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Message 2033292 - Posted: 21 Feb 2020, 10:27:30 UTC

Hello together, i am Bernhard from the beautiful country Austria. I joint this long term project to support science.
Boinc is running on 4 Systems. Lets see what the years will bring.


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Message 2033413 - Posted: 21 Feb 2020, 22:41:52 UTC - in response to Message 2033292.  

Hello together, i am Bernhard from the beautiful country Austria. I joint this long term project to support science.
Boinc is running on 4 Systems. Lets see what the years will bring.


Regards Bernhard


Bernhard, welcome to Seti@home, you're very welcome. But you need to have a look at the computer number 4, it's generating only errors.

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Message 2033525 - Posted: 22 Feb 2020, 14:25:02 UTC - in response to Message 2028114.  

it is good for you Markus. I am glad to hear from you here because I am like you passionate about space and my graduation project was in that field also called radio telescope multi-purpose.

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Message 2033757 - Posted: 24 Feb 2020, 12:55:54 UTC - in response to Message 2033413.  

Ohh, what can i do against these errors. In my log list is everything fine so far i see that.

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Message 2033853 - Posted: 25 Feb 2020, 0:06:23 UTC - in response to Message 2033757.  

Ohh, what can i do against these errors. In my log list is everything fine so far i see that.

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The comment was about this host.
https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/results.php?hostid=8901910
Nothing but errors for all tasks attempted.
<stderr_txt>
"../../projects/setiathome.berkeley.edu/setiathome_8.00_arm-android-linux-gnu__armv6-vfp-nopie": error: Android 5.0 and later only support position-independent executables (-fPIE).

</stderr_txt>


Either wait for the project to attempt sending you a more compatible app that does support PIE executables, or set up a anonymous platform with a known good working application or remove the device from Seti.

Since you will be limited to one task a day with the amount of errored work so far produced, it could take months for the project to send you a compatible application.
Seti@Home classic workunits:20,676 CPU time:74,226 hours

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Message 2034170 - Posted: 27 Feb 2020, 8:44:19 UTC

Bence seti çalıştırmak sadece bir umut tan ibaret.
sonucunun olmayacağını bildiğimiz bir umut, bizde bir ata sözü vardır(fakirin ekmeği umuttur)derler
bu seti de onun gibi bir ÅŸey.

Aslında radyo dalgalarını dinleme işi eskide kaldı. Yani bu teknoloji eskidi, günümüz yüzyılına göre orta çağ teknolojisi sayılır.
Yapmamız gereken radyo dalgalarını dinlemek değil, Işık huzmelerini dinlemektir.
Sonuçta bizden akıllı varlıklar arıyoruz değilmi? Neden bizim sahip olduğumuz teknolojiyi kullandıklarını düşünüyoruz ki.
Bu sonuca kim nerden varmış onu da anlamadım zaten.

Diyeceğim o ki radyo dalgalarını dinlemeyi bırakalım ışığı dinleyelim ve teknolojimizi bu yönde ilerletelim.
(geçmiş olsun)
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Message 2034259 - Posted: 27 Feb 2020, 20:06:09 UTC

I'd be more curious to know who would not want to run SETI@Home. :)
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Message 2036099 - Posted: 5 Mar 2020, 19:48:51 UTC

At this time I run this project out of curiosity. If any ET data is ever confirmed then humanity will simply have to adapt to the situation.
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Message 2036997 - Posted: 9 Mar 2020, 20:48:08 UTC - in response to Message 2034259.  

I'd be more curious to know who would not want to run SETI@Home. :)

exactly!
as some famous german persons once said: "life without boinc is possible, but pointless"
"less than a pixel"
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Message 2037731 - Posted: 13 Mar 2020, 17:25:37 UTC

I have run SETI@Home myself since 2013 because I wanted to support the progress of basic science and since I think it is a waste of capital to leave my old computers just on the shelf. Why SETI@Home? Astronomers have made some of the most fascinating discoveries of the last century that have significantly increased our knowledge of and understanding of our place in the universe. Yet astronomers are poor (underfunded) scientists. Observing intelligent life on exoplanets is a next step that has been even more difficult to finance on scientific grounds. I would like to thank everyone at SETI for the good work done over the years, enthusiasm and the perseverance needed in all research.  Hope you find ET in the end. For anyone looking for an alternative to SETI@Home, my advice is to support Einstein@Home or other Astronomy & Astrophysical BOINC projects.
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Message 2037822 - Posted: 14 Mar 2020, 2:56:25 UTC

Why? The truth is out there!
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Message 2043773 - Posted: 9 Apr 2020, 2:07:43 UTC - in response to Message 2027876.  

We are collectively engaged in finding the answer to what connects us all. We believe in life beyond our tiny planet. As I type this playing in the background is Steven Greer's latest release, Close encounters of the fifth kind. I'm following the subjectn of disclosure closely. Main stream media is engaged in a slow deliberate disclosure of the UFO/UAP situation. I am glued to the topic. Locally I follow Richard Dolan. Keep watching much news oin the topic is coming are way.
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Message 2043806 - Posted: 9 Apr 2020, 9:16:50 UTC - in response to Message 2027876.  

I am a individual SETI member, since 1999 (last century ;) ), one of the first users. I´ve been installing (some times "ilegally") seti/boinc in all computers which I had acceses... My interest was both scientistic and "sporting". I´ve reached 433.000 credits by myself. Maybe I could reach more, but that´s all I could do. So good bye SETI, goodbye SAGAN, seems that you are being forgotten too fast.

Good bye every body, it has been a good time with you!

See you in the dark side of the moon.

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Message 2045237 - Posted: 16 Apr 2020, 16:44:56 UTC - in response to Message 2028265.  

I've noticed myself that there are two main groups here on the forums: "Hardware Hackers" and "Space Buffs". The "Hardware Hackers" seem to best represent the "Number Crunching" forum. "Space Buffs" probably follow the "News" and "Seti@home science" forums. [...] good perspective on the varied audience of these forums.

I don't think it's only a bipartite group consisting of either hackers or trekkies. There are countless different motivations. Some of mine:

  • the global village: crunching some WU (in 1999 downloaded at home via dial-up phone modem) from the other side of the globe: California! and since the BOINC era I can find out who's my "wingman" and which far country she/he comes from
  • some kind of regulars' group in a global pub - the S@H forums: scientific discussions, humor, chatter, profound technical details, nonsense, remarkeable people, their opinions, everything a living community may talk about...
  • the "classic car" fascination: ran a few S@H classic WUs on a AMD486DX2/80MHz_32MB back in 1999: ~6 days runtime ...jeez, or an Astropulse WU on a Intel Atom N280, ... challenging
  • observers fascination: the S@h classic screensaver graphics: the great harmonic color gradient (from red, via magenta, blue to cyan) in the large frequency spectrum display; the small red time course display of last detections ... -- a timeless and epochal symbol of the internet revolution; its pure StarTrek like beauty you could look at for hours
  • geeks fascination: the well formatted console outputs of classic clients command line variants (concise, clear, informative) tirelessly printing currently analysed Doppler drift rates, used FFT lengths to the console; the interesting and informative plaintext coding of WUs (classic era) resp. detailed XML coding (BOINC era), together with their detailed WU headers, describing WUs recording dates, times, locations, frequencies... and analysis characteristics in extreme detail. The impressed geek gets the feeling of knowing what its computer is doing with a workunit -- an important feature that many current BOINC projects do not have, which are more like non-transparent black boxes
  • operational understanding: my computer - a minor piece of the puzzle within this global super computer: provided by BOINCs web-based and hyperlinked task lists per user, statistics, server status page. Informative tech news from the operators: an endless source of reading
  • ability of S@h scientists to address, impress and convice non-radio astronomers that this project is well thought out. The website contains a detailed and in-depth collection of non-academic explanations and easy-to-understand illustrations of radio astronomy methods - also a feature that many other BOINC projects lack or have only dealt with on the surface with little effort


So I'm neither a hardware hacker, nor a GPU addict. I never owned a GPU/graphics card which was capable to display contemporary 3D games. Never build up a high-end PC, but a cost efficient everyday workhorse. Maybe a little bit of "space buff"... The interesting thing in S@h - for me - is not this 'finding ET' mantra (this includes lots of difficult philosophical and ethical conflicts, I dont' want to think about; e.g. Pizarro 'discovering' the Incans). But it's the spirit and dedication of the S@h team, their work, that I can observe, inspect ... and, that I can understand myself to a certain extent, which is why I ran S@h in the past.


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Message 2045245 - Posted: 16 Apr 2020, 17:24:16 UTC - in response to Message 2034170.  

Bence seti çalıştırmak sadece bir umut tan ibaret.
sonucunun olmayacağını bildiğimiz bir umut, bizde bir ata sözü vardır(fakirin ekmeği umuttur)derler
bu seti de onun gibi bir ÅŸey.

Aslında radyo dalgalarını dinleme işi eskide kaldı. Yani bu teknoloji eskidi, günümüz yüzyılına göre orta çağ teknolojisi sayılır.
Yapmamız gereken radyo dalgalarını dinlemek değil, Işık huzmelerini dinlemektir.
Sonuçta bizden akıllı varlıklar arıyoruz değilmi? Neden bizim sahip olduğumuz teknolojiyi kullandıklarını düşünüyoruz ki.
Bu sonuca kim nerden varmış onu da anlamadım zaten.

Diyeceğim o ki radyo dalgalarını dinlemeyi bırakalım ışığı dinleyelim ve teknolojimizi bu yönde ilerletelim.
(geçmiş olsun)

[translated:]
I think running SETI is just a hope, a hope that we know will have no consequences. We have a saying from the ancestors: (the bread of the poor is hope). Seti is something like that.

In fact, listening to radio waves is outdated. In other words, this technology is old and it has to be considered a medieval technology in this century. What we need to do is not listen to radio waves, but observe light beams instead. After all, we're looking for intelligent beings, right? Why do we think they use the technology we have? I do not understand who came to this conclusion and how it was concluded.

I will say let's stop listening to radio waves. Let us observe light emissions instead and let's advance our technology in this direction.
(Get well soon)
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Message 2045323 - Posted: 17 Apr 2020, 1:07:04 UTC - in response to Message 2045245.  

Greetings From An Obsolete Old Fart!
Kindly note that the only difference between radio and visible light is frequency.
This raises the thought that we should be looking at more frequencies.
I miss SETI. My PC is doing a lot of processing still, but it is not looking for aliens,
to my knowledge.
Looking for aliens is its own reward. If we find them, we must decide what to do with them,
or perhaps, they will decide what to do with us.
Best Regards To The Younger Generations!
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Message 2045343 - Posted: 17 Apr 2020, 5:57:06 UTC - in response to Message 2045245.  

The 26 March issue of Berkeley Online describes the PANOSETI project for search of laser pulses by optical telescopes at the Lick Observatory. The project includes UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and Harvard U. I wonder if the COD-19 emergency will have any impact on this project as it already has on other projects and the ESA BepiColombo mission bound to Mercury with reduced staff controlling the flyby of Earth and the following 2 two of Venus in next October.
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Message 2046334 - Posted: 22 Apr 2020, 14:03:10 UTC

I chose Seti because that was the only thing back then. Later I stuck with it because I figured though its chance of success might be slim, it was potentially more beneficial than all other computation projects put together.


There seem to be no other such projects at the moment, though I can't conceive of what one would be. "Help find the Mole People by analyzing earthquake waves!"
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