Posts by Mr. Kevvy

1) Message boards : Politics : Marijuana (Message 1956583)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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I usually take one by one and put them in water with the head first to make the procedure quick.


That won't work with lobsters as they have a more decentralized nervous system than vertebrates. If you want to humanely cook a lobster, put in in the freezer for 20 minutes, then stab it just behind the eyes with a large chef's knife with the blade pointing backwards and then rotate the knife flat pushing downwards to cut the lobster almost in half. This will destroy the ventral nerve cord so the lobster doesn't feel anything.

Edit: This would also work with crayfish. And I also would never buy or order lobster, because I don't trust that any precautions were taken... the food industry with its narrow margins is notorious for cutting corners when no one is watching.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XXIX (Message 1956455)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Well there goes half a billion. :^)
3) Message boards : Politics : Marijuana (Message 1955695)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Guessing The Marlboro Man will be 'pushing' another type of 'weed' :-D


Marlboros have long been nicknamed "Marleys"... now more appropriate than ever. 😀
4) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1955633)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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They DO know that disarming the citizenry is the first step to controlling them(the same thing King George thought in the 1770's).


This argument worked in the 1770s, because then everyone had the right to own the same weaponry, and military tactics were laughable... ie lines of soldiers dressed in unnatural, highly visible colours walking slowly in a row with their one-shot-a-minute-muzzle-loaders, easily picked off like tin ducks in a shooting gallery. Then, the citizens had a chance to fight back against tyranny.

Now, the U.S. has probably the best-equipped and arguably the best-trained military on Earth. A citizen may own, say, a Bushmaster or an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. The government owns Apache helicopters, with armor that won't even dent from AR-15 rounds, with infrared cameras that can see people in pitch darkness from miles away and then blow them into tiny bits with 30mm rounds at the push of a button. This is but one example... there are of course also the usual gamut of APCs and tanks that any weapons a citizen may possess are useless against, and now pilotless drones that can destroy buildings full of people while the operator sits in comfort half a world away.

If this military were turned against the citizenry, it's laughable that they could be opposed. Yet, this has not happened, and doesn't seem likely to. This indicates that the nation is healthy, and that the checks and balances, separation of powers and other safeguards that were put into place work properly.

So, what use is personal firearm ownership? Simply, to protect against other citizens (or, of course... non citizens)... criminals. If there are no or very few guns in a country (for example Japan) and it has a benevolent government, it may be a benefit to keep firearms out entirely (note that Japan's murder rate is about one-fifteenth of the United States... per capita of course.) However, if the guns are already out there, in the hands of criminals, then it is unconscionable to prevent good, law-abiding people from defending themselves, especially those who live in remote areas where the police may be too far away to respond in time. No one should have to live in permanent fear or die at criminal hands without the right of self-defense.

As always, this is a complex issue too often prone to oversimplification. :^)
5) Questions and Answers : GPU applications : Bitcoin Mining Machines good for BOINC / SETI? (Message 1955358)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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VNC or one of its derivatives ie RealVNC, TightVNC, or UltraVNC possibly?
6) Message boards : Politics : GOD or NOT #2 (Message 1954968)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Since my last thread was closed without my consent...


Threads "time out" and are locked automatically if there are no posts within a certain timeframe. If you'd like it unlocked please use the red-X on the first post (as you are the originator) and will be happy to do so.
7) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1954845)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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I don't get it... supporting repressed innocent Muslims while denouncing radical terrorist Muslims are not contradictory actions.
8) Message boards : Politics : R.I.P. John McCain (Message 1953951)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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There is a dedicated thread in the Cafe, where the R.I.P. threads usually end up. However for actual political commentary on him, it's probably good to have a thread here as well... so far (happily) that has been avoided in the Cafe thread.
9) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1953410)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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It does appear that many in Federal Law Enforcement may be facing serious problems.


I'm still awaiting the upcoming Hillary Clinton perp walk I kept seeing predicted. I think this might take as long...
10) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Would the Governments of the World Try to Suppress News of a SETI Discovery? (Message 1953368)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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I am a self admitted atheist and agnostic combined.
But that's a contradiction.


This is a misconception due to the incorrect common usage of the words... theism/atheism is an affirmation of belief, whereas gnosticicm/agnosticism is a claim of knowledge or lack thereof. People who call themselves "agnostics" are usually agnostic atheists: they do not have belief in supernatural supreme being(s) aka god(s) (the atheism part)and also claim that it not possible to know either way with the current evidence (the agnostic part.) They usually self-identify as agnostics to distinguish themselves from the more assertive gnostic atheists who claim evidence/knowledge that god(s) do not or cannot exist.

Similarly there are gnostic and agnostic theists as well of course, the former being more assertive theists (ie fundamentalists) who claim knowledge that a supreme being exists, and the latter who are willing to admit they have faith alone and that is enough.

Edit: Well, I scrolled down and saw that Chris already answered this. This will teach me to post before I've had my morning coffee. :^)
11) Message boards : SETI@home Science : SETI & Radioastronomy News 1 (Message 1952400)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Not just locked away, but the chance of developing communications technology without fire, (feasible) electricity or even hands is arguably remote... even if we could reach them. there would be probably be nothing to reach.
12) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1952394)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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JE is correct... here are the "Rules of Conduct" at Jacksonville Landing where the shooting happened

Possession of a weapon, even if legally carried (except by law enforcement officers) is absolutely prohibited on Landing property


This link was embedded in the NRA spokesperson's tweet.
13) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Article about the type of intelligence a first contact would reveal (Message 1952358)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Both of my favourite and arguably two of the best-known and most influential sci-fi works regarding ETI discoveries (2001 and Contact) also anticipated this. In both, no actual alien intelligence is communicated with. Instead the interaction is completely with alien beacons, machine intelligences which not only communicate but also orchestrate the events of the stories.
14) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1952196)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Yep. All hail mass murdering and enslaving Mao's One-Child Policy.


Given that the article suggested avoiding having children as a personal decision only, this makes about as much sense as stating you are "hailing murdering and enslaving Mao's Enforced State Atheism Policy" (which still exists) by being a (self-identified) atheist. But, anything to slip that phrase in wherever possible... sigh.
15) Questions and Answers : Unix/Linux : A "How to install" a version of Linux (Lubuntu) and the "All in one CUDA90" from Tbar. (Message 1952052)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Two things I can add:

1) For technical issues with this TBar/Petri SETI@Home client, a better place to look/ask than here is the Number Crunching forum... because this is non-standard and cutting-edge, the greater number of technically savvy people there is helpful. I link to the forum rather than a specific thread as threads change and close, but there should be a relevant one near the top.

2) The usual place people will install (as this is the downloadable client's default install location) is the Home folder. If the boot disk is a solid state drive/SSD, then BOINC and all of its data files will be on the SSD. I would recommend not installing it to an SSD, especially for a multi-GPU system with fast GPUs. This is because BOINC will be constantly writing to its data files and the client work files. If the SSD is nearly full, it will be overwriting the same sectors often. and this can lead to bad sectors (I did actually have this problem.) Hopefully you will have a secondary spinning hard drive for data that is not completely NTFS (Linux won't run any programs from NTFS as it doesn't support the file permissions.) If you don't, you can use GParted or GNOME Disks to put a small (for SETI@Home, 3-4GB is enough) partition on an NTFS hard disk. This will very likely destroy the NTFS partition and it will need to be reformatted and restored so please backup first!
16) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1951258)
Posted 22 Aug 2018 by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Where have I read these prognostications before?

David Eisenhower Says Nixon Will Never Quit

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) —President Nixon will not resign even if impeached by the House of Representatives, his son‐in‐law, David Eisenhower, said today.

Speaking with reporters, Mr. Eisenhower said: “I don't think there is the faintest possibility of him resigning under any circumstances, and impeachment is just not going to happen.

“This decision was made long time ago—that he's never going to resign.”

He added that the House had no “solid grounds” on which to approve a bill of impeachment. But he said “it would make no difference” if it did approve one, the President would not quit.

The interview with nearly a dozen members of the White House press corps was arranged by Mr. Nixon's communications director, Kenneth W. Clawson, and held in his quarters in the Executive Office Building. Mr. Clawson selected the reporters. It was part of a current campaign to help bolster public confidence in the President by making family members and supporters available to the news media.

Mr. Eisenhower, a grandson of the late President, described Mr. Nixon as a “brilliant man” with a “mind of steel.”


A regular stable genius...

I'm not saying Trump will or will not be impeached, or resign, or anything else. I'm just saying I don't know. (Hint: You don't either.)

"It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so."
--- Will Rogers
17) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1950830)
Posted 20 Aug 2018 by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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re: The United States having the third-highest rate of homicides worldwide, but drops dramatically in the rankings if four major cities are excluded from the stats...

Mostly false. (Thank you again Snopes.)

In fact the U.S. murder rate per capita is not so high at all, only when compared to other industrialized, wealthy nations. It isn't third in the world... it's 87th with 5.35 per 100,000 per annum, even counting Chicago et al. By contrast El Salvador is 82.84!

However most people overestimate the U.S. homicide rate due to U.S. mass shootings making world news for weeks...
18) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1950418)
Posted 17 Aug 2018 by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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A +1 to you for consistent conservatism and disagreeing with the POTUS on this, and I wish it was more widespread.
19) Message boards : Politics : Totally FAUX news (Message 1950414)
Posted 17 Aug 2018 by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Jefferson Davis?


Not exactly, but damn if that wasn't an apt comparison.
20) Message boards : Politics : Totally FAUX news (Message 1950402)
Posted 17 Aug 2018 by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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When any of those invade a sovereign nation that had never harmed the U.S. on the flimsiest of evidence decried by the international community, causing up to a million deaths mostly of displaced and starving civilians, leaving a power vacuum in the regions rapidly filled by one of the largest and most despicably brutal and inhumane terrorist groups ever to exist, and all of this egged on so their Vice President can make millions of dollars in war profiteering by owning a large share of the corporation doing all of the admin. work of the invasion....

... then I will add them. And not before. Lost human lives will always count more to me than any other consideration.


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