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41) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Enceladus (Message 1749203)
Posted 14 Dec 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
One of the problems we are finding with Mars, is that now we know there has been running water on the surface, the rover isn't aloud to get any where near it, in case it brought some microbe(s) from earth. Even though decontamination was stringent, the slightest contamination could continue for thousands of years, and start a whole new evolutionary tree. At best, it may disguise any native life, and cloud the science. I would guess that any other exploration would have the same problem.

Steve
42) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1747548)
Posted 7 Dec 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
Just turn updates of.
You can still install important updates manual.
I have set my machine this way since the very first day.

Trust no one.

I may have to do that, but that means I have to keep logging into my fathers computer, and I never do that unless he knows I am doing so. I like it when I don't have to mess with his system, but at least he is back to Win 7 for now.

Steve
43) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1747494)
Posted 7 Dec 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
And I finally got my fathers machine back to Win 7. It seems Microsoft is planning on making it impossible for him to keep it that way. :(

Steve
44) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Do you Sleep well. (Message 1747483)
Posted 7 Dec 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
My computer makes 61 dB of white noise, with the eight 140 mm radiator fans, and the 250 watt chiller turning on and off, plus the four 8" fans in the tower. In the summer that is accompanied by the AC. It is like sleeping on the deck of an aircraft carrier, but if for some reason, that noise changes, I wake right up.

On the other hand, sometimes I don't get to sleep until 2-3 in the morning, and sometimes I wake up at 2-3 in the morning and can't get back to sleep. We are used to the white noise, so that doesn't contribute to missing sleep.

Steve
45) Message boards : Politics : "Evil is Evil" (Message 1747447)
Posted 7 Dec 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
For as long as humans have been around, we have committed horrific acts, that other than the scope, mirror what is in the animal world. Take for example that male lions sometimes kill and eat their own, or others offspring's. This is certainly not limited to lions, but meercats, certain monkeys, and other animals as well. Chimps actually take weapons, and war against other chimp tribes, killing, playing with, and eating chimps from another group. I have never seen a real difference between human and other animal behavior, and I don't see humans as different than animals. I see them as another species of animal, subject to the same behaviors. Humans can either be very cooperative, or very hostile, and each individual can change based on environmental conditions as you pointed out. I tend to stay away from the "good and evil" label, and use something such as "just the way it is". I have often heard humans referred to as the "killer ape".

Steve
46) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Holiday photographs (Message 1746851)
Posted 4 Dec 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
When I was young we had a Great Dane. One year we set up the Christmas tree, and the dog was delighted we finally brought the bathroom indoors.......

We had to remove all the decorations, and put the tree in the bath tub.

Steve
47) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1746266)
Posted 2 Dec 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
I wish there was a single switch that told Microsoft "No I don't want this installed." and be done with it.

There are 2 programs to fight that:
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=77121&postid=1742579#1742579

"GWX Control Panel" have 'Monitor Mode' (new in version 1.6)

I will try those if I ever get control of my fathers system. So far, it won't let me, and I don't know if his system is off, or waiting on some input from him.

He has pneumonia now, and is very weak and frail. I can't even ask him to see if his computer is on. :(

Steve
48) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1746099)
Posted 1 Dec 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
I have used Win 10 for a while now, and am used to it. What I don't like is its determination to be installed regardless of user preferences. Yes, we here can remove certain updates, even when they are re-released, or do other hacks to prevent it from installing, but my aging father accidentally installed it, after I had told him not to. He is too old and computer illiterate to deal with the changes. Now, I will have to log on remotely, and roll back the installation to Win 7. What Microsoft doesn't seem to understand, is that sometimes change is not good. I was far more tolerant of Win 10, when it hadn't affected my father. Now, I am quite upset. I wish there was a single switch that told Microsoft "No I don't want this installed." and be done with it.

Steve

Edit: My father is 1500 miles away from me, so it's not like I can hop in the car, and go fix things.
49) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Interesting Physics (Message 1745107)
Posted 26 Nov 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
Alas,

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.

Steve
50) 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.

Steve
51) 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.

Steve
52) 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.

Steve
53) 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.

Steve
54) 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.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/can-a-dollar100-million-investment-stop-the-bleeding-at-solarcity/ar-BBna1Bz?li=AA4Zjn

Steve
55) 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!

Steve
56) 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.

Steve
57) 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.

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

+1

Steve
59) 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?

Steve

Edit: We should all pick up the rock, and look under it. See what is there, and make a decision afterwords.
60) 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."

Steve


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