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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : When you were just a young setibrat, what kind of music did your family listen to on your radio/stereo/music player? (Message 1764329)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Thinking more about this subject, the start of my appreciation for and interest in classical music came from an unusual source, cartoons on Saturday mornings. Quite a few Warner Bros. cartoons featured classical music in the background to which the cartoon action was tied.
2) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1764328)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Short of declaring the constitution null and void if congress doesn't want to work with him there isn't much he can do to make significant changes. Deep down, the President just doesn't have much power, only what congress agrees to give him if congress realises their power.
3) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Will SETI ever make it public if ET signals are detected (Message 1763861)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
This is all starting to look like dialog from various episodes of Stargate SG1. Of course, in that setting ET was real and the US Air Force was actually succeeding in keeping hidden actual dealings with aliens. Whether or not the real military could keep up such a smoke screen regarding alien contact remains doubtful to me.
4) Message boards : Politics : George Bush and the National Guard (Message 1763582)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Other than being a lesson in power what difference does it make now?
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : When you were just a young setibrat, what kind of music did your family listen to on your radio/stereo/music player? (Message 1763576)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
We had radios and record players as far back as I can remember. I had my own personal radio by the time I was 10 or 11. I listened to rock n roll music on the radio and sometimes listened to classical music on my parents stereo that was in the living room. They also had a good collection of pop music from the 1950s thrun the late 60s. I remember liking to listen to big band music especially that of Glenn Miller. I like most forms of music but less so country and I have a strong distaste for rap.
6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Shuttle Rescue (Message 1763446)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
We will never know whether NASA would have taken the risk and gambled on the loss of a second shuttle. The remaining shuttles were grounded for quite a while while new procedures were devised and implemented. But it is hard to imagine that Columbia astronauts would have been written off without some sort of a rescue attempt.
7) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Scientific Value of Processing (Message 1763064)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I think he is asking that if seti@home were to shut down today or if ET is not out there, is there any scientific value that can be determined from what the effort has collected in the data so far.
8) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Scientific American: If There Are Aliens Out There, Where Are They? (Message 1762231)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
85% of light speed is quite acceptable. That means the nearest star could be reached in 5.3 years, say a 12 year round trip. So are these 85% designs feasible?

Photons are traditionally said to be massless. This is a figure of speech that physicists use to describe something about how a photon's particle-like properties are described by the language of special relativity.

It is almost certainly impossible to do any experiment that would establish the photon rest mass to be exactly zero. The best we can hope to do is place limits on it. A non-zero rest mass would introduce a small damping factor in the inverse square Coulomb law of electrostatic forces. That means the electrostatic force would be weaker over very large distances.

That is travel time for the astronauts. How many years pass on earth between departure and the return to earth?
9) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1762186)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I think most of Trump's support come from people who don't vote. Never have and never will, but they always complain about the government.
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 3 minutes to doomsday! (Message 1761899)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Cheecky bugger :)

oh by the way we are at 10 seconds to midnight the closest we have every been now the Zika virus is here .

Once the vaccine comes out all newborns will have the sole of a demon as Lucifers minions rise up from there graves but this will only happen when the 144,000 soles left in the "guff" go straight to Heaven and are speard the mortality that all of us have had to go through .


Now all we need is the "DON" to win build his southern concrete walls to stop the bad people crossing the boarder and we will be well on our way to the "End of Days"

mmm time for bed now goodnight and remember it's not the "Reds under the Beds "you need to look for it's "Demons from Hell" you have to now look for but they wont be under your bed , they will be that little boys across the road you know "Dennis the Menace " type of kid .

Sleep well now it's 10 seconds to midnight

nope...just back to Ape age!

of all the movies, why did Planet of the Apes become right?!
:(

Who says it is right? The apes may take over but I doubt that they will ever talk.
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Researchers find evidence of a real ninth planet (Message 1761881)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
If it is actually there it will probably turn out to be a another lump of icy rock that isn't a real planet at all. There could also be another dozen of them out there. But what difference would it make to mankind's future? Will it cure cancer, eradicate war and poverty? Nope, just another line in some astronomers CV.

The estimated size, if verified, would definitely qualify it as a planet.
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 3 minutes to doomsday! (Message 1761880)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
There was a reference to global warming being a factor on the setting of the doomsday clock. I think that even though significant global warming will cause additional hardships for the human race it doesn't pose an extinction level threat to our continued existence.
13) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Scientific American: If There Are Aliens Out There, Where Are They? (Message 1761878)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
FTL travel, if possible, is the key to it all. Otherwise searching for ET, intelligent or otherwise is purely an academic exercise. Without FTL travel any expedition to another star system is a one way trip for colonization. Even then, earth and the colonized planet will not be able to maintain meaningful contact.
14) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1761492)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Well, at least the voting republicans in Iowa didn't choose Trump but not by much. Now, can I support Ted Cruz for President.
15) Message boards : SETI@home Science : The Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy (Message 1761426)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I know, let's go there and find out. Unfortunately, that's the one thing we won't be able to do for a long long time, if ever.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How much is a ton of money (Message 1761226)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I think a ton of money is equal to one quarter of a S**t-load of money.

I can't think of a way to quantify that one. Nor do I want to.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How much is a ton of money (Message 1761117)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Or perhaps it could be said this way.

Assumedly a coin may be regarded as being more of value than a note because a coin is metal and a note is paper.

But 10 dollars is always more than 1 dollar when it comes to money.

If a 1 dollar coin could weigh 2 grams, a ton of such coins would amount to 500,000 dollars.

A 10 dollar note would probably weigh 1 gram, therefore 1,000,000 such notes would be needed in order make it a ton of money.

Then we probably are back to what money is worth and for which purpose it is all about.

Most likely there should be agreed that this discussion is not worth the print on the paper.

Not meant for Bob DeWoody, of course.

Anyway, to be a little more specific, at Mersenneforum there is a discussion about using the mod % operand for certain calculations. The assumption is that some numbers, those that are odd, like 21, 57 and 95 may not be divided by 2.

Therefore it should be no numbers between 10 and 21 because 21 may not be divided by 2.

Possibly this is not the correct guess or assumption here.


Since I posted the original statement in the Cafe it was intended as a light hearted attempt put a value on a phrase that gets used a lot. As far as I am concerned few of the discussions in here would be worth the paper they would be printed on.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Its breaking my Heart but I may have to bow out of SETI@Home .. (Message 1760601)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I am perfectly content to run the software on a single AMD cpu with 4 cores. My computer stays on 24/7 and runs the software when I am absent. I may not have the highest scores but I feel I am making a contribution and not putting myself in the poor house.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How much is a ton of money (Message 1760527)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
They have the dollar weighing 0.35 oz. Mine must have been slightly dirty at 0.04 oz.
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 3 minutes to doomsday! (Message 1760427)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
That doomsday clock has been around since the early days of the atomic age. 3 minutes isn't bad. I seem to remember times when it was at 30 seconds. Like during the Cuban Missile crisis


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