Posts by Mr. Kevvy

21) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1868265)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Surprisingly... I got a reply: unit production is up, but return time is way down. Conclusion: there was a "shorty storm". It should be over now, so we can return to "normal."*

*I need quotes around that here. 😀
22) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1868188)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Gotta be something along the lines of With the lag the server was showing validating and assimilating, it makes me think this outage was slow database related.


I also note there are four BLC splitter jobs that haven't progressed in several hours, but then again there are hundreds of thousand of work units in the to send queue.

Whatever it is, I wrote to Dr. K... not that I have any special e-mail priority :^) But perhaps it will get fixed. I notice that my larger machines finally got some work though not nearly as much as a full queue so it is improving probably as other machine's queues fill albeit slower than they should.

Nothing worse SETI-wise than a work stoppage on a Friday and facing a weekend of machines sitting idle.
23) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time (Message 1868164)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Throwing more, and more, and more money at their Failed Public School System.


I don't believe I said that "throwing money" was the solution. Proper funding must also be well-spent of course. If there is a problem with the schools, it can be fixed. If it isn't being fixed and the funds are available, it's because it isn't wanted to be fixed.
24) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time (Message 1868154)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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What exactly would you tell the 'Inner City' parents, whose children may have only one shot at success. And can't afford, for the future of their children. To wait years to see if your beliefs will work:

Sorry?


No... I would tell them "I apologize that your schools have been so poorly funded recently with the funds diverted to suburban and private schools. Here is the funding you require." :^p
25) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time (Message 1868152)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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If they help The Children. Remember them? Who are in situations which usually leads to failure.

Who, but a person who doesn't care about these children's future. Would care.


Yet charter schools have been demonstrated to underperform others academically. So how does this help them or prevent "failure"?
26) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time (Message 1868147)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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What do School Vouchers and Special Education Classes. Have to do with Atheism?


This.

Do you not think that these vouchers are going to support religious schools?
27) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time (Message 1868141)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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A combination of School Vouchers (to help our children), and an increase in Special Education Classes (to help our children), May be the Intelligent, Non Ideological, Non Destructive way to proceed.


Yet again, you have the oddest views on things of any self-titled atheist I have ever encountered.

Most of the others realize that charter schools have been one component of a fundamentalist end-run around that pesky old Constitution that prohibits public funding of religion. The first step is to consistently vote in candidates that defund public education. Once it's sufficiently bankrupted and the quality of education inevitably suffers, start complaining about how bad it is and offer private (aka religious) schools as an alternative. Then bring in vouchers which divert taxpayer money from public schools into those private religious ones.

The end result of this is that taxpayers are forced to pay for the religious indoctrination of children into religions that they may personally not be a part of and may disagree with strongly. And of course this comes with the expected baggage: historical revisionism, creationism and denial of other science (ie climate change and the age of the universe) "taught" to children, discrimination based on religion and sexual orientation, etc. This is of course unconstitutional, and at least two states' supreme courts have found charter schools to be so. This is another reason why the "religious right" is hoping that SCOTUS will be packed with as many "conservative" judges as possible, so that charter schools won't be overturned at the federal level.

Charter schools don't even solve the problem they were supposedly created to solve; in Michigan and Louisiana, for example, charter school students perform lower than other states' public school students on average on standardized math and science tests. This doesn't seem to bother their proponents, of course.

So how, as an atheist, can you support them? Would it not be better to properly fund religiously neutral public schools for everyone to fix the problems they are having?
28) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1867913)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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"Villains" of the recycling world
Number 1 - Pringle tubes.


Surprised it wasn't mentioned: In North America, I would say #1 is the one-use coffee pods (most popularly Keurig) for the same reason as Pringles tubes: they are a meld of four dissimilar materials that have to be manually separated to be recycled (aluminum lid and fabric(?) filter bonded to a plastic cup with coffee grounds or tea leaves) so the vast majority of them end up in the trash. Their prevalence in Canadian landfills has been noticed. Keurig is apparently working on a new design.

<<shrug>> I just use instant myself. And there are reusable K-cup filters that one adds their own ground coffee to.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Chris Cornell (Message 1867908)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, a founding father of grunge, dead at 52

Chris Cornell, a key figure in the 1990s grunge rock movement as the founder and frontman of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, died Wednesday night in Detroit sometime after playing a show at the Fox Theatre. He was 52.

Brian Bumbery, a representative for Cornell, confirmed the rocker’s death to the Associated Press, calling it “sudden and unexpected.” He was in the middle of a national tour with Soundgarden which, on Friday, was scheduled to play in Columbus, Ohio.


Far too young, and certainly sudden and unexpected.
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give us a Caption - number 67 (Message 1867813)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Thank you Sirius... my childhood spent watching Bugs Bunny was not wasted after all. :^)

Here is the next photo to caption:

31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V9 (Message 1867713)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Twelfth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver or perhaps a TV remote based on it. :^)
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V9 (Message 1867685)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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They keep referring to it hanging the exhaust. So it must be a tool for removing hangers.


Exhaust hanger removal tool (or pliers) it is... PM on its way.
33) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time (Message 1867483)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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[It is has gotten to that level, then perhaps it is time for Fred and the rest to take a long hard look at the unwritten rules and see what applies to that kind of fishing.


We already have a function to take care of this: Filtered Users. I can't recommend it enough. It was made exactly to deal with people whom one would personally not like to read posts of, but who are posting within the forum policies.

For anyone who is not familiar with it, again: click on their profile and get their profile ID number after "?userid=". Go into your account at the top-right, then Community Preferences. Under "Message filtering" type or paste their ID number into the field and click "Add user to filter". All posts except their quoted text will be hidden and private messages from them blocked.

I know I have to keep repeating this, but people keep demonstrating that it isn't being used. :^)

Don't worry that by filtering someone you will miss something contrary to the policies here; we read all of the posts we can especially in Politics (page one is always solid white for me) and I don't wait for the report if I see something clearly out of line.

(Edit: again, this is more for others... I know you know this stuff, Gary. :^) )
34) Message boards : Number crunching : Your thoughts/opinions on what SETI@home needs to succeed (Message 1867460)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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What SETI really needs to succeed, above and beyond faster hardware, is better algorithms.


Raistmer is one of the people working on those better algorithms on the client (our) side to improve our number-crunching performance. Petri33 is another one. (Edit: implementation of them at least.)

As far as the actual algorithms used by the project such as the Gaussian fit, chirp, autocorrelation etc. as noted you should contact the SETI@Home team directly. They post in the News threads occasionally but have never seen them participate in the forums elsewhere. They can be found on this page.
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give us a Caption - number 67 (Message 1867452)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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"I knew I should've taken that left turn at Albuquerque!"
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V9 (Message 1867448)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Is it made by Snap-on and used to remove something rather than install it?


Both correct.
37) Message boards : Politics : Marijuana (Message 1867444)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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My wifey and I now can't even count on all of our fingers the people in our lives that have either become addicted to heroin or have died from overdose. The problem is beyond an epidemic from what I can tell.


I read this yesterday and all I could think was: fentanyl. Because it is being added to other narcotics especially heroin it is causing street heroin to become overdose-prone. I didn't have any recent corroboration but then just today in one of our local newspapers: 'Safe' injection site tests show approximately 80% of drugs contain deadly fentanyl

Fentanyl is safe enough to be used medically when diluted properly by someone trained, but it is so strong it is too easy to get the mixture wrong and it becomes deadly.

Yet another thing that would not happen if this ridiculous "War on Drugs" was ended and addicts could purchase narcotics with proper quality controls prepared by certified people.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V9 (Message 1867436)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Someone was quite close to the answer... they should re-read some of the more whimsical replies so then can correct a minor oversight. :^)
39) Message boards : Number crunching : Your thoughts/opinions on what SETI@home needs to succeed (Message 1867254)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Exactly right. A general fundraiser turns people off because they might think that their $10 goes in overheads or similar. But a list of physical equipment is much more personal. People will put their hand in their pocket for an SSD drive, feeling that "their" drive is maybe helping to crunch "their" data. It's the feel good factor.


This is exactly correct for my donations, but rather my reason is expansion into new areas/data sources or growing the project's capabilities. I'll donate hundreds or more if there is specific hardware required for a given reason, but just the minimum to keep the star on otherwise, ie that drive could be part of an array so that we have a larger work unit pool available or a backup to ensure that our results are not lost, or to store/transport results from a different telescope. Thus why I keep asking for the "shopping list".
40) Message boards : Politics : Marijuana (Message 1867115)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Well we have actually made some progress... we agree on the prohibition aspect (I think it should be treated exactly like alcohol ie age-limit, laws against using while driving, etc.) So we can clear that off the table. There are also many other police officers who I am glad have taken this stand and understand that the "War on Drugs" has been a colossal and very costly failure especially applied to cannabis. Also as it's just a plant I am also in favour of allowing people to grow it themselves, just as people brew beer and make wine at home.... again like alcohol. Commercial sales may be regulated.

Now on the other topic:

I had provided evidence that the for-profit prison industry contributed over $100 million to the election of Donald Trump.
After election, Donald Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated that he will be resuming prosecuting people for buying/selling cannabis even in states where it was legalized through the votes of citizens.
One of the core tenets of the Republican platform is supposed to be States' Rights, that states are allowed to choose their own legislation without the federal government overriding it unless it is unconstitutional (as per the 14th amendment.) This core tenet is being directly violated.
This violation will thus send thousands of people to the for-profit prison system (we'll have to disregard the ruined lives and huge waste of tax money for the time being.)

So, how can this not be motivated by profit and the for-profit prison companies getting their "payback" for their campaign contributions?

I also provided a rather solid counterargument to your assertion that the same people would be in for-profit prisons as without them, the article that judges were convicted of taking $2.6 million in kickbacks for sending teenagers to for-profit prisons for made-up crimes. This shows that the for-profit prison system is open to abuse and corruption. (I can link to the actual court case if you like, if you doubt the validity of the New York Times...)

Citations can be provided on request.


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