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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (102) Server Problems? (Message 1784475)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
Thanks Bernie.

The BOINC Pentathlon 2016 has now been rescheduled to start one month later, i.e. on 05 June 2016
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (102) Server Problems? (Message 1784462)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
Aha! The culprit :-)
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (102) Server Problems? (Message 1784448)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
The server www.seti-germany.de keeps putting up messages that it wants a login and a password. Anyone else getting these messages?
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A little bit of the kittyman's mind. (Message 1779663)
Posted 16 Apr 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
This two Ronnies sketch from a series they made is one of my favourites .....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcMd1F1acSo
5) Message boards : News : Crowdfunding to support our undergrads (Message 1779354)
Posted 15 Apr 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
Hi Steve,

Many thanks for your message, and I can confirm that I tried again today and it went through fine this time. It was thought that there may have been an early glitch in some of the donation buttons coding. If there was, it's now fixed it seems :-)

Cheers!
6) Message boards : News : Breakthrough Listen data now flowing. (Message 1778651)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
Brilliant news eagerly awaited for. Thanks for the heads up Eric.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1770364)
Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
BTW, on that map I mentioned, there is a track I can't identify at all. It runs absolutely straight from Hanover Park west-southwest until it crosses into Kane County, then curves northwest and north into Elgin. I am not aware of any railroads running there.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milwaukee_District_/_West_Line ???
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Now back to "The Live Performance Thread!" (Message 1768577)
Posted 29 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
And personally autographed as well I hope, could become a collectors item :-))
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1768575)
Posted 29 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
High time the British police were called to account over Animal welfare.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-35635935
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Now back to "The Live Performance Thread!" (Message 1768572)
Posted 29 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
I've just bought one on-line from my friend Julie :-)
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1768057)
Posted 27 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
Bastards, hope the money gets them.

Goose shot
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 19/10/2015 (Message 1768051)
Posted 27 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
He says in unison with himself in dual response and synchronous concurrence.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : This house that Seti built................ (Message 1768033)
Posted 27 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
No, please please we are just volunteers that have a few extra buttons that allows us to try and keep the SETI@home forums a pleasant place to be.

I do not, and never have seen myself as "management" that in my mind would be Fred.

The word "management" can be taken how you wish. In strict terms it means to direct, control, preside over, lead, govern, rule, command, superintend, supervise, oversee, administer, organize, conduct, handle, modify etc.

From the top down, Dr David Anderson is the Director of BOINC, under that umbrella we have Seti@home as a project. The Director of Seti@home is Dr Eric Korpela. Eric delegates the running of the forums to Fred, who is the Moderators Team leader. He in turn delegates the day to day running of the forums to his Moderators. They maybe as you say volunteers, but they have certain delegated powers as in 6 hour cool offs and fortnights bans. Further action is referred up the tree.

Used to be known as a "Line & Staff" management system. Therefore Moderators are part of the management by default, albeit at a junior level. Taking a Dickens "ever so humble" tack is a bit odd.

I have been accused of being a lying, cheating left wing, bastard who only got made a moderator to harass a certain person, I won't even mention some of the language. I have also been "ordered" to un-hide a post "or else".

That again is unacceptable in my view. As you cannot name names here, I hope that you have told the team, Fred, and Eric, who the person(s) were.

But we digress again don't we :-))
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : This house that Seti built................ (Message 1768015)
Posted 27 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
What some of us get in a PM could be called incitement to riot too. Heh heh :-) Next time I get addressed as Sambo there, I won't sink to the level it came from.

That to me, and I would suggest everybody else here, is totally unacceptable.

I am sorry to hear you had such a nasty pm. Unfortunately we cannot control what is sent via pm and strongly suggest that you use the blocking feature should anyone send you anything like that again.

That is correct. The Moderators have no control over the PM system, and I believe quite rightly. PM's are just that PRIVATE messages. However if the system is being abused it should be reported.

Any comment like that made on the public boards would, certainly in my opinion, result in an immediate ban.

Of course it would, and quite rightly as well. In this case I honestly think that the sender would deserve being named and shamed on the boards, but as they can't be, the recipient should at least report the sender to the Moderators.

This thread started out with I believe good intentions, and an initial positive response from the management, which was welcome. But it seems to have drifted somewhat from what I believe was the original intention by the OP.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The last person to post here wins 252: Workin on the rail road thread (Message 1767741)
Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
Confucius he say

Far better stuffing bacon on toast than with egg on face
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats Part II (Message 1767733)
Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
Falling asleep for the last time in their favourite spot, wherever that is, should not be too much to ask. I would like to see everyone in the profession able and willing to provide such a service if requested.

Very few vets in the UK will provide that service. Personally I would not want a loved pet euthanised at home, that would only treble the emotions. To see that empty chair where they died would screw me up for ever more, much better up at the surgery. Of course only a personal opinion.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : This house that Seti built................ (Message 1767730)
Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
I 100% agree with Mark, and James and I will add my 4C worth.

The Seti boards have degenerated into nothing more than a social networking competitor to Facebook, and a magnet for the worlds waifs and strays, and the intellectually challenged. The majority of posters having no interest whatsoever in the Seti science which underpins it all. The truth is that the word has gone round that Seti is a soft touch.

*Fed up with Facebook or Twitter, hey come to Seti, just as good to keep in touch with your mates, free PM system, and only means an hour or so a month to crunch for something you're not interested in.

*You want to bang your extreme (usually left wing) political drum, go to Politics where you can do so anonymously.

*If you're one can short of a six pack and your day centre has closed, go to Seti, they'll welcome you.

Even the science threads have deteriorated, the one place where idiots and politics tended not to appear, not any more. But we are not allowed to question the Moderation policy on the open forums, we have to contact the Moderation team by email seti_moderators@ssl.berkeley.edu

But these posts are not challenging the Moderation policy, not at all, they are simply reporting and agreeing what the current situation is. But they will be hidden in very short time, you just see. Probably because it could start a flame war by the usual culprits, which in itself will only justify what is being said in the first place.

A perennial vicious circle, which causes good people to walk away. A lose/lose situation.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1767656)
Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
Ciggarette cards (trading cards in USA)
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1767516)
Posted 25 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
Firstly there was no intention to knock other countries, and you were missing the point. Scotsman is not just a UK icon it is the most famous locomotive in the world. Not my opinion, fact. Here is a poll carried out across four continents by Yougov commissioned by the NRM. People were asked to name five trains or engines they had heard of. Poll

Th engines you referred to are indeed worthy of a mention. The Norfolk and Western Railway's J class No.611 is to most people the iconic American steam train from their passenger hauling heyday. And of course the UP 4014 4-8-8-4 Big Boy is simply one of the biggest locomotives in the world, Surprising it didn't figure in the poll as so many people have heard of it.

But, and this is a big but. The poll presumably asked the general public at random, which is why we got entries like Thomas the tank engine. If they had asked train buffs, they would have got a very different set of results. But I still maintain that the no.1 spot would be retained by Scotsman.

Also UPP 4014 "Big Boy" will in my mind eclipse any steam engine, when it is hopefully restored.

Quite an odd thing to say, and of course just your opinion, and of course just your perception.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1767482)
Posted 25 Feb 2016 by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
The RSPCA replied and the finance stays on the Table. I donate every year as a member of the Hunt Saboteurs.

Thank you for your letter,

There has been understandable public outcry on what has been a particularly tragic incident this week and we have been in contact throughout the day with North Wales Police.

We very much welcome the police referring this incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as the appropriate body for such matters.

We understand the Force is undertaking an internal review into how such incidents are dealt with and look forward to engaging with this work.

Thank you for contacting us.

Kind regards

RSPCA Team


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