Posts by Chris S

1) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1945330)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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I can only send you my heartfelt thoughts and condolences at this sad time. Please tke comfort in the fact that he will be fondly remembered.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : i am dying very soon ----- congestive heart failure I can not walk or breath any more byron (Message 1943999)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Hi Byron, Yet more sad news about another of our long term crunchers and well known characters. You will be remembered kindly and fondly.
3) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1942359)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Mrs Kong,

Like everyone else I am very sad to hear the latest news. I send you both, and your family my very best wishes at this so difficult time.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Space Exploration News (Message 1941158)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44581891
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Grant Nelson (Message 1940367)
Posted 20 Jun 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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RIP
6) Message boards : News : "Are we alone?" on VICE (Message 1939087)
Posted 11 Jun 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6leop5
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Fond Farewell (Message 1926710)
Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Ladies & Gentlemen,

After very careful consideration over many months I have, sadly, decided to stop crunching any more work for Seti@home.

I believe that after 17 years of being involved and being active on the forums, and donating substantial money, that I at least owe people an explanation. Yes, some will call it a flounce post, hopefully others won't see it that way, as it isn't intended to be, just a reason.

Last year DA wrote a report that said that Seti@home was simply an experiment, and like all experiments, it should have a beginning and an end, and a conclusion. His report said that after 19 years, they hadn't found anything, and were just collecting data and doing nothing with it. In his view the original experiment was over. I have to say that I agree with him.

The weekly backup is becoming longer and longer as the database is getting bigger, and we have already hit many internal limitations of Informix that we didn't know about. In addition the hardware is getting older, even the latest servers are 3-4 years old now.

Why haven't we found anything? Many possibilities.

1. There is nothing to find
2. ET doesn't want to be found
3. We are not looking in the right place
4. We aren't looking for the right type of signal
5. Our algorithms aren't up to the task.

Collecting data from different sources and dishes, and different parts of the sky makes no difference, if all we do is chuck the same front end at it. Particularly if as DA concludes, we have no effective back end either.

With the best will in the world I simply cannot justify spending any more time, effort, and money, on what seems to me to be a lost cause, if all we do is carry on in the same way. Yes of course as I have always said, if we don't look we will never find, but that means learning lessons and looking in a different way than hitherto. I see no hint of that happening.

I have 9 Computers with a mixture of GTX 1060, 980, 950, and 750 GPU cards, with processors ranging from i5 up to twin Xeons. At one point I had an RAC of 60,000 and was 146 out of the top 1000 crunchers. I was not prepared to shut all that processing power down and walk away, So I have transitioned everything to Folding @Home. They carry out medical research into Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, and many forms of cancer,

In just two weeks my kit has achieved 6 1/2 million points and 400 completed workunits. As with any Boinc Project, the points are totally useless, but the workunits are the real goal. In my honest opinion, my work there is more likely to help mankind than any amount of work at seti will do.

But I am NOT asking or suggesting that anyone follows my choice. I am simply explaining why I will be absent in the future. It won't matter to anybody I am sure, and many will be glad to see the back of me, and I them. Dipping a brief toe into politics was a giggle for a lttle while. But I want to sign off with my very best wishes to everyone here and I wish the project every future success. It just isn't for me any more.

Seti is supposed to be a scientific experiment, nothing less, but it is all too easy to get sucked into a daily way of life with like minded people, and lose sight of the original goal. That is what I believe that I did. If you want to chat to friends you have Facebook or Twitter, or email. My real friends know my private email address and snail mail..

Kindest regards

Chris S
8) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1926701)
Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Indeed so. As I suggested some time ago, the tide is changing.

How long will it be before someone says "Would you let your daughter marry someone with a gun?".
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part VI (Message 1926698)
Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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+1
10) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1926687)
Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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The way the world is today it seems an eminently sensible move. And yes it should be widely publicised, so that no more wannabe religious extremists try it on. I hope BA is also doing something similar or considering it.

Seventeen years ago, in the space of 74 minutes, four American planes were hijacked. The date was 11 September 2001.

A year later, the Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act was passed, allowing US pilots - working for US airlines - to carry guns in the cockpit.
11) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1926680)
Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Then have the fortitude to practice what you preach & allow others that same privilege.

I do, but I also have the right to disagree with what people say, as they have the same right to disagree with me.

We are spamming someone's thread which is not fair, so I will start a new one, and I'll continue there.
12) Message boards : Politics : What will trigger WWIII? (Message 1926679)
Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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There you go. Glitches are the most likely scenario unless there are now safeguards to avoid that. But would the general public know about that? Most likely not. I think that Russia and America have likely sorted something out between them, but Fat Kim ping pong won't have any such arrangement. If the fledgling wannabe nuclear power cocks up, they will be flattened by the USA.

America and Russia know that an all out nuclear war will result in a lose/lose situation on both sides, so lots of posturing and hot air keeps their individual nations people happy. It's the same the world over isn't it? Political posturing.

Spain knows that the British armed forces could easily overthrow any Spanish force in a war over Gibraltar. But Madrid have to be seen to be jumping up and down every so often at election time, as their government is precarious. And they encourage their fishermen to regularly enter into Gibraltarian waters, and our gun boat has to see them off.

The same with the Falkland Islands. Argentina still maintains they are theirs, But they have a history of political unrest in that country, and military coups, so it pays them to rustle the flag every so often. And they think that there might be oil there. But if there is any it is in international waters.
13) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1926667)
Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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In a Western democracy citizens have the freedom to say what they think. I can go up to Speakers Corner in Hyde Park Corner on a Sunday morning and say publicly exactly what you have quoted. I would judge that quite a few would agree. Provided I don't cause a riot or public affray, or incite people to civil unrest, I will enjoy freedom of speech , without police attention.

So please post my remarks anywhere you like in Boinc land, I would be grateful. I take it we have freedom of speech here, unlike dictatorships where you toe the party line or get shot.
14) Message boards : Politics : What will trigger WWIII? (Message 1926665)
Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Unless they can include a secret self destruct in all missiles. But who would have the code for that??

Probably be the same as what the launch code used to be 0000 0000 0000 0000 and it's true !!! With the co#kwomble in chief probably been reset to that anyho ;-)

The President doesn't have access to the launch codes as I understand it. In time of war the President will use the "football" to authenticate himself, and be contacted directly to Military HQ. Upon ordering a strike, agreed by the Chiefs of Staff, The order to fire will be sent to the Missile batteries and Nuclear subs. Only their commanders will have a sealed envelope with the launch codes in a safe. If I'm wrong I'd be happy to be told. But's that's how I understand it.

I believe all missiles have a self destruct sequence that can be initiated whilst in range, but I may be wrong.

I still think the Fail Safe film is possible in real life, remember also the Wargames film with WOPR.
15) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1926663)
Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Yes, Pinewood along with other names. I lived for a while in an apartment next to and owned by the Licensed Victuallers National Home there in Denham. Talk about nice friendly folks. I almost went into the pub business from their influence. Sorry I drift from the stirring of memories.

We are off topic yes, but the OP hasn't complained so far! I couldn't afford to live there, stockbroker belt these days. God job you didn't, no money in traditional pubs any more, 50% of those in South London are now blocks of flats. Only cash makers are gastro pubs which are basically a restaurant with a licenced bar open to the public.
16) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1926662)
Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Anyone who is addicted to posting Youtube clips by the dozen has a serious problem. They either can't express themselves adequately by the spoken word, and rely on moving images, or they aren't taking their meds or they need to be on them, It is a form of escapism.

Psychological escapes

Freud considered a quota of escapist fantasy a necessary element in the life of humans: "[T]hey cannot subsist on the scanty satisfaction they can extort from reality. 'We simply cannot do without auxiliary constructions', Theodor Fontane once said". His followers saw rest and wish fulfilment (in small measures) as useful tools in adjusting to traumatic upset; while later psychologists have highlighted the role of vicarious distractions in shifting unwanted moods, especially anger and sadness. However, if permanent residence is taken up in some such psychic retreats, the results will often be negative and even pathological. Drugs cause some forms of escapism which can occur when certain mind-altering drugs are taken which make the participant forget the reality of where they are or what they are meant to be doing.
17) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1926520)
Posted 25 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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I'm sorry but you must have misread what I said.

This is what our Second amendment gives us the right to do—protect our government.


No it Doesn't! It give the people the right to protect themselves, to protect their country if needed, and the right to overthrow a corrupt government.

I spent 4 days in Pittsburgh in 2011, and met many local people. I found the place delightful just like England in the Autumn, amd the natives were friendly! I then went for 4 days to San Francisco, like being on a different planet!! Nice place and friendly natives again.

I would visit the USA again, maybe, but I sure as hell wouldn't want to live there.

Q. Pinewood Studios?
18) Message boards : Politics : Does power corrupt absolutely? (Message 1926516)
Posted 25 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Well exactly so, to suffer the consequences of one's actions.

It alludes to times when a permanent bed was a luxury, and most people had to stuff a sack with straw every night for use as a bed. Depending how expertly you did that, gave you a good nights sleep or not. Used to be called a palliasse.
19) Message boards : Politics : Does power corrupt absolutely? (Message 1926509)
Posted 25 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Going back to the title of the thread, and also bulletin boards, there is an old adage worth remembering.

You reap what you sow.

(For those of a biblical nature 2 Corinthians 9:6, Galatians 6:7)
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Time to spring ahead..........reset your clocks. (Message 1926498)
Posted 25 Mar 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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because EU time is centered on the Rome, Berlin time zone.

What? The world is based upom GMT!

(Whatever the scientists call it!!)


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