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Comment: Re:One disturbing bit: (Score 1) 484

by Tran (#47315921) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Your first example is not really what is happening, is it though? More apt is what is going on is that I buy an antenna and give it my neighbor to mount on his roof, and then run a cable from that antenna to my house.
For the access of having him put an antenna on his roof, I pay him a little fee.
Why should I not be able to do this, whatever my motivation (poor or signal at my house, no good place to mount an antenna at my house, etc)?

Comment: Re:Did he ever revisit these predictions? (Score 1) 352

by Tran (#44683119) Attached to: The World Fair of 2014 According To Asimov (From 1964)

Yeah, I think that was the "Our future in the Cosmos" series of presentations. I saw him present that at NASA Langley Research Center.
Stood in line to meet him and get his autograph on a scrap piece of paper. Then I recognized the man sitting behind him, talking to him on occasion - and got his autograph right next to Isaac Asimov's. That man was no other than Mr Kelly Freas (Frank Kelly Freas). He was astonished that anyone recognized him, and I kept it to myself I had just seen him recently at a Sci-Con, so recognition was easy.

Had the concept been known back then I think that was my first nerd-gasm.

I was too young(16-17) and to unaware to notice Mr Asimov's health.

Comment: Re:Start here (Score 1) 1145

by Tran (#43857257) Attached to: White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

I don't know, I see the problem of no exact fit current lumber for my house built in the early 60s.
The guy who built the house originally used true dimension lumber, so a 2x4 in the house was truly a 2x4.
Without custom ordering I could not get the standard thickness plywood used for the floors (which I did not do - was easy enough to bevel the new plywood where it abutted the old). Made for some interesting rebuilding and renovating issues - but was doable.
So I am sure - even in the future, one could always custom order old dimension if so inclined. Or find innovative solutions to make things work out.
Not sure if all contractors are innovative, but from what I read and the stories I hear, good contractors and good carpenters certainly are an innovative group of people.

Comment: But Sanjay is smart (Score 1) 630

by Tran (#38842249) Attached to: America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware

He will hire software developers back from home, or even back in China.
I fail to see how software will be a pillar that will change the economy of the US for the better. Everything that happened in manufacturing will happen in software as well, except probably 3 times faster, since it is already happening.

Comment: And how would you that for sure with AV software? (Score 1) 391

by Tran (#38677174) Attached to: Symantec Sued For Running Fake "Scareware" Scans

Taking the term anti-virus to the most base view that normal users see ( covering malware, scareware, rootkits and browser hijacks - all supposedly covered by these AV products).

I have seen to many times when free or commercial anti-virus fails to detect stuff coming in. One gets complaints that machines are not working so well anymore and upon examination you discover that despite AV software the machine has been usurped in some manner by some kind of *ware, often even having ( well in older versions anyway) disabled the AV, free or commercial.

I am going to paint with a broad brush here, but in my experience traveling salespeople's laptops have been the ones that have opened my eyes the most about these kind of issues. I swear, salespeople (not all) must be in competition as to who can show off the most crap to each other, in the process exposing their machines.

Thank god for smart phones replacing some of these laptops and so far having less issues in this regard. So far anyway...

Comment: Netflix on... (Score 1) 237

by Tran (#38676706) Attached to: Ubuntu Tablet OS To Take On Android, iOS

I don't know about that - maybe most do, but probably by a narrow and narrowing margin.
In our household we watch Netflix on various portable devices (80%), different computers (10%) and yes on TV(10%) via consoles (Wii, PS3, Blue ray player) where % is % of Netflix viewing time.
While my household may not be as typical as most, in our demographic neighborhood, we are not that unusual.
And certainly that is one question I get asked about a lot - can we watch videos on portable device x ( ostensibly follow up question possible to watch video without 4g or other form of wireless).

Comment: Re:That's messed up ... (Score 1) 359

by Tran (#38676462) Attached to: LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

Remind me again if ideas and algorithms are patentable.
I was under the impression one had to have fairly concrete implementations to patent something.

I know there is a discussion vis a vis algorithms in this regard ( all algorithms are math and math is not patentable).

Business processes are generally specific implementations of ideas, so those unfortunately have been patentable. But the general idea has not. ( ie (semi-fictitious example) in this process we use cooling to finish the product to achieve xyz was not patentable, but ...we use cooling using vaporizing liquid nitrogen through this kind of machinery was patentable. In the case I know about, using an alternate cooling process was sufficient to avoid patent issues) .


Comment: Tolkien was easy to read (Score 1) 505

by Tran (#38647812) Attached to: JRR Tolkien Denied Nobel Due To Low Quality Prose

The Hobbit and LOTR was easy to read, and the subject matter moved along just fine, at least when i was 16. I haven't tried since then.
If one want something to attempt to read that embodies drudgery, something I tried to read after LOTR was Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast. My friend who got me on to LOTR was ebullient about Gormenghast, but I could only barely make it through the first book. I keep promising myself that one of these days I will try to read it all three. Some of the characters are singularly imaginative.
  Another from that time period in my youth I could not take was the Sword of Shannara (Terry Brooks) series that started about then. There was something I could not even get through the the first 20 pages before I had to give up. Compared to Tolkien I just had read with joy, and Mervyn Peake's prose I just had failed to finish, Terry Brook's writing could not even compare.

Oh well, it all depends on one's outlook and background, I suppose. At 16 I was only in the US for 2 years, having grown up in Germany, learning some of my English by reading Captain America, Daredevil, and the Black Panther.

Nowadays I enjoy the uneven excellence of Michael Swanwick, and Charles Stross. The epicness of George R.R. Martin's Songs of ice and Fire have been an awesome read as well.

It seems as a geek, LOTR should be on the list as a must read. Sort of like a college degree - shows you can completes something, but not necessary to enjoy life.

Comment: Interacting and Movies (Score 1) 865

by Tran (#38538630) Attached to: Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

Depending on the mood and movie, there are times I want to interact and other times not. So i choose the appropriate venue or viewing time.
Most first run movies - no interaction. Second or nth run movies interaction is fine most of the time... For that one can't beat local college/university movie nights.

While I was never a student at MIT I went to several screenings of movies there. Now that is(was?) an interactive experience, more so during movie marathons.
Where I am now, the nearby university doesn't seem to do much in terms of movies like that, so I miss that.

Comment: Sounds like my local theater (Score 1) 865

by Tran (#38538272) Attached to: Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

Here in Rhode Island I went to see Tin Tin with my little one, but there was only one showing for the day in the 2D version, at a very inopportune time. I started getting woozy after while, my little one took the glasses off 1/4th of the way into the movie because it made her feel sick.

I normally like this theater for all the features and events it promotes and shows ( Recently LOTR marathon of the extended versions), but I hope this situation with the 3D vs 2D is not of their own choosing. I wonder if the studios are pushing the 3D versions by forcing theaters to limit the 2D show times.

Comment: You put it well. (Score 2) 257

by Tran (#38453584) Attached to: Hobbit Film Trailer Posted Online

I have a friend who also has your sentiment, but still refuses to see the LOTR movies, despite being a fan of JRRs books as well as being a fan of movies.
His reasoning for not seeing these LOTR movies is that because they are decent he is is afraid that they will over shadow his imagination and memories of how he envisioned the story.
He is cognizant of the divergence of the movies from the book, but as a movie buff they do not bother him. And yes, there other novels that have been published as movies that he also does not go see.
His reason for refusing tho see the LOTR movies is one I can respect, though we still occasional try to suck him into watching it with us, teasing about our age and fading memories needing to be refreshed...

Comment: Re:It just proves analyst are complete idiots (Score 1) 189

by Tran (#37714678) Attached to: No PDFs, No Co-editing On Underwhelming Apple iCloud

As soon as I saw that in the article I quit reading. Seems to me they where comparing, hmm well, apples to oranges.
I don't see how on-line office suites should be comparable to on-line storage space, just as the post below points out, and I noticed while previewing this reply.

I'd rather be led to hell than managed to heavan.