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1) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Life in only 10% of Galaxies (Message 1615791)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
Very nice picture mp! Wonder if all those pics from the Universe are real or computer generated... I don't think we see those colors with the naked eye if we'd look at it:) What do you think?

The colours look to be real but not as we see them...

Colours such as those can be seen through the big optical telescopes and from long photographic exposures.

For telescopes viewing using wavelengths that our eyes cannot see, then astronomers will use "false colours" to give an artistic but faithful impression of what you could see if your eyes were sensitive to those wavelengths.


It is all in the eye of the beholder (or the machine!)...

Keep searchin',
Martin
2) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1615778)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
There is a good way we can go:


UK using less energy despite growing economy...

People in the UK are using less energy even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.

Increased wealth typically leads to increased energy use - but this link appears to have been broken by technology and government policy...




Do not let The Dirty Fossils burn us all out!

All on our only one planet,
Martin
3) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1615777)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
2014: the year women won?
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/video/2014/dec/17/2014-the-year-women-won-video

Here is another positive part of that year:


First female bishop named as the Reverend Libby Lane

Reverend Libby Lane has been announced as the first female bishop for the Church of England, just a month after a historic change to canon law...

... The appointment will end centuries of male leadership of the Church and comes 20 years after women became priests...

... The first women bishop eligible to take up a seat in the Lords is expected to be announced in the new year...




All in our only one world,
Martin
4) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1615774)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
After far far too long knowing the unpleasant bad health effects, finally:


Car smoke ban 'to start in October'

Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.

The regulations laid before Parliament propose banning smoking in cars containing under 18s...



There is also the smoking distraction from driving that has proved fatally too dangerous too many times...


All in our only one world,
Martin
5) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1615549)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
From what I can see, you can't easily get more opportunistically slimy and contradictory as this:


Why do Americans love ancient grains?

In the past five years there has been an explosion in popularity of so-called "ancient grains" in the American food market.

There is no comprehensive list of "ancient" grains, but the category is generally agreed to include amaranth, barley, bulgur, buckwheat, kamut, millet, spelt, teff and quinoa. Many of these grains - Bolivian quinoa and Ethiopian teff, for example - have been planted and harvested in the same way for thousands of years.

"It's been a positive perfect storm for these ancient grains," says Cynthia Harriman, director of food and nutritional strategies at the non-profit organisation, the Whole Grain Council.

"They fit with our desire to look for a super-food, a magic bullet we should be eating," she says. Ancient grains are perceived as the opposite of modern wheat, which is the descendant of three ancient strains of wheat - spelt, einkorn and emmer - and often heavily refined.

They are seen as more healthy, more natural and better for us, providing more vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein than modern wheat - partly because they are rarely eaten in processed form...

... "It's a revolt against processed food. It's the opposite of modern."...

... The company has announced it will be launching a new line of its successful breakfast cereal, Cheerios, with ancient grains next year. "It's a way to bring this product into the mainstream," Cunningham says.

"Consumers may feel that the barrier to eating ancient grains is that they're not convenient, so we figured a way to deliver them in a bowl of cereal."

But this will also mean including five times as much sugar as in the original Cheerios recipe - 5g of sugar per 28g serving, instead of just 1g - though, as Cunningham points out, about half as much as in the company's best seller, Honey Nut Cheerios.

"We feel great about the health profile of this Cheerios," he says.

But the addition of sugar and heavy processing has led some to accuse companies like General Mills of cynically making money from the "health halo" surrounding ancient grains.

"Like any grain they can be used in a healthy or unhealthy way," says Hemi Weingarten, founder and CEO of the food blog site Fooducate.

"The gullible consumer is going to buy more if it sounds healthy," he says...




I'll have to admit to being impressed by the Marketing jingoism!

So... We are all the gullible to be sweetly slimily deceived for profit and no cares for inducing ill health?...


And meanwhile what of the big corporate push to force artificially Genetically Modified products down our throats for the 'modern grains'?...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
6) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1615541)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
I'm speaking about Government Controlling Individual Freedoms. ...

That is what they seem to do and is worthy of a thread unto itself...


Care to weave a new thread?

All in our only one world,
Martin
7) Message boards : Number crunching : How To Do A "Headless Linux CLI Multiple GPU Boinc Server" Semi-Pro Cruncher ;) (Message 1614059)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
I'm writing this to find out if anyone would like to build a pretty good cruncher (rack mounted, headless & linux based) for what I think is not too expensive. Or maybe just use my ToDo to setup his/her own system to run using the same software solution.

I've been working and testing several computers in this last year...

Nicely neat looking rackmount box...


Any hints/tips/observations for assembling the parts?

Does Boinc play nice (bad pun) across multiple GPGPUs when also used for some other primary task?

Have you tried using using the GPU crunching from VMs by any chance? (QEMU + KVM?)


Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Ubuntu 14.04 updates break cuda (Message 1613903)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
Do you also need the "nv" module loading for nVidia? Or has that been renamed for the systemd way of working?

Also, do you have the libcuda files installed for your kernel version?

Or drop back to your previous kernel that worked?


Good luck,

Happy fast crunch in,
Martin
9) Message boards : Number crunching : How To Do A "Headless Linux CLI Multiple GPU Boinc Server" Semi-Pro Cruncher ;) (Message 1613876)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
I'm also interested.

Faster graphics cards would of course be better. I know nothing about rack cases. Do they make them taller so you could put full height cards in them?

Yeah, there are a number of different configurations. One of my Supermicros is only 1U high but it has a C1060 and a GTX460 (sans fan!) in it -- they lie flat so height isn't really an issue. Similarly with my latest 2U chassis -- it has two slide-in dual-Xeon systems, each of which can take a full-size PCI-e card; we have the same chasses in our Grid cluster with four smaller slide-in dual-Xeons, but they can only take low-profile cards (like the GT640 with appropriate hardware). One of the other groups in our Department tested an Intel system a while ago that could take eight (IIRC) PCI-e cards, standing up, but I don't remember the chassis size or whether they were full-height or low-profile slots.

You can use 4U rack cases that have the same volume as a normal PC case. However, they are unusual due to rack space usually being precious and expensive.

I happen to have only two such 4U beasts so far... One is a dev system to accommodate full size PCIe cards, the other is for taking a silly number of TBytes of data and backups.

My preferred format is 2U for general use. 1U is preferred for compute nodes or for such as hosting websites/cloudy.


And then you can go Phoronix style!

Happy crunch in
Martin
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Ubuntu 14.04 updates break cuda (Message 1613859)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
Whenever there's a kernel update I uninstall any proprietary display drivers, update the kernel and then re-install the display drivers. It's a hassle, but I've had enough troubles with kernel updates breaking GPU processing that it's the procedure I follow every time nowadays.

That's a 'side effect'/'problem' of the nVidia driver being a (proprietary) "binary blob" that is tied to a particular kernel. Will need a reboot to pick up a new kernel and pull in the nVidia driver. (Your system must rerun the nVidia install for any kernel update... And both kernel and nVidia versions must be supported...)

Usually, that is all taken care of by the normal distro updates. I believe the nVidia licensing requires their proprietary bits be downloaded from the nVidia site and so you can never be sure of the nVidia process... NVidia can change things...


So far from what I've seen, that works well enough. However, the FLOSS nouveau driver is much to be preferred unless you're into ultimate performance gaming! ... Or cuda for crunching...


Happy fast crunch in
Martin
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the potential of our moon being overlooked? (Message 1612802)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
It appears Venus is similar to earth.

Hopefully we are not silly or corrupt enough to make that the case!


Venus is just a tad smaller than earth and has the same composition. The temps on Venus can rise up to 462°C!

All a part of that misnamed "greenhouse effect"... And of a deeper heavier atmosphere.


Keep searchin',
Martin
12) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1612799)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
Ooops...

...

Users can create multiple desktops to keep things organised."

Oh dear! Really?

Why is that particularly an "oh dear"?


IT is what we make it...
Martin
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the potential of our moon being overlooked? (Message 1612547)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
On the subject of the potential of various orbiting bits, this is an excellent diagram to show where we stand in our solar system:


XKCD: Gravity Wells scaled to Earth surface gravity


May take a while to appreciate!


Keep searchin',
Martin
14) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1612545)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
Is this another argument against (looking too much at) Tim Berners-Lee? :-P


Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

... new Digitillnesses - 'text neck' and 'telepressure'...

... it's up to you to sort this out.

“While it is nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues, individuals should make an effort...




First a head-ache, and that was ignored.
Then a neck-ache, and that too was ignored.
And then came the back-ache, and still that was ignored...


Ouch!?

IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
15) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1612540)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
Going back to the original topic of food...

Here is a "bad" and a "good" example:


Why late night dining may encourage weight gain

Eating after the sun has gone down might trigger weight gain...

... Fasting for at least 12 hours [each day] appears to switch on important fat burning pathways in the body...

... The researchers believe a key to controlling weight gain could be sticking to a consistent 12-hour fast every 24 hours.

In the experiments, fasting at night had beneficial effects on blood sugar and cholesterol and reversed the effects of diabetes...



Mediterranean diet keeps people 'genetically young'

Following a Mediterranean diet might be a recipe for a long life because it appears to keep people genetically younger, say US researchers.

Its mix of vegetables, olive oil, fresh fish and fruits may stop our DNA code from scrambling as we age...

... The Mediterranean diet has been repeatedly linked to health gains, such as cutting the risk of heart disease. Although it's not clear exactly what makes it so good, its key components - an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as poultry and fish, rather than lots of red meat, butter and animal fats - all have well documented beneficial effects on the body...




Can you overcome adverse Marketing to instead enjoy your own healthy better lifestyle?

(Or is the Marketing message too strong that honest healthy is somehow 'uncool'?!)


All on our only one planet,
Martin
16) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1612536)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
... Who gives you, any other person, or King (AKA Government) The Right to CONTROL Free Individuals Freedoms?

And what of overwhelming, coercive, deceptive, exploitive Marketing controlling and limiting Individuals Freedoms?...

Or in your world is the "Free Market" free even to enslave and to commit misery and murder all for the sake of profit?


All in our only one world,
Martin
17) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1612532)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2014/12/09/Scientists-find-early-warning-signs-of-changing-ocean-circulation/2151418131992/?spt=rec_feat&or=2&r=9551418138230]Boulton and his colleagues say the continued influx of freshwater, driven by global warming and the melting polar ice caps, could be enough to slow AMOC to a halt. A collapse of the ocean conveyor belt would mean drastic cooling in northern climes, rising sea levels, and prolonged drought conditions in some areas.

There it is, global warming causes global cooling.

No it does not...

Unless that is you do not understand what "global" means...

Or unless that is you are pushing for the end-game where all the ocean heat conveyors fail and then we get the "snowball Earth" example where the very strong feedback from ice encroaching from the poles is almost unstoppable...


Meanwhile, nearer term, there is still the fossil fuels corruption and pollution to clean up...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
18) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1612531)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
The world continues in some parts misogynist.


And this thread is continued on a positively inspired positive example on:

Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2)


All in our only one world,
Martin
19) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1612530)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
Following on from the original thread:

With this very positive note from a desperately heinous horror, maybe there is inspired hope yet?


Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai 'hopes to be Pakistan PM'

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has told the BBC ahead of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday that she hopes to pursue a career in politics. She said that she may even aspire to be prime minister of Pakistan once she has completed her studies in the UK.

Ms Yousafzai has been jointly awarded the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner.

Ms Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education.

She is the youngest ever recipient of the prize...




All in our only one world,
Martin
20) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1609496)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
... Being severely obese can knock up to eight years off your life and cause decades of ill health, a report says.

The analysis showed being obese at a young age was more damaging to health and life expectancy...




And we see far too much of that in CHILDREN...

... Again, for who's freedom?



THEIR FREEDOM!

Who gives you, any other person, or King (AKA Government) The Right to CONTROL Free Individuals Freedoms?...

And so you condone deception and exploitation and victimization?...

Sure looks that way... Slimy indeed...


All in our only world,
Martin


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