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Comment: Re:Probably typical (Score 1) 121

by GuitarNeophyte (#46747071) Attached to: 44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

this is completely me. I have three people I follow. 1) My wife. She logged in and followed herself on my account. 2) a band I like 3) DDO (D&D MMO) because it tells me when there are special deals, because I think that their normal prices are too high, but I enjoy the game. I never post. I just check every once in a while to see if they have posted anything interesting recently.

Comment: Re:Philistines (Score 1) 641

by GuitarNeophyte (#46698349) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Just seeing mention of OS/2 jarred my brain of an old memory. When I was in college, an old couple from my church asked me over to their house to see if I could help them with their computer. It was running OS/2 and it was the first time I had ever seen it. I had everything figured out in about 5 or 10 minutes and was able to show them how to use it. Fast Forward to a year or so ago, the first time I met up with Windows 8 was completely different. A friend of mine handed me thier laptop and asked for help getting it to play movies on a TV connected to it. I tinkered around on it for 20 minutes before I gave up and Googled the answer (turns out the default movie player can't play movies on a second monitor. You need to dig around and use Windows Media Player, which for some reason isn't the default player). It seems like the "It Just Works" thing only works with older stuff.

Comment: Re:Moving from Ebooks to Paper (Score 1) 224

by GuitarNeophyte (#46693703) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

sorry to reply to my own post, but I just thought of another anecdotal piece of information. I had heard of kids with terrible vocabulary and spelling skills who spent a Summer Vacation reading lots of books coming back to school with fantastic writing skills. Just seeing and hearing correct usage can build the patterns in our brains for correct usage and grammar. Many foreign-language-learning experts (not the Rosetta Stone people -- the people actually learning all kinds of language) recommend high quantities of almost-comprehensible input in order to stretch your language abilities.

Comment: Re:Moving from Ebooks to Paper (Score 1) 224

by GuitarNeophyte (#46693649) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

I very rarely used a dictionary as a kid, and when I took my college entrance placement exam, they gave me this huge obscure vocabulary test and I got 100% on it. I think just having good context-clue-finding skills can really be a huge benefit to vocabulary acquisition. I remember my elementary school teachers harping about context clues every time someone asked what a word meant, and now I'm super glad that they did, because it's caused me to learn a lot of words just from reading a lot. I've been living in a Spanish speaking country for the past 6 months, and those skills have been a huge help in learning a foreign language as well.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 224

by GuitarNeophyte (#46693567) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

I think it's more of a personal evolution thing. My wife, and the parent poster, still read lots of long books, so they can still do it just fine. Those of us who only read five or six novels (or less!) a year may tend to agree with the original summary. I still have times when I like to get back and re-read my favorite books, but I've found that I can keep the attention better by listening to it in audiobook form than by paper-book reading. Maybe I just need a good reading chair again and I'd be able to re-brain-plasticity my way back to being a long-book reader, but for now, I'm fine with audiobooks.

Comment: Re:Its called evolution.. (Score 1) 224

by GuitarNeophyte (#46693515) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

I used to always love reading long books. Now, I do have to admit that I have a harder time keeping with reading for extended periods of time. It'll take me two or three weeks to read the Hobbit, when it took me about as many days to read it the first time. However, with the always-connected Internet and all, I find myself "reading" the classics, like the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, by listening to audiobooks while doing something that doesn't require verbal focus, like playing video games with the sound turned off. I can perfectly pay attention to the story I'm hearing, while playing video games, and in a couple days, I'll listen to the entire audiobook.

Comment: Re:Is it not obvious? They have dirt on him! (Score 3, Insightful) 312

by GuitarNeophyte (#46680317) Attached to: Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Without going into whether I agree with what you say, it seems to me that whenever people say "Most people...", it is typically to say that most people have opinnions that are close to the speaker's opinnions, even when most people are not really like that at all.

However, most people spend most of their time with people who think relatively similar to themselves, adding to their own thoughts that "most people" are like them. I'd say that "most people" (and I admit, I fall into the exact same bias that I mentioned before) just want to be left alone to do whatever they want to do. Sure, people like government to do this or that (police, roads, teach kids and stuff), but by in large, I think people just want left alone. I've been doing some travelling to some various cultures, and noticing how, as much as people are different, we're all pretty much the same. People just want to do their thing and not have to be bothered.

Comment: Re:Watch It Succeed (Score 1) 112

by GuitarNeophyte (#46523751) Attached to: Sony Announces Virtual Reality Headset For PS4

My first thought seems to be opposite of most of the people I've seen post on this. Everyone keeps pointing out that it would be hard for the PS4 to be able to produce the desired effect due to the technical specifications of the console. I haven't been following the PS* close enough to comment on this, but I have been checking in on the VR headset scene on and off for quite some time. The technologies have been coming for years and years, and many gaming rigs have multiple-monitor capability (for stereoscopic potential), so it seems to me that if there was a potential market for this type of game, we would have seen a more public attempt at it in PC games by now. As it is, the widest-spreading VR item I've seen was that weird, red-lines VR mobile platform that Nintendo put out a while back. And that was a very niche item.

TL;DR -- I don't know if the tech is powerful enough, but I just don't think there's enough market for the thing.

Comment: Re:I don't need more powerful. I just need cooler! (Score 1) 83

My appologies for not being very clear. I don't have my tools here, nor do I have random spare parts to change out and test which components have problems with my system at the moment. The two laptops could have had different problems, but the net result was that the screens on both were no longer functional. It was my presumption (as I said, I don't have my tools to verify) that excess heat was the cause of my computer issues. For that reason, I would prefer to have a cooler-running laptop, so I don't feel compelled to use additional cooling. My presumptions could be completely wrong, and I fully admit the deficiencies in my explanation.

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