Posts by ML1

1) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1857792)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
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7000 Gas Bubbles Expected to 'Explode' in Siberia

Yes. Discovered: 200-plus Arctic lakes which bubble like jacuzzis from seeping methane gas
http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/discovered-200-plus-arctic-lakes-which-bubble-like-jacuzzis-from-seeping-methane-gas/
Btw. The Yamal peninsula experienced temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) last summer.
So why do the Russians want to go to Crimea when they have Yamal:)

Putin politics and oil corruption :-( :-(


All in our only one world... For ALL of us!
Martin
2) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1857786)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
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One small token of awareness today:


Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

The Empire State Building and United Nations headquarters in New York joined other iconic buildings and monuments around the world plunging into darkness for sixty minutes on Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change.

The Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House also dimmed their lights as millions of people from some 170 countries and territories were expected to take part in Earth Hour, the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants...




Meanwhile, here the UK has had a good sunny weekend with about 25% of the electricity supplies from renewables. Around noon, solar power alone provided over 25% of the National Grid (electricity) supply. Wind, biomass and hydro added to that.


There is more we can do yet!

All on our only one planet,
Martin
3) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1857777)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
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How can the Denialists dream this ain't happening?...


'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016

In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels across the Earth...

... 2016 was not only the warmest year on record, but it saw atmospheric CO2 rise to a new high, while Arctic sea ice recorded a new winter low. The "extreme and unusual" conditions have continued in 2017...

In the Arctic, temperatures were about 3 degrees C above the 1961-1990 average. In Svalbard, the Norwegian island high in the Arctic circle, the yearly average was 6.5 degrees above the long-term mark. The report says that temperatures in 2016 were "substantially influenced" by the El Niño weather phenomenon, contributing 0.1 to 0.2 degrees on top of the longer-term warming driven by emissions of CO2...

In the face of all this information, climate researchers around the world are irked by the attitude of the Trump government in Washington. The new administration has rolled back some of the global warming measures taken by President Obama, while the newly appointed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, denied that CO2 was a primary contributor to warming.

"The WMO's statement on the 2016 climate leaves no room for doubt. The much-hyped warming hiatus is over - and the 'missing' heat energy didn't go missing at all. Instead, that heat went into the ocean, and we got much of it back again last year," said Dr Phil Williamson, from the University of East Anglia.

"Human-driven climate change is now an empirically verifiable fact...




And apart from the direct Human deaths, here is just one on-going consequence that will lead to worse yet to come:

7000 Gas Bubbles Expected to 'Explode' in Siberia

... Well, we really hate to burst these bubbles, but further research into the wider Yamal and Gydan peninsulas has uncovered about 7,000 more of these mysterious mounds.

Scientists believe that these bumps are caused by thawing permafrost releasing methane. ..




Direct action needed now by all sane people with any interest in their future!

All on our only one planet,
Martin
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Ubuntu 16.04.2 - Stop Tasks (Message 1856589)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
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on command line :
boinccmd --project http://setiathome.berkeley.edu nomorework

Check webpage :
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Boinccmd_tool

Also available graphically on the boincmgr display on your local machine. Look on the 'advanced' view for the projects tab.

Happy crunchin,
Martin
5) Message boards : Number crunching : My Computer Builds (Message 1856587)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
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Greetings Zoom314

Sorry to hear about the water cooling hiccup but glad to hear you are on track to getting up and running again.

Thankyou for your thread. I have found it very informative on what to do and what not.

I would say some of us around here do thing the hard way cause we want to know if it can be done. It's human nature.

Keep it up and crunch away

You're welcome, I've got the PC up and running, Seti too.

I've got more to restore, but not tonight.

Quite an adventure and always good to learn!

Zoom onwards :-)

Keep searchin
Martin
6) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1853462)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile ML1
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As you see here, top displays each thread with a different PID. H for thread view and V for forest view.

[...]

Not everything is POSIX compliant and depending on what you are doing it can be a real PITA!

?

What PITA do you trip over?


Note also:

NPTL: The New Implementation of Threads for Linux

August 01, 2005

Introduced with Version 2.6 of the Linux kernel, the Native POSIX Thread Library brings full compliance to the POSIX Standard...

... NPTL brings full compliance to the POSIX Standard for all major features, and performance boosts varying from outstanding to orders of magnitude...




Other snippets to note:

"There are two thread values that get confused. pthread_self() will return the POSIX thread id; gettid() will return the OS thread id. The latter is linux specific and not guaranteed to be portable"

"Threads have tids (threadIds), and all threads run in the same process (pid). So, your threads should all have the same pid assuming they're created in the same process, but they'll have different tids.

pthread_self() gives tid, and getpid() gets the pid."


Or are you running a pre-2005 system?

Happy crunchin' in freedom!
Martin
7) Message boards : Number crunching : CES 2017 -- AMD RYZEN CPU (Message 1852542)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile ML1
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Thanks for a good summary.

The BIOS comment sounds very typical... Quirkiness until you have installed one or two updates later than the version your motherboard/mainboard is supplied with!

Good luck for your new adventures.

And we really need AMD to succeed with this one to wake up Intel for new developments (hopefully without the all too profitable and crippling very negative 'sabotage' that we've seen in the past...).


Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
8) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1852537)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile ML1
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One small "sop" to the very disruptive problem of having the Windows 10 unexpectedly randomly slam the window closed on you:

Windows 10 to offer update 'snoozes'

Microsoft will enable Windows 10 users to choose when security updates are installed once they arrive rather than enforcing them straightaway.

Users have complained that the reboots required for some updates, which cannot currently be deferred, are disruptive. ...

... said John Cable, a director of program management at Microsoft.

"What we heard back most explicitly was that you want more control over when Windows 10 installs updates," he wrote. "We also heard that unexpected reboots are disruptive if they happen at the wrong time."...




Don't you just love the positive spin on that?!

Try explaining that to a presenter when the Windows 10 laptop goes into sulk mode right in the middle of a presentation in front of a theatre of a 100 or so people... Add a mad scramble for a second laptop and to reload the presentation and get back to the right slide and so on... Whilst the first laptop is waiting for a WiFi connection with the happy message about "update in progress, do not switch off"... Quite a fantastic advertisement!


How do people put up with such silliness?...

Rule one should always be: NEVER blindly terminate a live user session...


IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1852536)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile ML1
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One small "sop" to the very disruptive problem of having the Windows 10 unexpectedly randomly slam the window closed on you:

Windows 10 to offer update 'snoozes'

Microsoft will enable Windows 10 users to choose when security updates are installed once they arrive rather than enforcing them straightaway.

Users have complained that the reboots required for some updates, which cannot currently be deferred, are disruptive. ...

... said John Cable, a director of program management at Microsoft.

"What we heard back most explicitly was that you want more control over when Windows 10 installs updates," he wrote. "We also heard that unexpected reboots are disruptive if they happen at the wrong time."...




Don't you just love the positive spin on that?!

Try explaining that to a presenter when the Windows 10 laptop goes into sulk mode right in the middle of a presentation in front of a theatre of a 100 or so people... Add a mad scramble for a second laptop and to reload the presentation and get back to the right slide and so on... Whilst the first laptop is waiting for a WiFi connection with the happy message about "update in progress, do not switch off"... Quite a fantastic advertisement!


How do people put up with such silliness?...

Rule one should always be: NEVER blindly terminate a live user session...


IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
10) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1852315)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile ML1
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That can still include complete freedom as demanded by Free/Libre Open Source Software/Systems.
I'm so glad you will work for free. Where do you send you paycheck?

You are such a good tease! :-P

The FLOSS is free-of-charge and guarantees your freedoms.

My professional time comes at a cost and is charged. That comes with no "additional overheads". That works very well and is very cost effective and productive. The no overheads are a real pleasure when compared to the widespread silliness of EULAs, registrations, Marketing hurdles and distractions, and the tangled artificial restrictions on use imposed due to the arbitrary restrictions imposed by the Marketing of that 'other stuff' called proprietary software...

You can have freedom in IT. After all...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
11) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1852281)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile ML1
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Unmanaged open source security and compliance risk are reaching epidemic proportions – threatening the very integrity of the software supply chain.
Which is where everyone must demand FREEDOM rather than just an assumed 'free of cost'...
And that thinking is the problem, that open source means free. Creative content will always require payment to the creator...

Indeed so and quite rightly so. Also needed to maintain a sustainable system. That can still include complete freedom as demanded by Free/Libre Open Source Software/Systems.

We have no need of the various corporate Mafias and "IP" trolls waging a greedy war of extortion upon all users to smite all our freedoms...

Such is the way of greedy Neo-Kapitalism all-without-morals? Cooperation is non-destructive and much much more productive for all.


All in our only one world,
Martin
12) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1852279)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile ML1
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Looking at the UK National Grid supply for a bright and breezy clear day today, we have a power mix of:

Pretty much equally 1/3rd dirty old fossils, 1/3rd nuclear, and 1/3rd renewables (wind, solar, hydro, bio).


That mix can only get better as we progress towards summer.

At least this is one improving part of the reduction of pollution story...

(Here's hoping we do not get dirty Trumped!)


All on our only one planet,
Martin
13) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1852229)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile ML1
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Open Source Java, isn't free.
http://blogs.flexerasoftware.com/ecm/2017/02/think-open-source-software-is-free-think-again.html
Unmanaged open source security and compliance risk are reaching epidemic proportions – threatening the very integrity of the software supply chain.

Usual game of entrapment...

The problem arises if you install that application on hundreds of desktops, requiring Microsoft Windows Installer Enterprise JRE Installer – which is NOT free to use… And it does not stop there. There are additional parts and editions of Java that are not free either.


Which is where everyone must demand FREEDOM rather than just an assumed 'free of cost'...

All a very nasty game that is endemic for far too much of proprietary IT...

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
14) Message boards : Number crunching : CES 2017 -- AMD RYZEN CPU (Message 1852152)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile ML1
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Yes, I remember. I posted earlier in the thread about that too. It is still an unknown though without any explicit information so far because of the NDA's. There could still be some pitfall regarding compatibility that doesn't have anything to do with fine control over timings that Windows 10 enables. ...

Zen/Ryzen is already supported by the recent Linux distros. If this is purely a number crunching rig, then Linux is a very good fast way to go.

For general use: Well hey! Enjoy the world of freedom and without the handicap of anti-virus!! :-P


"M2" storage has long been supported on Linux.

Note: Regardless of OS, with M2 you will see a speedup over even an SSD for general system responsiveness and you'll gain a faster boot-up time... However, for boinc you'll likely see no appreciable improvement over even just a HDD. For number crunching, spend your money instead on a faster GPU!


Happy faster crunchin' :-)
Martin
(A Microsoft free zone[*]...)


*: This meaning of "free" is to mean "without". Not to be confused with "zero cost"...

The more important usage of "free" is to enjoy your own freedom to use your hardware and software as you wish... ;-)
15) Message boards : Number crunching : CES 2017 -- AMD RYZEN CPU (Message 1847149)
Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Profile ML1
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I'm curious whether we really will have to install Windows 10 to use the Ryzen CPU as AMD and Microsoft proclaimed. ...

I believe that Ryzen is already supported for the latest Linux systems. Try a Linux distro?


Happy cool crunchin',
Martin

I briefly played around with a Ubuntu distribution for about half a year, a few years back. Is the Nvidia driver installation better supported now? Or do you have to go hunting around for a repository etc. I do read the NC threads related to Linux and am confused whether you have to first get a Nvidia driver that handles your card and then go find a OpenCL driver. Or is it all combined into one download and installation. It wouldn't be the worst thing to install a Linux distribution again. I know there are a lot more desktop interfaces available now compared to my last exposure. I think I ran a KDE desktop before.

Is there some acknowledged "best" installation for BOINC or a consensus?

Briefly, for Ubuntu (or Kubuntu and variants), select 'multiverse' in the package manager... That then should make boinc available as a normal download.

For nVidia... There is still some proprietary 'tensions' silliness with them. Their 'secret' nv driver is available as a special selection from the normal package manager or as part of the graphics settings. All point and click easy.

I'm sure others here can give more specific detail.

Don't try using the custom scripts to install boinc or the nVidia software... They do work OK but you need to understand what they are doing... Easiest and cleanest is to take advantage of the automated setup.


Happy fast crunchin'
Martin
16) Message boards : Number crunching : CES 2017 -- AMD RYZEN CPU (Message 1847144)
Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Profile ML1
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I'm curious whether we really will have to install Windows 10 to use the Ryzen CPU as AMD and Microsoft proclaimed. ...

I believe that Ryzen is already supported for the latest Linux systems. Try a Linux distro?


Happy cool crunchin',
Martin
17) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1846814)
Posted 5 Feb 2017 by Profile ML1
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...
I'll be frank. Had that been my daughter, that woman would have been dead. Does that make me a sexist?

Add a handgun to hand and... Aw gee... Is that why there are so many shootings in the USA?

Oooops! There's another thread for that one...


Just another example of sexist and unnecessarily extreme?

How do we instead promote some better education and Zen understanding rather than Trump bullying and misogyny?


All in our only one world...
Martin
18) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1845745)
Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Profile ML1
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[...]

Is it my imagination or has the old Fossils lobby gone suspiciously quiet whilst their pollution hangs in the air making a big stink until the wind comes to smear it across the Atlantic again?...

London's air pollution worse than Beijing's as smog chokes UK capital

Areas of London put on highest 'black alert' rating for smog and pollution



More on how diesel in our cities are killing us:

The trouble with diesel

Last week, the Mayor of London issued his first "black alert" warning about air pollution...

Today's pollution is usually invisible. But standing outside Sir John Cass Foundation School in the City of London, where some younger pupils had restricted time in the playground during the high pollution episode, we found parents who feel they can smell and taste it...

... The UK government estimates that the harm done by particulates, tiny particles we can't see, in shortening our lives is equivalent to 29,000 premature deaths a year. Add in nitrogen dioxide emissions, which, like particulates, are partly generated by diesel traffic, and that figure rises to about 40,000. This would make air pollution more deadly than obesity and alcoholism combined. ...

... Today, many campaigners believe that we need a modern Clean Air Act with a similar combination of carrots and sticks, to tackle particulates and nitrogen dioxide. Such an Act could clean up trains, taxis and buses, widen the network of emissions zones, and subsidise drivers to scrap older diesel vehicles in favour of electric.

We asked every campaigner we interviewed what this might cost. None would name a figure. But it would be expensive. Few people can afford to swap their diesel car or van...




All a question of the true cost of pollution?

Note how at the moment, polluters (industrial or individuals) do not pay for their pollution... All at what cost to everyone else?...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
19) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1845675)
Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Profile ML1
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Hopefully, this will put at least some of the 'Marketing' FUD of the old corrupt Fossils finally to bed forever:


UK 'need not fear electricity blackouts' says ex-National Grid boss

The UK has enough energy capacity to meet demand - even on the coldest days when demand is highest, says Steve Holliday, the man who ran National Grid for a decade.

He said news stories raising fears about blackouts should stop...

"It's time for the headline of Blackout Britain to end - it's simply wrong. We've been talking about blackouts for 15 years every time it gets cold, but it's a scare story.

"The lights haven't gone out yet and thanks to the measures the government is putting in place this week they definitely won't go out in future. The UK has one of the most stable supplies of electricity in Europe."...

... securing capacity to back up intermittent forms of energy like solar and wind might cost about £7 per year per household at first, shrinking to £2 over the long term...

... there has been no problem, despite a long cold windless spell during which wind energy has produced around 1% of electricity demand. The highest daily percentage of wind power was over 20%. ...



Is it my imagination or has the old Fossils lobby gone suspiciously quiet whilst their pollution hangs in the air making a big stink until the wind comes to smear it across the Atlantic again?...

London's air pollution worse than Beijing's as smog chokes UK capital

Areas of London put on highest 'black alert' rating for smog and pollution


All on our only one planet,
Martin
20) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1845672)
Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Profile ML1
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Is this where at least some computer users are tiring of the 'Marketing game' of forever something (supposedly) 'new' every few months?

Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

... the latest bout of iPhone fatigue might be more than a passing bout of flu. It's prompted one Wall Street watcher to downgrade Apple stock.

The specific reason? Buyers are finding last year's supersized Plus model is better value than this year's svelte iPhone 7...




... And is this where forever Marketing change for the sake of change as something 'new' comes full circle to repeat the last generation...?

Microsoft's Cloud UI brings Windows full circle

You don't want a taskbar? Fine, we'll take it out. [...] OK, we'll put it back again...



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


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