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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Today, I shall be mostly not talking :) (Message 1784934)
Posted 5 May 2016 by Profile John Neale
I'm sorry, but I simply couldn't get past the idea that ANYBODY on the planet would find an Almond Joy to be "non-essential".

I'm allergic to almonds (among a few other things), so ... non-essential it definitely is! ;)

(Not that they're available in my neck of the woods, anyway...)
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Average Credit Decreasing? (Message 1782393)
Posted 25 Apr 2016 by Profile John Neale
Is it fair to assume that these MESSIER031 tasks were created when the GBT was pointed at the Andromeda Galaxy?
3) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1782275)
Posted 25 Apr 2016 by Profile John Neale
We are now at a point where 11,000,000,000 (or much more) Illegal Aliens, are present in our Country.

Just for the record - there are three zeros too many in that number. ;)
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Say goodbye to SETI@home v7. (Message 1781329)
Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Profile John Neale
at that rate, you are going to run out of size and colour before you run out of tasks :D

you check once a day? care to make a graph? I'd like to make a quick extrapolation.

A linear extrapolation of the data since the beginning of April suggests 26 April at 10:52 (UTC).

Reality - which is represented by the data I have for the deprecation (if that's the right term?) of AP v505, MB Enhanced v6 and AP v6 - dictates otherwise. AP v505 took over a month to process the last 62 tasks; MB Enhanced v6 required three months to process the last 452 tasks, and AP v6 took three weeks to decrease from 452 to 88 tasks, after which the data were no longer available.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1781323)
Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Profile John Neale
I've been rewarded with five on my one little laptop. Happier face!
6) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1781301)
Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Profile John Neale
John...

... you are attacking ...

I haven't attacked anyone.

I have questioned your use of the same name-calling that you accuse others of, since it smacks (to me) of hypocrisy. Nothing more and nothing less.

If you want my opinion, name-calling is puerile and unhelpful, from whichever quarter it arises and for whatever reason it is practised. I subscribe to SciManStev's philosophy, which is to seek workable solutions to problems, regardless of their origin. That requires maturity and objectivity, dialogue and engagement, listening and understanding ... traits and behaviours that are the antithesis of name-calling and baiting.
7) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1781293)
Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Profile John Neale
"CLYDE", you accuse the "left wing" and the "right wing" of name calling. Sometimes, in these forums, some of those that hold left- and right-wing views do indulge in name calling. More generally, your accusation is against perceived left- and right-wing extremists that, you say, have given rise to the candidacy of Donald Trump through their name-calling.

Fair enough.

But, as bobby has pointed out on several occasions, you yourself, claiming the political middle ground, are also frequently guilty of name-calling. The most recent example from this thread:

As I said: Welcome back, Silly Little Socialist.

Surely that invalidates your argument?

Name Calling regarding an Ideology. IE: NAZISM, Marxism, Capitalism, KKK, Progressive, et al. Is not personal.

You really believe that Silly Little Socialist. Is a Personal Attack.

And (Fill-in the negatives) Capitalist.

Is not?

If one is not. The other is not.

John...

"Surely that invalidates your argument?"

Did I say that calling capitalists names is not the same as calling socialists names? No.

Did I (or you, for that matter, in your oft-repeated arguments) say that the name-calling is necessarily personal? (It might well be, but that is a subset.) The answer, again, is no.

In forums such as these, name-calling invariably descends to the personal level. The argument that you put forth is that Trump's candidacy is fueled by the name-calling of (and I paraphrase) "unthinking, unintelligent, left- and right-wing extremists, ideologues and zealots".

But then you indulge in name-calling. What does that make you?

My argument is not invalidated.
8) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1781202)
Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Profile John Neale
Engineers of the world, unite!

I've always said that the world would be a much better place if it was ruled by engineers. Not everyone agrees with my sentiment. Especially my wife. ;)
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1781200)
Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Profile John Neale
Pathetic AP run. As usual.

I must agree, Sten-Arne. So far, despite altering preferences and wearing out the <Update> button, I've hooked a grand total of ... zero. Sad face.
10) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1780724)
Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Profile John Neale
"CLYDE", you accuse the "left wing" and the "right wing" of name calling. Sometimes, in these forums, some of those that hold left- and right-wing views do indulge in name calling. More generally, your accusation is against perceived left- and right-wing extremists that, you say, have given rise to the candidacy of Donald Trump through their name-calling.

Fair enough.

But, as bobby has pointed out on several occasions, you yourself, claiming the political middle ground, are also frequently guilty of name-calling. The most recent example from this thread:

As I said: Welcome back, Silly Little Socialist.

Surely that invalidates your argument?
11) Message boards : News : Breakthrough Listen data now flowing. (Message 1778706)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile John Neale
Congratulations to you, Eric, and the entire team at Berkeley. It is a major milestone, worthy of a celebration.

I look forward to the day when data from the southern skies start being processed by the SETI@Home project.
12) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1771344)
Posted 13 Mar 2016 by Profile John Neale
http://video.foxnews.com/v/4788291323001/judge-jeanine-mitt-romney-awoke-a-sleeping-giant/?#sp=show-clips

blame the republicans blame the republicans blame the republicans...

Who's she blaming?

Thought so.

Yap.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Two Questions About the BOINC Statistics Tab (Message 1770960)
Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Profile John Neale
I would like to know: how is the Host/User average calculated?
That is, how many days does it go back, and how are the different days weighted in the calculation, ...

This is from the BOINC Wiki, and it's pretty useless.

Digging deeper into the WWW revealed this, which is probably what you are looking for.
14) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1770959)
Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Profile John Neale
On the TV news here right now (sorry no link yet), a black protester was "coward punched" as he was being escorted away and Dump says that he'll cover the "cowards" costs. :-O

Oh dear..... :-(

Here's the 9News report, and a local one.
15) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1768783)
Posted 1 Mar 2016 by Profile John Neale
@No-Name Guy:

I suspect many in here are unaware of the downfall of the U.S.A. ...

Those who are unaware of the USA's downfall are in good company.

So lets (sic) all just go ahead and vote with our vaginas ...

This comment is beneath contempt.

When I make a spelling mistake, some of you point it out with "[sic]" to try to invalidate what I say.

My intention by including (sic) was certainly not to invalidate what you say. It was merely to indicate that I was quoting you "as it was written". I have done so before when posting to these message boards. You can check my posting history to confirm this. (Unlike yours (--), my posting history is complete). I have used "sic" twice more in this post, with the same, benign, intention.

Your short-term thinking ... is encouraged by the mentality of the 140 character limit septic tank of twitter (sic) ...

Twitter is what Twitter is. Some parts may be septic, but Twitter is the first place I go to track breaking news stories; it is also a useful barometer of public opinion, a great way to communicate with a variety of people that one has no access to otherwise, and, in my local context, I find it a very useful tool for mobilising public services almost instantaneously. Making oneself understood in 140 characters can be a challenge, but I understand that may change soon.

You want two classes of people: those who are smart (who you claim to be a member of), who are exempt from manual labour [sic] and those who are stupid and *do* the manual labour [sic] which serves you.

Two points:
1. Where I live, labour is the correct spelling; where you live, it is not.
2. Your statement is speculative and, if applied to me, completely false. I refute it.

@MajorKong:

Now that is just Guy restating the 'cold, dead hands' response to disarmament.

A philosophic stance that I share.

It's not so much the stance itself, but rather the fact that someone thinks that this scenario might realistically come to pass, that is scary!
16) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1768602)
Posted 29 Feb 2016 by Profile John Neale
No-name Guy asked:

What's so scary about Trump?

A little later, he said:

If the government comes with a warrent (sic) to arrest me because I refuse to give up my AK-47, then I'll just go out in a hail of gunfire and you won't have to worry about me screwing things up for you anymore.

Gary suggested:

Perfect ad: Donald at a desk with the Staples "Easy" button. Snips of Donald saying easy as his solution to a problem. Push button. Fade to mushroom cloud.

Mark responded with:

And, are you really SO sure that is not the solution?

No-name Guy, using this admittedly small sample of just two, I venture that the only thing scarier than Donald Trump is his support base!

The answer, Mark, is YES. I am certain that that is not the solution. The fact that you would vote for someone who may think it is, is frightening to me and billions of people who inhabit this planet.
17) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1768040)
Posted 27 Feb 2016 by Profile John Neale
Number 1 trending topic on Twitter right now, with over 206,000 tweets and rising fast: #NeverTrump
18) Message boards : Politics : "Apple, The FBI And iPhone Encryption: A Look At What's At Stake" (Message 1767709)
Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Profile John Neale
KingPresident has said this, “If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” (Implying government made that happen.)


And then there's context.
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Sunshine (Message 1765512)
Posted 16 Feb 2016 by Profile John Neale
[off topic] I saw the sun (and the sky) for the first time in 14 days today - mainly because I'm on a work assignment in eastern Finland at the moment. :) [/off topic]
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Will SETI ever make it public if ET signals are detected (Message 1764615)
Posted 13 Feb 2016 by Profile John Neale
That would take many many hours John, which I am not prepared to do.

Nor am I! ;)

In which case I am happy to leave it that I have made an assertion that cannot be backed up. If that is detrimental to me then so be it.

I can't seeing it being detrimental to you, especially since you've conceded that it can't (easily) be backed up with hard data.

Case closed, m'lud! :)


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