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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1764493)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Ageless
Got two.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1764368)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Ageless
Microsoft is going to release a patch later this year with which users can disable the tracking and telemetry in Windows 10 completely. For the full article on it, read it at Forbes.

Microsoft has no plans to change Windows 10 consumer privacy settings.

According to ZDNet:
Another report from Forbes turns out to be incorrect. Sources with direct knowledge of Windows product plans confirm that there are no plans to change privacy options for Windows 10.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1764185)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Ageless
Hi Rick,
What's up with that? No matter what we do to prevent tracking and such, we cannot?

The person -Crust- doing that test tested it wrong. He closed off all connections in his test, which means that e.g. when Windows can't reach an update server, it will go try to connect to another.

First of all, 602 connection attempts were to, using UDP port 137. That's the broadcast address where Windows computers on a local network announce their presence and look for other network computers using the NetBIOS Name Service. It's perfectly normal traffic.

Another 630 of those connection attempts were Domain Name System lookups to the router itself,, using UDP port 53. That address is the router itself.

Why is Windows performing those DNS lookups? One big reason is that's how Windows checks whether you have access to the Internet. If there's a problem with your Internet connection, you get a yellow overlay on the network icon down at the right side of the taskbar.

To do that test, Windows first performs a DNS lookup of It then makes an HTTP request to retrieve the page ncsi.txt from that site. This file is a plain-text file and contains only the text "Microsoft NCSI." (NCSI stands for Network Connection Status Icon.) Finally, it performs a DNS query for

The whole procedure is extensively documented .

DNS queries aren't "spying." Neither are NetBIOS name broadcasts on your local network. So far, that's 22.3 percent of the so-called traffic that's easily accounted for as "not spying," unless you think there's something sinister about a two-word text file that has been downloaded trillions of times from that poor Microsoft server.

Next up is a staggering 1,619 connection attempts using UDP port 3544 to the address, which Mr. Crust was unable to identify, along with another five attempts using the same port to other servers.

That address does indeed belong to Microsoft. It's a Teredo server, Teredo is an Internet standard that is used to supply an IPv6 address to a PC that speaks only IPv4, making it easier to perform secure and reliable communication between two endpoints without having to worry about network translation. It's also well documented and doesn't involve any exchange of information other than IP addresses.

In short, Windows keeps trying to make a simple connection using its IPv6 capabilities, but the router keeps dropping those connection attempts. So it keeps trying again and again.

That's another 1,624 entries we can add to the "not spying" list. So far, by my tally, more than 52 percent of the connection attempts are completely harmless and involve no data collection at all.

Another three connection attempts are using port 123. That's the Network Time Protocol, which devices use to retrieve the current time from authoritative servers on the Internet. Setting the clock on your computer is not "spying."

Mr. Crust's list has another 549 connection attempts on port 80, which is plain old HTTP. Windows doesn't have a web server installed by default, so those are all incoming connections, with Windows trying to retrieve data from Microsoft's servers. They're not sending it the other direction.

Many of the addresses on the list belong to content delivery networks (CDNs) like Akamai Technologies and CloudFlare. Some of those downloads are possibly trying to refresh live tiles in the provisioned MSN apps (News, Sports, Weather, Money, and so on). There are perhaps some updates to the Windows Store in there too.

We might know more if Mr. Crust had allowed his machine to complete some of those connections so he could perform some actual traffic analysis. But he didn't, so we can't.

We can, however, safely conclude that none of those connections would involve any "spying."

Which leaves us with 2,100 connection attempts in eight hours over port 443. Those are secure (HTTPS) connections designed to exchange data so that it can't be intercepted in transit.

We have no idea how many secure connections that machine would have made in eight hours had Mr. Crust actually allowed them to complete. The number would almost certainly have been smaller, perhaps by an order of magnitude or even two.

And of course, those connections are not all about telemetry.

The most important one is the Software Licensing Service, which checks the state of Windows activation periodically. By dropping those connections, Mr. Crust is not allowing those activation and validation checks to complete. Windows gets very cranky when that happens, which could explain why there were more than 1,700 connection attempts to a handful of addresses in a single range of IP addresses managed by Microsoft.

Other content that gets delivered securely over port 443 includes Windows updates, Windows Defender updates, and updates from the Windows Store for apps that are provisioned on every Windows 10 machine. Windows 10 attempts to contact OneDrive, also securely, to see if there are any saved settings for the current user. There are lists of known malicious websites that get delivered to the SmartScreen service in a hashed and encrypted format.

And yes, there is certainly some telemetry data in there. We have no idea whether Mr. Crust changed the default Diagnostic and Usage settings to Basic. If he had, there would probably be a single ping to Microsoft's servers when the machine starts up, which would disclose what that setting was, whether Windows Defender was up to date, and whether his installation had experienced any failures in software or driver installation.

Do know that the person who wrote the post at Voat has since deleted his test and his whole account.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1764109)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Ageless
Microsoft is going to release a patch later this year with which users can disable the tracking and telemetry in Windows 10 completely. For the full article on it, read it at Forbes.

I cannot give quotes from the article because the Forbes site does not allow me to go on there as I have ad-blockers running. It even says I have one running in Internet Explorer, which is as bare-bone as possible, so go figure. Although I would expect Forbes to have enough money, but that aside.

No word apparently on if they now stop throwing all that tracking and telemetry into Windows 7/8.1 as well. Probably not.

Oh, Microsoft does advise against turning off the tracking but cannot say why.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1763829)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Ageless
After months of complaints, Microsoft has finally opened a Windows 10 Update History web site that will document the changes it makes to its flagship OS.

“After listening to feedback regarding the level of disclosure for Windows 10 updates, we decided to implement a new system for communicating updates to the operating system,” a Microsoft representative said. “Today we are rolling out the Windows 10 update history site, a hub for the release notes that will accompany each update and serve as a historical record of prior release notes.”

There is also a page with Windows 10 release information.

Patch Tuesday information for all related Windows versions:
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Where to download a virusfree Windows 7 .ISO ? (Message 1763823)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Ageless
Dirk, if it's still needed, or if anyone else needs this, see
7) Questions and Answers : Unix/Linux : want to run boinc with linux (Message 1763517)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Ageless
BOINC has a user manual wiki which has many useful links, such as with details how to do that in Windows, OS X and Linux.
8) Questions and Answers : Macintosh : Boinc doesn't pause all work items (Message 1763411)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Ageless
Make sure that Activity settings are set to "Based on preferences", because if they're not (but set to Run Always and Network always available), you get what you're describing.

Also, check that you're setting the correct preferences. Local preferences are overriding web preferences.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC Feature request: Exclusive App -> free additional core for it (Message 1763407)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Ageless
Previously I posted a question on the BOINC fora under BOINC client section.

That's still the best and quickest way. Please when posting there do write out in detail what's being asked, do not just put a link down to this thread with the 'request' to add it as that's not going to work. I am not reading all these threads/fora in detail and am certainly not going to try to figure out what it is you meant if you're too lazy to spit it out in detail. (You being generic, I am not talking to HAL here).

At least when you write it out in detail, all I have to do is copy everything, including your name and email it to the correct person. Who will then either tell you through the forums what's going to happen with it, or he'll tell me.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1762967)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Ageless
More of a warning:

On Wednesday Microsoft released another mystery patch, KB 3123862, which appears as an optional, unchecked patch in Windows Update and closely parallels last year's reviled Get Windows 10 patch, KB 3035583 -- a patch we're still fighting.
The patch itself seems innocuous. According to the KB article it delivers "Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7." The entire description for the patch consists of exactly one sentence:

The update adds capabilities to some computers that lets users easily learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10.

There's no indication which computers, what the upgrade cycle looks like, or how systems will be modified to let users easily learn about Windows 10. I suppose there's an itinerant sheep herder on the Mongolian steppe who hasn't learned about Windows 10 -- come to think of it, probably not.

If you install the optional update, you find that KB 3123862 gives you brand-spanking-new copies of the following:
* Explorer.exe, the Windows File Explorer, and ExplorerFrame.dll, which contains supporting files -- icons, menus, bitmaps -- for Explorer.exe
* Shell32.dll, the heart of the Windows interface
* Authui.dll, which controls logins

If that doesn't send a chill up your spine, you haven't been following along.

The parallels to KB 3035583 are uncanny -- and disquieting. The original Get Windows 10 patch appeared in Windows Update on Mar. 27, 2015, without explanation, as an unchecked optional patch. The title was "Update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1," and the entire description was:

This update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user. It applies to a computer that is running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

We didn't discover the true nature of the patch until a week later, when Gerard Himmelein at uncovered a nascent subsystem called GWX that was installed and set in motion by KB 3035583. Since that time, an entire industry has evolved to deal with the ramifications of the GWX infection, with GWX Control Panel leading the charge.

This new patch doesn't install anything in the GWX folder, nor does it flip any of the registry settings users have been using to block the forced march to Windows 10. As a matter of fact, at this point nobody seems to have any idea what it does.

How does the old Scotty saying go? "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Problems using Android app (Message 1762852)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Ageless
Nice, let me ask u one thing. When i got the device rooted, where are the heck do i find this "app_config.xml" file ?

BOINC for Android will put it in data\data\edu.berkeley.boinc\projects\edu.berkeley.setiathome\ which is a hidden directory in the device's memory, thus not on the SD card .

In NativeBOINC you have the option to save everything to the SD card.
NativeBOINC is a third party application and is not developed by Berkeley.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Problems using Android app (Message 1762850)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Ageless
Erstaunlich dabei ist, die hab ich gar nicht konfiguriert, die ist mit runtergeladen worden. 8(

Uhm, no. While BOINC 7.6.22 on the PC can make a cc_config.xml file when you add an exclusive application through BOINC Manager, or you add one of the debug flags through the Event Log Options window, it cannot make an anonymous platform file app_info.xml or an application configuration file app_config.xml, nor can either of these be downloaded from the project.

Both of these files are made manually, by the user of that BOINC.
They can be downloaded, but then usually from a third party website, such as Lunatics. They do not come with BOINC, they do not come with any project.

So, you will have made it yourself and if it doesn't work, that's most probably because you didn't follow the instructions. Always make files like this in a simple text editor, such as Notepad or Notepad++, and save them in ANSI format, not in UTF-8 or Unicode.

When copying the file through a browser, make sure the browser doesn't add characters to the front and back of the text. Internet Explorer for instance will add hyphen '-' characters, which have to be removed for the file to work correctly.

And as always, when in doubt, post it on the forums. Plenty of people here who can help you, if at least you want to be helped.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Problems using Android app (Message 1762847)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Ageless
I've just added Seti without trouble to my smartphone's BOINC.
So, when you try to add your account, what are you filling in?

You need the email address of the account you registered with here, the user name and the password of the account. You can check the box to show the password, in case you feel you typed things wrong.

If none of that works, try to set a new password on Your Account, before trying again. Maybe that you aren't remembering your password so well.

One thing, the Android app requires that you use the default venue/location, so you cannot set it up to use Home/Work/School. If you have set your PC to use the default (---) location and specifically set it to run only certain kinds of work, but you want the Android app to do all kinds of work, you'll have to switch the PC to a different location, then set up the default location for the Android app.

The Android app can only run on the CPU, there is no GPU work available for them.
You cannot reach the BOINC data directory without having rooted the device. And even then it's quite difficult to change anything in there.
14) Questions and Answers : Windows : Why only 12 Gflops? Am I using my GPU? (Message 1762317)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Ageless
Yes, but here's the thing. Those drivers do not support your GPU. Please do read the blurb on AMD Radeon™ Software Support for Legacy Graphics Products:

AMD Radeon™ R5 235X, Radeon™ R5 235, Radeon™ R5 230, Radeon™ R5 220, Radeon™​ HD 8470, Radeon™ HD 8350, Radeon™ HD 8000 (​D/G variants), Radeon™ HD 7000 Series (HD 7600 and below), Radeon™ HD 6000 Series, and Radeon™ HD 5000 Series Graphics products have been moved to a legacy support model and no additional driver releases are planned. This change enables us to dedicate valuable engineering resources to developing new features and enhancements for graphics products based on the​ GCN Architect​ure.

As a courtesy to our valued supporters we are providing a final Beta driver together with the release of the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition. The AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta driver includes the redesigned user interface as well as some enhanced features. More information can be found in the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1 for Non GCN Products Release Notes. This driver is provided "as is"​ and will not be supported with further updates, upgrades or bug fixes.

For users looking for a WHQL certified driver, the AMD Catalyst™ 15.7.1 driver will continue to be available for users running Windows® 10, Windows® 8.1, and Windows® 7.

Also, as you can see on the 16.1.1 release notes your GPU is not in the group supported:

AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series Graphics AMD Radeon™ R7 300 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano Series Graphics AMD Radeon™ R7 200 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 300 Series Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 8500 - HD 8900 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 200 Series Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 7700 - HD 7900 Series Graphics

So, if you want to use your GPU for OpenCL calculations you're required to return to 15.7.1 at the maximum. Or buy a new GPU that's capable of using the higher Crimson versions.
15) Questions and Answers : Windows : Bionic screen saver works just once (Message 1762285)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Ageless
The BOINC and Seti screen savers are written in OpenGL, and for this to work correctly you need drivers installed that have that component installed. Drivers from the GPU manufacturer, not drivers installed by Windows, because these will generally lack things as full OpenCL, OpenGL, CUDA, because they're not necessary for the running of Windows.

So, while you can blame the not running or badly running of the screen saver on BOINC, it's actually the operating system in combination with the drivers you need to look at.

Seeing how both of you run Windows 10 Pro, you should really find out how to tell Windows Update to stop auto-installing new drivers whenever it finds it needs to, and that you install drivers from the GPU's manufacturer site.

For ATI/AMD that is at
For Intel that is at
For Nvidia that is at
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1762035)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Ageless
More Optional updates for Windows 7:
- 3123862 is the more aggressive Windows 10 advertiser that download Windows 10 through Windows Update: Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.
- 3135445 (as already pointed out by arkayn) which applies to Windows Server too, may look like just a simple update to Windows Update, but I wouldn't prod it with a stick.
17) Questions and Answers : Windows : how does one get v8 to install?? (Message 1762004)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Ageless
You already have them:
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1761919)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Ageless
...I would have undoubtedly had Windows 10 installed without my knowledge.

No, that's not possible. Updating to Windows 10 does require some key presses and agreement with EULA's still. What the update will do though is download and start, then go wait for you to wake up and log on, before telling you that the installation process is ready to start. Not sure if at this point there is the option to cancel, though.

But then, if you say No to the EULA, the installation will fail anyway.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1761711)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Ageless

Microsoft is stepping up its Windows 10 push by making the OS a 'recommended' -- though not required -- update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, beginning February 1.

Bit of a warning, is what people are finding out:

Despite having Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates disabled in Windows Update settings, people find that this optional but recommended Windows 10 upgrade comes in and is checked by default.

For people who do want to continue receiving Windows Updates, HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
DWORD: DisableOSUpgrade, value: 1 still seems to be blocking it.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1761709)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Ageless
Micro$soft may "own" one of the OSs on my PC, but they do not own MY PC.

I didn't say that they owned your PC, just that they own the Windows on your PC and because you agreed with the EULA of the license on it, Microsoft is allowed to do with it (the license) what they want. Simple.

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