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1999\04\05@112330 by mwestfal

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Brian Gracia wrote:

> Hello,
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> While reading a scientific magazine today, I came across an interesting
> article on SETI (Search for Exterterestal Intelligence.)


SETI is a colossal waste of money, in my opinion. There's no nobody out
there. We're it.


>
> They have developed a method for computer users to help with the search.
> You download a screensaver program from them.  It in turn downloads a chunk
> of data from SETI.  As it analyses the data in the form of a screensaver.

At least it only wastes your computer time when the computer is otherwise
idle!

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1999\04\05@181810 by J.M. Vehasmaa

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At 08:22 5.4.1999 -0700, you wrote:
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>SETI is a colossal waste of money, in my opinion. There's no nobody out
>there. We're it.
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I think there is other out there, but why would they contact us? To them we
may be just as small thin as small ant is to us.

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1999\04\05@182236 by Sean Breheny

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At 09:01 PM 4/4/99 +0300, you wrote:
>At 08:22 5.4.1999 -0700, you wrote:
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>>SETI is a colossal waste of money, in my opinion. There's no nobody out
>>there. We're it.
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Well, I dunno if there is anyone out there, but I am curious. Also, I don't
think you can call SETI colossal. IIRC, its total yearly budget is under
1,000,000 US dollars.

Sean

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1999\04\05@183447 by Dave VanHorn

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>Well, I dunno if there is anyone out there, but I am curious. Also, I
don't
>think you can call SETI colossal. IIRC, its total yearly budget is
under
>1,000,000 US dollars.
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>Sean


Somewhat less than it takes to staff the average McDonalds.
Plus "all that money" ends up back in the economy anyway..

1999\04\05@191220 by wagnerl

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The universe is a so much fertile nest, with billions of other similar
situations that allow life to happens. It would be so much selfish to
believe that only we inherit all of it.

For centuries we are sticking our nose up and searching for answers,
just recently with technology we are able to answer some more conclusive
ones, we need to be careful not to jump to wrong conclusions...

We think that finding another intelligent life form it would be easy to
communicate... you know what? sometimes I can not communicate with my
wife... :) ... "hello, we came in peace!" ... for what? from where?  Are
we in peace down here on this planet between ourselves? that we just
want to "give away" and spread this peaceful way of life we have?  There
is no perfection and "they" would have their problems too.

Of course exist life out there, we think that "they" would have all the
answers for our diseases, high technology, free energy and so on, the
problem is; this could be not true. But at least "they" might be using
some special microprocessors... huh? huh?  :)  .... may be a PIC?   :P

Wagner

1999\04\05@193927 by paulb

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Dave VanHorn wrote:

> Somewhat less than it takes to staff the average McDonalds.

 Oh my goodness!  Intergalactic hamburgers!
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1999\04\05@194957 by Gerhard Fiedler

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At 21:01 04/04/99 +0300, J.M. Vehasmaa wrote:
>I think there is other out there, but why would they contact us? To them we
>may be just as small thin as small ant is to us.

maybe, and on the other hand we haven't even figured out the (supposedly)
simple codes and contents with which other non-human animals and plants on
this planet communicate, right under our nose -- and these are probably a
=lot= more similar to ours and understandable than ET communication codes
and contents...

ge

1999\04\05@205453 by Rob

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Subject: Re: [OT] Re: SETI needs our help


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Not to mention they are no longer funded by the govt in any way, shape or
manner... They certainly DO need the help, even if it only discovers a few
burnt out stars or strange pulsars...


What if one day, everyone said that whatever particular job you do or things
you find interesting are stupid, an waste of money, etc, and decided there
would be absolutely no more of it whatsoever?
And if you are going by the "GOD" ideal, it would be fairly conceited and
shortsighted to think that GOD was unable to make other races and populate
other planets, or to conclude that he would never do so.
All research of space and the world around us has some redeeming quality,
albeit oftentimes it is not readily apparent or instantly useful.. You want
instant? Try Top Ramen noodles..  ;)
In research and real life, it just doesnt happen that way..


Rob

1999\04\06@043017 by Nuno Pedrosa

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Yep. And what do you do when ants start crawling around in your house?
8)

And, BTW, I don't think they know that they're in your house. They're
just searching
for food, or curious.

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1999\04\06@065430 by Russell McMahon

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From: Nuno Pedrosa <RemoveMENuno.PedrosaspamTakeThisOuTOEN.SIEMENS.DE>

>Yep. And what do you do when ants start crawling around in your
house?
>8)


I bang on the bench etc to make them run away :-)
- hopefully before my wife comes and sees them, because she will
destroy them without mercy.

If there is an intergalactic version of my wife around then we had
best hope that there is also someone to scare us away first. Bears
thinking about :-).

I wouldn't be surprised if there IS life out there in abundance BUT I
regretfully suspect that it may not be so.
With NO INTENTION of starting another yelling match (OT guys OT :-) -
((if we can think about aliens and not at least consider God in the
equation then there's something wrong with our mental filters))
I wonder where a result either way fits into my understanding of God
and his creation. Either way makes sense but the implications are
different.



regards

       Russell McMahon

1999\04\08@020933 by Martin Mayr

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Hi there,

what's going on here. This topics are interesting, but this is the
PICLIST and nothing else...

This wastes time and money of most of us!!



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