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41) Message boards : SETI@home Science : SETI E.T. Search Radio Interference ?? (Message 1789767)
Posted 23 May 2016 by Profile SciManStev
What I am thinking is if we did transmit, where would we point it, and what would be our time frame for a reply? To me, that would only make sense a few light years out. We could target some of the exo-planets we have found in the Goldilocks zone, but even if we sent out signals, and they replied directly back, it would take years, and our radio telescopes may not be pointed at the same place for all that time. You could re-point telescopes in that direction at the earliest possible reply time, but how long would you listen before shifting resources? What we are doing is certainly difficult, making a needle in a haystack easy by comparison. I fully understand that this search may take thousands of years, or may never be successful. On the other hand, we know where an alien civilization isn't broadcasting, or at least during the time Arecibo is focused on a possible target. If we either passed, or haven't gotten to a signal source by a few seconds, we would miss a signal unless it was repeating, such as radio and TV broadcasts from earth. I am much happier with the new targeted exo-planet data. It still make take a very long time, but chances are much greater of a possible success, although certainly not assured.

Steve
42) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1788524)
Posted 18 May 2016 by Profile SciManStev

Any moderately sized business I would expect to be using Windows Server Update Services instead of allowing each client to update individually. Which gives admins control over which updates the clients will get. That way if a business finds there is an issue with update KB8675309 they can block from their clients before it is ever deployed.

I have actually seen bad updates mentioned here in the past, and relayed them to out IT Admin before they caused problems. One update I am thinking of could actually brick a machine. Our Admin stopped the update until it was patched.

Steve

Edit: And they say I shouldn't be looking at Seti while I work...... :D
43) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Scammer Alert!!! Phone number 99999423575 (Message 1783490)
Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
I get a bit of fun with them asking WHICH computer they are connected to.
I have 9 online crunching.
Once I start asking for the IP addy of the one they wish to connect to, things go south for them pretty quickly.
As in uh, uh, uh...the script on the screen does not cover this...uh uh click.

I've done that. I have been called close to 50 times. Sometimes I just hand up, and sometimes I play with them a bit asking for IP addresses. My wife once asked them if they had parents, and when the guy said yes, she told him his parents would be very upset with him for lying to people, and that his god would reject him.

On a slightly different note, I have always wanted to go to the door naked holding a boa constrictor when the Jehovah Witnesses show up....

Steve
44) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Help! GoFundMe, why did I bother... Yaks (Message 1783341)
Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
chromecast Firetv or a Chinese google box will solve that

I have 2 Fire TV Sticks, two Amazon Fire Tablets, one Android phone hook up, and one Echo. The Echo is really cool.

Steve
45) Message boards : Politics : This is useless to attend. (Message 1781775)
Posted 23 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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
46) Message boards : SETI@home Science : What if? (Message 1780772)
Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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.
47) Message boards : SETI@home Science : What if? (Message 1780764)
Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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
48) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1780727)
Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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
49) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1780219)
Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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
50) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1780157)
Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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
51) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : How to remove a thread? (Message 1779943)
Posted 17 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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
52) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Anyone´s leaving the project ? (Message 1779274)
Posted 15 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
Heck, I can easily push my rig to the point where I can make toast out of it.....

Steve
53) 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 SciManStev
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
54) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Anyone´s leaving the project ? (Message 1779078)
Posted 14 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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
55) Message boards : Number crunching : Anybody ever take apart a laptop? (Message 1778711)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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
56) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XXIX (Message 1776209)
Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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
57) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1776170)
Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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.
58) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XXIX (Message 1776161)
Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Profile SciManStev
I finally passed 100,000,000 credits!
It took a while, as I only crunch on one computer at a time.

Steve
59) 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 SciManStev
From what I have seen here, you can pick your own destination, and change it as you wish.

Steve
60) Message boards : Number crunching : Samsung phone batteries (Message 1773276)
Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Profile SciManStev
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


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