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1) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Pluto is a Planet! (Message 1720970)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
KLik, I never saw a followup response from you regarding the makeup of Pluto. You claim it wasn't formed from the same material as the rest of the planets. So just how did it get here?
2) Message boards : Politics : existance of god (Message 1720771)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
God, or gods came from the need for early man to explain events that humans could not reason out. Why does it rain, why do earthquakes happen, why do volcanoes happen, why are there stars in the night sky, why does the sun come up every day, why is the moon there, etc. If they couldn't explain it any other way then one god or another was responsible. Slowly, through the ages, we have discovered the true nature of these events which, in my mind, leaves us with basically one unexplained phenomena, what is the origin of life. When or if that can be explained and duplicated god will have been put to rest. God is a creation of the human mind and in so far as his influence on human behavior has been beneficial (at least in some religions) the continued belief in God by the masses still has positive impacts. Personally, I have deep doubts concerning the existence of a single supreme being but the recent determination that over 75% of the universe is beyond our grasp raises many possibilities in my mind.
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Pluto is a Planet! (Message 1720543)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Back 2 topic:
Why would u call a Pluto a planet, when it wasn't made from debris field of Sun?
;)

Where is it written with any authority that Pluto didn't form from the same material that the rest of the solar system came from?
4) Message boards : Politics : MH370 Missing (Message 1720456)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
How does France have jurisdiction? Just because a single piece of the plane washed up on an island they claim. The only real determination that needs to be made is whether the crash was the responsibility of the airline owners or the aircraft manufacturer.
5) Message boards : Politics : Big Pharmaceutical companies price gouging (Message 1720178)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I thought there was another thread about hospitals. Is this spill over?
6) Message boards : Politics : Big Pharmaceutical companies price gouging (Message 1720160)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody

as D2 is reversible, u could also learn WHAT 2 EAT & WHEN...so u wouldn't need insulin!
just a thought?!
ask more some nutritionist...
;)

Be very careful when you make a blanket statement like that.
Not all medical conditions are the same for all individuals.

+10 What he said. If mine were reversible it would have already been done.
7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Pluto is a Planet! (Message 1720159)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
If you want to consider Pluto to be a planet, then it should be classified as an ICY PLANET along with the other icy planets that we have found and will find that are as big or bigger. This should fit in with the previous designations of:

Rocky planets (Inner)
Gas planets (Outer giants)
Icy planets (Far out dwarfs)

This shouldn't offend anyones' sensibilities and should ease the arguments.

As time and technology move on we will find more and more of the latter. We may even choose to consider members of the Oort cloud to be far out icy asteroids (potential comets)

Perhaps we will find that this pattern exists for other "solar systems"


Here is a truly beautiful proposal that should just about end arguments (I hope):
http://www.astronist.co.uk/astro_ev/_docs/Ashworth_planet_nomenclature.pdf

1. it would also put Pluto as a Dwarf planet! :D ;)
2. it has moon categorized as planets - which they r not! ;)

I guess everybody's entitled to their opinion. It shall remain my belief that New Horizons achieved it's mission goals just like they reported it.

in my country we have a saying:
"Opinions r like farts, everybody has them!"
:D

And the rest of that line is "and they all stink."
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Speed of light question (Message 1719074)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
OK, one ship can't see the other further back in time than when they leave earth. It seems to me that when they have both accelerated beyond 0.5 of the speed eventually they would red shift and eventually vanish from each other's point of view.
9) Message boards : Politics : Big Pharmaceutical companies price gouging (Message 1718943)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Three years ago when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes the type of insulin my Dr prescribed was costing me a copay of $40/month and my coverage never hit the "gap". Last year I was told in November that I had reached the gap and had to pay over $80/month til the end of the year unless my total out of pocket prescription costs went over $4,700. This year I hit the gap in September due to the increase in price of the insulin and now I have to pay over $100/month thru December. It seems that finally some generic companies will be able to manufacture and sell this form of insulin soon so the big companies are raking in the profits while they can. In three years the insulin has gone up over 400%. Nobody else makes it and people on insulin don't have any other options.

Some people in border states have been getting their insulin from Canada but the FDA is claiming that since the product is temperature sensitive getting it from Canada may be dangerous.

Ain't life grand.
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Where the water came from How the Universe works topic (Message 1718454)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
This weeks episode of how the universe works dealt with where the bulk of the water on earth came from. Several years ago my favorite theory was that it formed with the earth and over millions of years after the moon was formed it boiled up out of the mantle in volcanos. That theory was poopooed as being absurd and instead it was proposed that the bulk of the water came from comets. But thanks to heavy water it has been recently proved that our water couldn't have come from comets. Then the next best candidate was asteroids which have been found to contain much more water than previously thought but still the numbers didn't add up. Now most recently through the analysis of seismic waves passing through the earth it was found that the sound waves slowed down when passing through areas of the mantle and that could only be caused by the presence of, guess what,.........................water, Water that had to be there from the start all along. Now they are back to the volcano theory. Well wadda you know. Imagine that!
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Speed of light question (Message 1718324)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Lets say that hypothetically we develope space vehicles that can accelerate to 75% of the speed of light. Two are built and are launched in opposite directions and after achieving their top speed will the crews be able to see each other? Does their apparent speed relative to each other exceed the speed of light?
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Pluto is a Planet! (Message 1717747)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I guess everybody's entitled to their opinion. It shall remain my belief that New Horizons achieved it's mission goals just like they reported it.
13) Message boards : Politics : Ephebiphobia (Message 1717691)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I had no idea this word existed, let alone what it means. I do recall this little saying "Hire a teenager while he/she still knows everything."
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Universal time? (Message 1717690)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
John Harrison, a Yorkshire carpenter, built his chronometer in 1759 but had problems in having it admitted by the Admiralty.
Tullio

There was a documentary program on the Science Channel about his effort to build a reliable chronometer that would work at sea. Delicate equipment on ships at sea in those days had a rough go of it and keeping the time piece relatively level was nearly impossible. Nowadays anybody with a cheap digital watch and a way to figure out when local noon is can figure out their longitude with enough accuracy to navigate to their destination.
15) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1717632)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Remember Microsoft started by stealing CP/M.


This is not true. Bill Gates of Microsoft was approached by IBM for an Operating System, and Bill actually suggested IBM go to Gary Kildall to license CP/M, which many believed would be the defacto standard for 16bit microcomputers. Gary didn't want to sign IBM's non-disclosure agreement so the talks failed.

IBM returned to Microsoft for an operating system for their "upcoming new" microcomputer. Microsoft then purchased 86-DOS off of Seattle Computer Products. 86-DOS, previously known as QDOS or Quick and Dirty Operating System, was a quick implementation of the 8bit CP/M for x86 microprocessors, because the 16bit implementation of CP/M was originally delayed.

After buying 86-DOS, Microsoft sold their copies as MS-DOS while IBM sold their copies as PC DOS. But it was because 86-DOS was a third-party implementation of CP/M, 86-DOS, and by proxy MS-DOS, borrowed many of the features and concepts found in CP/M.

But Microsoft never stole CP/M.

So they stole 86-DOS, who stole CP/M. Still CP/M stolen arrives in Microsoft product.


From what i herd Bill gates payed like $50,000 for that dos system then walk across the road and sold it to IBM for 1 million .
OR you could say he ripped off 86-dos which is stealing in my book .
So why would Microsoft change now after all it wasn't to many years ago there was the antitrust suit .
Leapards never change there spots so i don't expect Microsoft to ever change either

I call it good smart business. If someone buys a product from you at X$ and then walks across the street and sells it for !,000X$ he is not obligated to share his profit with the previous owner unless there was a signed agreement stipulating such.
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Universal time? (Message 1717630)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Daylight Savings Time is decided upon by individual countries as well as it's duration and is not used by the scientific community as such. My original post in this thread was more about how and why the zero meridian was selected to run through Greenwich, England and not, say, Madrid, Spain or Lisbon, Portugal both early seapowers.
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : TYC 1220-91-1...why I decided to sign up on Seti@home (Message 1716972)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
So, for a dummy like me, what specifically are you saying? Has a signal been detected that is not of natural origin? And if so is all that remains is to deduce what the meaning of the transmission is. Or is this about a new way of searching for an intelligent signal?
18) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the universe understandable? (Message 1716225)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Probably not especially since we don't even have much more than a clue regarding the true nature of more than 75% of what the universe is made of.
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Starship Congress 2015 (Message 1716160)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
It appears possible, within current theory, to warp space, and so achieve effective or global speeds exceeding those of light, while not violating the light speed limit locally, which is what relativity theory specifies.

Possible, but at energy levels that we have no known way of reaching on a sustainable level. Many things are possible when you can harness the energy output of a star and focus it at a single point. Right now we can't even build a fusion reactor that can sustain a reaction for more than a second.
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Nature | Editorial Rise of the citizen scientist (Message 1715159)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Very indirectly. I assume you are referring to the mention of number crunchers.


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