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Comment Re:Spotify- better than I ever thought it would be (Score 1) 79

Even so, I have discovered lots of new music through Spotify with their recommendations. And that is something Spotify could improve- they need to allow users to directly rate songs (like Pandora does) so it can learn what we like and offer more recommendations. And the other is a better "radio station" type mode, like Pandora has.

Disclaimer: I'm not a Spotify developer, this is just from reading around forums, pissed off at some features not working on Spotify as expected. Here is what I've learnt and it may be inaccurate. Take with salt:

Spotify sort of do the rating mechanic when you click the thumbs up/thumbs down on a song as it is playing (at least on my Android app). "Thumbs up" will add it to a Liked playlist connected to your account.
Now this Liked playlist influences your Discover Weekly playlist. But here is where Spotify becomes retarded. Discover Weekly is not only influenced by your Liked playlist. It's influenced by every song you add to any personal playlist you create but no weight is given to what you actually play(!?). I know right?

My Discover Weekly experience was OK at first, but now it is filled with crap simply because I happen to have a set of "Decades" playlists (the 80s, the 90s, the 00s) just to capture the handful of songs from those eras I liked. So random Top 40 stuff I would never listen to gets shoved down my throat. What really surprises me is that I have playlists dedicated to Dub and Roots Reggae, a well pruned collection of Grunge, Ambient music and Deep House. But none of those ever seem to influence my Discover Weekly experience. Which leads me to believe the so-called "algorithm" for Discover Weekly is there to sell the Top 40 music and doesn't give a toss about your obscure tastes.

What's particularly frustrating is you as the user have no control over this "algorithm" and can't force it to "reset". I ignore it now.

That said, a couple of months ago a new feature was forced upon us (in the UK at least) called Your Daily Mix.
These are supposedly doing the same thing as Discover Weekly but split into 4-6 "genres" and mixing music from your playlists in those genres with new discoveries. Here's to hoping it works as desired.

Comment Re:"long-distance space travel" (Score 1) 28

To take a proactive role in Panspermia. I think our terrestrial bacteria, water bears and extremophiles should be seeded on as many suitable planets as possible. We're not going to be around forever so we should definitely get as much potential for new sapient life to evolve somewhere else. Or at least an eon or two of life on some previously uninteresting backwater planet that had no previous chance of having life evolve the "hard way" on it.

Comment Re:Teehee. Yeah. Right. (Score 1) 126

Not disagreeing with your point. It's more about why isn't this declared up front? If you need to keep the mic on so you always have a buffer for the last 10, 20 30 seconds of audio, then just say so. I imagine the same users you've categorised would still not give a shit.

For me though it would be an instant uninstall. As for Google listening to me all the time....not much I can do about that, I have chosen that os ecosystem.

Comment Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 630

All that said, when I lived in Seattle there was something that was actually done right by the main fast food franchises there (not sure if it's the same across all of the US) that is not offered anywhere in Europe. You actually provided an unsweetened alternative that had a flavour: Unsweetened Ice Tea.

That was awesome!
You know what they offer in the UK? Normal coke, diet coke, over-priced "mineral" water and the happy meal 150ml milk. Oh and coffee or calorie-rich milkshake if you paid extra. What a farce.

Comment Share some of who YOU are (Score 1) 698

All the advice here is wonderful and I'm sure you've got lots to think about. Some of the "only the core values!" advice is great but don't follow to closely.

Don't forget to share who you are as a father, a friend and another flawed, imperfect wonderful human being.

Talk about the first time you saw your wife. How you figured out she was the one. Talk about the most embarassing thing you ever did or experienced. The best thing. Even the times you were a pretty shitty human being. Why you loved your hobbies. How being a teenager sucks goat nuts for everyone at some point. How finding really good friends gets you through not just the teen years but your whole life. Your favourite travels or even wistful thoughts about places you've never and can't now.

Your daughter will use all these stories to help build her own model of the world around her and her own model for living. Some of the best things she might do just from the examples above are to have a better idea of what love might feel like and to travel to that mountain or ocean that you always wanted to visit and she'll take you there in her heart.

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