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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link # 87 (Message 1789749)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Graham Middleton
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link # 87 (Message 1789583)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #64 (Message 1789334)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton

Not for the win
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Diabetic? (Message 1787671)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton

Just for info, for the creamer, do you realise that milk (whole or skimmed or semi-skimmed) can be successfully frozen & then defrosted as required. Try using ice cube trays or similar if you want it ready portioned.

My Wife's mother was freezing milk for several years before she passed, as it meant that she could have milk whenever she wanted.

If you do freeze milk, do so on the day you buy it.

My wife is Diabetic type 1, for over well 40 years, and is on Insulin. for her, the key is testing and know your body and how it copes with food.

Good luck, and ask questions if needed.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1785577)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
I was just thinking about Graham Middleton earlier, long time we heard from him.

Contrary to popular opinion, I am well and still living in S@H Land. We've just been away on a cruise for a week , and enjoyed it a lot. This is why the PCs were offline.

Many thanks for asking, and to Mark for the reply.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Earth DAY! (Message 1781399)
Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton
I hope Earth has a nice day.


7) Message boards : Number crunching : Say goodbye to SETI@home v7. (Message 1781373)
Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton

UTC ..... Out in ..... Awaiting
........ field ...... Validation

19:00 .... 443 ....... 1591
20:50 .... 442 ....... 1571

So, 1 Hour 50 mins elapsed, 1 result came in, but 20 came off the "awaiting validation" count.

Does that mean that there were 20 non-matching results on 1 WU, that the one recieved result cleared?

Hmmm I could understand 3 or even 5, but 20 - Wow!

Edit :- to reformat table data.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Security issue with Quicktime for Windows (Message 1780729)
Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part III (Message 1779958)
Posted 17 Apr 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton

It had to happen sooner or later.

Now look at what is being developed

Imagine one of them passing through a jet turbine while it is landing or taking off

Chicken Gun

For the rest of the aircraft it would probably be no worse than a frozen chicken, but that fuel tank would probably rupture if it was struck by a fan blade, even if the hydrogen did not explode imediately it would burn well when it passed through the rest of the engine.

And those tanks, I would guess Carbon Fibre or similar, may be a little solid for the rest of the engine... unlike the rest of the plastic parts of the drone.

Hmm I wonder about the metal motor parts?... probably too small and light I hope.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What If... (Message 1779716)
Posted 16 Apr 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton
Would another species have reached self awareness or domination in the way we have?

I've always wondered this about dinosaurs. They certainly were around long enough to get smart, so why didn't they invent computers?

I thought that their fine manipulation abilities were fairly minimal, or at least in all the ones I've seen skeletons & drawings of.

Unlike Monkeys & Apes - they are fairly dextrous already.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Congratulations Paul!!! (Message 1778646)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton


12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part III (Message 1777846)
Posted 10 Apr 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton
From Britain's got talent on Saturday 9th April 2016 :-

Don't try this at home!!!!
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tigger has left the building......... (Message 1773953)
Posted 25 Mar 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton
RIP Tigger II.

Our thoughts are with you and your other Kittys.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Ok, I'm a little confused. (Message 1773503)
Posted 23 Mar 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton
Looking at the extension lead at the bottom left of that pic, it looks like it is in th UK, or a UK wired part of the US.

Not a good idea in homes with free-running pets, I would think.

However, a reasonable heating system...
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Every cell know and talks to every other cell. (Message 1771748)
Posted 15 Mar 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton
We saw that film when it was out on general release. I thought it was a very good and deep film, but I agree that the start was a bit slow. However there was, I thought, a lot of background to fill in, including the 'technical' side.

We enjoyed it a lot.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What is this mathematical concept called? (Message 1771063)
Posted 12 Mar 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton
Is there a reason why you cannot use a backup-type tool (there are many - 7-ZIP, WINRAR, I believe Nero etc. etc. ) to create a contiguous conmpressed file that can then span multiple Blu-ray disks?

This would use virtually all the space on every disk other than the last one. Most of these tools can also compress the data input to further optimise storage.

With most of this type of package individual files can still be extracted from the storage set if needed. In addition most allow you to control the amount of redundancy and checking data that is included within the storage set to allow for errors at a later time e.g. for archive storage.

I have used WINRAR and others to do this & still allow the restoration of data after one complete volume of the storage set is unusable.

Several of the tools will allow for data transfer from one platform to another with a different O/S.

If you want any more info, please ask.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1770803)
Posted 10 Mar 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton
I believe that Lode Lane Spanner , Brum Spanner, and Brum screwdriver are all alternative and somewhat derogatory names for a Hammer, usually a large one.

All to do with using the wrong tool for a job.

Brum is a nickname for Birmingham in the UK

The reference to Birmingham Screwdriver is a term referring to the habit of some (usually not so good) carpenters and general builders, of using a hammer to insert screws into wood, in the hope it will hold. Sometimes they might finish with a half-turn of the screw to hold it a bit better. This dates from the days before electric drills, impact drivers etc.

Lode Lane may refer to one of the Land Rover factories in Solihull, though I'm not to sure of this connection.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : wu errored at the same time as one system rebooted itself. (Message 1770456)
Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton
I think it is a hardware issue, but I just want to be sure before I strip the system down completely.

There's nothing in the event viewer before the system start without a shutdown, just the normal mix of neutral system messages I've seen in other running systems.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : wu errored at the same time as one system rebooted itself. (Message 1770449)
Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton


errored, WU info:-

Name 26ja10aa.14296.20517.5.32.120_0
Workunit 2086426879
Created 7 Mar 2016, 10:51:42 UTC
Sent 7 Mar 2016, 16:44:02 UTC
Report deadline 28 Mar 2016, 3:53:44 UTC
Received 8 Mar 2016, 22:11:35 UTC
Server state Over
Outcome Computation error
Client state Compute error
Exit status -6 (0xfffffffffffffffa) Unknown error number
Computer ID 7578105
Run time 1 sec
CPU time
Validate state Invalid
Credit 0.00
Device peak FLOPS 521.75 GFLOPS
Application version SETI@home v8
Anonymous platform (NVIDIA GPU)
Peak disk usage 0.02 MB
Stderr output

(unknown error) - exit code -6 (0xfffffffa)
v8 task detected
setiathome_CUDA: Found 2 CUDA device(s):
nVidia Driver Version 361.91
Device 1: GeForce GTX 580, 1536 MiB, regsPerBlock 32768
computeCap 2.0, multiProcs 16
pciBusID = 1, pciSlotID = 0
clockRate = 1600 MHz
Device 2: GeForce GTX 570, 1280 MiB, regsPerBlock 32768
computeCap 2.0, multiProcs 15
pciBusID = 2, pciSlotID = 0
clockRate = 1604 MHz
In cudaAcc_initializeDevice(): Boinc passed DevPref 2
setiathome_CUDA: CUDA Device 2 specified, checking...
Device 2: GeForce GTX 570 is okay
SETI@home using CUDA accelerated device GeForce GTX 570
pulsefind: blocks per SM 4 (Fermi or newer default)
pulsefind: periods per launch 100 (default)
Priority of process set to BELOW_NORMAL (default) successfully
Priority of worker thread set successfully

setiathome enhanced x41zi (baseline v8), Cuda 4.20

setiathome_v8 task detected
Detected Autocorrelations as enabled, size 128k elements.
Work Unit Info:
WU true angle range is : 3.976052
Preemptively acknowledging a safe Exit. ->
SETI@home error -6 Bad workunit header
!swi.data_type || !found || !swi.nsamples
File: ..\seti_header.cpp
Line: 245


Is this a cause or an effect of a system prpblem???

I'm trying to sort out some issues.

CPU id = 7578105
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A little bit of the kittyman's mind. (Message 1769503)
Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Profile Graham Middleton
To quote someone else, I think the only answer can be:-

The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs

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