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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : . . . dropping by to say hello to each of you my friends (Message 1780922)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Hi Dr. C.E.T.I. Its been awhile since your last post. Hope you and yours are well.
2) Message boards : Politics : House of Cards (Message 1779259)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Its really simple. Don't vote for the idiot who's in office. I really believe in this day and age term limits. You get one shot at what ever office for how many years the law says you can have it. Then Bye, Bye you go home.
3) Message boards : Politics : We need to push to allow nuclear weapons to be used in space. (Message 1779254)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Id like to see a 2016 Science based study on that wild idea from project Orion.
Detonating nukes behind a space craft does not sound like a safe idea. And how much shielding would be needed?
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tigger has left the building......... (Message 1779252)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Mark, Ive been following your post on Tigger but haven't posted as I didn't think I had anything to ease your pain. First off I apologize for not acknowledging Your loss.
Mark there is no time table to returning the original Tiggers ashes off the mantle to the Earth.
Why you ask?

My second wife as many of you know if you have read the PTSD thread. Was in an Auto accident and was in a coma for 13 days before she died. Her wish in talks before her accident , Was to be creamated and then her ashes spread upon a near by lake.
I kept her ashes in my closet for 5 years before I was finally able to let go of them in the nearby lake. Yes it was hard. But it was also a relief.
Take your time. When you are ready you will know. Take care my friend.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Anyone┬┤s leaving the project ? (Message 1779246)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
credits are just numbers.

Yes but a new toaster would be quite the prize, the fame and fortune that would come from it would amaze all.

Who ever gets that first toaster, They could sell it on E-bay and make a fortune.
I notice that now that I'm getting other data from whatever. The RAC is falling again. Such is SETI@Home.
Nope Im staying. Been here almost from the start. I do crunch for two other projects when Seti goes down. But I will stay here until the end.
Or until some other project starts giving toasters:)
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Memories (Message 1777467)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I guess I could be called one of those people who doesn't like change, and part of the reason is because it's nice to go back to a certain place in my memory and relive it in reality. For instance, when I go back to my old University campus and certain buildings, or even trees, aren't there anymore, it's frustrating and depressing because reality doesn't match up with my memory. I know the past can never be the same again, but sometimes I really want it to be.

I can really relate to that Gordan. The little hamlet that we moved to in 1965, When I was 13 is half gone now. The state made the road wider and got rid of the south half of the hamlet. Not a house is standing. I can still recall the names of the people who lived in them. Progress. Aint it wonder full?
7) Message boards : Politics : We need vaccinations and boosters throughout our lives- About Whooping Cough (Message 1776101)
Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
They aren't a Peabody.


mmm why am I sceptical of a Peabody .....

Just had a look at the site .....hehehehehe

Didn't know Seinfeld was factual yet it's in there archive .

MM Georgia is in the south , mmm bible belt mmm , slavery mmmm Yanky's

mmm didn't they lose the civil war

Actually the Yankies won the war. The south ( which Georgia was a part of) did lose but they were called Rebels.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : College basketball (Message 1776100)
Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I will root for Villanova. Former Big East rival of Syracuse.
I will also root for the Women of Syracuse to beat UConn.

I also agree with Gordan that the players should not be punished. Punish the school by fines and lost scholarships. But let the players compete.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Memories (Message 1774660)
Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
How far back do you think a
person could possibility remember?


This was quite a few years ago. But a book I had read postulated that a lot of human phobias were formed when we were still small rodent like beings back about 65 million years ago. My self I have an extreme fear of snakes.
I think the author called it ancesterial racial memory.
I don't have a clue if that was ever accepted by scientists.
I think a parallel would be the modern human fear of the wolf, sabertooth cats (even thought they died out tens of thousands of years ago.)And any other predator who hunted us.
10) Message boards : Politics : We need vaccinations and boosters throughout our lives- About Whooping Cough (Message 1773874)
Posted 25 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
How long does passive immunity last in an infant?
You should be asking these and many other questions


I is !, I is !

It usually occurs through
infection of the unhealed umbilical stump, particularly when
the stump is cut with an unsterile instrument
you can also add c section as cause of infection

why would a woman need passive immunity to pass on when a hospital is sterile and so are all the instruments ...


Overkill and drug company's getting there mula from all them extra scrypts

A hospital is sterile? Is that why mersa is so prevalent in them. I had an Aunt die from that being in a hospital.
11) Message boards : Politics : We need vaccinations and boosters throughout our lives- About Whooping Cough (Message 1773388)
Posted 23 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Bobby I'm not a expert but I think I know and understand it far better than most .

The biggest problem with immunisations is misinformation like stating you need shoots every year you don't you ask your Doctor as you said you need to know infection rates and stuff well I let my Doc do that and check myself as even Doctors are not always up to date .

You can't tell me that Tetanus shoots are necessary when they are ONLY needed with c sections and certain other complications during berth but now we give all kids it ???

There are problems that need to be looked at with the policy of vaccinations and there effects like allergy's and possibly Autism .

Sorry but you are dead wrong about Tetanus. It lives in the soil, And in dust and manure. It enters the skin via a cut or puncture wound. Also called lockjaw, it is very rare in the US where most everyone are vaccinated. And those who do get were not vaccinated. Every ten years you should have the shot.

As for myself I get the shot every ten years. Why ask to die from a disease that can be prevented?
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Memories (Message 1772994)
Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Earliest memory I have is from about age 3. my dad had a 1947 International pickup truck. And I remember me and my younger sister riding in it with dad and mom going to the store. That would be 1955.
13) Message boards : Politics : A word in the ear of Britain. (Message 1772348)
Posted 18 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I would say good for Britain.
Sounds like you have leaders who are thinking whats good for all. Not whats good for themselves like we have.
14) Message boards : Politics : China / Spratly Islands (Message 1772346)
Posted 18 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
As I am not versed in maritime law. I would think it was legal to Pursue said vessel into international waters.
I somehow think China would have done the same to any vessel doing something underhanded in their waters.
China is starting to flex it muscles.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Problem with NVIDIA GPU (Message 1771833)
Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
How long has it been in your machine? I blow out the dust bunnies every month out of my machines. That includes the fans, The memory sticks the cpu fan and the GPU. BUT, When I replaced an old 550Ti with a new 750Ti. I could not belive the amount of dust that was stuck in the fins. And I mean stuck. I used half a can of air getting it clean. Of course it had been running for close to 4 years also.

Maybe its overheating a bit and clocking down. Im not saying that's the problem, But worth a look. There are far better folks in here who know a lot more about computers than I do.
16) Message boards : Politics : North Korea. (Message 1770938)
Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
China better leash its rabid dog. It might end up chomping on there asses.
17) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1769989)
Posted 6 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
If Sanders runs as a 3rd party. He might get my vote. As for the shrill one she should be arrested for the E-mail faux paw. But she wont. ITs a very different story if a repub had done that though.
18) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1769961)
Posted 6 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
"I said a long time ago that the Tea Party will tear the Rupublican party apart thus destroying it, and it seems that it is on its' way of doing just that. Drumpf will be the Frankenstein monster, created by them, to do exactly that. It's no longer our grandfathers party anymore. Therefore the only thing left to do...."

And the Tea Party needs to be destroyed. They seem to be the party that's want to roll back the clock to the 1950's. Well sorry this is 2016. Yes Im Rebublican. But Im a progressive moderate. The Tea Partys ideals never have set with me at all.
I don't like anyone from either side running. I just hope, That maybe for once we get a viable 3rd party candidate to run.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tax deductible? (Message 1769440)
Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
That is a good question for which there is no definitive answer. One project, Quantum Cures even states that "people donating their computer time to be used for the research may be able to take a tax deduction for the time their machines are used."
I wrote about issue several years ago. I believe that the costs of providing a service for a Non Profit should be deductible. Back in 2008 my out of pocket costs were significant and I did deduct $24,000 in very well documents costs. But I had 10 purpose built computers that did nothing but run seti and other distributed computer programs. That particular year my income was in the mid six figure range and as an attorney I was read and willing to put that to a legal challenge. I documented the costs, power consumption, photographed hard drives directories and was ready for an audit and legal challenge. I had a bullet proof case that the computers were only used for donation of services to a not for profit organization, UC Berkeley. I didn't get to put the case on. The IRS accepted my return on it's face value. I was not audited.

However, in your case based on your facts I would say no. You are looking to build a computer for gaming using Seti contribution to offset the costs. If you read IRS Publication 526 it's pretty clear that the cost must be for the sole purpose and directly related to providing services to a non-profit. You do not appear to meet that test.

The IRS has had their agency budget cut, as has the SSA agency budget, thanks to less money, services got cut, offices were close, employees laid off, all cause of Congress.

Well as I have been audited twice by the IRS. ( lost one, Won one ) I will never tempt the IRS to audit me.
The one I lost was when I was going to a Welder-Fitter program and received a stipend. Me doing my own taxes didn't know I had to report the income. (Yeah I was young and stupid )The second one I won. I had a tax professional do my taxes after the first audit. I was divorced by then. At the time you could deduct a certain portion of child support if you met certain conditions. They called me on it. My tax guy supplied the proof.
I don't care if there are undermanned and have a crappy budget. If you think you can cheat the IRS you will be caught up with.

At the time of my two audits, I made in 1981, $8,223.00. The second audit was in 1984. I made $25,693 that year.
They just don't go after the big money makers. If they find a flag the will take a look. Why take a chance on cheating?

I don't blame you, but at the same time they are just doing their job. Yes I filed My own taxes years ago, I didn't file for anything beyond the ordinary junk, but still what I said is valid, since less funding means less employees, while those elsewhere higher up than you, that could pay, end up getting away with not paying anything, taxes are necessary, even ROME had taxes, no Taxes, No Roman Empire, since nothing is free, clean water and air, nor new energy technology research, NOAA, NASA, DOD, Congress, etc, etc.

If they have the time and you're a big enough fish to haul in, sure, otherwise, they have bigger fish to fry.

Negative Vic. I was not nor have I ever been a bigger fish. They caught me in the net twice. I got away the second time because I used a tax professional, That used the IRS's own rules.
If the IRS gets you in the net they will fry you no matter what size fish you are.
I will never cheat on my taxes. Not one dollar. It is not worth the hassle, Trust me.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tax deductible? (Message 1768956)
Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
That is a good question for which there is no definitive answer. One project, Quantum Cures even states that "people donating their computer time to be used for the research may be able to take a tax deduction for the time their machines are used."
I wrote about issue several years ago. I believe that the costs of providing a service for a Non Profit should be deductible. Back in 2008 my out of pocket costs were significant and I did deduct $24,000 in very well documents costs. But I had 10 purpose built computers that did nothing but run seti and other distributed computer programs. That particular year my income was in the mid six figure range and as an attorney I was read and willing to put that to a legal challenge. I documented the costs, power consumption, photographed hard drives directories and was ready for an audit and legal challenge. I had a bullet proof case that the computers were only used for donation of services to a not for profit organization, UC Berkeley. I didn't get to put the case on. The IRS accepted my return on it's face value. I was not audited.

However, in your case based on your facts I would say no. You are looking to build a computer for gaming using Seti contribution to offset the costs. If you read IRS Publication 526 it's pretty clear that the cost must be for the sole purpose and directly related to providing services to a non-profit. You do not appear to meet that test.

The IRS has had their agency budget cut, as has the SSA agency budget, thanks to less money, services got cut, offices were close, employees laid off, all cause of Congress.

Well as I have been audited twice by the IRS. ( lost one, Won one ) I will never tempt the IRS to audit me.
The one I lost was when I was going to a Welder-Fitter program and received a stipend. Me doing my own taxes didn't know I had to report the income. (Yeah I was young and stupid )The second one I won. I had a tax professional do my taxes after the first audit. I was divorced by then. At the time you could deduct a certain portion of child support if you met certain conditions. They called me on it. My tax guy supplied the proof.
I don't care if there are undermanned and have a crappy budget. If you think you can cheat the IRS you will be caught up with.

At the time of my two audits, I made in 1981, $8,223.00. The second audit was in 1984. I made $25,693 that year.
They just don't go after the big money makers. If they find a flag the will take a look. Why take a chance on cheating?


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