Posts by Bernie Vine

1) Message boards : News : Web site upgrade (Message 1863699)
Posted 21 hours ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Is email notification of PMs working for other people? I usually rely on the email arrival to prompt me to look at new PMs - but I haven't had an email notification since 18 April.

I got one on the 24th and have just tested it (using an old 2nd account I had almost forgotten about) and it worked fine.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1863697)
Posted 21 hours ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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It is a nice place to visit but not somewhere I would wish to spend my retirement.

Much too quiet and feels like the 70/80's here. I am and always have been a city person, I feel much more at home in a big city.

I definitely have adjusted to living here because I have had to. Truth is I would much rather be back home.

Here is the link for Red Squirrel Trust the link to Give as You Live is in the middle bottom.

Once linked I use the add on for Chrome and then click on it and it will display all your linked online stores.

As it is money I would have spent anyway it seemed a no brainer.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1863691)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Well now miracles do happen.

I sent an email to EDF, my not so efficient energy provider, and within 4 hours I had a reply, saying they had looked at my meter readings and had decided to reduce my monthly payments.

I currently pay £158 a month (this has to do with the previous underpayment), however they are reducing it to £55 a month, now that is a result!!

Yes the house has a "lifetime loan" on it so will not come to my sister and I, so I will move back. Looking at my fathers current physical health I am guessing several years yet.

However it is totally impossible to get any idea of my fathers situation as he has no memory of any of the recent transactions he entered into.
When I was first here I had to sort out a loan he had with another bank in 2014 that he had no memory of ever having taken out and I still have not been able to find all the paperwork.

My sister has all the details of his will and will be the executor.

However what worries me more is the fact that he is getting mentally worse. He has at least one "memory incident" everyday now. Yesterday he went into a complete meltdown when he lost his keys, didn't finishing dressing, when in fact he hadn't lost his keys at all they were exactly where he always puts them. Last night he started to go to bed, I was working on my PC in the back room when I hear the TV again, so I thought he decided to watch a bit more I had headphones on so when I finally went into ask him if he was going to stay up all night I could see he didn't understand the question at all, when I told him it was midnight he couldn't grasp it. I think he went to go to bed, got confused as to which action he was performing, and "got up" instead. Quite bizarre really, he normally goes to bed between 9 and 10 and he really could not grasp what he was doing watching TV at midnight.

I can see that in the months to come he may well need 24 hour care and that will probably mean more outlay, which will be a problem.

P.S. One good thing that has come from all my extra spending is I joined Give as You Live and have currently raise £22.04 for the Red Squirrel Trust. Mostly Amazon, Argos and Ebay but several smaller places as well.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1863632)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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OK time for a bit of "plain offloading"

As you will probably realise I came here to the Isle of Wight at quite short notice last September to care for my 92 year old father.

It was all done fairly quickly and I have basically just left my flat empty, a friend checks on it for me.

Now I did not really give much thought to my regular bills, so my electricity provider works out my usage over a 12 moth period ( starting in September) and sets my monthly payments based on my last 12 months usage.

Well of course I haven't been at home much in the last 7 months but have been paying for electricity I am not using. I have submitted meter readings when I have been home, but the payments are set till August!

I have e-mailed to let them know the situation, but as it took them several months to correct and error when I wasn't paying enough, I don't expect they will react at all.

Then there is water, at home I pay a standing amount however much I use, so the fact I am not there does not alter the bill. Here however my father has a water meter, they charge for all water used and make a guess as to how much of that water they then have to process as waste. So as you can imagine my dad's water bill for the last 6 months has doubled, so I am paying for water at home I do not use and then here for what I do use,

Finally the phone bill. Last August when it became clear that I was going to have to move here long term I took over dad's phone line as it was the quickest way I could get ADSL installed, as my dad would not have been able to cope with that, luckily as I knew my dad's mothers maiden name it wasn't a problem. There was no way I was coning to live here without the internet!!

Now I don't really want to cease my ADSL line at home because it will no doubt cause problems if/when I need it again.

So I am paying twice, for electricity, water and phone.

As they say, no good deed goes unpunished!
5) Message boards : Number crunching : My Computer Builds And Other Projects (Message 1863610)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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In my last "real Job" I worked with cable systems, ( actually became quite good with them) and if there were "signal problems" the first thing to go was the internet as it relies on "return path" to work.

The TV would keep going.

Of course that was with the earlier DOCSIS 1 and 2 no idea if the later versions are the same, my company moved on to ADSL to provide the same services.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1863452)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Personally I will be very interested to read the RAIB report.

They are usually very thorough and look at not only the direct cause of the accident but any and all factors that could have contributed to it.

Also they will often find problems that while not directly related to the accident need addressing.

Hopefully if the "dead man switch" is a problem it will be highlighted.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1863451)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Rob, I think Vic is being economical with the truth. A very kind benefactor offered Vic $200 cash to pay for his transport to and from the hospital. He refused to accept it. It was also pointed out to him that there were also various free community transport schemes in his area, he decided not to use them. He doesn't have to wait for his op, he chooses to.


Well he did say the op will be performed under general anaesthetic, which requires you to be collected personally.

Certainly has meant that for me on two occasion, and no taxis are not normally advised as they want to make sure you have help all the way back home.

It is up to you to decide what you wish to believe.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : My Computer Builds And Other Projects (Message 1863326)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Not everybody wishes to hear about a man who confesses to have no means, but continues to tell everybody about his latest and greatest computer wizardry.


Not everybody wishes to hear drunken fantasy stories, about Kpax, Joan Jett and whatever trip you happen to be on, so we just ignore your posts.

Please allow Vic to post what he wishes. Without selfish comments.

Thank you.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : My Computer Builds And Other Projects (Message 1863323)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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I don't have to justify what I spend money on, so drop the shaming.


Indeed you do not.

But you cannot really complain if you spend money on something then later there is none left for something else.

I think perhaps it is a case of you often posting what you "hope" to do, but it is not clear to others.

Remember this is a public forum and all who take part in SETI@Home can read this and comment.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Screen saver not working under Windows 10 (Message 1863262)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Well if this is the machine concerned:

8250698

Then it is indeed running the creators edition note the "15063" in the operating system description.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (105) Server Problems? (Message 1863184)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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And over 3000 of those tasks were downloaded on the 16th and 17th of April with as many as 20+ per second.

Wonder how that happened.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1863182)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Being a person who uses this thread once in a while I am upset to see it being taken over for the weekend fantasy.

Remember it has been stated by Mark himself that anything posted between Friday and Sunday is probably not factual.

Nothing wrong with that, just not in this very personal thread.

I could as moderator hide or move these posts, but, I could be accused of self interest. Also I just want others to see.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : My Computer Builds And Other Projects (Message 1863181)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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I think a calm down is needed on all sides.

As the moderators have said many times if you do not wish to see another posters input to these forums please put them on filter.

Then resist the temptation to look. Just a bit of self control.

If self control does not happen then post may disappear and the thread will be lock for a forced cool down.
14) Message boards : Politics : ....................45.................... (Message 1862951)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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No one brought your wife into the picture.


Well I think he misconstrued your "other half" reference, missing the Dr Jekyl bit.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (105) Server Problems? (Message 1862858)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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For the last couple of months in the UK I keep getting internet dropouts when posting messages. This results in double posts and I'm sure the mods have better things to do. Anyone else over the pond finding this?

Just for your info, it is not just the UK as far as I can see as double post happen to anyone, not country dependant, we have had a couple of triple post recently from the US.

I suspect it is either Berkeley or perhaps SETI@Home.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Screen saver not working under Windows 10 (Message 1862857)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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If you have the latest update of Windows 10, the Creators edtion, then you are correct, the screensaver does not work.

There are a few threads about it here.

Microsoft broke the Boinc screensaver and there is only one way to get it back currently, that is to roll back to the previous Windows 10 version.

There are other applications that the update broke so hopefully MS will eventually get around to fixing whatever they broke.

The reason you don't see more comments on this problem here is because not many who post here run the screensaver, as it takes away a bit of processing power!!
17) Questions and Answers : Windows : Two New Problems after Windows 10 Creators Update (Message 1862035)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Two things.

It is the Boinc screensaver that is broken so it is Boinc not Seti that would need to fix it.

As Windows broke it, surely it is up to MS to fix. Boinc development is now done on a volunteer basis so don't hold you breath for an update.

Secondly the creators update installs Windows graphic drivers that will not work with SETI@Home as OpenCL is missing.

To cure this you need to get new graphics drivers form the GPU manufactures website and nowhere else, after any major Windows update as a matter of course install new drivers only from AMD or Nvidia.

Windows installed drivers will not work on SETI@Home.

To restore the screensaver the advice is to rollback the update and hope MS fix it eventually.
18) Questions and Answers : Windows : New version of Win10 not running BOINC (Message 1861892)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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I HOPE THE SETI PEOPLE will FIX this problem in the M$ Creators Update that screwed everything up.


I believe the problem lies in the Boinc Screensaver, so not a Seti@Home problem.

It is really down to MS to fix the problem. As Boinc development is now a totally volunteer project it is unlikely that it will be fixed anytime soon.

The best thing to do is as MS advise, if there are any problems with any programs or apps, roll back to the previous version of Windows.

I did that for my tablet which the update broke the sound on.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Microsoft Monthly Rollups (Message 1861855)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Way back we used to have Alpha and Beta testers, now we seem to have a secret Club. Again, disturbing.


I believe that the "Insider Program" is free for anyone to join, no secret.

Just try googling Windows Insider, and you will find all the information you wish to know
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1861854)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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In the particular case of the cattle on the station platform it would appear they entered the railway through the "normal" pedestrian entrance,


Not according t the BBC report.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39609977

Seems they were "herded" there.

Good job that part of the network isn't 3rd rail!!


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