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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #79 (Message 1648678)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
till
2) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Losing hope... (Message 1648676)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Targeted data gives much better odds, but even those are very small. The only thing that is for certain, is that if we don't search, our chances are zero.

If we are looking at target A, when the data from target B passes by, we also miss it. Obviously we can't build enough Greenbank or Arecibo dishes to cover the entire sky 24/7. We depend on ET having a METI project sending data in our direction for several years so we will happen to look in the right direction at the right time.

IIRC Eric has said he thinks there is an about 1% chance on any given year of finding a signal. Don't make the mistake of saying, if we look for 100 years, we will have found a signal. Even after 1000 years of searching the chance for year 1001 is still just 1%.

Personally I think that 1% estimate may be high by an order of magnitude. But it is still worth looking. This despite us finding planets nearly everywhere we look. The term in the Drake equation I more worry about is the length the civilization stays able to message. Right now we face global warming, if ET is at all like us, he will have had to deal with this.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1648400)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Ventura county California, AGAIN!
http://abc7.com/news/amtrak-train-hits-vehicle-stuck-on-tracks-in-camarillo/540076/
CAMARILLO, Calif. (KABC) --
An Amtrak train with 85 people on board hit a vehicle that was stuck on the tracks near Pleasant Valley Road and Fifth Street in Camarillo Sunday, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said. No injuries were reported.

Deputies say the two occupants of the vehicle exited the car before it was hit by the train at about 8 p.m., just a few miles away from the site of last week's derailment.

The vehicle ended up in a ditch following the collision. The passengers on board the train are currently being assessed by emergency personnel.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link Discussion Thread III (Message 1648355)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
it should be spelled obscura
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Tracking Laptop through Seti (Message 1648354)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
If it contacts the SETI servers after it is stolen, it will get an IP address from the location it is in. This IP address can be tracked down to a specific location, and further tools can match the MAC address of the physical adapter to the IP address used.

If the above indeed happens, I strongly suggest contacting Dr. Eric Korpela. He will be able to provide any technical information to the authorities to help you attempt to recover your laptop.

Provided the laptop is connected wired.

The problem, is crook is in an apartment house and uses several different neighbors unsecured wi-fi signals. Even though the cops have an address, they still don't know which door to knock on. A court will not issue a warrant. There were a couple of very bad busts that happened when they went after who they thought was downloading kiddie porno based on the IP only to find innocent people at the registered address and an unsecured wi-fi. They will no longer go on such goose chases. But if the computer uses the same IP for a week or two running, then it establishes reasonable cause to think it is on a wired connection and they might convince a judge.

Now if it was national security, you might be able to get the ISP to backdoor the router to see if the wi-fi is password protected, but not for a stolen laptop. And then they might even take a drive over and use a signal sniffer to find it. This is a lot of manpower hours on tight budgets for most departments.
6) Message boards : Politics : Net Neutrality Part Deux (Message 1648329)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Didn't take long for the lawyers .....
Heard a new commercial for an internet provider that has a condition: the ISP reserves the right to throttle bandwidth.
7) Message boards : Politics : Absolute Power (Message 1648220)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
He was probably cheating on her, so I expect he deserved it, that sort of attitude. But imagine a massive row in a restaurant where the woman totally loses it and starts attacking the man with a knife causing injuries. Fearing for his life he lays her out with a punch to protect himself. Guess who will go down for GBH?

What jurisdiction? Because it does make a difference.
8) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #2 (Message 1647841)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
You're the one being childish. When something rotten is pointed out to you within a service that you served in, you ignore it & continuously defend the rest.

No one is saying all cops are bad, but the ones that are cause issues for those who are not.

So, should we ignore the bad all because people such as yourself state that the majority are good?

It is the blue code that no officer ever will do his duty and report a bad cop, but hey, they are union workers, and no union worker ever reports another union worker. Just the number one problem with the police.
9) Message boards : Politics : Net Neutrality Part Deux (Message 1647835)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Poor Clyde, operating under a delusion that this is some sort of new power being given. The power already exists. The proposal just changes who the regulator of the power is.

Depending on where you are located last week, the power to control was vested in your landlord, homeowners association, neighborhood council, city government, county government, and/or state government, under their general controls of property easements. Also part of the control was vested in a private company.

Now all of what you say about political parties fully applies to any and all of the above entities as well. Think long and hard about that. While you are considering that, think back to when Ma Bell was Ma Bell and was your only choice.

So Clyde, which money and power grubbing entity do you want in control?
10) Message boards : Politics : Open Message to Russia (Message 1647627)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
He probally orderd the hit.

There's doubt??

Might have been one of his capo's that ordered it looking to advance ....
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (95) Server Problems? (Message 1647625)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Friday Night, way past quitting time, and someone is using the link rather heavy. Might be getting new data from off campus, or maybe moving a database back in place from a location where it was fixed. Or in the worse case, loading some backup material needed to fix a blowout in the database.

Anyway, good work and it is appreciated. Even if we don't know exactly what is going on right now.
12) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1647580)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
A real elephant in the room that is not being discussed is the release of artic methane, now thats a dandy of a green house gas.

Yes it has. Methane, CH4, is about 20 times more aggresive than CO2 to the atmosphere. When the globe are getting warmer more CH4 will be released.
Not only in Sibiria's permafrost but also the oceans that contains a LOT of CH4.
Once there was a super vulcano in Russia that heated the oceans in such a degree that it caused a mass extinction about 250 million years ago.

I've seen peer reviewed articles with numbers for CH4 from around 15 to over 100 times CO2. Is all of climate science that accurate?
13) Message boards : Politics : Net Neutrality Part Deux (Message 1647578)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
But! But?!

Can't stir the pot if he answers - only if he asks!
14) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #2 (Message 1647574)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
There can be 779,999 apples in a barrel, it only takes one rotten one to destroy the rest.

Technically it isn't the rotten apple, but the bacteria causing the rot, the rotten just allows the bacteria to multiply.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Images of the fruit of the labor of my hobby (Message 1647570)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Nice stuff Bob. I think my model building friend Tony would approve. Nearly every flat surface in his home has a model on it.

That's him amongst some of his models. Of course he found a way to get paid to build them. http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/martial-arts-39325881/
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy (Message 1647392)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
R.I.P.
17) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1647342)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Millions of eyeballs ..... yeah right .....
http://www.wired.com/2015/02/sabotage-encryption-software-get-caught/
A bad random number generator, for instance, would be easy to place in software without many individuals’ involvement, and if it were discovered, could be played off as a genuine coding error rather than a purposeful backdoor. As an example of this, the researchers point to an implementation of Debian SSL in 2006 in which two lines of code were commented out, removing a large source of the “entropy” needed to create sufficiently random numbers for the system’s encryption. The researchers acknowledge that crypto sabotage was almost certainly unintentional, the result of a programmer trying to avoid a warning message from a security tool. But the flaw nonetheless required the involvement of only one coder, went undiscovered for two years, and allowed a full break of Debian’s SSL encryption for anyone aware of the bug.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Say E.T. lands, does SETI go on? (Message 1647328)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
If there is one, there are more .......
19) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #2 (Message 1647127)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Me thinks I posted the trvth and the residents are upset.

Every cop has to think every person he approaches is guilty until proven innocent. If he doesn't one time, just one time, the cop will make a widow. The code is "officer safety" and it trumps all laws and covers all cop shootings. It is a very ugly concept, but the police unions fought very very very hard to make every court in the land swallow the bilge and they won.

As to habius corpus, well, that happens in courts, not on the street. In this case it happened eventually.

Now to scare you good, think bit rot on a government registration database.
20) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1647119)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
If you based two questions of the facts I placed before you, and they were asked to a random selection of over a thousand people in the US or Europe how many could answer both correctly?

Depends, if the question were: Is the sky blue and Does the sun set in the west, you might get over 50% to give a correct answer, but if the questions were does MMR vaccine cause autism and what is the spin of a Fermion, I doubt you would find many correct answers.

It is the issue with democracy vs. representative government and why layers of bureaucrats are required.

Must everything be only as smart as the dumbest person?


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