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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Khaleesi, Mother of Raccoons! (Message 1684128)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile SciManStev
Thank you, friends, for the kind birthday wishes. (Eric is a Game of Thrones fan.)

Eric and I had a nice day yesterday celebrating my birthday. We strolled in Filoli Gardens, enjoyed a lovely exhibit of botanical art and then went out for a delicious pasta dinner in Half Moon Bay.

I am glad you both had a very good day. Rose and I are also fans of Game of Thrones, and you had the new episode yesterday, on your birthday!

Best wishes from Steve & Rose.

2) Message boards : Number crunching : If I am going to start crunching with my car, it has a radiator. (Message 1680869)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile SciManStev

This could be really cool!

3) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1662286)
Posted 7 Apr 2015 by Profile SciManStev

Steve: I am in your court, but some small concerns. How many of us know the ancient languages besides, perhaps, Latin? If we don't, it is hard to verify for ourselves the claims in the scholarship of others on this matter. Also, though I'm sure it would only hold out small hope, but what about some other accounts that did not survive or have survived but have not been found yet?

Jim: so, either Jesus (Christ) existed, dying around approximately 26 or 33 A.D., or he didn't. If Steve's summary is correct, nonetheless, a story begun to be spread sometime between approximately 46 and 63 A.D. Your point just indicates a story (true or not) had at least approximately 60 years to spread and gain some believers. Thus, Christians existed. That still doesn't answer whether their beliefs were correct or not.

I agree learning ancient Greek, and Aramaic is beyond what most of us are willing to do, myself included. What is interesting, is that for those who do delve into the ancient writings, they are finding the same evidence, or lack there of. So there is correlation among the serious researchers. What is clear is that the story grew and grew over the years, and was changed for political and accidental reasons. People made it up as they went, to tell a bigger and bigger tail. Now, for the most part, it has been so ingrained in society, that more often than not, it is just accepted and not questioned.

A friend at work, says his religion uses the most ancient texts as a basis, but then I point out that the ancient texts are really mostly plagiarized versions of even more ancient texts. For example, Noah and the flood was the story of Gilgamesh. Almost word for word, some of the Jesus sayings were copies of sayings thousands of years earlier. The virgin birth was a common addition. Anything was used that could make the whole thing more appealing was used. Several times people would meet, evaluate what scriptures existed, and keep some, and discard others as heresy. I still see people who think every word in the bible is true, even when one verse says one thing, and another verse says the opposite.

The more I continue to learn, the more correlation I am finding. This certainly helps to verify the information I am finding.

4) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1662117)
Posted 6 Apr 2015 by Profile SciManStev
There is so much factual information available now, it is hard to see how all the misconceptions continue to exist. The information concerns the actual timeline of religious events, the time first reported, and the fact or fiction of each event.

Once you strip out the BS, there really isn't anything left. With actual evidence, the roots of Christianity have been pulled up. There are two main ways to question Christianity. First the content itself, which is clearly wrong, and contradictory to itself, then the construction of the whole idea, which is also heavily flawed. When you strip away all the BS, you have nothing. This is where science flourishes. It self corrects. Being wrong is no problem, and saying "I don't know", is also not a problem.


Edit: Passing on BS from generation to generation is a problem, and can be stopped within one generation.
5) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1662111)
Posted 6 Apr 2015 by Profile SciManStev
This one?

I just bought one also.

6) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1661980)
Posted 6 Apr 2015 by Profile SciManStev
There was a man called Jesus, who was crucified for his beliefs about 2000 years ago. We know that to be true from enough contemporary accounts that have survived from the time. Some people believe that he was the son of god, but there is no proof that he was the son of any god, and no proof that he wasn't, it is up to each person to believe what they want, call it faith if you like.

From the boob no No Meek Messiah: Christianity's Lies, Laws and Legacy, some very strong information was provided.
At the time of Jesus, there were 129 authors, that wrote about everything pertinent to the time and place. There was another Jesus like character that was widely traveled, and did a lot of good. He was fully documented. Nazareth was nothing but a camp site, until 50 years after Jesus. None of the 129 writers, who are listed in the book, wrote a single thing about Jesus. The very first writings about Jesus were 20 years later, by Peter. Mary and Joseph were not mentioned at all for 150 years. The virgin birth was a copy of several other religious beliefs. Many of the things Jesus was to have said were, except for 2 or 3 words, exact copies of sayings taken from ancient Egyptian mythology. The time lines don't match up with historical facts about Pilot, and others.

By looking at the evidence, it seems to be that Jesus was just invented out of the rubble of previous and current to the time period religions, as a central point. People gave him more powers through the centuries. At first he wasn't the son of God. That came much later. For many years, the regular person wasn't allowed to read the scriptures, because they were so full of holes and contradictions that a child could see through it. The religious leaders had to maintain their power, and even used scientist to build devices for particular churches that would make the people believe that particular church was magical, and a direct link to whatever they wanted.

The whole story, and the existence of Jesus as the root of Christianity, seems to be a cobbled together identity, just like a boy band, or someone in a witness protection program, except they actually exist.

This is easily verifiable, by looking at the time period when a new detail first emerged. The book is heavily footnoted and referenced, providing the actual documents. The ancient Egyptian texts also verify the saying Jesus supposedly made thousands of years later, as being plagiarized.

This does not prove Jesus did not exist, but it certainly points in that direction. You would have thought that at least one of the 129 writers of the time would have written at least one sentence. Even in the Dead Sea Scrolls, there is not a single mention of Jesus, and some of them were dated 100 years after the time of Jesus.

7) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1658399)
Posted 28 Mar 2015 by Profile SciManStev
I kind of like the no-theism perspective.


Religion is factually wrong. As a result, religion lives on ignorance of facts. The reason people are giving up on mythology is the Internet, and the access to information it represents. When religion can exist in a bubble, the lies it pushes cannot be challenged.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : SSD and Bionic??? (Message 1657256)
Posted 26 Mar 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Basically, I have 650 Gig filled on a 1 TB drive as the main drive. I have 4 other 1 TB internal drives for files and games, and another 4 TB for external drives for my Wildlife Outdoor Webcam. I also have a 5 TB external detached backup drive, for making me ransom-ware proof.

9) Message boards : Number crunching : SSD and Bionic??? (Message 1657241)
Posted 26 Mar 2015 by Profile SciManStev
I just recently bought and installed a 1 TB Samsung 850 PRO, and I went from 20-25 minute boot up times to a complete restart in less than 3 minutes. I wish they had included the 850 in their tests, but this drive has a 10 year warranty. Now that I have made the jump to SSD, I will never go back!

This thing is fantastic!


You had a 20-25 minute boot up time? What the heck is your machine doing at start up. Loading the matrix? And I mean the actual matrix not the movie or game. :P

Is the 850 the replacement product for the 840 or just a higher end series? In either case I would hope for the same or better out of it vs the 840.

The 850 is an upgrade from the 840. It took top marks in the research I did.

I have a full developers installation of LabVIEW with hundreds of device drivers, along with many, many other programs. Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, and of course hundreds of naked dancing girls! That is what caused the long boot up times. Now, once the desktop appears, I am at full usage in just a few seconds.

10) Message boards : Number crunching : SSD and Bionic??? (Message 1657205)
Posted 26 Mar 2015 by Profile SciManStev
I just recently bought and installed a 1 TB Samsung 850 PRO, and I went from 20-25 minute boot up times to a complete restart in less than 3 minutes. I wish they had included the 850 in their tests, but this drive has a 10 year warranty. Now that I have made the jump to SSD, I will never go back!

This thing is fantastic!

11) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Losing hope... (Message 1653702)
Posted 16 Mar 2015 by Profile SciManStev
I too am sure there are other intelligent civilizations in our galaxy. But I'm not sure they want to contact us. Based on the behavior of the more advanced civilizations here on earth toward other less advanced peoples I think we are nowhere near ready to meet our neighbors.

+1 Look at all the religion based wars going on, just awful:(

As many as 400 million people have been killed with just Christianity over the last 2000 years. I have no idea about the other religions.

12) Message boards : Technical News : Results (Mar 11 2015) (Message 1651880)
Posted 11 Mar 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Matt, these updates from you and/or the staff go light years with us crunchers.
Thank you!

13) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Losing hope... (Message 1648669)
Posted 3 Mar 2015 by Profile SciManStev
This is a search that may well take thousands of years, or a few hours, if it is ever successful. We are a part of that search. Finding a needle in a haystack is simple. Finding evidence of ET is a true challenge.

Odds will increase when Green Bank data is analyzed, as the source is targeted planetary systems. The data from Arecibo is what other scientists have collected with their own experiments, and we just piggyback that data. We are limited to about 100 light years for multibeam data, and about 50,000 light years for Astropulse, but either way, with only some adjustment, we are tied to a stripe of data as the earth rotates, both on its axis, and around the sun. If a signal comes a few seconds before or after Arecibo can detect it, then we would miss it completely.

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.

14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Images of the fruit of the labor of my hobby (Message 1648198)
Posted 1 Mar 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Very cool!
The quality of the builds is exceptional!
I used to build models, but it has been many years since my last attempt.

15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : LEONARD NIMOY HOSPITALIZED FOR SEVERE CHEST PAINS (Message 1646132)
Posted 24 Feb 2015 by Profile SciManStev
I bought a three dimensional chess set years ago. There is technically no such thing as three dimensional chess, but I had the set, and created rules such that if a move was legal in the dimensions being moved, then it was OK. It took me 5 days to play an intelligent game with those standards. It took a great deal of thought, and I did lose a game or two.

Spock has always been my idle, approaching each task with total logic.

I wish Leonard well.


Religion is not logical. :D
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : A question for the scientist. (Message 1644542)
Posted 20 Feb 2015 by Profile SciManStev
The fusion into heavier elements, occurs as a result of the blast wave, and not in the core. Iron is the final step in core fusion, and it formation signals the death of the star.

17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts VI (Message 1643072)
Posted 16 Feb 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Tomorrows meeting will be held in the igloo.

I have to show this comment tomorrow at work, and I bet they laugh as much as I did. I am over 6' tall, and that picture was taken at my eye level.

18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts VI (Message 1643063)
Posted 16 Feb 2015 by Profile SciManStev
What is snow?
Well this is the courtyard where I work. It is totally surrounded by building.

19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts VI (Message 1642953)
Posted 16 Feb 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Its expected to go to below -10F. tonight. And irs still windy. We had maybe a foot of snow last night but hars to say as the wind was blowing so hard. Im sick of shovelling snow. I have a good 3 feet of just standing snow in my yard. Where I have to shovel Its getting almost over my head.


20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts VI (Message 1639429)
Posted 9 Feb 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Snow, more snow, and still lots more snow!


Still? We are getting into Spring here @7°C.

I have seen it snow here as late as May 18'th.
We are a long way from Spring.


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