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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1708801)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Last night I upgraded my Lenovo laptop to Win 10 & deselected all the privacy bits. I tool a system backup before I did the upgrade so I should be able to revert if needed. I only use the laptop when on holiday & occasionally at home, not for crunching.

The upgrade went quite smoothly, if you ignore the usual oddities with the progress meters bearing little if any correlation with time elapsed. so far it seems OK. I only use firefox atm, & don't intend to try Cortana.

So far I haven't any major issues, but time will tell.

On the privacy issues, to me there doesn't seem to be major differences between the M$ notices and those from Mobile phone networks, and/or phone suppliers, especially the one with the bite taken out of it.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1708495)
Posted 22 hours ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Is it a jointing clamp for "welding" or gluing plastic pipes together (e.g. the large bore gas or water pipes) ?




Sorry Gordon, I didn't register your one...
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1708011)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
A temporary relief for Montezuma's Revenge? The loop is to aid securing it in place.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Happy SysAdmin Day 2015 (Message 1706971)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
As a retired sysadmin (in role since 1979) I heartily agree with the praise and approval.

Well done, and keep up the (frequently unappreciated) good work, Matt et al on this project; and to all sysadmins whereever you toil.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1703758)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Hmmm I got a critical update to all 3 of my systems last night, followed by an important one this morning. The critical last night all seemed to go OK. Not so today...

The 2 Win 7 Intel systems running S@H upgraded OK (& needed a reboot),

The AMD Win 8.1 laptop, seemed to install OK,& shut down OK, but just sat at a blank screen after coming out of POST & BIOS for about 25 Mins, & wouldn't respond to any kets except the long hold on the power button. When I rebooted it, it did the same so I pulled power and the battery, then tried to restart & this time it went into the recovery mode, so I selected to roll back to last night. This went OK.

Win update then offered the important update again, so I tried again. This time it seemed to go in OK, but the blank screen only lasted about 2 or 3 mins after the reboor this time. The laptop seems OK for now. normally on boot the "blank" screen only lasts about 3 or 5 seconds.

Sorry for the long story, but I wanted to be complete.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #61 (Message 1703755)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
They finally observe in practice the simple fact that reducing friction by removeng 2 wheels can have drawbacks.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Are your ears burning? (Message 1703469)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Hi Zoom,

I was thinking of the early spark transmitters etc, When did Marconi start his experiments? And of the higher powered military radar signals, some of those were upwards of megawats (I admit pulsed, but still very high power and those were directional antenna, should cartry a fair way)

I admit these signals were not specifically directed at being detected and interpreted by an alien intelligence, but nevertheless, they were still radiated.

Currently we can detect and use signals transmitted with only a few watts from a distance of 4.5 light-hours or so. Someone else may well do a lot better...

If they want to.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Are your ears burning? (Message 1703451)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
I agree to the article.

My take is that we've been beaming radio signals of varying complexity and signal strength for over 100 years now. Together with the probably distinctive indicators of atomic and nuclear explosions, surely the light from an above-graound fission explosion is rather sidtinctive?

I would suggest that saying "Don't signal to potential aliens" is somewhat like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. The "We're here" signal is out there already and spreading rather fast.

Just a thought.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 1703319)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Answered in "it is time" thread.



Sirius, I don't read the politics thread, as I consider it outside the scope of these forums, and too contentious. Also I still think you may have the wrong link as it doesn't seem to tie up with your title or comments....
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 1703305)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Damn, hypnotists to make one eat? Is there any out there that can cause weight gain? :-)

God help us if this report is true.

With the right medication, Internet trolls will plague the Net for centuries


Sirius, Are you sure you've got the right link? I see an article about an Alzheiners drug. As my father died of this terrible disease, I initially took offence at your comments.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : C'mon the Aussies, up for it? (Message 1703261)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
I was wondering when you were going to stop serving up the puns.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #61 (Message 1703260)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Peter Cook & Dudley Moore in a failed early publicity photo.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #61 (Message 1702947)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
OK, Young Man, just what did you splash on my nice black curtains?
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Uli!!! (Message 1702743)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Have a Great Birthday, Uli.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Some prayers in need!!! (Message 1702085)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Great news, Mike. We're both so happy things have worked out OK.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #61 (Message 1701762)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
I think you exceeded the max wading depth this time...
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #61 (Message 1701663)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Hi Chris, Congrats on the win, but I get no permission to view on that picture...
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Bad Joke Thread (Message 1701517)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Should this thread be Leydon with such puns?

Or does this comment just jar with everyone?

or even should I be charged?

A terminal case?
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Bad Joke Thread (Message 1700683)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Grave Humour!

A tourist in Vienna is going through a cemetery and all of a sudden he hears music.

No one is around, so he starts searching for the source.

He finally locates the origin and finds it is coming from a grave with a headstone that reads: "Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770- 1827."

Then he realizes that the music is Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and it is being played backwards!

Puzzled, he leaves the cemetery and persuades a friend to return with him.

By the time they arrive back at the grave, the music has changed.
This time it is the Seventh Symphony and, like the previous piece, it is being played backwards.

Curious, the men agree to consult a music scholar.
When they return with the expert, the Fifth Symphony is playing, again backwards.

The expert notices that the symphonies are being played in the reverse order in which they were composed, the 9th, then the 7th, then the 5th.

By the next day the word has spread, and a crowd has gathered around the grave.

They are all listening to the Second Symphony being played backwards.

Just then the cemeteries caretaker ambles up to the group.

Someone in the group asks him if he has an explanation for the music.

"I would have thought it was obvious," the caretaker says: "He's decomposing."
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1700440)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
A question,

All the AP WUs I have crunched rcently as OpenCK_NVIDIA_100, seem to be doing most of the work on the CPU, not the GPU, 75%+ CPU usage when they finish.

I'm wondering what I've done wrong, or is this normal?


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