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1) Message boards : Politics : existance of god (Message 1721506)
Posted 12 hours ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The really cool thing about what Julia Sweeny says, is that it can be backed up.
I have read much, and everyone who really does the research, ends up drawing on the same information, and comes up with the same conclusions. People have been deliberately deceived for centuries, and the evidence for it is still available. In today's world, people have been taught things, based on deliberate past lies, and now think it is true. Nothing could be further from the real truth. If we were given the ability to question, and told not to use it, then what good is it?

Steve
2) Message boards : Politics : existance of god (Message 1721465)
Posted 15 hours ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTvx_QA6gIc

This is slightly over 2 hours long, and audio only, but works well with this thread, and is quite funny and thought provoking.

Steve
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1721431)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Not really Windows related, but similarly addicting. No really. Especially for you loving your Cortana.

Last night I watched this video showing the Google logo evolving over the years. In it there's a section about what you can do with "Ok Google".

Did you know you can talk to your phone to tell it to send a text to person X your contact list and tell what's in the text? Did you know you can write emails like that? Did you know you can set an alarm easily that way? Turn off your WIFI, search on the internet, search on your phone, use any app on your phone just by saying its name.

I'm shocked. Have had this smart phone for almost 2 years and didn't know it was that smart. With a sexy voice as well.

While in the video it works quite well in foreign languages, I found it's quite easily confused in Dutch. So am using mostly English for it. Addicting. Yes, really. :)

For me the novelty wore off after a day or two on my phone. Now I have shut that stuff off to save battery power given that it is actually faster for me to do all of the functions without speaking & having to try 5-10 times to correct what it thinks I said.

In New Hampshire, there is a hands free law, which means you can't use a cell phone while driving. I have mine mounted on the dash, so my wife can get it if it rings. I also have it set to answer me even if it is locked. There are occasions where my wife and I are discussing something, and a question comes up. While I am driving, with both hands on the wheel, I ask Google, and get an answer my wife can read while I drive. This has proven to work awesomely. I never have to lift a finger, and the phone does what I want. I often use the set alarm feature when I am cooking dinner. I just tell the phone to go off at a specific duration or exact time. What a handy device!

Steve

Edit: Depending on the question I ask it, it sometimes just speaks the answer, and my wife doesn't even have to read it.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Speed of light question (Message 1721358)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Yes, but at close to light speed, the increase is limited to light speed minus your current speed.

Steve
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Speed of light question (Message 1721311)
Posted 21 hours ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Well here's a thought that may clarify or muddy up the question. If an object (say a tennis ball) were travelling very near the speed of light relative to an observer on Earth we say that it would take an infinite (or extremely large) amount of energy to accelerate it much further. However, a person traveling along with that object would be able to accelerate it quite easily with a little push.

How do you reconcile theory, observation and reality ??

The person traveling along with the tennis ball is already at the same energy level. A push would be the current energy of motion plus what was extended, meaning you wouldn't have to start from zero.

Steve
6) Message boards : Politics : existance of god (Message 1720745)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
What I like to do, is discover where each idea came from.
Once you put together all the biblical references, then the archaeological evidence to back up the biblical references, then compare it to current scientific understanding, the whole thing falls apart.

The biggest key, is the past. Learn the past in what was happening at the time. What religions were practiced, and what the economy was like, how everyday life got to be where it was. These are the real clues as to what happened. I have only studied bits of Christian roots, as even that is more than I have time for, but the roots , history, and even history prior to 10,000 years ago, religion was evolving. Go back even farther, and you will see the continents shift, the earths atmosphere change from Methane to Oxygen based, just because of trillions of microbes over a billion years.

Steve
7) Message boards : Technical News : Up and Down (Aug 31 2015) (Message 1720730)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
As I have mentioned before, long term fixes are much appreciated, even if it means short term shortages. I always crunch anything given to me, and don't care if it is MB or AP.

Steve
8) Message boards : Number crunching : high priority mode (Message 1720659)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
When a unit gets close to expiration, it goes into High Priority mode. This depends on how fast you turn over units. You can always set your buffer low, but even at maximum, you get 100 tasks for the CPU, regardless of the number of cores, and 100 per individual GPU. I would guess that your high priority units are being done with your CPU, which usually takes much longer than a GPU does. With a 10 day buffer, you still have a maximum of 100 tasks for the CPU, but it might not be able to finish them fast enough to beat the deadline. AP units usually take even longer on a CPU, so that may be a part of it also.

My CPU will completely empty itself between 2 or 3 days, with a fresh cache of 100 units. The GPU's will empty themselves in just a few hours. Often I go dry on the GPU's Tuesday during the outage.

Steve
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719956)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor


It is a new world where privacy is fast becoming a thing of the past.

Of course we don't like it, but I am not sure there is much we can do to stop it.

This is what bothers me the most.
Sure, most of us are very upset over this, and there are things we can do to minimize our web presence for now. The real problem is that every day, privacy is being eroded in one way or another from countless sources. Even where I live in central New Hampshire, cameras are going up everywhere. There are even some 20 of them throughout my work place, and I have one right over my head. They are in stores, at traffic intersections, toll booths, and just along the highways. Face recognition software is more and more wide spread. I can log into a huge number of webcams all over the state, country, and world. The gas stations I use track my debit card, and even they have cameras pointed right at me as I fill my tank with gas. Even without any computing device at all, should I somehow raise a flag, and attract attention, I could be found very easily. In many cases this has helped to find people who would do us harm, but none of us live in anonymity any more. The current generation is brought up with their data being gathered from day one, and they will never know what is it like to be unconnected. Every generation looks back to the good old days, and I fear that no longer will a child just be able to go out in the woods and play without that information being shared as a life path.

Steve
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Interesting Physics (Message 1719616)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I found another interesting article on my smart phone that I thought was worth sharing. This new phone has been the source of a remarkable amount of information. This thread can be for anything interesting in physics that may not warrant a separate thread.

http://www.nature.com/news/quantum-spookiness-passes-toughest-test-yet-1.18255

Steve
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Speed of light question (Message 1719554)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/europe/2011/09/201192421516923404.html

I don't know if this is real.

Steve

Never mind. This was from 2011, and has since been proved false.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719388)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
That is where we are heading as a society.


ABSOLUTE agreement 100%. Time to get off the grid......

I agree with you, but going off the grid, is much harder than you can imagine.
You have to give up your drivers license, credit cards, and even coming into society, because of face recognition cameras. You can't have any bills, and are forced to live totally off the land.

If we want a future of no data transferred, then the way of life we have become accustomed to is impossible.

Steve
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719381)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
As I said, we can get around the data collection for a few years, but the future (present) is much more like the book 1984, than we realize.

Steve


Watch Terminator, Genysis. The Skynet, the evil being, is doing exactly what 10 is trying to do.........
Connect everything, monitor everything, overtake and control everything.

The movie was a bit ahead of it's time. But Skynet is here, in the form of Windows 10. It is is evil incarnate. And if you do not see that, I shall survive it longer than you shall.

Once 10 is downloaded, it takes control of some things that you CANNOT recover.
10 is not an OS, it is a VIRUS.

It is Windows 10, Google, Apple, Amazon, and every other leading company.
The real problem is much bigger than Windows 10. Add the NSA, and multiply it by the 100'th power. That is where we are heading as a society.

Steve
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719378)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I am not the one to worry about.
It is the generations past me that I really worry about.

Steve
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719367)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor



To me, looks like Microsoft is very determined to have everything about you pawned for their profit and your loss.

Incredible.


IT is only what we allow it to be...
Martin

The same as Google, Amazon, and Apple.


And Google is using a customized version of Linux to do so.

That, I didn't know......

Steve
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719364)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The posts in this thread have convinced me to let sleeping dogs lay. My 7 and 8.1 boxes shall remain what they are. I can deal with 8.1 and 7 is really quite OK.

I agree. I have not found anything in Win 10 that Win 7 doesn't already do. I understand where things are going, but so far I can't see an advantage to Win 10 over Win 7.

Steve
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719363)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor



To me, looks like Microsoft is very determined to have everything about you pawned for their profit and your loss.

Incredible.


IT is only what we allow it to be...
Martin

The same as Google, Amazon, and Apple.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719358)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Sorry, the kitties have advised me not to touch it.
Too much bloat, too much intrusiveness that has to be turned off just to make it safe to use.

Kitties are usually correct in their judging of such things.

I am not going near 10.

I have advised my own father not to touch it. Not because it collects information, but because he has used a computer for over 25 years, and barely knows how to turn one on. Things will change for him, and he is 80 years old, and doesn't react well to change. As I said, we can get around the data collection for a few years, but the future (present) is much more like the book 1984, than we realize.

Steve
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719356)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I guess, my previous thoughts still apply.
Most of us are very computer savvy, and know how to do things others don't.
What concerns me the most is that we may be the last generation to
fully understand what privacy means. We can delay the information collection for a few years at best. Then what. The children of today already carry smart phones, which collect much more information than Win 10 does. Microsoft is just getting on the band wagon with every other company. It had to in order to stay profitable for the long term. There are still OS's like Linux, which will remain under user control for the foreseeable future, but what happens in 5 years, 10 tears, 50 years?

I am using Win 10, and am slowly turning on functionality, knowing full well that my smart phone collects way more than Microsoft does now. I am really concerned about the future. Of course most of us have the skills to stop the data heading out, but the masses don't. Even we can only maintain it for a limited amount of time.

I do have a positive comment about Win 10. It is an easy learning curve, and works similar to Win 7. When they switched from XP to Vista, the whole directory tree changed. That was a pain, except for the most robust user. At least for the new Win 10, that is much the same as Win 7.

Steve
20) Message boards : Number crunching : CL file build failure (Message 1718231)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The same thing happened to me, after the latest lunatics build. At first I reverted to the described driver, then as it wasn't designed for Win 10, I went through the .CL file, and changed the rest of the bool2 to bool_2, and it fixed the problem. I can now use newer drivers designed for Win 10.

Steve


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