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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts IX Not Another Ice Age Please (Message 1804778)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
102-109F daily for the next 8-10 days.
Very little wind, low humidity.
Usual summer inversion layer, with smoke from 3 fires trapped underneath.
Not fun. Air tastes like dusty attic.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : phishing scam disguised as a phishing warning? (Message 1804684)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
My primary email provider is CompuServe/AOL. I use their web-based email suite, so nothing gets to my computer unless I download it. I have it set up to show me the actual email address of the sender, and it has a pretty good set of SPAM filters. It also shows me the actual IP address of any link in the email when I put the cursor over it (but NOT click on it).

The other thing that gives away phishers is that all the financial institutions I do business with use my Account Name to address me. No "Dear Customer" or "70524.....". And anybody who wants to give ME millions of USD$ is an obvious faker.....
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Here Wins - 256 (Message 1804683)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Winning on a warm Sunday morning.
84F on my back patio at 0900.
Off to breakfast soon.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1804681)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
I stepped on the scale today, for the first time in almost two months. When last I looked, I was holding between 235 and 240. Today I am 245.

I suspect it is the heat, and the stresses of the past two months. I have not gotten as much exercise as I should, and I am drinking more than 1 (US) gallon of water and juice a day to stay hydrated in the 100+F heat. Probably going to start walking and/or working in the yard early in the morning.

Good luck with the yardwork.
I am not venturing outside today....more 90ish temps and still sticky as heck.

I remember visits to Milwaukee, Brookfield, and Winneconne in the summer. High humidity and mosquitos - not fun. I also remember Charleston summers - 85F, 85% humidity. But you learn to deal with it, or you move elsewhere. No place has perfect weather, not even Hawai'i - they're getting whacked by a Tropical Storm today.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 19/10/2015 (Message 1804678)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Hmmm, i`m a little confused to be honest.
Hows about the victims ???

The out-pouring of sympathy and support for the victims and their families has been widespread and highly visible. Of course I pray God's healing Grace for the families of the dead and injured. Those people were attacked for no fault of their own, and deserve comfort and support.

But the young shooter was also a human being, one of God's children. Whatever pain or mental illness he endured that caused him to do such a horrible thing, deserves our concern as well. So I pray for comfort for his family as well, and peace and forgiveness for him. As God forgives my sins, so I must forgive, as best I can, the sins of others.
6) Message boards : News : Vice Magazine article about Arecibo Closure (Message 1804671)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Arecibo is the only planetary radar besides Goldstone capable of tracking Near Earth Objects potentially dangerous to Earth. Since NASA has the task of counting and monitoring NEOs I think NASA should maintain Arecibo in operation, maybe with a reduced program and budget.
Tullio

As I understand the program, the search for NEOs involves both optical and active radar searches. Not a good match for collecting data useful to Seti@Home or other such projects.

In the current US federal budget environment, I don't see such a transfer happening. I think Arecibo will either continue under current management with current budget levels, or it will be deemed obsolete and shut down/dismantled.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1804604)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
I stepped on the scale today, for the first time in almost two months. When last I looked, I was holding between 235 and 240. Today I am 245.

I suspect it is the heat, and the stresses of the past two months. I have not gotten as much exercise as I should, and I am drinking more than 1 (US) gallon of water and juice a day to stay hydrated in the 100+F heat. Probably going to start walking and/or working in the yard early in the morning.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 19/10/2015 (Message 1804603)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Nine people killed by one 18 years old man of Iranian origin born in Germany who then killed himself.
Tullio

I always have to wish in these cases that they would just take themselves out first.

I have seen reports that the young man battled depression, and claimed he was bullied for years. He also reportedly had been studying American mass-killings. People with such anger issues are looking to go out with a bang, and take with them as many as they can. I suppose we are lucky he only had a pistol, and not a large-capacity rifle or explosives, although reports say he had over 300 rounds in his backpack.

I pray that in death, he has found peace, and forgiveness.
9) Message boards : News : Vice Magazine article about Arecibo Closure (Message 1804414)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
No. The telescope is a US Government property. Once funding for operations is cut-off, the telescope will be dismantled and the site restored to forest. There will be NO telescope or workers to operate it.

I believe we are talking about Federal Funding of the Telescope. Once that ends we can discuss individual funding of the infrastructure and the people manning it.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part III (Message 1801944)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
I accidentally put 89 octane in my car today. It was only a gallon, so hopefully I didn't screw things up too badly. The car is rated for 87, but I've heard that putting anything different in can harm a car because it's computer is set to run on a specific octane only.

As I understand it, in most cases there are only two tanks at the gas station - 87 and 91-93 octane. The 89 is a mix of the other two. Only one or two gallons should not have a significant effect, it will be diluted by the rest of the gas in the tank.

Most cars that run on regular (87) gas do not suffer from using a higher octane fuel. It is the high-performance engines that are designed to run on premium (91-93) that suffer performance issues when routinely run on lower-octane fuel.

But whatever you do, don't put diesel in your regular gas tank. I had a buddy do that to his motorcycle (long trip, tired, not paying enough attention). When he started it up, his bike called him names he hadn't heard since he got out of the Navy. His riding buddies still give him the business about it....
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1801943)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
The May-June-July timeframe is always a busy time for me. Several Patriotic Holidays in a short period, and most of the Veterans' Service Organizations I participate in do things that require some preparation.....

Plus, the Wounded Warrior I've been working with since September has needed a lot of my time lately - issues with his landlord, his Disability Compensation, and his girlfriend. We think 2 of those are resolved, and we're trying to get him moved to a less-hostile housing situation.

While I probably won't be posting as much as I used to, I'm already spending a bit of time every evening reading the Boards, trying to catch-up on what, and who, I've missed.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 19/10/2015 (Message 1800949)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Aaaah. So nice, quiet, and cool in here.

A pint of red ale and a plate of sausage rolls, please.
I'll be in my favorite chair back by Callaghan's fireplace.

Thanks, much. Good to be back.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 255 - We have a winner! (Message 1786190)
Posted 9 May 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Winning on a cool, cloudy Monday morning.
Taking a "mental health" day off from my many projects.
Might even go up to Sequoia National Park, sit on the deck of a cafe I used to frequent, drink iced tea and listen to the Kaweah River go roaring by.....
14) Message boards : Number crunching : "got 0 new tasks" - why so? (Message 1786177)
Posted 9 May 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
I'm guessing he means tasks that were sent out but haven't returned yet with results.

Can't speak for any more on this.

That's my understanding of the term.

Most of us think of "result" as the data file returned to S@H after we process a TASK. But for the lines on the SSP, "Results waiting to Send" and "Results out in the field" are actually the Tasks sent to our computers to be processed. Since each Task file sent out produces 1 single Result file, the two terms mean the same thing.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 255 - We have a winner! (Message 1784535)
Posted 3 May 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Glad to see you survived it.

Not only did I survive it, but I am stronger for it.

Ah, yes, great-great uncle (my Aunt says he is a distant relative on the Brockman/Bruckman side) Nietsche (sp?)
"What does not destroy me makes me stronger." He was a pretty smart fellow.

Spent most of my day with the Wounded Warrior I have been helping, taking him to the VA clinic and helping him pay bills. Mostly a win.

How kind. The world needs more people like you, Mister J.

Thank you, ma'am. I've heard you do a fair share of that yourself.

Enjoying a cool, quiet morning.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 255 - We have a winner! (Message 1784432)
Posted 3 May 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Horrible day win.

Glad to see you survived it.

Spent most of my day with the Wounded Warrior I have been helping, taking him to the VA clinic and helping him pay bills. Mostly a win.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 19/10/2015 (Message 1783084)
Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
So its no longer a secret anymore i guess. :))


Rocky's Cafe has always provided us with the best quality food and drinks :)

Speaking of which....
May I have 2 pints of red ale and a plate of sausage rolls? Thanks much.
I'll be back in my usual hiding place by Callaghan's fireplace.
Those wing-back chairs are soooo comfortanle.....
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part III (Message 1782843)
Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Yes, I got one, too.
Nothing scheduled on that date,
if nothing comes up this week, I may go.

Anyone going?

"Dear Carlos:
In recognition of your past support as one of our most generous donors, the Berkeley SETI Research Center cordially invites you to attend a reception and lecture:
DR. ANDREW SIEMION
"The Search for Extraterrestrial Technologies and the Breakthrough Listen Initiative"
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Lecture begins: 7:00 p.m.
Dessert & Tour of the Breakthrough Listen Lab: 8:00 p.m.
~Doors open at 6:30pm~
635 Campbell Hall
University of California Berkeley Campus"
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1776776)
Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Old grey sailor is back up to 238.

Too much time in the car and computer chair, not enough time pushing the lawn mower and triming trees.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1776775)
Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Not sure I like the idea that anyone can crash a car through a gate into a naval base, or that that fact has been publicized.

In the UK, I think most - if not all - airbases have deliberately weakened sections of fencing: not weak enough to let casual trespassers wander through, but weak enough for a fully-laden fire tender to crash through without waiting for a keyholder. Usually they are in remote parts of the perimeter, far away from any sensitive equipment, so initially I was more worried that the car could crash through the gate and run into a fighter plane in one sentence.

But then I read

The driver eventually left State Route 198, smashed through a gate at the base and hit the FA-18E Super Hornet parked about 7 miles inside the base, Ashliman said.

Not much base standing orders can do about that.

That "7 miles inside the base" can be misleading. NAS Lemoore is huge, with many square miles of farmland surrounding the Operations/Flightline area and separating it from the Admin/Housing area of the base. The OPS area is about 7 miles from the Main Gate, but it is accessed via roads that do NOT go through the Main Gate. It is a separately fenced and secured area.

The way local news is reporting this episode, I can't tell whether there was time to raise the Security/Crash barriers at the Ops Gates before the speeding car came through. I do know that once it got onto Ops, it was chased by both Base Security and the CHP helicopter, but the CHP helo was first on the scene when the car hit the aircraft.


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