And don't forget that 100 years ago, people trying to guess the nature of alien civilisations would have said "Of course the space craft are powered by steam.......what else would they use? Dog Crap? You're all soooo stupid.....it's so obvious."
> From: Michael S. Lorrey[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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> Subject: Re: seti@home WILL NOT WORK
> 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
> > > lower bounds regarding the probable distribution of technological
> > > civilizations.
> > >
> > No way, they can't even draw this conclusion. They make the
> > assumption that any similarly or more advanced civilisation will be
> > radio waves on a large scale (Like us). I'd like to know why everyone's
> > sure of the characteristics of entities we know squat about.
> What else would they be using? Smoke signals? Imagine that, a smoke signal
> 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
> will only be usable in clear weather for high bandwidth), no broadcast tv
> 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
> beam laser communications, they might slip through.
> Michael S. Lorrey
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