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Comment: Someone need to make this for cellphones. (Score 1) 71

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: Re:Fermi's paradox is hubris (Score 1) 149

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: Six key points (Score 1) 161

by msobkow (#48921711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

My key points on the subject are:

1. A love of the art and the job.

2. An eagerness to learn and try new things.

3. The willingness to risk your job to do "the right thing" on a project.

4. Acceptance that others in the business (not just the team) have valuable inputs that need to be respected.

5. Experience. Years and years of in-the-trenches experience with a variety of technologies and techniques.

6. (And perhaps most importantly) A background in the history of computing. The realization that "with a computer" or "on the web" does not make something "new" and patent-worthy.

Comment: Re:Fermi's paradox is hubris (Score 1) 149

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.

Comment: Re:Not really. (Score 2, Interesting) 149

by Lumpy (#48919899) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

First, us humans prefer killing each other to science. This is a proven fact.
Second, humanity did not go from Horses to Nukes, a very very small percent of the population did it, those geniuses have everyone else standing on their coat-tails.

The next leap will be by a very small group that is significantly more enlightened than the rest of the 99.95% of the population. If those people are benevolent, then everyone enjoys the fruits. If they are not....... Well, things can go very differently.

Currently with how education is going, the general population is becoming more uneducated every year. WE do not glorify learning, but instead glorify morons that can carry a ball, or can sing a tune. And we Vilify in society those that do love learning and are very smart.

Honestly Humanity is a joke, almost a cancer. And if an advanced civilization stumbled across us, they would probably wipe us out to make the rest of the universe safer. We as a species love to hate others, we love murder, war, and control. WE thrive on hating those that are different or think or worship different.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory