archiv~1: Re: SETI Linux Signal Analysis Bits thread

Re: SETI Linux Signal Analysis Bits thread

MarcusJohn@aol.com
Sat, 28 Nov 1998 20:01:58 EST

In a message dated 11/28/98 6:27:09 AM Eastern Standard Time,
david@djwhome.demon.co.uk writes:

> > This is hopefully going to be software selectable. Even only 2-4 bits may
> be
> > enough for seti work. But we may as well allow people up to 16 bits as a
> > software setting, since the soundcards support it. And then we will allow
>
> Then people will play the numbers game and always select 16 bits, because
> they
> think it is somehow better. People are always trying to find one single
> figure of merit, rather than trying to understand the true mechanics of
> the operation.

They might. But don't forget a couple of things. One, that this is a group
effort and that group opinion has weight. Two, that these Argus folks are
probably the most open minded intelligent group of people on the planet. Most
likely they will get it right in the end.

John Marcus.