Posts by Mr. Kevvy

1) Message boards : Number crunching : Cruncher Down (Message 1842871)
Posted 21 hours ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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But I have never had a bad ASUS.


Mine went from bad to worse... received the RMA replacement, put everything together and then "the lights went on but no one was home": when it blew, it took out the AMD FX 8-core CPU. This is exactly what the MSI boards kept doing. And its warranty had expired.

So, about $300 (Canbucks) later as I bought a three-year in-store replacement warranty, I have a new CPU on the RMA board in case it dies the same way and fries another one. Funny... the fellow at the store mentioned just this, the some people just have more luck with certain brands of boards and swear by them whereas others have endless problems. I hope this was my only ASUS lemon.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Cruncher Down (Message 1841953)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I don't doubt they make many fine boards, but they definitely do have a few lemons in there as well.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Cruncher Down (Message 1841917)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I didn't want to start another "Apologies to wingies..." thread for it so was waiting for another one to appear to use... this machine has been dead since New Year's Eve. I should be picking up the replacement motherboard tonight and it should be up and running by tomorrow morning at the latest.

Caveat: ASUS has an (overly?) good reputation for motherboards, but on some of them they used bad capacitors. This is the second M5A78L-M LX I have had fail due to a blown 5KT38 270μF 16V (Chinese-made capacitors get a bad rap but these are made by Samwha in SK.)
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : OH, Hei there. (Message 1841847)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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You almost certainly had a night terror aka sleep terror. Used to have them myself when life was not so good, ie when I was a young substance-abuser without a stable relationship; this was about thirty years ago. I can almost guarantee they are caused by the alcohol. Mine were similar: brief nightmarish episodes often with loud voices and a feeling of paralysis or suffocation. I could describe waking from them was akin to swimming to the surface from deep underwater.

The paralysis and suffocation effects are illusions caused by being asleep enough that the locus coeruleus is active inhibiting voluntary muscle control: you're unable to will yourself to move so you feel paralyzed, and although you are breathing just fine autonomically, you don't realize this and because you can't control it/feel it you think you are suffocating. Once I realized this was illusory and my life stabilized, the night terrors went away. I still get one very occasionally (perhaps one every few years) versus nightly, sometimes several times, when they were at their worst. I thus look at them as a learning experience.

I started this thread a bit ago and somebody had the audacity to dissolve it.


Well, you do have your own thread already very close to this one. As it doesn't have a set subject, this could very well have gone into it without needing another. Perhaps this thread will be merged in now... I hope this post isn't deleted as it may possibly be helpful to someone else having these attacks.

Edit: As a footnote, this function of the locus coeruleus was first discovered in your favorite animals. It was found that cats with lesions on or near this area, or when it had been removed, would not lie still but instead "act out" their dreaming. (Which also conclusively showed that animals dream too of course.) Thus, because this finding fixed my night terrors, I was indirectly saved by cats. I guess you were right. :^)
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : How to find intelligent life on planet Mars! (Message 1841646)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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"If the planet ever is terraformed, it will be done by human beings whose permanent residence and planetary affiliation is Mars. The Martians will be us."
-- Carl Sagan, Cosmos, Chapter V "Blues for a Red Planet"

Thus there will be intelligent life found on Mars. The sooner the better!
6) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC client isn't downloading new S@H workunits on S6 Android (Message 1840841)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Finally, I just noticed my Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 6.0.1 is downloading and running tasks properly, so it looks as though the problem has been resolved.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Merging Hosts (Message 1840165)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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"So I upgraded one of my hosts operating system"

I'm not sure how fine-grained the back-end is on OS version changes, but this is almost certainly the cause of it not allowing the merge.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (Message 1838403)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I'd like to, but I don't see any way of editing the thread title anymore, unlike with the last schema. I'll ask a moderator.

Never mind... figured it out!
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (Message 1838234)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Thank you for your dedication to Bipolar Disorder, and progressing the knowledge of Mental Issues of all types.


One of the better tributes on this I have seen...
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (Message 1838121)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Carrie Fisher dies at 60

Carrie Fisher, the brash and witty Hollywood princess who became a galactic princess in Star Wars and later found acclaim as an author and screenwriter, died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday. She was 60.


May The Force be with you, Carrie...
11) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XXIX (Message 1837417)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Damn, I haven't posted in almost four months. I think to say "I've been busy" is a bit of an understatement. :^p I have a lot of catch-up reading to do.

On March 19, I wrote:

Took sixteen years to get this done...
I'll double it in only one!


Happy to have done it and 85 days ahead of schedule... sixteen years to my first hundred million, and just 280 days to the second. Onward to the third!
12) Message boards : News : "Baffling" "signal" "from HD 164595" is probably none of the above. (Message 1813618)
Posted 29 Aug 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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In other words, then, it's a lot like the very un-"WOW" signal which was never reobserved or confirmed as well as missing other essential criteria applied to the SET@Home signals.

Isn't it also strange that the news is coming out now, pretty close to the "WOW" Aug. 15th anniversary considering that the Russians sat on the news for over a year, which in itself adds to the dubiousness (independent confirmation should be almost immediate.)
13) Message boards : Number crunching : GUPPI Rescheduler for Linux and Windows - Move GUPPI work to CPU and non-GUPPI to GPU (Message 1812003)
Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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You're welcome! Thanks for the nice feedback. :^)

And now on to the not-so-good: I did eliminate the possible endless loop bilbg pointed out, but with plenty of "ap" work in the cache when I ran it recently, it hung on the first line. I looked over the source and I am not sure why... it should break out either to terminate or continue. However this was a one-off: I launched BOINC and retried a few minutes later and it worked (moved all of one work unit... bloody GUPPIs. :^p)

So if anyone else has this, break out of it with Ctrl+c and please let me know if a retry doesn't fix it a bit later. I'll be having a look at this. Right now unfortunately it's bedtime!
14) Message boards : Number crunching : GUPPI Rescheduler for Linux and Windows - Move GUPPI work to CPU and non-GUPPI to GPU (Message 1811954)
Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Finally, not sure if this is intentional, but the "Y" to proceed in 0.51 is case sensitive. Not sure if you intended that. That got me a couple times, when I wasn't looking closely, thought it had run and it hadn't due to my "y" instead of "Y" response. Dunno if you're willing to Case that?
Thanks, !!


Being a newly-"Minted" Linux junkie I'm used to excessive case sensitivity and wondered if anyone would be thrown by that in Windows. I'll add that into the next version... assuming there is one! :^)

I've run the 0.51 rescheduler now several times on all three crunchers that have had AP work on board and haven't ghosted any tasks. Looks like the bug is squashed to me.


Excellent... I can sleep better now. ;^) Thank you for your feedback as it was quite helpful.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : GUPPI Rescheduler for Linux and Windows - Move GUPPI work to CPU and non-GUPPI to GPU (Message 1811878)
Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Mr. Kevvy's GUPPI Rescheduler v0.4


Current one is v0.51 and any work unit loss should be resolved. Download.

If BOINC Manager hangs and doesn't display anything when it's started, it means that it wasn't quit for long enough when GUPPIRescheduler was run and files were in use. Quit it, make sure to check the box to quit running apps., wait at least ten seconds (on Linux this is when the command prompt cursor stops flashing... a handy timer) run GUPPIRescheduler again (as it did nothing the last time with the files open) and relaunch BOINC.

Edit: I would also suggest to keep any discussion of it in its own thread to keep the board tidier without numerous threads about the same app.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : GUPPI Rescheduler for Linux and Windows - Move GUPPI work to CPU and non-GUPPI to GPU (Message 1810926)
Posted 21 Aug 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Sigh... version 0.51 uploaded... please update and my apologies.

Thank you BilBg for catching my bonehead errors. I shouldn't code on a Saturday night even when sober. :^p

Or maybe at any other time... lol. Maybe I can finally sleep now. Happily my response time is now much faster.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : GUPPI Rescheduler for Linux and Windows - Move GUPPI work to CPU and non-GUPPI to GPU (Message 1810888)
Posted 21 Aug 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Version 0.5 uploaded which should address the AP work unit issue... not a lot of AP work right now so it's hard to verify with live data.

Bonus: Added --b (Linux) and -b (Windows) command line switch to skip the warning that SETI Beta is present; helpful for automating GUPPIRescheduler ie with Stubbles' script. I would have liked to work on other things ie the AMD variation that reverses the reassignment direction, but I have to get the fix posted ASAP.

I'll be watching this thread now that an issue was noted, so please post for any issues and PM me if there's no response. If any problems are noted I should now be able to resolve the same day.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : GUPPI Rescheduler for Linux and Windows - Move GUPPI work to CPU and non-GUPPI to GPU (Message 1810125)
Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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MB work (for me at least) seems to have completely dried up, so if you're getting errors using this app. it may mean there's simply nothing to move right now.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : GUPPI Rescheduler for Linux and Windows - Move GUPPI work to CPU and non-GUPPI to GPU (Message 1810059)
Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I think that perhaps what Richard was getting at was not so much that the actual identification of tasks to be rescheduled has a problem, but rather that the initial identification of app version and plan class might have a problem when the first task that is found in the scheduler request file happens to be an AP. In other words, could:

currentposition = sched_request.find("</app_version>\n        <plan_class>");		// Now do the same as the block above but for app_versionGPU

result in the extraction of the app_version (and, subsequently, the plan class) for an AP instead of for an MB? I don't know that you're checking for APs at that point. Just a thought.


Thanks... I will have a look at that. Will have time this weekend to check it over in detail (thankfully no plans for a change.)
20) Message boards : Number crunching : GUPPI Rescheduler for Linux and Windows - Move GUPPI work to CPU and non-GUPPI to GPU (Message 1810053)
Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Haven't been watching this thread much but was advised of issues...

The app. doesn't check for AP tasks but does the opposite: the MB mover checks for the task name starting with ##xx two digit-day and month:

		if (isdigit(client_state[currentposition])) {
			if (isdigit(client_state[currentposition + 1])) {
				if (isalpha(client_state[currentposition + 2])) {
					if (isalpha(client_state[currentposition + 3])) {


And the GUPPI mover checks for the WU name task name starting with "blc":
	if ( client_state.substr(currentposition, 3) == "blc" ) {


So it should never touch AP work as neither would match as they start with "ap_"

I apologize if the app. doesn't work for anyone (especially if it drops work units) but I am unsure why it does this, as it worked for me the Windows and several Linux machines I tested it and continue to use it on. I think this is due to BOINC using multiple platforms simultaneously for the same type of work for some people's builds. (I even ran it on the client_state files that people who had issues sent me, and it worked on them, so I'm still in the dark as to the cause.) As noted in the readme, back up your client_state.xml before first use, and hopefully if it works the first time it will keep working if you don't go and change platforms ie by installing a third-party client.


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