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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1590992)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Thank you Celt!

He's also extremely affectionate and since he's still a youngster, can headbutt any part of your body for up to an hour even though you haven't stopped scratching him :) During which time he will quite literally walk all over you.

Needless to say no one can resist his charm:)
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1590986)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Guys & Gals, I'm in need of your wisdom :)

Anybody ever have (or know anyone who has) something like this?

SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap

They're a bit pricey & I'd need two of 'em, so I thought I'd ask first.

P.S. Batman says Hi!

3) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (90) Server Problems? (Message 1581603)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
He, he! Same same but different ;)

I'm using IE11 but unfortunately IE has been trying to be like Chrome for years now. Chrome is downright frustrating on my netbook and FF is downright unusable. Opera - out of the question for a number of reasons I can't even be bothered to recollect. IE8 was the best browser so far, for my little cruncher. It never went "Ooops!"

All these modern browsers seem to be going so fast that they are tripping over themselves and crashing all the time:( I preferred the old days where you'd wait a few milliseconds more, but at least get to where you actually wanted to go.


Oh, and your Hilary seems to think I'm running Netscape!:D
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (90) Server Problems? (Message 1581278)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Does the same thing happens to users name, message numbers, or any other text when you mouse over, or do they get underlined?


ATM they are getting underlined when I hover. Will double-check whenever I accidentally stumble across the behavior again, for a definitive answer to that.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1581267)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Shame on you. Shame on you ALL!

Letting the Cats thread drop to page 2 ;)


Ok so I was wandering around the internet today and I came across this:
Dettol is toxic to many animals, especially cats. Dettol contains phenols. Phenols are of particular concern because cats are unable to eliminate the toxins following ingestion. A cat may swallow the product by licking his paws after they have come into contact with it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dettol

I can't remember it in the US but Dettol is big in the UK. In Greece it's widely available and I've got a Lime version of their liquid soap to wash my hands after playing with the cats.

But the kitties like to play ruff and I don't mind a few scratches so my hands/fingers are in their mouth all the time. Which freaked me out a little bit. Needless to say I'll be much more careful from now on.

Good thing I never bought the floor-mopping version...
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (90) Server Problems? (Message 1581260)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Aren't they not yet fixed. ?!


Nope. Still got
1 · 2 · 3 · 4 . . . 442 · Next Notice: Undefined variable: stickysql in /disks/carolyn/b/home/boincadm/projects/sah/html/inc/forum.inc on line 996
at the top of the Number crunching forum page.


One last obscure & entirely cosmetic little bug. Apologies if it's been mentioned.

There are times when I hover my mouse over the HOME/PARTICIPATE/ABOUT links bar (both on top AND on the bottom) where each "box" will get a pixel or two wider at the bottom. Unfortunately it doesn't happen often and though I've tried to recreate it I haven't figured out how.

Happened again. Here's what I mean:

Unable to figure out what triggers it though :(
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Win7 ate 9 & spit out 10! (Message 1580257)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Win 10

The software will run on a wide range of devices, from phones and tablets to PCs and Xbox games consoles, with applications sold from a single store.

Across desktop PCs as a whole, only 13.4% currently run Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, according to research firm NetMarketshare. By contrast, it says 51.2% are powered by Windows 7 and 23.9% by Windows XP, a version that is no longer supported by Microsoft.

Corporates won't touch it with a bargepole until SP1 comes out. Even then most users will go back to classic menus and the Win 7 look. Clearly MS want one single product that will run on anything. Not like the days of NT for power users and Win 95 for consumers. Ever since Bill took the money and retired, and the Marketing boys took over, they have lost their way. MS offers their customers what MS want them to have, not what their customers actually want.

You can just imagine the corporate bean counters gnashing their teeth "How the hell can we make any profit with a 1/4 of our customers still refusing to move from XP? We deliberately stopped supporting it, and the buggers are still using it!!!".

Simple answer MS, bring back Bill, make him President, Chairman, CEO, Chief Engineer etc etc. And let the software engineers listen to the market place, and produce what they want. If the Marketing lot throw a hissy fit, sack 'em! If they produced a popular enough product they wouldn't need to market it, it would sell itself!


Just finished reading up on the announcement. First impressions... looks bulletproof! If MS can pull this off without a hitch (huge task obviously) then from what I've been reading there'll be no-one left* to complain. They are getting everyone sorted. Seriously... everyone. And allegedly STARTING from enterprise. One Windows to (not rule them all but) to customize into anything and any device you want. What's not to like? A lot of this stuff shoulda been in 7, let alone 8.

* Well, except for the M$ crowd, I'm sure they'll find something to complain about:)
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (90) Server Problems? (Message 1578944)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Aren't they not yet fixed. ?!


Nope. Still got
1 · 2 · 3 · 4 . . . 442 · Next Notice: Undefined variable: stickysql in /disks/carolyn/b/home/boincadm/projects/sah/html/inc/forum.inc on line 996
at the top of the Number crunching forum page.


One last obscure & entirely cosmetic little bug. Apologies if it's been mentioned.

There are times when I hover my mouse over the HOME/PARTICIPATE/ABOUT links bar (both on top AND on the bottom) where each "box" will get a pixel or two wider at the bottom. Unfortunately it doesn't happen often and though I've tried to recreate it I haven't figured out how.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1578942)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Whatever happened to Brad (Slavac)?

He burned so bright and then suddenly fell off the face of the earth...

Sure hope he's OK.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young diagnosed with dementia. (Message 1578872)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
I was talking about fun Music:)
AC/DC - Ain't no fun (waiting round to be a millionaire)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AfKGBXhMyw
2 minutes and 20 seconds before changing chords:)


No argument here!! Though really fun music usually ends @2:20!:)

Hey! Ho! Let's go!

BTW Been singing 'It's a long way to the top' in my head all day today
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young diagnosed with dementia. (Message 1578782)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
What happened to the fun in Music today.
In those days it was fun.
Or am I getting old...


No, no!! NOT getting old :)

The last great super-group were Guns 'n' Roses. It's been 25 years and I'm still waiting for someone to come along and fill their shoes!

('Some might say' Oasis, but you can't rock-out to the Gallagher bros)
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Dinosaur seeking help... PS3 500GB Super Slim console doesn't like my CRT television... (Message 1578777)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Ah yes. The "hard reset" trick :)

Had forgotten about that one, but now that you mention it I remember having to press the power button for 5-6 seconds straight, from time to time on my PS2. For the life of me can't remember why though!

Moral of the story: always ask a youngster first!! :)

Glad you guys are sorted:)
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What's for breakfast? (Message 1578638)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Boy am I out of fashion... can't believe I'm the first one to say this:

Coffee & Cigarettes
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young diagnosed with dementia. (Message 1578628)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
I saw them quite a lot during the 70's when they were doing their pub gigs around Sydney.


Whoa! That bit of info will probably pop into my head whenever I see one of your comments from now on :)
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Dinosaur seeking help... PS3 500GB Super Slim console doesn't like my CRT television... (Message 1578626)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
All you need is something like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meter-AUDIO-VIDEO-CABLE-PLAYSTATION/dp/B009AZOP9S/

(That's if there's a weird slot on the back of your superslim that says smthg like "AV Multi out")

Don't worry about the 480p/480i yada-yada.... you where probably looking at US specs. It does do 576i which is what your UK CRT supports.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Phantom Triplets (Message 1576292)
Posted 23 Sep 2014 by Profile Alex Storey
That's not to say PG&E's electric service is entirely prodicable, though. Sometimes they make California feel like a third world country, with random outages that seem to have no external cause (i.e., perfectly bright, sunny day or calm, clear night, no car meeting power pole, but suddenly, no juice).


Prepare to be thoroughly depressed at the answer to that :)

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Well, although the Enron debacle has cost us ratepayers a whole lot of money (thanks to our brain-dead politicians), the (un)reliability issue is something that plagued us here long before those "smart guys" came along! :^)


Thanx for inadvertently reminding me about this doc. Sat up until 5 in the morning watching the whole thing again right after posting (first time I saw it was many, many years ago). It's really good, it's one of those rare impartial ones (well as much as humanly possible anyway). I'll borrow Ebert's take on it: "This is not a political documentary. It is a crime story. No matter what your politics, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room will make you mad". And a bit sad I'd add.

Don't want to spoil it for anyone in case anybody actually ever wants to watch it but I will say that apparently PGE has no say in where & how their power is distributed. How & why Californian blackouts occur is painfully explained in great detail halfway through the film.

(Since it's a documentary about Enron, it only focuses on the one company obviously but there are more "players" on the market apparently pulling the same stunts)

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/enron/film.html
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Phantom Triplets (Message 1575788)
Posted 22 Sep 2014 by Profile Alex Storey
That's not to say PG&E's electric service is entirely prodicable, though. Sometimes they make California feel like a third world country, with random outages that seem to have no external cause (i.e., perfectly bright, sunny day or calm, clear night, no car meeting power pole, but suddenly, no juice).


Prepare to be thoroughly depressed at the answer to that :)

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman's home thread. (Message 1550239)
Posted 31 Jul 2014 by Profile Alex Storey

Either way, it would be nice to see more pics as he grows up.


Careful what you wish for ;) Just got a fire-sale semi-pro digital camera and may end up spamming your thread with pics!
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman's home thread. (Message 1549633)
Posted 30 Jul 2014 by Profile Alex Storey
Sorry Monday, but there's a new bat in town :)

Meet Batman Jr! (aka Batmanakos in nativespeak)

Born May 5th he's got huge ears (I know, not in this photo but trust me...) and we tried calling him Fox at first but it never stuck



Out of a litter of 4 healthy, beautiful, and adorable kitties he's the one no-one could bring themselves to part with!
20) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2014: Postponed to 2015? (Message 1532414)
Posted 26 Jun 2014 by Profile Alex Storey
Quoting myself:
TSMC has yet to ship anything 20nm.

SoCs are usually first out the gate and then come the AMD/NVIDIA GPUs. Estimates for the latter are second half of the year, likely late summer.


All just rumors, but here's the latest from the grapevine:

"Nvidia and AMD were expected to introduce 20nm GPUs sometime in the second half of 2014, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that we won’t see them until a bit later, with volume production slated for 2015".

First products based on 20nm chips ship this week

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Off topic, Café style post:
Been super-busy (in a good way). Miss you guys. Y'all have a wonderful Summer!


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