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1) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1817437)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
@bobby:
Are you like saying that I should dump all my snow-shovel futures?


Invest in Noah's Ark and Aircon, a scary number of Uzies and LOTS of ammo 'Rambo-style', ... and a strong belief in your favoured deity...


Or...

Get real?...

All on our only one planet,
Martin
2) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1816792)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
Here's a good trio of headlines to push the climate compass towards a better direction:


World's first large-scale tidal energy farm launches in Scotland



Solar-powered tuk-tuk reaches UK after road trip from India



Why we should have fewer children: to save the world




All on our only one planet,
Martin
3) Message boards : Number crunching : MB v8: CPU vs GPU (in terms of efficiency) (Message 1816386)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile ML1
Very good theorizing...

However the best test is to test reality directly:

Directly measure power consumed as measured at your mains power wall socket over for example 48 hours and divide by total WUs or RAC.

You should get some interesting numbers, especially comparing the WU and RAC values.



Happy efficient crunchin!
Martin
4) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1813653)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile ML1
This is a long awaited small start to much bigger generation:


Shetland turbines at Bluemull Sound connected to grid

... Tidal energy specialist Nova Innovation said they were the first offshore tidal turbines in the world to deliver electricity to the grid.

Two 100kW turbines have been installed so far in the Shetland Tidal Array at Bluemull Sound...



That article is very short on detail and the tidal stream turbines at 100kW are small compared to the present generation 2MW and 4MW wind turbines... However, there is a lot of tidal stream power to be tapped and tidal turbines scale up in power more quickly than for wind power...

Just one of a number of ways we need to go!


All on our only one planet,
Martin
5) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1813651)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile ML1
Yet another view... Where is the fresh water moving to?...


Surface water shifting around the Earth

Scientists have used satellite images to study how the water on the Earth's surface has changed over 30 years.

They found that 115,000 sq km (44,000 sq miles) of land is now [newly] covered in water and 173,000 sq km (67,000 sq miles) of water has now become land.

The largest increase in water has been on the Tibetan Plateau, while the Aral Sea has been the biggest conversion of water to land. The team said many coastal areas have also changed significantly...



Note that the changes to the Tibetan Plateau has big consequences to an awful lot of people...

All on our only one planet,
Martin
6) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1812771)
Posted 26 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
All a game of crazy politics and the real world be damned?...


Global warming and the race for the White House

Two starkly different visions of global warming are offered by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump...

The Democratic Party contender says she believes in the science of climate change and plans to see America become a "clean energy superpower"...

By contrast, the Republican candidate talks down the threat of rising temperatures and says his priority is to cut the costs of energy for manufacturers and to revive the coal industry...

With such sharply opposing perspectives, this is the first presidential contest in which the candidates are highlighting their stances on global warming and energy, and using them to attack each other.

So how is this playing out in a swing state like Ohio, which hosts some of America's oldest coalfields and one of the most innovative solar panel makers?...

... The pollution belching from the smokestacks has been gradually limited by wave after wave of legislation - first on emissions of sulphur dioxide, then of nitrogen dioxide, and now of carbon dioxide. It's no surprise, but along this valley the Environmental Protection Agency is held in contempt. This is the body responsible for cleaning up the air and reducing greenhouse gases under President Obama's Clean Power Plan. A key Trump promise is to dismantle both the agency and the plan...

Here, Hillary Clinton is a hate figure...

... He [Trump] sees coal as abundant and homegrown, and responsible for thousands of jobs. And he talks of revitalising the industry, which goes down very well in mining country. The fact that it is the dirtiest fossil fuel is irrelevant in the Trump view because global warming is a "hoax" as he once called it, though he later said that was a joke...



All a joke?!

All on our only one planet,
Martin
7) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1812222)
Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
Would you believe it!...


Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

World's most unpopular browser, now with opt-in SuperStalking

Microsoft is so keen to attract users to its Edge browser that it will pay people to use it.

Folks in the US can earn credits that can be spent in the Microsoft online store on things like...




Is this all a new form of user "buy-in"?...

Wouldn't it be more effective to make and provide a better system for users in the first place?...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
8) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1812214)
Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
So... For such a question of "suffer pollution and the destruction of nature" or go for "short term profit", which way will Canada sway?...


Canada’s 'dirty oil' climate change dilemma

A debate is raging in Alberta over plans to get more "dirty oil" out of the ground, which some say is in conflict with Canada's environmental commitments...



All on our only one planet,
Martin
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Building a Computer - Advice Needed (Message 1810555)
Posted 19 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
FANTASTIC! Super helpful information. Thanks so much, and I'll read other posts to educate myself. Hopefully I'll build out a much more powerful computer in the next month. Just doing my part to help with the search!
-Michael

Be very welcome onboard.


Note also that a big part of our search is in learning how best/fast to search...


Keep searchin' (in all respects and all ways)

And have fun!
Martin
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Building a Computer - Advice Needed (Message 1810554)
Posted 19 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
So when I speak of 12 cores, I mean 6 physical plus 6 virtual on that single CPU chip.

Small nit-pick on the detail:

I would describe that as "6 physical CPU cores that are 'multiplexed' by 'hyperthreading' to implement 12 logical ('virtual') cores".

What the hyperthreading does is to share the processing cycles of one physical core between two processing threads. You never get anything for nothing and so that in effect gives you two 'logical' cores running at half the clock speed of the actual one physical core.

However... You get a performance gain if one process thread becomes 'stalled' waiting for hardware or some other CPU resource whereby the other process thread can take advantage of otherwise wasted CPU cycles whilst the first process waits.

In practical terms, this means that the two 'hyperthreads' run at anything from approximately 50% of full core speed to about 65% of full core speed.

Overall, although each process is running slower, you can get up to about 130% throughput over that of not utilizing the hyperthreading. However, you sacrifice some of the system 'responsiveness'.



The expensive GPU is where most of the analysis of the Data get done now a days. You can analyze (crunch) the data on the CPU but they tend to be much slower than doing the work on the GPU.

Is not the best advice to go for the very latest mid-range GPUs for both optimum processing power and optimum power consumption/expenditure?


And go for a small-ish SSD on the leanest machine that you can install!!

Look up the Lunatics ;-)

Happy fast crunchin'!
Martin
11) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1809715)
Posted 16 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
And just for a giggle for those of us conscientious for trying to keep our data a little safer and faster on a separate drive:


Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

OS and apps & data on different storage media? Oops...


Yet another SNAFU...

IT is what we all allow it to be... :-(
Martin
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1809714)
Posted 16 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
There might still be some hope for me after all..

Microsoft will also create security-only updates that include all the security fixes released each month, without any reliability or feature changes. These updates won't be cumulative. They will only be offered via WSUS and SCCM; WU users won't see them.

I'll see how that actually works when the time comes.

Well, well, well... Yes, I've just noticed the news for the strange moves...

This puts a total 'spanner in the works' for those wishing to vet and control what updates go onto their Windows systems... See also:


Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

Downside: that zero-day is still [a] zero-month [long]

... Microsoft is implementing the monthly patch rollup it promised in May.

At the same time, however, Redmond has decided to kill off individual security patches, something that might not please sysadmins. Instead, a monthly security-only rollup will collect “all of the security patches for that month into a single update”...



So... I read that as yet another step towards "Microsoft systems" = "No User Choice".


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


[Edit]
PS: I hope to be getting rid of my one Windows system and the multiple Windows Servers support before Christmas this year. Yeah!!! :-)
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13) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1809711)
Posted 16 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
Well, well, well... This puts a total 'spanner in the works' for those wishing to vet and control what updates go onto their Windows systems:


Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

Downside: that zero-day is still [a] zero-month [long]

... Microsoft is implementing the monthly patch rollup it promised in May.

At the same time, however, Redmond has decided to kill off individual security patches, something that might not please sysadmins. Instead, a monthly security-only rollup will collect “all of the security patches for that month into a single update”...



So... I read that as yet another step towards "Microsoft systems" = "No User Choice".


IT is what you allow it to be...
Martin
14) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1807110)
Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
So I say, Move North, build seawalls or ...

Or... Cut out all the corrupt pollution or laugh at the wars of mass migration?...

Boarders be damned or are you voting Trump and BIG GUNS?...


Or we could just usurp the fossil fuels pollution sooner rather than later and go clean and green...

Which way do the accountants and established business vote?...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
15) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1806821)
Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
Can climate denial get bigger or worse or more extreme than this?...


The climate crisis is already here – but no one’s telling us

... The media turns us away from the issues that will determine the course of our lives, and towards topics of brain-melting irrelevance.

This, on current trends, will be the hottest year ever measured. The previous record was set in 2015; the one before in 2014. Fifteen of the 16 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century. Each of the past 14 months has beaten the global monthly temperature record. But you can still hear people repeating the old claim, first proposed by fossil fuel lobbyists, that global warming stopped in 1998...

... Eight months ago in Paris, 177 nations promised to try to ensure the world’s average temperature did not rise by more than 1.5C above the pre-industrial level. Already it has climbed by 1.3C – faster and further than almost anyone predicted. In one respect, the scientists were wrong. They told us to expect a climate crisis in the second half of this century. But it’s already here...

... Donald Trump, on the other hand – well, what did you expect? Climate change is a “con-job” and a “hoax”...

... On every significant issue in the manifesto, corporate capital wins... [Our world loses.]

... To pretend that newspapers and television channels are neutral arbiters of such matters is to ignore their place at the corrupt heart of the establishment... [Our world and everyone loses.]



There is a particularly apt comment to that article for the continuing ever greater corrupt climate pollution and denial:

Ten years from now, perhaps we can have the climate equivalent of the Nuremburg Trials. Those who prioritized profit over the future of mankind could be sentenced to work on projects that mitigate the impact of the decisions they made. It won't affect the reality we'll be living in, but it will make me feel better.



All on our only one planet,
Martin
16) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1806689)
Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
The "Windows 10 fun" continues?...


So... I've FORCIBLY(!) updated a laptop I use to Windows 10... The system failed the Windows 10 Update check due to some VPN software on there... Very disruptively, I uninstalled the supposedly offending software to then be told by the Windows 10 Update nag box that the laptop was still unsuitable due to the (now uninstalled) VPN software and that I must buy a new Windows 10 laptop!!...

For the unknowing, all very nastily coercive...

So... A quick web search and some crazily nefarious voodoo forced a Windows 10 install to run.

And...

For anyone such as myself familiar with Linux systems, all I can say is what an incredible long and convoluted 'experience'! I could have installed a Linux system multiple times over from scratch!...


OK, so so far the Windows 10 seems to work. But what an inconvenient experience...


And for others' experiences... See:

Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

Comment As your humble HPC correspondent for The Register, I should probably be running Linux on the array of systems here at the home office suite. But I don't. I've been a Microsoft guy since I bought my first computer way back in 1984.

You, dear readers, can rip me for being a MStard, but it works worked well for my business and personal needs...

Until yesterday, that is...



IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
17) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1806687)
Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Profile ML1
Human population size is a problem.
India will surpass China in about 10 to 15 years as the most populous country in the world.
But in China the population will also decline in about 30 years from now.
https://twitter.com/aronstrandberg/status/760313493727870976
The one child policy seems to work pretty fast.
At very least a two child policy would help a lot.

Education to ALL, especially women, will help even faster...

How do we improve all our cultures to give better education and better stability so that there is no need for large families...?

And then how do we re-educate economists to work with zero growth rate rather than contriving perpetual growth unto an inevitable disastrous crash?...

All on our only one planet,
Martin
18) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1803839)
Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Profile ML1
Why are people still trapped in such stuff as this?...


Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

A French regulator has issued Microsoft a formal warning over Windows 10, saying the operating system collects excessive amounts of personal data, ships that information illegally out of the EU, and has lousy security...



IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Nvidia-Ubuntu 14.04 fail with latest kernel (Message 1803270)
Posted 18 Jul 2016 by Profile ML1
New Linux kernel today. Install went fine, GPUs fine,
Seti working fine.

Good that a new kernel worked.


For reference for others:

Which kernel version did you need to move up to to get it working again?

(I guess a 2014 distro is nearing end of support? Or is that one a "LTS"?)


Happy cool crunchin',
Martin


(A quick way to find out is to open a command line and give the command:

uname -a

to show the system name and kernel name.)
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1802488)
Posted 14 Jul 2016 by Profile ML1
The problem is, as I've stated in this thread once before... I don't trust that updated client to not go behind my back and install stuff I didn't authorize it to do, as some of the other versions of the client have been discovered to do.


At a whopping 2.5GBytes... Is that by any chance the compressed size to install the guts of Windows10?...

Rather odd to 'hide' that in a service process... Are not 'background services' supposed to be small and fast and unobtrusive, so as to be in the background and be unobtrusive and provide an efficient service?...


Or is this some new 'abuse' similar to how some executables are 'hidden' in the Windows registry and other places where executables simply should not be found!...?


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


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