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Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 224

by Quirkz (#48865219) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

"It's such-and-such a day because of this number and this number and it only happens once in a lifetime"

The most frustrating part about those posts is usually the entire analysis is correct, up until that last throwaway line "it will never happen again." Why do the authors feel the need to include it? In some cases the real answer is it won't occur for another thousand or ten thousand years, but that's not good enough? Of course some of the others (December has five Tuesdays this year) happen about half of all years and are complete junk articles, but I actually find the rarer ones kind of neat, with the exception of the completely erroneous disclaimer.

Comment: Re:Mufflers dragging under a car (Score 1) 790

by Quirkz (#48793915) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Last spring I was watching 'Uncle Buck', a John Candy movie that features multiple car backfires, and I commented that it was an aging joke because it's something you never hear. The next day a car backfired driving by my house, and I've heard a couple since then. I had to laugh at the coincidence, but I also wonder if maybe we tune them out rather than they never happen.

Comment: Re:Steam Engines (Score 1) 790

by Quirkz (#48793617) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

I still hear that sound at least weekly. Durango, Colorado has a thriving narrow gauge railroad that runs between here and Silverton. Runs from downtown up into the mountains several times every day. My little girl is nuts for it so we ride occasionally and go out of our way to see it drive by all the time.

Comment: Re:So? You don't need to read it.. (Score 1) 126

by Quirkz (#48793485) Attached to: Radio, Not YouTube, Is Still King of Music Discovery

I've had good luck with that, too. I'd say over the past couple of years the ratio is about 20:1 for Pandora:Radio in terms of useful recommendations. One of my main problems with the radio is even when I hear something new that I like I either 1) miss who the artist was in the first place, or 2) hear but fail to remember the name later, when I'm out of the car and capable of doing something about it. With Pandora at least I'm already on the computer, and can just copy/paste, or at worst thumbs-up the song, and increase the chances it'll come back around a second time.

Comment: Re: Clearly (Score 2) 391

by Quirkz (#48745719) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

No kidding. I never notice "poor quality" from mp3's. Frankly, even if I could tell, I don't think I'd care. I mostly listen to music at an office (plenty of background sounds and I'm focused on work), in the car (tons of noise), or at home with the family making so much chaos the music is at best an accent and at worst a distraction I have to turn off. I'm trying to imagine a scenario where I've got enough quiet and focus that I could be so absorbed in the tunes the encoding quality would tarnish the experience.

Comment: Re:Null hypothesis (Score 1) 556

I think more atheists get it than you give credit for. There's lots of (in my mind unnecessary and unproductive) quibbling over semantics here. There's many self-identified atheists who take the soft position ("I don't believe in god") rather than the hard position ("I believe there is no god"). The soft position is basically equivalent with what you are assuming is strictly the realm of agnosticism. I've seen so many words thrown around over what's basically a disagreement as to whether soft atheism exists and is or isn't really agnosticism, it seems like a real waste.

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