Posts by Mr. Kevvy

1) Message boards : Politics : PC in Sport (Message 1891702)
Posted 19 hours ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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The athletes imposing their political and social views. Be it Anti Racism, Pro KKK, et al on the playing field. Are cutting their own throats.


One could then conversely argue that politics are being imposed on the athletes by forcing them to stand for the national anthem and that it is an imposition of the "real world" into the sporting event. They are the ones resisting this imposition as you are wanting the management to do.

(I'm also at a loss why it's considered "disrespectful" or some such. Silent kneeling? In a religious service this is a respectful act of veneration. If they wanted to be disrespectful without ambiguity they could always moon the audience... no argument there. :^p )

Edit: Seen all this before with the daily Pledge recitals by schoolchildren... it's merely a test to see which nails stand up so that they can be hammered into place.
2) Message boards : Politics : PC in Sport (Message 1891672)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Yap, once your time machine is completed, please send me a few weeks' worth of future Canadian Lotto Max winning numbers. That way I can fix up Arecibo like new and get the other receivers up and running. Thanks. :^p
3) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Two (Message 1891592)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I doubt that anything would stop him from developing a nuclear arsenal, yes. But given that he has a dictator-sized massive ego, he may be goaded into using it by being insulted or challenged whereas he would not have otherwise.

It's hypocritical to both claim he is deranged and simultaneously goad him as if he wasn't. Now all we can do is hope that he really isn't.
4) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Two (Message 1891590)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Well, IMHO whatever moral upper hand that the U.S. has in this is being lost because POTUS either deliberately wants to start a war by goading Kim into one or some other reason (ego and lack of self-control are often mentioned.)

If the official conclusion is that Kim really is "deranged" then shouldn't he be treated as such, ie likely to do something rash in a state of rage that he and millions of other people who have no stake in this game will regret forever? This is not how to talk to "deranged" people with nuclear weapons, and unfortunately we had too many warnings that POTUS' lack of diplomatic experience and familiarity only with sole proprietorships where his word was unquestionable would lead to this.

My $0.02 of the day. :^(
5) Message boards : Politics : North Korea (Message 1891334)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Respectfully Mr K, I do not believe the DPRK will agree to ever give up it's Nuclear ambitions regardless of who "has their back", as long as Kim is in power. That is the one factor to the equation that must be eliminated for intelligent reasoning to occur.

I don't think anyone would seriously question the statement that Kim is deranged. There is the problem.


You may be correct, but I still think it would be worthwhile at least to get to the stage where this can be proposed. especially if China commits to protecting NK sovereignty. They are the only nation that seems to have any sway with the Kim regime thus far.
6) Message boards : Politics : North Korea (Message 1891326)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Clyde, I agree with Sirius that it's more productive to propose your own idea of what to do than just contradict those of others. What would you do about this situation?

Here is what I would do if I was in control:

Reiterate that the U.S. does not want a war (ever) but any actual attack by NK would result in its destruction; the U.S. must uphold its commitments to its allies or they are worthless.
Hard sanctions on NK reiterating that these are in place only to force them to the negotiating table.
Sanctions on any nation that still does business with NK.
Once NK enters into negotiation, NK must give up and dismantle its nuclear program and this must be confirmed and monitored by the UN closely.
In return for this, the U.S. and its allies commit to not violate NK national sovereignty. Unlike Iraq which had no ally willing to assist, China has already said it has NK's back if it is attacked first so would be able to enforce this commitment; NK may accept it.

What is your proposal?
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Better hurry, only 1 shopping day left 'till doomsday................. (Message 1891320)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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8) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1891237)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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The communities with the highest crime and murder rates are terrified of the Drug Dealers and Murderer's in their midst.

The continuous anti police rhetoric in the media, from hate groups and academia. And the refusal to understand or acknowledge the real problem. Is just enabling a continuation of this assault against the innocent victims by these criminals.


We are at a twenty-year low in the violent crime rate in the U.S. There were drug dealers and murderers fifty years ago too, and very almost as many of them:



Yet the police were solving fifty percent more murders than they do now.

Source
9) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1891234)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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In American Culture. If you live in, or police some neighborhoods. You are continuously hearing gunshots. Resulting in multiple people shot or killed, especially over the weekend. This Is in addition to people stabbed and bludgeoned.

Nothing to do with the efficiency of the police.


Strangely, when I first read the list, #4 "The degree of cooperation of the public that can be secured diminishes, proportionately, the necessity for the use of physical force and compulsion in achieving police objectives." stood out.

Even with all our modern technology including genetic identification and other forensics, the U.S. homicide clearance rate is 64.1%, but half a century ago it was 90%. Unfortunately from decades of systemic abuse, the communities with the highest murder rate just don't trust the police anymore and won't co-operate and help them solve crimes. There are of course other factors, but this is a major one. "Snitches get stitches" etc.

So, the police militarize to deal with the violent inner cities, which increases police-to-citizen violence and brutality, which makes citizens even less co-operative, which leads to more unsolved murders, which leads to more militarization ad nauseum.
10) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1891230)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Rules set in the 1800's are still the rule today. The pitchforks are starting to come out.


It is ironic that one of the best and influential (although unfortunately not influential enough everywhere) police departments was founded in the early 1800s. I recently stumbled across Sir Robert Peel's Nine Principles of Policing, all of 187 years old, and still as fresh and relevant as the day they were written. Perhaps they are even too relevant, in fact, as so many of the problems that we see with modern policing, including many that have been discussed in this thread, seem to be caused by ignoring them. Are they even taught in police academies any more?

(For those who haven't head of him, Sir Robert Peel was the founder of the London Metropolitan Police, considered to be the first modern police force and one of the oldest in terms of continuity from its founding. London police are informally called "bobbies" in his honor... or sometimes "peelers" by those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.)

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Sir Robert Peel's Nine Principles of Policing (1829)


  1. The basic mission for which police exist is to prevent crime and disorder as an alternative to the repression of crime and disorder by military force and severity of legal punishment.

  2. The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police existence, actions, behavior and the ability of the police to secure and maintain public respect.

  3. The police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain public respect.

  4. The degree of cooperation of the public that can be secured diminishes, proportionately, the necessity for the use of physical force and compulsion in achieving police objectives.

  5. The police seek and preserve public favor, not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to the law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws; by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the society without regard to their race or social standing; by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humor; and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.

  6. The police should use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to achieve police objectives; and police should use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.

  7. The police at all times should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police; the police are the only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interest of the community welfare.

  8. The police should always direct their actions toward their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary by avenging individuals or the state, or authoritatively judging guilt or punishing the guilty.

  9. The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.


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11) Message boards : News : Data from "Tabby's Star" is flowing. (Message 1891177)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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do you know if Seti@home might one day be allowed to receive data from China's new radio Telescope ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_hundred_meter_Aperture_Spherical_Telescope


I don't know if he will see this/respond but I can confirm that the team has stated they are definitely interested in getting a receiver on FAST and have done however much can be done at this point to initiate it (I think all that can be is to advise the FAST administrators.)

Edit: Thankfully he did and I'm quite happy my info was out of date. I do hope we get some of that data here.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Boinc v7.8.0 for linux (Message 1891146)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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It also should work with the other Newer versions Linux. Everything appears to be the same to me.


That is excellent and thank you... I was stuck on Mint 17.02 as the "good" BOINC 7.2.42 that uses the Home folder would fail on later Mints due to the dependency. (Later Mints can now install kernel updates as well too.)

(That 7.8.2 is a Berkeley installer version using Home as well, correct?)
13) Message boards : Number crunching : RAC falling dramatically (Message 1891142)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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You don't seem to be as NVidia-GPU-dependent as I am, but my RAC wavers up or down dependent on what proportion of Arecibo to Green Bank work is being distributed; since Tuesday it's been falling as there has been more Green Bank GUPPI VLAR and less Arecibo. (Are Intel GPUs similarly affected? AMDs are not.)
14) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1891076)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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One of the strongly contributing factors to this is a militarization of the police, where they are being given stronger and stronger lethal weapons and unfortunately their training reflects this. (I was utterly flabbergasted even at the concept of police bayonets, one of the military weapons formerly prohibited for police forces yet somehow now allowed...)
Thus when there is a bad situation requiring a fast assessment, that assessment is immediately going to be directed to the firearm and shooting centre of mass or other lethal response, rather than towards the most effective non-lethal solution available and minimal force required to solve the problem.

For example, a person with a possible mental issue armed with a simple blunt object ie a hammer or pipe could be rendered ineffective by an officer in riot gear with a riot shield... this gear makes one impervious to such a weapon. This is standard-issue kit... why aren't police putting it on to confront people in these situations so they don't have to pull their sidearm? ie pin them with the shield while whacking them with a truncheon if required and then other officers can restrain them for good. Also works wonders against tiny pocket knives or screwdrivers or other barely-lethal weapons that so many people have been shot dead over.

As an example of the contrast between police training in Europe and North America, we have the incident of unarmed Swedish police officers on vacation who non-violently subdued people fighting on the New York subway. Their training includes how to non-violently restrain violent suspects, etc., and emphasis on de-escalation. This is pretty much standard in European police forces.
15) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1890696)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Thanks... there is a nice chart in there:



I'd be interested in the differentiation of it to see if and how much it is increasing over time. (It certainly looks to be, but data would be nice.)
16) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1890686)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Yes, Climate Change has REDUCED dA POWER of Hurricanes. You know, Made LESS WORSE.


Peer-reviewed actual-science citation pleez.

In the interim another totally-not-AGW-amplified hurricane has just gone Category 5 and is threatening the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1890627)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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This is unfortunately common among the "fixie" crowd as fixed-gear bikes for track racing don't have brakes (as there should be no obstacles to have to brake for, and if someone ahead hits the brakes suddenly it could cause quite a pile-up.) So some buy them like this or remove the brakes to be "cool" even though it is completely illegal just about everywhere for road use for the good reason that backpedaling is nowhere close to the stopping power of brakes.

And of course in Toronto we don't just have to deal with them... the non-fixies can be just as brazenly dangerous. Happily that mindset also causes them to post videos of it and end up charged.

(I maintain my brakes weekly and always wear a helmet unlike this clown... didn't stop my wife and I from colliding last week mashing my knee (happily no fractures though) and giving me some nice road rash... lol.)

Edit: Coincidental wheelie charges... nice.
18) Message boards : Politics : 45 LOVERS and 45 NON-LOVERS Thread.....DREE THEIR WEIRDs (Message 1890607)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Pay for view link. Got something we can read?


Right-click WaPo links and "Open in new private tab/window" and they will work.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1890447)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Oh dear, another double decker that wanted to be a single decker


I love this bit from the article.:

A spokesman for East Coast Buses said: ... "It is too early to know the full circumstances of what happened."


Yes... it's just as possible that a malicious walkway lowered itself and sneakily changed its clearance sign to cover it up just before the bus went under it as that your driver missed it. Uh huh. 😀
20) Message boards : Politics : Terrorist Attacks (Message 1890277)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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The first time contained a little 'disaster'. When I served, in addition to the traditional turkey, my World Famous Glazed Ham. When I saw the look in his eyes. I started to remove The Ham and he said it was OK. But I wasn't comfortable, and out of respect, removed it anyway


Could have been worse...

Someone at that store got a talking to. :^)


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