Posts by ML1

1) Message boards : News : Web site upgrade (Message 1834401)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile ML1
Just to note that there is a lot of sensitivity to the readability of the website style depending on the device being used for display...

I had a quite a giggle for an earlier comment about the site looking good on a HD extra-wideview 40-foot display set to extra-vivid... (ok, slight exaggeration ;-) ) ...

Well...

Moving from a graphics pad to now my normal computer monitor and, despite no 40-foot extra-vivid monster, the normal display almost knocks me off my chair in comparison...

Two notes from that:

  • The alternating light-gray - dark-gray bands for the forums listing are a little harsh/stark;
  • Are the fonts too fine/slender to render well on lower resolution displays?



On this (big) monitor, the web site looks good and positively different/distinctive.

Good luck for the tweaks!

Keep searchin',
Martin

2) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1833666)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
Is this where Windows10 'flat-lines'?... Can't even be given away for supposed zero cost?...


Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

Thanksgiving turkey: Free [free-of-cost or pay by loss-of-freedom] turns out to be what you were willing to pay

... Microsoft likes to talk up the success of its operating systems in two ways: number of machines running it ... and; pace of business adoption...




The chart shown is interesting for the wide swing between Windows7 use during the week that is replaced by Windows10 use during the weekend...

An interesting trend to watch...

Meanwhile, how are all the others (non-Microsoft) gaining?... ;-)

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
3) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1833646)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
Another small step to reduce some of our pollution:


Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025

The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks...

... The diesel ban is hugely significant. Carmakers will look at this decision and know it's just a matter of time before other city mayors follow suit.

The history of vehicle manufacture shows that firms that do not keep up with environmental improvements will fail in a global market. The biggest shapers of automobile design are not carmakers, but rulemakers. There is already a rush to improve electric and hydrogen cars and hybrids. That will now become a stampede.

There is an ironic twist to this. Governments originally promoted diesel vehicles because they produce fewer of the CO2 emissions that are increasing climate change. But manufacturers misled governments about their ability to clean up the local pollution effects, so now diesel vehicles are being banned to clean up local air.

In their place will come electric and hydrogen vehicles, which are perfect for climate policy, if the power comes from renewables. Strange world...



Too small a step too late? Or really the start of a world-saving stampede?

All on our only one planet,
Martin
4) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1833645)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
Can the Deniers deny this?...


Climate change will stir 'unimaginable' refugee crisis, says military

Unchecked global warming is greatest threat to 21st-century security where mass migration could be ‘new normal’

... The generals said the impacts of climate change were already factors in the conflicts driving a current crisis of migration into Europe, having been linked to the Arab Spring, the war in Syria and the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency.

Military leaders have long warned that global warming could multiply and accelerate security threats around the world by provoking conflicts and migration. They are now warning that immediate action is required...

... After Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, won the US presidential election in November, Cheney said he expected senior military officials to impress upon Trump the grave threat posed to national security by global warming. “I’ve got to believe there are enough folks on the national security side that we can make a dent in this.”...



... Or will it be "Business As Usual" for short term greedy profit and our planet and everyone be damned for evermore?...

Are we to be Trumped to be forever damned?


Very unfortunately, this is one world-wide lump of politics that hits EVERYONE.

Not only in the USA...



All on our only one planet,
Martin
5) Message boards : News : Web site upgrade (Message 1833581)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
OK, so only brief comments for this thread so far...

There has been steady incremental improvements to the style theme, so someone must be reading the comments!

The boinc forums format was a refreshing improvement over the old classic.

After a few years of the same look, change is GOOD!

Care and further tweaks are still needed to improve the contrast for readability.

Hot links are a little obscure still. I guess we have many years of expecting to see bold or underlined blue...

Can we have a user preference please to invert the foreground/background so that the main detail is black text on a lighter background?

Aside... I have used slate grey in the past to avoid glare and eye strain. However, care is needed for all the other elements for that to work well...


A good test is: Can you still easily read the site when drunk or when suffering fogged glasses?...


Keep up the good work!

And thanks!

Keep searchin,
Martin
6) Message boards : Number crunching : 16th Anniversary (Message 1831723)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile ML1
Long congrats and continued happy crunchin'!


Keep searchin',
Martin
7) Message boards : News : Nebula: Completing the SETI@home pipeline (Message 1830708)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile ML1
From this page:
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/nebula_web/persistent.php

"We use a resolution at which each pixel is about as large as a telescope beam.
This resolution divides the sphere into 2^26 (about 54 million) pixels, of which about 16 million are visible from the Arecibo telescope."

From code:
https://setisvn.ssl.berkeley.edu/trac/browser/seti_science/nebula/tables.h

// largest possible pixel#
//
#define MAX_PIXEL (2<<26)


I think 2<<26 == 2^27

e.g. 2<<1 == 4 == 2^2

http://www.c4learn.com/c-programming/c-bitwise-left-shift-operator/


Note: In the above I used "^" to denote "power", not XOR
 

Hee hee, good catch...

Should not that "#define MAX_PIXEL (2<<26)" actually be:

#define MAX_PIXEL (1<<26)

?

That is, "1" left-shifted 26 places to give 2^26 ?


FLOSS in action :-)

Keep searchin',
Martin
8) Message boards : SETI@home Science : ntpckr (Message 1830622)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile ML1
See the thread:

Nebula: Completing the SETI@home pipeline


Indeed, the very generous cooperation and contribution of resources from E@H is helping to pull the pieces together needed to work though our huge 18 years of results.

A fantastic result in itself, which hopefully will produce some fantastic results.

And all in spite of a lack of funding through the more normal channels...

(Also fantastic is how scientists and Science can stay largely aloof, within certain harsh practicalities, from the political stupidity we suffer...)



Keep searchin',
Martin
9) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1830549)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile ML1
Oh, my. Free was too expensive.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/brazil-to-replace-open-source-software-with-microsoft-products-510140.shtml

& off your link, Munich considering returning to Microsoft :-)

"One of the agencies that are supporting the transition back to Windows is the human resources department (known as POR), who explains that productivity dropped dramatically because of crashes and bugs that engineers had to fix. The department cites old software and issues such as errors in how PDFs are displayed as some of the problems that employees have to deal with every day.

"The POR strongly supports a swift and structured transition to Windows, Microsoft Office products and standard applications," the organization explains."

Quite a giggle...

Now... Try a simple web search for the two prominent names behind the 'report' and the 'recommendations'... Also note the one department named that looks to be still suffering from some very expensive proprietary lock-in...

To me, that looks very much like proprietary corruption in action and some very clever manipulation of the press to make a story out of a biased sales-shoot.


So... No further news and no further articles anywhere on the web... There is just that elaborated Softpedia article from the one blog post on ZDnet...

Rather curious and suspicious... Is that a (paid-for planted) snippet of 'news' that is trying to create its own reality?... Or opportunistic sensationalism from the ever repeated sales attempts and sales recommendations reports and whatever sponsored meals out?...


Compare with the background of:

Steve Ballmer: Linux Is No Longer ‘A Cancer’

... “The company made a ton of money by fighting that battle very well,” Ballmer was quoted...


Microsoft And Linux — A Song Of Mice And Ire

The software industry is as political as any, but when it comes to the one thing every computer needs the most, an operating system, the politics can resemble more of Medieval stage scene...

... For the last thirty years the commercial software arena has been so fast-paced and legally vicious that it could make an industry veteran cry...

... Linux rapidly laid siege to the server market...

... Fast-forward to 2016 and bear witness to a series of events that could leave a seer shocked and confused as Microsoft announces Azure Cloud Switch, a distribution of Linux aimed at cloud networking, and professes their love of Linux...



Inside How Microsoft Views Open Source

This article is paid for by Microsoft as a Diamond-level sponsor of LinuxCon North America

... When CEO Satya Nadella declared two years ago that “Microsoft loves Linux” it’s safe to say many in the open source community were flabbergasted...



The revenge of Linux

In the beginning of Linux they laughed at it and didn't think it could do anything. Now Linux is everywhere!

... Microsoft is making its own [Linux] distribution, runs it at Azure (Microsoft Cloud), and then... Windows 10 is going to get Bash on it...

... With Linux you learn fundamental computing, and build skills that work anywhere in IT.




Brazil adopts open-source software

... "The number one reason for this change is economic," says Sergio Amadeu, who runs the government's National Institute for Information Technology.

He explains that, for every workstation, the government is currently paying Microsoft fees...

"If you switch to open source software, you pay less in royalties to foreign companies," explains Amadeu. "And that can count for a lot in a country like Brazil, which still has a long way to develop in the IT sector." ...



And there are no recent big headlines other than that one ZDnet blog article...



Such is the game of getting very expensively locked into proprietary software...

IT is what you allow it to be...
Martin
10) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1830424)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile ML1
Oh, my. Free was too expensive.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/brazil-to-replace-open-source-software-with-microsoft-products-510140.shtml

& off your link, Munich considering returning to Microsoft :-)

"One of the agencies that are supporting the transition back to Windows is the human resources department (known as POR), who explains that productivity dropped dramatically because of crashes and bugs that engineers had to fix. The department cites old software and issues such as errors in how PDFs are displayed as some of the problems that employees have to deal with every day.

"The POR strongly supports a swift and structured transition to Windows, Microsoft Office products and standard applications," the organization explains."

Quite a giggle...

Now... Try a simple web search for the two prominent names behind the 'report' and the 'recommendations'... Also note the one department named that looks to be still suffering from some very expensive proprietary lock-in...

To me, that looks very much like proprietary corruption in action and some very clever manipulation of the press to make a story out of a biased sales-shoot.


Such is the game of getting very expensively locked into proprietary software...

IT is what you allow it to be...
Martin
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Tracking in Windows 7 (Message 1830296)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile ML1
It is the 4. Deactivate it in case of your pivacy?

What privacy with Microsoft?

Microsoft has a long history of questionable 'telemetry' collection which has been mentioned in anticompetitive cases...

And from what I see more recently, with Microsoft systems you have no privacy whatsoever, in a similar way to how Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social engineered sites have developed.


YOU the users are The Product and the profit.

And you thought you owned your computer and your data and your life?



Freedom comes at a cost. Staying with freedom is an amazingly different life away from the proprietary entrapment and social steering for profit...


Keep searchin
Martin
12) Message boards : News : Nebula: Completing the SETI@home pipeline (Message 1830054)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile ML1
WOW! Real Science in action, and a very good move and fantastic new development.


Shame that developments like this are pushed after the all too usual crisis of no funding for science and where the science is left to external random goodwill and the randomness of having to go begging.

Great shame for the circumstances.

Excellent very logical and opportune development to make s@h a big success.


Oh, and Trump owes Germany a BIG favour for keeping USA cutting edge astronomy exploration alive.

Congratulations all round :-)

Keep searchin!!!!
Martin
13) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1829344)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile ML1
A repeated and consistent message that continues to come to pass to the detriment of all:


WMO: Five hottest years on record have occurred since 2011

... the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) shows that the five years from 2011 to 2015 were the warmest on record.

The report, published at global climate talks in Morocco, strongly links human activities to rising temperatures.

It says that some studies found the the burning of fossil fuels had increased the probability of extreme heat by 10 times or more.

The authors say that 2016 will likely break the record [yet again] for warmest year...





Will the old fossils curruptocracy have enjoyed their pollution and have themselves died before we can properly clean up their mess left behind for everyone else?...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
14) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1828541)
Posted 5 Nov 2016 by Profile ML1
Here is a good reminder of how some cultures (as well as the men) enslave women, sometimes to an untimely death for what elsewhere would beconsidered to be 'normal' or 'trivial':


Five pictures that show how social media can be a minefield

... Pictures that a woman in the West would post without a second thought might, in parts of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, be extremely controversial. Here five BBC reporters - all women - explain how the photographs below would be perceived in their countries...



All in our only one world,
Martin
15) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1828536)
Posted 5 Nov 2016 by Profile ML1
Not sure if this should go in the "Solutions" or "Denial"... Or perhaps we need a third thread of "Climate Change Political & Financial Corruption"?...


Here goes...

Note how for 'whatever reasons', there is no direct electricity grid measure recorded for UK solar power generation. All the solar output merely magically reduces the electricity demand that is recorded!

All too convenient for cooking the numbers?...

Instead now, we have some very enterprising research that has very cleverly filled in the missing data:

PV_Live Shortlisted for Award

Live PV generation

Installed GB capacity: 11.50 GWp
Effective GB capacity: 11.20 GWp
All time peak generation: 8.19 GW


That site estimates the solar power output for the UK by sampling a number of known sites to then calculate for the rest.


The example peak output for today was just over 3GW to give about 10% of electricity demand. Meanwhile, wind power is holding steady at over 6GW for contributing nearly 20% of UK demand for today.

More can yet be done...


And then in contrast, for squandering £11Billion:

Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?


That could buy a lot of renewable energy supply and infrastructure to quickly power the country...

All on our only one planet,
Martin
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Can you guys use another 50 PC's ? (Message 1827807)
Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Profile ML1
The only roadblock is to gain permission to use the hardware and electricity for a non-office function.

If that is all your own kit, then no problem.


I'll let others offer the Windows group policy/rollout for an easy startup.


Happy crunchin,
Martin
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Linux temp monitoring tool? (Message 1827421)
Posted 29 Oct 2016 by Profile ML1
Look up "lmsensors" for your motherboard and CPU and other local machine sensing. There are a multitude of graphics to display what lmsensors monitor.

For your GPU, you will need to use whatever sensor/control utility for that...

(lmsensors can report GPU temps for some of the GPU cards...)


Ask for further details over on the Ubuntu forums?


Happy cool fast crunchin,
Martin
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1824774)
Posted 16 Oct 2016 by Profile ML1
For those slugging away try to keep some control of their own Windows machines...

Is all the continued effort now rendered futile by the latest Microsoft development?


Like it or not, here are ALL your October Microsoft patches

Redmond kicks off the era of the force-fed security update

Microsoft is kicking off a controversial new security program this month by packaging all of its security updates into a single payload.

The October security release introduces Redmond's new policy of bundling all security bulletins as one download. While more convenient for end users, who now get just one bundle, the move will irk many administrators, who had preferred to individually test and apply each patch to avoid compatibility problems...



For anyone 'frustrated', please reply to the more 'political' Politics thread!

It is what we allow all this to be...
Martin
19) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1824772)
Posted 16 Oct 2016 by Profile ML1
For an everyday example of where the modern day west meets the most modern of the old west of Africa:


The Moroccan women fighting daily sexual harassment

In Morocco, it's not easy for women to walk the streets unmolested. Morgan Meaker hears from some who want to put an end to endemic harassment.

For Ghizlane Ahblain, the word "whore" is a constant refrain...

"In Morocco, everything you do, you're a whore," says Ghizlane, who works at a hotel. "If you wear lipstick, you're a whore. If you wear a headscarf, you're a whore."...

... But street harassment doesn't just leave women with that silenced, suffocating sense of feeling violated. In Morocco, it also limits their freedoms - the freedom to get an education, to go to work, to feel safe in the place they call home.

And while a shift in attitudes could still take decades, in the short term, reforming the law on sexual harassment does send a clear message - about what is acceptable and what isn't...

... Together, we look down at the beach. The Atlantic ocean blurs into the monochrome Moroccan sky. I notice there are only boys swimming in the water. I ask my new friend, "Do you think, maybe, it would be OK to go swimming… in a bikini?" Giggling, she says, "I mean, you could..." She pauses awkwardly looking into the blue on blue below. "But I would never..." ...



All in our only one world,
Martin
20) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1824770)
Posted 16 Oct 2016 by Profile ML1
More of the same:

a: medicine?
b: soup?
c: Enhanced Experience(tm)?...


Like it or not, here are ALL your October Microsoft patches

Redmond kicks off the era of the force-fed security update

Microsoft is kicking off a controversial new security program this month by packaging all of its security updates into a single payload.

The October security release introduces Redmond's new policy of bundling all security bulletins as one download. While more convenient for end users, who now get just one bundle, the move will irk many administrators, who had preferred to individually test and apply each patch to avoid compatibility problems...




IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin


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