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Message 1762256 - Posted: 4 Feb 2016, 18:41:12 UTC - in response to Message 1762244.  

When I first heard about BOINC in 2007 I was thinking they talked about Boeing ;) (which is pronounced bɔ-ɪnɡ in Bulgarian (not boʊɪŋ nor bɔɪŋ))
 


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Message 1765695 - Posted: 17 Feb 2016, 11:56:01 UTC - in response to Message 1742834.  

Hi Chris,
I suspect it is not a simple tipple but something of a far more potent chemical nature.
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Message 1765696 - Posted: 17 Feb 2016, 11:59:48 UTC - in response to Message 1753277.  

BI-On-IC would have been apt .... but I like BOINC just as much ....

As in;
Well BOINC me!
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Message 1765988 - Posted: 18 Feb 2016, 8:13:34 UTC - in response to Message 1765695.  

Probably right! But I still think anything that might be found won't be in my lifetime. Anything within the solar system is more or less ruled out, the nearest star is 4.5 light years away, the Milky Way is 100,000 light years across, and the nearest galaxy is 2.5 million light years away. Space is so infinitely huge we humans have severe trouble in envisaging the distances involved.

There may well be life of some sort out there somewhere, but the odds of finding it and communicating with it are virtually non existent. Perhaps the best shot we'll ever get is if "they" send out probes at faster than light speed by some fantastic technology, and we detect signals from one within a few light years of us. It might be able to detect that and send a Hi how are you signal back to us, amd maybe one to their homeworld. But if its on the other side of the galaxy, we're stuck with chatting vis galactic emails. Even that would knock mankind sideways, and well piss off the JW's"!
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Message 1767066 - Posted: 23 Feb 2016, 6:01:19 UTC - in response to Message 1765988.  
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The Milky Way Galaxy I might add is millions of years old. Should anyone have sent out a signal 1 million years ago within a 1 million year radio radius of this planet, it should be here about now. So why would anyone not expect to see anything in their lifetime. 1 million years covers an awful lot of space. Your thinking solely on a present day time basis, forget all that, we're talking a vast universe, who knows how quick other planets developed. In all possibility the sender of any such message 1 million years ago may possibly not be alive for a chat.
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Message 1767074 - Posted: 23 Feb 2016, 6:31:15 UTC - in response to Message 1767066.  
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The milky way Galaxy I might add is millions of years old. Should anyone have sent out a signal 1 million years ago within a 1 million year radio radius of this planet, it should be here about now. So why would anyone not expect to see anything in their lifetime. 1 million years covers an awful lot of space.



It has been estimated that there are probably 1 million stars within 1000 light years from our solar system.

The Milky Way galaxy, like other galaxies, is BILLIONS of years old and contains hundreds of billions of stars. The latest findings indicate that probably most of those have planets. The odds are very high that the conditions suitable to support life have occurred many times in many places. It is also likely that some of those places, given enough time, have developed intelligent life. If it happened here, it must have happened elsewhere. That seems mathematically inevitable.


Whether or not these intelligent life forms could, or would even want to communicate with us cannot, I think, be determined by mathematics (The Drake Equation notwithstanding. Too many unknown variables, IMHO).
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Message 1767088 - Posted: 23 Feb 2016, 7:50:45 UTC - in response to Message 1767066.  

Space is big, very very big.
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It has been estimated that there are probably 1 million stars within 1000 light years from our solar system.

The Milky Way galaxy, like other galaxies, is BILLIONS of years old and contains hundreds of billions of stars. The latest findings indicate that probably most of those have planets. The odds are very high that the conditions suitable to support life have occurred many times in many places. It is also likely that some of those places, given enough time, have developed intelligent life. If it happened here, it must have happened elsewhere. That seems mathematically inevitable.


Whether or not these intelligent life forms could, or would even want to communicate with us cannot, I think, be determined by mathematics (The Drake Equation notwithstanding. Too many unknown variables, IMHO).


Mathematics may be of some help, though. Given the great number of possible manifestations of intelligent life, it seems probable that some of them could be of a mind to communicate with their stellar neighbors, capable of doing so, and close enough to our level of development to make such communication of interest to both parties.

We haven't sufficiently explored the parameter space (possible combinations of wavelength, signal format, sky direction, signal strength, and so forth.) to make any assumptions about the presence or absence of extraterrestrial signals.
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Message 1784508 - Posted: 3 May 2016, 13:08:11 UTC - in response to Message 1739361.  

I really enjoyed your point of view! I think it is very likely that there would be some kind of cover up if we were to find something significent ~ I would like to think SETI would have the power to release their findings to the world.
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Message 1784527 - Posted: 3 May 2016, 13:56:51 UTC

Welcome to the forum, Tara.
Information about a candidate SETI signal would probably be withheld for a time, so that it could be properly studied, and confirmed by independent observers. That's just part of the usual scientific method, not really a coverup. It wouldn't be so good if they made an announcement too soon, and then it proved to be a 'false alarm'!
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Message 1787651 - Posted: 15 May 2016, 6:04:16 UTC - in response to Message 1784527.  

yes I supose thhat would be the intelligent thing to do but that could take months, maybe even years and then who knows after that???
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Message 1795437 - Posted: 11 Jun 2016, 18:26:11 UTC - in response to Message 1738520.  

I pronounce BOINC like "boink" or "bo ink"

Usually the first one. :)
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Message 1795859 - Posted: 13 Jun 2016, 5:09:36 UTC - in response to Message 1795437.  

I pronounce BOINC like "boink" or "bo ink"

Usually the first one. :)

There are those that pronounce it BOINC, but personally I'm going to keep saying BOINC.
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Message 1814094 - Posted: 31 Aug 2016, 8:02:49 UTC

When I first started with SETI@Home 18 years ago, I was still a kid in his late 40's who was under no illusions that an extraterrestrial civilization would be discovered anytime soon, but we live in hope, Dexter.

I'm no longer a 40-something kid, and I'm starting to glimpse the Big Bright Light at the end of the tunnel, but I still live in hope that the inevitable discovery will take place in my lifetime. I absolutely cannot believe that the human race - who are at best a 500 million year long series of evolutionary accidents - is the only intelligent species in the universe. Frank Drake cannot be denied; only postponed.

If we haven't found ET yet, perhaps it doesn't wish to be found, by us, anyway; or perhaps we're looking in the wrong place; or we're looking in the wrong way; or we haven't the right tools yet. After all, if your only tool is a hammer, all problems look like nails.

Or maybe, just maybe we're too damned stupid and immature as a species to know what we're doing.

Maybe what we need is a better script writer. Where's Rod Serling when we really need him.

“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.” - Rod Serling
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Message 1816394 - Posted: 11 Sep 2016, 13:32:28 UTC - in response to Message 1738996.  

I think the question we must ask, is the following: if SETI @ home was or has already found alien signals will be able to reveal it.


+1, And also whether Seti would receive full credit for the discovery.
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Message 1816482 - Posted: 11 Sep 2016, 19:28:05 UTC

I find it significant that since the question came up about whether or not SETI would be permitted to independently release information regarding a definite ET contact that we haven't heard one single word from anyone officially connected to the project. Volunteer moderators and testers have chimed in, but no one from the project itself. Not one word.

It's not too much of a stretch to imagine that 1) a signal has already been found, 2) a cover-up is already in place, and 3) project scientists are participating in and supporting this cover-up.

Not too much of a stretch at all.

One wonders...
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Message 1816512 - Posted: 11 Sep 2016, 21:53:24 UTC - in response to Message 1816482.  
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One thing is this project for Eric and team, is essentially a side project without funding that is what it is. And so we haven't heard anything from the project is probably due to other commitments such as Eric writing academic papers that somewhat keep the project going, also Matt is at work for breakthrough listen.
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Message 1818073 - Posted: 18 Sep 2016, 23:40:11 UTC - in response to Message 1739361.  

I agree that the United Nations would probably be the worst offender. They try to master the art of crowd control through spreading fear, which I am not buying into. If full disclosure was available to the public, I would like to think people would find it far more exciting than frightening. I don't believe aliens would be hostile, although if I was an alien, I would find plenty to be hostile about on this planet.
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