Posts by Gary Charpentier

21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V9 (Message 1857508)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Where's the brass?
22) Message boards : Politics : Goad (Message 1857478)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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after the vote ...

@potus @therealdonaldtrump Failure to repeal #obamacare #deplorable
23) Message boards : Politics : 44 GOING TO JAIL All dA Shadows Knows (Message 1857473)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Yap, your description of them is apt. And being what they are they only got one miracle not two, so missing the boat was ordained.
24) Message boards : Politics : Russia in the 21C (Message 1857442)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Whiskey on the rocks.
25) Message boards : Politics : Alternative Reality Health Care a/k/a tRump Care (Message 1857440)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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It is 50. When you reach that age. There will be a letter, in your mailbox, from AARP.

BTW: Worse than that (AARP saying you are 'old'). Wait until you are 65. You will receive your Medicare Card from The Federal Government. Officially confirming you are... Old :(
No it is much worse. At 64+ you have to call the federal government and request they send you that card on your next birthday. If you don't there all all manner of nasty consequences!
26) Message boards : Politics : ... 46 ... (Message 1857430)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Rump sure has a mandate
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/14/470394134/gaming-association-boasts-more-ncaa-brackets-than-votes-for-next-president
27) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1857427)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Follow on from my last,

Republicans, with the VP, discuss healthcare.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39375228

Besides male, do you notice anything else missing?
28) Message boards : Politics : Atheism is not a religion (Message 1857345)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Don't even know I'm alive, so why invoke some E.T.?
Has to do with computer science and computer simulators. To the conscious running on the simulator it is impossible to know if it is being simulated or real.
Who else but E.T. Can't be human now can it?
You insist on imbuing it with life; There is no rational reason to do so. Nor is there any reason to think of it as a machine either, because if it is a machine you force it to be subject to the time arrow and to cause a simulator it would have had to exist before time zero and what caused it? The only logically consistent answer is the universe caused itself. Not a warm and fuzzy answer.
29) Message boards : Politics : Alternative Reality Health Care a/k/a tRump Care (Message 1857342)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I see the AARP is urging its members to call their congress people and demand a no vote. Something about a $6,000+ increase on health care costs if you are over 50.


I've never understood what AARP is and how it helps, plus I thought a person had to be official retirement age to be a member.
Age 50

I'm 48, and retired in the sense I am a 24/7 in-home caregiver for my mother. I didn't get any break on insurance with an Obama administration, and I don't expect any through Trump, either.
Under Rump I don't expect insurance will be available at any price.

It does look like a few republican congressman have come to their senses and realize a yes vote is a vote to join the ranks of the unemployed.
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thor is the Designer Cafe! (Message 1857340)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Thor arranged for the unannounced inspection today.
"All areas are in compliance at this time."

Happy Thorsday.
31) Message boards : Politics : Atheism is not a religion (Message 1857283)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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So you believe that the Earth is an experiment on E.T's computer simulator?
Don't even know I'm alive, so why invoke some E.T.?

I think therefore I am, is the wrong conclusion. I think therefore there is thinking, is the correct conclusion. I can't know anything else. I can derive the laws of mathematics and logic, but it ends there. All sensory input can be fake.

It may not be that many more years and physics will have a GUT. I expect that GUT will imply the universe is self caused ending the need for a first mover. That's when things get interesting.

In any case atheism is not theism. Theism is religion. Atheism is not religion.
32) Message boards : Politics : Atheism is not a religion (Message 1857271)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Fact or belief?

1: You're born 2: You live for x time 3: You die

Belief. And mathematically proved as belief.

Has to do with computer science and computer simulators. To the conscious running on the simulator it is impossible to know if it is being simulated or real.
33) Message boards : Politics : RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA....................45....................RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA (Message 1857270)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I see that Fox News "experts" are at it again, claiming that London was shut down.

Of course they are. Such "expert news" is aimed directly at the average IQ of their audience.
34) Message boards : Politics : Nasty SCREECHIN' Nasty Sign Wavin' Nasty Weepin'WHACKO CRYBABY COMMIE CLOWNS Protesting All Over dA Vrold Keep It Up CRYBABIEs You Are DESTROYING YourSelves GREAT Yap (Message 1857229)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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This guy isn't on trial. He is being investigated, but no charges have been filed except contempt of court.



Uhh... Contempt of court is not really a 'charge'.

Contempt of court is behavior that opposes or defies the authority, justice, and dignity of the court.


Failure to comply with a Judge's order is the very definition of 'contempt of court' (defy the authority of the judge).

It can be a charge and require a trial. In those cases, rare, it would be treated as a felony.
http://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-charges/criminal-contempt-of-court.html
35) Message boards : Politics : RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA....................45....................RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA (Message 1857226)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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The smoke is getting hot and thick.
36) Message boards : Politics : Atheism is not a religion (Message 1857214)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Everyone has a belief system, but a belief system isn't necessarily religion by definition. Stating you have no religious belief system, while accepting that you do have a belief system, doesn't automatically correlate to having a religion.

And I am using the definition of religion here exclusively:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religion

Definition of religion
1
a :  the state of a religious a nun in her 20th year of religion
b (1) :  the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) :  commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
2
a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
3
archaic :  scrupulous conformity :  conscientiousness
4
:  a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith


It takes mental gymnastics to try to fit atheism into that. There is no institutionalized system of beliefs or practices for atheism. Each atheist has their own individual set of beliefs, and even many share a set of beliefs, but that's not institutionalized by any means.


You appear to be referring to meaning #2. "A personal set OR institutionalized system...".

'Institutional' is not a requirement.

Atheism is just as much a religion as say, for instance, Roman Catholicism.

I think I much prefer https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/religion
1. The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

Sometimes one needs to go to sources that don't change as winds blow and keep original meanings.
37) Message boards : Politics : Nasty SCREECHIN' Nasty Sign Wavin' Nasty Weepin'WHACKO CRYBABY COMMIE CLOWNS Protesting All Over dA Vrold Keep It Up CRYBABIEs You Are DESTROYING YourSelves GREAT Yap (Message 1857211)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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But I do not think it's OK to force the manufacturer to open the safe. Manufacturer's shouldn't be in the business of undermining the security of their own products, whether by breaking open by brute force or by holding secret skeleton keys that open all.
And we agree that is an unconstitutional taking of the value of the brand of lock, which is what SCOTUS needs to rule.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V9 (Message 1857164)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I bet it recycles!
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thor is the Designer Cafe! (Message 1857160)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Hush, Thor draws near. His mighty flashes illuminate the sky about 20 miles North West of us now.

The preparations for Thorsday went well and we are ready to receive him.

All Hail Thor and his design.
40) Message boards : Politics : Nasty SCREECHIN' Nasty Sign Wavin' Nasty Weepin'WHACKO CRYBABY COMMIE CLOWNS Protesting All Over dA Vrold Keep It Up CRYBABIEs You Are DESTROYING YourSelves GREAT Yap (Message 1857158)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
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The question is, can they make you give up the combination to a safe that the government has in its possession? Or must the government pay a safe cracker to open it? But the reality is much more like the Apple case than most of you are willing to admit. This guy made the safe -- the password -- and they are asking him in his capacity as the manufacturer of the safe to open it, exactly like asking Apple to crack open the iPhone was. The only difference and the court may not see it as a difference is the safe belongs to the manufacturer, not a 3rd party.


Actually, there's a key difference between this and the infamous iPhone case: Apple wasn't the defendant in that iPhone case, therefore compelling Apple to provide a backdoor key for that single case would set a very bad precedent that software developers would be A) required to build in backdoor keys, B) hand them over to the government when requested, and C) cause reputable harm in the eyes of the public for said company. In that case, the defendants were two shooters who killed 14 people and the government wanted to force Apple to unlock the encrypted iPhone. Since Apple wasn't on trial, Apple shouldn't have been compelled to unlock it.
Actually the two shooters weren't the defendant either. Apple was the defendant, and not because the shooters were dead, but the phone was owned by a different government agency who was very willing to have it unlocked, in essence the phone itself would have been the defendant, but it waved by its owner being willing. Yes, things can be defendants see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Thirty-seven_Photographs

This guy is on trial and is not the manufacturer of the encryption software (or the safe as you put it). He is only holder of the key ("password"). They want him to unlock it. So far, they are not asking Apple to unlock it.
This guy isn't on trial. He is being investigated, but no charges have been filed except contempt of court.

As to manufacturer, who do you ask to open the safe? The locksmith who set the combination? The manufacturer who thinks it is impossible to open without the combination?

I will agree, though, that this is still a very slippery slope and I would like to see SCOTUS rule in the matter to get clear direction. (Though, if it is a conservative court like it's shaping up to be, conservatives embrace a police state and will side with law enforcement every time, so I'm not sure it will be a fair hearing even if it is made to look like one.)
Yes SCOTUS needs to rule and with this kind of case there is tremendous political pressure to rule for a police state. Very much like being forced to give up your social media passwords when you cross the international border.


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