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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1762462)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1

About 1,900 posts too late for that.

And the the answer is which or both of the Yae or Nay?...

Baaa! :-)

Happy malware free crunchin,
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Where to download a virusfree Windows 7 .ISO ? (Message 1760496)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
Note... Humour alert!!!

Windows and no virus/malware... Isn't that an oxymoron?... ;-) :-P

Repeat... Repeat... Humour alert! :-)

Happy clean crunchin,
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Fastest available HDD (2016/Jan)? (Message 1760495)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
Been on SSDs for the last 5 years or so...

Price/performance make them a no-brainer obvious good choice.

Happy efficient crunchin!
4) Message boards : Number crunching : New rig project (Message 1759534)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
I'm going to confess to not seeing the M.2 when I saw the list earlier.

I'm not a fan as of yet. There is also the issue of support for it with that chip.

Support won't come until the next generation of Intel code name Broadwell as seen in this article

Intel's new Broadwell CPUs and their chipsets include native support for M.2 and PCI Express boot drivers—

The following comes from ASrock webpage on this board.

1 x M.2_SSD (NGFF) Socket 3, supports M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen2 x4 (20 Gb/s)****
****If M2_1 is occupied by a SATA-type M.2 device, S_SATA3_0 will be disabled. If you install a M.2 PCI Express module and the SATA_EXP0 is in use, the M2_1 will downgrade to x2 mode.

If people choice to use a SSD, that is fine,I have used either SSD or HDD in some of my machines. I think it's a personal choice.

Minor brag:

An M2 is shown tested on Linux. Note the special format connector needed on the motherboard...

Quite a big power mix there for your specs. Excellent.

I'll agree with the water cooling for the GPUs. Also water cooling is a good idea for the CPU. Then you just need to avoid dust choking your cooling radiator (easier to clean than GPUs!). But... Takes longer to assemble and set up. Aside and to state the obvious, you will still need some airflow to cool the motherboard and disks.

Putting the OS on a separate drive is always a good idea. If you have enough RAM, you can gain a small speedup for s@h by using a ram drive (Linux tmpfs) for Boinc.

Let us know when online :-)

Happy fast crunchin'!
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in artificial intelligence, died Sunday night (Message 1759494)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
His ideas will live onwards through time and may well take on a life of their own...

Moved on but not forgotten...

Keep searchin,
6) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1759125)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
... But how can any gun law protect us from school shootings?

Remove the guns and ammunition in the first place.

There are better ways for a culture to prosper. No guns and "show off" knives needed.

All in our only one world,
7) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1759123)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
Unfortunately, the God of Abraham teaches the opposite.

It may have been bred into our species long before we were homo sapiens.

Yes, I think so. Competition for resources / reproduction. It seems only in Sci-Fi worlds like Star Trek where resources are free (replicators) that there is little conflict between humans. Tearing that portion of our brain stem out isn't going to be easy and may not be desirable long term.

So, after 16000+ posts, there's something we can agree upon, sadly.

And thus: Whatever named God (and gods) were wrought in Man's image and ways.

Religions yet need to evolve to make our world a kinder and sustainable place. However, is there still very much a 'fight' between all religions? And our world and all people be damned?

Was the Star Trek Federation idea a hopeful prosperous role model that contrasted with the destructive Klingon-style reality we have still?...

Better and more widespread good education is needed yet. The balance is that when you know how to make bombs and mass destruction for yourself, you should be already educated well enough to feel strongly that there are better and more positive ways to go.

Death and destruction is for the ignorant and 'oppressed'.

Removing self-destructive tools is only part of the story but that is an important start to give everyone a chance to learn better things.

Here's hoping,

All in our only one world,
8) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1754742)
Posted 8 Jan 2016 by Profile ML1
Gee just think what may have happened
if wifey had her own gun eh?...

Do you mean the one who was called Steenkamp?

Perhaps most people simply should not have guns to hand.

All in our only one world,
9) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1754599)
Posted 7 Jan 2016 by Profile ML1
Here is a rather unfortunate but I suspect all-too-typical an example:


Hi Bob, This is Alan next door. I’m sorry buddy, but I have a confession to make to you. I've been riddled with guilt these past few months and have been trying to pluck up the courage to tell you to your face, but I am at least now telling in text as I can’t live with myself a moment longer without you knowing.
The truth is, I have been sharing your wife, day and night when you're not around. In fact, probably more than you, particularly in the mornings after you've left for work. I haven’t been getting it at home recently, but that's no excuse I know.The temptation was just too much....I can no longer live with the guilt and I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies and forgive me.
I promise that it won't happen again.
Regards, Alan.

Bob, feeling anguished and betrayed, immediately went into his bedroom, grabbed his gun and, without a word, shot his wife, killing her instantly.
He returned to the lounge where he poured himself a stiff drink and sat down on the sofa. He took out his phone to respond to the neighbour's text and saw he had another message:-

Hi Bob,
This is Alan next door again. Sorry about the slight typo on my last text, I expect you worked it out anyway, but as I’m sure you noticed, my predictive text changed ‘WiFi’ To ‘Wife’..
Technology hey?!? Hope you saw the funny side of that.
Regards, Alan.

It's all to do with people...

Only in the USA?!
10) Message boards : Politics : California High Speed Rail (Message 1751418)
Posted 24 Dec 2015 by Profile ML1
Looking at the marks on the concrete, that looks either to be very recent or rather crude.

Hope they have allowed good engineering margin for construction, earthquakes, and increased loading...

After TWO CENTURIES, we must have the ingenuity for something better than rail for 'high speed' travel... Cue the Elon Musk Hyper Loop? Can we get rid of all the old-school old iron rails hot air?!

Keep searchin',
11) Message boards : Number crunching : My Computer Builds (Message 1750976)
Posted 22 Dec 2015 by Profile ML1
Thanks for quite an adventure.

How do you keep your inquisitive cat from putting a paw in the wrong place? Meow!

And how do you keep things from furring up?

Is not a positive side effect at this time of year that your super-crunching means less wasted heat from heaters?

(I'm sure there is some Dutch company that sells compute nodes that are designed as domestic heaters... Free computing as they keep your home warm :-) )

Shiver mi timbers!...

Happy fun crunchin,

And Happy Festivities!

(And must get to work on a new super cruncher myself soon... The present group are far too out of date...)
12) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1750969)
Posted 22 Dec 2015 by Profile ML1
A little bit of a breeze this past week and also possibly some increased supply capacity and...

We've had wind generated power pretty steady at 5GW to 6GW for the last few days here in the UK. At the moment at night we have 5GW of wind generating 18% of the UK power supply. That is greater than coal and about the same as gas.

And meanwhile, renewables have been too successful and so their subsidies have been slashed whilst the tax subsidies to the polluting fossils has been increased!

There are better ways than to pollute our planet!

All on our only one world,
13) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1750913)
Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Profile ML1
And another unhealthy side effect of going too intensive for producing food:

Bacteria that resist 'last antibiotic' in UK

... "The routine preventative use in farming of colistin, and all antibiotics important in human medicine, needs to be banned immediately."

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said colistin made up just 0.2% of the antibiotics used in livestock in the UK.

A spokesperson said: "We are enhancing our surveillance for colistin resistance, and veterinary prescribers have voluntarily updated prescribing guidelines to restrict use of colistin in animals."

Meanwhile, that 'misuse' of "just 0.2%" is enough to breed resistance to our Human medicines that could well kill...

All in our only one world...
14) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1750909)
Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Profile ML1

... purpose to induce behavioral change on a short-term or permanent basis.
... as well as understanding methods of influence on the consumer behavior.

So... We freely allow such methods to be used on the unaware to be exploited in schools and elsewhere? Even when there is clearly harm being done to the 'target audience'/victims?...

What a nasty selfish world to suffer!

Meanwhile, for one small step to give people a chance to grow up against the power of Marketing:

Tasmanian government plans to raise minimum smoking age to 21 or 25

Most public health experts welcome the move, which would be a first for Australia if the proposed legislation goes ahead

Is Marketing too overtly insidious for our own good?...

All in our only one world...
15) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1750133)
Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Profile ML1
All "just" a game of Marketing lies?

Australia pulls Nurofen products over 'misleading claims'

An Australian court has ordered products in the Nurofen pain relief range off the shelves, saying the UK-based manufacturer misled consumers.

The court said products marketed to treat specific pains, such as migraines, were identical to one another.

Research also found the products were sold for almost double the price of Nurofen's standard product...

So... There you have the same one product, but packaged in cardboard that has different claims on the outside claiming something uniquely 'special'...

There might be a small case to say that what the packaging says possibly could give a beneficial placebo effect. However, I would personally suspect that the only research done for that in this case is for how much price gouging could be conned out of the sufferers...

To my mind (and all of my own personal opinion), I consider that as some very slimy Marketing...

All in our only one world,
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1749512)
Posted 15 Dec 2015 by Profile ML1
Welcome to the new world of the duumbed down?

Or at least to the proprietory world of the corporate dumb-you-down?

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

17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Interesting animation of Kepler results (Message 1748825)
Posted 13 Dec 2015 by Profile ML1
That nicely shows that for where Kepler has looked so far:

Most planetary systems are not like the solar system;

Or that Kepler does not easily detect comparable solar systems...

Good visualisation!

Keep searchin,
18) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1748755)
Posted 12 Dec 2015 by Profile ML1
So... Is Dan G still following a certain Campaign Against GNU/Linux...?

His reporting in a similar style for certain other OSes would make for a lot of reading... If he did any such writing that is... Except... Might he dare not bite the big dollars that feed him?... Or why else no comment from him on the much more widely prevalent ongoing security issues elsewhere?...

And so for his latest:

"Dan Goodin @ ArsTechnica" wrote:
...a critical vulnerability disclosed earlier this year in Elasticsearch, ... In February, the company that maintains it warned it contained a vulnerability that allowed hackers to execute commands on the server running it. Within a month, a hacking forum ... provided all the source code and tutorials needed for people with only moderate technical skills to fully identify and exploit susceptible servers.

... underscores the growing ease of hacking [unmaintained/unpatched] production servers and the risk of being complacent about patching.

(Bold my emphasis.)

So nothing new or surprising there and the same problem as for any internet facing system.

More of interest is this recent bit of sensationalism from Dan against anything Linux hosted applications:

Botnet preying on Linux computers delivers potent DDoS attacks

... uncovered a network of infected Linux computers that's flooding gaming and education sites...

... takes hold by cracking weak passwords... Once the attackers have logged in, they use root privileges to run a script that downloads and executes a malicious binary file. There's no evidence XOR DDoS infects computers by exploiting vulnerabilities in the Linux operating system itself...

And yet still for Linux systems, there is still not the disproportionate rampant malicious exploitation as evident on one particular other system...

No excuse to be lax but might it be that good design does help?...


IT is what we make it...
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Show and tell your machine. Here's mine. (Message 1746939)
Posted 5 Dec 2015 by Profile ML1
So who would have guessed that is how 'Linux' looks?!

From the chart, looks like you have a pretty fast ramp-up.

Happy fast cool crunchin,
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1746680)
Posted 4 Dec 2015 by Profile ML1

From my recent experience, you now have to pay monthly for your Microsoft software...

No choice about it.

IT is what you allow it to be...

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