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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Good Morning - Thread #2 (Message 1682481)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Good Morning everyone. up and still kicking.

Long holiday weekend ahead. :)


Is it? I thought that was next weekend.


"Memorial Day 2015 - Monday, May 25, 2015"
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #82 (Message 1682478)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
cricket
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1682282)
Posted 18 hours ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
A few more pics of 611 and it's run to Greensboro today.

All of these are taken from the Trains Magazine streaming mobile cam.

On the mainline



She was really moving in that one!!

Backing down the wye at Greensboro



And returning .



Now on the return leg. Approaching Thomasville NC at speed



611 was supposed to go past the museum to the next town Salisbury, that had a wye and return to the museum facing the opposite way.

However the wye at Salisbury had recently had the track renewed and the alignment was out and the loco cab was nearly touching the tender at one point, so it had to be abandoned. 611 reversed out and back to the museum.



Whilst they can turn 611 on the turntable they were not sure if they would be able to turn the rest of the train in time for the trip back to Roanoke Virginia next week.

Close up on returning to the museum.



And finally backing onto the turntable.

4) Message boards : Number crunching : Cricket Graphs? (Message 1682221)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Also Matt's latest POST seems to suggest there isn't a new one as yet

Yes, the cricket traffic graphs have changed during the migration. Did any of you find the new one yet? I haven't actually looked - we have our own internal graphs so this isn't a pressing need - but I did ping campus just now about it. Oh - just as I was typing that last sentence campus responded saying they are still evaluating options for how to gather/present this information. Looks like changes are afoot.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1682115)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Today is grey and misty in North Carolina.

By the time I looked at the camera the 611 was all set up and waiting in the museum yard.



Of course when it pulled out it did so slowly and covered the camera in steam!!

So they relocated to a hill near the mainline to wait for 611.



First time on the mainline under it own power for twenty years.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1682112)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I meant to post this yesterday but had a bit of "excitement" on one of the cameras and I didn't so here is yesterday pics of 611

I believe there will be some of the videos on the Trains magazine Facebook page.

Here are a few screen grabs I got today yesterday.

Started with the 611 building up pressures and having the finishing touches done here, just outside the roundhouse.



You can see GP30 2601 in the background that was apparently forming up the train that 611 will be pulling.

They have built a platform so people will be able to see into the cab on Saturday and the camera was moved to there as 611 pulled across to the roundhouse.



Gives and unusual view.

The camera was out for about 15 minutes and by the time it came back 611 was over the pit for a quick inspection.

That done it was back out onto the turntable.



Then finally reversed back to where it started.



Tomorrow there is supposed to be a test run to Greensboro, hopefully there will be some good steaming shots!!
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1681560)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Steam is has not been often mentioned recently in this thread.

Especially American steam.

Well I understand that NW J class 611 has finished its overhaul at The North Carolina Transportation Museum and is now being tested. It last ran under it's own power in 1994

"Trains" magazine will hopefully have a web cam there tomorrow and Thursday and I will hope to see a few pictures.

You can read about the J class and 611 HERE

It looks like an impressive loco



Today the Trains magazine web cam was just outside Spencer NC to wait for the arrival of the water and tool cars for 611 along with a period coach.



NS 4717 pulling the train, it is a "green" conversion of an older loco (GP50) and is called a GP33ECO.

Here is a closer look at the water and tool car.



It would be nice to see 611 at the head of that train.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (97) Server Problems? (Message 1681190)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Tracing route to setiboinc.ssl.berkeley.edu [208.68.240.20]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms BTHUB5 [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx]
2 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 217.32.146.170
3 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 217.32.146.222
4 6 ms 6 ms 5 ms 217.32.147.226
5 6 ms 6 ms 5 ms 217.41.168.15
6 6 ms 6 ms 6 ms 217.41.168.109
7 6 ms 6 ms 10 ms acc2-te0-4-0-11.l-far.21cn-ipp.bt.net 109.159.255.206]
8 6 ms 6 ms 6 ms core3-te0-12-0-20.faraday.ukcore.bt.net [109.159.249.145]
9 6 ms 7 ms 6 ms peer2-et-9-3-0.faraday.ukcore.bt.net [62.6.201.1
67]
10 6 ms 6 ms 6 ms 213.137.183.38
11 86 ms 85 ms 86 ms 166-49-208-123.eu.bt.net [166.49.208.123]
12 * * * Request timed out.
13 145 ms 148 ms 149 ms 10ge9-2.core1.pao1.he.net [184.105.213.177]
14 145 ms 145 ms 145 ms 64.71.140.42
15 149 ms 147 ms 148 ms 208.68.243.254
16 150 ms 148 ms 147 ms setiboinc.ssl.berkeley.edu [208.68.240.20]

Trace complete.

All good here


But that's not the SETI web page, but the "Scientific Linux Test Page"
We're at setiathome.berkeley.edu

Ever since the move to the colo I have never been able to ping the 169. ip address. I was just showing I can get to Berkeley with no problems,

If I ping "setiathome.berkeley.edu" it gives me 169.229.217.150, which fails, which by reasoning must be wrong as here I am posting.

Also of course if I try a tracert to that IP I get the same as you.

There is something stopping the ping and trace.

I always thought 169 IP addresses were used for something else.

I am sure someone will explain it!!
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (97) Server Problems? (Message 1681184)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Tracing route to setiboinc.ssl.berkeley.edu [208.68.240.20]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms BTHUB5 [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx]
2 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 217.32.146.170
3 5 ms 5 ms 5 ms 217.32.146.222
4 6 ms 6 ms 5 ms 217.32.147.226
5 6 ms 6 ms 5 ms 217.41.168.15
6 6 ms 6 ms 6 ms 217.41.168.109
7 6 ms 6 ms 10 ms acc2-te0-4-0-11.l-far.21cn-ipp.bt.net 109.159.255.206]
8 6 ms 6 ms 6 ms core3-te0-12-0-20.faraday.ukcore.bt.net [109.159.249.145]
9 6 ms 7 ms 6 ms peer2-et-9-3-0.faraday.ukcore.bt.net [62.6.201.1
67]
10 6 ms 6 ms 6 ms 213.137.183.38
11 86 ms 85 ms 86 ms 166-49-208-123.eu.bt.net [166.49.208.123]
12 * * * Request timed out.
13 145 ms 148 ms 149 ms 10ge9-2.core1.pao1.he.net [184.105.213.177]
14 145 ms 145 ms 145 ms 64.71.140.42
15 149 ms 147 ms 148 ms 208.68.243.254
16 150 ms 148 ms 147 ms setiboinc.ssl.berkeley.edu [208.68.240.20]

Trace complete.

All good here
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1681182)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Bernie and Donald both make very good points.

Crossings in the UK in urban and suburban areas mostly have CCTV cameras, so that a control centre can monitor them. In rural areas we have to allow for human common sense, such that it is. In the USA the country is so vast, it would be impossible to monitor every crossing, it would cost billions of dollars.

Could there be an Ipad or satnav app or something that says "train approaching - keep clear"?

You mean as well as the bells flashing red lights, and the very loud train horn.

No, I have watched the crossings on the Railstream cameras and I have seen many people drive around the barriers, I counted one and there were six seconds between the car leaving the track and a 60mph Amtrak crossing the same spot.

There are many problems with road/rail crossings as I have read in the very detailed RAIB reports I get. Having watched the situation in the US, there are definate problems, the trains are so long they can take several minutes to pass, so people don't want to get stuck waiting.

Secondly I was watching last week as they used a machine to re-ballast one track either side of the crossing at Chesterton, the machines had to approach the crossing stop then raise their, plows/scoops, cross the crossing stop and then lower them again and proceed off at a walking pace. The whole time the crossing was down. Probably for about 4 minutes, with no other train but the ballast machine in sight. Of course several people working out it was the ballast machine causing the gates to stay down drove around them.

I know the US is big, but that sort of work would not have been allowed over here without the crossing being put into "manual" and operated from the box at the side, which I know can be done because I have seen them do it when testing.

The RAIB have stressed several times that lots of motorists using crossings will be locals and will have a feel for how long the crossing is down before the train arrives and how long it stays down after a train has passed. This "timing" should be interfered with as little as possible when work is in progress hence the need for manual intervention.

I was surprised to see this happen, and it makes me wonder if a company like Norfolk and Southern are not taking crossing safety seriously then the motorist never will.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (97) Server Problems? (Message 1681129)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Looks as if it works from inside the U.S...


And the UK
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (97) Server Problems? (Message 1681125)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
As I recall the improvement was not going to improve the bandwidth for SETI just for inter-campus connectivity.

Correct

Matt's other post in the outage thread

NOTE: this upgrade is largely to allow 10-gigabit connections between machines throughout the data center, which will speed up various campus services, but do nothing to speed up SETI@home traffic, or grant us more bandwidth. Nevertheless, as our servers are part of the data center, we are affected by the upgrade.


PS I am also having no problems with fourm loading and all caches are full, I am also watching streaming 720p video on my other monitor.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1681108)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Also of course the system in the news, Positive Train Control, in it present form will not prevent grade crossing accidents.

If the barriers and lights are working the train will proceed, I do not believe there are any plans to put detectors in the roadway of the 38,000 grade crossing that are used every day.

From the FRA website

The reality is that nearly every 180 minutes in America, someone is hit by a train. Combined, highway-rail crossing and trespasser deaths account for 95 percent of all rail-related deaths and most of these deaths are avoidable.


Still some way to go.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1681043)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Motormen?

Good grief, obviously a slow news day.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (97) Server Problems? (Message 1680834)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
All task uploaded OK here and replacements downloaded.

PS, you may need to "help them along"
16) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1680732)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
What it did portray was a gutsy character that just happened to be female. Rather a big difference.


Watch Alien again then, Ripley, even before the creature appears, questions Dallas, tries to prevent Ash opening the airlock to let the Alien in because she works out the signal is a warning. Also is portrayed as a character who is NOT subservient to men, just because they are men. Watch the engine room scene, Brett and Parkers reaction, to me was always because she was a woman not because she was an officer.

I have to admit at the end of the film I had to think why I was surprised that the only survivor was a woman.

It might not have been made as a "feminist" film, but I believe thanks to Sigourney Weaver's portrayal that is what is became, she was a strong female actress cast in a strong female role.

If that had been usual in Hollywood we would not be having this discussion now.

Ahh yes Barbarella, not sexist at all of course.

17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1680497)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I am still looking for a point of reference.

How long did it take that train to get from 70 to 106mph?
Are we talking less than a minute? Several minutes? Several miles?
I really don't have any idea about the acceleration rate of such a train.

The locomotive involved is the Siemens ACS 64

The locomotives are designed to be capable of accelerating 18 Amfleet cars to maximum speeds as high as 125 mph (201 km/h) on the Northeast Corridor in a little over eight minutes, with trains of eight Amfleets taking two and a half minutes to reach the same speed


I believe this was an 8 car train so 0 to 125 in 150 seconds.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC Statistics for the WORLD! ?? (Message 1680380)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Problem with statistics site BOINC Statistics for the WORLD!
as selected on page site http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/home.php
the stats URL http://www.boincsynergy.com/stats/boinc-individual.php?cpid=3ef6ad08fde863079fafbc09b6c2d4c6 returns the following:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function: str_split() in /home/setisy/public_html/stats/boinc-individual.php(1) : regexp code(1) : eval()'d code(1) : regexp code on line 1

I believe it is a problem with Internet Explorer and an MS update, that link works OK for me and I am using Chrome

Bob beat me too it.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman music thread...new edition. (Message 1679966)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Bonnie Raitt and BB King

Night Life
20) Questions and Answers : Web site : Valid Tasks not changing for nearly 24 Hours (Message 1679837)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Again back to frozen "Task Status"??? Please someone, anyone try to post this issue as high as possible... Same error twice in one week? Something is going terribly wrong... I am a comparatively new user (Nov.1994), and this is my first serious error confrontation, and it gets very frustrating.

Sorry for being the cry-boy...

No something is not going terribly wrong, there is a problem but it does not actually affect your work or totals, just the display of your work and totals.

The work is still being done which is the main priority.

SETI@Home is run on a shoestring and relies heavily on donations. They will sort the problem out in time.

It has been said many times here that "patience isn't just a virtue it is a requirement."


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