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Comment: Meh (Score 4, Insightful) 74

by Cinder6 (#46567259) Attached to: Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

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.

Comment: Re:Music (Score 1) 268

by Cinder6 (#46424093) Attached to: It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

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.

Comment: Re:Right... I believe You. (Score 1) 268

by Cinder6 (#46423951) Attached to: It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

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.

Comment: Re:disliker! (Score 1) 268

by Cinder6 (#46423905) Attached to: It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

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.

Comment: Re:Still ugly (Score 1) 164

by Cinder6 (#46340239) Attached to: Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

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 :)

Comment: Re:what a fuss about nothing (Score 1) 125

by Cinder6 (#46313541) Attached to: Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

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).

Comment: Re:I agree (Score 2) 222

by Cinder6 (#46298815) Attached to: Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

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.

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