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Message 1601430 - Posted: 15 Nov 2014, 15:52:07 UTC - in response to Message 1601416.  

Eric said:
Second, because of funding, Astronomy isn't top dog at Arecibo anymore, so Astronomers get a smaller fraction of the observing time.

I thought research in astronomy was the reason Arecibo was built.
I have a question. When the people running Arecibo aren't using it for astronomy, what are they using it for?

It is owned by the US Government, what classified uses their are for the most sensitive antenna on the planet ......
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Message 1601432 - Posted: 15 Nov 2014, 15:57:26 UTC - in response to Message 1601416.  

When the people running Arecibo aren't using it for astronomy, what are they using it for?

You can check the schedule and see for yourself:

Arecibo Observatory Telescope Schedule

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Message 1601433 - Posted: 15 Nov 2014, 15:57:40 UTC

I, too would like to thank Eric for the update. I have been crunching SETI W.U.s, along with various other projects on occasion, since 1999. The volunteers, and especially the Project admins. and scientists like Eric, do nearly all of this work on their own time! Hence, the reason I felt compelled to comment on this issue. I've read a few posts here & there where people (usually newbies) were griping & complaining about the scarcity of work units and it just really P$&&#S me off! 99% of the time we happily go about crunching the data without a hiccup. And, people like Eric, work very hard to make sure that everything does run smoothly. But, when an issue does arise, a, albeit relatively small number of people, start complaining that the problems aren't being addressed quickly enough for them and that it will affect their "Stats". I just want to say to these individuals that it isn't about "You" or "Your Stats". Most of us, thankfully, see the bigger picture here. And, the majority of us realize that there are a group of dedicated folks behind the scenes. I think that certain people need to be reminded of these facts from time to time. I can somewhat understand those of whom are fairly new to BOINC not fully realizing just how much effort it does take. But, some of the complaints that I have seen were from individuals who have been doing this for a fairly long time. It's to those people that I just want to say step back for a moment & take a look a the larger picture. And, while you're doing so, get over yourselves!!
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Message 1601434 - Posted: 15 Nov 2014, 15:57:58 UTC - in response to Message 1599038.  

I don't know what it costs to ship a box of disks, but I do know I burn hundreds (literally) of dollars per month of *extra* electricity crunching numbers.


Nobody forces you to do so. It is your choice, it is a volunteer project and therefore you're absolutely not in a position to demand anything. Have a tissue.
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Message 1601459 - Posted: 15 Nov 2014, 17:55:34 UTC - in response to Message 1598792.  

Thanks for the update:

Question: what ever happened to the initiative called the "top 50" candidates that were identified for reworking when the Aricibo telescope was given yo SETI for 3 days to 'relook" or rescan the sky using the top candidates.
I am interested of to hear about all 50, but also because one of the candidates chosen for rescan or rework or whatever it was called then was a work-unit that was processed by one of my PCs
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Message 1601462 - Posted: 15 Nov 2014, 18:02:04 UTC - in response to Message 1601432.  

I don't thing that the schedule is very helpful: I cant make sense of what it say. I may not be knowledgeable about these things , but I do support SETI and have been doing so for many years, I would like to know how to read the schedule or can someone please demystify it for those of us who want to know.
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Message 1601513 - Posted: 15 Nov 2014, 20:42:54 UTC - in response to Message 1598792.  

Thank you for the update.
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Message 1601521 - Posted: 15 Nov 2014, 21:09:26 UTC

Thanks, Eric. Was wondering if I was just "spacing" out; a not infrequent occurrence in my house! :D
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Message 1601523 - Posted: 15 Nov 2014, 21:10:39 UTC - in response to Message 1601434.  

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Message 1601531 - Posted: 15 Nov 2014, 21:39:59 UTC

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Message 1601551 - Posted: 15 Nov 2014, 23:10:14 UTC

Hmm. I understood very little. but thanks anyway. I thought that the problems with sending this influence of magnetic storms))
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Message 1601689 - Posted: 16 Nov 2014, 5:06:02 UTC

Thanks for the news, looking forward to the day our assistance leads to you finding our extra-planetary neighbors.
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Message 1601754 - Posted: 17 Nov 2014, 19:27:59 UTC

Astronomy isn't top dog at Arecibo anymore,


Slightly confused by that statement. It is a radio-telescope. How does one use it for something other than astronomy? I am sure someone can explain....

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Message 1601782 - Posted: 17 Nov 2014, 20:24:22 UTC - in response to Message 1601754.  

Following satellites in orbit and chasing Near Earth Objects with its radar capabilities.
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Message 1601805 - Posted: 17 Nov 2014, 21:40:31 UTC - in response to Message 1601782.  

Following satellites in orbit and chasing Near Earth Objects with its radar capabilities.
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Also something about ionospheric heating.
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Message 1601944 - Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 2:34:02 UTC

Whew! I was getting a little spooked when I began to see the, "Project Has no Tasks Available" message. Thanks for the update, Eric!

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Message 1602229 - Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 17:07:14 UTC - in response to Message 1598792.  
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Thank You Eric re update, and there was me thinking it was something I`d said.
There is anybody out there!
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Message 1602323 - Posted: 19 Nov 2014, 0:18:37 UTC - in response to Message 1598792.  

Thanks Eric,
We appreciate you taking the time to send out this information.
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Message 1602484 - Posted: 19 Nov 2014, 10:46:21 UTC - in response to Message 1598792.  

Thanks for the detailed and useful update information Eric. Keep up the good work.
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Message 1602576 - Posted: 19 Nov 2014, 16:36:28 UTC - in response to Message 1601433.  
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I had to login and comment for the very first time in over fifteen years just to give props to this post.

Seriously, people should volunteer, well, voluntarily, or not at all!

I, too would like to thank Eric for the update. I have been crunching SETI W.U.s, along with various other projects on occasion, since 1999. The volunteers, and especially the Project admins. and scientists like Eric, do nearly all of this work on their own time! Hence, the reason I felt compelled to comment on this issue. I've read a few posts here & there where people (usually newbies) were griping & complaining about the scarcity of work units and it just really P$&&#S me off! 99% of the time we happily go about crunching the data without a hiccup. And, people like Eric, work very hard to make sure that everything does run smoothly. But, when an issue does arise, a, albeit relatively small number of people, start complaining that the problems aren't being addressed quickly enough for them and that it will affect their "Stats". I just want to say to these individuals that it isn't about "You" or "Your Stats". Most of us, thankfully, see the bigger picture here. And, the majority of us realize that there are a group of dedicated folks behind the scenes. I think that certain people need to be reminded of these facts from time to time. I can somewhat understand those of whom are fairly new to BOINC not fully realizing just how much effort it does take. But, some of the complaints that I have seen were from individuals who have been doing this for a fairly long time. It's to those people that I just want to say step back for a moment & take a look a the larger picture. And, while you're doing so, get over yourselves!!

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