Posts by John Neale

1) Message boards : Politics : A message for all to hear and heed (Message 1884458)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile John Neale
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Oh good grief.

I'm a white South African. South Africans know something about white nationalism, bigotry, persecution and racism; it is after all only 23 years since the fascist, racist National Party was still ruling my country. I lived through the last 31 years of that regime's rule. Let me be clear: Nazism, neo-Nazism, white nationalism, antisemitism, fascism - call it what you will, they usually go together - is evil. Those who oppose it should be lauded, applauded and supported. Those who are ambivalent, who create fictional smokescreens to enable them to claim that those opposing the fascists just as bad or worse, are themselves just as bad or worse.

So, yeah. Oh good grief.
2) Message boards : Politics : Cricket 3 (Message 1870195)
Posted 30 May 2017 by Profile John Neale
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... be nice to win on Monday ahead of the Champions Trophy.

It was nice! ;)
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1858411)
Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Profile John Neale
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Today, I don't even like getting on the ladder to clean my gutters out!

Neither do I but I use being 71 as an excuse.

And it's a good excuse. With age comes wisdom.

No aerial hero stuff any more. I do still clean my gutters and trim my trees & hedge off a ladder at 70. I do it for the exercise. Only for a few minutes at a time now, not for hours or all day long anymore. I can't do that kind of work anymore, that's for sure. Har!

I'll dig out some more photos.

Thank you for your comments. ;^)

Great photographs! An office with an unparalleled view!

As a youngster, I had an almost pathological fear of heights. I believe in confronting one's fears, and I was able to completely and permanently overcome my fear of heights, simply by jumping out of an aeroplane. Yeah, okay, with a parachute. ;)
4) Message boards : Politics : flip, flop, flip, flop, flip, flop, flip, flop, flip, flop, flip, flop, (Message 1858029)
Posted 27 Mar 2017 by Profile John Neale
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Of course, I would prefer a consumption tax to an income tax, but one can't always get what one wants.

Hmm. Do you know any nations who tried that?
I know it have been discussed here but never being implemented because it's a political suicide.
One reason is because if you tax consumption the consumption will drop.
A lot of jobs will get lost.

The answer to your question is an emphatic yes. Refer to the column on the right of the table, listing VAT, GST and sales tax rates. Consumption taxes form part of the tax structure of many countries, including Sweden. In the United States, consumption taxes are levied at state and local level.
5) Message boards : Politics : Atheism is not a religion (Message 1857497)
Posted 24 Mar 2017 by Profile John Neale
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Now I'm being attacked.

You're not. Mr. Kevvy is stating his view, in opposition to yours, and asking a few questions of you, which you've ignored. Furthermore, your assertion that Mr. Kevvy "can't point out irregularities in ancient writings to come to the scientific conclusion that all ancient writings are wrong or should be ignored" is a straw man argument. He did no such thing.
6) Message boards : Politics : Alternative Reality Health Care a/k/a tRump Care (Message 1857492)
Posted 24 Mar 2017 by Profile John Neale
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Egg → face.
7) Message boards : Politics : Immigrant Migrant Refugee SUPREMACY-Is RACIST DEPLORABLE & TREASONOUS KKKOMMIE KKKryBABY KKKLOWNS with Their Continuing TREASONOUS Behaviours, will LOSE All Elections if They Keep Spouting TREASONOUS Free Speech (Message 1855794)
Posted 16 Mar 2017 by Profile John Neale
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How can we keep believing in the RELIGION of liberalism when this is what it gets us?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-16/collapsing-pensions-are-about-bring-hell-america

Long ago, when I was just 30-odd years old, I (and one of my smart young colleagues) convinced my company (which is a statutory scientific research council in South Africa) to withdraw from the "government" pension fund that we contributed to, and establish its own defined contribution provident fund (in the United States, I believe that such retirement funds are known as 401(k) schemes). While this transferred the investment risk away from the state to the employee, it also ensured that the risk of belonging to a large, bankrupt pension fund was eliminated.

It was almost a quarter of a century ago that I saw the writing on the wall for defined contribution pension funds, and I didn't need to be an actuary to work it out. (My subsequent involvement in the management of the fund that we established gave me a lot of knowledge about and insight into the retirement industry, but not once have I regretted the decision we made way back in 1994.)
8) Message boards : Politics : Ireland's Shame (Message 1854435)
Posted 10 Mar 2017 by Profile John Neale
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AH that may be true but peasant I am know that nails that stick out are hazardous.

The 2 nails in this case that need hammering are "intellectual" "history professor". :-)

Surely such an "intellectual" would understand comprehension & word their statements accordingly?

That thought did occur to me, not for the first time, but I didn't want to go there.
9) Message boards : Politics : Ireland's Shame (Message 1854406)
Posted 10 Mar 2017 by Profile John Neale
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When ethical and moral people, finally toss their hate into the toilet of history. We can then have a real discussion to solve our problems.

My Belief, unlike yours. Is that the Nazi, KKK, and other hate filled beliefs. Must be tossed, by the ethical and moral people, into the toilet.

Unless my comprehension has gone whacko, those are two different statements.

You really do need to cease projecting your beliefs on to others.

I think that the "their" in CLYDE's first statement was referring to the beliefs of the groups mentioned in the preceding sentences (i.e. the "Left" and the "Right"). CLYDE's sentence construction is often awkward (two examples: he quite often punctuates sentences with full stops, as seen in the quote above; and he makes frequent use of inappropriate capitalisation), which can lead to misinterpretation.

That said, my question for CLYDE is: please explain how the hate-filled beliefs of anyone be "tossed into the toilet" by others who are not them? I consider myself moral and ethical - I really do! - but I have no idea how I could possible take some radical nut-job's core beliefs and "throw them away", unless I entered the dystopian realm of A Clockwork Orange, which would render me ... decidedly amoral and unethical!
10) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................aka CITIZEN No. 1 Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time...Greatest LIARS In PREZ History: O'BLABBY; SHRUB II; SLICK WILLIE 9 to Zero WINNING!!! by American & BEST PREZ EVER (Message 1853795)
Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Profile John Neale
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For anyone that thinks they need Frump, for anything, I'll gladly sell you a Brick
to hit yourself in the Head with whenever you get a Headache.

pierre castro...

Just a question. Since you are Posting from Cuba (flag).

I find it interesting that you have the funds to own a computer and have access to the internet in a wonderful socialist dictatorship where less than 8% of the citizens have those means.

How do you do it?

That's changing, fast, following the recent thaw in US-Cuba relations. One of the reasons for the lack of Internet access in Cuba is undoubtedly the long-standing US embargo against that country. Capitalists everywhere should be licking their lips at the opportunity to tap into a virgin market!
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1852302)
Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Profile John Neale
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It's a clivia. It is far, far away from it's indigenous habitat, which is southern Africa. I have dozens of them in my garden in Randburg, Johannesburg.
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Brave Ideas (Message 1850492)
Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Profile John Neale
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In a few minutes, the Dragon spacecraft launched by SpaceX will dock to the ISS carrying an amount of supplies and scientific instrumentation like SAGE III by NASA.

The Dragon approach was aborted, and another attempt will be made on Thursday.
13) Message boards : Politics : Immigrant Migrant Refugee SUPREMACY-Is RACIST DEPLORABLE & TREASONOUS KKKOMMIE KKKryBABY KKKLOWNS with Their Continuing TREASONOUS Behaviours, will LOSE All Elections if They Keep Spouting TREASONOUS Free Speech (Message 1849361)
Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Profile John Neale
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Your claim that the
9th Circuit has a record of 80% rulings overturned by SCOTUS
is demonstrably false.

Snopes presents data between 1998 and 2008 and PunditFact presents more recent data that effectively debunk this misleading claim.

From YOUR source Pundit Facts more recent data:

"Among cases it reviewed from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, it reversed about 79 percent.

The 9th Circuit’s reversal rate is higher than average, but it’s not the absolute highest among the circuit courts. That distinction goes to the 6th Circuit, which serves Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, with an 87 percent average between 2010-15. The 9th Circuit is in third place."

So I missed it by ONE percentage point.............the point being if you fail at 79% of your judgements you need to be replaced. I vote to remove all judges from the bench at each election for one reason. Familiarity breeds contempt. Judges like everybody else need to be reminded they too are mortal and fallible, and foremost they are not paid to be Legislators.

WinterKnight has spelt it out for you. Nevertheless, since you still don't get it, go and read what YOU cut-and pasted, for understanding.

Hint: focus on the phrase "Among cases it reviewed...".

Rounding up, you missed it by about 80 percentage points.

The sad thing is that Trump is bandying this number around - I saw him do at his infamous "news conference" the other day - and his acolytes (I number you among these) actually believe it to be true. Methinks you need to take those JaundicedEyes out from behind their rose-tinted spectacles.
14) Message boards : Politics : Immigrant Migrant Refugee SUPREMACY-Is RACIST DEPLORABLE & TREASONOUS KKKOMMIE KKKryBABY KKKLOWNS with Their Continuing TREASONOUS Behaviours, will LOSE All Elections if They Keep Spouting TREASONOUS Free Speech (Message 1849070)
Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Profile John Neale
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Your claim that the
9th Circuit has a record of 80% rulings overturned by SCOTUS
is demonstrably false.

Snopes presents data between 1998 and 2008 and PunditFact presents more recent data that effectively debunk this misleading claim.
15) Message boards : Politics : In Quebec Canada, are French Canadian Citizens seeking Revenge for recent past Killings in France? (Message 1847221)
Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Profile John Neale
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The statement that

Economic figures also show 93,000,000 of us are out of work
is a crock.

Your extreme worldview (and those of several others that frequent these forums) is, it seems, informed by your belief in blatant, proven falsehoods. You can surely do better.
16) Message boards : Politics : Immigrant Migrant Refugee SUPREMACY-Is RACIST DEPLORABLE & TREASONOUS KKKOMMIE KKKryBABY KKKLOWNS with Their Continuing TREASONOUS Behaviours, will LOSE All Elections if They Keep Spouting TREASONOUS Free Speech (Message 1834593)
Posted 7 Dec 2016 by Profile John Neale
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And Thanks, Cindy Hess-Luth for saving me the bother of trying to hunt down these statistics!

You should have tried harder. Posting utter guff does you no credit.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1818598)
Posted 21 Sep 2016 by Profile John Neale
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A quick look at a sampling of the January and February, 2016, APs that I got early this month, however, seems to indicate that almost all of those were 100% blanked. I'll try to take a more in-depth look at those tomorrow. It looks like the dates on those run from mid-January to early February.

A quick look back here shows that most of the Nov 2015 stuff was OK, but most of the Dec 2015 stuff is blanked.

I've received four more AP tasks from November 2015, and they're all non-compressible.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1818446)
Posted 20 Sep 2016 by Profile John Neale
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Blanked... blanked... blanked...

Yeah, at least 90% of 'em.

Compressibility test, anyone?

So just to restate the test, you must catch an AP task that is in queue and has not yet been run, and attempt to zip it. If it's a good AP, it will barely compress, if it's a "stuck bit" unit, it will compress to about 50%. Is that about correct?

Yup, exactly so. The raw file should be about 8MB: the 'stuck bit' ones zip to just over 4MB.

I managed to download Task 5168328866, ap_18no15aa_B3_P1_00346_20160920_22804.wu_1, which is part of workunit 2270430643. It zipped down to 4,808 KB from 8,196 KB. But this workunit is from the infamous "B3_P1" data channel, which generates almost exclusively "bad" data - so no real help there, I suspect.

I snagged another one: Task 5168561759, ap_20no15aa_B0_P1_00090_20160920_32079.wu_1, which is part of workunit 2270541308. It zipped down to 7,975 KB, so it looks okay. Both of these workunits were recorded in November 2015, and I recall that it's the more recent data recorded in 2016 that is suspected to be "dud". I'll keep trying...
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1818440)
Posted 20 Sep 2016 by Profile John Neale
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Blanked... blanked... blanked...

Yeah, at least 90% of 'em.

Compressibility test, anyone?

So just to restate the test, you must catch an AP task that is in queue and has not yet been run, and attempt to zip it. If it's a good AP, it will barely compress, if it's a "stuck bit" unit, it will compress to about 50%. Is that about correct?

Yup, exactly so. The raw file should be about 8MB: the 'stuck bit' ones zip to just over 4MB.

I managed to download Task 5168328866, ap_18no15aa_B3_P1_00346_20160920_22804.wu_1, which is part of workunit 2270430643. It zipped down to 4,808 KB from 8,196 KB. But this workunit is from the infamous "B3_P1" data channel, which generates almost exclusively "bad" data - so no real help there, I suspect.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (103) Server Problems? (Message 1812488)
Posted 25 Aug 2016 by Profile John Neale
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. . I am going to have to seek out this "Server page". I am in the dark here :)

Server status page. There's a link to it on the home page of SETI@home, under "ABOUT".


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