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1) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Where are all the aliens? (Message 1698118)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile SciManStev
I would think that an intelligent being could be any of many forms, but with, or without the advantage of being able to manipulate their environment. We have hands, octopi have arms and suction cups. On the other hand, dolphins have sonar. Dolphins and whales are quite intelligent, but are adapted for their environment. With the advantage of hands, humans were able to adapt themselves to various environments. I am not sure we could ever classify what an intelligent being would look like, without actually seeing one or more. There may be countless possibilities that could evolve, depending on unique environmental conditions.

2) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Where are all the aliens? (Message 1695523)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile SciManStev
I think that it is fair to say that in the near future we can put this "We have been visited "stuff to rest. If we haven't already; we will soon have searched for truly Earth-like planets around all stars out to 100 light years as well as promising moons. If there are in fact any "Habitable" planets that we find we can then concentrate our SETI efforts on these ones.

We will probably not find other venues at these distances with all of the necessary conditions for intelligent life to form. If we do; we won't detect any transmissions or other signs of life if they are not intentionally sending out a focused "we are here" message. if they are then we would have heard them by now.

Speculating that multi-decade trips have been undertaken from these distances and beyond just doesn't make good sense.

To support the notion that life will spontaneously arise in a fertile environment then we desperately need to confirm life on Mars. Either microbial or plant life--perhaps now long extinct.

I completely agree with this. I would add that there is also great interest in Europa due the the probability of a "below the surface" liquid water ocean.

It would not be unreasonable to speculate that microbial or more advanced life could be living in those ocean(s).

3) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1695155)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile SciManStev

4) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 16 year club (Message 1693865)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile SciManStev
I made it! 16 Years today!

5) Message boards : Politics : Thermite. (Message 1689328)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile SciManStev

6) Message boards : Politics : Thermite. (Message 1689252)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile SciManStev
In actuality, building 7 was just physics. Each deck that collapsed added weight, and inertia to the moving system, and the support beams couldn't handle it.

7) Message boards : Politics : Thermite. (Message 1689250)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile SciManStev

Seems like it takes an awful lot, in a small area to just melt a car. Any Thermite paint would have had to been applied at the construction, and be almost a foot think.

8) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1687823)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile SciManStev
For, me, I know the future doesn't go backwards. I am also looking forward to that holographic headset, if they get it perfected. I realize that it works now, but the field of view is very small. I am mentally ready to move forward, both with Windows 10, and new hardware. This old CPU 950, and GTX 480's system is ready for a massive upgrade. I have always wanted the most powerful computer I could build, even long before there ever was a Seti@home. Some people like fast cars, fast motorcycles, and fast women, but I like fast computers.....

Well, fast women aren't to bad either.

9) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1687818)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile SciManStev
After reading these posts, I think I know what I am going to do. I had intended to build a new version of my computer, Piggy. I am saving money for it on one of my credit cards. Intel will be coming out with a new CPU in 2016, which looks very good. I know I am going to make that build with Windows 10. Since I installed my Samsung 850 PRO 1 TB SSD a few months ago, I didn't install everything I wanted, because I knew Windows 10 was coming out.

Since I am not ready financially yet to rebuild Piggy, and the new CPU is still slated for next year, I will go ahead and give the free Windows 10 a spin on my current system. I will just buy the $150 version to be ready for when the new CPU is ready. It is an 8 core extreme version, and I intend to push it very hard. After I finish the build, which will be a new CPU, new motherboard, and new RAM with my existing 1 TB SSD with a clean install of Windows 10, I will spend the time tweaking it for maximum potential. Then, I will look into upgrading my old GTX 480 GPU's. I will water cool the new GPU's also, and start maxing them out.

This way, the freeby Win 10 is nice, and I get experience with it before diving into a new build.

10) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1686785)
Posted 2 Jun 2015 by Profile SciManStev
That is the very reason I will just buy a copy. I would hate to reinstall Win 7, just to reload Win 10. I still don't know if it will end up being a service or not.

11) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1686777)
Posted 1 Jun 2015 by Profile SciManStev
I am looking forward to Windows 10, except for one thing. I will lose control of updates, which can force reboots at a bad time. As I am a software engineer, I create tests that can take over a week to complete. An unscheduled reboot could cost a week of testing.

12) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1686652)
Posted 1 Jun 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Here is what it will cost if you just buy a copy.

13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Khaleesi, Mother of Raccoons! (Message 1684128)
Posted 25 May 2015 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.

14) Message boards : Number crunching : If I am going to start crunching with my car, it has a radiator. (Message 1680869)
Posted 18 May 2015 by Profile SciManStev

This could be really cool!

15) 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.

16) 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.
17) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1662111)
Posted 6 Apr 2015 by Profile SciManStev
This one?

I just bought one also.

18) 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.

19) 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.
20) 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.


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