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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What did I see? (Message 1571499)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Price
Thank you for the information, Donald. I would say that if this was a missile launch, the direction of travel appeared to be due north, which would be inconsistent with the information you provided.

MrPerk, one of the local news stations said they received hundreds of reports from local (Sacramento) viewers. They showed a few pictures that were submitted and contacted a local astronomer. Interestingly enough, the astronomer had recently installed cameras that continuously captured images in the sky, but they inexplicably failed at 3:30 that morning, so he didn't have any images. He viewed the pictures submitted to the TV station and in his opinion, the pictures were not consistent with meteors or comets, but were consistent with rocket launches. Also, he plotted the sightings and his graph indicated that all of the sightings from Northern California showed the object to be south of their point of observation, sightings in Los Angeles indicated the object was due west of them, out to sea.

Regarding the information above, conspiracy theorists will not doubt believe that the government hacked the astronomer's cameras to conduct a secret test. While I personally believe that to be far-fetched, given all the limited information available so far, my guess (and I'm not a scientist) is that this was either a ship-based missile launch or possibly a test of a surface to space vehicle.

I will say I find it curious that there appears to be no national interest in this story; it seems only local Northern California news agencies are reporting this.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What did I see? (Message 1571226)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Price
Uli, quite so. They test ABMs there; a missile is launched from the South Pacific and the ABM is launched from Vandenberg. I used to work with a guy who lived in Elk Grove. He not only saw the missile track from Vandenberg, he also saw the interception over the Pacific. He was freaked out because he thought we were under attack. They do this approximately twice a year, in March and September, near enough (these launches are not advertised ahead of time, for security reasons). I suppose what I saw could have been a launch from Vandenberg that went astray.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What did I see? (Message 1571225)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Price
I appreciate the information, Celt, but I must apologize for omitting important information. The object in question was approaching me from the south. Although I'm geographically challenged, I'm pretty sure that Canada is north of the U.S.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What did I see? (Message 1570976)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bill Price
I saw something this morning that I'm at a loss to explain. I could technically call it a UFO because it was in the sky and I couldn't identify it, but I'm sure there's a logical explanation I'm just not seeing.

I'm in Sacramento, CA. USA. Right at 6:00 this morning (just as the sky was beginning to lighten), I looked up and saw a bright light in the sky. It looked like the landing light for a large jet (I'm right in the flight path for planes leaving San Francisco International Airport, so I see them frequently) but a little larger. There was a trail of something following the light, but unlike the relatively focused vapor trail one normally sees with high-flying jets, this was more of billowy, voluminous cloud-type trail. It was also luminous, although this could have been a reflection from the rising sun (which was still below the horizon where I was). This trail was only about 10 degrees long but I could tell that the object had made about a 10 degree turn to its left. The trail was approaching me and appeared to have originated from about 190 degrees from me (just west of due south). It was a little east of the normal flight path from SFO.

Although I've never actually seen it occur, from where I live you can just see night launches from Vandenberg AFB, and the object's trail did kind of resemble the diffuse trail you see from a rocket (I've seen them on TV). However, a) rockets normally do not change direction in-flight; b) from where I live Vandenberg is much further east of the direction from which the trail seemed to have originated; and c) Vandenberg launches are generally sent due west, out over the Pacific; this object was basically travelling due north. As I said, the trail did not look like a normal jet's vapor trail.

Finally, although it didn't appear to have been moving fast enough, it might have been a meteorite, although, again, they normally don't change direction mid-flight.

This sighting lasted about 10-20 seconds, then the light just disappeared (no explosion, just a quick fade) and after a further 20-30 seconds, the trail it had left evaporated.

Any thoughts?
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Keep getting memory needed notices (Message 1516988)
Posted 125 days ago by Profile Bill Price
Bill, thank you very much! This seems to have finally solved the problem. Now getting work units for all 3 projects, have available disc space for BOINC and not (yet) getting memory needed messages. Thanks again!
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Keep getting memory needed notices (Message 1514993)
Posted 129 days ago by Profile Bill Price
Sorry, didn't see other post. Here is the log from a fresh restart....

5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | cc_config.xml not found - using defaults
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Starting BOINC client version 7.2.42 for windows_x86_64
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | log flags: file_xfer, sched_ops, task
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Libraries: libcurl/7.25.0 OpenSSL/1.0.1 zlib/1.2.6
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Data directory: C:\ProgramData\BOINC
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Running under account dakot_000
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | CAL: ATI GPU 0: AMD Radeon HD 6570/6670/7570/7670 series (Turks) (CAL version 1.4.1848, 1024MB, 991MB available, 1536 GFLOPS peak)
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | OpenCL: AMD/ATI GPU 0: AMD Radeon HD 6570/6670/7570/7670 series (Turks) (driver version 1268.1 (VM), device version OpenCL 1.2 AMD-APP (1268.1), 1024MB, 991MB available, 1536 GFLOPS peak)
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | OpenCL CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz (OpenCL driver vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., driver version 1268.1 (sse2,avx), device version OpenCL 1.2 AMD-APP (1268.1))
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Host name: BillsPC
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Processor: 12 GenuineIntel Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz [Family 6 Model 45 Stepping 7]
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Processor features: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss htt tm pni ssse3 cx16 sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt aes syscall nx lm vmx tm2 dca pbe
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1: Core x64 Edition, (06.03.9600.00)
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Memory: 11.93 GB physical, 12.67 GB virtual
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Disk: 1.80 TB total, 1.74 TB free
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Local time is UTC -7 hours
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | rosetta@home | URL http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/; Computer ID 1620030; resource share 100
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | Einstein@Home | URL http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu/; Computer ID 9481323; resource share 100
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | SETI@home | URL http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/; Computer ID 7017921; resource share 100
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | SETI@home | General prefs: from SETI@home (last modified 02-Mar-2014 22:40:19)
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | SETI@home | Computer location: home
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | SETI@home | General prefs: no separate prefs for home; using your defaults
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Reading preferences override file
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Preferences:
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | max memory usage when active: 6110.58MB
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | max memory usage when idle: 10999.04MB
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | max disk usage: 5.00GB
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | suspend work if non-BOINC CPU load exceeds 50%
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | max download rate: 999997 bytes/sec
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | max upload rate: 999997 bytes/sec
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | (to change preferences, visit a project web site or select Preferences in the Manager)
5/12/2014 7:03:19 AM | | Not using a proxy
5/12/2014 7:03:20 AM | rosetta@home | Sending scheduler request: To fetch work.
5/12/2014 7:03:20 AM | rosetta@home | Requesting new tasks for CPU and ATI
5/12/2014 7:03:23 AM | rosetta@home | Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
5/12/2014 7:03:23 AM | rosetta@home | No work sent
5/12/2014 7:03:28 AM | Einstein@Home | Sending scheduler request: To fetch work.
5/12/2014 7:03:28 AM | Einstein@Home | Requesting new tasks for CPU and ATI
5/12/2014 7:03:33 AM | Einstein@Home | Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
5/12/2014 7:03:33 AM | Einstein@Home | No work sent
5/12/2014 7:03:33 AM | Einstein@Home | see scheduler log messages on http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu//host_sched_logs/9481/9481323
5/12/2014 7:03:33 AM | Einstein@Home | Binary Radio Pulsar Search (Perseus Arm Survey) needs 152.59MB more disk space. You currently have 0.00 MB available and it needs 152.59 MB.
5/12/2014 7:03:33 AM | Einstein@Home | Gamma-ray pulsar search #3 needs 19.07MB more disk space. You currently have 0.00 MB available and it needs 19.07 MB.
5/12/2014 7:03:33 AM | Einstein@Home | BOINC will delete file l1_0780.30_S6Directed when no longer needed
5/12/2014 7:03:38 AM | SETI@home | Sending scheduler request: To fetch work.
5/12/2014 7:03:38 AM | SETI@home | Requesting new tasks for CPU and ATI
5/12/2014 7:03:40 AM | SETI@home | Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
5/12/2014 7:03:40 AM | SETI@home | No tasks sent
5/12/2014 7:03:40 AM | SETI@home | Message from server: SETI@home v7 needs 32.00MB more disk space. You currently have 0.00 MB available and it needs 32.00 MB.
5/12/2014 7:03:40 AM | SETI@home | Message from server: AstroPulse v6 needs 60.00MB more disk space. You currently have 0.00 MB available and it needs 60.00 MB.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Keep getting memory needed notices (Message 1514991)
Posted 129 days ago by Profile Bill Price
Thank you for your response. Two things stand out: first, my disk space graphic (sorry, can't figure out how to post a picture here) only has 3 lines of text in top left section under header Total Disc Usage, not 4. The missing line is: "Free, available to BOINC."

Secondly, your 3rd graphic shows a dialogue box with tabs for Processor Usage, Network Usage and Disc and Memory Usage; I can find no such dialogue box anywhere, so I am unable to clear anything.

I really appreciate your ongoing attempts to help me figure out the problem. I apologize for being so slow.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Keep getting memory needed notices (Message 1514417)
Posted 131 days ago by Profile Bill Price
OK, I've done everything indicated, problem persists. For the record, receiving error messages such as:

"SETI@home: Notice from server
AstroPulse v6 needs 60.00MB more disk space. You currently have 0.00MB available and it needs 60.00MB."

I'm getting the same message for SETI@home. I'm also running Rosetta, no error messages yet.

HP Envy, I7, 6-core processor, 2TB hard drive, BOINC version 7.2.42, wxWidgets version 2.8.10.

Now, I'm not receiving any AstroPulse or Seti@Home work units.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Keep getting memory needed notices (Message 1474714)
Posted 221 days ago by Profile Bill Price
Thank you, HAL9000. I have updated my preferences to those given in your first example. Your explanation was concise, coherent and very easy to understand, and I thank you.

Further questions: I note in the preferences there are other changeable values:

Suspend work when non-BOINC CPU usage is above
0 means no restriction
Enforced by version 6.10.30+ % (my current value is 50%)

On multiprocessors, use at most processors (my current value is 2)
On multiprocessors, use at most
Enforced by version 6.1+ % of the processors (my current value is 100)
Use at most
Can be used to reduce CPU heat % of CPU time (my current value is 100)

Swap space: use at most % of total (my current value is 75)
Memory: when computer is in use, use at most % of total (my current value is 50)
Memory: when computer is not in use, use at most % of total (my current value is 90)

I have no clue what these are talking about. Any suggestions here? Again, thank you very much for your help.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Keep getting memory needed notices (Message 1474461)
Posted 221 days ago by Profile Bill Price
I keep getting messages that state, for instance: "SETI@home v7 needs 32.00MB more disc space. You currently have 0.00 MB available and it needs 32.00 MB."

I'm getting these messages daily now. Using HP Envy, Win 8.1, Intel I7 6 core processor. I processing for 3 projects: Einstein, Rosetta and SETI. Hard drive is 2TB, each project has 6GB disc space dedicated.

I'm a youthfully challenged, gastronomically unstable (O.F.) user who is not very sophisticated tech-wise. Can anyone tell me in simple words what the problem, and solution, is? Thanks.
11) Message boards : Technical News : On the Horizon (May 07 2007) (Message 562642)
Posted 2690 days ago by Profile Bill Price
By the by, for those of you wondering what to do until the new servers are up and running, there are a number of BOINC projects that could use some help. On the BOINC main page there is a link to some of the other projects available (there are 20 others listed). So if you've a mind to, by all means run other projects. Myself, I have Einstein and Rosetta keeping my box occupied...
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favourite Things ***CLOSED*** (Message 413637)
Posted 2938 days ago by Profile Bill Price
A medium rare T-bone steak, a good bottle of Cabernet and a good book.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Keith Stanley is UOTD @ QMC@home (Message 413634)
Posted 2938 days ago by Profile Bill Price
Good on yer, mate!
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Nuclear Energy Debate (Message 320536)
Posted 3033 days ago by Profile Bill Price
For reference, read Waldo & Magic, Inc. by Robert Heinlein. Until such time as we can draw energy from alternate universes, it seems to be that nuclear energy, properly done, is the best alternative we have. I haven't looked to see if they've (the U.S. DoD) ever stated what the problem with the U.S.S. Thresher was (reactor meltdown? playing tag with a Russian sub?), but outside of that I think the U.S. Navy has never had a problem using nuclear power for their fleet. My belief is the problems we've all heard about (Chernobyl, Three Mile Island) have more to do with private sector problems. I've thought for a long time we should do nuclear energy in a big way, and let the Navy run it.

Or to quote Dennis Miller: "That's just my opinion; I could be wrong."
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : CLOSED (Message 242738)
Posted 3147 days ago by Profile Bill Price
I feel we all have the situation well in hand here.

16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The All Sports Thread (Message 234788)
Posted 3162 days ago by Profile Bill Price
Yo, Wolf, it appears that not only are we relative neighbors, but seem to also share a fondness of the roundy-round (uh, that would be stock car racing to the uninitiated).

17) Message boards : Number crunching : Editing forum preferences (Message 231838)
Posted 3167 days ago by Profile Bill Price
I didn't receive any error at all; the 'submit changes' button didn't work.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Editing forum preferences (Message 231836)
Posted 3167 days ago by Profile Bill Price
Tried to update forum preferences; system would not accept updates. Any ideas/suggestions?
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Upload problems (Message 210478)
Posted 3203 days ago by Profile Bill Price
I seem to be getting 2 different types of messages:

1)
12/11/2005 7:58:30 AM||Couldn't resolve hostname [setiboincdata.ssl.berkeley.edu]
12/11/2005 7:58:30 AM||Couldn't resolve hostname [setiboinc.ssl.berkeley.edu]
12/11/2005 7:58:30 AM||Couldn't resolve hostname [setiboincdata.ssl.berkeley.edu]

2)
12/11/2005 8:24:45 AM||Couldn't connect to hostname [setiboinc.ssl.berkeley.edu]
12/11/2005 8:24:48 AM|SETI@home|Scheduler request to http://setiboinc.ssl.berkeley.edu/sah_cgi/cgi failed with a return value of -106
12/11/2005 8:24:48 AM|SETI@home|No schedulers responded


Like an idiot I aborted the upload of several work units, so when they reported I didn't get credit (sure hope E.T. wasn't in one of them!!!) Now that they've turned off the downloader I won't be getting any more BOINC work until they get it all sorted out. Well, there's still Einstein....

20) Message boards : Number crunching : Upload problems (Message 210066)
Posted 3203 days ago by Profile Bill Price
Thanks for the input. As I said, my problems have been for about 3 weeks, not 1, but that could just be my tired old computer.


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