Posts by Gary Charpentier

1) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Part 3 (Message 1913641)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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I think Andrew brings a good point to the table. The S Korean people have the freedom to choose to re-unify however would the result be a free and 'democratic' Korea or take the form of an expanded DPRK?
As I have said many many times, Korea is for Korean's, it is not for the USA, China or Russia.
2) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1913425)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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http://abc7.com/lasd-deputy-allegedly-agreed-to-provide-drug-trafficking-security/2953430/
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been arrested for allegedly agreeing to provide security during the delivery of narcotics from the Southland to Vegas in exchange for money.

Deputy Kenneth Collins was arrested by FBI agents Tuesday morning along with three other men.

The arrest took place in Pasadena, where Collins and the three others were allegedly getting ready to provide "security" for the transport 45 pounds of cocaine, more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine and cash to Las Vegas, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Authorities said the three thought they were going to do the job in exchange for $250,000. This fee was negotiated during an undercover FBI investigation, in which Collins allegedly said he and his team would take calculated steps to prevent legitimate law enforcement from intercepting the drugs

An affidavit outlines an earlier scheme in November, in which Collins agreed to accept $25,000 in payment for providing security during the transport of what they thought were 6 kilograms of methamphetamine, as well as marijuana and counterfeit cigarettes in another trip to Las Vegas from the Los Angeles area, the Justice Department press release stated.

In the November scheme, authorities said Collins provided a team of three: Collins drove in a car behind the transport vehicle, another man drove ahead of the transport vehicle to scout for law enforcement and the third accompanied an undercover agent driving the drug transport vehicle.

The transport went smoothly, and that's when Collins wanted responsibility for a larger shipment. So, on Jan. 5, the undercover agent and Collins agreed on the Pasadena transport.

Collins, David Easter, 51, of the Hyde Park and Grant Valencia, 34, of Pomona, were charged in a federal criminal complaint filed last week.
In justifying the high fees for his services, Collins allegedly told an undercover FBI agent "we're cops" and "all of our transports make it through."

The fourth man, Maurice Desi Font, 56, of South Los Angeles, is expected to be charged by federal prosecutors in a second criminal complaint on Tuesday.

"Deputy Collins sold his badge to assist an individual he thought was a drug trafficker," said United States Attorney Nicola T. Hanna. "The deputy allegedly used his status as a law enforcement officer as a guarantee when he promised safe travels for large quantities of illegal narcotics. This case is part of our long-standing and ongoing commitment to root out corruption, particularly when it involves sworn law enforcement officers."

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the news of the deputy's arrest was "tragic" for law enforcement and the communities served by deputies.

"I guess if you look at it from a system standpoint, the system worked. We found out about criminal misconduct, caused an investigation to be done, worked with our federal partners and then ended up with what we saw today with an indictment," McDonnell said.

According to the affidavit, the FBI had been investigating Collins in relation to a scheme to accept cash payments for providing security for illegal marijuana grow facilities, as well as assisting in the distribution of controlled substances.

An undercover FBI agent, who was posing as a family member of a wealthy investor looking to finance an illegal marijuana grow house, first met with Collins in August 2017, authorities said.

Collins offered to provide security for an illegal marijuana grow house and claimed to have three "teams" that already provided security for drug operations across San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.

During one of the meetings with the undercover FBI agent, Collins displayed his sheriff's department badge and lifted his shirt to reveal a firearm hidden in his waistband, which investigators believed was to emphasize that he was a law enforcement officer and his services, therefore, were more valuable to a drug organization.

Over the course of several meetings, Collins also offered to "fix problems" for the undercover agent, including by physically assaulting people, in exchange for cash, authorities said.

The affidavit stated that Collins claimed to have a "team" comprised of "cops" who "travel...with guns." He described how he and two others recently "handled" a situation for a "client" in Boston by setting a luxury truck on fire.

During a meeting in September, the undercover agent told Collins that he was having an "issue" with a person in Northern California. In exchange for $2,000, Collins performed and delivered a "work-up" on that person, which included obtaining that person's home address and driver's license number, according to the affidavit.

When Collins delivered the "work-up" in early October, the deputy allegedly said that he could provide additional services in relation to that individual: "We can definitely, you know, kind of impact him a little bit," the affidavit stated.

All four men, who are charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, were expected to make their first court appearances Tuesday afternoon in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles.

If convicted of the drug trafficking conspiracy alleged in the criminal complaints, each defendant would face a sentence of up to life in prison.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part VI (Message 1913420)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Wishing her all the best.

Hope the cops corner the perp and he reaches for his waistband.
4) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1913305)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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The fact the Dims resist negotiating border security says volumes about their intentions and lack of honesty(see Feinstein '93 and '94} .

I ask again, do yo still refuse to answer?
"Eye, given that person's life long record of reneging on business agreements and contracts would you be so foolhardy as to negotiate with him?"

You know the same is being asked by Kim.
5) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1913297)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Its obvious from the numbers that the US needs immigrants, preferably legal, because if not there will not be enough tax collected to keep you in your old age as you have come to expect.

The idiocracy doesn't care and Trump speaks for the idiocracy.

I'm beginning to wonder if the people tRump speaks for, including himself, are unable to follow a state diagram if it has more than two points.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : 100 WU limit for GPUs is too low. (Message 1913295)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Is there a 'better' database to use than Informix? What does Google use, for example? SQL by MS? And is it practical to switch? Though I have heard of Informix for quite some time, I just Googled it and found that it is an IBM product. I guess I am old, but I thought that IBM had a reputation for doing big iron, and a solid DB? Or has that ossified over the years?

*edit* Just took a closer look at the quick blurb on Google, and this caught my eye: Stable release: 12.10.xC7 / June 15, 2016. I can appreciate having something just work if it ain't broke, but I don't know, it seems to me that over 18 months between stable releases seems like a pretty long time in the compressed IT world we live in now. But then again, what do I know? ;-)

It is the BOINC master database which uses mySQL rather than the science databases that use Informix. The issue is more how SETI@home uses the database.
For all of the tasks assigned to hosts, "results out in the field", the task information is stored in a single table.
So when tasks are assigned, reported, or a host doesn't an update then that table is accessed.
For the hardware running the db the limit of that table turns out to be around 11,000,000 rows. Then it can not longer complete a query fast enough. Which causes the db server to stop and the project to be offline for several hours if not days which recovery is run.

So the solutions are
1) Have more hefty master and replica db servers.
2) Recode how the results are sent to hosts are stored.
3) Limit the number of tasks sent to hosts.

#1 is a stop gap until that hardware hits its limit.
#2 is probably the best solution, but requires dedicated time that isn't available to the project.
#3 easiest to implement and can be adjusted if the db server gets near the limit again.

#3 is the opposite of the thread title. One other thing that can be done is to shorten the amount of time until a report is due. The should shorten the queue of workunits out in the bushes and also let more workunits validate faster. However as Seti allows phones to crunch, I'm not sure how much shorter it can be before many of those low crunch able phones would start missing deadlines. Perhaps some sort of dynamic deadline based on the reported FLOPS?
7) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1913227)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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POTUS quote on his hotel in DC. Sweetness
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time X (Message 1913193)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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'Tis obviously a jig, but to make what, I haven't a clue.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2017 season................ (Message 1913074)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Then it's a rip-off, you can watch an uninterrupted 2 hrs of F1 without commercial breaks on cable or satellite here.

Not on my cable.

You're on the rip-off side of the pond.

Net Neutrality ....
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2017 season................ (Message 1913020)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Brent Musburger, who hosts a show on the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSIN), offered his take on the real issues confronting the NFL:
Yo #NFL , no matter how many games you schedule in London, your product will not win over Europeans. They want constant action not referees reviewing plays on computers. Lets Make American Football Great Again. VSIN, baby.

— Brent Musburger (@brentmusburger) January 11, 2018

Just think how happy US fans would be, they could show 6 games/evening, if they only had commercial breaks between games and at half time.

Not sure they would be happy. Without those commercial breaks the fee they would have to pay per event to the cable company might be in the hundreds of dollars so those fat cat NFL owners could make their billions.
11) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1912941)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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If the economy is doing better and American voters have hope for their individual future.

As is human nature choosing the short term profit over the long term. That was bred into us by Darwinian selection, just kick the can down the road.

That is the difference between the right and the left. The right wants it now, the left wants there to be something for future generations.
12) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Part 3 (Message 1912881)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Sorry USA, Nixon isn't going to speak ...
https://seanmunger.com/2014/02/20/we-interrupt-this-program-the-terrifying-ebs-false-alarm-of-1971/
13) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Part 3 (Message 1912870)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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So who panicked. I.T tech or bureaucrat?

Not the first time, not the last time. Management needs to be sure that there is always hot coffee in the break room so the graveyard shift can see to read the labels on the tapes.
14) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1912812)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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What is tRump taking from you?
https://www.jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=5057
I do see tRump is taking a lot from Native Americans. But with his recent comment, that is expected and a confirmation.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts X Summer Is In The Air (Message 1912742)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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64 here today and chem trails
What? They are still spraying dihydrogen monoxide?

Headed for a high tomorrow of around 85f, clear skies.
16) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1912550)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Ask a much more simple question, "Can man change the climate?"
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time X (Message 1912549)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Does it start with the letter "A"?
18) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1912474)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Isn't at least part of the problem when a debate is held in public or on TV, the organisers try to have a one-on-one debate. And if they were to have a debate that reflects the numbers more honestly, Joe Public would complain that the believers were ganging up on the skeptic.
There will be no winners in our lifetime, but I do wonder what our descendants might have to say about our lack of action.

They will not. They won't be. The cockroach won't care.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : A very steep decline in Average Credits!!! (Message 1912473)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Listen to them scream. There was a tropical cyclone and it did damage. You want AP for BIG Credit, send people to fix Puerto Rico and maybe Arecibo will be able to send tapes to Berkeley to be split into AP work units.
20) Message boards : News : Projects are (no longer) down (Message 1912470)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
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Hi All...

I am getting the message "Not sending work-last request too recent: X sec" it depends on how long I wait, never seen this message before on the event log,

I have run out of Work Units...I tried update and no luck..is SETI offline??
Thanks
Justine

Both of your computers say they have work so I'm assuming you got it fixed.


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