164 comments)

Apparently people in my area didn't get the memo. It seems like I see more recumbents than anything else--and yes, they're easy to see. Of course, I don't drive an SUV.

about 2 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

Cinder6 Re:That is not the worst... (333 comments)

Some apps do it well. It's just unfortunate that so many do it poorly.

about 2 months ago
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Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

Cinder6 Re:what a fuss about nothing (125 comments)

I should have made it clearer. I'm aware that similar functionality exists; I just prefer Chrome's implementation. It's automatic and, IMO, more visually pleasing. But those minor pluses probably aren't worth it. Thanks.

about 2 months ago
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Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

Cinder6 Re:what a fuss about nothing (125 comments)

I'm still using Chrome because I really like the ability to use a website's search feature from the Omnibar (for instance, typing "ama" -> Tab -> will perform a search on Amazon). I wish other browsers would do this--preferably Opera, Safari, or Firefox (the other browsers that have official 1Password extensions).

about 2 months ago
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Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

Cinder6 Re:I agree (222 comments)

It's the type and placement of ads that makes all the difference.

The PS4 has no ads on the main screen (I just checked). The ads they have in the store are for games and other things the store offers (such as DLC and movies). This is expected and reasonable.

On the 360 (I don't have an Xbone, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same way), Microsoft was well-known for placing large ads on the main screen. These ads would more often than not be for non-gaming items, such as Mountain Dew.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Definition of 'Open'

Cinder6 Re:Make it complete without Google apps (168 comments)

The problem is that you won't (legally) get access to Google Play Services this way, which means you will be missing out on a lot of Android apps. I would be curious to find an actual number, though; all I'm seeing is a nebulous "many".

about 2 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

Cinder6 Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (1098 comments)

Not trying to troll; honest question. I get the hostility toward open systems part, but how is Apple openly hostile toward free software? (By the caps, I'm assuming you refer to open source rather than monetarily free.)

about 3 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

Cinder6 Re:New MS business plan (513 comments)

It closes the hung program. In the new task manager, the actual executable is hidden under a disclosure triangle, so the application title is the executable (if that makes any sense).

about 3 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

Cinder6 Re:New MS business plan (513 comments)

UAC was also incredibly annoying in the way it nagged the user. 7 and 8 made it a lot more bearable.

My biggest upset with Vista was the way that, by default, it would restart your computer for updates without confirmation from the user. So if you didn't notice that little popup at the bottom-right corner of the screen, or forgot you told it to wait hours ago, then you were in for a nasty surprise.

about 3 months ago

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Cinder6 Cinder6 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cinder6 (894572) writes "Version 2.6.18 of the Linux kernel has been released. Read the comprehensive changelog. FTA:
'This release includes lightweight user space priority inheritance support, a "lock validator" debugging tool, a new power saving policy for multicore systems, SMPnice, a much improved SATA layer, swapless page migration, per-zone VM counters, per-task delay accounting, a new per-packet access control for SELinux called 'secmark', randomized i386 vDSO, a few new drivers, additional device support for many existing drivers, many bug fixes and many other small improvements.'
As always, you can get it from kernel.org."

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