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Message 1905371 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 19:15:11 UTC
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Thanks to our collaboration with Breakthrough Listen and their international colleagues, we will soon have the ability to access data recorded at the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia. For the first time, this will give us full-sky coverage, including the southern hemisphere, in our search for ET. However, due to the enormous amount of data that the 13-beam receiver at Parkes can generate, we will require extra hardware to store and distribute it. We need your help to purchase this.

Thanks to some special offers, one from the Hanson family in memory of Robert W. & Mary P. Hanson, one from Richard Haselgrove in memory of his mother, Jenifer Leech, and one from Mr. Kevvy, we have the possibility to match donations which will allow us to purchase the Parkes Data store server (~$34K) and the GPU development systems (~$10K) we will need for the coming year. For every dollar you donate in this special fund raiser, Mr. Kevvy will match it, the Hanson Family will match it with two, and Richard Haselgrove will match it with two more. That means for every dollar you donate we'll get six dollars towards the purchase of these servers!

Because this is a special fundraiser we'll have special notation on your account page and on the forums. The 12TB disk drives in the Parkes Data Store cost $450. One sixth of that is $75. So, a donation of $75 or more gets you a disk drive icon. The GPUs in the GPU development machine that we will be using for our recording systems at future telescopes are $1500 each, so a donation of $250 or more will get you a GPU icon. And as always, any donation of $10 or more will get you a green star.

But in the end, it's not about the icons: it's about getting the data and making a discovery for the ages. Your help, whether by crunching data or by donating, is always appreciated.
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Message 1905377 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 19:38:22 UTC

OK Eric, $75 on its way :-))
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Message 1905385 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 19:52:10 UTC - in response to Message 1905377.  

I'm still designing the icons, so it'll be a little while before you see them.
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Message 1905387 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 20:01:16 UTC

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Message 1905392 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 20:15:14 UTC

You gave $75.00

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Message 1905393 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 20:21:05 UTC - in response to Message 1905385.  

Just donated as well, many thanks to Eric and the families above for matching!
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Message 1905395 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 20:28:59 UTC

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Thank you Hanson family members, Richard Haselgrove and Mr. Kevvy for your generous matching contributions.
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Message 1905407 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 21:19:59 UTC - in response to Message 1905385.  

I would donate if I could. But my donate page is still broken. Hope that someone can fix it soon.
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Message 1905424 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 22:32:35 UTC - in response to Message 1905407.  

Thanks for remind me to continue trying to figure out that problem.
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Message 1905426 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 22:50:16 UTC - in response to Message 1905407.  
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I would donate if I could. But my donate page is still broken. Hope that someone can fix it soon.
Perhaps you could skip directly to the Cal Berkeley donation link: https://givetocal.berkeley.edu/egiving/index.cfm?Org=SETI@home&Fund=FB0231000&givernote=nnnnnn

EDIT: But with your own userid where the "nnnnnn" is in the "givernote" field. :^)
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Message 1905430 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 23:19:59 UTC
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For anyone either having issues donating, or wanting to donate via PayPal, you can donate through GPUUG (GPU Users' Group). This will be tax-deductible for U.S. donors, but not for donors elsewhere.

Note as always for GPUUG donations that they are transferred to SETI@Home at the beginning of the following month so it may take a while for your star or other icon to appear.
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Message 1905437 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 23:38:05 UTC - in response to Message 1905430.  

Hmmmm... that obviously didn't work. It just took existing stars away. Debugging.
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Message 1905444 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 0:05:17 UTC

On the Midnight Show (UTC), I see we have $1,430 in the collection plate already - I'm sure there's more in the reporting channel. [I think we had a buckshee $50 there before the fundraiser started]

So I'm nearly $3,000 down already. Brilliant! That's what it's all about! Keep up the good work.

The special icons and so on go on until 31st December, but let's see if we can crack this before Christmas. I'm off to bed now, but looking forward to seeing how much poorer I'm going to be by the morning.
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Message 1905446 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 0:20:34 UTC - in response to Message 1905437.  

Hmmmm... that obviously didn't work. It just took existing stars away. Debugging.
I'm seeing

Notice: Use of undefined constant DONATION_LINE_FOUR - assumed 'DONATION_LINE_FOUR' in /disks/carolyn/b/home/boincadm/projects/sah/html/inc/user.inc on line 364
and more on the general message board fora - not this one. More power to your debugger.
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Message 1905448 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 0:21:50 UTC - in response to Message 1905444.  
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... looking forward to seeing how much poorer I'm going to be by the morning.


But you will be richer in the ways that actually matter. :^)

Thank you Hanson family members, Richard Haselgrove and Mr. Kevvy for your generous matching contributions.


You are most welcome!
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Message 1905449 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 0:29:02 UTC - in response to Message 1905448.  

You gave $75.00

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Message 1905451 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 0:36:24 UTC - in response to Message 1905371.  

I think I fixed the "DONATION_LINE_FOUR" problem. It should have been DONATION_LINK_FOUR.

I also think I've fixed Keith's donation page.

But I still don't understand why my new icons aren't showing up... I'll think about it on the drive home.
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Message 1905453 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 0:50:59 UTC - in response to Message 1905451.  
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Hi Eric, no I still have the problem. I cleared all browser history and cookies. No change. Unless it will take a while for your fix to propagate through to my account. Still get the carolyn server error message about undefined index. Still have my past donations marked Anonymous and unable to change the status to visible.

[Edit] Eric, did you get a chance to read my PM today?
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Message 1905454 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 0:54:19 UTC - in response to Message 1905453.  

I've found the problem! As soon as I change the donation flags, the "flag setter" that Matt wrote a decade ago sets them back to what they were. I need to fix the "flag setter".

That goes for Keith's problem as well. I fixed it, and the "flag setter" unfixed it in a few minutes.
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Message 1905463 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 2:05:06 UTC

As I want some data, Lets get a GPU and a couple of drives.
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