Posts by Chris S

1) Message boards : News : Free Speech and SETI@home (Message 1891528)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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In the UK a person can be detained (but not arrested) if the police genuinely believe that not to do so would cause a breach of the peace to be committed, and reasonably believe that there is no other way of preventing a breach of the peace.

The UK does not have formal ID cards.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1891524)
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3) Message boards : News : Free Speech and SETI@home (Message 1891521)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Yes, I have been to the Seti lab and the campus is very much open plan. It would be completely impractical to fence it all off and post guards. But what UCB could do is to refuse permission for any more rallies or meetings on its premises where it is likely to bring the Uni into disrepute.

That is not stifling free speech, that is simply saying you have the right to say what you think, but please go away from this seat of learning to do it.

The police must know who these professional protesters are, why can't they be detained in custody for 24 hours while these meetings go on? In the UK known football hooligans are detained at UK passport control if they try to attend an EU football match on the continent.
4) Message boards : News : Arecibo Status (Message 1891517)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Not good at all :-((

BBC

MSN
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Hurricanes and Quakes (Message 1891513)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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BBC reports quake
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1891512)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Just what the F is going on here ???

UK M3

UK M3 (2)

Why the news clamp down?
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1891509)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Ok many thanks. She doesn't want the expense of installing Internet/broadband + the monthly cost at her mums place. So no go. It was just a thought.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1891505)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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A friend of mine has an elderly mother living 2 miles away from her, she wants to keep an eye on. I take it the sort of IP cameras you had would not be accessible remotely from the house, only within it.

Always amazing when a place is cleared of furniture how much bigger it looks. It was the same when I cleared dad's bungalow 2 years ago. Very much an end of an era situation.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman has been sober for five months.........and counting!!!! (Message 1891501)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I think a bad habit is sometimes easier to stop altogether than just cut back on it. I remember trying to give up smoking and would ration myself to say just 5 a day. I'd smoke the 5 and then carry on and finish the packet anyway. In the end I just went cold turkey and haven't smoked for over 10 years.

Basically I'm a beer and wine man, I don't touch the hard stuff. That's not to say I don't enjoy a G&T now and again because I do. But it can be all to easy to have a couple of glasses of beer, get the taste for it and want more. Then before you know it you've had a session. I know some that don't drink a drop all week then go out every Saturday night and get slaughtered!

I think moderation is the key factor here. If you don't have the self discipline to restrict yourself to sensible levels of alcohol i.e. 21 units a week for men, and 14 units for women (UK recommendations), then best not to do it at all.

In the case of Mark, many people only saw the man up front, not the man inside. Yes he'd regularly go on public 6 &12 hour timeouts every w/e, but how many saw him on a Wednesday over in number crunching gladly helping out a newbie with a technical problem, or running a fund raiser. Many people only use the cafe and never got the whole picture.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman has been sober for five months.........and counting!!!! (Message 1891391)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Well said Graham :-))
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing life's adventures of the kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1891373)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Kind thoughts to Lori and Starbucks from the UK.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Better hurry, only 1 shopping day left 'till doomsday................. (Message 1891372)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Oh what a swizz, and I gave all my money to him as well ........
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Better hurry, only 1 shopping day left 'till doomsday................. (Message 1891351)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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The world has always been full of silly people .......
14) Message boards : News : Arecibo Status (Message 1891288)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Thank you Eric and Allen for posting what news that we have.

Equipment can be replaced given time and money and the will to do so. Peoples lives cannot.

Yes it sounds bad, but we need the full picture before we can decide whether it is irredeemable and a write off.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Journal (Message 1891287)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I'm very much bearing in mind your initial statement at the beginning of this thread.

Only positive, supportive replies to my posts are on-topic in this thread.
Posts that are negative or critical will be removed as "off topic" posts.
If you cannot be positive, please do not read my thread or post in my thread.

I think a positive suggestion would be to say to this company, "Look, you don't need to know my personal financial details, but at the present time I can only afford to pay $300. What can you do for me within that budget restraint to get this furnace working? Does that A frame have to go to get it working?

If any work that they deem necessary to do will cost more than that, then they have the option to choose to walk away considering the job uneconomic to get involved with. Maybe they can recommend someone cheaper?

As a supportive comment, we all appreciate the financial situation you are in, but what none of us want is to see you using your gas oven to heat your place again like you did last winter.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman has been sober for five months.........and counting!!!! (Message 1891286)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Well done mark, I salute you :-))

I know damn well there are many on these forums that drink far too much, but as you once were, are termed "functioning alcoholics". They know who they are. I'm not suggesting that you set up a Seti Branch of AA, but I see no harm in saying look guys, it's not impossible to turn the corner.

But like all things,e.g. smoking, you have to have a good enough reason to want or need to give up, sometimes strength of character to carry through the decision isn't enough.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1891285)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I'd suggest "Silvo" - its an impregnated wadding type of material, but I'm not sure if you can get it in the USA - I've used it on my Sheaffer 'Imperial' pen, for about 40 years and I still have a pen left! Perhaps you can get something similar, if you can't get it there. My late brother, would probably have recommended Goddard's Silver Dip, given his expertise in metal-finishing, but then, it would've been for a different reason - amongst other things, he was responsible for the Silver track PCB in the Audio Innovations valve amp, back in the 90s (and they said it couldn't be done!), so he was more concerned with a different sort of 'clean'. Something like Silver Dip, I'd only use for very bad tarnishing and very carefully - it can 'bite'.

I'd endorse what Iona says, despite rule 2 on the left. Also Brasso is excellent.
18) Message boards : News : Free Speech and SETI@home (Message 1891110)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Sirius's link makes interesting reading.

At what point do strongly held views become extremism or hate speech? There have been violent flashpoints, particularly in US universities, about what can be said about race, gender and sexuality. And when does the ultra-liberal assertion of "safe spaces" and limits on language become intolerant and controlling?

The University of California, Berkeley, was a cradle of the "free speech movement" in the United States in the 1960s, when students were protesting against the Vietnam war. It's still on the front line of debates about free speech.

Right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro spoke at Berkeley this month, drawing angry protests from opponents. The university authorities said the security operation around the event cost them $600,000 (£440,000). Another right-wing free speech event, also likely to provoke another protest, is planned for the autumn.


It is 5 decades since the Vietnam war in the 60's, has each decade at UCB been the same over time? or is this one with heightened International tensions any worse than some of the others?

Uni students are mostly in their late teens and 20's at a time when young people traditionally go through an "angry young man" phase. They've usually got it out of their system by age 30 when they settle down, get married, have a mortgage, and start a family. (not always in that order!!).

Seti@home may be hosted and sponsored by UCB, but how the Uni runs its campus is not the concern of this scientific project. The issue of free speech on it's own is better discussed over in the politics thread I think.
19) Message boards : News : Free Speech and SETI@home (Message 1891104)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Everybody on this forum has a right to free speech and to state their opinions, provided of course that what they say is within the rules of posting listed on the LH side when you make a post.

Some difficulties can arise when English isn't a first language,. Dull can speak good enough English when he chooses to, but he prefers to converse in this rather silly da yap yap format which generally doesn't help his case.

My suggestion of taking a sedative was advice to calm down and think a bit more sensibly after this post that was made

Eyes of Nation On UCB Tonight. Free Speech or Free Violence?

Or:

Perfect Opportunity for An ALIEN ABDUCTION. Flying Saucers are Lined Up Behind Moon to Speed to UCB to Abduct dA Black Masked, Black Shirted HATERs.

Eric has already been at pains to point out that Student demonstrations at UCB are nothing to do with Seti@Home.

Further , the Black Shirts were members of the Italian National Fascist Party in Italy who became the MVSN and swore loyalty to Benito Mussolini. Their methods became harsher as Mussolini's power grew, and they used violence and intimidation against Mussolini's opponents. Whilst peaceful demonstrations are one thing, most people would agree that fascism has no place in a civilised society.

There is no scientific evidence for flying saucers, just unexplained phenomena.

Suggesting I put a burqa on my avatar could be seen as a crude racist comment. A Burqua is an enveloping outer garment worn by women in some Islamic traditions to cover their bodies when in public. This matter is causing some dissension in non Islamist parts of the world, regarding the wearing of it in public places.

My previous advice still stands.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Dr SETI needs help. Please send love and kind thoughts to Richard who is in his last days friends. (Message 1890992)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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