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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1562928)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Chris, heard anything on Annie ?

Last she posted was, She is still having big time issues with her ISP. Im sure she is whacking her head on the keyboard in frustration.
2) Message boards : Politics : Straw that broke the camel's back? (Message 1562875)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
What is done then?

You can catch and bring to justice those terrorists without glassing the general area where they are thought to hide.

And with Muslim terrorism, violence as a response only creates more violence down the line. It would be feeding their cultural victim complex which underpins so many of their extremist organizations.

Well how about a UN sanctioned hit squad? terrorist bomb a place. A UN contract is put in place to assasinate all particpants and the one who issued the order.

Oh wait that wont work. Nobody in the EU likes the Massad doing that.
3) Message boards : Politics : Double standard on violence (Message 1562867)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
More stupidity from the great land of the gun. :-(

http://www.news.com.au/world/girl-nine-accidentally-kills-shooting-instructor-with-uzi-at-arizona-shooting-range/story-fndir2ev-1227038261240

AN Arizona shooting instructor was accidentally shot and killed while showing a nine-year-old girl how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said.

Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, died on Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff’s officials said.

Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said.

WTF, a 9yr old girl being taught to use an Uzi?

Well the outcome had to be expected I suppose where idiots want their guns so badly.

The same thing happend a few years ago. Ony it was a 10 year old boy who shot himself using a uzi.
When I introduce a new shooter to a firearm of any age, they get one round. I want to see how they handel recoil. But then again I dont have any auto weapons. But still the same rule should apply. Take a gander at youtube for the idiots who think its fun to let someone shoot a .44 magnum or a .500 S&W with out telling them what to expect. Thats downright dangerous and stupid.
4) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1562862)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
There are 5 strains currently. If this is a new one that would be six.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Lunatics Windows Installer v0.42 Release Notes (Message 1562860)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
The AP 7 apps are Lunatics technology.
Brilliant work by our group i might add.

So does that mean the credit granted for AP will drop like a stone as happened with MBv7 thanks to Credit New?

I am seeing an average of 519.43 credits for AP on Beta, but they are running faster. So it might work out to be the same average per day. I have not done that calculation as of yet.

When Lunatics code was used for MBv7, the end result was a halving of RAC for those that had been using optimised applications previously.
If Credit New continues to work the same way, that's what will happen to those who have been using optimised AP applications.

Of course they could fix Credit New, and pay MB crunchers appropriately, then current AP optimised crunchers won't suffer deflation in their credit.

Or they could just let AP credit fall to the same ratio of payout that used to be before the roll out on MBV7. Used to be nobody wanted AP work untill the new MB version payed less. Then everyone started likeing AP work. I have a feeling it will be back to par for both types of work.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI@home project : 1.5 million volunteers ! (Message 1562857)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
... only two computers? I don't understand. How can someone have only two computers...

$

Yep that $ keeps me from building another one to replace my aged I7 920.
At one time I was running 4 machines. But only 3 for the last year or so.
7) Message boards : Politics : Are humans born evil? (Message 1562567)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Returning to gene modification, envision a nation which would develop an
army of super-warriors (and, lots of them); with them led by a ruling class
with an average IQ of 1000 (to pick a figure). Far-fetched?

Kinda. The simple fact remains that gene manipulation is expensive, slow and will always produce limited results. Other avenues of research in human enhancement are much more promising and far more likely to happen and result in 'super soldiers'. Although honestly I think that idea is rather dated as well. Soon we have robots that can do much more than your average soldier, so why would you bother with enhancing humans to do the fighting? Robots are cheaper.

So in the end its robots against robots. So why have a war anyway? Reminds me of that old Star Trek episode where computers fought each other and said who had do go in the chmaber to die to meet the quota. Kinda stupid way to have a war. Either shed blood in your belife or dont have a war.
8) Message boards : Politics : Straw that broke the camel's back? (Message 1562566)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
What planet are you living on?

ISIS motto: -

you are either with us or against us. If against us, we will kill you

No trial, no Geneva convention - either a bullet or a decapitation.

I said they would never be the same threat. What their motto is is irrelevant as long as they don't have the actual capacity to follow up on their motto. Look, a few thousand extremists are just not going to conquer an area with 500 million people of which the majority wouldn't stand their guts. Like I said, the worst they can technically do is set off bombs and blow up civilians. Its simply terrorism. But terrorism is the absolute weakest form of combat. Groups that rely on terrorism to achieve their goals will never win.

Bull Crap! If the Us had not intervened in Irag, ISIS would have taken over huge chunks of Iraq. If we had not invaded Iraq in the first place Saddam Hussien would have wiped out ISIS the first time they had set foot in Iraq.
Would you like to make a bet that ISIS never gets to Iran or even close to it.
Id like to know who bankrolled ISIS. Theres an organiztion who will bite the hand that fed them.
9) Message boards : Politics : The reassertion of whiteness in Canada (Message 1562565)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I am happy to see a frank discussion of race on the boards. As a citizen of the USA, I think most of my fellow citizens would agree that our country has come a long way in this area, but that we still have a very long way to go.

I do not think it is possible to discuss race until we all agree that we are, to some degree, all racists. We do not live in a race-free climate. It matters not what your skin color is - we have, each one of us, absorbed racism to some degree, whether we know it or not.

My father, good man though he was, certainly had his "Archie Bunker" moments. My mother, good woman though she is, does not have "Edith Bunker's" compelling kindness and gift of consistently being able to see things from another's vantage point. I grew up in a mostly white neighborhood full of families who tended to be comfortably resourced. The television shows I watched in the 60's and 70's were certainly not race-blind. We are all influenced by the environments of our formative years. I would be lying if I said that a racist thought never ever ever ever popped into my head. When such offensive thoughts occur, I try to recognize them as such. When I examine one of these thoughts I invariably discover the following:

1. The thought was untrue
2. The thought was unfair
3. The thought was a consequence of my living, for 51 years, in a society that is not yet free of racism
4. The thought must NOT be allowed to influence my behavior

And while we are on the subject, I will also admit that I did not grow up in a society free of class-ism, homophobia, sexism and a host of other nasty things. I genuinely believe that the first and most important step to eliminating unfairness in our society is to first recognize and examine unfairness in ourselves.

Angela, I graduated HS in 71 and we had one Afircan- Ameraican out of a total of 2000 students for the whole High school.
My first interactions with any other race was when I enlisted in the USAF in 1972. And you know what. I learned that regardless of skin color we all have a lot in common.
And I will admit my parents were less than stellar in being tolerant. But they did learn to be. They had no choice, As three of my Grandkids are bi-racial.
Yes Ameraica has a long way to go when it comes to ending Racism. But Im hoping my grandkids generation will get there.
10) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. (Message 1561857)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Another Missouri cop, Michael Pappert, suspended over personal comments made on Facebook.

http://www.news.com.au/world/missouri-police-officer-dan-page-im-into-diversity-i-kill-everybody/story-fndir2ev-1227034529974

The police department in Glendale, another St Louis suburb, said on Friday it had suspended one of its officers who had expressed contempt for the Ferguson protesters on his Facebook account.

“I’m sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community,” wrote Michael Pappert, in one of at least five posts that have gone up since Sunday.

“These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night,” he added.

In a reference to the Boston Marathon bombing, he also wrote: “Where is a Muslim with a backpack when you need them.”

Also Ray Albers, a cop for the St Louis suburb of St Ann, was suspended after pointing a semi automatic assault rifle at Ferguson protesters and using obscene language threatening to kill them.

A very sad state of affairs going on over there. :-(

Cheers.

Suspended? They should be fired.

Suspended pending a hearing leading to firing.

And that should be a learning lesson to the young folks who just love social media. You do not need to post every thought that comes to mind. And show pics of you doing doobies while holding a bottle of Jack Daniels half naked. Well stupid is as stupid does.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : James' Puns O Fun 4 (Message 1561845)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
We're off on a wrecked-angle.

Speaking of that if the brothers Wilbur and Orvill had lived back in ancient Greece would they have discoverd the Wright Angle?
12) Message boards : Politics : Are humans born evil? (Message 1561841)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Can anybody explain to me what the definition of 'evil' is?
A very bad thing happened to me in this forum recently which I consider is an evil act.
It's about US ways to handle "strong words".
Why are so many US people afraid of words?
Can a word be Evil and have someone died from hearing it?
Dont think so.

Wake up USA!

Its called being politcaly correct. Just another word used to control what we are to think, say, and do. I think its BS myself.
However saying that words can hurt a lot. Ever get mad at your spouse and say something so vile and spitefull, That you wish you had never said it, Or heard a spouse say it? Yes words can kill. They can kill the spirit of a young child, A Mom,Dad, Sister or brother. And words twisted to make a point and or politcal rant can kill millions. Dont think so? Hitler used words to start with. Look what happend. Still dont think words can kill? The US is rife with examples of the printed word stirring up hate which led to killings.

I think that you are wrong, Words can kill from hearing it. Words have killed right from when we started using them.
And you should be glad that the US is wakeing up about words. Maybe that one word we use(WAR) will die out.

Now you misunderstood me. How can a single word hurt people?
It is enough to maybe make a misspelling and the reader gets angry.
Especially in a global world where many nationalities come together with different languages.
For example, there is a toothpaste in Germany called Kukident and I can guarantee you that there is no one who wants that in your mouth in Scandinavia!
And how are rating these Word?
STASI, KGB, NSA, FRA?

You are talking about some incedent that happend on the forum that I have no clue of. And seeing that this is a world community board. I dont know anyone who would take issue with a post from a non english speaker.Translater programs can only do so much. Plus the printed word is emotionless.
What one takes as a slight or insult could be far removed from the actual intent of the sender.
But one single word can hurt another. Whether intended or not.
13) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. (Message 1561833)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Another Missouri cop, Michael Pappert, suspended over personal comments made on Facebook.

http://www.news.com.au/world/missouri-police-officer-dan-page-im-into-diversity-i-kill-everybody/story-fndir2ev-1227034529974

The police department in Glendale, another St Louis suburb, said on Friday it had suspended one of its officers who had expressed contempt for the Ferguson protesters on his Facebook account.

“I’m sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community,” wrote Michael Pappert, in one of at least five posts that have gone up since Sunday.

“These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night,” he added.

In a reference to the Boston Marathon bombing, he also wrote: “Where is a Muslim with a backpack when you need them.”

Also Ray Albers, a cop for the St Louis suburb of St Ann, was suspended after pointing a semi automatic assault rifle at Ferguson protesters and using obscene language threatening to kill them.

A very sad state of affairs going on over there. :-(

Cheers.

Suspended? They should be fired.
14) Message boards : Politics : Are humans born evil? (Message 1561827)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Can anybody explain to me what the definition of 'evil' is?
A very bad thing happened to me in this forum recently which I consider is an evil act.
It's about US ways to handle "strong words".
Why are so many US people afraid of words?
Can a word be Evil and have someone died from hearing it?
Dont think so.

Wake up USA!

Its called being politcaly correct. Just another word used to control what we are to think, say, and do. I think its BS myself.
However saying that words can hurt a lot. Ever get mad at your spouse and say something so vile and spitefull, That you wish you had never said it, Or heard a spouse say it? Yes words can kill. They can kill the spirit of a young child, A Mom,Dad, Sister or brother. And words twisted to make a point and or politcal rant can kill millions. Dont think so? Hitler used words to start with. Look what happend. Still dont think words can kill? The US is rife with examples of the printed word stirring up hate which led to killings.

I think that you are wrong, Words can kill from hearing it. Words have killed right from when we started using them.
And you should be glad that the US is wakeing up about words. Maybe that one word we use(WAR) will die out.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Doctor Will be Back ... (Message 1561769)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Thw wife and I watched it this afternoon. As i havent been a watcher since the Tom Baker days, I was cluless as to what went on.
At the close of last season when the regenration took hold. The Impression I got was that the new Dr. would be more dark and sinister.
My imprssion so far is that he is like the first ever Dr. Befuddled, And Tom Bakers portrayal, A bumbler.
I will give the show a few more looks before I dceide if I want to watch it. My wife Loved the show. She has been watching Dr. Who since 1995.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Your Epitaph (Message 1561756)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I came into this world kicking and screaming, I hope I was just as stubborn on leaving this world.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1561750)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Oooh T.A, you're gonna get shot :-)

"If Sirius had posted that in the train thread, I would have vehemently disagreed with him. But he knows better, and I know that in this thread, it's just a joke."

Yep.

In the US at least at the beginning, there was not a standard gauge. Each line picked its own. This caused every shipment to have to be removed from the boxcars, carted across town to the rival companies station, and loaded on that line's boxcars. This eventually got fixed, but the negotiations would not allow any of the rival companies to have their gauge chosen as that would give that company an advantage. As this width had not been used by anyone, and it was (at least supposedly) the standard width of a roman chariot, and so had some reference in history, it was chosen as the US standard gauge.

I was looking for something else and ran across this link about The Days They Changed the Gauge

I didnt know that. I would love to see the History Channel make an episode of that. Thanks for the link.
18) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1561417)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
And the WHO still hasnt imposed a travel restriction out of said inefected countries. Must be they could care less if it does spread.
Any word on that suspected case in California?
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 18 (Message 1561003)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
In having a few beers myself. Boy they sure taste good.
20) Message boards : Politics : Straw that broke the camel's back? (Message 1560999)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I understand why Europe likes to look the other way when a another country huffs and puffs and acting beligerant. Hell they have had 2,000 years of warfare. To many people have died beacuse somebody wants what you have, Or you look and talk funny,Or we dont like how youy treat our people who live in your country. So treat them better or we annex you.
I get it. But sticking your head up your arse and pretending that talking tough and saying we will levy sanctions on you is fruitless. It hasnt worked on North Korea for crying out loud.

I dont care what happens in the Crimea. The US has its hands full in Iraq where we did muck it up. Never should have gone there from day one. We broke it we have to fix it.
But if the EU is so Gung Ho on the Ukraine deal thats up to you to fix or not fix.


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