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Message 2084113 - Posted: 10 Sep 2021, 14:28:02 UTC

Time for some "clean relief".
Shades of The Fugitive.
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Message 2084173 - Posted: 12 Sep 2021, 13:50:16 UTC
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Testing sites response times.

Edit load & response times on Windows Firefox ok but still not what it should be.
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Message 2084179 - Posted: 12 Sep 2021, 14:54:39 UTC - in response to Message 2084173.  

Testing sites response times.

Edit load & response times on Windows Firefox ok but still not what it should be.

Yep, the forums have been badly sluggish...

Backups in progress?

Nebula running in the background slugging the database or the VMs?...

Campus or datacentre weekend work impinging?


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Message 2084180 - Posted: 12 Sep 2021, 15:03:01 UTC

The Fox is Watered, but is not down, not yet. Waterfox v2021.04.2
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Message 2084197 - Posted: 13 Sep 2021, 0:05:19 UTC

I see we're back again.
So who broke what?
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Message 2084200 - Posted: 13 Sep 2021, 0:17:38 UTC - in response to Message 2084197.  

I see we're back again.
So who broke what?

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=8105
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Message 2084209 - Posted: 13 Sep 2021, 2:06:18 UTC

Safari was face down for a long while back. Now it is back up.

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Message 2084242 - Posted: 13 Sep 2021, 13:56:53 UTC - in response to Message 2084241.  
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And here I thought the driver had "concentration problems" or as mom called it "tunnel vision", until I saw the word hearse.

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Message 2084443 - Posted: 16 Sep 2021, 15:44:18 UTC

Today is Fast and Furry-ous Day!

Today is the anniversary of the first Road Runner cartoon's debut in 1949. What does that mean?

It means Wiley E Coyote and the Road Runner share the same birthday! :-)
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Message 2084788 - Posted: 22 Sep 2021, 15:17:16 UTC

"If you can train a child... you can train a cow" one researcher / scientist said.
Scientists are potty-training cows in a bid to help save the planet
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Message 2084905 - Posted: 24 Sep 2021, 5:30:55 UTC


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Message 2084910 - Posted: 24 Sep 2021, 7:29:25 UTC
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Mostly right, but some of us sometimes use kg for huma weight depending on what is doing the measuring says.....
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Message 2084914 - Posted: 24 Sep 2021, 8:14:30 UTC - in response to Message 2084910.  

Mostly right, but some of us sometimes use kg for huma weight depending on what is doing the measuring says.....

And I frequently still use fahrenheit.
Plus we, my youngest and I, mix metric and imperial when using wood, i.e. 1.63m of 4x2.
And doors are still in 3" multiples from 18" to 36"even if the stores are stupid enough to say it is 762mm (30").
Sheets of ply, MDF, chipboard and plaster (Drywall) are also 8' x 4', much easier than 2.44m x 1.22m.
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Message 2084919 - Posted: 24 Sep 2021, 9:51:14 UTC

I still say I'm 5'9".
Much better than 1.7526
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Message 2084934 - Posted: 24 Sep 2021, 14:31:28 UTC - in response to Message 2084914.  

Mostly right, but some of us sometimes use kg for huma weight depending on what is doing the measuring says.....

And I frequently still use fahrenheit.
Plus we, my youngest and I, mix metric and imperial when using wood, i.e. 1.63m of 4x2.
And doors are still in 3" multiples from 18" to 36"even if the stores are stupid enough to say it is 762mm (30").
Sheets of ply, MDF, chipboard and plaster (Drywall) are also 8' x 4', much easier than 2.44m x 1.22m.

Yep... There's a LOT of history in our measures and traditions.

With that comes a lot of hubris to cling on to what has gone before...

And then we have a scary confusion of the mish-mash of units used in aviation!!!


Also similarly so for spacecraft... Until...

What was that NASA mission that missed the destination planet because one group of people were using miles whereas another group were using kilometers?...
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Message 2084936 - Posted: 24 Sep 2021, 14:44:27 UTC

The Mars Climate Orbiter
The navigation team at (JPL) used the metric system. Lockheed Martin, which designed and built the spacecraft, used the English system.
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Message 2084937 - Posted: 24 Sep 2021, 14:48:05 UTC - in response to Message 2084934.  

What was that NASA mission that missed the destination planet because one group of people were using miles whereas another group were using kilometers?...
Mars Climate Orbiter

The primary cause of this discrepancy was that one piece of ground software supplied by Lockheed Martin produced results in a United States customary unit, contrary to its Software Interface Specification (SIS), while a second system, supplied by NASA, expected those results to be in SI units, in accordance with the SIS. Specifically, software that calculated the total impulse produced by thruster firings produced results in pound-force seconds. The trajectory calculation software then used these results – expected to be in newton-seconds (incorrect by a factor of 4.45)– to update the predicted position of the spacecraft.
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Message 2084940 - Posted: 24 Sep 2021, 15:10:51 UTC - in response to Message 2084937.  
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Thanks for that.

... (incorrect by a factor of 4.45)...

Ouch! That was a bit of an expensive flyby...


For comparison, I've had the confusion of speed indicators that have been unclear as to whether they were reading mph or knots...

And then I blundered across one really overly clever electronic display that would display either, depending upon hidden settings... That one panel was set to knots, the firmware was updated as part of maintenance, and then tested and all looked fine. Fortuitously, although not part of the tests, my paranoia questioned that there were no dial markings to show what the units were... Only when scrolling through the setup again did we notice a units toggle setting! Oooer!!! That required yet another sticky label...


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Message 2084944 - Posted: 24 Sep 2021, 16:37:31 UTC - in response to Message 2084934.  

With that comes a lot of hubris to cling on to what has gone before...

IMHO the change to metric was educationally one of the worst decision ever made.
People who were brought up using Imperial measurements and £sd were usually good at mental arithmetic and didn't flinch away from multiplying or dividing by other numbers other than 10.
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