Posts by Bob DeWoody

1) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Part 3 (Message 1913308)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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I just hope that if and when push comes to shove our anti-missile missiles will do their jobs. I agree that forces capable of intercepting ICBMs need to be in as close proximity to N. Korea as possible.
2) Message boards : Politics : GOD or NOT? (Message 1912862)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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I think most of us here have decided to leave any discussion of God elsewhere. Occasionally an extremely dedicated believer will try to rattle the cage a bit but I feel it is best to try to ignore posts that are intended to bait the membership into heated debate.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : RIP John Young. (Message 1912459)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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R.I.P. John Young. One of the greatest astronauts.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Star Wars: The Last Jedi -- SPOILERS! (Message 1911827)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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I liked the movie but felt they got a little too dark by killing off 99% of the resistance. But I will withhold having a final opinion until after episode 9 is released. Doesn't say much for the light(good) side of the force. I too thought the submerged X-wing was going to have a role to play in the plot. I will have to see the movie at least one more time to formulate my complete opinion of the plot line. I didn't expect the good side of the force to dominate in the end but maybe episode 9 will bring balance back to that portion of the universe.
5) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Part 3 (Message 1911823)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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I reckon there will be thousands of spectators in addition to the athletes going to South Korea. I can't help but believe that Kim has contemplated the possibility of making a threat to annihilate the Olympics venue and all who are there unless certain demands are met. If I can think of such a thing then I am sure he has.
6) Message boards : Politics : MH370: Missing Part two (Message 1911821)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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I wish them success but I still think finding the plane will be harder than finding a needle in a haystack.
7) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Part 3 (Message 1911432)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Now with the winter olympics only a month away I can't help but wonder what, if any, precautions are being taken to protect the thousands of visitors that are descending on South Korea. Especially those from the USA and our closest allies.
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Universe (Message 1911431)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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This mystery doesn't cause me to lose sleep at night but it does cause me to question many of the claims of facts about the universe that are made these days.
9) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Fossils Found on Mars? (Message 1911429)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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So, if there is still any form of life still active on Mars will we still go there in person?
10) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Epsilon Eridani GJ 144 (Message 1910460)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Please translate for those of us who don't understand the code.
11) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Where is China?? (Message 1909819)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Maybe they have been told not to participate in the seti@home project.
12) Message boards : SETI@home Science : 10 Year Old Work Units (Message 1909710)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Thank you for the reply but my point was not that the signal was hundreds or thousands of years old but would a society keep sending a signal for over ten years? When we go back to look at it would it still be going on? Just like if we are standing on the side of a road looking at a car go past - if we look away and look back the car has passed us, we can't see it any more. Just a thought.

Chook

If it was a beacon, the answer is yes. We keep lighthouses in operation indefinitely.
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The James Webb Space Telescope (Message 1909117)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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I'll bet they are really giving this telescope a thorough going over before launch to insure nothing like what happened to the Hubble telescope occurs.
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The argument for a large human colony in space (Message 1909116)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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In terms of the potential size of a spinning space station maintaining 1g, here's a useful resource

https://www.artificial-gravity.com/sw/SpinCalc/

Just a brief look gives the result of at least 1.1 miles diameter to provide a 1g environment, keeping the rotation to once a minute, so if anyone thinks windows are a good idea on anything smaller, then they are mistaken, people would start to feel physically sick looking outside at current ISS sizing.

That is very useful information. Probably somewhat ambitious for construction anytime soon. As I recall, the space station in 2001 a Space Odyssey was only partially complete with the framework finished, and the hub but the rest of the habitat only about 1/4th finished.
15) Message boards : SETI@home Science : What's our end point, realistically? (Message 1908920)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Stargate, your questions are pretty much the same as those who have been and will continue to probe the universe looking for answers. I, for one, don't believe there is a grand plan, I think along the lines that s*#t happens according to the laws of physics and event unfold pretty much at random. The universe is so big and there are so many stars that even if by random chance there are still thousands, maybe millions of other inhabited worlds scattered throughout the cosmos. But it is also most probably true that the spacing is so vast that it is extremely unlikely that we will ever make contact with any of them.
16) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Oumuamua (Message 1908739)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Oumuamua came from out of the void of space, yet managed to pass much closer to Earth, than to any other sizable body in our solar system. It had to arrive at just the right time, and from the correct direction, to swing around the Sun and flash by Earth as it departed. Perhaps Oumuamua didn't send us a radio message, but it may still, in a sense, have spoken to us.

We will most likely never know.
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : What did you think about? (Message 1908192)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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the whole world would go into panic. You'd have rioting in the streets, civil unrest, all major religions would collapse, governments would fall etc etc.


And what is this statement based on?
While I agree that there would be a period of adjustment...I really do not think it would be total collapse......and besides if they are close by....then when it is an acceptable time....they will make themselves known...and not through some shaky distant light in the sky shot with a 1960's type recorder...
There will be no mistake....There is no lid big enough...:-)

Based on what I have seen regarding many people's religious beliefs I too think the masses are not ready for such a revelation. But I also believe that there is no reliable evidence of visitation by aliens.
18) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1908173)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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I wish the Trump haters would just get over it. It's been a year and we're still here. So far the only impact the new administration has had on my life is that I got a COLA for 2018. During the previous administration I got only one COLA during the entire 8 years. So at least I'm as well off now as before. I think Trump's use of twitter is stupid and counter productive but that is just my opinion. I think he puts his foot in his mouth way too often, but like I said before, I didn't vote for him or Clinton. Congress runs the country because they control the money.
19) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Oumuamua (Message 1908011)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Bob DeWoody
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This series of events tends to remind me of Arthur C. Clarkes "Rendesvoux with Rama".
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Oumuamua (Message 1907990)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Bob DeWoody
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No matter what they may find it is way too late to do anything about it now as it speeds out of our solar system.


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