Posts by Bob DeWoody


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1) Message boards : Politics : TNT series "The Last Ship" spoiler alert. (Message 1813970)
Posted 14 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I'm a racing fan and all I could think of was Indy Racing League. LOL
2) Message boards : SETI@home Science : RATAN 600 Observatory Reports Possible SETI Detection in Hercules (Message 1813785)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
It appears that the S@H staff has decided that this incident is not a valid candidate for being a signal from ET based on a message I read last night from S@H.
3) Message boards : Politics : TNT series "The Last Ship" spoiler alert. (Message 1813783)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
What is "IRL"? BTW England didn't fare any better during the pandemic than anyplace else. In the second season a pirated British submarine chased the Nathan James until the James sank it. The crew of the sub weren't regular British sailors with the exception of a couple of the officers.
4) Message boards : Politics : TNT series "The Last Ship" spoiler alert. (Message 1813624)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
What was portrayed in the program was somewhat more sinister to the point of erecting walls between the regions.
5) Message boards : Politics : TNT series "The Last Ship" spoiler alert. (Message 1813482)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Does anyone else here watch this program? It started out two years ago about a US Navy destroyer and it's Captain who is charged with finding the cause of an a cure for a viral epidemic that ends up killing over 90% of the world's population. They find a cure for those who were not already dead and end up distributing it worldwide from the new US capitol in St. Louis.

This year the Captain is sent to southeast asia to find out why the cure isn't working and discovers there is a plot by the leader of China to kill off the remaining non Chinese population of Asia.

Meanwhile a secret group in the USA has successfully destroyed what remains of the US government and plans to replace it with 5 independent regions run by greedy politicians with plans to enslave the remaining population.

The program outline leaves a lot of unexplained gaps in the story but it very darkly paints a picture of what lies maybe not so deep beneath the surface around the world if organised government breaks down.
6) Message boards : SETI@home Science : RATAN 600 Observatory Reports Possible SETI Detection in Hercules (Message 1813475)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Well, hopefully, a real signal from an intelligent source will present itself sometime in the future. Maybe this is it.
7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : AeroGel (Message 1810794)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I'm wondering why the various space agencies have not begun building and launching large aerogel sponges into the most cluttered areas of near earth orbits to trap and eventually remove small pieces of space junk before it becomes too late. The research has been done and all indications are that such a system will work.
http://swfound.org/media/99938/hirayama-passive_adr.pdf
http://www.hindawi.com/journals/amse/2013/484153/
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Question about radioactive decay. (Message 1810717)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
That study was about whether seasonal variations in the distance between the earth and the sun affected the rate of radioactive decay which yielded negative results. So far I haven't seen anything that refutes the observations made during a solar flare event.
9) Message boards : Politics : Who has been the best U.S. President in your lifetime? (Message 1810701)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
In my mind it is close between Eisenhower and Ford. Eisenhower because he realised the danger of the military industrial complex becoming too strong and because he initiated the largest construction project of its time, the interstate highway system.

Ford, because he served in Congress for so many years without becoming a millionaire while in office. That tells me his true intention was to serve his country and not his pocketbook.
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Question about radioactive decay. (Message 1810200)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
On the program "Through the Wormhole" Morgan Freeman reported about a discovery that was made concerning a supposed relationship between the rate of decay of certain elements and solar flares. The observations indicated that just prior to the manifestation of a solar flare event the observed rate of decay of radioactive material dropped a measureable amount and that after the event passed the rate went back to normal. According to the laws of physics that is not supposed to happen. They didn't take the investigation any further and I can't find anything on the internet confirming or disproving the observation. So, was the observation flawed, or do the laws of physics need to change?
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/august/sun-082310.html
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Just watched "Jobs" (Message 1809933)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Funny thing happened last night while I was watching episodes of "That 70's Show". Kelso was bored with the size of the paddles on Red's pong game so he opened it up to try to figure out how to change the size of the paddles. Red discovered Kelso with the game box open and when he found out what Kelso was up to he offered to help. When they were done and had it back together they hooked it up and the desired result happened. Red said "do you know what this is a sign of?" Kelso replied "the start of home personal computers." Red said "no, it's a sign that I have a great soldering iron." What is ironic is that that show was taped in 1999, long before anyone thought of Ashton Kutcher playing the role of Steve Jobs
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Phone scam from India-Your Microsft computer is crashing our system. (Message 1808992)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I have never been on the receiving end of one of these calls. I guess that is because I rarely answer any call from a number I or my phone doesn't recognise. I have gotten a few calls recently from someone offering to help me with an unpaid school loan, to which I answer bluntly "I didn't then and do not now have any such loans' I then tell them that I have my phone registered with the national do not call registry and any further calls will be referred to them.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : New Star Trek series!! (Message 1808732)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
They refer to the starship Discovery as having been mentioned in one or the other Star Trek series but I don't remember it. The timeline has been referenced in one place as before the original series and in another place as taking place between TOS and TNG. The Discovery looks like a cross between the Enterprise and a Romulan warbird.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Just watched "Jobs" (Message 1808646)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I have never owned any Apple product and after watching "Jobs" I am glad I didn't contribute to his wealth. He may have been a genius but the way he treated his initial crew that helped get his company started was atrocious. Not to mention the mother of his daughter.
15) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1808644)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The anti Trump ads are repeating the Johnson ads of 1964. Then they were saying that if Goldwater was elected we would get embroiled in a war in southeast asia. Now they are asking if we can trust Trump with the key to unleash the nuclear arsenal on the enemy of the day. Really. Trump could ask if a postmenopausal woman can be trusted not to do the same.
16) Message boards : SETI@home Science : The Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy (Message 1808641)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Just a passing thought:
How many of you have watched the dying embers of a log fire? One moment it burns up brightly, the next it sits there smouldering, then flairs up again. Are we seeing something like this, but on a stellar scale?

I had the same thought, but I don't think stars work like that. They expand as hydrogen turns to helium, and collapse/explode when the fuel is gone. There are no other known examples of this happening.

Steve

Have we really observed enough to draw absolute conclusions about the behavior of stars?
17) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1808466)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Possibly nobody can break up the ruling class in America like Donald.
18) Message boards : SETI@home Science : The Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy (Message 1808333)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Is it possible that it ate one of its planets or maybe a rogue planet?
19) Message boards : Politics : End Socialism Now!!! (Message 1808332)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
You all know that Christianity in it's purest form is nothing but socialism. Everybody works and shares what they don't need to exist with his or her neighbors.

But of course it never works well no matter what you call it. With no incentives to produce more nobody produces much of anything.
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Asteroids & Comets (Message 1808124)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
If A.C. Clarke was right no significant progress will be made in collision avoidance until we get hit by a city killing size rock.


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