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Comment: Re:Dial up can still access gmail (Score 1, Insightful) 317

For other reasons, I'd recommend against.

1) why raise a red flag (sorry for the pun)

2) gmail reads all your stuff and sells the keywords to the highest/best bidder, so your privacy is zippo

3) yes, a good POP3 provider can also reel-in mail from other accounts and become a personal email center.

4) most of the spam I get desiring replies uses gmail, so training them not to respond to gmail users might be tough; they need training in general and you need to do that first and foremost before making decisions about what method you want to use.

5) two-factor authentication is likely beyond their capacity to understand. I'd make this one really simple. Use an auto-updating Linux (like Mint), then setup a menu with few choices. Nothing Windows, and if you send a Mac, be sure it can be supported in their locale.

Comment: Re:Not about ease, about authority (Score 2) 230

by postbigbang (#47903565) Attached to: School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

But there's no fingerprint, not picture, nothing to feed to big data some place. There must be control. Having a child outside of the system means an aberration. We must have no aberration. All must be tracked. There might be as much as $2.20 in theft! Imagine-- not eating those nutritious lunches, packed with carbs and "brain food"!

I've been fond of "up the system". Fingerprints. Yeesh.

Comment: Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (Score 1) 257

by postbigbang (#47732195) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

The incentive to find the boundaries of what kills your clientele and what just makes them gnash their teeth but return is becoming a science of profitable intolerance.

Bribed legislatures have trashed consumer protection laws or made them ignore updating them. It's almost like large organizations have voting rights. But nobody cards them at the polls if the campaign contributions are fat enough.

Comment: Re:The plans of mice and men (Score 1) 123

There's a sufficient amount of "shit happens" that isn't benign neglect, rather the pernicious pursuit of profits without examining consequences, and they're huge.

Jail is forensic. This poster needs solutions. Are there filtration methodologies available? Ways of mitigating the pollutants? Something learned from tech fab by products that can help solve the problem? PHBs are now after the fact. Cool heads and geek examinations are what's needed. My advice: find a recovery methodology financed by the sale of assets or Crown Lands so as to rapidly build the infrastructure necessary to stanch the flow. How? With what? Good questions.

Comment: Re:They deserve it (Score 1) 286

Should you try to take an objective view of 1080i, p, 720i, p, and rate them with a high quality source media, some eyes will notice the difference, dramatically. 1080i rarely delivers a poorer raster than 720anything, and it's usually under extreme circumstances like poor tuner re-rasterizing/conversion often inside a poorly designed tuner.

The gradients are subtle, but the differences in bandwidth utilization, when you're cramming a thousand+ channel allocations into copper cable can be obviously stark-- when compared to high quality media sources playing on decent quality ATSC-equipped TVs.

Comment: Re:They deserve it (Score 1) 286

I realize this. 720p is the lowest upgrade to NTSC. This is what Comcast shot for. Everyone must upgrade, and they get the minimum.

When you rent or buy a 1080p(or i) and player to watch a video, after having seen the same in 720, the difference makes people go crazy. They feel robbed. That's how I feel. This isn't a screed about customer service, monopolies, etc. It's about resolution, and Comcast and others are delivering the bare bottom media.

Comment: Re:But... but nucular is bad! (Score 2) 143

by postbigbang (#47619797) Attached to: Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

After drilling down to the article, this one, should it work (big if) would burn down existing spent fuel rods by squeezing more energy from fission reactions. It would therefore have a huge amount of already-a-problem fuel to decontaminate even further.

It's said to use uranium or thorium as a fuel source. Indeed it could fuel the expense of your desalinizing plant and conceptually a helluva lot more in a package that's much smaller that shuts itself down safely in the event of failures. So, IN THEORY, no Chernobyls etc because no contaminated water to escape.

Comment: Re:I don't get the hype (Score 2) 68

by postbigbang (#47591723) Attached to: Recipe For Building a Cheap Raspberry Pi Honeypot Network

Honeypot. Flood.

You don't get it.

You can put these on isolated segments, VLANs, whatever but importantly: wherever in the system you want to attract the bees.

So long as it can send even one "ouch" packet, it's done its job, saved your ass, and saved you hours looking through even great syslog managers to find symptoms of internal infections.

Do they cost? Not much. Aren't VMs cooler to use? No, because you want them randomly everywhere, not just in your VM farms. Yes, VM honeypots are a great idea. No, you can't simply put them in a dev pool or out in the cubes. But you *can* put a pie anywhere your network has a connection, and your switch ports allow admittance. Hint.

Comment: Re:If true. If. (Score 4, Insightful) 200

Sadly, sedition would be vilified. Look at Mr Snowden. Enemy of the state, now exiled in Moscow. He's one of many, and as there are no controls, and the game of extortion is played at the highest level like a bad poker game, the chances of clarity, openness, and even "just the right thing" are nil.

Martyrdom doesn't work with 72 virgins, and it doesn't work when corporate America controls the press-- especially Murdoch. Who has the WSJ by the printing press short-hairs? None other. Most of us just duck low, shaking our heads.

"Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards." -- Soren F. Petersen