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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1708200)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Word is that AMTK 652 is on train 6 arriving Chicago today, last reported almost 8 hours late out of Omaha, and 653 is on 6 arriving tomorrow, 36 minutes late out of Glenwood Springs.

Well if the 6 today keeps to the ETA of 9:29pm CT, that will be 3:29am here and a much as I enjoy watching the unusual on the cams I enjoy my sleep even more!!

Yesterday the 6 came in on one P42 #158, so seems like another breakdown.



Also it seems I failed to actually post sad story of the 4 back on the 27 July

According to "Track a Train" it was getting later and later.

Before I went to bed it was about 8 hours late. In the morning it still hadn't arrived at Chicago and was nearly 12 hours late.

So I decided to watch it arrive even though it was close to 3 am local and dark!

When I hear what I assumed to be 4 arriving it didn't sound quite right more like a freight.



It was BNSF 5479, however as it came into view I suddenly reaslised the problem!!



Oh dear SWC 4 had broken down!!

Even with 2 P42's it had to be towed



And of course those C44-9W's are not exactly built for speed!! Therefore making it later and later.

There was a footnote to this the next day, The Metra line on the camera is run by BNSF and the resident switcher there is 2661 a GP39-3

Normally it keeps to the far track, yesterday however it came across to the wye.



It was reversing towards the station and I wondered just what it was doing.

Well all was revealed a little while later when it reappeared.



With 5479 in tow. if you remember 5479 was the one that rescued the Southwest Chief in the early hours.

I assume that it was left in the Amtrak yard and there wasn't a spare BNSF crew available.

Not often you see a GP towing a C44-9W :-)

Stranger still 2661 has not been seen since. It seems to have been replaced with 2655

Today this appeared.



BN 1706 an SD40-2. Whilst it is missing the BN logo it is still in BN green, it also had these in tow



Can't see much detail as it is just too far from the camera but it is not 2661 in the middle but 265? looks like a zero but just might be a sploge!!
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1707798)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Well I admit that after several days with Win 10 I like it a lot, the interface seems clean and fast, everything is where it should be and I have no user complaints.

However hiding the privacy options behind the "Express" option is an extremely bad business decision, and I will be telling all my non computer savvy friends not to upgrade, as MS will share all their data with everybody.

I learnt about the options from these forums and was able to turn them all off but they should all be off by default with the option to turn them on.

Even if after the install the first screen you got was that option screen then that should have been how any responsible company would have behaved.

Then again their attitude is probably "well it was free what do you expect"
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : BBC Shows - An American's Perspective (Message 1707629)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
The truth is that UK Humour is nothing like American humour, it loses a certain something in travelling over the pond. We can laugh ourselves silly at Morecambe & Wise, while they would think it rubbish!

Well now you might think that, however I have first hand experience that says otherwise.

A couple of years back whilst visiting a certain other SETI participant in the wilds of New Hampshire, we were at the top of Mount Cannon waiting for the "aerial tramway" ride down when a woman with her family hearing my English accent engaged me in conversation regarding our comedy shows and in particular "Are you being served", whilst I believe they may have been laughing at us. It appears they do in fact enjoy several, can't actually remember the other shows she mentioned. Also from what I remember Benny Hill was very popular in the US.

Also thinking about the thread title in reverse, American Shows on UK TV, you have to remember that in the UK we have been watching US shows since the 50's. I can remember Rawhide, Wagon Train, Highway Patrol and my favourite as a 7/8 year old was Cannonball (OK it was Canadian). About two truck drivers.

So here in the UK we also grew up with a lot of your shows and have to admit that before I stopped watching TV last year my recent favorites were the CSI/NCIS shows (except Miami never liked him).
4) Message boards : News : Questions and Answers (Message 1706686)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
This is the News forum.

For any technical question please use the Number Crunching forum where you will almost certainly get an answer.

In the Number Crunching forum look for the "Panic Mode on Server Problems" thread which should have the latest info and observations as to any problems.

In this case there were changes being made to the database that meant longer than usual downtime.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706663)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I hate to admit it but win 10 seems to be ok.....

So far i am actually happy with it o.0


Yes I agree. I gave up waiting for "my turn" and downloaded the Content Creation Tool, does seem to take a bit longer but I now have Win 10 on my laptop and I really like the cleaner look and feel to it.

I was surprised that there were no problems with my aging ATI 3670, but it seem to cope fine.

Also seem to be a lot more "tweaks and settings" to play with.

Currently my main machine is at 55% however I know I will have problems as it has dual screens and one is on the HDMI, so I will be interested to see what happens.

So would I advise people to change, depends, I will be advising my 60+ students with Win 7 to stick with 7 as it does make changes to the familiar layout. Also my most prolific student loves to make DVD's of his family, and has just got used to Windows DVD maker which of course was removed in Win 8.

If they have win 8 then yes I would say upgrade as it has the best bits of Win 7 and 8.1 and if they are used to 8 it wont be a big jump.

As for everyone out there, if you are happy with Win 7 then stay with it, after all you have a year to make up your mind.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706483)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Well that was less than stella!!

Having already installed the 353.30 drivers from the nvidia web site, all was fine

Foolishly I then checked for updates and Windows decided to install the 353.62 drivers, not really sure what happened but I just got a black screen, luckily Team Viewer worked fine and I was able to reboot, remove all traces of all Nvidia drivers, then run the update blocker from MS and reinstall the Nvidia drivers.

So there is still a problem, however the update blocker seems to be a way round. I suspect because of this we will eventually see a way to block specific updates rather than an "add on".

So, did you try simply changing the Device Installation Settings that I referenced in my earlier post this morning?


Well it was a bit late by then as they are installation settings, as far as I can see they stop Windows trying to install a generic driver on a new equipment installation, like the first time you power up after installing something new, nothing to do with updates.

Could be wrong, but that is how I read it.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706383)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Well that was less than stella!!

Having already installed the 353.30 drivers from the nvidia web site, all was fine

Foolishly I then checked for updates and Windows decided to install the 353.62 drivers, not really sure what happened but I just got a black screen, luckily Team Viewer worked fine and I was able to reboot, remove all traces of all Nvidia drivers, then run the update blocker from MS and reinstall the Nvidia drivers.

So there is still a problem, however the update blocker seems to be a way round. I suspect because of this we will eventually see a way to block specific updates rather than an "add on".

Otherwise I am quite impressed, it seems to have lots more settings and tweaks, however I don't really use that machine much and I currently cant sit near it.

Hopefully my laptop will get the update soon as that is the one I really want to test it on.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706312)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
OK around 2 hours after I started the download I have a Windows 10 desktop.

Interesting note, no videos drivers were installed by the upgrade.

They may be installed by updates but I decided to manually add.

I went to the Nvidia website and downloaded the Win 10 drivers 353.30

I can now view my screen without have to step back several feet :-)

First impressions, It's Windows 8.1 with a start button!!

Boinc seems OK and is reporting my GT 640 correctly.

Can't try it yes as I assume the dbase is still offline.

Everything I have tried so far works, I did have to re-sync One Drive as I believe there is a new version for Win 10.

I will continue to explore and report.

This is the machine concerned, so nothing special and if Win 10 works OK on this it should work on almost anything!!

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_host_detail.php?hostid=6908844

PS Chris no one is asking you to do anything. I was just saying why I am happy to be the guinea pig that's all.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706293)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I can fully understand the reluctance to upgrade straight away also the belief that doing so will be making a pact with Satan.

However I have several reasons for needing to know how Win 10 works.

Most important is my work at the local 60+ club where I teach IT to, well people over 60!!

I have already had people there ask me if they should upgrade to Windows 10 and I know whether I say wait or not someone will and I will need to know how to sort it out.

Also over the years I have got tired of "boring" why be like everyone else, why not "live on the edge" I have 3 Vista machines that can do my crunching for me, whilst I will be more adventurous and make a deal with the devil.

I will post anything important I discover here so as to be of at least some help if it all goes wrong and my computers are left in smoking piles.

Whatever happens I plan to enjoy the experience!

Well after just over an hour we have reached 20%, could be a long few days :-)
10) Message boards : Politics : Calais Migrants (Message 1706282)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Please lets start discussing the thread title rather than making remarks about each other.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706280)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
So this was interesting, I noticed there was an outstanding update on my laptop, so I installed it, just in case it was "required".

I then checked on the othe 3 machines just in case there were any outstanding updates. On my TV/Video machine the "Update" was Windows 10 is ready to install.

So I did, it actually had to download it first then "prepare" it then after you had agreed to sell your soul to MS (The EULA), the first thing it did was reboot, after which I got this.



Sorry it's only a photo of my TV but not sure how to take a screenshot with no OS!!

That was 15 minutes ago and has now reached the lofty heights of 3%
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706233)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
i'm in the process of converting two windows 10 enterprise x 64 10.00.10240.00 machines back to windows 8.1
i never really had a problem with all updates being automatically installed until a few days ago when microsoft's newest video driver update overwrote amd's latest drivers from three weeks ago. so catalyst control center doesn't open anymore. it's not critical on my dual-gpu machine, but on my quad-gpu machine the microsoft driver turned on crossfire on two gpus and i would normally use ccc to turn that off. msi afterburner can tweak just about every other setting except crossfire. so under windows 10 all the updates were coming all of the time, i could only chose automatic or scheduled reboot. it's not like windows 7/8.1 where there are critical updates that i always install and an optional section where hardware drivers usually reside so i can skip those if i need to.
maybe this only applies to computers with multiple amd gpus and that every one using intel/nvidia would be just peachy, i wouldn't wish this problem on anyone

It's Nvidia cards too unfotunately, but not unexpected:

Windows 10 in Nvidia driver train crash as world watches launch

As I predicted early on in this thread, this windows 10 update debacle, will become a major F'up for those who decide to jump on the train from the beginning.

My RAC will not be suffering though :-)


If you read the link is seems that Windows 10 installs a newer Nvidia driver than the Nivida Gforce Experince is aware of so it immediately tried to downgrade the driver.

So how did MS have an Nvidia driver that Nvidia didn't know about!!

Seems it may well have been Nvidia who dropped the ball there.

Also anyone in the know will have not have Geforce Experience install anyway.

Apparently it was fixed at the weekend anyway.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : 3D XPOINT TECHNOLOGY (Message 1706216)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Link does not work for me.

Is this the page?

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/micron-intel-3d-xpoint-memory,news-50860.html
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 22/4/2015 (Message 1706204)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor


"William Knight began transporting goods for the local community back in 1865, using a horse and cart. With family members soon entering the business, more work could be taken on and a strong and reliable reputation soon developed. In 1918 the company began to use motorised vehicles and ‘A’ licenses were granted for three trucks on inauguration of the Road Traffic Act in 1933. The company, which became Knights of Old Limited in 1957, was making steady progress, mainly in the agricultural industry until the decision was made to focus on general haulage in 1968. This resulted in the need for a change of location and the company moved to Cherry Hill in the village of Old, Northamptonshire. The new site enabled the company to expand by introducing warehouse facilities."
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1706200)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
The message on the "Get Windows 10" icon has changed in the last half hour



PS I have decided to throw caution to the wind and do all 4 of my Win 7 machines.

One 6 year old Dell laptop, my daily driver and cruncher, one machine used for TV video and one old slow HP machine I only use to read the news.

I will let you know how it goes.

PPS. An update, my laptop and daily machine have the new notification the other two still have the old one.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1705901)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Shame your picture is of 60007 - "Sir Nigel Gresley".
Here's 4468 "Mallard"

Indeed, also it is pity it is a static display and hasn't run in many years, since 1987 it seems.

Whilst the Tornado was an amazing achievement, and restoring the Flying Scotsman and others are worthwhile projects, you might have thought that the "fastest steam locomotive" might have had a better fate.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Reddit thinks SETI@home is not useful (Message 1705700)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
"User ID" is not the same as "User Name". The User ID is a constant size, but the User Name as some have demonstrated can vary quite dramatically....

Well your "used ID is - 226846
Hal's is - 792
And mine is - 812533

Quite why you have a lower id than me seems odd but there probably is a reason

Seems they vary in length up to 8 digits for people who joined this months

So I assume that if all the users had 3 digit id you could ignore 84.66 users, whereas if they all had 9 digits ids you could only ignore 28.22.

But possibly there are some overheads we are unaware of.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Reddit thinks SETI@home is not useful (Message 1705579)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Quite a few of us would like to see him disappear for good and never come back, but even his little contribution does help and has to be seen as welcome. If he annoys you that much, which of course he deliberately does to get attention, the answer is to put him on ignore. As an international project we cannot stop the mentally challenged from signing up and posting, provided they don't break the rules.

I found out that BOINC has a limit of only 26 users on the ignore list. Trying to add more results in an error.


Actually when Zapped Sparky reported this a a problem this was David Anderson's answer

The database field that stores ignored user IDs is 254 chars long, and Zapped has reached this limit.

The code should handle this more gracefully, or remove the limit. For now, you can un-ignore some people.


So it is all to do with how long the users ID's are.
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : UK Power Supplies (Message 1705215)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
An update here on my APC Smart UPS 1000. I came home yesterday to find that both rigs were turned off?? But the clue was a red light on the front panel of the UPS which means that the battery needs replacing. I re-booted both machines, then unfortunately like a fool I decided to check that by pressing the test button. Yep two dead pc's again and a lot of noise from the UPS!

Sadly one rig got damaged with the power off and wouldn't reboot. Had to resort to a one month old system backup. It's all up and running now but one months updates to restore :-( So I have ordered a new battery (RB6) for the UPS. The last second hand one cost £45 but gave me 2 years life, this "new" copy is £70, even so the genuine APC ones are £120, so a saving of sorts.

All good fun not!

APC recommend changing batteries every 2-3 years. Also if using a UPS, monitoring software is a MUST as it will warn you of a failed self test if the lights an buzzers don't. Otherwise the very thing a UPS is supposed to protect against, is caused by the UPS itself.

Your experience satisfies me that for most home users a UPS is a waste of money as without proper monitoring they can cause more damage than they are suppose to prevent.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1704846)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Steam for new Scotland railway.

Borders Rail

And the BBC don't have a picture of 60009




So where did I find this?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cumbria/content/image_galleries/trains_gallery.shtml?13


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