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1) Message boards : Number crunching : NEZ - The truth behind the credits... finally revealed. (Message 951517)
Posted 1 Dec 2009 by Profile paul
More comments from that newspaper story- http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/11/30/20091130searchforaliens1202.html#comments

It is true that Brad was replaced by one of Birdwell's "family members". After nine years working for the district, his salary and title were cut, so that Birdwell could put into place her loyalists.
This article is extremely one sided and the reporter should be ashamed for not publishing all the facts.
In the nine years that Brad worked for the district, the student population more than quadrupled, thus half a dozen new schools opened, and Brad and his understaffed team set all the technology up for each one.
Now, that Birdwell is in charge, she used money that should have gone to the classrooms to pay for outside consulants to dig into all employees in order to find dirt on them and force them to resign. Since she had tech consultants who had access to everyones' acounts, who is to say that the consultants did not do some of these alleged installs and such, and set Brad up? Brad was obviously on Birdwell's hit list- thus to pay cut and title demotion. And if there is any question as to whether or not Birdwell has a hit list- take a look at the number of employees forced to resign/ terminated during her 18 months in charge.


and this one-

Mr. Niesluchowski had permission from previous Superintendents to have the equipment at his home. It was there so he could work from home since HUSD was understaffed and he needed to put in very long hours. The police found NO EVIDENCE of any wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Niesluchowski. Somehow the reporter failed to mention that in the article and painted him as a thief.

Dr. Birdwell and Sara Bresnahan should be ashamed of themselves for getting this article published. There are so many lies being told it is astounding. The reporter obviously did NO fact checking at all. She simply got the story from Sara Bresnahan and ran it. I hope Mr. Niesluchowski takes action against the school district and AZCentral.com.


and yet another comment-

This newspaper is reporting LIES. Do they even do any fact checking? I will point out the lies as a former Higley IT Staff member that left right before Brad.

1) Brad was the IT Director, not a Network Systems Administrator.
2) BOINC is SETI. Not another program. BOINC is the controller program for SETI.
3) SETI was never installed on every computer in the district. Only at 4 schools due to it accidentally making into our master image.
4) When that error was discovered we immediately implemented a group policy to turn the service off.
5) During our next re-image cycle SETI had been removed from district computer systems anyway.
6) 1.2 – 1.6 million dollars? Get real. Maybe for all the money they are paying for these hack consultants.
7) There IS multiple layers of firewall security in place at Higley. Without exposing the inner workings of my former employers network setup the allegation that there is no network security is blatantly false.
8) 18 computers at his home of which only 5 were district computers and he had approval from the former superintendent to have them at his home.
9) Failed to train his staff? Come on, I worked there for a few years and learned more from Brad then I have from any other person in my life.
10) SETI requires no significant power to run because it only uses spare CPU cycles. It does not “wear out cpu’s sooner” Idiots.
11) The SMART boards don’t work because SMART boards suck. They should have bought Prometheans. We tried to tell them that for 9 months.

As for his performance review back in 2006 I cannot speak to that since it was SUPPOSED to be confidential. I will say that most of those claims are bogus considering the purchasing department never gave IT a finite budget to begin with so how are we supposed to budget things without any guidance?


Now believe what you will, but there is the other side of the published story.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : NEZ - The truth behind the credits... finally revealed. (Message 951513)
Posted 1 Dec 2009 by Profile paul
If I have this right, these comments are from the original story that ran in an Arizona paper- http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/11/30/20091130searchforaliens1202.html#comments.

I see some comments on that article that seems to be from people who worked with Nez, notably this comment-

He was the director of Internet Technology until Dr. Birdwell promoted a family member of hers into that position. What I love most about this is that they neglected to mention that the previous superintendent KNEW and APPROVED him utilizing district computers in his home since he worked from home. In addition, they not only removed the districts computers from his home, but his families personal ones as well. Let's not forget that the district FORCED him to take a 3 week vacation this summer when he was in the middle of a huge project of getting the new school into our district ready for opening. Then they toook that project from him and gave it to another who FAILED to do it and blamed him.

As far as the outrageous claim about the smart boards, they were new to the district last year and a select few classrooms at each school actually had them. I doubt that this so called alien tracker had anything to do with them crashing. The computers at the district are always dealing with one thing or another.

As an employee of the district, I feel this is nothing more than slandering of Brads name. A good majority of his team walked out after he did, only to become bullied or slandered as well. How does that make you feel Dr. Birdwell? How do YOU sleep at night with all the bullying you do?

Although everyone has an opinion, I really find this article one sided. Unfortunately, I don't feel there will be another side that is equally published in the paper.

This ship is sinking and I only hope there are survivors when it does.


In a nutshell, it may be that the new school super trumped up charges against Nez to bring in a family member to take over the school districts IT dept.

And I suspect that you won't hear anything from Nez because of pending lawsuits..[/url]
3) Message boards : Number crunching : 182.06 nVidia driver released (Message 869753)
Posted 26 Feb 2009 by Profile paul
nVidia has the new 182.06 drivers available for download now.


Tried 182.05 on XP64, Boinc 6.6.10, GTX260, Raistmer's V7 apps for gpu seti only, wu's were showing 2:45:00 to completion, EVGA's Precision 1.40 failed to see a supported device. Installed 182.06, same problems. Uninstalled, installed 181.22, wu's are down in the couple minute range and Precision is happy.

Using RDP to monitor the box.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Top 20 computer users.....a polite request. (Message 636306)
Posted 8 Sep 2007 by Profile paul
And as Arnie said..........


I'LL BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!

Or at least still be here..........

The kitties will see to that!


best of luck to you, then.

Our members with clocked quads seem to be embracing 2.4V, just wish we had enough work to keep the RAC climbing....
5) Message boards : Number crunching : you asked me to come back! (Message 577576)
Posted 29 May 2007 by Profile paul
You picked a bad time to come back, the project has been having communication issues for about 24 hours, as seen here- Network Graph

It's a three day weekend here, so hopefully the staff will come in the morning to fix whatever's wrong.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Up-Load Failure (Message 572666)
Posted 21 May 2007 by Profile paul
Yeah, looks like it didn't crash entirely, but sumpthin' happened about 1-1/2 hours ago......

Cricket Graph

Good thing no one said it couldn't get much worse than it was..... ;-)
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Calling all Team Captains (Message 572384)
Posted 20 May 2007 by Profile paul
/snip
Sorry, but the seti team made a stupid decision in this case. Not because of low budgets, not because of being overworked, but because of very bad decision making and defective logic.

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Please excuse me I am a tolerent person but get a life. we are donating computer power, this is not a bussiness.They owe us nothing not even the ability to use optomized apps.
sorry to rant but when stupip people call someone else stupid I get a little Irate.

Xaak
Team Starfire World BOINC
Join Us
IRC Chat: irc://irc.teamstarfire.net:6667/team_starfire




James, you're not helping your cause out much with a post like that. ;-)

While Xaak's tone may be a bit on the harsh side, his message is clear. Why on earth would the project introduce a new version of the server code in the middle of the The Biggest SETI Outage Ever (TBSOE) is beyond me.

I've known Xaak for many years now, and we both are quite passionate in our DC hobby, having spent several 10's of thousands of dollars between us on hardware and electricity in the past few years alone. For us to expect that common practices in the IT business be adhered to is fair to me.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Calling all Team Captains (Message 572367)
Posted 20 May 2007 by Profile paul
Thanks, Xaak, for echoing our thoughts, from TSWB. Since we are a new team comprised of long time DC folk, most all of run optimized apps. This has affected most of our team.

Hopefully tomorrow, the Seti staff can sit down and see what can be done with fixing the BOINC Server code's 5.09 anonymous platform breakage.

Paul
9) Message boards : SETI@home Staff Blog : Eric's biannual post #6: You can tuna fish, but you can't tune a TCP (Message 570792)
Posted 19 May 2007 by Profile paul
We've been getting together in our IRC channel, with half dozen long term Seti guys running optimized apps. We've been playing with renaming the app_info file, restarting Manager, etc., and verify it will clear up our problems as has been reported.

But, the weird thing is, we are still running Chicken's optimized client, without an app_info being loaded (verified at start of Manager, in messages), and shows in Task Manager as Chicken's app is the client being run.

Our understanding is that the app_info file tells manager to run anonymous platform clients? So what gives? Not that we're complaining, Seti is working, and we're running optimized clients....
10) Message boards : Technical News : Can't talk.. Debugging.. (May 15 2007) (Message 568211)
Posted 16 May 2007 by Profile paul
Boincers massing at the southern wall, sir. ;-)

I've suspended Seti since the outage occurred, the fleet picked up on backup projects, at least until the logjam breaks. Our Team certainly ensured that backups projects were added, and gave everyone a quick lesson on how to ensure that they don't run out of work. I suspect many other BOINC projects benefited from increased resources the past week or two.

Kudos for your team getting the project back online, the efforts are appreciated.

11) Message boards : Team Recruitment Center : Introducing Team Starfire World BOINC (Message 538928)
Posted 31 Mar 2007 by Profile paul

Tonight is free expresso night!


Darn, I missed it.

Well, I'll do it again for this Friday night chat session, but you're working. Again.
12) Message boards : Team Recruitment Center : Introducing Team Starfire World BOINC (Message 528879)
Posted 10 Mar 2007 by Profile paul
Active Forums

Live Chat

IRC - irc://irc.teamstarfire.net:6667/team_starfire

Team Starfire World BOINC! Join us!


Nothing's changed, we're still there and in our IRC channel every night.

Tonight is free expresso night!
13) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC 5.8.15 now recommended version (Message 523733)
Posted 26 Feb 2007 by Profile paul
Says it all. Thank goodness.


Cool. Anyone know what bug fixes this is for?
14) Message boards : Team Recruitment Center : Introducing Team Starfire World BOINC (Message 516199)
Posted 11 Feb 2007 by Profile paul
Active Forums

Live Chat

IRC - irc://irc.teamstarfire.net:6667/team_starfire

Team Starfire World BOINC! Join us!

Please stop by for a visit, we've got some serious DC enthusiasts here... ;-)
15) Message boards : Number crunching : C2D E6300 performances (Message 513995)
Posted 6 Feb 2007 by Profile paul
I would like to know how other sistems (cpu+mobo+memory+O.C. or not+projects) with same CPU are crunching. Anyone with this processor?

6300 in a Gigabyte 965 S3 and Crucial Ballistix PC6400 running 3300Mhz had a RAC of 2000 in SETI, before switching to Rosetta.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Friday Night Chat (Message 505797)
Posted 20 Jan 2007 by Profile paul
* edit * The statement I made was because of individuals that would have had a real problem with me making the same invitation you did to one of our chats. Nothing more * edit *


Could you expound on that? Sure, we have a team, and the channel is associated with it. It's a irc chat, it's some pretty good times seeing new people, no matter their affiliation with any team. We have regulars from several other teams stop by and visit. Sure, if you're unattached, we'll make a pitch, but what we're looking for is visitors talking about their favorite hobby!


I understand that. I, myself have no problem with that. It would be the same way if I made the invitation. BUT....there are certain team leaders that would see an invitation like that, from me, as recruiting for my team.

I simply stated that it should be in team recruitment because it could be considered, by some, to be just that.

I am in no way saying that you guys are guilty of that.

Ahh, thanks. I've been around long enough to know that the people you refer to, the ones who cry foul, are typically the ones who do much of the same or worse in their own endeavors, and are panicking that they are losing a perceived edge.

BTW, where can we find your channel? ;-)
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Friday Night Chat (Message 505777)
Posted 20 Jan 2007 by Profile paul
* edit * The statement I made was because of individuals that would have had a real problem with me making the same invitation you did to one of our chats. Nothing more * edit *


Could you expound on that? Sure, we have a team, and the channel is associated with it. It's a irc chat, it's some pretty good times seeing new people, no matter their affiliation with any team. We have regulars from several other teams stop by and visit. Sure, if you're unattached, we'll make a pitch, but what we're looking for is visitors talking about their favorite hobby!
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Friday Night Chat (Message 505775)
Posted 20 Jan 2007 by Profile paul
Team Starfire World BOINC invites you to join in our Friday Night Chat in our channel at irc.teamstarfire.net #team_starfire for those of your using and IRC client. For those without and IRC client we have a handy Java chat available.

Agreed. I've idled in the channel for close to 6 years now with Kinguni, keltoi, and quite a few others. Nothing like having some DC enthusiasts all together in real time, talking about anything and everything. Especially nice when we have visitors!
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (3) (Message 502643)
Posted 14 Jan 2007 by Profile paul
Trouble again.

Assimilators 1,3,4 just went down in the last hour or so. I'm suspending network activity once again..... sigh.....
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : . . . UOTD - Kinguni (Message 499389)
Posted 8 Jan 2007 by Profile paul
Thanks for the congrats! Maybe in another 7 years I can be UOTD again. ;-)

Congrats, Ron, couldn't have happened to a nicer person! Thanks for all your efforts over the last 6 years with the team, too!


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