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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1771189)
Posted 12 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Winning in the early morning rain........
From a hotel room in Vallejo, California
Fleet Reserve Association Regional meeting
Doing a little Association business, but mostly
a bunch of Sailors & Marines (and their spouse)s
sitting around telling stories. Lots of fun.
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1770851)
Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Winning on a warm Thursday evening.
American Legion meeting tonight,
then pack for trip to Vallejo this weekend.

If anyone in the Bay area still wants to get together
the best times will be Saturday evening,
as I am going to pass on the Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.
Or maybe I can stop someplace on the way home Sunday.
Probable route I5/580/680 through the East Bay and Benicia.
I still don't have a cell phone, but will have my iBook,
so send me a PM.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mark's Free Kibble V (Message 1770849)
Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
My apologies for letting this get so far behind.
Got wrapped up in human issues.
Things starting to settle down finally.
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mark's Free Kibble V (Message 1770848)
Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Links to Feed Needy Animals/Pets/Lost Friends waiting to be found.
http://www.freekibble.com
http://www.freekibblekat.com
http://www.freekatlitter.com
http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3


Today's Topics: "Award-Winning Video Cats" & "Found in a Houston Shelter"

16.6052 million meals fed so far.....
02.4559 million scoops of Kitty Litter donated.

Click on the links to play the game. Right answer or wrong, every play feeds the critters -
but your computer can only play once a day, so play from as many computers as you can!
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V8 (Message 1770525)
Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Looks very much like a tool we used to use in Damage Control training.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1770270)
Posted 7 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Winning on a rainy Monday.
Sometimes it pours like a firehose,
Sometimes it's a gentle sprinkle,
but been raining off and on since
Thursday night. Ponding basins getting full.

A musician/artist friend of mine
has a showing at a local gallery.
I went to the opening on Friday evening.
There are a couple pieces I want,
but can't afford an original.
Talking to him about photoprints.....
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part III (Message 1768944)
Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Have you aggravated a telemarketer today?

Roger Anderson’s Jolly Roger Telephone Co. offers sweet revenge against all those annoying callers

Roger Anderson, JRTC’s CEO, was being bombarded daily by multiple telemarketers. During one call, he handed the telephone to his young son, wondering how much of the telemarketer’s time the boy could waste. When the telemarketer hung up, his son looked very unhappy and complained that the man had called him a name and used a bad word.

Some people just have no manners, so they go rude and crude...

I like this solution better:
Evermoon Consulting

My number is on the "do not call list", so I don't have that problem.

So is mine, but with auto-dialers and random-number callers, some still get through. That's the whole point of these services - to mess with the ones that get through.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1768794)
Posted 1 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Some toad with a pellet gun shattered 4 windows on Amtrak 702 shortly after it left Merced this morning. Nobody hurt, windows spidered but didn't break out.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A reader's corner (Message 1768789)
Posted 1 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Robert Ludlum:
The Bourne Identity!
In the first 16 pages the book is much
more rewarding than the movie ever was....

:):)




That's usually the case. I'm watching Dune right now, but I really think I'd be better off reading the book, first.

I agree. The movie leaves out a lot of explanation and backstory. When it first came out, many of my friends who had not read teh book(s) were confused. After they read teh books, the movie made more sense.
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1768519)
Posted 29 Feb 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Didn't know they were rude, must be the table manners.

At least they wash their hands before they eat....
31) Message boards : News : Main web server crash / migration. (Message 1768516)
Posted 29 Feb 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
I guess the work server is out too? I have a 2nd computer dedicated to SETI@home and it hasn't uploaded completed work in about a week, just get Communication Deferred in the status. any idea when that'll be back up?
Thanks

The place to address that issue is the Number Crunching section of the Forums, or the Q & A area..
32) Message boards : News : Main web server crash / migration. (Message 1768362)
Posted 28 Feb 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
I think you are right, but that would be only a part of SETI@home and it would drain all the money SETI has, with no money for development and other tasks. SETI@home works on a shoestring budget, with little financing except by volunteers like us.
Tullio

Exactly the points we've made.
33) Message boards : News : Main web server crash / migration. (Message 1768105)
Posted 27 Feb 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
SETI@home was started with the idea of exploiting "unused cycles" on PCs. Then it generated BOINC, and the paradigm of distributed volunteer computing took off, with Einstein@home discovering new pulsars, both in the radio and the gamma-ray ranges. The computing power of ATLAS@home (ATLAS is a big CERN particle experiment) rivals that of the CERN GRID. So taking our computations to Amazon or IBM or Google clouds would be a step backwards.
Tullio

Tullio, I read his question as about moving the Seti@Home project server functions to Amazon or Google Cloud, rather than the actual crunching that we do.
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V7 (Message 1768023)
Posted 27 Feb 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Okay, this isn't working.

Since I'm not having the time to do much posting here, let alone find a tool for the next round, I'll pass the baton to whomever desires to post the next tool.
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The last person to post here wins 252: Workin on the rail road thread (Message 1767714)
Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Late-night (after midnight) win.
Minuteman III Rocket launch due between 2300 tonight and 0600 tomorrow morning. Looked like it went off right after 2300 - saw the bright orange-white light rise out of the west and head west-southwest for about 1 minute or so. Been a while since the weather and my sleep schedule let me see one.
Winning. Oh, and TGIF.
36) Message boards : Number crunching : Say goodbye to SETI@home v7. (Message 1767710)
Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
'twill be around for a while yet ... my computer that died the end of Jan still has 5 WU's in its queue ... the last one times-out 16-Mar @10:30 UT

Sigh!

Ed F

I have a couple MB v7s pending where the wingman has gone AWOL, that won't time out until April.

Last several times we transitioned to a new level for either MB or Astropulse, it took 4-6 months to get all the stragglers rounded up....
37) Message boards : News : Main web server crash / migration. (Message 1767707)
Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Is there any reason you haven't moved everything over to Amazon AWS servers? My entire company sits on there and we can do some pretty amazing things and it's very cost effective.

As I recall, this has been asked several times in the past, and the answers were:
1) This is a University research project.. For reasons of data security and scientific integrity, the project will remain on university-controlled computers, and
2) This is a low-budget (shoe-string, volunteer-funded) project, and the money isn't there to move to a commercial cloud service, even if 1) did notr apply.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1767228)
Posted 24 Feb 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Remembered to step on the scale after shower this morning.
3 weeks since lay-off, still stable at 234.
And then I spent most of Tuesday pushing a lawn mower and pruning trees.....
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1767226)
Posted 24 Feb 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
How soon until all the raccoons stupid enough to walk into traps get caught and eliminated from the gene pool, and there are nothing but smart raccoons left in NYC to have babies.

Trapping the dumb ones only makes the population, as a whole, smarter...

I think they may already be smart enough to work in pairs. One to get caught and the other to continue with the invasion :)

Okay, here's the plan.
You bash the Balrog with this club,
and while he's distracted, I'll steal the gold.
Got it? Now repeat it back to me....
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The last person to post here wins 252: Workin on the rail road thread (Message 1767225)
Posted 24 Feb 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Late-evening visit. Maybe a win....


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