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About Delasaurus

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  1. Well done Stu, saved someone from heartache.
  2. Have a think about subscribing to a professional observatory. It's not as expensive as you think. Wish I had done it before buying all my kit as the amount of clear skies we get in UK is a lottery. Here's a link to one of the sites but there are many others if you Google for remote telescopes/observatories. You buy time on the scope, enter the co-ordinates and you get your results sent in an email. http://www.itelescope.net/subscription-plans
  3. That's for sure! Where does the app get 64.43 watts from? Should be 16.59w
  4. Amps x Volts = Watts 1 watt x 1 hour = 1 Watt/hr Best to look up in the handbook for electrical specification of mount, then you can do the math for kilowatt/hrs but you'll need to guestimate a duty cycle of the full load capacity plus the low load capacity. For example, if the mount is say running flat out (max slew) for 6 mins in the hour, then it has a 10% duty cycle per hour, which you can calculate the power (watts) per hour.
  5. If your only drawing 9 amps total and 5 amps continuous and you've got a 10amp transformer, then that should be fine. As long as it's fused, there shouldn't be a problem unless it has voltage stabilisation. If it has, you might experience a current drop.
  6. Try the Celestron driver, I had the same problem on my EQ5. The driver for Synscan from Ascom site doesn't seem to work, and removes all availiable com ports. Spent hours checking everything including cables etc. Soon as I connected through Celestron driver everything worked fine. But make sure you connect via the handset.
  7. I'd leave it on so that you get a bit of heat to drive out the damp if your leaving it outside. Either that or install one of those small 20/40 watt tube heaters. If your in Norfolk you'll need some form of heating.
  8. Found this, might be of interest regarding survival of organisms tested in space. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_microorganisms_tested_in_outer_space
  9. Well I suppose, the problem is, as I've said before, that apart from the Turing test and IQ tests, there is no real benchmark or definitive for intelligence. Culturally, we have praised cleverness and intelligence, we are sent to schools and universities to celebrate our cleverness and we get badges and certificates that proclaim how clever we are. Now if we take my own personal story with that of autism, then supposedly my intelligence is that to the effect of being very below average intelligence. However, in certain areas I seem to excell, in math as a kid I could give you the answer before the teacher had finished writing the equation up. In other areas I find it difficult to express certain ideas which causes a profound amount of difficulty in communicating ideas etc.. So to many folk I appear as being a bit of a [removed word] or eccentric or both! My brain functions in other ways to most peoples. But on the other hand I possess a ticket giving me a benchmark brain score putting me in the top 2%. So what does that all mean relating to intelligence? Obviously by some of the returned comments in these threads...not a lot! It shows that I could be praised that I have conformed to the social benchmark of cleverness. But on the other hand, ask me to do simple tasks that other people find no difficulty in doing whatsoever and I'm stumped! Common sense of Laurel and Hardy! I don't mind admitting it. So within the standard benchmark of IQ tests, I should theoretically fail miserably. So I think that gives us some idea about the core values that define what is intelligent and what is not. I don't think high IQ's are particularly admirable. And I think the IQ test is a ridiculous means of establishing intelligence. Intelligence is much more than just being able to solve a set of problems in a certain time. It is about many factors way beyound logic such as judgement, ethics and morality. If we write a computer programme, that allows for the code to be 'clever' in some way and be able to communicate in a way that is self-defined by the code, aka, the latest Google project, which apparently they had to shut down, then is it the machine that is being clever or intelligent or was it the programmer? AI is a very interesting subject, does it inhance our intelligence or does it deny it? I think us humanbeings are generally pretty lazy creatures, we will take the shortest path possible, the path of least resistance if you like, when they can. So if AI becomes ingrained in our daily lives such as making stock market predictions and medical diagnosis, then the mind (in time) will begin to accept the given knowledge as fact. Google says we got the nastiest disease going..when in reality we have a cold! In other words because the (synthetic intelligence) of the computer says it's true it must be true. And that is slowly creeping in to our lives. The ability to reason and challenge and the necessity to sensibly challenge will gradually drop off no doubt. So if that is the synthetic intelligence your refering to, then the answer is that it must surely limit our powers of reasoning and intelligence rather than enhance and increase our intellect. Is there a limit to the power of intelligence? That's an awesome question! I suppose if we manage to get the seeds of AI right in the sense that it can self-duplicate the learning algorithm and apply it, then theoretically there should be no upper limit. My understanding is that most AI robots tend to rely on a central storage of knowledge that they can call upon. The danger is in the quality of the data they are calling up. To my mind that is not intelligence, that is simply being able to retrieve (albeit, dubious information from the Cloud without quantification) via a comprehensive trigger mechanism. Which once again appears to be intelligence. We might find that we need to redifine the Turing test. Surely, the algorithmic code must be able to 'learn' from its own environment in order for it to perpetuate it's own intelligence if it's going to be of any real value?
  10. It's limited by the capacity and lifetime required to apply it...thus, us old gits go backward in intelligence until we hit senile delinquency, and return as baby's once more...the birth,life,death cycle. Where the foolishness of youth returns again but to graze on the field of wisdom and fall into one's own black hole of truth!
  11. What they are saying is that due to the 5th dimension, parallel worlds are created. Which is quite an important aspect over the normal bang, crunch theory, which only deals with a single world. The other aspect is that it deals with cyclical birth , birth, death, rebirth which is pertinent to some other texts, that model life. 'The branes were then flung apart, with one carrying our universe and the other the parallel universe that is a mirror image of our own. ' Which when you think about it, is a close resemblance to particles that appear where they shouldn't and particles that should be there when they aren't.
  12. Sorry I can't for reasons that Moonshane has pointed out. All I can say is that there are parts of the text which mathematically make very interesting reading and are very close to Einsteins theory of relativity. And as I previously said he was apparently a scholar of these texts.
  13. Well they are historical texts that do have a long standing and following. Not made up yesterday on the internet by a suedo author. They've been around for a very long time. No, there is no moving present in the idea that past, present and future are one and the same. The present is always the present and combined moment of all three.
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