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Message 1368433 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 13:07:35 UTC

I have had a pm from someone calling themselves Pinkpanther that joined in 2010, has no credit, no RAC, and no computers, and no team. They are asking techy qiuestions that I cannot answer, I'm pretty sure it is a wind up, so I'll call their bluff and post the contents here.

I have a question for you since you are a volunteer tester at Seti@home.

As you may know, Seti@home is trying to find out whether we are alone or not
in the Milky Way by trying to detect an intelligent signal coming from someone else, meaning another intelligent civilization.

Which means a radio signal which is thought of as being intelligent in nature.

A so-called narrowband signal may be assumed to be a possible transmission.

The detection of such narrowband signals is the purpose of the Seti@home client.

The strongest known narrowband signal - the WOW signal - was detected as an analog signal because of the Technology which was being used more than 35 years ago.

If you look at the picture at http://www.setileague.org/photos/homehits/homehit.jpg, you may see the possible detection of such a narrowband signal. This signal possibly was detected because of a possible spike score With a given peak of 860.94, but nothing else.

Here is my question for you: If such a narrowband signal is detected by means of current digital analysis of it, the signal as a Whole may possibly not be a gaussian as such, but perhaps still consisting of such gaussians.

A spike, a pulse and a triplet may not be considered intelligent on its own.

But what about a gaussian and its corresponding score?

Is a gaussian with a score of 4.91 with a fit of 1.25 better than a gaussian With a score of 5.37 With a fit of 1.37?

Or vice versa - is a gaussian with a score of 5.37 With a fit of 1.37 better than a gaussian score With a fit of 1.37?

I did not mention the power for the gaussian in either of these two examples.

Thanks for your answer!

Please yourself if you can be bothered to answer.

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Message 1368464 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 15:11:57 UTC - in response to Message 1368433.
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I have had a second message :-)

Thanks Chris!

By the way, I meant to say 1.25 rather than 1.37 for fit in the third last line.

Can you post a follow up on that line?

It should read as follows:

Or vice versa - is a gaussian with a score of 5.37 with a fit of 1.37 better than a gaussian score of 4.91 with a fit of 1.25?


Still confused!

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OK folks, a good pal of mine has just told me who Pinkpanther really is. It is another account, and one of many, for someone well known to us. Apparently he is famous for sending these sort of pm's to people. It was the first time that he has targetted me, so I wasn't quite sure how best to deal with it. As far as I am concerned I will have no further input on this, it is up to others whether you want to address the issues that have been raised. or just close the thread.

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Message 1368474 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 15:55:49 UTC
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sounds like a yet another Fjernhode message. I think I'll ignore the rubbish and you can put that and many other of his personas on ignore so he cant send any more crap to you
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Message 1368568 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 18:48:32 UTC

Noted. Thanks :-)

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Message 1368587 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 19:21:45 UTC
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I would recommend reading up on Gaussian fits,and how to fit a heat sink without it falling off.
A little bit of knowledge on the WOW signal, disc partitions,and how to get an RAC above 700 with two 680s in your computer, wouldn't go amiss either,in case he changes his name and asks you another question. ;)

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Message 1368596 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 19:27:49 UTC

Hi John, Can I pass on that one?

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Message 1368597 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 19:29:31 UTC - in response to Message 1368596.

Ok !!! :)

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Message 1368601 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 19:31:44 UTC - in response to Message 1368474.

sounds like a yet another Fjernhode message. I think I'll ignore the rubbish and you can put that and many other of his personas on ignore so he cant send any more crap to you


LOL. The gaussian obsession is a bit of a give-away . :P

Chris: the ignore function is your friend. :)

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Message 1368622 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 20:08:42 UTC

Hiyah Kenzie, it most certainly is ;-)

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