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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1613280)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Tina ha gia' vinto uno slalom, una libera e un gigante (ieri) ed e' arrivata seconda in due gare, compresa quella di oggi. Sta accumulando punti per la Coppa del Mondo.
Tullio
22) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1613232)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
CERN has launched a Grand Challenge competition for processing LHC data. It is not necessary to have a BOINC account, also Google, Facebook and Twitter accounts can participate. See lhcathome2.cern.ch.
Tullio
23) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Dark matter/Dark Energy (Message 1613230)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
In a recent ESA meeting in Ferrara the scientists managing the Planck satellite observatory said that the excess of high energy positrons in space is not due to the annihilation of dark matter, as it was proposed. When I find a link I shall post it.
Tullio
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1613219)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Sto guardando lo slalom femminile di Are, in Svezia. Bella neve, solo un po' di nebbia. Io tifo per Tina Maze, che e' slovena e quindi mia vicina di casa (io sono triestino).
Tullio
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Now We Can Help Fight Ebola! (Message 1613161)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Journalists are ignorant and you confirm this.
Tullio
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1612771)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Per chi vuole sentire Federico Faggin in una conferenza all'Universita' di Padova, ecco una prima parte:
Faggin
Tullio
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Now We Can Help Fight Ebola! (Message 1612340)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I've read the Associate Press article on the Ebola project by World Community Grid (see the BOINC home page). BOINC is not even mentioned.
Tullio
28) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the potential of our moon being overlooked? (Message 1610849)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I've read that some Australian scientists have reached a 46% efficiency in photovoltaics. That is a good news.
Tullio
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1610801)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Ieri sera ho visto Daniel Barenboim dirigere Fidelio di Beethoven alla Scala, intercalando con le gare di sci in Canada e America. Brave Lindsey Vonn, Tina Maze, Lara Gut e Anna Fenninger, come bravo Ted Ligety che ha vinto lo slalom gigante di Vail con una mano ingessata dopo un incidente in allenamento. Beati loro che hanno la neve, qui in Italia non c'e'.
Tullio
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Now We Can Help Fight Ebola! (Message 1610469)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor

That was your interviewer and not IBM. They have constructed one of the largest if not the largest computers for research and they pay for World Community Grid. IBM is many divisions and they are for the most part independent of each other. An example would be the people who developed the IBM PC didn't talk to the mainframe or mini computer division. If they had, the IBM PC would have been much different and much bigger. They do this in order to reduce the risk of committing to a failed product. Having a second product available should a line not work out is one of the reasons IBM is still around today.

Yes, and they are using Linux on their supercomputers. On a second occasion, in 1985, after I had worked on UNIX computers designed by Scott McNealy, the former SUN boss, the interviewer said: UNIX? That is for students, not for us!
Tullio
31) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the potential of our moon being overlooked? (Message 1610353)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Opinions can differ. When I see a photo of Mars surface sent from Opportunity or Curiosity I agree with Carl Sagan, who wrote "Mars is a place like Arizona or New Mexico". The surface of the Moon looks like an alien place.
Tullio
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Now We Can Help Fight Ebola! (Message 1609898)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I have sent money to dr.Gino Strada, the founder of the Emergency team who is now in Sierra Leone fighting Ebola. One of his doctors has fallen ill and is now in Italy in a critical conditions. But I refuse to have anything to do with IBM because when I was searching for a position with them, the interviewer asked me what interested me in IBM. I told him that I was interested in scientific computing, I have a degree in theoretical physics. We don't do any scientific computing, was his answer, and I was not hired. Later I worked with Honeywell Bull at Trieste Area Science Park as head of the Unix Bull Laboratory.
Tullio
33) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the potential of our moon being overlooked? (Message 1609894)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
As I said, I would start by building a Space Station in Moon orbit. From this expeditions could be sent to search for water ice. If there is no water ice on the Moon, no base is possible. To build a space station in Moon orbit could take from ten to 20 years, depending on funding. All its part should be put first in Earth orbit, then transferred to the Moon orbit. The cost of such an enterprise? No guess is possible. If the Chinese or Japanese want to do this, let them try.
China ha put on the Moon only a Jade Rabbit, which lasted 24 hours.
Tullio
34) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the potential of our moon being overlooked? (Message 1609874)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I was simply formulating some ideas about the problems in building a lunar base. Nobody has taken care to consider what I wrote, because it is not easy to give an answer. How do you propose to build a base on the Moon?
Tullio
35) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the potential of our moon being overlooked? (Message 1609814)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
If I remember well since a long time has passed and I am older, the Apollo Command Module orbited the Moon with the third astronaut (Walter Cunningham?) and only Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin descended to the Moon in the Lunar Module. Then they climbed back again to the Command Module and came back. So a Lunar Base would probably need a Space Station orbiting the Moon before attempting to build a Lunar Base. But just think of the problem of getting a nuclear reactor on the Moon to provide electricity, then finding some water or ice to get oxygen and hydrogen by electrolysis. It is easier said than done.
Tullio
36) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the potential of our moon being overlooked? (Message 1609774)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
A mission to Mars would take two years. Now astronauts on the ISS stay six months and come back. It would take at least another six month to study the effects of long time weightless on the human body. Shorter missions to the Moon would not be sufficient, there is gravity on the Moon.
Tullio
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1609537)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Oggi leggevo sui giornali italiani della cupola mafiosa scoperta a Roma dai magistrati. Sul New York Times ho letto un articolo su come i Romani vivono bene e se ne infischiano della politica. Forse i film di Fellini come La Dolce Vita e Otto e mezzo sono gli unici a mettere in evidenza questa contraddizione. Nel 1956 il settimanale L'Espresso pubblico' un articolo intitolato "Capitale corrotta, nazione infetta". Non e' cambiato niente da allora. Forse il solo che puo' cambiare le cose a Roma e' il Papa, i governanti italiani non ne sono capaci.
Tullio
38) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA Orion test flight Thursday (Message 1609464)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
The European science ministers in Luxembourg have authorized the development of the Ariane 6 launcher, which is mainly French, and Vega-C which a a France-Italy venture. Only Germany has no launcher project of its own.
Tullio
39) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1608897)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
A link to an article on Internatinal Science Grid This Week:
LHC@home
40) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1608652)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
CERN has launched another project based on distributed volunteer computing, called T4T_WebAPI. It is not a BOINC project, but you must have Virtual Box installed on your Windows, Linux or Mac OS X PC in order to run it. I am running it on a Windows 8.1 PC with 16 GB RAM, but it needs a minimum of 256 MB RAM. Of course the bigger your RAM is the better. See lhcathome2.cern.ch
Tullio


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