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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1605648)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Il caffe' espresso si chiamera' ISSpresso. IL cappuccino e' piu' difficile in orbita. La macchina del caffe' e' stata progettata a Torino. Non nomino chi l'ha finanziata per non fare pubblicita', ma e' una grossa ditta italiana.
Tullio
2) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1605289)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile tullioProject donor


We have decided to base our time system on two levels. For general use we take one revolution of our planet and call it a day, then sub-divide it into smaller portions. For scientific applications we use periods of radiation which is more accurate. On the planet Zog they may base their durations on the average speed of a Yobba ray and sub divide it into yingtongs.

The one slight variation on all the above is the MS Access Database which was designed to handle dates by assuming a beginning on 1st January 1900. Each "point in time" as you term it since then, has a value in the number of days from that initial date, making it a simple mathematical task to calculate time durations.

For me, one revolution is one year. One rotation is one day.
Tullio
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Russia tests 'satellite catcher' (Message 1604928)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I have watched Neil Armstrong putting his feet on the Moon. I was working for Mondadori Publishing House and the director of Epoca magazine asked me to translate the dialogue between Tranquility base and Houston. I translated 27 typewritten pages in 24 hours, dictating to three secretaries who alternated at the typewriter. I was rewarded with a cheque which allowed me to pay one third of a 128 Fiat car, my first car. So I am still emotionally linked to the Moon landing. But I could not translate Mandarin in Italian.
Tullio
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Russia tests 'satellite catcher' (Message 1604872)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Yes, but the need experience and both Russia and America have paid it with the blood of their astronauts. I hope that China can avoid their mistakes, but the Jade Rubber fate makes me pessimist. Space is not a forgiving endeavor, like mountain climbing. One small mistake and you are dead.
Tullio
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Russia tests 'satellite catcher' (Message 1604863)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
So far China has only put a Jade Rabbit on the Moon, which lasted 24 hours. Opportunity has been roving Mars for ten years and American astronauts have ridden jeeps on the Moon. Hic Rhodus hic salta. We Europe have landed on a comet.
Tullio
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1604819)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Samantha fara' il caffe' espresso e il cappuccino per tutto l'equipaggio della Stazione Spaziale, che ora e' di sei persone.
Tullio
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1604613)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
E[ partita da Baikonur la Missione 42 diretta alla Stazione Spaziale Internazionale. L'equipaggio comprende il russo Anton Shkaplerov, l'americano Terry Virts e l'italiana Samantha Cristoforetti. Brava Samantha!
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Einstein@Home Locks PC (Message 1604513)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I am running Einstein@Qhome and Albert@home on two Linux boxes without problems, no GPU. On a Windows 8.1 PC with a Radeon 8470 graphic board I am running both CPU and GPU tasks, also without problems.
Tullio
9) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1604105)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
There is a new BOINC project, CMS-OpenData which makes use of some CERN data but I was unable to start it. First of all, it must require a 64-bit Virtual Box and then i get a Python error in the demoanalyzer_cfg,py file, which is hidden in a subdirectory of /mnt/.rw, so it is not easy to get there with a File Explorer.
Tullio
10) Message boards : Technical News : What's happening... (Nov 8, 2014) (Message 1603949)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I was using 6.10.58 on all my projects, but vLHC@home warned me I would not get any task until I switched to 7.xx.yy. So now I am using 7.2.41 and 7.4.27.
Tullio
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1603120)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
The article submitted to Physical Review Letters has more than a thousand authors. Maybe I should in the list because the program PYTHIA used to discover the particles runs also on my computers in the vLHC@home project.
Tullio
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 (Message 1603116)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
On my Windows 8.1 PC I downloaded two upgrades today. One was a security upgrade and was installed without any problem. The second was an optional upgrade of more than 900 MB and I downloaded it. No problem so far on my Virtual Box programs running on it, ATLAS@home and vLHC@home. BOINC is 7.4.27.
Tullio
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Rosetta Mission (Message 1602499)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
They say organic molecules were found on the comet. Details are missing, but maybe Hoyle and Narlikar were not far from truth when they said that life came from the comets.
tullio
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Rosetta Mission (Message 1602177)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I believe the Rosetta mass is too small compared to that of the comet. I don't remember the figures but the mass ratio comet nucleus/Rosetta is very high.
Tullio
15) Message boards : Technical News : What's happening... (Nov 8, 2014) (Message 1601782)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Following satellites in orbit and chasing Near Earth Objects with its radar capabilities.
Tullio
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Rosetta Mission (Message 1601715)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Roberto Battiston, head of Italian Space Agency, posted this on his blog at Le Scienze Magazine (Italian edition of Scientific American:

Amalia Finzi, the “mother” of the driller of Philae calls me from Darmstadt. Excited and moved she tells me that the cometary drill of Italian brand has just completed the sequence foreseen for the survey of the comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The head of the driller, after coming out from the structure of Philae on a support arm has lowered the long drilling head by 470 mm and it has then taken it back.

Hopefully after having drilled the ground and having uploaded cometary material to the distribution system serving the various sensors, including a small oven to heat and evaporate some of them for a better analysis.

Hopefully, because the data come slowly, drop by drop. They still can not understand the outcome of operations carried out by the italian driller. However we will soon understand if the driller has reached the ground.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1601469)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
La Liguria e' ancora devastata dai torrenti che scendono dai monti ed esondano dal loro letto costretto da argini che spesso crollano. Anche il Po fa paura.
Tullio
18) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Rosetta Mission (Message 1600580)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
BBC is still talking about billions of km/miles. They are millions.
Tullio
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Rosetta Mission (Message 1600542)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Rosetta is at 511 millions (not billions) km from the Earth. Time delay is 28 min 30" for any signal up and down.
Tullio
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts V (Message 1600238)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
It rains cat and dogs here in Northern Italy. Flooding and mudslides everywhere.
Tullio


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