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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

spitzig Re:Curious (116 comments)

I live in Taiwan. I have internet access far cheaper than I had in the US. Bundling with cable is not an issue.

Given that net neutrality is not an issue in the legislature here, I doubt video bandwidth is actually a cost problem in the US.


The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

spitzig Re:From the article... (339 comments)

I think someone from today would be more lost in Jefferson's time than someone from his time would be lost today.

Compare getting food. I have some vague idea of how to use a musket or a bow and arrow, but hunting with one? I'd starve. The operation of making dinner from store bought items from 1800 would be lost on me-they used to spend a LOT of time making meals. Vice versa? Appliances are made to be easy to use-and learn. Foods are often already made to eat at the store, and the components that go into food, like broth or bread are often already made.

Travel. Learning to ride a horse takes a long time. I'd ridden in cars as a kid, but I learned how to drive an automatic in 15-30 minutes.

about 4 months ago

It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

spitzig Low on the scale (268 comments)

I would say I'm low on the scale. I am not judging this based on an online quiz, but anecdotal evidence(talking to people).

I rarely listen to music. If the situation is such that listening to music is practical, I usually prefer something else. In bars, I prefer conversation. Often I find the music irritating because it hinders conversation. I carry music on my phone, but usually prefer to listen to audiobooks. Occasionally, I listen to music because I'm in a certain kind of mood. I also find it good as white noise while I'm in a public place trying to read a paper book, and don't want to hear conversation. Much of my taste in music is too distracting for white noise, though.

General response to the article, though: REALLY? People like different things?!? I am shocked. In related news, I have no interest in sports.

about 6 months ago

It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

spitzig Re:HEY (268 comments)

To paraphrase Theodore Sturgeon when asked why so much SF sucked: "95% of SF sucks. That's because 95% of everything sucks."

95% of music made today sucks. 95% of 60's music sucks. People just don't remember the old crappy stuff. In 50 years, people won't remember most of the crap from today in the same way.

about 6 months ago

Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

spitzig Re:Recall how it was going to turn us into Satanis (218 comments)

Yeah, it had the stats for devils and demons, but could you actually play them? Now, tieflings are standard characters. And, I'm sure there are full-blooded devils/demons you can play as monster characters pretty simply. The fools had no idea of the True Power of the Darkside! Or, of mixing metaphors!

about 8 months ago

The Nielsen Family Is Dead

spitzig Re:It has been dead for more than a decade. (170 comments)

Funny, I just read an article about the guy who wrote Primer making a new movie. And, couple weeks ago, I went to see Les Miserables.

Adult movies are still being made, and with Indie movies, probably more of them. Just, look for them.

about a year and a half ago

The Nielsen Family Is Dead

spitzig Re:no, it's not dead (170 comments)

They are (increasingly) irrelevant in that the Nielson ratings DON'T accurately measure viewership of shows. One reason is because a decreasing percentage of those shows are shown on TV. Shows are being produced for more methods of viewing, and types of ads. People who are advertising on something other than TV are going to be decreasingly interested in Nielson ratings.

They also were always only a sampling. It only chose a certain number of families and tracked their viewing habits. I used to live in an area of the country that wasn't counted because it was too small. The city had 1 million people in the metropolitan area.

about a year and a half ago

Blog Reveals a Chinese Military Hacker's Life Is One of Boredom and Bitterness

spitzig Re:what's an "exciting" existence? (185 comments)

I live in Taiwan. That saying isn't actually a curse in the original.

about a year and a half ago

New Pope Selected

spitzig Re:So.... (915 comments)

Catholics' (and the general population's) views have changed a lot in 30 years. And, even some in 10 years. 30 years ago, few people would have even considered gay marriage, and a LOT more people find it morally acceptable. 10 years ago, not many people had considered gay marriage even. And, I'd bet more people find homosexuality acceptable.

Contraception, I bet more find it acceptable. Especially Catholics, who probably lagged behind the rest of the population-I'm betting that's the reason my grandparents had 9 kids, and my aunts and uncles have at most 4.

Abortion, probably generally more morally acceptable. Not sure, and definitely don't know about the shift in Catholic opinion.

about a year and a half ago

Alcoholism Vaccine Makes Alcohol Intolerable To Drinkers

spitzig a drug to do this (350 comments)

There's a drug that does this. The paper mentions that the drug requires the patient to cooperate(regularly take the drug). Sometimes patients take the drug as part of rehab, somewhat willingly. BUT, knowing alcohol will make them feel sick, they still get drunk.

about a year and a half ago

IBM's Watson Gets a Swear Filter After Learning the Urban Dictionary

spitzig Re:Typical for a 2 year old (310 comments)

Usually, in Parenting 101, you don't get to delete words from the kid's brain.

about a year and a half ago

Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

spitzig Re:Books (465 comments)

Here's one thing that you neglected to mention about e-books: They cost almost nothing to publish.

The cost almost nothing to publish, but the used price is not a question with ebooks. Sometimes used books are priced at a percentage of the original cover price. Since I like old books, and paperbacks have the same content, I've bought books for a dime.

It means a lot of rubbish makes it through, but a lot more good authors will get published.

This will mean that instead of the publisher determining whether you know about an author, it will be advertisers or some similar type of middle man.

With paper books, I guarantee, that over the past hundred years millions of manuscripts became forgotten, because of the printing costs.

In the next hundred years, billions of works will be forgotten because no one cares about them. That will include ebooks. Even if they are still recorded in some universally available library, a small percentage of those books will actually be read.

I am not particular to the format of "the book". It is cheap and durable. I also like that it allows me to actually SEE a lot of my knowledge/entertainment-I can see the spines of lots of my books. It gives me a sense of comfort that I don't get from flipping through a list. I look forward to a future where that knowledge/entertainment is easier to access. But, it's not here.

about a year and a half ago

Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

spitzig more common to live with parents in Asia (338 comments)

The "Little Emperor Syndrome" and revering boys have both been mentioned.

But, it's also much more common for a kid to live with his/her parents for a lot longer in Asia. Probably more likely than to live outside the parents' home(excluding college). Often until marriage, or even after. This would make it less likely to even consider kicking the son out.

about a year and a half ago

Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

spitzig Re:Just kick him out. (338 comments)

Often apartments are hard to get for homeless. They (usually) need a month's rent and a deposit. Possibly other fees. He might need credentials. Hotels/motels are usually daily or weekly

Homeless people find "saving" difficult, because of the likelihood of being robbed. Even if you keep the cash on you, you probably live in an not very good part of town. So, mugging is a problem. And, you need to sleep. You can hide the money, but if you take out some money to buy food, maybe someone will see the big wad of cash.

My father lived in a tent for a while, when my parents were separated. This is often the case for a lot of homeless in small towns. He had a job, but not enough money for an apartment(I don't remember whether he was financially supporting us also).

about a year and a half ago

Amazon: Authors Can't Review Books

spitzig Re:Amazon's rating system is rubbish already (248 comments)

This doesn't make the review useless. But, Amazon IS in the business of selling stuff. Not just books. If a seller has a large percentage of unhappy customers, I don't want to buy from them.

Perhaps a separation of product and seller would make the reviews more useful, though.

about a year and a half ago

Amazon: Authors Can't Review Books

spitzig Re:Stross's blog said it all (248 comments)

The problem with eliminating the hard core fans is that it is difficult to sort them. If I'm "looking for a new book to read"(browsing), like checking out books similar books to something I've read, maybe a popular book has a large number of 5 stars. I don't want to check out all of them on a book I've never/barely heard of.

Also, I've known some people who just seem to give a lot of high ratings. 4 or 5 to almost everything they read.

For this reason, sometimes I find 4 star ratings more useful than 5 star ratings.

I rarely find 1 star ratings useful for the reason you listed. But, I have given a few 1 star reviews-actually, maybe I haven't put them down on a website, but they would be 1 star ratings if I did.

about a year and a half ago

Amazon: Authors Can't Review Books

spitzig Re:Limit reviews to purchasers of the product (248 comments)

As another commenter said, it's become the default place to read reviews of products. What about people who want to review something they bought elsewhere/got as a gift?

For books, I use a website that's FOR reviewing books and keeping track of books. I do it more for myself than for others. I've got books in two countries, and don't want to buy multiple copies. It's also good as kind of a "book journal".

I've always been a little uncomfortable with the connection between the website(mainly amazon) selling the stuff and the website having reviews. I'd like to see a website that has more of a disconnect.

about a year and a half ago

Redbox Set To Compete With Netflix On Video Streaming

spitzig Re:Easy to beat Netflix... (119 comments)

How do you define "easy"? "Offer nearly everything" seems like a pretty big requirement to me.

about 2 years ago

How Do We Program Moral Machines?

spitzig Re:Screw the bus (604 comments)

Very few car crashes require a person to decide between whether the people on a bus die or the person in the car dies. The vast majority of events would depend upon whether the car or human has better reaction time and environmental awareness. I think the rarity of those events make it mostly irrelevant. Maybe selfish (for the human in the car) computer control is 10.000X safer than human control. Maybe non-selfish (for the human in the car) computer control is 9.999X safer than human control. Either way, I'd take computer control over human control.

The only time freedom of travel would be relevant is if you want to go to some poorly definable location(like off-road). Suggesting it is relevant to freedom of travel in some other way would mean some kind of other legal restrictions(you can't go to this part of town).

It might be relevant as a privacy thing. I think cops would want to be able to control the computer in some cases.

Networking the car(like so cops can control it) would mean malware problems.

about 2 years ago

Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

spitzig Re:Don't believe it (368 comments)

My first game was some arcade game I forgot. Some time in the early 1980s. It wasn't a big problem to change from a joystick or rolling ball(or whatever) to a NES cross style movable gamepad.

about 2 years ago


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