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21) Message boards : Politics : This is useless to attend. (Message 1781775)
Posted 23 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
Whether things go perfectly smoothly or not, this venue does provide a place where people from all countries can speak what is on their mind. I would much rather have that available, than not. Even if not a single person agreed with what I say.

Steve
22) Message boards : SETI@home Science : What if? (Message 1780772)
Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
You did get me thinking a bit. Radio waves can be modulated and carry communication. I am not sure if gamma rays could carry communication, other than a binary on/off mechanism. If gamma rays were somehow being produced at high levels by an alien civilization, and weren't modulated or pules in some form, it would be fairly difficult to distinguish them from other natural causes.

Steve

I should be working instead of posting..... Snicker.
23) Message boards : SETI@home Science : What if? (Message 1780764)
Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
My first thought is that gamma rays aren't generated by normal human actions. Radio waves are a entwined part of our lives. I would wonder what an alien civilization would be doing that would generate gamma rays, without causing harm to themselves.

Steve
24) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1780727)
Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
For a living, I am a software engineer. I solve problems by looking carefully at the problem, and determining the best solution, using the least amount of code. I am not confined by any religious/political ideologies, but look for pragmatic solutions to problems. With problems facing the US/world, I do the same thing. I don't care if a solution comes from the right, the left, or something completely different. I only care that the solution works to solve the problem at hand.

Steve
25) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1780219)
Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
I try to look at the US from a world view.
https://rankingamerica.wordpress.com/page/3/

I see how we are doing against other countries, and where we are not doing well, and evaluate what the number 1 country in any parameter is doing. If I want to have the top cruncher in the world, I look at the statistics, and see how the top cruncher is configured. If I want the best health care, education, etc. I look at the number one position. I figure it is impossible to lead from last place.
We are number 1 in obesity.
We are number 1 in guns per person.
We are number 1 in number of people in prison.

We are far behind in other categories such as health care and education.
It would seem logical to emulate the countries that are doing much better than the US in many categories, instead of saying we are the best country, but really aren't.

Steve
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1780157)
Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
Well, the raccoons that visit our feeders at night seem to be eating a lot more. I am now going through 40+ pounds of food a week, and the squirrels are the size of cats. The birds are so big they can barely fly. I see raccoons there almost every night, but I make sure I put plenty of food directly on the ground so they can get it. This is a bumper year for hungry critters.

Steve
27) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : How to remove a thread? (Message 1779943)
Posted 17 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
The point of re-crunching data is that with different algorithms, different results may be found. Suppose I am doing a sweep for the numeral 3 in a huge number. I tune my algorithm to look for the numeral 3. There is still data that can represent other numerals, but unless I expand my algorithm, I won't see it. That is what Seti is doing. They are increasing what they would consider a detection signal to keep evolving, and since the raw data wasn't scanned for that new structure, old data can be re-evaluated.

Steve
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Anyone´s leaving the project ? (Message 1779274)
Posted 15 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
Heck, I can easily push my rig to the point where I can make toast out of it.....

Steve
29) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Do you think aliens use radio waves to communicate with each other? (Message 1779106)
Posted 14 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
Dr. White's experiments use a very modest amount of electricity to charge a ring of capacitors. He believes this may be sufficient to produce a measurable space warp. Preliminary results have been promising enough to encourage experimental refinements to clarify what is happening. He maintains that a conventional electrical charge can act as a substitute for negative energy or exotic matter, which has heretofore been thought necessary to produce a space warp.

One thing that has puzzled me is that even if it somehow works, you would still be controlling the system with something that was sub light. I hope it is successful, but I have strong doubts.

Steve
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Anyone´s leaving the project ? (Message 1779078)
Posted 14 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
The kitties sure aren't leaving.

It's not all about the credits, although I have amassed a few over my approaching 16 year run here. They are fun to monitor, and provide a valid comparison among users here on Seti. Given the rate of return here compared to other projects, you may get an idea of how much crunching I have done to get where I am.

BUT....
As they say, it's all about the science.
And with the brand new release of Green Bank data now being processed, this is an even more interesting time for one to be a Setizen.

+1

Steve
31) Message boards : Number crunching : Anybody ever take apart a laptop? (Message 1778711)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
I have also repaired many laptops. One thing to carefully watch for is exact routing of the wires, in addition to the ribbon cables. On one laptop, I was rerouting the power/sata cable to a DVD drive, and missed a tiny peg to hold it. The cable was thinner than a pencil lead, and I ended up putting one of the tiny screws right through the cable. As soon as I tried to power it up, I fried the motherboard. I was unable to put the smoke back in.

Steve
32) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XXIX (Message 1776209)
Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
Thank you!
I am currently researching a new chiller, so when I get one after the 20'th of this month, I will crank things up much further.

Steve
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1776170)
Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
This year I have been going through about 25 pounds of bird/critter food a week. I have 3 bird feeders, and a squirrel feeder, plus I cover the ground with peanut infused bird seed. The raccoons are enjoying themselves, along with the skunks, foxes, squirrels, and countless birds. The squirrels are as big as cats for some reason......

Steve

Every now and then a bird gets stuck in the squirrel feeder, so I go out and release it. It is actually a jar on it's side. The birds go in through 2 holes in front of the jar, but kick so many seeds back, they plug the hole to get back out.
34) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XXIX (Message 1776161)
Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
I finally passed 100,000,000 credits!
It took a while, as I only crunch on one computer at a time.

Steve
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : If you were going to live in the USA which state would you choose to live in? (Message 1773326)
Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
From what I have seen here, you can pick your own destination, and change it as you wish.

Steve
36) Message boards : Number crunching : Samsung phone batteries (Message 1773276)
Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
I also have a Note 4, although I don't crunch with it. What i did read over the last year, is the lithium batteries don't mind being charged and discharged, but become stressed plugged in all the time. This doesn't seem to happen with laptop batteries, but I have destroyed several camera and two way radio batteries just leaving them plugged in for a week. On the other hand, I have a DeWalt screw gun, and both of it's power packs can be plugged in for years without damage. The articles I have read, focus on phone batteries, and the firmware inside them. The firmware is supposed to limit over charging, but may not always work. From my destruction of the camera and radio batteries, I would say that the articles I have read were correct. Now, I charge the batteries, and then let them sit until needed, and I have had no further problems. I have replaced my wireless home phone batteries numerous times, as I expect to get about 6 months out of them.

For my Note 4, I keep 4 batteries ready to go at all times. When I think one is getting stressed, I throw it away, and use another.

Steve
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : If you were going to live in the USA which state would you choose to live in? (Message 1773271)
Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
There are so many factors, both geological and cultural. The US is very diverse in both of those areas. In the western states you could be subject to wild fires, or earthquakes, but the climate might be very nice. I hear northern California has a nice climate. The deep south is quite hot and humid, but Texas is a bit dryer. I live in the north East, so I have adapted to shoveling snow. Near the east coast, there is a possibility of hurricanes, but living near the ocean can be very nice. I enjoy mountains, which are prevalent in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and others. There is also the possibility of tornadoes, especially in the more flat regions. Music is in all flavors in most places, although some states are more tuned to one kind or another. Another thing to look at is what type of industry are you looking for. Hi tech, farming, logging, customer service are just a few. There are so many parts of the US I have never seen, and would like to.

Weather/geological events affecting any given house are rare, but they do happen. Rivers can flood, but if you are outside the flood plain, then you will see rain, but not flooding.

For my part, New Hampshire has 40,000 miles of lakes, rivers, and streams. It touches the ocean, and has beautiful mountains. Much of it is forest. I got used to shoveling snow, but it is certainly not my favorite task....

Steve
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PETA be damned..... (Message 1772160)
Posted 17 Mar 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
This is another source of information. It is not free, but very well done.
I have seen the entire feature.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmRv4kIul38

Steve
39) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Pluto is a Planet! (Message 1770797)
Posted 10 Mar 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
Pluto is one of thousands of Kyper Belt objects. It is the largest, but is in a band of material that more resembles rubble than planets. One thing that made it a dwarf planet is the following size comparison.

http://www.arcadiastreet.com/cgvistas/pluto_0050.htm

It is much smaller than our moon. They just saw more pictures that suggest it has clouds. The New horizons space craft is still sending back the data it collected, and may have shown us clouds. there is a possibility they may re-classify it as a planet again, but it is very small.

The 9'th planet, is so far nothing more than a mathematical probability based on measurements of other objects. It may be there, or it may not be.

Steve
40) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1770779)
Posted 10 Mar 2016 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
http://money.cnn.com/2016/03/10/news/trump-model-visas/index.html

Steve


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