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21) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Anunnaki (Message 1433033)
Posted 176 days ago by Profile John Neale
I'm not a prince, but I am South African, so you are welcome to send me your money, Ozzfan! I'll guarantee a 200% ROI, if you would like that. In fact, the more you send, the greater your return will be. ;)

Oh, and by the way, South Africa is located at the southern tip of Africa, and not in West Africa. (Those West Africans are the real scam kings!)
22) Message boards : Politics : Do you trust China? (Message 1428220)
Posted 187 days ago by Profile John Neale
Back on topic: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
23) Message boards : Politics : What is the best evidence/argument for intelligent design? (Message 1424286)
Posted 196 days ago by Profile John Neale
Intelligent Design does not tell anyone who the designer is. That is up to you. You can believe in little green beings or gray ones for that matter. You can believe in a God of any religion of your choice, even Thor.


Okay, so what percentage of Intelligent Design proponents, advocates, protagonists and followers does not believe that the designer is the God of Christianity?
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Challenge to Dyson. Make an electric clothes dryer that doesn' extract lint (Message 1418554)
Posted 209 days ago by Profile John Neale
There are some very good reasons, not related in any way to being lazy or inconvenienced, why screwcaps are increasingly gaining favour among wine producers as the closure of choice.

Which are?


This website provides an excellent summary of most of them. (Click on each item in the list for a detailed explanation.)

I have a nose that can detect cork taint from 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole in a wine at very low levels. I have encountered very many bottles of corked wine in my time, and had many an argument with ignorant waiters and sommeliers when served tainted wine in restaurants. The advent of the screwcap has greatly reduced the frequency of cork taint. I also think that cork producers have had to clean up their act in the face of the increasingly widespread adoption of the screwcap by the wine industry.



I am pro screwcap, myself. Eric and I have encountered plenty of delicious wines that are bottled that way. Many California wineries are going in that direction.

New Zealand lead the way in pioneering the use of screwcap closures, with many of the New World wine-producing countries following suit. Increasingly, South African producers are also using screwcaps. I was talking to a representative from Vrede en Lust this morning, and she told me that even for some of their flagship wines, half of the production is being bottled under screwcap and half under cork.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Challenge to Dyson. Make an electric clothes dryer that doesn' extract lint (Message 1417905)
Posted 211 days ago by Profile John Neale
There are some very good reasons, not related in any way to being lazy or inconvenienced, why screwcaps are increasingly gaining favour among wine producers as the closure of choice.

Which are?


This website provides an excellent summary of most of them. (Click on each item in the list for a detailed explanation.)

I have a nose that can detect cork taint from 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole in a wine at very low levels. I have encountered very many bottles of corked wine in my time, and had many an argument with ignorant waiters and sommeliers when served tainted wine in restaurants. The advent of the screwcap has greatly reduced the frequency of cork taint. I also think that cork producers have had to clean up their act in the face of the increasingly widespread adoption of the screwcap by the wine industry.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Challenge to Dyson. Make an electric clothes dryer that doesn' extract lint (Message 1417615)
Posted 211 days ago by Profile John Neale
It's like wine, even medium quality ones come in screw top bottles these days. We live in a lazy convenience orientated society.


There are some very good reasons, not related in any way to being lazy or inconvenienced, why screwcaps are increasingly gaining favour among wine producers as the closure of choice.
27) Message boards : Politics : Thor is the designer! (Message 1417612)
Posted 211 days ago by Profile John Neale
Thor will strike those that blaspheme him with lightning. Better duck next time you see a cloud.

All hail Thor!


Last Saturday, Johannesburg experienced its first electrical storm of the season. My house was struck by a bolt for at least the fourth time since I moved into it ten years ago. This time, it took out my house alarm, electrified fence energiser (Joburg is famous for its gold, thunderstorms and crime), television, PVR decoder, and cordless telephone.

After that experience, I'm a convert! All hail Thor, The Designer!
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Salvation of the COSTA CONCORDIA in direct (Message 1416803)
Posted 213 days ago by Profile John Neale
Costa Concordia salvage: what happens now? This link includes a time-lapse video of the parbuckling operation (01:29).

Live coverage: Costa Concordia salvage operation a success This article contains several photographs showing the damage to the starboard side of the ship.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Salvation of the COSTA CONCORDIA in direct (Message 1416733)
Posted 214 days ago by Profile John Neale
Bravo! Good job.

Costa Concordia salvage: ship declared 'vertical' after 19 hours

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Good series of photographs: Costa Concordia cruise ship raised from seabed
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Salvation of the COSTA CONCORDIA in direct (Message 1416429)
Posted 214 days ago by Profile John Neale
Here's an article on CNN about the charismatic salvage team leader, South African Nick Sloane - the Sloane Ranger!
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Salvation of the COSTA CONCORDIA in direct (Message 1416404)
Posted 214 days ago by Profile John Neale
I'm proud to say that the salvage team leader is a South African, Nick Sloane. I see he's a graduate of my alma mater, the University of Cape Town (UCT).
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : English is really difficult to learn (Message 1410890)
Posted 228 days ago by Profile John Neale
I'm also an engineer, but my strongest subject in high school (many years ago!) was English. In my third undergraduate year at university (college), I did a practical course in which students completed experimental work in pairs, but were then required to report their work independently. Each pair of students therefore left the lab each week with the identical data. I passed the subject (well), whereas my partner, who had a poor command of English, failed.

Clear communication is essential in many fields of endeavour, and the emergence of the information age (yes, Twitter and Facebook included) does not - in my view - diminish this requirement one iota.
33) Message boards : Politics : Baiting (Message 1409269)
Posted 232 days ago by Profile John Neale
...complete anonymity...

Robert, aka Intelligent Design, is by no means cloaked in anonymity. He has placed enough information on his SETI@home profile for anyone with an internet link to work out exactly who he is, where he is, what he does, where else he posts, and more, in less than 5 minutes.
34) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Origin of life? (Message 1409184)
Posted 233 days ago by Profile John Neale
There is a flurry of activity in theoretical physics and astrophysics about the universe and its origin. There is an article in the 29 August issue of "Nature" magazine summarizing this activity titled "The origins of space and time". The idea I understand more is that of the Universe as a hologram (Juan Maldacena, 1998).
Tullio

Here's a link to the article in Nature.
35) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (Message 1408551)
Posted 234 days ago by Profile John Neale
Recent DNA research, building on earlier research which identified the DNA change responsible for white skin, shows the opposite.

(Ironically, I'm a white African of European descent.)

The first article seems to have disappeared, or else been pulled, either way the link doesn't work.

I've reported the broken link. It worked earlier today. The abstract of the academic publication is here, and there's a short summary here.
36) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (Message 1408389)
Posted 234 days ago by Profile John Neale
How about the Neanderthall? What ever you classify them, As either Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis or Homo Neanderthalensis they lived in ice age Europe for some 100,000 thosands years.

And i side with the camp which says Neanderthalis wasn't replaced by Sapiens but instead reintegrated with them to create modern Europeans, or to put it in a less PC manner, white people.
DNA tests have shown (i'll find the research if i have to) that the parts of our DNA that give white skin comes from the Neanderthal species.
On a side note; it also showed that the only people who could claim racial purity would be black Africans, which is kind of ironic really.

Recent DNA research, building on earlier research which identified the DNA change responsible for white skin, shows the opposite.

(Ironically, I'm a white African of European descent.)
37) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI@home Enhanced v6 is now done, finito, kaputt. (Message 1406916)
Posted 238 days ago by Profile John Neale
2,511

This could take forever :-)

It went down almost 400 in a day. At that rate, it shouldn't be much over another week.

One of them just timed out and went to me. I'd expect to return it within 3 days.


For the past six days, the average "rate of return" has been 230/day. At that rate, the current prediction is 2 September.
38) Message boards : Politics : UK at it again... (Message 1406020)
Posted 240 days ago by Profile John Neale
The whole thing Miranda underwent was probably because it was thought that as Snowdens partner, he may have known as much as Snowden did about anything, and they wanted to find out if their suspicions were true.

David Miranda is not the partner of Edward Snowden, but of Glenn Greenwald, a Guardian journalist.
39) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Religious people are less intelligent than atheists (Message 1403025)
Posted 247 days ago by Profile John Neale
Found an interesting article on the subject!

http://www.uky.edu/~stempel/pdf/Religion__Intelligence_3_15_04.pdf


Julie, the word "intelligence" has two very different meanings:

in·tel·li·gence
/inˈtelijəns/
Noun
1. The ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
2. The collection of information of military or political value: "military intelligence".


This thread is about the first definition. That article is about the second.
40) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Religious people are less intelligent than atheists (Message 1403021)
Posted 247 days ago by Profile John Neale
<snip>

I read something somewhere years ago that people who get put in trances on stage and then act like chickens were of a lower IQ than those that couldn't be put under the influence. I wonder if here is a link there?


It must be true!! Max Collie tried to hypnotise me twice in the 1980s, and failed both times. ;)


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