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1) Message boards : SETI@home Science : RATAN 600 Observatory Reports Possible SETI Detection in Hercules (Message 1813042)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
If it were sent by an Intelligent civilization. It wouldn't just be a signal--it would be modulated with some content that indicated intelligence residing at the source. So, is the received signal modulated in any way, and if so what is the content ?

Please don't tell me that the signal itself was not recorded.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Planet Found in Habitable Zone around Proxima Centauri (Message 1812653)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Take me to your leader.


no !! It's "Take me to your Larder"
3) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1812534)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Bill Clinton just never knows when to quit--The Clintons just can't help themselves-- can they?
4) Message boards : SETI@home Science : How do we know this software works? (Message 1811040)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Yes that's right but probably not relevant to the issue here. Depending on the Latitude of the Radio Telescope, The antenna is rotating at several hundred miles per hour relative to the Earth's axis. The signal if there is one would be a point in the sky which would smear into an arced line which for 2 seconds of data would be around 1800 feet long or so. So we would expect to see a gaussian -like (Normally Distributed) curve as it came on center beam to edge. If the source were rotating we would also see a doppler shift over this time period.

Don't really know what I am talking about but this seems like what should happen.
5) Message boards : Politics : Hillary Clinton - the next president of America? (Message 1810687)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
if you elect Hillary
your democracy shall survive, for now.


I am not smelling any roses here. What I smell is a lot more onerous and foul.

We are vastly socialist now. If the trend continues under Madam Clinton then there will be riots and another civil war when the money runs out and those on the indolent's dole find that the Government tit goes dry and payment on the borrowing and loans come due.

Her policies, like Obama's, will assure that there are more people in poverty who are dependent on the government for food, housing, health care, higher education, free day care, a blind eye to civil crime and disorder and so on. These people like big government and will vote Democratic for the promise of a bigger handout for less work.
6) Message boards : Politics : Anyone else supporting Bernie Sanders for president? (Message 1810403)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Too bad neither Bernie nor Biden will be the next President.


Biden might be OK. Bernie is Mao Tse Tung with a goofy face and bad hair.
7) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1809648)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
A frightened people, will usually respond positively to this 'message .


One can be concerned and "afraid" of the future for the country if things continue on the current path without being "frightened" in the sense of being ineffectual scardy cats.
8) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1809602)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Remember Microsoft started by stealing CP/M.


Here is my take on the early DOS issue. Back in the mid 70's or so I remember teaching computer programming at a brand new community college. Radio shack had the TRS-80 computer. It had 16K of main memory and would support a local network for printer sharing. The computer that ran the printer had 32 K.

We ran an ALGOL interpreter; but the underlying machine language was TRS-DOS. When I came back from IRAN in 1978 we had an IBM desktop computer in my office at the University of Illinois. The DOS of the day was essentially identical to TRS-DOS.

I always thought that DOS was a rip-off of the earlier Radio Shack operating system. Perhaps all of the early stuff was very closely related.
9) Message boards : Politics : Hillary Clinton - the next president of America? (Message 1809477)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Well, after all its Hillary Rob-em Clinton.
10) Message boards : Politics : Hillary Clinton - the next president of America? (Message 1809298)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
So being a Canadian you won't have to make the excruciating choice between these two miscreants. If it's any consolation, i wouldn't have voted for your infamous Mayor of Toronto nor that wanker, Mulroney (the elder).

I have lost track of my friends in Don Mills and Etobicoke as well as all the Ottawa Labbies so I can't get a reading on Canadian Politics from my old circle of friends. On my frequent trips to the NORTH I miss reading the Globe and Mail and buying good booze at duty-free prices. Northern Telecom went Belly-up and took a lot of pension funds with it--I presume that you still have Bell Canada.

Trump should start a foundation--don't you think. Those that donate can potentially become ambassadors to Barundi or the like if he gets elected.
11) Message boards : Politics : Hillary Clinton - the next president of America? (Message 1809263)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
It's true that he has not released his tax records. As for your other assertions--you are not seeing or reading the correct media. Trump got out of the draft on the old flat feet ploy--actually bone spurs in both heels. Prior to that he had deferments due to being a student in college and grad school. In those days you could get an exemption from the draft by getting married or having a "critical" skill such as a master's degree in electrical engineering. When I went in the Army they sent me to a laboratory rather than to Viet Nam.


He also held a news conference where he detailed all of several dozen charities and the amounts given to each. Some of these checks were recently written when the aggregate amount given was called into question by the media. I suspect also that he does not want the tax returns to be seen by the hyenas in the media. He probably has contributed not just to charities but to left-wing democrats as well. Net worth is not determined from a tax filing only income and losses.
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Dark matter/Dark Energy (Message 1809174)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Perhaps some studies need to be funded to explore the reasons that we state that there is "Dark Matter" at all. There well may be but why do we say so and what are other explanations for what we think that we see.
13) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1809173)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
several hundred of which have been confirmed to be “Earth-like” (


Point of order: to my knowledge not one of them has been correctly identified as earth like. There is more to "Earth-Like" than a rocky planet in the habitable zone. i am not sure that we have any of these which display these two of perhaps 2 dozen parameters to be Earth-like.

They are out there but we haven't found them yet and we may never will. Lets keep looking however.
14) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1809170)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
The search is always possible --let's hope that it is being conducted correctly and efficiently.
15) Message boards : SETI@home Science : A new reason why we haven't heard from ET (Message 1809061)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Alpha Centauri has several stars that are all near to us in cosmic terms.
16) Message boards : Politics : Hillary Clinton - the next president of America? (Message 1808853)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Hillary has released latest Tax Return


What a generous person. 96% of her charitable contributions went to the Clinton Foundation. Charity begins at home--or so they say.
17) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1808852)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
My alter ego has also been collaborating with CERN over expanding the Standard Model.

18) Message boards : SETI@home Science : A new reason why we haven't heard from ET (Message 1808850)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
This potentially could be very interesting. I have always felt that we should be concentrating on our nearest neighbor. Perhaps we should beam a message to this group of stars.
19) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1808724)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Back to kindergarten and toilet training for these two smart imbeciles. More practice needed in first grade playground taunting. I should say !!
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : A new reason why we haven't heard from ET (Message 1808677)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
It's OK to think that we are the most advanced civilization or form of life within listening distance from us.

I posit that it is less likely that we are the most advanced or only civilization in the entire universe. I refuse to believe that we are the oldest solar system in the cosmos as well.

In spite of those charlatans that say they are sure we will achieve contact with one of these other alien civilizations within the next 20 years, I suggest that we may very well never know if any of these assertions are correct.

We may be participating in a fool's game; yet, I and others still play the Lottery.


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