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21) Message boards : Number crunching : Cricket graph? (Message 1360024)
Posted 456 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
Mod hat = ON

Its long been a policy NOT to sticky the Cricket graphs - they are a tool for the sys-admins to do their work, but are available for us (users) to look at, not study on a minute by minute basis.

Sorry, I didn't mean to step on anyone's toes here. I don't look at the graphs on a minute-by-minute basis, but I do check to see if up/downloads are working before I connect and press the update button. No sense requesting new tasks or reporting finished ones if the connection is down. I assume others use it for similar purposes.

PS When I was a moderator no one told me or my fellow moderators not to "stickie" the Cricket graphs.
22) Message boards : Number crunching : Cricket graph? (Message 1359976)
Posted 456 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
I did a search for "Cricket graph" but didn't find anything. Perhaps a moderator can stickie this or put the information in one of the stickied threads in various boards.
23) Message boards : Number crunching : Cricket graph? (Message 1359969)
Posted 456 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
Thanks HAL, I'll put it in my bookmarks now.

I hope anyone else having this problem sees this thread.
24) Message boards : Number crunching : Cricket graph? (Message 1359967)
Posted 456 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
My bookmark to the cricket graph worked up until the server closet change, now it shows only about 350 bps "in" and about 60 bps "out". Is there a different address that is now being used to view traffic?
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Coffee Club II point 16 (Message 1340643)
Posted 513 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
Just got back from China. It was cold, polluted and utterly fascinating.
26) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (80) Server Problems? (Message 1332639)
Posted 539 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
Results ready to send:1,444,950

AND

30.01.2013 00:01:01 | SETI@home | Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
30.01.2013 00:01:01 | SETI@home | Project has no tasks available

SORRY! But messages like this only put more confusion to the user's brain than anything else does! Or is it because of my bad English?
When I started with SETI June 16th 1999 (my first account), I thought SETI would be easy understanding and it would not need a lot of button-pushing.
No it's confusing (see above) and my retry-button is almost kaput!


...Every Tuesday morning (Pacific time) we begin a four hour data distribution outage for database and systems maintenance. The upload/download servers will be offline during this time. Afterwards you may experience connectivity issues for several more hours as the servers catch up with demand. 15 Jan 2013, 17:39:39 UTC

This is nothing new...

You are correct, Ex, that this is nothing new, but it is happening after I downloaded some work, and while the Server Status page shows 1.4 million "Results" ready to send. It is still confusing and misleading to send a message that there is no work available when so much is shown on the Status page. (And I've been here a while, too.)
27) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (80) Server Problems? (Message 1331866)
Posted 542 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
I get these messages, over and over again:

1/26/2013 5:17:31 PM SETI@home Sending scheduler request: Requested by user.
1/26/2013 5:17:31 PM SETI@home Reporting 1 completed tasks, not requesting new tasks
1/26/2013 5:17:53 PM Project communication failed: attempting access to reference site
1/26/2013 5:17:53 PM SETI@home Scheduler request failed: Couldn't connect to server
1/26/2013 5:17:54 PM Internet access OK - project servers may be temporarily down.


But the status page shows lots of work, and the cricket graph seems to show both up and downloading. This is frustrating. It took hours to report my completed work, and now I can't connect even though I'm not requesting new work.
28) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (80) Server Problems? (Message 1323926)
Posted 566 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
Greetings,

Dang near 5,000,000 WUs between MB and AstroPulse and my BOINC client event log says project has no new tasks?

What gives?

Keep on BOINCing...! :)

Same thing happening to me. I took a break from crunching over the holidays so my hoppers are empty. Now that we're back up again, I can't get any work? That is disappointing.

PS: Happy New Year Siran
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Coffee Club II point 16 (Message 1318261)
Posted 578 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
Well, I'm still here. Was the end supposed to start at 12:00AM or 11:59PM?
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Coffee Club II point 16 (Message 1311365)
Posted 594 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
I do hope everyone enjoyed the little holiday rest from crunching. Gives us all time to eat and shop without the distraction of tending our SETI farms.
31) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (79) Server Problems? (Message 1307776)
Posted 610 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
One of the red flags that a site has been hacked or spoofed is that you find grammatical or spelling errors that are out of the ordinary, and that make a message hard to read. Did anyone else notice the most recent message on the front page seems to have such errors? For example, "the lookup of result in process", "hosts being assigned large number or [of?] results to compute", and "The host. think it received", among others. These are not normal for the seti@home front page or any technical message one usually finds on the site.

OR it could have simply been that Eric was tired on a Sunday when he composed that posting and was more concerned with getting the info out than worrying about being grammatically correct..........

Sure, that could be, but they've had a long time to determine what this problem was, and a long enough time to correct the front page message. I don't recall any messages from Eric in the past that contained so many faults.

I'm not saying that aliens have the team held in the basement of the server closet, forcing them to write messages that will throw us off the scent. I'm just commenting on the abnormality of the way this issue is being explained. If I have mistakes made yous maybe see them and wondering you are.
32) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (79) Server Problems? (Message 1307765)
Posted 610 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
One of the red flags that a site has been hacked or spoofed is that you find grammatical or spelling errors that are out of the ordinary, and that make a message hard to read. Did anyone else notice the most recent message on the front page seems to have such errors? For example, "the lookup of result in process", "hosts being assigned large number or [of?] results to compute", and "The host. think it received", among others. These are not normal for the seti@home front page or any technical message one usually finds on the site.
33) Message boards : Politics : Hopefully we can end this silliness now. (Message 1296817)
Posted 642 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
1st: it wasn't the Supreme Court.
2nd: the government didn't defend its own law (passed in the Clinton years).
3rd: we're pretty close to an election that may change things in this area.

So, no, it doesn't look like anything is at an end.
34) Message boards : Politics : Taxes (Message 1296485)
Posted 643 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
. . . but lawyers are special bottom feeding scum. :)

Thanks. That's a promotion from ambulance chasing blood-sucker.
35) Message boards : Politics : Taxes (Message 1296438)
Posted 643 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
Gary used the tax code to define economic terms.

What he did was quote the definition in the tax code of "capital". The tax code has it right. The code doesn't disagree with the definition I was taught in finance and tax law courses.
36) Message boards : Politics : Taxes (Message 1296420)
Posted 643 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
Economics is a science not a tax code.

Huh? Who said economics is a tax code? The tax code uses certain economic principles from economic theories that you may not agree with, but as a science, economics is rather too fuzzy for me. It offers no absolute answers before the fact, and answers that are often highly disputed after the fact.
37) Message boards : Politics : Taxes (Message 1296403)
Posted 643 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
Gary, what that says is that the tax code ignores economics but seriously effects economics.

That's not what my finance professor and tax law instructors taught me. The tax code has the definition of "capital" correct. But you are right that tax policy, as codified in the tax laws, does, by design, affect the economy.
38) Message boards : Politics : Taxes (Message 1296341)
Posted 643 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
Gary, we've had this discussion before, a home is not capital.

Actually, it is: privately owned capital.

Definition: Capital is something owned which provides ongoing services. In the national accounts, or to firms, capital is made up of durable investment goods, normally summed in units of money. Broadly: land plus physical structures plus equipment. The idea is used in models and in the national accounts.

http://economics.about.com/cs/economicsglossary/g/capital.htm
39) Message boards : Politics : Taxes (Message 1296327)
Posted 643 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
The purchase of stock directly from the issuing company does create capital and probably deserves special treatment, The speculative purchase of existing stock does not deserve the same treatment.

Then who gets that "special treatment"? Only the original purchaser? If the stock is sold the benefit should follow ownership of the stock.
40) Message boards : Politics : Taxes (Message 1296326)
Posted 643 days ago by Profile Qui-Gon
Regarding the very wealthy spending more of what they have -- actually that seems on its face to be not so true. It would seem to me that a larger proportion of earnings at the low to upper middle income levels get spent for goods and services that at the very wealthy side. I don't see encouraging the extremely wealthy to accumulate even more wealth as being all that good for the economy -- rather that simply takes money out of the economy.

Romney suggested that deductions be capped; the hypothetical figure he used was $25K, which would not affect most middle class but would affect the very rich. Some very rich, like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet might continue to make charitable donations and other payments beyond the $25K, but I suspect many would stop "giving" about when they reach the limit. Romney himself gave millions to charities, but he may be an exception. If I found out that a $5K gift to my local Public Radio would bring me to $30K deductions under Romney's plan, I might rethink it or put it off to next year, unless next year I'd be over the limit too.

Our taxes are already progressive, so that the wealthy pay a higher rate (percentage), but also pay more actual dollars. Romney may have paid 14% while his secretary paid 28%, but he funded the government with many times more dollars than his secretary paid the government; and add to that his contributions to society through charitable institutions and he did not get off cheap.


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