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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Berks R Us Report (Message 1616828)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile James Sotherden
I still think kids should learn how to actually right words.

Quite agree :-))))

OK, So Im a berk, And I should take my own advice:)
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1616826)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile James Sotherden
USA Regs

Hmmmmmmm

It does seem stupid to trash a car because it has no airbags and that the same car but older is allowed to live so to speak.
But It serves two purposes. One eventaully all car being driven will have airbags except the antiques that are restored. And it sends a message to stop criminal activity on smuggling unsafe cars into the US.
Will the later deter smuggling? Depends how many cars they crush to make the cost of shipping vs the profit motive.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Just watched "It's a Wonderful Life" for the umpteenth time (Message 1616821)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile James Sotherden
It wouldn't be Christmas for me without watching It's a Wonderful Life. If you don't cry you just don't have a heart. But I realised the movie has one flaw. In the end ole man Potter got away with stealing the $8,000 that Uncle Billy misplaced.

No he didnt. Many years ago on Saturday Night Live They did a spoof that showed the George Baily character, Beating the living snot out of old man Potter:)
4) Message boards : Politics : The price of oil (Message 1616589)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James Sotherden
I disagree. I belive it is to punish Russia. Make mideast oil cheaper than Russian oil


James it's got nothing to do with Russia after all they cam produce it just as cheap as the Arab's . Don't cost much to drill a hole and just pump it out but Canada's oil tar sands well that is totally different .
And to think your spending heaps on a pipeline to bring the oil down to the gulf , mmmmmmmm one big white expencive white elephant . And it's going to cost poor Canada and you guys heaps of cash if you keep extracting it from the tar sand s . minimum to break even on that is $65 per barrel.

And to think the terrorist get a lot of cash from them back stabbing Sudia's

It has everything to do with Russia. What do you think Putin is ranting about? the Ruble is falling. Why would anyone buy oil from Russia when Mideast oil is cheaper? Opec stated that they will maintain current production of oil. Why? You can be sure its not out of the goodeness of their hearts.
5) Message boards : Politics : Taliban Massacre (Message 1616587)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James Sotherden
That's why the planet is in a world of crap! Too many with their heads stuck in books & insulting to others when they attain a position in power. In other words, they've learnt nothing but how to put their views on what they've learnt in effect...

...& hate being proven wrong.

At the cost of lives I might add. Usually your own soldiers.
I can read a book on Karate. But that sure as hell dont mean I can kick ass.

Well the only one who has been proven wrong here are the people that argue Sun Tzu's lessons don't apply to them, while the people that understand and apply Sun Tzu's lessons continue to come out on top in conflicts.

And that comparison is really ridiculous. Karate is a set of move's and techniques. Those can't be learned from a book. The Art of War on the other hand deals with overall strategies about the general use of war. Its lessons are broad and lay out a set of principles that leaders should keep in mind. Its not a guarantee that you win if you understand and apply the lessons of Sun Tzu, but they can increase your effectiveness significantly.[/quote]
DUH that was my whole point. Just because you read a book dosent mean you can kick ass. Get it?
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Berks R Us Report (Message 1616584)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James Sotherden
Today, the young folks use their thumbs to tap out messages on their twitter-
boxes. Some schools, I understand, don't even teach longhand, anymore.
Amazing.

For us, good penmanship started with a straight pen, dipped into an inkwell,
and applied to yellow, blue-lined paper. The slightest incorrect pressure
on the nib, resulted in a blot (a no-no).

The jury's out, as far as I am concerned, as to whether people's brains profit more from tapping out words/sentences, or penning them.

I still think kids should learn how to actually right words. Maybe not cursive< as my penmanship is horrible. I can hardly read my own writing. Thats why I mostly use printing. Technology is nice but kids do need to know how to be able to write the words with a real pen.

My mom is a lefty. Back when she was a kid in school in the late 30's she had her hand whacked with a ruler a lot. Untill her mother found out about it. That ceased real quick.My Grandmother was a small woman but she was certainly not meek.
7) Message boards : Politics : The price of oil (Message 1616141)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
mmmm so people think the Saudi's are trying to break Russia .

NOT going to work also not the reason why the price has drop'd either .

It will be Canada and America that will break first .

There's more afoot than people realize to this .

Beware the man that carry's a staff when he comes to your land and says he's a friend as he is not a friend but a snake in disguise

I disagree. I belive it is to punish Russia. Make mideast oil cheaper than Russian oil.
Hell, we all know the mideast hates the US. They would raise the price in a heartbeat if they figured they could stick it to us.
And I wont forget that what ever is going on the price will be raised just as fast at whatever point is being proved.
My driving habits havent changed one bit. I still fill up once a week, And do no unecssary driving. But my wallet loves the lower price for now.
8) Message boards : Politics : Taliban Massacre (Message 1616137)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
As for my experience, we are talking long term strategic policy here. Non of you has any actual experience with that (unless one of you was President of a nuclear power or some Commander in Chief of some countries armed forces), but it is exactly what I've been studying. Theoretical knowledge beats your complete lack of knowledge, be it practical or theoretical.


That's why the planet is in a world of crap! Too many with their heads stuck in books & insulting to others when they attain a position in power. In other words, they've learnt nothing but how to put their views on what they've learnt in effect...

...& hate being proven wrong.

At the cost of lives I might add. Usually your own soldiers.
I can read a book on Karate. But that sure as hell dont mean I can kick ass.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : PC Matic vs Kaspersky. (Message 1616131)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
I'm using Microsoft Essentials. No Seti problems. No virus or other problems. And it is a free download.

I also use Microsoft Essentials and malawarebytes. No problems with Seti or any other program.
I used to use AVG. But they have so much garbage in the way before you can even find the free version I gave up on them. Same as I dont use Cnet. They download to much hidden garbage.
edit- I dont use Cnet to find any program that is.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Berks R Us Report (Message 1615677)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
:)))))))))))))))) @all of you :)

Re the fork hand - I suppose it comes down to which hand is most skilled for the more difficult task of cutting things up, than the fine motor tasks required for the subsequent "getting its contents adequately into your face" you know... without shoving it into your eye... *pause to perform annietanalysis*

Y-e-e-e-e-s :) I find getting things into my face quite easy so leave it to my right hand to do it :) Jim is clearly... different :))))))))

edit: fledgling ambi perhaps? :)

I am right handed but I hold a phone in my left hand, Deal cards with my left hand, Drink a beer or a soda with my left hand. And Like most people catch a ball with my left hand.
Ive tried dealing cards right handed It just does'nt work.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tech support scammer (Message 1615674)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Yay! I was starting to feel left out. :( I've seen so many stories about these tech support scammers cold calling people to tell them their computer is broken, and I finally received a call just a few minutes ago. I can't help but feel I should have tried to waste more of their time, after all, the more time spent trying to convince me that my computer is broken is less opportunity for them to scam some other mark.

For those that enjoy such conversations, here's a rough excerpt from the call:

Me: "Hello?"

[thick Indian accent] "Hello, sir, I am calling you today about your computer. It is not receiving the updates and we're here to help you."

Me: "What update?"

Scammer: "The windows and application update."

Me: "Why would I want your update?"

Scammer: "It will fix windows and application performance issues...."

Me: "My computer is running just fine."

Scammer: "Sir, it may be running fine now, but you will eventually have problem."

Scammer: "Are you at your computer now?"

Me: "Yes."

Scammer: "Can you turn it on please?"

Me: "It was already on. If you were monitoring my computer, you'd have known that."

Scammer: "OK, can you find the Windows key on the lower left of your keyboard. Do you see it? It has four boxes."

Me: "Yes."

Scammer: "OK, press that and the R button."

Me: "OK, the 'run' box came up."

Scammer: "OK, now type in MSCONFIG [uses phonetic spelling to assist me]"

Me: "OK, MSCONFIG came up after I press enter. [even before she told me to press enter]"

Scammer: "Now I want you to click on the Services tab. Do you see a lot of them as "Stopped" in the status column?"

Me: "Yes."

Scammer: "Do you see the one for Windows installer? Is it stopped?"

Me: "Yes. It is supposed to be stopped because I'm not installing anything."

Scammer [ignoring my last comment]: "Ok, now I want you to press Win+R again, and this time type in E-V-E-N-T-V-W-R. [uses phonetic spelling again]"

Me: "Ok, the event viewer came up."

Scammer: "Can you see where it says Windows Logs?"

Me: "Yes."

Scammer: "Can you tell me how many events you have under application?"

Me: "I have 22,205."

Scammer: "Sir, see, you have many errors in your application and you are infected with a virus..."

Me: "How would you know that?"

Scammer: "Sir, that many events indicates you have something wrong with your computer. We are a service to help you..."

Me: "You're not helping me. All you've done was to point me to services that are stopped when they should be, and you've pointed me to my Event Viewer to tell me that what is perfectly normal errors and warning events are indicative of a virus."

Scammer: "Sir, we are trying to help you with the performance of your windows and applications..."

Me: "No you're not. You guys are scamming people. This is a well-known scam that has been happening for years now and you guys should really cease cold-calling people trying to convince them their computer is broken." [yeah, I know trying to reason with someone whom has no morality or may not even know what they're doing is wrong because they're following a script is pure folly... I thought I'd try anyway]

Scammer: "Sir, do you have an anti-virus on your computer?"

Me: "Yes, I do."

Scammer: "So you have an anti-virus?"

Me: "Yes. If you were monitoring my computer you'd know that."

Scammer: "Ok, so your computer is running fine then..."

Me: "Of course it is. But please, stop cold-calling people because what you're doing is..."

<click>


Me: LOL!


<sigh> Probably came across too tough. I should have started up my Windows 7 virtual machine and used it as a honey pot for them to remote into (because I know that was the next step of the scam) and let them "fix" my vm. I could have then run a netstat to determine which IP they were coming from and tracert it back to their location to turn the tables on them.

Oh well. I tried and blew it. I doubt I'll get a second chance to pull it off. I do hope, at least, that this post acts as a PSA to the less tech savvy out there. This scam is still going on, and the are still trying to convince people that they are there to help you out of the blue, and will eventually offer to "fix" your computer for a fee. If your computer is broken, please take it to someone you trust.

It was kinda fun though.... :-D

Just the other day my wife got the second of the MS scam. The first time was about two months ago. He called her everyday for a week. She kept telling them
that. My husband does all the computer stuff call back when he gets up and before he goes to work.
He finaly calls when Im up. He tells me your computer has problems. I say Oh yeah what kind of problems. He tells me the same garbage he told you OzzFan. I did manage to keep him on the line for 15 minutes before I stated that he just wanted me to open up my computer so he could hack it. Then I said your just a scammer and hung up.
Now the day before yesterday a lady calls my wife with the same spiel. She tells her that she dosent do the computer stuff I do. So lets see hows this goes. I hope they do call back when Im up:)
Maybe I can do all the stuff they tell me to do but nothing is happening. When they finally say why isnt it working. I can say ooops I forgot to tell you Im running windows in VM mode under linux.
Would that line of BS work?
12) Message boards : Politics : The price of oil (Message 1615185)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
The House of Saud is at war with mother Russia and oil is the weapon. I believe the intent is to collapse the Russian economy. How this plays into Crimea ...

As to length, oil interests have already ceased purchasing new extraction technology equipment. They obviously believe that the prices will remain low for a long time.

Add Iran to the equation.

That is an intersting point. About Iran. Cheaper oil prices aslo could mean they cant invest so much in nuke resaerch?
I hope it lasts through the winter. I heat with propane. And last year I paid with tears.
13) Message boards : Politics : Taliban Massacre (Message 1615176)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
GUNS defeat them, and it will be Ugly.

Well it would be a first in military history where superior firepower won from a guerrilla style insurgency. And yes, this has often been tried.

ONLY Won, through out History, when waged as A WAR.

Philippine Insurrection 1905-1907, and 1946 to 1949.

When Mass Innocent Civilian Casualties are permitted, as in other Guerrilla Campaigns: Then they lose.

Understand History, and Human Nature. Especially when Terrified.

THEY will go too far (that is their 1000 year old history), and YOU will demand ANYTHING (as always happens) to save yourself and loved one's.

You may rebel against, and not admit the above. But... This has always been the response.

Neither you, nor human nature, have evolved.

You left out the Boer wars. That was ended when Britain put the Boer civilians in concentration camps. They were not called that, But was the same. They cut off all oustide intell and support. And they were not nice places either.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Ever wondered why ...... (Message 1615168)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Octal, James, is binary numbering, base 2, but with an important caveat:
The binary numbers increase to 7, then increment to
10 (octal), not 8 (decimal).

Hexadecimal (hex) is an even "denser" way to condense decimal, and those
programmers who code for firmware use it. I never did, as a
hardware engineer, although did do some programming, in octal.

Programmers, using Assembly Language, will see the locations in octal
(at least, my programs were so identified). I ended up using C, which was/is
a beautiful/clean language. There are many other languages, as you/everyone
else is/are aware).

To decipher (you pbly. know this, but will elaborate, anyway):

Reading right-to-left: 0
2exp0 = 1
2exp1 = 2
2exp2 = 4
etc.

Adding, again, one has 4+2+1=7.

One doesn't even have to do the math, just memorize, as most engineers do:

0, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, etc. A 1K memory chip, actually,
has 1024 logical locations.

10 (octal) = 8 (dec). So, our clock, if in octal, would read
000, 001, 010, 011, 100, 101, 110, 111, 1 000, 1 001, 1 010,
1 011, 1 010 (I have omitted the "0" in the first eight numbers).

The last five octal numbers would be referred to as
10 (octal), 11 (octal), 12 (octal), 13 (octal), and 14 (octal).

Hope this adds some clarity.

LOL. Well Im more lost now than ever. But thanks for the explanation. Might come in handy If I ever got on, Who wants to be a millionaire:)
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Ever wondered why ...... (Message 1613686)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
001 = 1
010 = 2
011 = 3
100 = 4
101 = 5
110 = 6
111 = 7 (bingo!)

Octal to Decimal, folks.

So is it base 2? or binary? it reads 111 2 (Sorry my keyboard cant do the under part) Is the 2 the base number?
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Ever wondered why ...... (Message 1613647)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Those weird markings some clocks have? :)


The only reason kids need to know Roman numerals these days is to work out when old buildings were constructed.

I'm trying to figure out what weird math are used for 7, 8 and 12...

Is the seven O:clock three ones squared? Or are those 3 lines another math character?

Seven in base 2 (binary)?

I thought binary was 0's and 1's? Anyway as math is not my forte, All of those symbols mean nothing to me. The only one I do recognise is the 1 over the cos 60 degree one.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Ever wondered why ...... (Message 1613629)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Those weird markings some clocks have? :)


The only reason kids need to know Roman numerals these days is to work out when old buildings were constructed.

I'm trying to figure out what weird math are used for 7, 8 and 12...

Is the seven O:clock three ones squared? Or are those 3 lines another math character?
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A World With Cow-lifting Girls (Message 1613622)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
I wanna go!

http://youtu.be/ACkmg3Y64_s

:-)

CC

That is the biggest and best looking, Most realistic layout I have ever seen. Thanks for the link.
19) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1613475)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Just because you read something in a Paper, Does not not make it true. As one example I will use the cold fusion Paper. That dosent make it wrong, But so far what they stated has'nt come true in repeated testing.

Just because I am citing one paper it does not mean there is only one paper. I have plenty, this one just seemed applicable to where our current debate is.
And I dont think anyone in here has stated that they are not racists. We all are to some degree.

Then you understand where I am coming from.

As for hurt feelings. Maybe for me thats the case.

and it was you the comment was aimed at.

But for Bi-Racial children, they get the stigma of not belonging to either race. Ive heard it first hand from both sides.


I am very aware of the problems faced by mixed race children . They are perceived as black by white people and not black enough by black people. However, the racism that they endure is based on their blackness. So it still racism against being black no matter which side it coming from.

So I gather from your posts Racism is just hurt feeling. Sorry I think your wrong.

Racism against white people is just hurt feelings. Racism against black people can be fatal. You have self identified as white. It is unlikely that being white will get you killed.

I didnt take that as being directed at me. I thought it was directed at my grandkids. So that was me taking the context of that comment wrong.
Thank you for clarifying that.
As for being killed. I can die just as easy as the next person. But I do get your point.
20) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1613453)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Now there's a thought! Any "good" chemists amongst our lot?

Well, I'm a chemical engineer. Not the same, but I do have second-year chemistry behind me. My country might profit from a good leader with a chemistry background. Our current one has no formal schooling at all. And it shows!

Interestingly, highly educated Modern American President's, Wilson, Bush Jr. (Harvard), and Obama, were/are failures.

Perhaps Practical (make things work) Educated Persons - Chemists, Engineer's, etc., will be better.

Who says Obama was a failure? Despite the obstruction of the right wing he got a lot of things done. He fixed the economy that Bush Jr broke. He made a start at fixing your healthcare system. He is working on fixing your broken immigration system

For fixing a economy that was in such a deep hole alone he should get credit. He saved your asses.

By omitting Wilson and Bush Jr. - you agree with 2/3 of my statement?

:) :) :)

I agree that Bush Jr. was a failure. I don't know much about Wilson so I can't comment.

What I do know is that there are too many lawyers in politics. I think we need some Astrophysicists, such as Neil de Grasse Tyson in charge.

So your saying Neil deGrasse Tyson should be the next Pm of Canada?

I never thought of that. How long would it take to make him Canadian? We'd have him like a shot.

He was born in New York city. I dont know Canadian law on who can be a PM. In the US you have to be natural born to be elected President. I like him a lot. I think he'd make a great science adviser to a President. And the heat he took for helping to demoting Pluto shows he can take the heat of political office:)


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