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41) Message boards : Politics : UK Food Warning (Message 1513671)
Posted 8 May 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
To a non Muslim it makes not a smidgeon of difference.

Not true. Halal slaughtering involves cutting the animal's throat and letting it bleed out while conscious, instead of using a compressed-air bolt to the head or otherwise stunning the animal beforehand into unconsciousness. There is some controversy around this as to whether the animal suffers so some people may not want to eat it.

Also a religious non-Muslim may object to having the animal slaughtered by a Muslim with the requisite Islamic invocations, etc. (also required for the meat to be deemed Halal.) Doesn't make any difference to me (I only eat chicken and fish anyways) but it may to some.

(But I agree this thread would be a better fit in Politics.)

Edit: Forgot one thing... for those who like to eat mammals: during the Mad Cow scare when BSE-tainted beef was being discovered, Halal meat was actually safer, because the bolt method dislodges possibly infected neural tissue into the animal's bloodstream, which circulates and can contaminate the entire animal with prions in seconds. So, it can also be a positive benefit to have Halal meat properly noted should this happen again.
42) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1512886)
Posted 6 May 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I doubt that any scientist predicts our effects will be at the same level, ie 90% of all species extinct.

Geez, you'd best avoid the finale episode if it's anything like Carl Sagan's was; might cause an aneurysm... heh.
43) Message boards : Number crunching : Going Away (Message 1508831)
Posted 26 Apr 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
And yes, we DO get violent thunderstorms. This is reputed to be the lightning capitol of the world

If you're worried about lightning damage, don't just shut down, but unplug from everything that runs to the outside (power especially and network/phone as well.) Systems only "soft off" these days and are drawing trickle power when "off" for wake-on-LAN and other functions.
44) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The next......kittyman.......please try to understand where I come from thread. (Message 1508617)
Posted 26 Apr 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
It's hard to believe that such an iconic line could possibly be improvised on the spot, but it was. Rutger Hauer added the "like tears in rain" on his own.
45) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dead at 76 (Message 1507037)
Posted 21 Apr 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Robbed of 19 years of his life and Denzel robbed of an Oscar.

Thank you for posting this (missed the blurb in Wiggo's OP.) When I saw this I realized I had it in the "to see" pile forgotten as I didn't know what it was. Needless to say, it isn't there anymore.

The saddest part watching it is realizing that he was fortunate enough to live in a state where capital punishment wasn't in effect. It could have easily been otherwise, and yet another innocent man would have been put to death and his story may never have been told, nor would he have been there to help the dozen or so other wrongly convicted people who he helped overturn the convictions of. I'm quite happy to be a Canadian after watching it though! :^)

I'm also amazed I'd never heard of him before and he even lived in Toronto, where I live!
46) Message boards : Politics : Au Revoir (Message 1501368)
Posted 8 Apr 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I don't post in Politics either... I'll lurk and read with a good deal of shuddering and facepalm, but getting into a discussion there is a sure-fire way to get your blood pressure up and become generally annoyed at humanity. This is why politics and religion are the two big no-nos for most places and get confined to one walled-off compound here! (We could add a third: CreditNew! Heh... )

So, I suggest to just stick around in the outside of the asylum with the rest of us and you'll be fine. :^)

Edit: Ha! While I was posting this the thread was moved to Politics. Nice irony!
47) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Can missing matter be something unsupected (Message 1501191)
Posted 8 Apr 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
There's a very high deja-vu with all that...

48) Message boards : Number crunching : WinXP EOS -> it's really unsafe after April 08, 2014? (Message 1500661)
Posted 6 Apr 2014 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.
49) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1499890)
Posted 4 Apr 2014 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?
50) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : sugar the bitter truth (Message 1498030)
Posted 1 Apr 2014 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.
51) Message boards : Number crunching : Letter to Professor Stuart Bale, Director SSL (Message 1498024)
Posted 1 Apr 2014 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.
52) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1497250)
Posted 29 Mar 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
From the pinned Information Regarding Forum Moderation - Updated 10th of January, 2013

If you are receiving any unwated [sic] private messages (PMs), feel free to add their User ID to your Filtered Users list in Community Preferences.

If you have been threatened, your next step should be law enforcement. The moderators only have access to the public forums.
53) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1497137)
Posted 29 Mar 2014 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.
54) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496915)
Posted 28 Mar 2014 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...
55) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1496869)
Posted 28 Mar 2014 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. :^(
56) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496825)
Posted 28 Mar 2014 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. :^)
57) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496810)
Posted 28 Mar 2014 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.
58) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496801)
Posted 28 Mar 2014 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?
59) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1496778)
Posted 28 Mar 2014 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.
60) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1496716)
Posted 28 Mar 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Coming from me that would still register low.

Forgive my misinterpretation then... seen this all too many times.

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