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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What is a "Volunteer tester", the various ribbons with percentages, a Star, and sny other decoration? (Message 1764215)
Posted 14 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
(In my case, though, it does mean I haven't lately.)

(Update: that has now been remedied.)

Well done David, good man. The minimum donation is still just $10 (€8.8, £6.90).

You can give less, just not directly through the donations page. Flatr and Goodsearch give micro amounts, both on the project front page.

I didn't even read that into it (although I didn't try to donate less and may have missed it). The only thing I saw was that you have to have donated $10 within the last year to have a star. I read that as, you can donate $1/month and keep your star as long as you do. Or even 84c/month. Their credit card processing system might barf on that, though.

The automated system for the green star uses the credit card processing and that indeed has a bottom limit of $10/per donation. There are/were other methods of giving where the green star was added by hand and I don't know if $10 was a minimum via those methods or not. However I was pointing out that you can donate less than $10 at a time, if you don't have that much or don't have access to a credit card that is accepted by UC Berkeley. Also if you are a US resident the donation is tax deductible, and may be deductible in some other countries, check with your tax man.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V7 (Message 1764212)
Posted 14 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I admit the answer walks a tight thin line. Even a misguided one. It would best be in religion this device. Think Catholics and some of their way odd ideas.

I see your point about religion but it could be very useful over in politics.

Hilary perhaps should have used one on William.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What is a "Volunteer tester", the various ribbons with percentages, a Star, and sny other decoration? (Message 1764180)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
(In my case, though, it does mean I haven't lately.)

(Update: that has now been remedied.)

Well done David, good man. The minimum donation is still just $10 (€8.8, £6.90).

You can give less, just not directly through the donations page. Flatr and Goodsearch give micro amounts, both on the project front page.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : LIGO detected gravitational waves at last! (Message 1764179)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
The experimental waveforms coincided almost exactly with the numerical simulations made using Einstein's field equations. This means that the equations are still valid at a great distance and not only locally. This is a very important part of this discovery.
Tullio

Yes it is. Perhaps that means that the laws of physics were fixed at T=0. Not necessarily the constants we observe today, but the laws.
5) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Will SETI ever make it public if ET signals are detected (Message 1764178)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
However the southern Hemisphere is without a receiver. (for Seti@home)

For now.

Actually there is the Parkes Radio Telescope which has recently discovered swarm of hundreds of nearby galaxies behind the center of the Milky Way and also the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory which will become part of the ASKAP Radio Telescope.

Cheers.

(for Seti@home)
6) Message boards : News : New video: BSRC intern Kevin Luong (Message 1763991)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
feature request:

When you get a ntpckr going, can you also get it to toss out a few stats for general consumption? Thinking along the lines of average number of observing seconds per pixel. Average number of observations per pixel. Also the maximum observed pixel. The minimum observed pixel with >0 observations. The number of pixels with 0 observations. As we get data from different sources perhaps a sensitivity of search number(s) as well to go along with these.

Just some numbers so we have some idea of how much actual searching has been done and how much still needs to be done until we have some level of confidence that there isn't another radio capable civilization broadcasting a homing beacon within X parsecs of earth.
7) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Will SETI ever make it public if ET signals are detected (Message 1763981)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Thinking that analyzing the radio frequencies for intelligence signal has proved that there is no evidence for life elsewhere is absurd.


I would agree with this statement. I also don't hold to that position; I do not believe that analyzing radio signals has proved there is no evidence for life elsewhere.

I'm more curious about how many observing seconds the average pixel of sky has been observed. I don't think the number is very big at all. For one the present data source doesn't scan the entire sky so a large part is zero. Greenbank can reach more places, but at a lower sensitivity. However the southern Hemisphere is without a receiver. (for Seti@home)
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1763968)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Be on the lookout for some California stuff headed for repairs.

http://patch.com/california/northridge/packed-amtrak-train-crashes-empty-car-chatsworth
Packed Amtrak Train Crashes into Empty Car in Chatsworth
An Amtrak train collided with an unoccupied car on the tracks near the Amtrak/Metrolink station in Chatsworth this afternoon, but no injuries were reported.

Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said 116 passengers were aboard the northbound train 777, which was traveling from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo at the time of the 3:48 p.m. collision in the 9200 block of De Soto Avenue.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V7 (Message 1763919)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
me thinks it's cruel

me thinks the answer may violate the posting rules
10) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #3 (Message 1763911)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Hard to run a clean department when the man at the top is a crook!
http://abc7.com/news/former-lasd-sheriff-lee-baca-will-plead-guilty-attorney-says/1194963/
LOS ANGELES (KABC) --
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty to a single count of making false statement in connection with a federal investigation into county jails, his attorney said Wednesday.

The FBI launched an investigation into civil rights abuses and corruption inside the Los Angeles County jails in 2010.

In September 2015, Baca wasn't granted immunity in an upcoming corruption trial of his former LASD Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

Prosecutors allege that Tanaka oversaw a secret plan in 2011 to hide inmate-turned FBI informant Anthony Brown from FBI handlers. Brown was booked and re-booked under a series of false names, moved to multiple locations and eventually told by sheriff's officials that the FBI abandoned him.

Seven former LASD deputies, sergeants and lieutenants were convicted in 2014 for their roles in the operations.

Baca hired his own criminal defense attorney should he be called to the stand in Tanaka's trial, which is scheduled for March 22.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V7 (Message 1763865)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Ian's favorite guess?
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V7 (Message 1763579)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Perhaps someone will get it all aligned again.
13) Message boards : Politics : George Bush and the National Guard (Message 1763445)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Are the Democrats still so unwilling to own their own mistakes that they are still trying to blame everything bad that happens on Bush??? The Democrats desperately need a new game plan. Their 'Blame Bush' playbook is a little... stale.

EBIB Everything Bad Is Bush
14) Message boards : Politics : California High Speed Rail (Message 1763353)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Now a court challenge
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/07/plagued-by-delays-california-high-speed-rail-heads-back-to-court.html?intcmp=hplnws#
Plagued by delays, California high-speed rail heads back to court
...
n the second phase of a court challenge filed in 2011, attorneys for a group of Central Valley farmers will argue in Sacramento County Superior Court on Thursday that the state can't keep the promises it made to voters in 2008 about the travel times and system cost. Voters authorized selling $9.9 billion in bonds for a project that was supposed to cost $40 billion.
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Other terms of that initiative also will be before Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny this week. A group of landowners in the Central Valley filed suit over the project, arguing that compromises made to cut the price mean the train won't be able to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two hours and 40 minutes as voters were told. Critics argue trains cannot traverse the steep Tehachapi Mountains in Southern California at the necessary 220mph.
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Kenny previously ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, agreeing the state had failed to meet the mandates that it identify funding for the first useable segment before starting construction and have all the needed environmental clearances in hand. But an appeals court reversed the ruling, saying the lawsuit was premature.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2015-2016 Season (Message 1763343)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Pretty piss poor performance by the offense.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2015-2016 Season (Message 1763325)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Lady GaGa's got a set of pipes........!

Yes, too bad she doesn't have enough vocal range for that song.
17) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #3 (Message 1763186)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/07/texas-newspaper-plans-to-publish-names-addresses-police-officers.html?intcmp=hpbt3
A Texas newspaper announced its plans Saturday to publish the names and addresses of every San Antonio police officer following a deadly officer-involved shooting last week.
18) Message boards : Politics : M E T Two (Message 1763139)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I'm aware of the death penalty for apostasy.
How do they do tracking down their apostates?

Likely as all authoritarian states do, offer rewards (extra virgins? slaves?) to turn people in. Of course if you inform on your fellow witches and repent ...

And how does Daesh do at tracking down its deserters?

If they stay inside their area, see above.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Live Performance Thread! (Message 1763136)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
OT
karaoke because I know it would be really bad!

karaoke = croakeee (usually)
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2015-2016 Season (Message 1763135)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Los Angeles Rams, never thought I'd see those words together again..
Georgia Frontiere


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