Jan 29, 2013
commented on Would You Shut Down a Robot That Begged You for Mercy?
@8, it seems that @4's reference predates 2001: A Space Odessey. The HAL scene references _that_ which I didn't know before and is awesome trivia. I think you were right about the cat vid actually referencing 2001 though, since they are trying to turn HAL off in that scene.
Jul 20, 2011
commented on So I'm on Spotify
I've been using Grooveshark for a while and so far the only advantage I've found in Spotify is the integration of my local music into search results (which I like) and possibly a larger, more dependable music catalog. I'd like to try the ipod-synching feature because I loathe iTunes. I dunno. I was initially really excited that Spotify found music from a couple of small local bands, but then I realized it was pulling the tracks from my hard drive.
I'm not a big fan of the social-integration element either, but I've enjoyed using Grooveshark to share playlists with friends. Not sure yet if that's possible with Spotify, but if so I'll definitely use it.
In defense of Pandora, I've found quite a lot of new music through it. That won't happen if I'm only playing stuff I already know.