Posts by Mr. Kevvy

11) Message boards : Number crunching : 2008 (Message 1869373)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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Specifically two that I know of are that a bug in the Gaussian fit algorithm was fixed a few years ago, and autocorrelation detection was also added. So they are re-analyzing whatever old data from Arecibo is around that is prior to those two advances.
12) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time (Message 1869357)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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How about "The candidate with the most votes wins."

This is what most of the world calls an "election". :^p
13) Message boards : Politics : Daesh (Message 1869356)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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And here I thought it was a for-prophet business.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Nebula processing via BONIC? (Message 1869304)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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As well when this system was proposed as NTPCKR it was going to be a local (ie in Berkeley) compute device and database, but the decision ended up going with a supercomputing cluster because not only does all the data need to be accessible at once, but the team would like to be able to tune the algorithms and re-run the search with them in a reasonable amount of time ie a few hours versus days or weeks with a smaller local computer.

There is a supercomputing facility at Berkeley but unfortunately it's apparently committed elsewhere.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : CRL (Angela) got a new hat for her birthday. (Message 1869216)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give us a Caption - number 67 (Message 1869192)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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Thank you Sirius (and Carlos...) Well if that one was used before I don't doubt this next one to caption was, though I haven't seen it.

17) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 18 Year Club! (Message 1869128)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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Nine days late is better than never. :^) This project certainly keeps me busy.
18) Message boards : Politics : Manchester UK Bomb (Message 1869124)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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I missed a critical detail of why ISIS/Daesh chose an Ariana Grande concert, not being a young pop fan... ISIS's ideal girls are kidnapped, traded like cattle, presented as war trophies to their polygamous "soldiers" (often after a forced clitoredectomy without anesthetic lest they actually have any enjoyment ever,) treated by men their entire lives as property, certainly not educated, used as child factories and indentured servants, beaten mercilessly and sometimes murdered if they have any thoughts of their own or decide this isn't the life for them...

And what does Ariana Grande represent?

Young women and girls pack Ariana Grande's concerts, snap up her songs the moment they're released and follow her every social media post. In her music, shows and videos, Grande — ever-smiling as she unleashes a soaring voice — is what her fans long to be: Self-assured, sexy, talented, optimistic, in control and proudly feminine.
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"I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man's past, present, or future PROPERTY/POSSESSION," Grande wrote in 2015, in a widely shared open letter after a public breakup. "I … do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you."

Beyond young girls, Grande has cultivated a diverse fan base and spoken plainly about her interest in LGBT issues; on concert stages she urges audiences to celebrate being different.

"I was raised in a household where being gay was like, the most normal thing," she told V Magazine in 2015. "You know, my brother is gay, all of my best friends are gay. When my brother came out of the closet, it wasn't a big deal for my family. Even my grandpa, who is like, super old-school, was like, Good for you! It's outrageous to me when I see people hate on someone because of their sexuality. I hate the intolerance. I hate the judgment."


So, not just people having a good time, but a mostly young, female, independent, educated and tolerant group having a good time... everything Daesh hates.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A interesting fact about Bitcoins (Message 1868973)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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ROI-wise, I think the saddest example is Ronald Wayne, Apple's third founder. He sold his 10% share for $800. It would be worth about $70 billion today, and this doesn't include the billions in dividends it would have paid.
20) Message boards : Politics : Manchester UK Bomb (Message 1868892)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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Why do terrorists always chose to kill innocent people having a good time?


This is precisely the point. ISIS/Daesh at least bans just about all forms of entertainment: music, dancing, sports in addition to the usual gambling and alcohol. A significant number of people who have lived in and escaped areas controlled by them indicate they just sat at home all the time when not working, buying food or going to compulsory prayers; everything else was forbidden (and it's too easy to accidentally break the laws.)
21) Message boards : Politics : Manchester UK Bomb (Message 1868887)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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UK's turn again?

At least 19 dead, dozens injured after reports of blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

Edit: As if it wasn't obvious, it is suspected as an act of terrorism.
22) Message boards : Politics : Marijuana (Message 1868858)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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A drugged nation is much easier to control from an all-powerful centralized government.


I would imagine your "evidence" for this is those bastions of individual free expression and open opposition to the government where marijuana is illegal: China and Saudi Arabia.

I'd be interested to know which undemocratic, authoritarian governments where cannabis is legal you meant. Good luck finding one.
23) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Has a parallel universe been discovered? (Message 1868848)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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The best time resolution measurable would be Planck Time, about 5.4 x 10-44s. There would be a theoretical "exact" midnight but it couldn't of course be measured. Time is likely quantized along with space and has a slight irreducible granularity.
24) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time (Message 1868805)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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Never mind... my mistake. He can invoke the Fifth if the contents of the documents are not known enough that submitting them is incriminating. See United States v. Hubbell.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give us a Caption - number 67 (Message 1868794)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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BMW = Break My Windows
26) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Has a parallel universe been discovered? (Message 1868597)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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This infinity business is similar to Achilles and the tortoise, where in theory he can never catch it because he will always be a tiny bit away from it, the series continues ad infinitum. Oh look another way of saying for infinity!


Zeno's paradox... the intellectual leap the ancient Greeks don't seem to have universally made is that an infinite series can have a finite sum... ie:



Archimedes was getting there, but the Romans... er... intervened. Also Aristotle although a philosopher understood it. They were very close to calculus, but lacked the algebraic framework and notation to support it.

Side note: One of the niftiest and most counterintuitive results of this is that the "Harmonic Series"...



... diverges to infinity. It doesn't seem possible because after a few terms it grows so slowly and this rate falls off so fast.... it takes 144 iterations to get to 6, but to get to 10 takes 12,367, and to 100 takes over 1043! Yet the proof is there in the article (Comparison Test proof) and quite easily understandable.

Edit: one of the integral equations shown has ∞ as both the upper range of the integral and the result, showing its use in mathematics.
27) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Man-made bubble surrounding Earth. (Message 1868415)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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We don't really know what is out there between the stars.


We do know with some certainty of the density of interstellar and even intergalactic hydrogen from Gaussian absorption spectra near the 21cm neutral hydrogen band. It's about 1 atom/cc. If we plan on traveling near lightspeed, these normally harmless atoms are going to become the cosmic rays, and will require shielding of a technological level beyond what we are currently capable.

The hypothetical Bussard ramjet would of course take care of two issues by both removing these atoms and using them as fusion fuel.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give us a Caption - number 67 (Message 1868404)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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"Oh... I invited you to play pool with us. Sorry about the typo."
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give us a Caption - number 67 (Message 1868315)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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Results time... there weren't ten within 24 hours so I waited the 48. None of the answers were on the "motif" I was looking for, so I again let my missus, "Barometer of the Public Taste" pick, showing her only the photos and answers.

3 - Admiral Gloval: Excuse me dear sir. But go fetch your own stick.
2 - Carlos: Play it again spot.

1 - Grant Nelson: I fart in my wallet so now I have enough for gas.
I have no idea how this relates to the photo, but it seemed to work as we both laughed quite a lot at it, so congrats and PM sent. :^)
30) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1868288)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
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Changing preferences didn't do it. But shutting down BOINC for five minutes and then restarting DID get the tasks flowing again for the recalcitrant computer.


It does that... it's like it gets depressed after asking numerous times and gives up.

No shorty storm (although there were quite a few shorties around)


OK... perhaps a short shorty shower? Some partially galactic hydrogenated shortening?


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