Re: seti@home WILL NOT WORK

Michael S. Lorrey (
Thu, 08 Jul 1999 10:31:59 -0400

Rob Harris Cen-IT wrote:

> > You forget, negative results count in science too. Even if Seti@Home
> > firmly establishes that all the radio noise on whatever frequencies
> > they're scanning is meaningless noise, this at least gives us some firm
> > lower bounds regarding the probable distribution of technological
> > civilizations.
> >
> No way, they can't even draw this conclusion. They make the unbelieveable
> assumption that any similarly or more advanced civilisation will be using
> radio waves on a large scale (Like us). I'd like to know why everyone's so
> sure of the characteristics of entities we know squat about.

What else would they be using? Smoke signals? Imagine that, a smoke signal based internet! oo oo, How about using sonic signalling through the ocean?

Get real. Unless they are using only closed circuit sytems like fiber-optic/co-axial/twisted pair copper, No radio satellite uplinks (optical will only be usable in clear weather for high bandwidth), no broadcast tv or AM/FM or shortwave, then they will be emitting radio signals if they are a technological civilization. If they are only space based, and only use tight beam laser communications, they might slip through.


Michael S. Lorrey
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