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How Gaseous, Neptune-Like Planets Can Become Habitable

Lumpy Re:Wouldn't it be easier (56 comments)

The is slashdot. Science has no place in speculation!

yesterday
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

Lumpy So instead of fixing things....... (145 comments)

WE get a pretty UI... Yay!

Because those damn show stopper bugs in Calc are not important. nobody really wants to have an accurate spreadsheet over pretty icons and UI redesign!

yesterday
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Dell 2015 XPS 13: Smallest 13" Notebook With Broadwell-U, QHD+ Display Reviewed

Lumpy Re:Battery (115 comments)

Replaceable battery? Why? this is not 1998 where batteries only last a year or two. I haven't replaced a laptop battery in 4 years. and it STILL holds 95% capacity.

2 days ago
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Dell 2015 XPS 13: Smallest 13" Notebook With Broadwell-U, QHD+ Display Reviewed

Lumpy They need to make this..... as a 17" model (115 comments)

Dammit, Why do all laptop makers think that nobody does real work on their laptops. 17" 4K display in as small of a body as possible.

GIVE IT TO ME!!!!

2 days ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Lumpy Wont work around here... (367 comments)

99% of the ATM's around here dont stand alone. they are in a small concrete building that has air vents. the other 1% are the little fake ATM's at liquor stores and shady party stores that nobody sane would insert their card into.

so no, I wont be seeing it around here.

2 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Lumpy Re: not the point (374 comments)

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.

2 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Lumpy Re:Uh, okay? (374 comments)

It is. Chrome OS, which is Linux is in wide spread use.

2 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Lumpy Re:If it's accessing your X server, it's elevated (374 comments)

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.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Lumpy Re:Not need, but useful (298 comments)

they have that law in my state when driving a car, it does not stop people from plastering the phone up against their head anyways.

3 days ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Lumpy Dear DOJ.... (422 comments)

It creates a zone of protection from Tyranny...

Something that you guys have been known to practice. Clean up your act first, then come back and talk about encryption.

3 days ago
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Lumpy Re:Fermi's paradox is hubris (236 comments)

And WSPR is only the beginning, there are other modes coming down the pipeline that are almost magical/spooky. pulling useable information out of what seems to be background noise.

3 days ago
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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

Lumpy Re:Franchise Fees are evil (77 comments)

Exactly. A franchise fee is simply a legal "doing business kickback"

3 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Lumpy Re:Not need, but useful (298 comments)

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.

3 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Lumpy Re:Need? No. Useful? Yes. (298 comments)

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.

3 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Lumpy It is "far better" at some tasks. (298 comments)

It is far better for video consumption and document reading. Which is what he was claiming it would be better at.

3 days ago
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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

Lumpy Someone need to make this for cellphones. (145 comments)

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.

3 days ago
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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

Lumpy Franchise Fees are evil (77 comments)

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.

3 days ago
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Lumpy Re:Fermi's paradox is hubris (236 comments)

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.

3 days ago
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Lumpy Re:Fermi's paradox is hubris (236 comments)

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.

3 days ago
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Lumpy Re:Not really. (236 comments)

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.

3 days ago

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Steve Jackson Games to Re Release OGRE by using kickstarter.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "IT seems that many geeks late night prayers have been answered. Steve Jackson Games is going to re release O.G.R.E. as a super deluxe verswion and he is using Kickstarter as a way to get the ball rolling.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847271320/ogre-designers-edition

I for one remember a lot of time spent playing OGRE with friends at school, on the bus, etc.. IT was a dirt cheap paper game back then but was unlike anything else ever released."

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Linux and Windows H.323 Videoconferencing apps?

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "I work with businesses that have Tandberg and Polycom H.323 Videoconferencing gear every day. Many of them are medical companies or research companies here in the USA that communicate with doctors in 3rd world countries that don't have the resources we do here and have asked me if there are any free or open source H.323 video conferencing apps available for linux and Windows. I was able to find one for Mac OSX, xmeeting but It seems that the offerings for Windows and Linux are either nonexistent or hiding.

What do you use for real videoconferencing?"
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Satellite collision might cause problems in space.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lumpy writes "reading my morning RSS feeds I saw this article at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090212/ap_on_sc/satellite_collision about a Russian and American satellite collision in space that has debris that is worrying the ESA and NASA. From the Article — "Scientists are keeping a close eye on orbital debris created when two communications satellites — one American, the other Russian — smashed into each other hundreds of miles above the Earth. NASA said it will take weeks to determine the full magnitude of the unprecedented crash and whether any other satellites or even the Hubble Space Telescope are threatened. The collision, which occurred nearly 500 miles over Siberia on Tuesday, was the first high-speed impact between two intact spacecraft, NASA officials said." Is this a precursor of the fabled "cascade" that everyone has been worrying about might happen in orbit? Granted it was in higher orbit than the ISS and where the shuttle operates, but it may have a HUGE impact on communications if the debris cloud rips apart other satellites."
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Great games to put on a Free PC.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "I am giving several new Pc's to a local charity that will be giving them to needy kids this Xmas. They are not powerful, basically baseline Dells that have intel graphics and Celeron, but more than enough to do homework and other studies on. They are going out with XP on them, and a Ubuntu CD. as well as a bunch of OSS software like OO.o and the others.. But I would like to include some games for the kids. Strategy, fun, etc... Great freeware games that are fun to play. Anyone have a list of the best games that a 13-16 year old will like to play that are free and legal to give away?"
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Comcast loses lawsuit over moving analog channels

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  about 7 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "Comcast Lost their lawsuit to move analog channels to the digital tier. http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/01/lawsuit_seeks_to_block_comcast.html#preview Comcast has been trying to move channels around in Michigan claiming they need to move analog channels to the Encrypted digital channels. Their latest attempt was to move the community access channels in the detroit area. Comcast keeps claiming they NEED to do this, but in fact can simply move channels to Unencrypted QAM channels giving them the space they need while eliminating the required Comcast cable box. Almost all TV's sold in the past 5 years can receive unencrypted QAM channels over cable-tv."
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Best USB thumb drive for keychain

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lumpy writes "After having to replace my 8th USB thumbdrive I have had attached to my key chain in 2 years because of failures I was starting to wonder,What have other slashdotters found as their best choice in a USB thumb drive?

I love having one on my key chain, but 95% of these things have a port cover that gets lost in the first 10 minutes, have a really bad design for attaching to the key chain so you lose the drive completely, or are incredibly bad quality, my last designer leather on with leather cover strap comes to mind.

What do you use for your always with you most important usb thumb drive? What is the most durable that will take getting dropped in a puddle or survive living on a key chain?"
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Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Lumpy writes "Lately there has been a HUGE push by Certified Microsoft Professionals and their companies to call clients and warn them of the dangers of open source. This week I received calls from 4 different customers that they were warned that they are dangerously insecure because they run Open Source Operating systems or Software because "anyone can read the code and hack you with ease" they are being told. Other colleagues in the area also have noticed this about 3 Microsoft Partners or so they claim have been going out of their way to strike fear of OSS in companies that respond with "yes we use Open source or Linux" when the sales call comes in. I know this is simply a sales tactic by these companies that will remain nameless, but how do I fix the damage caused by these sales tactics? I have several customers that now want more than my word about the security of the systems that have worked for them flawlessly for over 5-6 years now with minimal expense outside of upgrades and patching for security. Does anyone have a good plan or sources of reliable information that can be used to inform the customer?"

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