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Comment: StarTrek TOS was of it time. (Score 1) 230

by kenj123 (#49164245) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek
I think TOS was a product of its time. it was developed in 64 and first aired in 66-67 season. By 64 the Civil rights movement was well under way. In May 64 Johnson gave the first Great Society Speech at Athens Ohio. Then, the summer of 64 was when Chaney, Goodman and Scherner were killed. Also, the problems with colonization in Africa and South East Asia were recoginized and lead to the formation of the Prime Directive (I'm looking for more sources on that). One thing I always laugh about it how people say things will be in the future. One thing the future won't be is any particular way, the future will (hopefully) last a long time and there will be lots of change, so there is plenty of time for lots of predictions to come true. If the Star Trek franchise rigidly applied elements from TOS to later series it would have been pretty boring. One humorus (IMO) side note about Spock. Star Trke Enterprise, S2E2 had TPol and 2 other vulcans go to late 1950s united states and were stuck there. they had some postitive interactions with humans so one of the vulcans decided to stay and TPol reported he was killed. I always thought they should have gone a little futher with that plot and had the vulcan (Mestral) go to California and become involved in acting. I tried to explain this to some other trekkies but they didn't see the humor in it.

Comment: Re:1964 must have been a short year... (Score 2) 57

by kenj123 (#49159613) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved
American rock was doing pretty good until 1959 when Booper, Holly and Valens died in the place crash, 'the day the music died'. For the next couple years the top music reverted back to lightweight pop crap. I'm not sure why and I am researching it some. I suspect rock music had a 'rocky' start in the US partly because of racism and religion. Once the British invasion started it wasn't black music any more, (at least you could pretend that).

Comment: Re:sorry (Score 1) 57

by kenj123 (#49158795) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved
so whats your point, record industry purposely keeps the music from the American people that they really want and instead sells them something else, presumably something else that makes them bigger profits? Or are you saying the billboard numbers are completely fabricated and people are really listening to something else that I've been missing out on all my life?

Comment: My Observations (Score 1) 57

by kenj123 (#49158557) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved
I've looked over and listened to the top us sales hits since the 50s. In the late 50s us rock really picked up steam until 59 when Booper, Valens and Holly died. I really understand what the mclean lyric 'day the music died' means now. Until 64 Music really reverted back to the light weight pop tunes popular in the early 50s. Then throughout the 60s the british really dominated the top charts. America had a lot of really good rock bands but the break out was slow until the late 60s when mostly California and Southern bands started doing well. Then wham, in 70-71, Hendrix, Morrison, Joplan, Allman died. Light weight pop took over again in the early 70s, then disco and dance music in late 70s. 80s were a resurgance of rock but it seemed more corporate and marketing oriented, big hair bands. Early 90s the grunge rock, bass guitar was interesting but short lived, there is only so much you can get from a bass guitar. Since the mid 90 good guitar rock has been dead. thats my analysis.

Comment: NYT and other idea (Score 1) 698

New York Times had an article about it a few years ago: Farewell, With Love and Instructions ,By LIZETTE ALVAREZ One thing that would be nice is take some pictures from family vacations or school events and tell some funny or heatwarming stories about it. the focus should be split between the photos and your reactions to them. your laugh, smile, twinkle in the eye. Sorry to hear and bless you and your family

Comment: Alternative - Let customer choose (Score 1) 598

by kenj123 (#49126717) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules
I only have a lightweight understanding of how the internet works, but is it possible a some future date that the providers could offer both net-neutral and net-freedom (my name for the a Comcast, Verizon optimized package). I suppose it would only be really feasible if there could be one hardware solution for the ISP that both packages could run in since a lot of people might start out with the net-neutral package but quickly switch to the net-freedom package when they see how awesome it is.

Comment: Re:No overlap for mindshare (Score 1) 319

by kenj123 (#49083213) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare
I was aware of ms 'support' for node.js. I tried to use it about a year ago and it was buggy enough that I decided I couldn't trust it for anything associated with a paycheck. I think MS is 'embracing' it because they are scared of it and don't know what else to do. If node does gain in popularity, MS will just be one of many vendors for it and the profit margins they are used to will no longer be there. And I'm still waiting for MS to support JSON in MSSQL (just had to get that off my chest). As for your comment about DHTML and DOM being 20 yrs old, JQuery came out in 2007-2008 because of the failures to fix browser compatibility problems. And I never said node had anything to do with fixing browser compatibility, its just Node is not worth much without it. I think the whole stack, javascript + html5 browser, node.js server has great potential for CS education. they just need to improve some of the object oriented capabilities in javascript.

Comment: Re:No overlap for mindshare (Score 2) 319

by kenj123 (#49082537) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare
I think node.js has Microsoft scared. .net is setup to allow mostly server side code spit out bland, minimal html and work on any browser. but browsers are becoming standardized so javascript acting on the DOM is portable across browsers. node.js on the server, javascript and html on the client has the potential to make .net irrelevant. I'm surprised node.js didn't come along awhile ago, but it would have been useless without html 5 and cross browser support for javascript.

Comment: Re:Monitor, not TV (Score 1) 330

by kenj123 (#49041515) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?
I agree with parent. 720 projectors are great. I have both a lcd tv and projector in my basement. I can pull the screen down infront of the tv and watch the projector instead. I greatly prefer the projector for movies. partly the bigger screen, but also the 'mat' look of the projector screen looks more realistic than the 'glossy' or I call it 'wet' look of an lcd. Often with the projector I have to go back in a movie and watch scenes again because I was so lost in the picture. never happened on the lcd tv (Samsung).

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