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21) Message boards : Number crunching : Its breaking my Heart but I may have to bow out of SETI@Home .. (Message 1755272)
Posted 10 Jan 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I am at the minute Crunching on over 10 machines and my oh my how I have had my moneys worth out of these machine since I bought them. Mostly second hand but they have worked non stop 24 hours a day for over a year straight.

The main reason is my Electric Bill is threw the roof Crunching on over a dozen machines. I could tell you the amount I'm paying but you know what I'm just not going to bother simply because you will call me utter crazy. Put it another way. I could use that money to build a bigger batter machine with in 2 Months of saving that will blow everything I have out the water. all 12 machines.

The sooner I shut down the sooner I save money so I wanted to ask if I abort all tasks being VLARS I think as I'm primarily running stock CPU App what will happen to those tasks. I know I'm not as Clued up as some people but I ;love being apart of this Online Community and checking the boards every day.

I'll make a donation next week when I get my wages, my pay so I'll not be going any were but I will be bowing out for a while.

I looked at your computers. That's a lot of old kit running. I retired my old P4 because it was wasting electricity for a small RAC.
I would suggest that you get either a new AMD or Intel chip and what ever new GPU card you like, Or can afford.
Ive never used AMD so I cant speak for what rac they can get. But My now old I7 3770 with a 550Ti Nvidia card gets close to 20,000 Rac. So does its twin.
Well, Not now that V8 came out but that's just a hiccup until V8 gets sorted out.
So don't get discouraged. But I do agree that you need to retire just about all of those machines. Don't take this wrong but running 12 and getting a 5800 RAC is not good.
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The house hunt (Message 1755042)
Posted 9 Jan 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
How'd the seat break?

I had a charlie horse in one leg, a cramp, kind of hard to stand up in a moving car.

The seat is only partly broke, in the front, on one side.

Doubt it would happen again, as I pushed the seat back some after that.

The car a/c is only leaking and only under the dash, under the hood was fixed already.

Location? I dealt with places that sold insurance for mobile homes, like Progressive.

The AC is leaking under the dash? So you get to breath refrigeration gas while you drive? That's great for your health. How much is leaking? You have to fill up every summer? Don't take refrigerant gas lightly.

I was told at the time that was not somewhere the place could work on at the time, now I'm told they can work under the dash inside the passenger compartment, since they could not find a leak anymore under the hood, I doubt any refrigerant is in there anymore, if the air temp is warm enough outside the a/c will make the idle go up and down, in the winter this doesn't happen. Except for most of the winter I drive with the window open all the way down, since the a/c wasn't able to hold on to refrigerant for more than a couple of days, I don't even know what parts are needed to repair this or if they can be bought(new or used, it's a 1999), since Ford stopped making Escort zx2 parts in 2011(the last model Escort zx2 was a 2003). I have it on a list of things to do of course, so it's not like I won't do this, it's just not the right time right now, if I did work on the a/c now I'd have to use the credit card. I still have to replace the shocks/struts.

Plus I need to have the speedometer assembly replaced(the tach is flaky, I have the replacement bought already) and have an usb interface that I bought added to the back of the stereo in place of the connection to the mp3 cd-changer(the changer is dead) so that I can plug My smart phone in and play the music I have there over My car stereo speakers, both parts have been here for a bit, I do need to find that interface for the stereo.

Well if the gas leaks out in days you have a big leak. More than likely a bad hose. Or a bad compression fitting. Im leaning toward a bad hose. And that will cost to fix. I did some time working at Truck repair shop doing AC repair. I hated going into or under the dash. And cars are 100% worse working on.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The house hunt (Message 1754809)
Posted 8 Jan 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
How'd the seat break?

I had a charlie horse in one leg, a cramp, kind of hard to stand up in a moving car.

The seat is only partly broke, in the front, on one side.

Doubt it would happen again, as I pushed the seat back some after that.

The car a/c is only leaking and only under the dash, under the hood was fixed already.

Location? I dealt with places that sold insurance for mobile homes, like Progressive.

The AC is leaking under the dash? So you get to breath refridgeration gas while you drive? That's great for your health. How much is leaking? You have to fill up every summer? Don't take regridgerent gas lightly.
24) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1753471)
Posted 3 Jan 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
The world needs the Donald!



edit:
Just think free walls!

Im am toataly disgusted where running for office has gone. And I blame it all on voter apathy.
There is no one id vote for rigtht now. They all lie . And the sad part is we have to vote for the less liar.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The house hunt (Message 1753363)
Posted 2 Jan 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Ok, I've had this aquarium for a few years, considering it uses nothing outside of space, it's not important right now. Yes, I've had aquariums in the past, I know how to take care of fish, I've even bred fish, they were the only pet that I could have when I was a kid. I even cured a sick Black Molly of ICH, where others would do nothing.

Crabs? No thanks.

What about lizards and snakes? Some people like keeping them, although they too take a lot of work.

Also, bedroom doorknob ordered from Amazon, it's not the type finish I'd like, but it's better than nothing.

Did you think about checking any abandoned trailers as Dull suggested? I think his advice was worth looking into.

None are abandoned, all are park owned, 13 are slowly being demolished, others that are empty are slowly being refurbished and rented out as money allows, old knobs made by some mobile home makers have plastic sleeves around the bolt, when the sleeve breaks, the knob has to be replaced or if the door is open, repaired with an aftermarket kwikset part. The sleeve saves on labor costs and is a friction fit, instead of having a flange around the bolt with two screws to secure the bolt in place.

Vic I went to home Depot and bought a Shlage front door lockset. It came with a brass sleeve and a flange plate. My old door had the brass sleeve but I elected to use my dremel tool and hog out the door for the flange plate. Tem minutes. I also realize you dont own a dremel tool.
As for the record I also live in a mobile home park. I bought a double wide. MY avatar is my house.
Vic is right about some things being nonstandard in a MH. Its window size for my house. Its realy hard for me to find 44" wide venitions blinds for two of my windows. Doorknobs and my electrical needs are standard. But then I bought my home in 97.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The house hunt (Message 1752849)
Posted 1 Jan 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I agree with Annie (edit: and the angry white man surprisingly) and would like to suggest that those people here offering 'help' remember to watch their tone. With out meaning to I am sure, some of you are coming off as a little rude.

Vic is putting his situation out there, and such an act of trust should be met with understanding and a willingness to put yourself in his shoes.

Hopefully none of you have had to deal with such financial difficulties or living in such an isolated area, so you will have to rely on your imagination and remember that your own experiences are very unlikely to map directly onto Vics.

I live with finacial difficulties. I dont have a credit card. I have to pay cash for eveything I buy. Car breaks down, Sure hope I can work some overtime. Sorry We cant see that movie and go out for dinner this weekend.

Im Glad to be working 6 days a week for the past 4 months. Not because I want to, Beacuse I need to. I will also turn in a weeks vaction and get paid for it. That check will go right into my savings account for future things that want to breakdown.
I know about not having money.
I also know it is nice dreaming about things that might not ever happen.
But one does need to be realistic about one finacial status.
An empty fishtank that he dosent even know will hold water? Or the Samsung TV that is broke. And He complains he has no room?
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The house hunt (Message 1752627)
Posted 31 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Vic seeing as the big fish tank is empty, Get rid of it and get a tread mill. Whats more important? Looking at fish that you have to spend money on to maintain or your health?
Two, Call a pet store and ask what products they have that are safe to prevent Grace from chewing your wires.

As for electric heaters when you use them they cost money. I use them also. but only as needed, Not as a stand alone source of heat.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The house hunt (Message 1752389)
Posted 30 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
If he does but the dump that he had posted pictures of It will a massive money pit.
One of the pics he posted looked like a dam sinkhole. And buying a house will cost you in repairs. I know I need a new roof. Cant afford this year or the next. will be 2017 when I can afford it. The quote I got this years was $6500.00 US which I thought was ok. It will go up im sure. Next thing I need is windows and siding Im afraid to ask what a quote would be.
Vic you'd be better off staying where you are. The crap hole you want to buy is garbage and will cost you dearly.

Why cant you just rent a room from said relatives?

That is what a feasibility report is for, a 203k can replace a lot.

Why can't I just rent a room from My sister in law?

I asked Her once, She said NO and told Me being Catholic(Her, not Me) that She was afraid of being seen as living in Sin, Her son can live there, I can not.

There is no room here for a treadmill, My sofa is squeezed in.

No one will give you a loan for 230k to fix a DUMP1
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The house hunt (Message 1752377)
Posted 30 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
FHA says 3.5% of the agreed upon purchase price, banks can ask for more, this is what I based that on, now the $200 may be a lot higher($400 to maybe $500) for a thorough home inspection, but there is a Feasibility Report that from what I've read costs $250.00(see the link), so that is really $3,050.00, this includes $300 for Utility Deposits(Water, Trash, Gas, Electricity), plus the $250 for the Feasibility Report, which will tell one what is required to bring a home up to minimum FHA guidelines before making an offer on the house, plus the $2500 down payment.

As to how, $120 a month into a savings account for 18 months, $30 extra for 18 months to pay off a credit card, then pay off the other 2 cards and then the credit line, then flesh out the last of the 3050.00 over a few months. I'll spare you the boring details of course.

I don't know what that $3,000.00 you came up with was for.

I only discovered that today, that the place had been up for sale, for a long time.

No I'm not, there are housing developments in the Victorville area that are 55+ only, Federal Law does prohibit age discrimination here under the quoted ADA and under the Fair Housing Act, I'm not making this up, people have been discriminated against when it comes to buying houses, like a Black family wanting to move into what had been a White dominated community.

Fair Housing-It's Your Right

HUD.gov wrote:
The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.

Vic do you really belive that a law stops all age discrimination? You have to prove that it does. It aint that easy.
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The house hunt (Message 1752375)
Posted 30 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
If he does but the dump that he had posted pictures of It will a massive money pit.
One of the pics he posted looked like a dam sinkhole. And buying a house will cost you in repairs. I know I need a new roof. Cant afford this year or the next. will be 2017 whe I can afford it. The quote I got this years was $6500.OO US which I thought was ok. It will go up im sure. Next thing I need is windows and siding Im afraid to ask what a qoute would be.
Vic youd be better off staying where you are. The crap hole you want to buy is gargbage and will cost you dearly.

Why cant you just rent a room from said relatives?
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1752221)
Posted 29 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I actualy liked seeing how a steam engine could be imagined in the future.
An atomic powerd one was one idea I had never thought of.
really dont think steam power was developed 100%. The diesel engine killed it off before it was fully done.
I wonder what some modern computer simulations and some realy savy design enginers could do with steam nowadays?

There was a design in the 1980s for a modern steam locomotive called ACE 3000 that would be more economical to operate than a diesel, until the price of oil dropped. It was backed by Ross Rowland.

Patent

More interesting reading.

Steam locomotive overview.

Thanks for the links David. Very interesting. So it seems that steam for motive effort still might end up being practical someday.
@ Bernie Thanks for posting those gamer pics. I do believe onf of those game designers is a steam enthusiast.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1751970)
Posted 28 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I actualy liked seeing how a steam engine could be imagined in the future.
An atomic powerd one was one idea I had never thought of.
really dont think steam power was developed 100%. The diesel engine killed it off before it was fully done.
I wonder what some modern computer simulations and some realy savy design enginers could do with steam nowadays?
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1751591)
Posted 25 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I agree with you Donald. But it seems now days its one sibling who gets stuck doing all the care giving while the other siblings ( if there are any) gets stuck day in day out doing it. Eventualy who get so worn out they cant do it anymore. And then they have to hear the siblings say, Why did you put them in a home? I would ask them why they didnt step up to the plate?

In my case, both my sisters lived close enough to provide me some respite caring for Mom after Dad died. We also had a paid assistant who came in in the mornings when I went to work. Had time to get to know both Mom and Dad, learn their habits and likes/dislikes.

For both Annie and Gordon, maybe the answer is to have a part-timer come in and shadow you as you take care of your Mom. Let her get used to the new person with you there, so Mom feels comfortable with the temp when you have to go out or take some "me-time".

And Gordan. My answer to them would be, Shes my mom. If they still dont get it, To bad for them.

Agree, James. If that isn't sufficient answer, nothing will be, so don't waste your breathe trying to explain....

When my dad was in the last year of going through parkinsons. I was lucky that my sister and brother also helped out out a lot. Another sister lived in AZ so she wasnt able to to help as much as she wished she could. And that was totaly understandable to us. At the time I was om 3rd shift so that was a big help to my mom for morning Dr. appointmenst. My wife would take over the afternoon appointments when no one else was able to.
I guess we were lucky when it came to family support. We all helped our mom out as much as we could. Plus mom and dad had some next door neighbors who were wonderfull. And they still look after my mom to this day.
Those who have to do it alone, I cant fathom the unending toll that must take on the body and the spirit. It was bad enough seeing my dad waste away.
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1751043)
Posted 22 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
A small part of the stress involved in caring for my mother is dealing with people, friends, and acquaintances, who just don't "get it", meaning they don't understand why I would change my lifestyle to help my mother in her final days(hopefully years).

Yeah, how times change. Multi-generational families (not unlike The Waltons) used to be the norm, now they are rare, and so many folks don't "get" why we don't just put the old folks in a "home" and go on with our lives. But the "old folks" ARE still a part of our lives, which we choose NOT to give up or put away. And all too soon, WE will be the "old folks".......

I agree with you Donald. But it seems now days its one sibling who gets stuck doing all the care giving while the other siblings ( if there are any) gets stuck day in day out doing it. Eventualy who get so worn out they cant do it anymore. And then they have to hear the siblings say, Why did you put them in a home? I would ask them why they didnt step up to the plate?

And Gordan. My answer to them would be, Shes my mom. If they still dont get it, To bad for them.
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1750741)
Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I have an inkling what Annie is going through.

In my mother's case, whether she has Alzheimer's or not is debatable, and she has never been diagnosed as such. On the other hand, I do think she has some sort of weird form of dementia, exacerbated by her four month hospital incarceration last year. Whatever the case may be, mental illness is hard, and everybody copes in different ways.

The suggestion to contact the local Alzheimer's Association is well taken by me, and I might do so; just takes extra energy to explain the whole story to someone new again, if you know what I mean.

Yes we do know what you mean. But its a step well taken. Learning all you can from others who have been there and done that will save you a lot of energy down the road.
The school of hard knocks leaves a lot to be desired. Yes you will learn. But the knocks hurt.
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Christmas Animations 2016 (Message 1750739)
Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Blue Angel. Id like to thank you for your yearly Christmas animations. They are always beautifull. And I can speak for many, And say we sure look forward to you posting them for our enjoyment. Thank you again for sharing your creations with us.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1750049)
Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Just wanted to share something pertinent to what I've been talking about regarding my mother's "reality". I received this today from a friend in an email about the situation:

...but know there is nothing wrong with going along with her reality; I think you will find that to be helpful. Because the truth is, if she tastes the word help or hears the color blue you can accept it to be her reality. Likewise if she feels that her mother is alive and that is real to her, no doubt bringing her comfort, there isn't any point trying to get her to see it otherwise. Maybe she is still alive and YOU are the one living in a parallel universe. You can't prove that your not ;)


There is a condition called synthesesasia (or some thing like that)where people do see mumbers as colors, Or taste colours. Or smell words.
I read about in a Smitsonian magazine many years ago. Most people are born with it and take it for granted other humans are the same way. Scients think is a crosswired brain delivering sensations to what isnt supposed to get them.
Maybe in an older person, That could be the brains wireing is either breaking down or just rewireing itself?

My wifes stepfather has early stage alhzhiemers.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I'ts boring on the moon. What else bores you to death? (Message 1749607)
Posted 16 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I thought a dullard was a not very bright duck?

Nope that would be a Mylord:)
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Words travel (Message 1748544)
Posted 12 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Jungle- A Hindu word meaning a Forest. Not a jungle like we think it means. Learned that from watching last weeks Survivorman.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Do you Sleep well. (Message 1747644)
Posted 8 Dec 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
My livingroom has my two crunchers plus a humidifier now that we are allmost in winter. The Noise level peaks at 55 DB,s. I keep an overhead fan running in the bedroom while the wife and I sleep. I suffer from tinnitis bad. Have ever since I was 4 or 5 years old. I do wake up when the power goes out. Its the silence.
But the I grew up hearing truck traffic 24/7 before the intersates were built. And we lived with in hearing distance of a rail road track.

@ Donald. I know what you mean. In the USAF I was in Crash and Rescue. We did 24 hours on and had 24 off. The bases I was at allways had 24 hour flying. Wed go to bed listening to planes take off and land.
There was one time we were asleep and we all woke up just about the same time. I cant say I or anyone else heard it. But an F-106 had done his engine run up and then hit his after burner to take off. We woke up when it quit. Thats when we got the alarm that we had an abort of take off. turned out it was just a malfunction on a sensor.
Buts its wierd how you can be asleep and still now about whats going on around you.

I had been at a base that had F-106's for two years before I went to this base.

And yes do learn to sleep being right on the flight line.


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