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1) Message boards : SETI@home Science : questions on seti and astropulse (Message 1549010)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile William Rothamel
There are perhaps a million stars within 1000 light years, not all of them main sequence.

I consider that to be not many in terms of the estimated 300 billion stars in our own Galaxy.

We are more likely to catch spurious signals from planets around stars of, say, 100 light years out of which there are perhaps 10,000: again many are not main sequence, non binary which may be requirements for intelligent life.
2) Message boards : Politics : The coming elections.... (Message 1548984)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
Just on the point of the ObamaCare website scandal,


The scandal was the fact that the contract was apparently awarded to a Canadian(no less) Company in which Michele Obama's college roommate had an interest. The further scandal was in that there was apparently no supervision of the project over its several year life span. The fact that they attempted to go live while it wasn't scaled up and working properly is evidence of this.

I don't think that the programming was all that difficult--perhaps the links to outside providers and their files and info would be more messy. I say this because they were actually able to fix up the initial problems without too much delay.
3) Message boards : SETI@home Science : questions on seti and astropulse (Message 1548974)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
At 1000 light years we could most likely only pick up an intentional, high powered, focused beam.

Take note that there are not that many stars within 1000 lightyears and that (as far as I know) we ourselves are not sending any such beacon of existence.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1548636)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
The knowledge gained from CERN will undoubtedly, one day, lead to a benefit for all of human kind. The benefit may be far in the future and maybe can't even be imagined now.

The number "three" is an abstract construct as are all numbers. They describe what happens in our world. Quantum Mechanics and Nuclear physics have led to transistors, lasers and nuclear power and hundreds of other adaptations to modern medicine and society at large.

The benefit will come; it is true of most knowledge.
5) Message boards : Politics : First Scientific Proof Of God Found (Message 1548255)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Daddio,
I think your son Bubba should consider a change of career. Would he be interested in getting involved in the Shrimp business?


Yes, my son, I will speak to him at once.

regards,

Bill
6) Message boards : Politics : First Scientific Proof Of God Found (Message 1547901)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Johnney.

It occurred to me that my son, Bubba, could help you along with your quest. He is very much attuned to the DNA thing. You maybe could find him in Santa Fe, New Mexico

7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1547899)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Tullio

Well perhaps we are cooling as some have asserted. In the past there was an apparent correlation with sun spot activity and temperature on Earth. I am thinking of these coronal mass ejections though. The most recent one that just missed creating havoc on Earth was more severe than anything in the past 150 years. So there may be other events (random?) or cycles that cause a fluctuating amount of total energy output from our Star.

I am relying on subjective memories and think that the sun feels more intense now than I remember. I spent 4 years as a kid in Key West Florida which is the southern most point in the United States. It seems that now, here in Tennessee (1000 miles North) the sun feels much hotter than I remember it then, back 60 years ago.

Here is what I have posted before. It is from the Internet so it must be correct !!

From Goddard Space Flight Center:

Since the late 1970s, the amount of solar radiation the sun emits, during times of quiet sunspot activity, has increased by nearly .05 percent per decade, according to a NASA funded study.

"This trend is important because, if sustained over many decades, it could cause significant climate change," said Richard Willson, a researcher affiliated with NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University's Earth Institute, New York. He is the lead author of the study recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.

"Historical records of solar activity indicate that solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century. If a trend, comparable to the one found in this study, persisted throughout the 20th century, it would have provided a significant component of the global warming the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports to have occurred over the past 100 years," he said
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1547742)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
It's my contention that increased solar intensity is responsible foe any warming trend if there is actually one at all.
9) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery (Message 1547598)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
If they are of Jovian size then they are not Earth-Like
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Worth a try (Message 1547369)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I clambered all over the NS Savannah with my wife and kids in Charleston South Carolina. It was part of their Maritime Museum at Patriot's Point there in Mt Pleasant. They had a WW2 Carrier there as well as one of the old Diesel Subs like my father commanded when he was in the Navy.

I seem to remember that the Savannah is no longer there. I am going to Charleston this November for my 50th reunion for the Citadel class of 1964. I am actually staying there at Patriot's Point and will enjoy the ships there once again.
11) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery (Message 1547367)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I doubt that Titan has an atmosphere that contains water. Since it is extremely cold there any water would be ice in the first place. The surface temperature is about 300 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

Mars did have water for quite a long time I presume. Nonetheless, it did not have sufficient gravity and pressure to keep it from escaping to space in the longer term.
12) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery (Message 1547082)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
If they are small planets the water vapor would have escaped off into space as it did on Mars long ago.
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Voyager I (Message 1546630)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Those of you who fancy travel to a another star system should reflect on how long Voyager has been traveling and may still be in our solar system.
14) Message boards : Politics : First Scientific Proof Of God Found (Message 1546515)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
As a matter of fact. One of my old Irish Girlfriends from 45 years ago married a Livermore scientist. Mary Agnes McMahon (Nee O'Brien). So call Frank McMahon at Livermore and tell him that you met a former admirer of his wife and see if he will help you out. I would venture to say that you can find other super computers as well. Probably some there in the Emerald Isle.

In the US 925-422-1100 is the main operator. I don't know if Frank still works there, but I still think that they live in Livermore California. I used to canoe on the lake there 30 years ago.
15) Message boards : Politics : First Scientific Proof Of God Found (Message 1546498)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
It sounds simple to just swap the letters around. But its actually quite difficult when you try.


Au Contraire' Mon Herr

It would be a cinch. A computer could run every possible substitution on, say, a sentence and then match it with a computerized copy of the bible, the human genome or whatever you say is encoded. It would then quickly reject the many mismatches until it found that sentence intact. Then to verify your theory you would use the substitution that was successful on the next sentence and of course it would match as well if what you say is true. Todays supercomputers at Lawrence Livermore can do 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 instructions per second so it shouldn't take too long at all. It would be a rather simple program at that.

You of course would have to specify in which language that you found this remarkable discovery.

Early accounts of the Bible were written in Greek. I presume you are talking about the New Testament.

There are only 3 billion pairs in the human genome so probably a random match of a long sentence might be possible but not the entire text.

As you can see my alter ego Daddio has also made significant breakthroughs in this important field.

16) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1546413)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Ya Know

Them Ozzies have gotten it right on Global Warming and the Carbon Tax falderal. How can I get citizenship ??
17) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1546412)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
How much protien do you get from beef versus poultry, Fish, And Pork?


They are all about the same: A little less than 20% protein for relatively lean meat; fish is perhaps a little higher than this. The information on the internet shows somewhat higher figures but I think my numbers are probably right since not just the leanest portions of meat are eaten. For instance roasted turkey breast would have several times the protein content of the skin of the bird.

Soy beans are 40% protein when the oil is extracted and dried and have the right mix of Amino Acids to grow human flesh and sinew. If we got rid of our cows (steers) and didn't feed them grain we could increase protein production per acre by perhaps a factor of 10 or 15 by growing soybeans and feeding them to humans instead of to bovines.

When I lifted weights competitively I supplemented my diet with soy protein.

I also raised over 100 Cow/Calf combinations on my farm in Southern Illinois and grew wheat, corn and soybeans to feed those whom were hungry. This was more or less a hobby farm and our main profit from operations came from upland hardwood timber which yielded over $1000 per acre when we cut it. In another 25 years the same yield could be extracted again.

This farm was now sold to the Government and is part of the Shawnee National Forest. I do retain the Oil and Gas rights for the next 50 years however.
18) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Quantum Entanglement possible instant communication over very long distances (Message 1545969)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
There is no way to send information.


That's what I say as well.
19) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1545859)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging



Answer me this:

If god didn't want us to eat cows then why did she make them out of steaks ??
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Quantum Entanglement possible instant communication over very long distances (Message 1545846)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
To send a message in binary and Quantum format you would first have to order and mark a long string of pennies. Then you would have to order and mark their virtual quantum twins in a remote place in the same way. Next you would have to turn over the local pennies in the right pattern to represent your message. The message at the other end would not be instantaneous since you cannot enter the original message at faster than light speed.

So: I am still awaiting an explanation of how information can be transmitted faster than light if it exceeds one bit.


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