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11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496825)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
+1 I like them scientific minds here at Seti:) Hard to express myself sometimes here, the language difference, you know:) Ok, it's Friday evening...anyway...Carry on guys:)


Votre Anglais est tres superieure que mon petit peu de Francais.
So no worries. :^)
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496810)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Questions scientists will have answers to, in time.


Well, I'm no professional, but if I was responsible for allocating research moneys I'd been looking at something like clean thorium fission, fusion or other alternatives for long-term sustainability and I doubt anything else will happen with this, certainly not for fueling Earth.

As far as being a refueling point for "out there" who knows... that may be viable.
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496801)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
I don't think it would be a very good idea importing even more carbon from elsewhere to turn into CO2 and put into the atmosphere. And I consider the cost not be in money but in materials, effort and energy. Even if you burned it to propel it here, what will you react it with? A huge quantity of oxygen would have to be transported there or split off. Suppose you transported it in a huge spherical blob and managed to get it into Earth orbit. How do you get it to the surface without it burning up on descent?
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496778)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
but all these hydrocarbures cant be a solution for mankind exploration fuel / or even to be used on earth ?


How would you get it here, cost-effectively?
Using it out there to go further may be an idea.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1496716)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Coming from me that would still register low.


Forgive my misinterpretation then... seen this all too many times.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1496711)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
You understand and like that?


Your Sarcasmeter may need new batteries.
17) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496626)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
There was no negative or anthropocentric implication in using "smog" in this context at all. It simply meant an opaque haziness in an atmosphere caused by simple colorless gaseous compounds being split by sunlight and reforming as more complex and coloured compounds.

You could always spin it the other way as this seems to indicate that smog and atmospheric hydrocarbons in general are perfectly natural. :^p
18) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496592)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
NGT said as He 'is' hurtling 100s of Km throught Titan's 'Smog'. Smog? Is a Human/Earth Construct. A Scientist knows Titan's Atmosphere is not Smog.

And why does Titan have 'Smog'? NGT also says, 'the Oil Coloured Darkened lakes when refering to Titan's Lakes. Nope, not Oil as he stated earlier, but methane, so why say Oil?


Because that is the color of complex liquid hydrocarbons, perhaps?

In the Wikipedia article on Titan you can find:

The atmosphere of Titan is largely composed of nitrogen; minor components lead to the formation of methane and ethane clouds and nitrogen-rich organic smog.


The hydrocarbons are thought to form in Titan's upper atmosphere in reactions resulting from the breakup of methane by the Sun's ultraviolet light, producing a thick orange smog.


Linked NASA JPL article:

The dark brown sands appear to be made up of the same kind of complex organic chemicals that dominate Titan's smoggy atmosphere.


Gots tO Make Christians and GOPTers LOok Bad befO dee Election.


If you consider yourself representative of one or both of these, then by radicalizing a science thread and dragging politics into it for completely factually incorrect reasons you're doing a good enough job of that on your own. If you wish to keep politicizing, please start a thread in Politics for this where it belongs!
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1496560)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
<<checks calendar>> Yup, it's Friday.

I see you've started two new threads in the Cafe including this one. If you start any more threads I can guarantee someone is going to red X them and then we get to miss you again. :^(

Please remember that's far less likely to happen (probability approaching zero) in the GPUUG forum among friends and teammates.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1495815)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Okay, this thread has sat idly for five days... so it's time: to finally post Mr. Kevvy's Ɯberlame SETI/BOINC-related Jokes! I've posted a few before but I think they're worth a repeat now that I have ten of them as:

1) They are slightly rewritten.
2) They are original, as far as I know.
3) They are actually on-topic with the theme of this site. Some may be technical but if you don't understand them they are probably too lame to bother researching. :^)

So clear your throat with some olive-flavoured mouthwash because you're going to be groaning soon! (My missus even warned me they were too lame for public release, at least the ones she understood, but I say what the heck! It's not like anyone knows where I live!)

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BOINC is like modeling... it takes a lot of expensive silicon to have a nice RAC.

I asked some of the top contributors what would be the best way to find intelligent extraterrestrials and they said I needed a good video card, so I got one. I ended up renting E.T., Contact and Close Encounters with it, so I guess they were right.

A noted SETI astronomer said that they are looking for extraterrestrial civilizations by searching for hot Dyson spheres. After giving the house a good clean with my Ball Vac, I found that it was rather warm. Should I advise NASA or the SETI Institute first?

I built a new cruncher rig to go higher in the rankings, but I forgot to buy any NVidia cards for it. I CUDA been a contender!

D = (Total # of rap stars) * (Fraction of rap stars who are Canadian) * (Fraction of rap stars of mixed ethnicity)
The Drake Equation

What's the difference between the world's largest radio telescope and the movie "10"?
One is Arecibo, the other is where I see Bo.

At first I thought BOINC was only for Apple Macintosh computers, as it requires at least one core.

Even with 128 million simultaneous channels SERENDIP V still hasn't found any sign of intelligence in five years. So, it has about the same track record as cable TV.

It must be true that aliens want to eat us if we can communicate with them in microwaves through dishes and a giant bowl.

We finally discovered intelligent extraterrestrial beings. Coincidentally, they strongly resemble the platypus, an animal with both bird and mammal features. This made their communications complex and hard to analyze, but we soon figured out all we had to do was find the beak amplitude and dechirp with a fast Furrier transform.

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Hope that wasn't too painful. :^D

Edit: Also, thank you to the previous posters for the many smiles'n'guffaws that this thread and its predecessors have brought me.
21) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Press Conference in Brazil to Announce Discovery in Outer Solar System (Message 1495383)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
It makes one wonder what we are taught today will be proven wrong tomorrow.


This wasn't an error or "wrong"... it was simply a redefinition/reclassification of what a planet is.
22) Message boards : Number crunching : My little milestone (Message 1493116)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
The average participant's RAC, project-wide, is almost exactly one thousand... yes, 1,000. 1K.

So, in fact, you're doing over six times the average, which is why you're in the 5% elite (silver badge.) Congrats on your first million. :^)

Edit: And your first post... welcome to the forums. And you're even a donor... talk about elite: only 0.19%, or about 1 in 500, of participants are also donors.
23) Message boards : News : Friday March 21 SETI talks to be webcast live. (Message 1492913)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
So sad I missed it. Is it by any chance recorded or reviewable?


It was being recorded and someone indicated near the beginning that it would be posted. I don't doubt that the link(s) will be added to this thread when that happens.

Imagine how it is for us. Jill is a hard act to follow.


Your presentation was, for me, more rewarding as I now know that SERENDIP VI outperforms what was initially indicated by, oh, about twelve times!

Worth the investment I'd say. ;^)
24) Message boards : Number crunching : The (Preliminary and Premature) Green Bank SERENDIP Fundraiser - Help SETI@Home Build a New (non-Arecibo) Receiver! (Message 1492289)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
That was fast!!!


Indeed! Open less than a day and the goal reached... still hasn't sunk in yet.
Now what do I do? :^)

So I'll ask a moderator to unpin and close it now.

Note to moderators in future: The SETI@Home team may change the hardware required, so more funds may be needed and I'll ask that it be unlocked and pinned again.
25) Message boards : Number crunching : The (Preliminary and Premature) Green Bank SERENDIP Fundraiser - Help SETI@Home Build a New (non-Arecibo) Receiver! (Message 1492155)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Thank you for your gift of $203.00 via Visa on 03/20/2014.
Your gift will benefit the following area:

SETI@home - $203.00

Your confirmation number is: 130700


YEEAAAAAAAHHHHHH! Thank you John!

Ahem... I think I earned an over-the-top there. :^) That was about the most amazing thread less than one day old I've ever seen.


Thank you for your gift of $203.00 via Visa on 03/20/2014.
Your gift will benefit the following area:

SETI@home - $203.00

Your confirmation number is: 130701


And we're done here. I'll ask that the moderators keep it open in case there are any questions or feedback; if it's still open in a few hours I'll request it be closed. I need to archive it as well!
26) Message boards : Number crunching : The (Preliminary and Premature) Green Bank SERENDIP Fundraiser - Help SETI@Home Build a New (non-Arecibo) Receiver! (Message 1492100)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Oh, I really didn't need to eat this month, anyway.
"You sent a payment of $248.00 USD to GPU Users Group, Inc."


From the Beverages thread we have going I was starting to suspect that GPUUG didn't think food was important. ;^)
And thank you! Now that is a little better than the ten bucks I was expecting.


@{BDC} Thomas Dupont: Very nice and thank you... another team founder donated. :^)

Here's mine, (I'm almost skint so have been putting it off):


Nah, your timing couldn't have been better. Happy you put it off for this and thank you!

Here's mine to match your three:

Thank you for your gift of $293.00 via Visa on 03/20/2014.
Your gift will benefit the following area:

SETI@home - $293.00

Your confirmation number is: 130698



We are down to $406 remaining or $203 from you with my matching... one nice donation could end this!
27) Message boards : Number crunching : The (Preliminary and Premature) Green Bank SERENDIP Fundraiser - Help SETI@Home Build a New (non-Arecibo) Receiver! (Message 1491947)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Ok here is mine:
Dear -= Vyper =-,
Thank you for your gift of $234.00 via Visa on 03/20/2014.
Your gift will benefit the following area:
SETI@home - $234.00
Your confirmation number is: 130690
I targeted the donation to the GPUUG Campaign!


Salut and thank you, founder of GPUUG. I never would have done anything like this without this team that you started. :^)

And here is mine in return...

Thank you for your gift of $234.00 via Visa on 03/20/2014.
Your gift will benefit the following area:

SETI@home - $234.00

Your confirmation number is: 130694


Could be a little out topic, but may i sugest give Mr. Kevvy the right to choose the server name of the: SETI@Home Build a New (non-Arecibo) Receiver?
As as a symbolic prize for his nice work in raising the funds.


Lol... I am still awaiting the same thing promised from the last fundraiser, so not holding my breath.


OK we are under a thousand left...$992 remaining, so only $496 in contributions left to make!
28) Message boards : Number crunching : The (Preliminary and Premature) Green Bank SERENDIP Fundraiser - Help SETI@Home Build a New (non-Arecibo) Receiver! (Message 1491850)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Here's mine:
Your order is complete! Your order number is 1331.

That was for $50.



Excellent and thank you!

Well, we won't be needing a fundraising weekend anymore. Fellow GPUUG member, Robert M. Deller, just remembered he hadn't made his annual donation to SETI@Home, so he did so and swung it our way. It's for $1,000 and was placed through GiveToCal, confirmation number: 130686. This was sent to me in a PM. Just astounding! Oh and @MarkJ, he's a fellow Canadian, so it's a tax writeoff... I'm quite moved that you donate as much as you do without any deductions!

So here's my matching donation for Robert and Fred:

Thank you for your gift of $1,050.00 via Visa on 03/20/2014.
Your gift will benefit the following area:

SETI@home - $1,050.00

Your confirmation number is: 130689


We're now only $1,460 from completion! That's only $730 in donations left which I will match to reach our goal (and let's hope those goalposts don't move too much!)
29) Message boards : Number crunching : Adding ssd to speed up projects (Message 1491823)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Make sure to click the Advanced button on the panel with the folders and checkboxes, then set the Program directory to the BOINC folder you just moved.


Egads... you know you're getting old when you think one thing when typing and something else appears. It's the Data directory! :^p Hope that mistake was obvious to anyone following it!
30) Message boards : Number crunching : The (Preliminary and Premature) Green Bank SERENDIP Fundraiser - Help SETI@Home Build a New (non-Arecibo) Receiver! (Message 1491798)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Your order is complete! Your order number is 1330.
$490 so it should be down to $4000 left now, except gpuug.org isn't updating the amount


For the second time in as many campaigns you've utterly astounded me with your generosity. Thank you! :^)

Regarding the totals: for some reason it was decided to rename the GPUUG fundraiser entry with a "SETI@Home - " prefix which has caused the totals to go wonky when a donation is made; notice that a second entry with only $490 of $6600 appeared below. I've written to the site admin. and he'll merge the two as has been done the other times. I'm watching the totals and logging all donations so all's well.

And I can't let a contribution so large go unanswered, so;

Thank you for your gift of $490.00 via Visa on 03/20/2014.
Your gift will benefit the following area:

SETI@home - $490.00

Your confirmation number is: 130685


There's my bit with the GPUUG special designation, leaving $3,510 left to raise in total, $1,755 from everyone else and the same amount from me.


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