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1) Message boards : News : Big boost for SETI@home from Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Listen Initiative (Message 1703354)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
This is fantastic news and I hope we can start getting Green Bank results and get NTPICKR up and running.

I'm glad someone with serious capital has finally stepped up to the challenge, and even more so that SETI@Home is going to be involved in it.

Looking forward to moving the farm "back home" to work on this, and I'm still interested in fundraising NTPCKR if this new development doesn't happen. :^)
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (95) Server Problems? (Message 1647608)
Posted 28 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Have a nice and fan noise free weekend folks.


Nah, that's what Einstein@Home is there for. Spent too much on this farm to keep it idle. I did plan on hanging there until Green Bank was online but of course they had to go have their first outage ever there shortly after I went over... typical. Well I'll hang out there again and see if my presence still proves as destabilizing.

It would be wonderful if there was crosstalk between the two projects as they both use Arecibo's data; Einstein is far smoother and less labour-intensive: ie no tiny work cache limit (you ask for two days' cache you get two days' cache not four hours' cache and your client hammering the scheduler every five minutes for more) it doesn't go planned offline for hours every Tuesday and then be unreachable for about the same after getting hammered with thousands of requests playing catchup, and it hardly goes offline unplanned as well. So ideally there would just be one set of Arecibo data and we'd search it for both ETI and pulsars or whatever else. But dream on Mr. Kevvy. :^)
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (95) Server Problems? (Message 1647520)
Posted 27 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Help us Obi-Wan Korpela, you're our only hope...


Lol... excellent. My mail to him probably joined a dozen or so others.

The only good side to this is now I can watch a movie without it being all stuttery from the GPUs being overworked. So I'll take a breather and if it isn't fixed by the time I'm done then S@H's loss is E@H's gain... sigh.

The cricket just made a huge jump, this must mean something.


It saw a frog?
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (95) Server Problems? (Message 1647490)
Posted 27 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Something is definitely wrong with the scheduler as I finally got through to report 345 tasks, and rather than them all disappearing there were ~80 still sitting as Ready to report.
Oh, and of course Project has no tasks available to top it off. :^p
Edit: Never mind, I remembered there's a limit on how many the client will report at once.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy (Message 1647356)
Posted 27 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.


We have lost an icon.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Say E.T. lands, does SETI go on? (Message 1647325)
Posted 27 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
It depends on what the results of the first contact are. If we can communicate, being interstellar travelers we could just ask them where other inhabited worlds are. But if they didn't know then I don't doubt we would keep looking, and at a much greater scale than privately-funded projects running on a shoestring budget.

If we just found a confirmed signal the same effect would happen with SETI getting vastly more funding and resources, so I don't think we'd have to keep crunching. That would be enough of a world-changer.
7) Message boards : SETI@home Staff Blog : What does loss of net neutrality mean for volunteer computing? (Message 1646429)
Posted 25 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
The peanut gallery is affirmed... F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rules Clear Hurdle and net neutrality is on its way to being enforced by the F.C.C.

Senior Republicans conceded on Tuesday that the grueling fight with President Obama over the regulation of Internet service appears over, with the president and an army of Internet activists victorious.

The Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to approve regulating Internet service like a public utility, prohibiting companies from paying for faster lanes on the Internet. While the two Democratic commissioners are negotiating over technical details, they are widely expected to side with the Democratic chairman, Tom Wheeler, against the two Republican commissioners.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (95) Server Problems? (Message 1646151)
Posted 25 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Out of work; RAC falls,
Crunchers idle: can't connect.
Damn, I hate Tuesdays...

//Haiku! Gesundheit.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I lost a bet....part II....the rest of the story. (Message 1646008)
Posted 24 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Now that it's no longer Monday anywhere on Earth: I'm quite surprised and happy to have lost this bet.

You gave $100.00
to SETI@home
on February 24, 2015
via Visa
Your confirmation number is 151750
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I lost a bet....part II....the rest of the story. (Message 1645351)
Posted 22 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
What did stay my hand last night was that Mark appeared to listen to my warning.


Good... there is still hope then.

Edit: As per the latest addition to the thread, I'm editing out the rest and will say nothing more until Monday.
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Question for astronomers (Message 1645108)
Posted 21 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Artificial gravity is not the same force as gravity.


Actually in G.R. the Equivalence principle shows the two as the same, with the caveat that it holds true for point-sized samples. (You can tell if your local "gravity" is due to "upwards" acceleration through space or acceleration due to gravity by whether it has tidal falloff by the square of the distance from the hypothesized other mass.)

This equivalence is strong enough that it was used by Einstein to deduce the bending of light rays by gravitational fields. The equivalency is that a beam of light traveling across a room accelerating "upwards" will curve "downwards", so the exact same curve should appear under acceleration due to gravity. That it did was yet another confirmation of G.R.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Superfish (Message 1644943)
Posted 21 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
For anyone with a Lenovo, they have posted an automated uninstaller to get rid of Superfish.

Of course, just in case you are justifiably dubious running it given that it was also developed by Lenovo, there are manual uninstall directions there too. :^)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security alert on Superfish. This is worth a read as you should also uninstall "Komodo redirector" if present.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I lost a bet....part II....the rest of the story. (Message 1644559)
Posted 20 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I pledge a donation of $100 to SETI@Home on Monday 2015-Feb.-23 if, and only if, userID 421968 is able to post to these forums under the name "msattler" on that date. So, his choice.

(Edit: Just so it isn't misinterpreted, I'm offering an incentive to Mark to stay within the guidelines... not bribing the moderators to not enforce them! Yes, I know it's obvious to most.)
14) Message boards : SETI@home Science : ET, is that you? Scientists launch plan to beam welcome messages to far-off star systems (Message 1644243)
Posted 19 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
The whales are much smarter than humans.


"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons."

--- Douglas Adams
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (95) Server Problems? (Message 1643534)
Posted 18 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Oh for the old days when things ran well after an outrage. ;-)


Ran out hours ago... guess I go begging some Einstein work. This is becoming a regular Tuesday occurrence.
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Question for astronomers (Message 1643458)
Posted 17 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
"Yes", if by "display any motion" you mean that photographs over time within the range of a human lifetime will show that they moved.

"No" if you meant you'll see them move by looking at them, unless you can look at them without averting your eyes or sleeping for a year or so. :^)
The fastest, Barnard's Star, has this note: "The 10.3 seconds of arc it travels annually amounts to a quarter of a degree in a human lifetime, roughly half the angular diameter of the full Moon."

Caveat: I am not astronomer, nor do I play one on TV.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Let me ask a bold question........... (Message 1641872)
Posted 14 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
One of the reasons I've stuck with this apartment for so long is that I don't pay for utilities. One rent bill covers heat, hot water and of course electricity. I'm only using about $100 a month worth of it for crunching so it's not like I'm bankrupting the property managers (also don't need the heat from the radiators as the computers take care of that)... slightly less than a tenth of the rent. There are still plenty of apartments like this, and if this one ever goes to metering, I will be moving immediately.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : near vlar? (AR 0.01) super slow on NVIDIA gtx 780 (Message 1641860)
Posted 14 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I wondered why my whole computer was running like a bag of goo since yesterday. VLAR CUDA work units not only were taking 1.5 hours to complete, but the system was unusably slow with a screen updates, even as simple as scrolling browser window, hanging... watching any video was a hopeless mass of chunky pixel artifacts. CPU usage which usually is rock-steady at 99.5%-100% with a flat ceiling was spiky/choppy and below 90%. They really brick the whole works, so I aborted the lot of them.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : New system many invalids and errors (Message 1641292)
Posted 13 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Here is you on BOINCStats which shows your actual daily production not just RAC which is averaged. Daily. prod. there total is 21,283 which is >100 GFlOps... this is more reasonable.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : New system many invalids and errors (Message 1641282)
Posted 13 Feb 2015 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
The "Cobblestone": One GFlOp running 24x7 will earn 200 credits per day. Your current RAC at the present is exactly 2,000 = 10 GFlOps.

Just to show how far computing has come, when I was a young'un in the 1980's the ultimate supercomputer was the Cray X-MP, worth about $15 million at the time. It does 400 MFlOps, so if you put it to work on a BOINC project it would have a rather underwhelming RAC of.... 80.


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