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21) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Interesting Physics (Message 1745107)
Posted 26 Nov 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor

I have finished my course in Quantum Mechanics from the Teaching Company and am underwhelmed. I did learn that the underlying logic is in fact Boolean (two state) and that a Qubit and an entangled bit gives you two binary bits of information. All of the rest was repetition of the hype that I was trying to get to the bottom of.

The claim is that a quantum computer can try all possible calculations at once to solve compute intensive problems such as factoring 500 digit numbers and so on. No explanation given for the logic, program or hardware as to how this might work.

Also as stated earlier "superposition comes" about by multiplying a state vector by a complex conjugate vector.

So, I will next try to take the lectures from Berkley to unravel some of this.

I have the same course, and was left with similar questions.

22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thinking of going SOLAR and/or WIND? (Message 1743832)
Posted 21 Nov 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The company I am currently buying power from just locked me in for 18 months at 10.19 cents per KWh, which means that with the Solar City plan, I would lose money for several years. That with all my other concerns has officially made going solar at this time impracticable. I have rejected the offer.

23) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Detection Distance (Message 1743354)
Posted 19 Nov 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I remember reading that multibeam was good to about 100 light years, and astropulse was good to about 50,000 light years. I could be wrong though.

24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thinking of going SOLAR and/or WIND? (Message 1743187)
Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The powerwall batteries are sold out until summer of 2016. That would have been a great solution, by adding 3-4 7KWh batteries, or a couple 10 KWh ones. The way the offer works, is that I would start with 13.9 cents per KWh, which would increase by 2.9% per year, which is under the expected 6-8% of the power companies increases. I was hoping this would have been a great way to get my foot in the door without putting up any money, which I don't have, but the down sides seem to out weigh the small savings I would be getting.

The biggest downfall, is that my wife is dead set against it. She is worried what would happen if SolarCity went out of business, and how fast they would come and repair the roof if something happened. I guess, I would have to file a claim, then wait and see, while I put a tarp over my roof, to keep things from being damaged.

The system I am envisioning would fill up a good chunk of my back yard, with sun tracking panels of high efficiency, coupled with 2-3 3000 watt mag-lev wind turbines, and several powerwall batteries. I want energy independence, and lower bills as I get older.

25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thinking of going SOLAR and/or WIND? (Message 1743162)
Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I keep telling them they need to hire me. When I started with First Solar the stock was down to $11 per share. They are now at $50 +.

I don't suppose you have anything to do with new Hampshire?
One thing I didn't like about what they offered me, is that by law, I can't use the solar to supplement my generator during a power loss. The solar must be shut off, which is half the point. I would save $748 the first year, and more from that point on, totaling about $30,000 savings after the full 20 years.

What I also didn't like, is that they can't install in my 5 acre open field, they won't angle the panels on the north side of the house, as they would become a sail, the panels won't track the sun, and they would only install 16% efficient panels, while they are making 22% for commercial use.

26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thinking of going SOLAR and/or WIND? (Message 1743153)
Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
This isn't working out like I had hoped.

27) Message boards : Technical News : Catchup (Nov 09 2015) (Message 1740987)
Posted 10 Nov 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Matt, that information is more important to us than gold itself.
Thank you!

28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What would you like to see for XMAS under the proverbial tree? (Message 1740972)
Posted 9 Nov 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
A winning lottery ticket would be a nice start. Not only would I help myself, but my friends also.

29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thinking of going SOLAR and/or WIND? (Message 1739374)
Posted 3 Nov 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Some friends of mine have just signed a lease with Solar City for 20 years. They will provide all the equipment and installation for free, and cover about 80% of the electric usage. I have wanted to do that for years, and my friends are referring me to Solar City. I will meet with them as soon as possible, and see if the numbers can work. Currently my electric bill is about $550 a month. I have 5 acres of wide open land in addition to my roof which I am willing to fill with solar panels. I can't wait to talk with Solar City, and see what they can do for me, what impact it will have on my property taxes, and many other details. If the numbers and questions all work out, I will initiate this at once.

I have been planning for years to go wind/solar, and eventually convert my oil heat to electricity, as well as my propane hot water. This would reduce my electric bill, eliminate my oil and propane bills, and with a proper transfer switch, make me immune to power outages that can be very problematic for a person such as myself that keeps snakes in the winter. I hope like heck the numbers and questions work out, as I am very excited about this possibility.

30) Message boards : Number crunching : Lunatics forum finally died (Message 1736087)
Posted 21 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Thank you Claggy.


31) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1736070)
Posted 21 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Was it not written, We testify to that which we have seen, and speak of that which we have known.

Personally, Never met the guy.

However, it is also written, in several places of the Judeo-Christian Scripture that it is sealed to man's understanding until a particular time in history.

That I do know about.

The mind is wholly linguistic by function. It is sealed not by magic, but by principles of language which are not functionally resident in the mind of man. That is why at a particular time in human history, someone would be sent, Christ spoke of that time, to teach man Law. Language is effected as standards of behavior, Standards of behavior is called Law.

As was written, the Book is a test of the mind of man. I think people should read it more carefully, after learning how to think.

But if Christ was a human invention, then what? Should I not use the brain that I have?


Edit: We should all pick up the rock, and look under it. See what is there, and make a decision afterwords.
32) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1736023)
Posted 21 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor

And the more that people are educated, then the greater the chances of all these wrongs being corrected. It's not that an educated person knows everything, but it increases the chances that they will know someone who does.

i.e. I have a friendly acquaintance who just so happens to be a retired tax inspector. Guess who pays less taxes now.

One of the things I have posted before, is a saying from one of Stephen King's books.
"The more you know, the less you believe."

33) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1736021)
Posted 21 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor

In October 1510 Luther, the pious monk, arose from his bunk at the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt, located in central Germany, and prepared himself for a journey of 850 miles south on foot to the eternal city of Rome.

Some of the Italian clergy however were flippantly unbelieving and would address the sacrament saying "Bread thou art and bread thou wilt remain." To a devout believer from the unsophisticated Northland such disclosures were truly shocking.

If true, one wonders:

1) Were they just jerks, but believers?
2) Or, were they non-believers? If so, why were they priests? What did they know (if anything) that they weren't telling the followers?!?

For I think over 200 years, the public wasn't aloud to read the scriptures, as they were so full of holes, that a 10 year old could see through them. It was only much later, after many changes and the convention of keeping this as orthodox, and discarding that as heresy, would they make the scriptures available for some of the public to read. For the most part, they were intentionally deceived, and that is still true today.

34) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1736009)
Posted 21 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
It was and always will be, that religions don't like those who try to find out and use the original texts, look up John Wycliffe.

His translation, the first into English from the oldest "original" he could find the Latin Vulgate, so incensed the Popes that even after he had been dead and buried for years, one of them ordered his bones be dug up, crushed and dispersed in the river.

Think of the ramifications, if the entire public knew all the things as they really are, there would be no Christianity, no tax shelters, and countless religious figures would lose their livelihood. Political decisions would no longer be tied to complete nonsense. (I guess they would come up with some other nonsense to justify their wishes.)

35) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1735986)
Posted 21 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Apparently Gary and AD are 'two peas, in the same pod'.

:) :) :)

Why don't you join us Clyde? There's room.

Back to this Important Subject, an Intelligent Poster, and ignoring the 'Silly Ones':


If you have time, and wish to.

Could you reference more books that relate to the existence, or non-existence of Jesus, and His Apostles.

Not only for me. But for others, who may be interested.

A Google Search doesn't inform which ones we can take seriously.

Bart Ehrman has a PHD in theology, and has done a ton of research. He even learned the ancient Greek language, and has read all of the original texts, or at least as far as intact copies exist.

36) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1735749)
Posted 20 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
"Why would 'The Apostles' lie about His statements:"

Suppose the apostles were fictional characters, as I believe them to be.

That is what the evidence suggests. For a much broader answer to Clyde's questions, I would need a lot of time to compile that, and I just don't have the time now. What I will do at some point, is release a timeline if what happened, and when, being as factually accurate as possible, but this will take me weeks to prepare, as I have to re-read many things, extracting and footnoting information as I go.

This is certainly not an easy task, so I may not be ready for quite a while, especially given my current time availability.

For more accurate answers, I have already posted some of the books I have used, in different threads. The information is there. Check any of the books from Bart Erman, or the book No Meek Messiah. Also Zealot that ES99 recommended.

There are more, but the bulk of the information is contained there. Actual scripture quotes, timelines, and historical references are all included. What I need to do in order to answer the questions correctly, is a full book report on all those books, rather than posting tidbits from time to time, but then again, time is the problem.

37) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1735420)
Posted 19 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I have only studied, and continue to study Christianity in depth. I do not know what I have not yet learned. Given that I get some free time, I can back up everything I have said, and will readily admit it when I am wrong. What I am finding, is that the more I learn, the more I am convinced that the whole of Christianity was made up, and embellished as it went along.

38) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1735415)
Posted 19 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Jesus was a terrorist to the Jewish establishment at the time, which is why they had him killed.

I thought the Romans killed Jezus?

According to historical evidence, he may not have existed at all.
There were 129 authors at the time and place that wrote about everything, but not one word about Jesus, until Peter wrote 20 years later. Outside of the gospels, there is one inference to Jesus, about 100 years later, saying someone named Jesus was crucified. That one statement is the only historical evidence he existed. Even several of his sayings, were almost word for word copies of ancient Egyptian mythology.

39) Message boards : Politics : existance of god (Message 1734615)
Posted 16 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor

40) Message boards : Politics : Unsafe harbour (Message 1732918)
Posted 8 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I agree with that point, and have stated so in the Win 10 thread in NC.
There are things we can do at this time to retain a little bit of privacy, but 5 years, 10 years, 20 years from now, it will be completely impossible regardless of what computer system you use, if any at all.

Many of us can partially buck the trend for now with a lot of effort, but in the long run, privacy is extinct.


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