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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1546581)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :) I think it is Mr Kevvy - thank you! :)

You're welcome. :^) One of our cats was found as a stray kitten in the winter under a highway overpass. When we brought her home we wondered if the adult male would accept her. Soon we found them curled up in the pet bed cleaning each other like this. They are certainly endearing beasties, aren't they?
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1546575)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
I came across a really cute clip recently. Sadly it was of a lonely Lynx in a zoo but it had been befriended by a stray domestic cat...

Could this be it?
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Jupiter's Red Spot is shrinking. (Message 1544608)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
researchers aren't certain of the cause

Chandra: Can you analyse the image on monitor circuit 2?
HAL: Yes. There is a circular object near the equator. It is twenty-two thousand kilometres in diameter. It is comprised of rectangular objects.
Chandra: How many?
HAL: One million, three hundred and fifty five thousand, plus or minus one thousand.
Chandra: And what is the proportion of the objects in question?
HAL: One by four by nine.
Chandra: Do you recognise these objects?
HAL: Yes. They are identical in size and shape to the object you call the monolith. Ten minutes to ignition. All systems nominal.
Chandra: Is the number of monoliths constant?
HAL: No, they are increasing.
Chandra: At what rate?
HAL: Once every two minutes.
Curnow: Look closely. Tell me I'm nuts - are the cloud formations going towards the spot?
Floyd: You're not nuts.
Orlov: Looks like the thing is eating the planet.
Floyd: I think it is.

Arthur C. Clarke was sure of the cause. ;^)
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Science Channel's THROUGH THE WORMHOLE with Morgan Freeman Returns 6/4 (Message 1542694)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Isaac Newton — 'What goes up must come down.'

Even Newton knew that wasn't true. :^)
5) Message boards : SETI@home Science : First detection of fast radio bursts outside Parkes Observatory (Message 1540089)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
A link to the story from the Max Planck Institute

Since the discovery was made from Arecibo data, and this is just the kind of thing that Astropulse is designed to find, so I wonder if we'll discover any of these bursts in our results...

Edit: Looks like this was already mentioned. :^)
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Goodsearch - donnation to S@H (Message 1529490)
Posted 44 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Can't seem to get signed in here at work, will try it at home later on, thanx for the link Rob:)

I do use Goodsearch often, but be aware that it does set two tracking cookies (which are widely decided to be Not Good Indeed.) If you have anything that blocks tracking cookies ie realtime antivirus/malware detector, firewall, browser plugin (Privacy Badger is an example) you either won't be able to sign in or search results will be blank.

Guess it's the price we pay for their donations. :^)
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Donated Computers in Canada and elsewhere (Message 1523818)
Posted 60 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Two locations in the Toronto area I like are FreeGeek and Reboot Canada.

Reboot no longer has a retail store but takes donated computers and parts, in any condition working or not. The working parts/machines get built into computers for charitable causes/foundations, and the non-working are recycled properly.

FreeGeek is very similar, and also has a retail store chockablock with computers and parts. Scored some nice parts and even small systems from there at prices as good as anything you'll find on Kijiji or Craigslist.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : ARGH!!! (Message 1523802)
Posted 60 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
What do they see in this horrible show???!!!

I guess it helps to have a medieval fantasy/adventure/RPG background or be interested in that era, but it's so far becoming my favorite fictional show ever. Didn't think anything could displace Breaking Bad and House.... just started season two.

Tyrion is The Only Reason I watch the tv show. Tyrion 'is' dA Man.

Hey, something we can agree on... strongly. :^) So far loving that little guy, and we aren't the only ones: as good as the rest of the actors are, he's the only one who's picked up any (and several) awards. Can hardly wait for the next episode and no spoilers please!
9) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1523661)
Posted 60 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Not to undervalue the effort that you put into that collection of citations, but the data (and conclusions) are rather old. AR4 was from 2007 and the rest are older (back to 1998). The NOAA report I linked is from last year, The ScienceDaily article (directly extracted from journals) was from 2008. A more recent citation in the NOAA:

Nghiem, S. V., and 8 others, 2012: The extreme melt across the Greenland ice sheet in 2012. Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, doi: 10.1029/2012GL053611.

I don't usually chip in one way or another either unless I see factual errors or misrepresentations. As the old saw goes: "You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts."

As for the future effects of HCGW, I'm far less concerned about them than I am that the science's detractors are doing so to shackle the entire human race's food supply, economy and mobility to a resource whose own industry estimates will be gone in about forty years.
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1523551)
Posted 60 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
GreenLand has 3.5 MILLION MORE Sq. Miles of Sheet Ice Added since GW/CC Hype Started.

I would like to see a peer-reviewed citation for this, please, as it's complete and utter hogwash. If you can't come up with one, then I would like this retracted, and you to stop denying/spreading falsehoods about peer-reviewed science in anywhere but the Politics forum. Thank you.

Greenland lost an average of 195 cubic kilometres of ice per year between 2003 and 2008

Edit: Wouldn't also mind seeing a list of these "scientists coming out in droves" too.
11) Message boards : Politics : UK Food Warning (Message 1513671)
Posted 85 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
To a non Muslim it makes not a smidgeon of difference.

Not true. Halal slaughtering involves cutting the animal's throat and letting it bleed out while conscious, instead of using a compressed-air bolt to the head or otherwise stunning the animal beforehand into unconsciousness. There is some controversy around this as to whether the animal suffers so some people may not want to eat it.

Also a religious non-Muslim may object to having the animal slaughtered by a Muslim with the requisite Islamic invocations, etc. (also required for the meat to be deemed Halal.) Doesn't make any difference to me (I only eat chicken and fish anyways) but it may to some.

(But I agree this thread would be a better fit in Politics.)

Edit: Forgot one thing... for those who like to eat mammals: during the Mad Cow scare when BSE-tainted beef was being discovered, Halal meat was actually safer, because the bolt method dislodges possibly infected neural tissue into the animal's bloodstream, which circulates and can contaminate the entire animal with prions in seconds. So, it can also be a positive benefit to have Halal meat properly noted should this happen again.
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1512886)
Posted 87 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
I doubt that any scientist predicts our effects will be at the same level, ie 90% of all species extinct.

Geez, you'd best avoid the finale episode if it's anything like Carl Sagan's was; might cause an aneurysm... heh.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Going Away (Message 1508831)
Posted 97 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
And yes, we DO get violent thunderstorms. This is reputed to be the lightning capitol of the world

If you're worried about lightning damage, don't just shut down, but unplug from everything that runs to the outside (power especially and network/phone as well.) Systems only "soft off" these days and are drawing trickle power when "off" for wake-on-LAN and other functions.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The next......kittyman.......please try to understand where I come from thread. (Message 1508617)
Posted 98 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
It's hard to believe that such an iconic line could possibly be improvised on the spot, but it was. Rutger Hauer added the "like tears in rain" on his own.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dead at 76 (Message 1507037)
Posted 102 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Robbed of 19 years of his life and Denzel robbed of an Oscar.

Thank you for posting this (missed the blurb in Wiggo's OP.) When I saw this I realized I had it in the "to see" pile forgotten as I didn't know what it was. Needless to say, it isn't there anymore.

The saddest part watching it is realizing that he was fortunate enough to live in a state where capital punishment wasn't in effect. It could have easily been otherwise, and yet another innocent man would have been put to death and his story may never have been told, nor would he have been there to help the dozen or so other wrongly convicted people who he helped overturn the convictions of. I'm quite happy to be a Canadian after watching it though! :^)

I'm also amazed I'd never heard of him before and he even lived in Toronto, where I live!
16) Message boards : Politics : Au Revoir (Message 1501368)
Posted 115 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
I don't post in Politics either... I'll lurk and read with a good deal of shuddering and facepalm, but getting into a discussion there is a sure-fire way to get your blood pressure up and become generally annoyed at humanity. This is why politics and religion are the two big no-nos for most places and get confined to one walled-off compound here! (We could add a third: CreditNew! Heh... )

So, I suggest to just stick around in the outside of the asylum with the rest of us and you'll be fine. :^)

Edit: Ha! While I was posting this the thread was moved to Politics. Nice irony!
17) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Can missing matter be something unsupected (Message 1501191)
Posted 116 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
There's a very high deja-vu with all that...

18) Message boards : Number crunching : WinXP EOS -> it's really unsafe after April 08, 2014? (Message 1500661)
Posted 117 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

There's more to it than just an example... Microsoft is quietly extending the EOS for paying enterprises. Perhaps this will expand. Hey, if I could pay maybe $5-10 for extended support per machine for a few more years of patches etc. this would be ideal.

Unless the bad people are sitting on an unknown XP zero-day privilege escalation, there hasn't been a good one of those discovered in years and they were all promptly patched. So, as well as other best practices such as minimizing internet access to trusted sites and ensuring you have a current antivirus/firewall always active, you can significantly harden XP by not logging in as an administrator account unless you need the privileges ie for (un)installation. This goes for just about all other OSes as well.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1499890)
Posted 119 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through?
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps
To learn of less familiar traps?

Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.
And dead; it's said like bed, not bead;
For goodness sake, don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
(they rhyme with suite and straight and debt)
A moth is not a moth in mother.
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.

And here is not a match for there.
And dear and fear for bear and pear.
And then there's dose and rose and lose --
Just look them up -- and goose and choose.
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword.
And do and go, then thwart and cart.
Come, come, I've hardly made a start.

A dreadful language? Why, man alive,
I'd learned to talk it when I was five,
And yet to write it, the more I tried,
I hadn't learned it at fifty-five!

Not mine. :^) Although, I do play at recitals yet recite at plays. My house may burn up or it may burn down, but my computer may burn out if I don't give it a thorough burn in. My alarm goes off by going on. I fill out forms by filling them in. I'm a vegetarian because I eat vegetables, so don't think I want to be a humanitarian. And why is "abbreviated" such a long word?
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : sugar the bitter truth (Message 1498030)
Posted 123 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
...I halved the recipe so we don't have a whole lot of extra cake around the house. I also added a third cup of extra rhubarb and I doubled the walnuts in the topping - two changes which should up the fiber content a little bit. Ol' Pookers probably won't even notice those tiny changes.

Don't forget you can bake with Splenda, unlike many of the other sweeteners, so can go sugar-free.

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