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21) Message boards : Number crunching : WinXP EOS -> it's really unsafe after April 08, 2014? (Message 1500661)
Posted 147 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

There's more to it than just an example... Microsoft is quietly extending the EOS for paying enterprises. Perhaps this will expand. Hey, if I could pay maybe $5-10 for extended support per machine for a few more years of patches etc. this would be ideal.

Unless the bad people are sitting on an unknown XP zero-day privilege escalation, there hasn't been a good one of those discovered in years and they were all promptly patched. So, as well as other best practices such as minimizing internet access to trusted sites and ensuring you have a current antivirus/firewall always active, you can significantly harden XP by not logging in as an administrator account unless you need the privileges ie for (un)installation. This goes for just about all other OSes as well.
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1499890)
Posted 149 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through?
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps
To learn of less familiar traps?

Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.
And dead; it's said like bed, not bead;
For goodness sake, don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
(they rhyme with suite and straight and debt)
A moth is not a moth in mother.
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.

And here is not a match for there.
And dear and fear for bear and pear.
And then there's dose and rose and lose --
Just look them up -- and goose and choose.
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword.
And do and go, then thwart and cart.
Come, come, I've hardly made a start.

A dreadful language? Why, man alive,
I'd learned to talk it when I was five,
And yet to write it, the more I tried,
I hadn't learned it at fifty-five!

Not mine. :^) Although, I do play at recitals yet recite at plays. My house may burn up or it may burn down, but my computer may burn out if I don't give it a thorough burn in. My alarm goes off by going on. I fill out forms by filling them in. I'm a vegetarian because I eat vegetables, so don't think I want to be a humanitarian. And why is "abbreviated" such a long word?
23) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : sugar the bitter truth (Message 1498030)
Posted 153 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
...I halved the recipe so we don't have a whole lot of extra cake around the house. I also added a third cup of extra rhubarb and I doubled the walnuts in the topping - two changes which should up the fiber content a little bit. Ol' Pookers probably won't even notice those tiny changes.

Don't forget you can bake with Splenda, unlike many of the other sweeteners, so can go sugar-free.
24) Message boards : Number crunching : Letter to Professor Stuart Bale, Director SSL (Message 1498024)
Posted 153 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
One thing to add to this is that the current system is encouraging AP hoarders who dump MB work units. This wastes project bandwidth and other resources, and further irritates the top contributors who do their workload fairly. Many of them have left SETI@Home or devote only a small fraction of their computing resources to the project because of the credit system.

Hope it can get fixed eventually in-house without needing any pressure from elsewhere.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1497250)
Posted 155 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
From the pinned Information Regarding Forum Moderation - Updated 10th of January, 2013

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If you have been threatened, your next step should be law enforcement. The moderators only have access to the public forums.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1497137)
Posted 155 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I still feel he should be subject to longer bans, nothing will change until that happens. It may of course be too late.

They don't seem to be working and I've seen about twenty of them (haven't we all?) and they just keep reoccurring. I always hoped there would be two-tier banishment ie one day or overnight "sober ups" plus the two-week ones, but it doesn't seem that's in the policies. We also confirmed he can't be confined to the team forum either... board app. doesn't have that ability. Mark writes us e-mails when he's sober and you wouldn't believe it was the same person.

I know it's his responsibility to control himself (ie we keep suggesting to him to keep it to our team forum) but having lived with both an alcoholic father (who lost almost all of his friends due to it) and a bipolar mother, both of whom were eventually able to get the better of it (unfortunately too late for dad as the years of drinking had taken their toll) when someone is in that state it's very difficult to talk them out of it. It takes many years... your words are drops of water on stone, but with patience those drops do get through the stone. And once the stone is eroded away an extraordinary person may be revealed under it.

Does anyone remember that Mark once had fundraising threads going in several forums to try to get as many people as possible wearing the star? That when we had servers fail that he was the one to start the threads to raise money to fix them? I know that even with the $600+ electric bills that he pays every month to keep crunching that he's always first to chip in whenever there's a campaign. And his "FreeKibble" thread to buy food for cats and dogs still goes, but with Donald Johnson at the helm as Mark is around too little to maintain it. So I remember this as the real Mark whenever I see the Friday night screeds.
27) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496915)
Posted 156 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
The original Cosmos was so much better than this "sequel". Nothing against Neil deGrasse Tyson, but he's no Carl Sagan, and the production of this new series is rather lackluster. I'm surprised - I was hoping and expecting something that would grab me. I guess you can't beat the charisma of Carl Sagan and a late 70's soundtrack. ;~}

You have to factor your age into it... I'm also deeply enamored of the original series and book as they appeared during my "formative years" when everything was new and exciting, but young people seem as excited by this one as we were. I'm getting older and harder to impress these days too. :^)

Goldurn dagnab music these days is all noise too and we don't have any good movies or TV any more grumblegrumble the onion fell out of my belt...
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1496869)
Posted 156 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I don't get it... I hadn't seen any posts from him for hours.
Can't fault me for not trying. :^(
29) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496825)
Posted 156 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
+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. :^)
30) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496810)
Posted 156 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
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.
31) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496801)
Posted 156 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
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?
32) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496778)
Posted 156 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
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.
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1496716)
Posted 156 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Coming from me that would still register low.

Forgive my misinterpretation then... seen this all too many times.
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1496711)
Posted 156 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
You understand and like that?

Your Sarcasmeter may need new batteries.
35) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496626)
Posted 156 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
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
36) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496592)
Posted 156 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
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!
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1496560)
Posted 157 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
<<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.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1495815)
Posted 158 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Okay, this thread has sat idly for five days... so it's time: to finally post Mr. Kevvy's Überlame 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!)


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.


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.
39) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Press Conference in Brazil to Announce Discovery in Outer Solar System (Message 1495383)
Posted 159 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
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.
40) Message boards : Number crunching : My little milestone (Message 1493116)
Posted 163 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
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.

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