Posts by Mr. Kevvy

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Edit: Thankfully he did and I'm quite happy my info was out of date.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 9 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. :^)
21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Better hurry, only 1 shopping day left 'till doomsday................. (Message 1890239)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I advise those who believe that this is indeed The End to divest... divest I say of your worldly mammon in order to be pure for the event! I accept cash, cheques and Paypal. 😀
22) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1890195)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Equifax's IT department should not have allowed open source that doesn't self update.


I suspect that you don't work in IT (I do)... that is a recipe for disaster especially in a web service or other public-facing platform.

It is absolutely the responsibility of the server support and data security teams to inventory all applications and components tracking version numbers and last update dates, and either get on the developer's mailing lists so that they are informed of patches, or check the developer's versioning regularly. For a public-facing intrusion-prone enterprise protecting a large volume of confidential information this should be daily.

When a patch or other update is available it is then tested in a UAT environment, ie on a UAT server which is a clone of the production server(s) that will be patched, to ensure it doesn't break anything, otherwise the enterprise could grind to a halt. Once this is done it is deployed. If there are functionality changes there is notification beforehand. For a security patch with a risk to the data security of the enterprise this should be of course be prioritized to, say, one to two business days, and data security should be engaged to monitor and/or mitigate the vulnerability that will be patched in the interim.

Equifax hadn't installed this highest criticality patch five months after it was released. They are a complete and utter laughingstock, especially their pathetic attempt to blame open source for their laziness and incompetence. For example 498 of the top 500 supercomputers on earth run Linux, and Apache is still the most popular web server suite... I think OSS just might be used by people who know what they are doing!
23) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1890097)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Shows how MOST Coppers are GOoD and Right.


The overwhelming majority of police officers (at least in the U.S. and Canada) are indeed good people, won't get into legal trouble through the course of their duties, peacefully resolve conflicts where possible, use only the minimal amount of force required to protect life, property and uphold the law, protect others sometimes at risk to their own lives, and are exemplary citizens. This is not the problem.

A small minority of police officers (as with every other group) are violent, bigoted, corrupt, dishonest, or a combination of all four. Ideally they will be caught at it and fired and/or prosecuted, so... this is not the problem.

Some bizarre ethical mutation causes the overwhelming majority, as well as the judicial/legal system, to protect the small minority from the consequences of their actions. This is the problem.
24) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1890073)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Unfortunately, the violence is now on-topic...

St. Louis police are saying they no longer consider a protest at a downtown intersection peaceful and they’re asking that demonstrators leave the area.

Protesters had surrounded a police vehicle in front of the old police building near Tucker Boulevard and Clark Avenue and were damaging it with rocks. Police approached and tried to secure the vehicle and protesters threw rocks and pieces of curbing at them. Police then used pepper spray on the protesters.

In a tweet, the police department said the protesters were ignoring commands and violating the law and were subject to arrest.
25) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1890064)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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The short list. Equifax IT was a sleep at the wheel.


Gosh, I wonder how they could have been with such a qualified CSO. 😀

Eventually I am going to find them in the dictionary under "incompetence".

Have better. But, having been involved in past Class Action Lawsuits, which resulted in compensation. Awaiting, sometime in the future, more compensation.

Unfortunately, most of the money goes to the Law Firms.


The DoNotPay chatbot, which has successfully issued defenses against thousands of tickets, has been set up to automate filing small claims lawsuits on anyone's (in the U.S.) behalf if they have been affected by this (ie costs related to loss of data.) It's free to use DoNotPay (there of course is probably a filing fee with the courts though) and small claims courts don't involve lawyers. Compensation could be up to $25K.
26) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1890035)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Bah... I should not have added that line as things are getting off-topic. So far a few protestors threw rocks and bottles but that was quickly quelled, five were pepper-sprayed. Otherwise no violence or damage.

I would ask that we wait until it hopefully doesn't happen before excess speculation. :^p
27) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1890002)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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What? No jury? Or just another case of sloppy reporting?


In U.S. state courts, the defendant has the right to waive their right to a jury verdict and instead have a verdict rendered by the judge. (This right isn't absolute in federal courts.) We have the same here as well. Given his situation I am not surprised he used it, and it seems to have paid off.
28) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1889993)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Unfortunately, this is one cop who will not feel the full force of the law...

This seems to be a very bad verdict, and unfortunately the reporting/stories I have seen on it are sloppy as they all seem to miss some of the important details; one needs to read several articles to get them all.


  • (Yes, another black suspect shot by a white police officer...)
  • The officer told his partner he was "going to kill this motherf‑‑‑er, don't you know it" while they were in pursuit, ie not in a firefight attempting to intimidate the suspect.
  • The officer was carrying an AK-47 pistol at the time as well as his service pistol, completely against policy as he had not authorization to have it (this is why he was able to be fired before being found guilty.)
  • His partner did not even unholster his weapon, so clearly did not feel threatened.
  • The officer's DNA was found on the "suspect's" pistol, yet the suspect's was not; it is strongly suspected it was planted and was not seen in any of the surveillance videos entered into evidence.
  • Even with the above he was found not guilty (bench not jury trial) and the judge's ruling was that the "going to kill..." statement in the previous point was "ambiguous" and did not constitute an intention of the officer to kill the suspect.



So there are already protests starting in St. Louis and they may end up turning violent as night falls (ie, another Ferguson.) Let's hope the cooler heads prevail.

29) Message boards : Politics : Terrorist Attacks (Message 1889959)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Darrell, Islam is not monolithic. It is split into numerous groups with differing and often opposing goals. Most of the issues we are having these days are with one sect (Wahhabist Salfism) of one branch (Sunni); the officially designated terrorist groups ISIL/Daesh, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Taliban (not Wahhabist but Salafist) and many others are members of this sect. Ironically, this branch of Islam has leaders that we can identify: the Saudi royal family (you know... America's best buds, and unfortunately Canada's as well) and the Saudi clerics under their control. The official religion of Saudi Arabia is Wahhabist Sunni Islam, after all.

These groups treat other Muslims with equal or greater disdain even than the west. Surely you haven't missed all the terrorist incidents/massacres directed at Shia mosques (often with much greater loss of life than those directed at secular western targets.) They have also been directed at the most placid and often overlooked branch of Islam: Sufism.
30) Message boards : Politics : 45 LOVERS and 45 NON-LOVERS Thread.....DREE THEIR WEIRDs (Message 1889656)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Well, one can dream. I absolutely adore our single-payer health care system, and once a plan like this is in place and working no one in their right mind would suggest getting rid of it (ie the Canadian Conservative party completely supports it.)

Amazingly, if it's properly run it ends up being cheaper for the government than the private system! Our federal government pays about $4.7K US/yr. per citizen in health care costs, whereas in the U.S. the cost to the government is around $10K! There must be a lot of graft, waste and unnecessary expenses going on to cause this difference.

Incidentally we had a national "Greatest Canadian" (ever) poll recently and Tommy Douglas won handily; he is best known for starting the first universal health care system when he was premier of Saskatchewan, it was quickly picked up by other provinces and then made national by Prime Minister Diefenbaker (also a Conservative party member.) Tommy Douglas' Saskatchewan also had universal dental and a non-profit government run auto insurance system with very reasonable premiums, yet Saskatchewan's economy boomed and the government ran in the black without deficit. Get rid of the frauds and the bureaucrats and it is possible...


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