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Comment: Re: not the point (Score 2) 348

by Lumpy (#48926483) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Not mine, when I get up the prox card reader sees that I am not near the workstation and instantly locks, it will not even offer an unlock until I am within proximity again.

Really cheap to put in place less than $10K for the whole company. and increases security 80 fold. Problem is most IT departments are not savvy enough to do it nor convince management that it's more important than a new Jaguar for the Director of marketing. Heck my old Dell laptop supported it.

Comment: Re:If it's accessing your X server, it's elevated (Score 1) 348

by Lumpy (#48926399) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Yeah that doesnt work.

If it's sitting there on what looks like a normal login they will not hit CTL-ALT-DEL they will just type away. Hell it's hard to not get users to open up every single attachment no matter where it comes from or to not click on every pop up window they get.

Comment: Re:Not need, but useful (Score 0) 272

by Lumpy (#48924161) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

No it's to avoid people looking like idiots with a tablet against their head.
Problem is it seems that that is the trend lately with idiots having a tablet pressed to their head. Watched a low IQ woman driving down the road with a big ass Fad-let stuck to her head side swipe a pickup truck because she could not see past the stupidly large phone pasted against her head.

Comment: Re:Need? No. Useful? Yes. (Score 1) 272

by Lumpy (#48924131) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

And as an owner of a Surface Pro... Microsoft failed at all of those even when they had a proper pen and proper setup.

It's not the OS or the UI available. It's the Applications. 90% of the applications I need on that Surface Pro suck to high hell in a touch environment. They are designed for keyboard+Mouse and that is how they work best. It's so overwhelming that all surface pro users typically always use the device with a keyboard and a mouse.

tablet use requires a dramatic shift in programming style and design. And almost no programmers for large productivity software suites are capable of it.

Comment: Someone need to make this for cellphones. (Score 1) 140

by Lumpy (#48923009) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

A blacklist call app that downloads daily a new blacklist number list. If a marketing call get's through, I can manually blacklist and it reports back, if 10 or more of this same number comes in from users, it's added to the global blacklist.

It would decimate the scumbag telemarketing industry within a year.

Comment: Franchise Fees are evil (Score 1, Interesting) 77

by Lumpy (#48922931) Attached to: Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

Part of the merger should be the requirement that franchise fees across the country need to be made illegal. They are only used to limit competition in a legal form.

The franchise agreement in my town states that no other cable company can sell services here. That's wrong.

Comment: Re:Fermi's paradox is hubris (Score 1) 227

by Lumpy (#48922311) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

That a similar setup pointed at the exact location can detect. guess what, that doesn't work well even here on the planet. Point to Point Dish based directed communication is a bitch to get working in insanely small distances like only 10 miles. So we shoot a signal at a single cluster, did we do it for years on end? nope. so nobody will hear anything.

What you have to do is a wide insane power broadcast to cover the entire sky. Broadcast 24/7 for 10 years. That way not only do you have information you sent, but we even encode doppler information about our planet and sun.

Yes for 10 years, 100 years would be better. Because you dont know when someone will be aiming an insane gain antenna in our direction.

Comment: Re:Fermi's paradox is hubris (Score 1) 227

by Lumpy (#48919949) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

We already are surpassing radio to become something that is undetectable in space. spread spectrum and low power communications is already common place in the Ham Radio community. with 2.5 Watts I can talk to 30 people around the globe using PSK31 or Wspr. My signal will not be detectable past the moon even on the best radio equipment made. High power broadcasting is a thing of the past and will rapidly disappear. Some of these new technologies will make communicating with our own space probes easier, but hellishly harder to detect as power levels can be reduced.

A very advanced species will not be broadcasting at 200,000,000,000 watts with AM modulation or CW... what can be detected at light year or more distances. they will be using things that are far more efficient and will not be detectable. Honestly the whole SETI project is not looking for ET's TV stations or regular communications, it's looking for an intentional ultra high power beacon that was sent for the only purpose of saying "WE ARE HERE" which even reduces the chances of it being successful even more.

For SETI to detect a signal from Alpha Centauri. IT would have to be 10,000X stronger than any transmission ever sent from earth and on a constant time year after year after year so that it can be detected.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl