Posts by Mr. Kevvy

11) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1929607)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Perhaps arming teachers is not such a good idea...

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—A Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher was arrested after he left a loaded gun in a public restroom and a drunk homeless man found it and fired it, according to an arrest report from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Chemistry teacher Sean Simpson, 43, who was at the Parkland school during the Feb. 14 mass shooting that killed 17, told deputies on Sunday that he forgot the Glock 9 mm in a stall at a restroom at the Deerfield Beach Pier. No one was hurt during the incident.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (111) Server Problems? (Message 1929266)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Appears we had the shortest Kaboom in a long time... back to that original "four hour" it started as. Nice work on that optimization. :^)
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (111) Server Problems? (Message 1929242)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Almost 10h00 EDT and no outrage yet?

14) 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 1929053)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Some posts... OK, quite a few... had to go away as there wasn't a topical post to be seen in a page-and-a-half. From the OP:

"This is not the Personalities Of and Gripes About People Who Post in the Donald Trump Thread Thread. Those and other offtopic material may be removed."

Please note that as this thread is more prone to go off the rails it will be more heavily moderated if it does as per the OP. Once again, please try to keep it to topic (not each other) and thank you.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Should BOINC/Seti be stratified? (Message 1928504)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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https://tinyurl.com/y8d8bnu6


The file at this link is named SETI Production.bmp but is is actually a JPEG so may have to be renamed to .JPG/.JPEG to open.
16) Questions and Answers : Windows : GPU missing, Waiting to run (0.209 CPUs + 1 Nvidia GPU (Message 1928278)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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You have your computer(s) hidden by the way which impedes assisting you... this can be changed by going into your profile at the top-right then SETI@home preferences and changing "Should SETI@home show your computers on its web site?"

The most common cause of the issue you are experiencing is allowing Windows to update your video card drivers. It only installs very basic ones missing the compute capability (CUDA in this case). I would suggest downloading the latest certified drivers for your card, installing them (quit BOINC first of course) checking the "clean install" option to remove any existing and it should then be OK.
17) Questions and Answers : Getting started : WOW, 1 million credits and I can tell no one (Message 1928247)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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WOW, 1 million credits processed...


"Credit: 306,682"

???
Maybe credit from other projects?

Anyways, you have no connected computers anymore and your RAC has fallen to zero; install BOINC, connect to SETI@Home, complete even a single work unit and once it validates you're good to post in the forums for between one and two weeks.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (111) Server Problems? (Message 1928125)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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All of these look new... I wonder with the recent long outrage to fix database issues that this has been introduced to reduce work-in-progress entries, specifically by countering "bunkering" (edit: not saying that anyone is, of course! Pretty sure that the 100 CPU/GPU limit was introduced specifically to limit work-in-progress entries so it is an issue that has been addressed before so it's possible.)
19) Questions and Answers : Getting started : Verification of data (Message 1928035)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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How credit is calculated. This system "CreditNew" pays out less than the old system (the old one from the Cobblestone definition that a gigaflop machine will earn 200 credits a day we get that each credit is 432 billion floating point operations) so it has led to much complaining. :^) (It pays as little as half depending on platform.)
20) Questions and Answers : Getting started : Verification of data (Message 1928015)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Comparison with others' results is the only verification that I know of on a workunit-by-workunit basis. It has also been verified that there are test signals injected into the data to ensure that they are being detected and reported, to show that the system is working from start to finish.

Each unit is sent to a minimum of two random hosts. If their results agree then the unit is marked completed. If not is it is sent to a third, then a fourth, to a maximum of ten if I remember correctly until there is quorum. If there is not by then it is flagged as erroneous and removed.
21) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1927363)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Murder by Cellphone
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/22/596051907/video-shows-sacramento-police-shoot-unarmed-black-man-in-grandparents-backyard


An update on this:

Stephon Clark Was Shot 8 Times From Behind or the Side, Family-Ordered Autopsy Finds

“You could reasonably conclude that he received seven gunshot wounds from his back,” Dr. Omalu said at a news conference on Friday. He added that each of those seven shots could have had a “fatal capacity” and described severe damage to Mr. Clark’s body, including a shattered vertebrae [sic] and a collapsed lung.

“These findings from the independent autopsy contradict the police narrative that we’ve been told,” Benjamin Crump, the family’s lawyer, said in a statement. “This independent autopsy affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police and was slain in another senseless police killing under increasingly questionable circumstances.”

Mr. Crump said the results proved that Mr. Clark could not have been moving in a threatening fashion toward the officers when they opened fire.
22) 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 1927011)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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A free press used to do that important function, now the alt right and Trump denigrates that function.


Agreed... denigrates, absolutely, but so far hasn't censored or shuttered or otherwise damaged their First Amendment rights, so could be much worse.
23) 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 1927007)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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I hope that Mueller keeps looking, but not because I've predetermined what he's going to find. Instead, much like what we're doing here, finding nothing can be just as important as finding something. If he is able to continue investigating unhindered, if it is not proven that Donald Trump had any part of any provable conspiracy to interfere with the election, then this will increase confidence in him and his administration. His approval rating is rising, a sign of increasing confidence. (Yes... I know the only important poll is the ballot box, but still...)

And, perhaps Mueller will find something unexpected... maybe a corrupt Democrat or two, who knows? I hope he investigates both sides of the aisle, and independents; everyone who needs to be. All leaders should be so closely scrutinized: it keeps them (more) honest. It's a small price to pay compared with the billions a disastrous corrupt administration can cost.
24) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Flat (in the) earth?? (Message 1926771)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Thanks for catching that... hey it's a distracted Monday. :^) I edited it.
25) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Flat (in the) earth?? (Message 1926758)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Happily, the ancient Greeks already proved the earth to be (very nearly) spherical more than two thousand years ago. They didn't need rockets either... although Eratosthenes' experiment for the size of the earth requires a curvature, it doesn't exactly establish it.

All one needs is an old wooden sailing ship. Because water is a liquid it will always seek to be the same average (disregarding waves and tides) height everywhere, so the ocean will be the same height from the earth's centre (if spherical) or base (if flat.) Send a ship off in any direction from any point on Earth and it will slowly descend as it approaches the horizon and its mast will always disappear below the horizon at the same distance, to one part in three hundred. A smaller stationary boat may be required if the observer is not on shore, of course, but it is not essential.
So, this establishes that the Earth's surface has the same non-zero curvature everywhere (again to one part in three hundred for the sticklers) and is convex. There's only one shape that fulfills this.

As a bonus: the moon's eclipses are the Earth's shadow on the moon when it is between the moon and sun. The shadow is always the arc of a circle (again, to one part in three hundred) no matter the orientation of the earth. If the earth was anything but a very slightly ellipsoid sphere, the shadow would sometimes be a line, or an ellipse, or a lenticular shape, etc.

I'm sure the True Believers have plenty of counterarguments for this: the atmosphere refracts at distance faking curvature, Earth is always in the same orientation, the Cosmic Space Unicorn is pushing the ships down to uphold the Conspheracy... but unless any of these are proven first, they aren't allowed as rebuttals, sorry. :^p
26) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Flat (in the) earth?? (Message 1926732)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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I very strongly doubt he truly believes that the earth is flat, or that his rockets will somehow prove it. He was a daredevil and amateur rocket buff long before his first attempt. In 2016 he tried a GoFundMe to raise funds to build his own rocket and the fundraiser was a failure.

Very conveniently, he then announced he was a flat-earth convert, and targeted the flat-earth community with his next fundraiser stating that his rocket would prove them correct. This was successful and he raised enough money for this launch.

His rocket went about two-thirds the height of the Burj Kalifa tower in Dubai, so he could have had a much higher/longer view with far less risk if that was really what he was after. :^p
27) Message boards : Politics : What will trigger WWIII? (Message 1926276)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Wasn't there a sci fi film where that happened, the President told Russia but they wouldn't believe him, so he had to bomb New York?


Fail Safe
28) Message boards : Politics : Bitcoin (Message 1926249)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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Bitcoin really isn't all that bad.
With enough processing power almost every Bitcoin transaction can be traced.


One of the reasons Bitcoin's value has slumped is that once it was figured out how to deanonymize the blockchain transactions, criminals and others with something to hide have been dumping it for Monero and others specifically designed to prevent this.
29) Message boards : Politics : Bitcoin (Message 1925980)
Posted 23 Mar 2018 by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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That has nothing to do with either child pornography, or Bitcoin, at all. The site indicated that the videos are migrating to is the largest (adult) pornography site on the internet and stays that way by being strictly legal as far as age and content goes at least, and no cryptocurrency is mentioned.
30) Message boards : Politics : Trade War (Message 1925899)
Posted 23 Mar 2018 by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*
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However Trump starts his Trade War in two fronts at the same time.
China. That's OK.
The EU. What?... Unfair...? National security risks...?


If I may make a prediction: Trump will consider the tariffs on the EU and decide against them. The EU will then be all smiles and back the tariffs on China, which they otherwise would not have.


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