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Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by spitzig (#48778847) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

I would mostly agree about your definition of religion, but I think it misses the mark. I'd say it's about "holy stuff". Maybe has supernatural beings. Some sort of organization.

Marxism does have a belief in a higher order of the world. There is a belief about the "inevitability of history"-toward that economic system. The way they talk this about sounds like religion. It's a stretch to call it a religion, though.

Comment: (Score 1) 720

by spitzig (#48488737) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

I had a loud PC in my bedroom-I had trouble sleeping with it on.

The next PC, I decided to put together myself, using this website. When I turned it on, it was so quiet I didn't think it was on, and started it again.

The PC I built wasn't even that quiet by the website's standards. Mostly it consisted of getting a quality case, using larger fans, and grommets with the hard drive. These days, the hard drive could be supplemented with an SSD, making it even quieter. It helps not have a top of the line PC-mine was mid-range.

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.

Have you reconsidered a computer career?