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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1763416)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Yes I am keeping tabs on her, don't worry. The usual family issues continue, and her own escapades have abated for a while. She's been without the internet since last wednesday. The engineer was due to call today.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1763412)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Ive posted in this thread more than Ive ever told my wife or my kids or my parents. Is that good or bad?

I don't think that it is one or the other, but I can see pluses and minuses. It is good that you feel able to talk about it, even if not face to face with people, and if it has helped you then that is a plus. However if your family were to know that, they might get upset that you couldn't talk to them first.

Luckily for us nobody in our family has been unfortunate enough to suffer from that, although I do know somebody that has it. I think it is quite wrong to say that people with PTSD are despised, that is certainly not the case in the UK, although it might be elsewhere. Most people who have it don't talk about it, mainly because they find it difficult to do so with people that haven't had the same experiences.
3) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Scientific American: If There Are Aliens Out There, Where Are They? (Message 1762886)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Perhaps the point here is that at present Seti is not trying to communicate with ET. What we are doing is to see if they are communicating with us. The other point is how do we communicate back if we detect a signal. Laser, radar, radio?

When I visited the seti lab in 2011, the Livermore lab was just down the hill. Impressive place, and all on the same campus, but of course different projects.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1762871)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Did anyone anywhere ever find out what happened to Beethoven owner of the Beets thread. He was active when I got perma banned because he tried to offer me a pardon if I blew the gaff. Unfortunately there wasn't a gaff to blow! One of the old characters that we could do with back here to break up the current tedium.
5) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Scientific American: If There Are Aliens Out There, Where Are They? (Message 1762858)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Arecibo and Green Bank are radiotelescopes, they cannot get laser beams

Thank you for pointing that out, my mistake. In which case I think we can rule out sending or receiving laser signals for the foreseeable future then.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Edgar Mitchell, astronaut who walked on moon, dies at 85 (Message 1762857)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Of the 12 men that walked on the moon, only 7 are left and they are all in their 80's. In a few years time they will all be gone, and as the USA flatly refuses to go back that will be left to the Chinese and other nations. What a sad end to Kennedy's proud speech in 1961.

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Pancakes (Message 1762853)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Because Maple syrup costs a fortune over here.

Yup which is why most people use this stuff



Yes I know it's not as nice, but it is acceptable. This the real McCoy Canadian syrup

As for crepe that means paper to me, which is a pretty good approximation of the the French Suzette. But that's like their Nouvelle cuisine, 5 star fuss over a 2 star affair, tastefully arranged, dribbled over with something they found at the back of a cupboard, and charge you 3 times what it is worth.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Hawkwind (Message 1762848)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
the good bergers of Glasgow

I take it you mean Burghers :-)) The other bergers are at McDonalds in Sauchiehall Street and they are definitely not good!

Hawkwind were never really in the mix for me their only big hit was "Silver Machine", which became a number three UK hit single in 1972. Since then they have changed their name many times, Hawkwind Zoo, Sonic Assassins, Hawklords, Psychedelic Warriors, Agents Of Chaos, Group X, Hawkwind Light Orchestra, The Elves of Silbury Hill. And there is only one original member left, Dave Brock.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Edgar Mitchell, astronaut who walked on moon, dies at 85 (Message 1762835)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
DeForest Kelly played the Doctor McCoy, James Doohan played Scotty.

A portion of his ashes, ΒΌ ounce (7 grams), were scheduled the following fall for a memorial flight to space with 100 others, including Project Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper. Launch on the SpaceLoft XL rocket was delayed to April 28, 2007, when the rocket briefly entered outer space in a four-minute suborbital flight before parachuting to earth, as planned, with the ashes still inside. The ashes were subsequently launched on a Falcon 1 rocket, on August 3, 2008, into what was intended to be a low Earth orbit; however, the rocket failed two minutes after launch. The rest of Doohan's ashes were scattered over Puget Sound in Washington. On May 22, 2012, a small urn containing some of Doohan's remains in ash form was flown into space aboard the Falcon 9 rocket as part of COTS Demo Flight 2.
10) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Scientific American: If There Are Aliens Out There, Where Are They? (Message 1762815)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Yes they are good questions William. But you need to remember that Seti does not have it's own dish. It piggybacks upon other dishes that let them share their data. That data comes from wherever the dish is pointing at time, and the tpe of data they collect is determined by the owners of the dish. Seti has no say in what they get. That is how I understand it.

What seti does do is to analyse that data to look for stuff that they think might be an intelligent signal. If we could go to Arecibo and Greenbank and say, hey please point your dish here and specifically look for laser signals that would be great. But it won't happen.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Its breaking my Heart but I may have to bow out of SETI@Home .. (Message 1762796)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
If u dont sell the systems complete, sell the mainboard socket 775 seperately. Here in germany (Amazon) there are high valued.

It also depends which chipset they have as well, some are only i845 for pentium 4's. For Quads and above you want i965 and above.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Its breaking my Heart but I may have to bow out of SETI@Home .. (Message 1762794)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Glad to hear that the card arrived safely. But as you will have seen it is a full length card, which requires two MB slots, and two power connectors, so you will want a full size tower case, and a 500-550W PSU. I used to get 5000 RAC out of it on Win 7 and a P4 chip.
13) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Scientific American: If There Are Aliens Out There, Where Are They? (Message 1762792)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
A laser with only a millisecond output has been used to measure the earth-moon distance.

The ongoing Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment measures the distance between the Earth and the Moon using laser ranging. Lasers on Earth are aimed at retroreflectors planted on the Moon during the Apollo program (11, 14, and 15), and the time for the reflected light to return is determined. The first successful tests were carried out in 1962 when a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology succeeded in observing laser pulses reflected from moon's surface using a laser with a millisecond pulse length.

But even at that power, the beam at the moon is very mush dissipated.

At the Moon's surface, the beam is about 6.5 kilometers wide and scientists liken the task of aiming the beam to using a rifle to hit a moving dime 3 kilometers away. The reflected light is too weak to be seen with the human eye: out of 1017 photons aimed at the reflector, only one will be received back on Earth every few seconds, even under good conditions.

A laser with a billionth of a second output would be pretty useless to send a message to another star light years away wouldn't it? And that is what we are discussing here. Practical message methods not once off extreme laboratory experiments.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1762787)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
He's bald on top and not too bright...

I'm sure he is a very nice chap, but as they say, grass never grows on a busy street :-))
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1762566)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Eat my heart out??? Being half French and ginger as well is nothing to brag about, it's a curse :-)))
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1762438)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Playing truant?? never, surely ....
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Its breaking my Heart but I may have to bow out of SETI@Home .. (Message 1762423)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
But i know about a rule in UK , that no private person have to sell
electronics ? Is that right ? Then sorry...

I don't understand what you mean. Everybody buys and sells on Ebay, new and second hand, whereas Amazon is usually for companies only.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Its breaking my Heart but I may have to bow out of SETI@Home .. (Message 1762422)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
I doubt it will fit through a standard letterbox, so you will have to be in or collect it, or it could be left with a neighbour. It was sent second class on Tuesday so probably tomorrow or early next week.
19) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Scientific American: If There Are Aliens Out There, Where Are They? (Message 1762421)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
We can command billion joule lasers

Are you sure???

Extreme lasers
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1762402)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
And then 50 kids come in from break time .....


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