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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Quirkz Re:Wrong conclusion (269 comments)

What do you mean I don't own it? I can burn a CD and keep physical copies. Plus I can also get a new copy from Apple if I lose both the physical version and the digital version on my computer/iPod.

I've got a much better record buying from them than I did in previous years buying physical media that, once broken, borrowed, or lost, didn't have a replacement.

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Quirkz Re:kissthisguy.com (244 comments)

It's a fun site, though some of the entries are so far off I lean toward assuming they're jokes/spam rather than real. (Then again, someone above claimed they heard "pet shark" for "best shot" so maybe anything really is possible.) Good way to spend some time, though.

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Quirkz Re:It can be intentional (244 comments)

Reminds me of the old quest catchphrase "Committed to Service Inaction" that you'd hear on TV commercials.

The next version of the commercial they changed the pacing so that it was "Commited to. Service. ... In. ... Action" in a really halting speech.

The next version of the commercial, they either dropped the phrase or changed it entirely. It just wasn't possible to say it clearly.

about two weeks ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

Quirkz Re:Atari 2600 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (222 comments)

I tried playing that one without the benefit of a manual. I didn't even know what I was looking at, to know what things would kill you or were safe - I remember reloading and just walking around waiting to see if/when/how I died. I'm pretty sure I didn't know I needed to use a second joystick, so that may have made things much worse. In my memory it's the most frustrating Atari game I ever played, and this is coming from a guy who beat and replayed E.T.

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Quirkz Re:_this_ guy... (244 comments)

There's a sort of reverse Mondegreen at the end of Queen's "One Vision" where they sneak in some funny words that most people pass off as more normal words. After repeating the title phrase frequently in the song, at the very end they sneak in a "fried chicken!" It's easy to miss, and was put in as a joke. I cracked up a bunch of college friends by pointing it out to them. They had to listen to it half a dozen times to believe it was really in there.

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Quirkz Re:My Nephew And I (244 comments)

Conversely as a kid I ended up singing "Robots in the skies" instead of "Robots in disguise" to the Transformers theme song. To be fair, many of them could fly.

Later in the same song where it says autobots "wage their battle" I was convinced it was "pledge their phantoms" which I guessed was some kind of swear on their souls sort of thing. Apparently I'm especially prone to these things, or was as a kid.

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Quirkz Re:SMB jet airliner (244 comments)

Yeah, I settled on "big-ol' Carolina" for years before figuring that one out.

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Quirkz Re:Feliz Navidad = Funny Smelling Dog (244 comments)

I remember hearing "Please Molly Dodd" when I was a kid, partially explained by some show with the title character Molly Dodd being on the air that my mom used to watch.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Quirkz Re:critical development age!? (584 comments)

At 4 I wanted to be an artist, because art was the most fun thing I'd ever done. I didn't have access to a television, let alone a computer, and knew very little about science. I eventually got a degree in physics and now do IT related things. There's lots of time to come around.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Quirkz Re:She's _4_ (584 comments)

One of my favorite pictures is of my 3-year-old daughter, dressed in a Cinderella dress and a tiara, holding up and squinting through a tubes-and-gears assembly that she put together and declared to be a telescope. It seemed like a good mix to me.

about two weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

Quirkz Re:Dumb idea (186 comments)

Well, based on testing, at least 98% of people don't do that. Also, how likely are you, seriously, to stare at a picture of sardines when you don't like them? And even if you do it the first time, what are the odds you're going to keep that revulsion and outrage for subsequent viewings? Outside of the "pickles ruined my life"-style mental illness, I just don't see it happening.

about three weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

Quirkz Re:Dine in Pizza Hut? (186 comments)

I just realized my town has a Pizza Hut the other day. I've lived here for 7 years and drive by it occasionally, but I must have blocked it out. Never even been tempted to go inside.

about three weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

Quirkz Re:Just bring back text menus (186 comments)

Once upon a time I meant to build a web site that compared pictures of the food you ordered to pictures of the food you got.

  I think I was partly inspired by some McBurger that had less than 50% overlap between layers of ingredients, and a pile of ketchup blasted onto the side of the container rather than into the sandwich.

Later I concluded I didn't have the time or energy for something that pointless.

about three weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

Quirkz Re:Time tracking is a *bad* metric (186 comments)

Except that in this case you're just looking at everything, rather than trying to specifically select N toppings. So if you just relax and stop trying to count to N, they'll do that part for you, and you don't have to think so hard about what your Nth-most-favorite item is on the menu. In other words, I think this technique precisely solves the thing you're objecting to.

While also being a little creepy.

And probably offering me the bacon-ham-sausage-canadian bacon-pepperoni pizza I'd *like* to order but don't, rather than the pepperoni-olive-green pepper pizza I'll actually order as a compromise to a more balanced pizza.

about three weeks ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Quirkz Re:Ads (319 comments)

I don't know about that. Does anybody do pay-per-view ads anymore? I was under the impression it was mostly pay-per-click. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I clicked an ad, and if I did it was entirely an accident. Unless you're going to go so far as to argue that readers are obligated to click ads on sites they surf to generate money for the site, there isn't a whole lot of functional difference between browsing with ads blocked and ads visible for users who don't click.

Functional difference for the site, that is. From the user perspective there's potentially a big difference, in terms of bandwidth, clutter, and possibly security.

about 1 month ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Quirkz Re:What about the game itself? (227 comments)

Thank you, anonymous coward. The most pithy thing I've seen from an AC today.

about a month ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Quirkz What about the game itself? (227 comments)

I didn't realize this had come out yet. Frankly, I don't care about graphics (or at least, as long as they're not worse than DA1, which I'm sure they're not). I'm also already wedded to my game-playing system of choice, and one game's output isn't going to change that one whit.

What I'm interested in is the game itself, and I haven't seen any headlines for that. Did I just miss the article for the release of a sequel to an AAA game, or did we skip that and go right to the graphics analysis? How is the game? Is it more like the first one, which I loved, or is it more like the second one, which I avoided because of all the crazy changes they made to it. Basically, am I gonna want to buy it?

Proposal for a slashdot poll: does anyone really actually care about the graphics on a game? Especially at the level we're talking about here? If the answer is more than 10% I'd be shocked, and if it's closer to 3%, I wouldn't be surprised at all.

about a month ago
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

Quirkz Re:No Mention of Asimov (55 comments)

Asimov died something like 30 years after 1965. His works are nowhere near public domain yet.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Warren Ellis Answers Your Questions

Quirkz Re: full-body upgrade at this point? (15 comments)

I'm just about to turn 40, and I can't say physically I feel that off yet. No way would I say I'm better than 20, but I'm not that much worse.

Now mentally, that's a whole different ballgame. Other than the fact I felt a little smarter back then and I feel less smart now, nearly every other single thing is better mentally. There's emotional stability, the comfort of years of experience, a much broader view, and I know how to get things done. There's a little distraction/forgetfulness, but I'm blaming two toddlers for that, and don't think it's got anything to do with mental decline setting in.

That's at 40. I'm not especially worried about 50, but I am concerned about 60. Actually, I think I would have said the same thing at 20 - even then I wasn't so worried about anything around 40, only later.

For the record, I'd be all over anti-aging technology, but currently I don't see much that's actually going to be applicable to me as I age. I hope it develops, but I suspect it might be a few generations (at least) before that stuff makes it big.

about a month ago

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Running your own ghost investigation?

Quirkz Quirkz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Quirkz (1206400) writes "I am a skeptic, but have friends and family who swear by their ghost stories. I have access to a supposedly haunted house and been tempted to run a proper scientific investigation. My first question is what sorts of tools or measurements would make for sensible metrics to test during a hunt? Temperature change seems to be a common one, but the other devices you'll see ghost hunters use seem pretty random. The second question is what kinds of results would it take to be "interesting"? Baseline readings at several presumably non-haunted locations seem to be obvious requirements for comparison. Once you have those, what kinds of results would it take to convince a skeptic there's something unusual going on, or demonstrate that there's not? I don't have much hope of changing the minds of those who believe, but it would be satisfying to at least be scientific about it."

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