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41) 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!

42) 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.

43) 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.

44) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Laser treated metal repels water (Message 1631455)
Posted 23 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev

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

45) 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.

46) 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.


Vic, I hope you can achieve this, as it is a really good thing.
47) 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.

48) 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.

49) 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.

50) 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

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

'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.

52) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 'Pillars of Creation' (Message 1625465)
Posted 8 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev

53) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 'Pillars of Creation' (Message 1625446)
Posted 8 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev
I saw a TV show a few months ago, that described a stellar explosion that happened in the past, and has not yet reached the Pillars of Creation. When the blast wave does reach it, the pillars will be deformed, or possibly swept away. I forget the time line of when the collision will occur, but it seems to be a certainty that it will, at least from the conclusions of the TV show.

54) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Pluto is a Planet! (Message 1624052)
Posted 5 Jan 2015 by Profile SciManStev

I personally don't care one way or the other, but the Kuiper belt has over 1000 known objects, and as many as 100,000 total objects. Is size the only parameter that designates Pluto as a planet among 100,000 similar objects? What about Haumea and Makemake?

55) Message boards : Number crunching : Happy New Year, SETIzens !!!! (Message 1621452)
Posted 31 Dec 2014 by Profile SciManStev
Lets find ET this year :DDDDD

Happy New Year Raistmer!
Happy New Year, all Setizens.

+1 from Steve and his snakes!

56) Message boards : Politics : do you thing so (Message 1621267)
Posted 31 Dec 2014 by Profile SciManStev

57) Message boards : Politics : North Korea. (Message 1617652)
Posted 23 Dec 2014 by Profile SciManStev
I have one thing to say.


58) Message boards : Politics : North Korea. (Message 1617628)
Posted 23 Dec 2014 by Profile SciManStev



Unless they take that as a reason for a tit for tat.

Perfection would be getting inside their botnet command and control so any attack they attempt to launch on someone, actually launches it against themselves.

They will, and I am looking forward as to what would follow.

59) Message boards : Politics : North Korea. (Message 1617614)
Posted 22 Dec 2014 by Profile SciManStev


60) Message boards : Number crunching : PC Matic vs Kaspersky. (Message 1616331)
Posted 19 Dec 2014 by Profile SciManStev
I've used PC Matic's Super Shield since it came online and have had no problems with it. Super Shield uses a combination of universally acknowledged black lists along with the same acknowledged white lists. Depending on the settings that you specify, you create your own local white list on your machine, that includes programs running on you machine, such as SETI, BOINC, & Lunatics. I've found it to be superior to AVG, Total Defense, Kasperky, and especially Norton as they give me too many false negatives. I've use Computer Assocs. internet software for years, but became unsatisfied with them in recent times and switched. PC Matic is currently negotiating with Microsoft to be a recognized vendor, and I'm not sure what the status of that is at the moment. What I like about Super Shield is the combination of both white & black lists and their database is constantly growing. I do not use the default settings of the product, which allows me to add to my local white list the first time that a program, not on their white list to operate. Which is most useful when testing/running BOINC applications.

PLEASE NOTE - If you use the default setting, every program associated with BOINC will be denied. Not because they are viruses, but for the fact that they are not on the massive recognized white list. Using the advanced settings will allow them to run.

Customer service is pretty quick and almost all question are answered via their forums. If there is a specific problem/bug that is reported, it is usually fixed quickly. Most of the problems that I see on these forums are just users getting to know the product and needing assistance.

I use it on remote machines belonging to my father, and brother in law. I use it on my laptop, but found the problem with Super Shield very quickly. It is very good software, but you do need to change those default settings. I didn't, and my laptop dumped all it's work units.

The two computer I mentioned other than my laptop, are owned by people completely computer illiterate, and for once I have not had to log in remotely and fix things since I installed it. PC-Matic is excellent software!


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