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#126 2020-06-28 21:17:08

SpaceNut
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Re: Housekeeping

Well out of the 13 topics that got the dust knocked off from them, I still have 1 to fix...
It will just need to wait until another day.

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#127 2020-06-29 07:22:58

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For SpaceNut re #126 ... Congratulations on your efforts to bring old topics back to life, and in particular, to bring earlier posters back into view!

Your efforts in finding and restoring topics with pebble reactors led to RobertDyck and Calliban discussing recent work with fission reactors. I was happy to learn of India's success (if I understood RobertDyck's post correctly) in finding a way to use thorium efficiently and effectively.  I hope that was also done safely, and that it can be replicated.  There is a very serious need for reliable, safe nuclear power to give the burgeoning population of Earth a chance at a decent life.  India is a good place for the introduction of such a system, if it is possible.

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#128 2020-06-29 07:30:07

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I'm tossing this into Housekeeping.  There is no where else to put it.

I have just witnessed an astonishing collaboration between Linux and Microsoft software developers, in which I played a small part by giving them a hot potato to solve.  They swatted the problem back and forth over the net (under my anxious eye) until the corrupt partition table I was dealing with suddenly came to life, and I am now writing this report on the once-again-working system.

In case anyone runs across this post in future, the issue was corruption of a hard drive partition table caused by a Windows 7 restore to an empty hard drive.  The Linux program Gparted is able to repair damaged partitions, but it doing so it discovered that the Windows 7 restore procedure had created an overlap between the system partition and the main partition.  The solution was to reduce the size of the small system partition.  That repair was tossed back to Windows 7 Repair, and it completed the clean up.

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#129 2020-06-30 08:34:15

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Here's another item that does not seem like a good fit anywhere else in the forum index structure.

Recently I wrote the (US) National Archives to ask if records of the work of Katherine Johnson have been preserved.  It may be a while before a reply shows up, if it ever does.  In the mean time the National Archives sent a message that included a mention of volunteer opportunities for individuals who might have some time on their hands and a desire to help convert old printed records into computer format.

Here is a part of the message:

And be sure to stop by History Hub, our crowdsourced-community where you can get help with your research, ask  questions, and provide answers. Meet other transcribers, share tips and strategies, find new challenges, and get support for your work in our Citizen Archivists group. Get started with our poll: What kinds of records do you like to transcribe?

Image of man and woman examining a large ledger

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#130 2020-07-01 08:04:03

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For SpaceNut re new topic (Architecture) at the Index level for Science, Technology and Astronomy

I ran a search for "architecture" before creating the new topic.

That search (assuming FluxBB did it's usual thorough job) revealed a small number of posts containing the word, and none were at the topic level.

My hope is that this new topic will grow to contain content that would be (at least) interesting to serious students, and potentially useful to actual architects entering the field.

The forum already contains a large (if not vast) quantity of design concept discussions, with pro and con battering to strengthen the original ideas.

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#131 2020-07-01 16:40:07

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I did see but not sure what you are looking for other than to gather what makes a plan....

these are forum spammers or hacking attempts....

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#132 2020-07-01 17:10:30

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From what I remember of my sons 2 laptops that had windows 8.1 the partition were crapped on when windows 10 did its massive upgrades. The drives became toast and if you replaced them plus reloaded the fresh os in the machines they still did not last more than a 6 months before the partition were over written again.
Microsoft is still battling the class action lawsuits from the automatic upgrade even when saying no to it....
Granted the machines were nearly a year old each but its still should have been replaced by them....

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#133 2020-07-01 21:28:17

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SpaceNut,

It's funny you should mention that.  I have constant problems with my Windows 10 machine as a result of image corruption every time the software is updated / patched.  It has something to do with corruption of the log files that Windows 10 uses.  The only permanent "fix" is to re-image the machine.

Run "chkdsk /x /f /v" (don't include the quotes) from the command line (cmd.exe application)

You'll need to enable administrative access to run this command, but when the machine is next restarted, it should repair the corruption and prevent future crashes until the next software update is pushed from Microsoft.  Yes, it's obnoxious, but this seems to work just fine for me.

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#134 2020-07-03 08:39:01

SpaceNut
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GW Johnson wrote:

Oops, 

Computer seems OK,  mostly,  except that Microsoft keeps loading shit I never asked for onto it over the internet,  screwing it up again. I wish there was some way to turn them and that function off.  My slide rule NEVER EVER gave me this much trouble.

GW

RobertDyck wrote:

Microsoft salesmen say support for Windows 7 has ended, but that doesn't mean it doesn't work. It still works. And you can still download all the updates, they're just not writing any more. My laptop still runs Windows 7. That version of Windows allows *YOU* to control when/if updates happen, and you can select which updates to install.


Ya Microsoft is doing that on purpose.. The controls are in the control panel settings for auto update. Of course Microsoft wants to have this always at auto though I would prefer to have the update brought in and manually initiated for install upon my own choice for if the update is safe and problem free.

Depending on the OS version I am sure we could post a how to disable the auto updating feature by our members here.

And its good to see that you and others are safe from this virus thus far and hope that we stay that way.

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#135 2020-07-03 08:44:03

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Re: Housekeeping

The clocks are ticking for the outer space advocacy posters for a second post within the 30 day grace before lock out occurs.

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#136 2020-07-04 07:27:52

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For SpaceNut re #135

Thank you for keeping an eye on the constant flow of spammers and prospective spammers.  I realize it is a drain on your time, but the forum looks shipshape thanks to your attention to those details, and many others I'm not aware of.

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In beginning the review of RobertDyck's Large Colonization ship topic, I ran across an open item ... GW Johnson offered to share his spreadsheet (or specific parts of one) to assist Forum members who might wish to learn how to perform some of the calculations he's been doing for decades.

At the time, no one came up with an idea, but in re-reading GW Johnson's offer today, I realized that Drop Box is a possible solution.  Their entry level is free, and the amount of storage they offer at that level is quite generous.  I've filled up one (or more accurately, the members of a non-profit group filled it), and I have another that is holding just a small amount of shares, such as some I've posted to NewMars forum.

So! For GW Johnson ... If you are still willing to share the spreadsheet you mentioned in RobertDyck's topic, you can open a free Dropbox account, post the spreadsheet there, and then share the spreadsheet.

You can share the spreadsheet with the public, and that might be a good fit in this situation.

Or you can share a file or a folder full of files with specific people, using their email address as the access key.

If you are interested in this possibility and have a question (or 2 or 3) about the procedure, please ask.

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#137 2020-07-04 15:07:50

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Spreadsheet is on its way....tahanson43206

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#138 Yesterday 08:41:04

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For SpaceNut re #137 ... thank you for forwarding GW Johnson's spreadsheet.  I'm planning to study it for a while. 

Have you tried running it?   

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The quote below could go into My Hacienda, but I'm holding off for the moment due to updating of the PlotMaster with Calliban's claim for Plot 0037.

The issue at hand here is the growth of air conditioning on Earth ... it will not be a matter of growth on Mars ... Air conditioning will be a constant and perpetual requirement for life on Mars.    I liked Calliban's recent description of a human habitat at the bottom of a lake on Mars, where the pressure of the water outside the habitat would equal the pressure of the air inside, thus reducing the need for bulk in the walls.  I like the idea of Mars residents becoming aquanauts as an alternative to the default astronaut life.  Calliban's scenario deserves serious treatment by one of the many capable science fiction writers alive on Earth at the moment.

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#139 Yesterday 12:44:48

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Just banned another 50 user accounts of which in a 2 week period only 2 did post within a topic and of those they have not returned after doing so. Which is leading to there accounts being locked by the ban function which can be reversed if they would chose to continue posting.

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#140 Yesterday 16:30:22

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Tahanson43206 and Spacenut:

I want to be sure I understand what spreadsheet it is that Tahanson wanted.  I believe it to be one of the several I have used to evaluate the performance of rocket vehicles such as Starship.  That would be for single-stage operation of Starship from LEO to various destinations,  and back. 

I use a much different one for the two-stage flight of Starship /Superheavy into LEO,  complete with recovery of the Superheavy.  And a much different one still for estimating entry dynamics the old 1950's way.  And a different one yet again for estimating orbit parameters.

Now I know very little of things like dropbox,  but I can send files by email.  I just need to know for sure what,  and where to send it or them.

GW


GW Johnson
McGregor,  Texas

"There is nothing as expensive as a dead crew,  especially one dead from a bad management decision"

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#141 Yesterday 17:07:28

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For GW Johnson re #140

SpaceNut sent me your spreadsheet on Mars Landers.

Please allow some time for that one to settle here.  I sympathize with your comments about the "mysteries" if information technology. I feel the same way (or close to it) about Rocket Physics, which you have developed to an advanced degree.

Please keep in mind that my intention is to try to find a way to deliver knowledge and skill to the next generation, which is the one that will actually settle Mars.

Your work shows all the signs of having permanent value, if it can be packaged to reach the audience who will benefit.

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#142 Yesterday 17:26:00

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This was the one sent to a few of us back in 2018 for Mars landers containing 4 work sheets
Post made from a cellphone as data has been used up until more is added tomorrow.

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