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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Extra care with technology (Message 1559968)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile Bernie Vine
But from what I've read, we (in the US)are behind with our credit cards tech. So it's easier to commit credit card fraud here.

I can remember being totally stunned when shopping in Macey's New York back in 2009 to be asked to "sign" the credit card receipt!!

The UK has had chip and pin since 2004.

Then finding all I needed to do to get fuel was to swipe my card in the pump reader, no pin, no sign, just swipe.

It surprised me even more when that was still the case last September!

I guess that is is to do with the sheer logistics of getting a chip and pin card to all users and then rolling out the necessary hardware to all outlets. Still it must make the USA a fraudsters paradise.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman's home thread. (Message 1559387)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I'm back.
In a better frame of mind.
And sorry for all the ruckus I caused the mods yesterday.
They were a good lot for not sending me packing to banishment land.

We do try to be fair!

I'll learn some day.


Hopefully sooner rather than later.:-)
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (89) Server Problems? (Message 1558668)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
ok; let me understand as absolute newbee in term of SETI: we are running out of WU for GPU ?

No we are not, there was a point over the weekend when that might have happened but extra splitters were brought online and all seems OK

I have 7 rigs running and all 7 are totally full of GPU work.

There is no such thing as a "GPU WU" your PC asks for CPU or GPU work and the servers comply, if you are not getting GPU work the problem may well be your end.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : SIV64 (Message 1558290)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
What! Are you saying no one is checking anything of our results including MB?
This whole thing is just a sham?

No it's not a sham, the results are being stored, however as far as I am aware there is not enough money to advance to the next stage.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : SIV64 (Message 1558261)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I am interested only in ETI work here at S@H. Should I even be bothered running Astropulse since it appears no one is examining the results for ETI, or apparently so.

As I said in the other thread "nitpckr" is for checking ALL work done, starting with the standard wu's.

As far as I am aware no one is examining anything astropluse or non-astropulse.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #69 (Message 1558190)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
7) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XXVII (Message 1558079)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Well looks like I crept past 25 million sometime in the last few days!

And 30 million Boinc combined!!
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1557438)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
OK just had to post this here.

Walkers "Raccoon Crisps"
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #69 (Message 1557381)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : We all haz badges! (Message 1557335)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Well as I cannot remove my "badge"...

I would also like the idea one can disable it...

The badges are easy to remove with the browser plugin AdBlock Plus (available for FireFox and Chrome... unsure of others.) I don't mind them but I'm too used to the look of the site as it was and found they cluttered it so I removed them. Did I mention AdBlock will also remove 99%+ of all web advertising everywhere as well and it's the first essential plugin I grab on a new install? But I digress...

With the plugin installed just right-click on a badge image, choose AdBlock Plus: Block image from the context menu. Do not accept the default selection of what to block on the window that appears, or all images on this site will disappear; instead choose the one just above. The three images are:

Once you've added them, refresh the page and they will disappear. Note that this will also remove the badge from your own profile page, but I imagine you probably know your standing there already. :^)

Not really the issue, I don't want to be in any "top one percent club" The feeling here has always been that everyone is equal from the user with the huge farm down to the lowly old PC user with a small RAC .

Now that is not the case as it is easy to spot the "have nots" as they don't have a badge.

It is not the clutter I object to it is the fact that suddenly not everyone can participate, these badges cannot be earned, if your machine is slow or you cannot crunch 24/7 you can never "earn" a badge.

It probably should be based on time with project and total credit not RAC, that way everyone can achieve a badge eventually, this way they cannot.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : We all haz badges! (Message 1557264)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Well as I cannot remove my "badge" I have removed my green star an will not be renewing it.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : analysis of astropulse wu results for ETI? (Message 1557196)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Thanks for your responses. It was neither of those and I went back and couldn't find the thread. No one else has posted about my question so I guess there is no problem about our results being analyzed re. ETI. False alarm, sorry.

Actually we don't know, The Near Time Persistency Checker or "ntpckr" for short was supposed to be analysing likely candidate signals but there has been no real word on this for a long while.

If there had been any progress I believe there would have been some sort of announcement.

So I believe the answer to you question is probably no the WU's are not being checked. The problem I believe is money but without any info from the lab, your guess is as good as mine.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1556796)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I'd post something in here, but I got a PM from a hater of HSR, who is not a Mod, not to post and to withdraw a post, that person is now blocked here, so I do this on FB instead, where I control the content and where I have 194 Friends...

Well that is unacceptable the only people who can control what you post are Fred and the mod team.

Take no notice of what people say, if you post something that is unacceptable the mods will soon let you know.

Remember you do NOT have to do what someone else tells you in a PM.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car transmissions - Standard or automatic? (Message 1556754)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
All this talk about foot brakes vs. hand brakes, reminds me of the bright light controls operated by the foot on a Chevy Malibu my parents had in the 70's. I thought that was pretty neat. :~)

I believe a lot of the Fords from the 50's and 60's in the UK had that, a floor mounted headlamp dip switch.

This one certainly did 1955 Ford Consul

The first car my dad had that I remember, this is the actual car.

15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1556743)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
A lot of these locos left the plant on a flat car, having been built with a non-standard (in North America anyway) wheel gauge. They were test run on the plant track on temporary trucks, and then switched to the narrow trucks before shipping.

I wonder why, as apparently USA, Canada UK and Europe share the same standard gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in, and I can find no mention of the truck swap.

I know that the Flying Scotsman toured for several years in the USA and again I can find no mention of gauge problems and that would have been quite a job to convert that!!

I suspect the answer is out there somewhere.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts V (Message 1556712)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Well there is definitely a lot of weather about today!

Just had the sort of storm I remember as a kid (were the storms bigger and louder or was it just you were smaller and more easily impressed).

Lost of forked lightening which I almost captured on camera!

It wasn't hitting the houses but somewhere more distant.

The reason the pics look a bit grainy was due to the fact it was raining felines and canines!!
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1556689)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Dragging this thread from the second page, just a quick comment on a pic I snapped by chance yesterday while returning from my walk, I always glance over the railway bridge and most times there is nothing really interesting.

Yesterday however there was one of the 15 diesel freight locos that was responsible for changing the freight hauling business on the UK railways.

At first glance it looks like a class 66 that is the mainstay of UK railway freight hauling.

However it is a class 59, 59202 to be precise.

Which have an interesting story.

Back in the mid 80's a compay called Foster Yeoman were fed up with the reliability of the then British Rails freight engines, and as they owned an EMD SW1001 and were very happy with it, persuaded British Rail to allow them to approach EMD to see if they could come up with a design. Well apparently EMD sensed they might be onto a good thing and pulled out all the stops in designing the JT26CW-SS or class 59 in the UK. Foster Yeoman ordered 5 (59001-59005)and after seeing how powerful and reliable they were. Hanson's ordered 4 (59101 - 59104) Finally National power 6 (59201 - 59206).

The general reliability and cheaper running costs were a large factor when the UK freight was privatised and Wisconsin Central Transportation Systems (Later EWS now DB Schenker) brought up a number of the newly privatised companies and was looking for new and more reliable freight loco, they saw the class 59 and approached EMD and the class 66 was born, it differs from 59 in being slightly less powerful but faster.

To date EMD at their London Ontario plant have built 466 locos for the UK. Unfortunately that looks like the total as new emission regulations are not able to be met within the UK loading gauge.

EMD also went on to build 651 "Series 66" locos for the European market, and it all started with one company looking for a reliable freight loco, pity it was an American company built in Canada!! That's life.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 18 (Message 1556671)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I have some sad news as far as beer is concerned!!

Due to ongoing medical problems that landed me in hospital for 4 days a while back I have been advised to avoid caffeine and .... ALCOHOL!!!

This means I will have to give up beer long term, possibly totally.

Whilst I can drink decaffeinated coffee, alcohol free beer??? I don't think so!!

Getting old sucks!!
19) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1556622)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
Interesting, I wondered how long it would be!!

HP Slatebook

Pity it doesn't seem to be much cheaper than a standard laptop.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (89) Server Problems? (Message 1556327)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
I´m disapointed, seem's like no one in the lab read antyhing we post here, the tape is stuck for more than 24 hrs now and aparently nobody see that. Where are they?

That rises a question: If we found an ET call would be anyone in the lab to acknowledgue that?

As far as I am aware no one in the lab does or has ever read these boards.

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