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41) 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.

Steve
42) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (100) Server Problems? (Message 1732567)
Posted 7 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I have used WD Black, Hitachi, and others in a RAID 1 configuration, and none of them lasted more than a couple of weeks. I couldn't afford to keep adding drives, so I stopped doing RAID. Before that I had a couple of WD Black drives in a RAID 0, but got scared in case one failed, then I would loses everything. I had that configuration for about a month, and it was fast. I just didn't want to risk a total loss, even though the files were backed up elsewhere.

Steve
43) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1731600)
Posted 3 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
From my yard this morning.



Steve
44) Message boards : Number crunching : No new tasks (Message 1731597)
Posted 3 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
My machine is downloading normally.
I have repaired hundreds of computers, most of which were virus infections. One thing I have learned is that the payload of modern virus's makes changes to the registry. Those changes can be impossible to fix, without doing a clean installation, even removing the drive partitions, before rebuilding them.

One analogy I like to use is that if a tree falls on your car, you can remove the tree, but the car is still broken.

That may, or may not be your case, but I can say that my machine is downloading normally.

Steve
45) Message boards : Number crunching : Running out of ideas (Message 1730732)
Posted 1 Oct 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I am delighted it is running again, but since you aren't certain what the cause was, that is not good. The problem may still be there, but temporarily masked. I am not sure why BOINC wouldn't see your GPU, but I'm glad things are at least working.

Steve
46) Message boards : Number crunching : Running out of ideas (Message 1729299)
Posted 26 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Mine did to when it died.
I replaced everything else first, because that was the last thing I thought was wrong. I spent $450 for a new motherboard, substituted a 1300 watt PSU, and still it didn't work. I removed RAM chips, one after another, and still nothing. As soon as I replaced the CPU with an old one, everything worked.

Steve
47) Message boards : Number crunching : Running out of ideas (Message 1729295)
Posted 26 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I am going on record as saying I think it is the CPU itself. This has happened to me before, and is the reason I am running an i7 950, instead of my old i7 980.

I did everything Mike has done, and when I replaced the CPU, everything worked.

Steve
48) Message boards : Politics : existance of god (Message 1728688)
Posted 25 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Our self awareness?

How can atoms be self awareness?
We humans (and life) are made of atoms. Nothing else.
Still we reflect of our history and why we exist.
Rather amazing don't you think?

Still no God to find...

+1

Steve
49) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Real Pictures of Real Seti Friends (Message 1728242)
Posted 23 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I usually use 800 X 600, and that works reasonably well.

Steve
50) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1727112)
Posted 19 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Does anyone really believe there will be any Changing of Minds, regarding this Subject?

+10 that's what I have been saying. These religion threads are a waste of space and time.

And here I am contributing to the problem.

At least we have a place to openly discuss it.
That is a huge step in the right direction.

Steve
51) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1726984)
Posted 18 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I just noticed something. I have been playing around with Windows 10, with most of the intrusive stuff turned off. I don't know if this has been mentioned in this thread, but here it is anyway. I previously had Windows 7 Ultimate, which led me to believe I would receive Windows 10 Professional. What I actually got is not the professional version, which explains why I haven't seen the extra control I was looking for based on this thread. I will be building a new computer next year, so I will be doing a clean install with a newly purchased copy of Win 10 Pro anyway. I just don't have the time to constantly uninstall/block updates that increase telemetry or data collection. I didn't realize I had the home edition until I looked on the computer stats page, and saw that others had the pro version, and I had the non-pro version. Rats.

Steve

Now, I am a bit more confused. I got home from work, and went to the Control Panel, and verified that I have Win 10 Pro. I don't know why it says different on the Seti pages.

Steve


This is the home version.
Microsoft Windows 10

Core x64 Edition, (10.00.10240.00)

This is yours.
Microsoft Windows 10

x64 Edition, (10.00.10240.00)

Then what is this?
Microsoft Windows 10
Professional x64 Edition, (10.00.10240.00)


I am seeing that in the computers statistics list, but not seeing that next to mine.

Steve
52) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1726963)
Posted 18 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I just noticed something. I have been playing around with Windows 10, with most of the intrusive stuff turned off. I don't know if this has been mentioned in this thread, but here it is anyway. I previously had Windows 7 Ultimate, which led me to believe I would receive Windows 10 Professional. What I actually got is not the professional version, which explains why I haven't seen the extra control I was looking for based on this thread. I will be building a new computer next year, so I will be doing a clean install with a newly purchased copy of Win 10 Pro anyway. I just don't have the time to constantly uninstall/block updates that increase telemetry or data collection. I didn't realize I had the home edition until I looked on the computer stats page, and saw that others had the pro version, and I had the non-pro version. Rats.

Steve

Now, I am a bit more confused. I got home from work, and went to the Control Panel, and verified that I have Win 10 Pro. I don't know why it says different on the Seti pages.

Steve
53) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1726848)
Posted 18 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I just noticed something. I have been playing around with Windows 10, with most of the intrusive stuff turned off. I don't know if this has been mentioned in this thread, but here it is anyway. I previously had Windows 7 Ultimate, which led me to believe I would receive Windows 10 Professional. What I actually got is not the professional version, which explains why I haven't seen the extra control I was looking for based on this thread. I will be building a new computer next year, so I will be doing a clean install with a newly purchased copy of Win 10 Pro anyway. I just don't have the time to constantly uninstall/block updates that increase telemetry or data collection. I didn't realize I had the home edition until I looked on the computer stats page, and saw that others had the pro version, and I had the non-pro version. Rats.

Steve
54) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1726844)
Posted 18 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
The future is a bit scary, and I don't know where it will end up. I do see the trend of increasing data collection with, or without my consent, and am doing my best to prepare for it. Will it be enough? Only time will tell.

Steve
55) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1726814)
Posted 18 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I don't think that MS will get the message until a large enough group of lawyers launches a class action lawsuit over this and hundreds of thousands start to sign onto it as plaintiffs............

You would have to include Apple and Google also, as they have been collecting information for years. Microsoft had to start using Big Data just to stay relevant. Of course we can uninstall updates, and do other things to protect our privacy now, but 5, 10, or 20 years from now, I doubt it. Microsoft, and other companies can just wait us out, and utilize the data they are getting from others.

I started carrying a smart phone, knowing full well what data was collected. On the other hand, the service that I receive is extraordinary. I figure I can either buck the data collection, or enjoy the capabilities the emerging world offers. Data can be stolen from anywhere, whether it be banks, insurance companies, governments, store chains, or personal computers. I have protected myself as much as practical against identity theft, ransomware, or data breaches, which seems like a good insurance policy in a hostile world. I am trying to adjust to a future where I will have no choice as to what data is collected.

Steve
56) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1725982)
Posted 15 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
Why were the recent threads on religion, especially Christianity, initiated? It is obvious that everyone has deep rooted opinions and beliefs on the subject and it is also obvious that no one is going to change anyone's mind on the subject. Instead most everyone gets their dander up and starts attacking anyone with a different point of view. Eventually it gets so hostile that the mods end up pulling the plug. So, what's the point?

That's a good question. i can say that when I do respond to these threads, I try to include factual information, and not just this is wrong or this is right. What I would like to do, if I ever get the time, is compile the historical evidence of what I have learned, and post it. I do not even want to start it, because it will take me a few weeks to compile all the information from the various sources, and make sure those sources are referenced. One of the things that I find confusing about religion, is that few have been taught the actual history. What I find is a series of mis-quotes, and otherwise plain wrong information. When it is a science thread, many of us work together to correct mistakes. I have been corrected more than once, and I will acknowledge that, even posting a fresh link stating that I was wrong. The history of Christianity, is actually fascinating, and has very little to do with modern beliefs.

Anyway, perhaps someday I will have enough time to compile everything. For now, I need to get back to work. :D

Steve
57) Message boards : Number crunching : Building an computer out of old parts (Message 1725970)
Posted 15 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
One thing to be aware of, is that older cards/systems tend to use more power. More modern devices have a higher output for less electricity. There is always a balance of cost of new equipment vs a higher electric bill. I higher electric bill is a lower up front cost, but continues as long as crunching continues. New equipment costs more up front, but is more cost effective and crunches more in the long run. Each situation is different.

Steve
58) Message boards : SETI@home Science : reports possible Alien contact or just unexplained. (Message 1725658)
Posted 14 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
What Archaeologists Really Think About Ancient Aliens, Lost Colonies, And Fingerprints Of The Gods

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/09/03/what-archaeologists-really-think-about-ancient-aliens-lost-colonies-and-fingerprints-of-the-gods/

Steve
59) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Transparent Aluminum - from fiction to reality!!! (Message 1724281)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I can see you would not have to worry about windows failing, but I think that would be a terrifying ride. At least the cargo hold would prevent you from seeing straight down. The whole experience would be like the worst vertigo theater ever produced.

Steve
60) Message boards : Politics : existance of god (Message 1721762)
Posted 3 Sep 2015 by Profile SciManStevProject donor
I stand corrected.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/wp/2014/07/10/carl-sagan-denied-being-an-atheist-so-what-did-he-believe-part-1/

By reading his books, and listening to him, I had no idea.
I, on the other hand have absolutely no belief in any deity.
The whole concept, given the size of the universe, and the
mathematical predictability of events given all the variables
is way to big a stretch to even consider as valid.

It is true the quantum world is quite difficult to understand currently,
but it is based on mathematical and experimental evidence. All the details are not yet known. At least there is evidence to examine, while the existence of a god, has zero supporting evidence.

I have studied the formation and history of Christianity, and some of the religions at the time it was formed,and they are so full of holes, there is nothing solid under any of them. The actual time lines of when this or that happened, are decades or centuries after the fact. Several of the things Jesus was said to have said, are within just a few words of text from ancient Egyptian myths. They were clearly plagiarized. Virgin births were a common addition to religions at the time, and before. Mary and Joeseph weren't even mentioned in any scripture until some 150 years after the fact. The very earliest writing, was by Paul, I think, and 20 years after the fact. You would think that he would have mentioned Mary and Joseph.

The evidence that a god is not required for anything grows daily, but the evidence to support a god is non-existent.

Steve


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