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Comment: Re:From the article... (Score 1) 339

by spitzig (#47118633) Attached to: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

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.

Comment: Low on the scale (Score 1) 268

by spitzig (#46427331) Attached to: It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

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.

Comment: Re:Recall how it was going to turn us into Satanis (Score 1) 218

by spitzig (#46055221) Attached to: Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

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!

Comment: Re:no, it's not dead (Score 1) 170

by spitzig (#43222497) Attached to: The Nielsen Family Is Dead

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.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 1) 915

by spitzig (#43167571) Attached to: New Pope Selected

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.

Comment: Re:Books (Score 1) 465

by spitzig (#42504063) Attached to: Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

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.

Comment: more common to live with parents in Asia (Score 1) 338

by spitzig (#42484945) Attached to: Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

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.

Comment: Re:Just kick him out. (Score 1) 338

by spitzig (#42484715) Attached to: Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

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).

Comment: Re:Stross's blog said it all (Score 1) 248

by spitzig (#42401371) Attached to: Amazon: Authors Can't Review Books

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.

You have a tendency to feel you are superior to most computers.