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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts VI (Message 1636773)
Posted 2 Feb 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Here it is 5°F (-15°C) with 7-14 mph winds, and it is still snowing. We have close to two feet on the ground, after last weeks blizzard of over two feet.



Steve
22) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : UFO's are Canadian, here is the proof... (Message 1635747)
Posted 31 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Now this is what I am waiting for.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/billrobinson/techfuture-hold-on-paul-m_b_5092345.html

Steve
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts VI (Message 1634052)
Posted 28 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
We survived the blizzard just fine. Due to the high winds, it is difficult to know exactly how much snow fell, but it is safe to say we got at least 2 feet, and we had no power outages.

The blizzard of 1978 was much worse.

Steve
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts VI (Message 1633521)
Posted 27 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Here is a plow truck going by. It is snowing very hard, but at least it is light and fluffy. The wind is whipping it everywhere, so it will be difficult to gauge how much has fallen.



Steve
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts VI (Message 1633360)
Posted 27 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
I will try to post a "Before", "During", and "After" photo from my webcam.

Here is the before.



Steve
26) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Is this alien communication? Mystery cosmic burst captured LIVE (Message 1633319)
Posted 27 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Article says neutron star and at 5.5 billion light yrs that was a long time ago when the universe was much smaller and before our own solar system was form'd


I know what the article stated. The last burst was 3/14.

‎Natural phenomenon, most likely.

Agreed.

Steve
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Amazon Prime (Message 1633316)
Posted 27 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
I would never suggest that our taxes are theft, only that the tax code is much more complicated that it needs to be.

Steve
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Amazon Prime (Message 1633300)
Posted 27 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
It just amazes me that the USA has these ridiculous rules about taxes and out of state taxes. In the UK we have one single tax. It used to be called Purchase tax, but they renamed it to VAT, Value Added Tax. That was just an excuse of course to bring more items into the tax bracket. When you are a Chancellor you have to raise money somehow, and by the back door if necessary.

We pay one tax where ever and whatever we buy, that in itself is hard enough to oversee, why you guys make it twice as difficult with Use Tax and Sales Tax seems just silly. You are not a UNITED States of America, you never have been, You are a disparate collection of individual Fiefdoms, each with it's own laws. We had that in the 13-14C in Feudal England with Lords of the Manor and Tithes.

If you put the US tax code in paper form it would be a stack of papers 10 feet high, printed on both sides. Yes it is a bit ridiculous.

Steve
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Amazon Prime (Message 1632541)
Posted 25 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Yes, but they gouge you when it comes to other taxes. Let me just mention one.. Property taxes

That is an understatement!

We have no sales tax, and no income tax, but we have whopping property tax!

Steve
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Amazon Prime (Message 1632289)
Posted 24 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
As far as I know, ALL states have required sales taxes to be paid on out of state purchases. Wisconsin always has.
I have always just 'paid tribute' by sending them a hundred bucks or so on my income tax return for what I bought online.
I do not keep records, so it was always estimated. But I try to be an honest man, so I send the bit to the man.

As a citizen of New Hampshire, I pay no sales tax for online purchases. I only pay a sales tax if I travel out of state to purchase in person.

Steve
31) Message boards : Number crunching : Win 10 will be a FREE Upgrade to Win 7 & 8 Users!!! (Message 1631661)
Posted 23 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
This thread has finally got my attention enough to start acquiring parts for a new computer build. The heart of it will be the latest Intel Extreme CPU, on an ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard with a clean install of Windows 10 on a Samsung 850 Pro, 1TB SSD. It will take me a while to gather (pay for) the parts, so when Windows 10 is actually released, I should be close.

Steve
32) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Laser treated metal repels water (Message 1631455)
Posted 23 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/22/us/feat-metal-repels-water-rochester/index.html

This is the strangest thing I have seen in a long time!

Steve
33) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1630611)
Posted 21 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Personality: ISTJ
Variant: Assertive
Role: Sentinel

You are one of the Sentinels - a reliable and dedicated individual who respects traditions and prizes responsibility. You are known for your directness, attention to detail and quiet dedication. Above you will find a brief overview of your personality traits - proceed to the type overview to learn much more about your personality type. Prepare to be impressed.


That is how I scored.

Steve
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Solar Electric Power (Photovoltaic Panels) (Message 1627245)
Posted 14 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
I have planned a wind/solar system for several years now. With what I spend in electricity each month, $375-$475, a system would pay for itself in about 8 years. That includes solar panels, two 3000 watt mag-lev wind turbines, a huge bank of batteries, a charge converter, and a power inverter, all of the appropriate wattage.

When I am fully converted, I can get rid of my oil heat, and propane water heater. The trick is to make the system handle everything. I get power outages here in the North East US, so not only would I be independent of power outages, but my monthly bill would be zero, or a surplus sold back to the utility company.

As I grow older, this is a win-win situation.

Steve

Vic, I hope you can achieve this, as it is a really good thing.
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Amazon Prime (Message 1626770)
Posted 12 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
I seldom use the music or video either, but the free two day shipping is fantastic. It way more than pays for itself, but as you pointed out, you have to know you are going to be billed every year.

Steve
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Amazon Prime (Message 1626763)
Posted 12 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
The first item I bought with Prime, was a 75 pound exercise bike. It came in two days, free shipping. That one item made the entire year of Prime worth it. Now, we order 70-100 items a year, including books, computer parts, and just about everything you can think of, and it gets here in two days.

If they doubled the cost to $200 a year, I would not hesitate to renew it.

Amazon is a store where I can find anything I need without leaving the house. I totally love it, and that doesn't even count the music and videos I have access to.

Steve
37) Message boards : Politics : Atheists New ten Commandments (Message 1626287)
Posted 11 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
It's the lack of checks and balances that worries me.

Steve
38) Message boards : Politics : Atheists New ten Commandments (Message 1626220)
Posted 10 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
Every baby is born an atheist


From the book No Meek Messiah, by Michael Paulkovich

Steve
39) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 'Pillars of Creation' (Message 1625606)
Posted 9 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
OMG??

'Pillars of Creation' - are just clouds.
I was not making a case for God. Just enjoy looking at them.

Belief, does not belong here.

I enjoy looking at them also. I think they are beautiful!
They are breeding grounds for new stars, but in the end, they are just clouds of gas.

Steve
40) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 'Pillars of Creation' (Message 1625465)
Posted 8 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/08/opinion/bell-god-atheism/index.html

Steve


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