Profile: Gone with the wind

Personal background
After very careful consideration over many months in the Spring of 2018, I have, sadly, decided to stop crunching any more work for Seti@home, for the time being.

I believe that after 18 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, hopefully others won't see it that way, as it isn't intended to be, just a reason.

In 2017 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 18 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. Although he is trying to help by introducing a new back end called Nebula which will use the Einstein Atlas cluster at Hanover, when he sorts out the software for it.

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.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Seti is a scientific project, and the demonstrations fuss at UCB in Spring 2017 should have no bearing on the Seti Project. But sadly Seti shoots itself in the foot. It's local management has decided to protect clearly mentally ill people, that should be in residential care. And to encourage them to live their self destructive lifestyle, by silencing people that try to offer constructive help.

I find this disloyal to Seti Director Eric Korpela who has dedicated nearly 1/2 his professional life to the project, and which is also likely to bring UCB into disrepute. We have a misguided management where on the one hand free speech is censored, but on the other hand views are expressed in the politics threads that would not be allowed in the media or press.

In fact I have a strong case to take legal action against one of the UK based Moderators

Allegement 1

That by removing certain posts from an American based websites, he did unlawfully contravene the UK legislation known as the Human Rights Act 1998, Article 10, Section 1.

Namely that

Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.

Allegement 2

That the removal of posts referred to in indictment 1, also constitutes an offence under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, Section 1 and Section 3.

Namely that

A person must not pursue a course of conduct—

(a)which amounts to harassment of another, and
(b)which he knows or ought to know amounts to harassment of the other.

An actual or apprehended breach of [F1section 1(1)] may be the subject of a claim in civil proceedings by the person who is or may be the victim of the course of conduct in question.

(2)On such a claim, damages may be awarded for (among other things) any anxiety caused by the harassment and any financial loss resulting from the harassment.

A Cease & Desist order could be granted in the UK, but UK law has no standing in the USA. Although the Seti Admins could be seen as accessories to the Fact.

Although I have decided that the project is not for me in the immediate future, I would not discourage any others from supporting it. And if I deem it worthwhile I would return some day. Over 18 years I can look back and say I did my bit, and more than most. The project goal is still laudable, it is just that the way it is being currently approached needs to be seriously looked at. If Nebula gets up and running that could be the trigger point for me.

Also I stopped posting at Seti Beta because of trolls not being dealt with, and have now deleted my accounts there as well as there is regularly no work and no development is being done either. Now I have withdrawn from posting at Seti Main, removed my avatar, and changed my name. The oldies will soon forget me, and the newbies will never have heard of me. Effectively Chris S has left the room without making too much fuss, but making a fairly silent protest to those that need to know. I consider it their loss and my gain.

Also I have deleted my Chris S (2) account as it is not needed any more for reasons I won't go into.

Seti active participation has now dropped below the significant figure of 5% of total registered members, for the first time in its 20 year history. The project is losing others as well, and maybe for similar reasons. It should worry the Admins but it doesn't seem to. Perhaps they are looking at another graph that shows the volume of data being returned being the same or higher. What doesn't seem to have occurred to them is that yes, it could be that fewer people with more powerful machines are keeping the project afloat. but if one of then decides to leave the hit will be that much bigger.

"none so blind as those who will not see"
(John Heywood 1546)

I would like to apologise to anyone I have not yet offended. Please be patient. I will get round to you as soon as I can :-))

Last up but not least

"Chris, you are making Proof out of Logic, by just being dubious"

(Claim to fame from Bluestar)
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