Posts by ML1

1) Message boards : Number crunching : Next Lunatics? (Message 1948348)
Posted 7 Aug 2018 by Profile ML1
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But based on comments alluded by Stephen and what I remember, our Windows app developer Raistmer said it would be almost impossible to use the exiting CUDA9 Linux app code source for any Windows app simply because the mechanisms the Linux app uses isn't available in the Windows environment.
I'm skating on thin ice here, but I think Raistmer only really knows the OpenCL environment. Anything possible in CUDA for Linux should be possible in CUDA for Windows.

We really need a replacement CUDA developer for Jason G. He appears to have left the project entirely (his computers haven't connected to the servers since December last year), although I think he's OK - I see him on the mailing lists occasionally (most recently last month). I think he's just busy with paying work.

Oooer for Jason G being busy elsewhere. His input is missed. However, I can very much sympathize on the 'busy' bit!

Hopefully we can gain some new enthusiasm for new developments with the new hardware for Parkes coming online. Or even for newly available crunching hardware such as the Tensor compute bits...


Aside: I've moved over to AMD for their GPUs with their slightly better 'open source' approach and for the greater flexibility with OpenCL.

Lot's to explore yet!


Keep searchin',
Martin
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Intel 16 core/32T discusssion (Message 1948333)
Posted 7 Aug 2018 by Profile ML1
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I have to wonder if the OS isn't capable of either handling the MoBo or the number of GPUs.
Sometimes certain hardware combinations don't work well with the installer. I've found Ubuntu to be similar to OSX in that you can move the installed system to another machine without any trouble. It might be better to install the system while the SSD is in a different, less complex machine, move it to the target machine and then run update-grub before installing the first updates. When you run update-grub the bootloader will detect Windows and add it to the OS list. It's worth a shot considering your previous troubles.

Using separate physical drives is a good idea to more easily work around the Windows (and Windows installation) 'foibles' problems. Windows is long known for trashing the disk boot area to then only work with the one Windows.

Another problem to hit sometimes is if the motherboard 'BIOS' is UEFI that has been locked down. In which case, look up the instructions to turn off the UEFI restrictions or for how to make the Linux boot loader entry look like the Windows UEFI entry.

A good test is to see if you can run a "Live DVD/USB" version of a Linux distro. The system will run very slow until you do a real install but that is still useful to see what things look like.

And if stuck, rather than lose hours, jump onto whichever forums and ask! :-)

(And always do a full backup first!)



Good luck!

Happy cool crunchin',
Martin

(Gentoo Linux - there are easier distros :-P :-) )

Take a look at Distrowatch for details: Top Ten Distributions
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Latest Threadripper looks Impressive. Intels response? (Message 1948330)
Posted 7 Aug 2018 by Profile ML1
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Here's the latest from Toms Hardware for the big splash for AMD's latest release:


First Look: AMD Threadripper 2000 Series (aka Threadripper 2) vs. Intel Core X

AMD announced today that its new second-gen Threadripper lineup, also known as Threadripper 2 or Threadripper 2000-Series, is open for preorders. The brawny 32-core, 64-thread Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX serves as the $1,799 halo product of the company's new 2000-series lineup. And if you're not after that many cores (or ready to take that big of a hit on your bank account), the flagship chip comes accompanied by several new Threadripper processors that include 12, 16, and 24-core options...

... With the help of liquid nitrogen, the flagship Threadripper 2990WX smashed past the Cinebench score Intel displayed during its now-notorious Computex presentation with an overclocked (and unreleased) 28-core processor. We'll circle back to that shortly...

... Intel quickly ... dropped prices from $172 per core for its flagship Core i7-6950X to $99 per core for the follow-up Core i9-7900X. Even after Intel's radical pricing adjustments, Team Blue still lags behind AMD's competitive per-core pricing...

... But AMD isn't finished. The company has retooled its Ryzen lineup with the new Zen+ optimizations...

... AMD upped the ante with the help of several pots of LN2. The company overclocked the Threadripper 2990WX to 5.1GHz on all cores [to leap ahead of Intel's best]...



Very good to have some fair competition.

But will Intel play fair?...


Happy fast crunchin'!
Martin
4) Message boards : Politics : The situation in the Middle East is in chaos (Message 1937818)
Posted 31 May 2018 by Profile ML1
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Here is a rather apt quote from fortune for a login just now:


The face of war has never changed.  Surely it is more logical to heal than to kill.

                -- Surak of Vulcan, "The Savage Curtain", stardate 5906.5



Rather than the same old politics of wars, can we have a healing New Politics for the benefit of all?...

All in our only one world,
Martin
5) Message boards : Politics : The situation in the Middle East is in chaos (Message 1936817)
Posted 23 May 2018 by Profile ML1
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... Palestinians is considered terrorists.


Teargas is considered a weapon. One infant died by Israeli teargas...


Those people shown there are very much more lethal than "just children throwing stones".

Those sling-shots are lethal weapons. Roman armies (and others) used them to kill and to help them conquer the then known world.

Time is now long overdue to move onward, and to let whatever assumed histories stay as history.


All in our only one world,
Martin
6) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1936814)
Posted 23 May 2018 by Profile ML1
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Here's a very creative way that has trumped the Trump censorship (of funding) for anything that might avert the USA industrial pollution:


Through many dangers, toils and snares.... SpaceX to send amazing GRACE to spaaaaace

Because ride-sharing is caring, SpaceX will send the next batch of Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit along with a pair of NASA gravity monitoring orbiters, GRACE-FO...

... the SpaceX second-stage booster will fire until 11 minutes and 33 seconds into the flight, when NASA’s GRACE-FO spacecraft will be [jettisoned] deployed.

(The second stage rocket will then shut down and coast until a little under an hour after liftoff, when the engine will be restarted for a quick burn prior to the five NEXT communications satellites being ejected, as Iridium continues upgrading its constellation...)

... Scientists are keen to keep collecting this data even after the original 15 years of GRACE. While sea-level rises have been tracked very accurately over the years, the additional data allows the boffins to separate rises due to melting ice flowing into the ocean from land versus expansion of seawater as it warms...




How crazy is that?!

All on our only one planet,
Martin
7) Message boards : Politics : The situation in the Middle East is in chaos (Message 1935879)
Posted 16 May 2018 by Profile ML1
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So, what can be positively done in those areas for the people to then live in peace and cooperation?

(For example: As in what will avoid all the continued shooting and bombing and worse?)


All in our only one world?
Martin
8) Message boards : Politics : The situation in the Middle East is in chaos (Message 1935771)
Posted 15 May 2018 by Profile ML1
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Tomorrow is the day when the Palestinians pay attention to the Nakba, disaster in Arabic...

Well, tomorrow is another day...

That is something like a half century and many generations ago!

What is it that keeps those people wallowing in an assumed sorrow and a forever 'war' of bitter vengeance for an imagined past nirvana?

Indeed tomorrow is another day. The art of progress is to make tomorrow better than today.


All in our only one world,
Martin
9) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1935086)
Posted 11 May 2018 by Profile ML1
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At long long last, this is good to see some good positivity from the still all-too-often misogynistic media:


Black Panther director says female-led sequel would be 'amazing'

The director of Black Panther has welcomed the idea of a sequel built around its strong female characters.

Ryan Coogler's hit superhero film drew praise for its depiction of highly capable African women who act as warriors, spies and gadget makers.

Coogler said his film's female stars could "easily carry their own movie" and that he would happily watch it.

"If an opportunity like that came up, that would be amazing," he told an audience at the Cannes Film Festival...




We've still a long way to go yet to improve our culture!

All in our only one world,
Martin
10) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1932105)
Posted 26 Apr 2018 by Profile ML1
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Just two big solutions that are underway:


China's electric carmakers bloom at Beijing auto show

Auto executives from across the globe are plugging their plans for an electric car future in China at the Beijing auto show, but they will find their Chinese counterparts are already motoring ahead. ...

... China hopes to reduce its dependence on imported oil and cut pollution, both strategic priorities for Beijing, and it has announced plans to phase out fossil fuel vehicles ... Unencumbered by history and the billions sunk into refining gasoline engines, electric presents a clean competitive slate for homegrown automakers.

"The entry hurdle is lower with an electric drive train than it has been with a combustion engine ... Zetsche welcomed the Chinese newcomers: "The moment you don't have competition you get lazy." ...

... Batteries remain a critical piece of every electric car and Beijing's protective embrace of the technology may ensure China becomes the world's battery lab. ...



Balancing nuclear and renewable energy

Nuclear power plants typically run either at full capacity or not at all. Yet the plants have the technical ability to adjust to the changing demand for power and thus better accommodate sources of renewable energy such as wind or solar power. ...

... "Flexible nuclear power operations are a 'win-win-win,' lowering power system operating costs, increasing revenues for nuclear plant owners and significantly reducing curtailment of renewable energy," ...

... The study helps to dispel long-held views that nuclear power plants must operate in "baseload" mode, producing power at maximum rated capacity whenever they are online. Nuclear plants can even respond dynamically to hourly electricity market prices and second-to-second frequency regulation needs, the team found. Power systems that include renewable energy must be more flexible to balance supply and demand at all times. Nuclear operators in France, Germany and other countries are familiar with this approach, but less so in the United States...




And aside: The UK enjoyed about 50% renewable power generation today. There has been ZERO coal-fired power output. And there is more wind power and solar power yet to be added to the power grid.


All on our only one planet,
Martin
11) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1932104)
Posted 26 Apr 2018 by Profile ML1
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How much "in-yer-face" heavy impact can the fossils and fossils followers continue to corruptly deny?...


Melting Arctic sends a message - climate change is here in a big way

Scientists have known for a long time that as climate change started to heat up the Earth, its effects would be most pronounced in the Arctic. This has many reasons, but climate feedbacks are key. As the Arctic warms, snow and ice melt, and the surface absorbs more of the sun's energy instead of reflecting it back into space. This makes it even warmer, which causes more melting, and so on.

This expectation has become a reality that I describe in my new book "Brave New Arctic." It's a visually compelling story: The effects of warming are evident in shrinking ice caps and glaciers and in Alaskan roads buckling as permafrost beneath them thaws.

But for many people the Arctic seems like a faraway place, and stories of what is happening there seem irrelevant to their lives. It can also be hard to accept that the globe is warming up while you are shoveling out from the latest snowstorm.

Since I have spent more than 35 years studying snow, ice and cold places,..

... When I first started working in the Arctic, scientists understood it as a region defined by its snow and ice, with a varying but generally constant climate. In the 1990s, we realized that it was changing, but it took us years to figure out why. Now scientists are trying to understand what the Arctic's ongoing transformation means for the rest of the planet, and whether the Arctic of old will ever be seen again. ...

... for those of us who study the Arctic, it is clear that a radical transformation is underway. My two ice caps are just a small part of that story. Indeed, the question is no longer whether the Arctic is warming, but how drastically it will change – and what those changes mean for the planet.



Recent Russian Arctic glacier loss doubles from the previous 60 years

... explained a scientific dictum that states glacier change should happen slowly in the Arctic because temperatures are low, the ice is very cold and it melts more slowly than ice elsewhere. "We are finding out that the ice is changing more rapidly than we previously thought," said Zheng. "The temperature is changing in the Arctic faster than anywhere else in the world."...



And yet the dirty old fossils are now more expensive and as polluting as ever!...

How do we push harder, faster, for Power Change instead of Human Forced Climate Change?!!

All on our only one planet,
Martin
12) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1931603)
Posted 23 Apr 2018 by Profile ML1
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Our breezy days are becoming ever more powerful:


New control strategy helps reap maximum power from wind farms

Every two and a half hours, a new wind turbine rises in the U.S. In 2016, wind provided 5.6 percent of all electricity produced, more than double the amount generated by wind in 2010, but still a far cry from its potential.

A team of researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has developed a new way [to control wind turbines] to extract more power from the wind. ... indicate potential increases of up to six to seven percent [power generated for existing turbines]...



Wind energy's swift growth, explained

The wind industry is growing quickly around the world, especially in China and the U.S., where the total amount of electricity generated by wind turbines nearly doubled between 2011 and 2017.

All told, about 25 percent of global electricity now comes from renewable sources like hydropower, wind and solar energy...



Danish wind power whips up record 43% of electricity

Wind power generated 43.4 percent of electricity consumed in Denmark last year, a new record for the Nordic nation which aims to rely on renewables for half of its energy needs by 2030, authorities said Thursday...


Meanwhile, the polluting dirty old fossils continue their procrastinated decline.

All just a question of whether we have enough time...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
13) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1929766)
Posted 13 Apr 2018 by Profile ML1
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.... Which all adds up to the USA being awash with readily available guns...

What could possibly go wrong with that?...


Only in Amerika?
Martin
14) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1929413)
Posted 11 Apr 2018 by Profile ML1
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Add Little Britain :)


Hey! We abandoned caning in schools many years ago.

Baseball bats are more the sort of nuklear option that are only shown as a laugh on cartoons or as where not to go in dystopian films... :-(


What next?...

Where's the good sense?...

Only in the Kafkaesque Amerika?
Martin
15) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1929402)
Posted 11 Apr 2018 by Profile ML1
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WHAT sort of schooling does America have?

Guns...

And now added with:


... Teachers in Pennsylvania get 16in bats...


For REAL!?...

What sort of an education is that?... What does that teach?...


Only in Amerika!

And all in our only one world,
Martin
16) Message boards : Politics : DEATH of the USA - by the FCC (Message 1923050)
Posted 5 Mar 2018 by Profile ML1
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For a brief update on the Net Neutrality 'vote' in the true style of USA 'politics', we have, all to no surprise, everyone runs to "make great monetary benefit The Lawyers":



OK, who had 'Montana' in the net neutrality state pool? Congratulations

Montana has become the first US state to lay down its own net neutrality protections.

Governor Steve Bullock signed off Monday on an executive order declaring that, as of July 1, all ISPs that want to do businesses with state agencies must adhere to basic net neutrality tenets including bans on paid prioritization and throttling of lawful traffic.

Telcos that don't comply can still operate in Montana, but will be ineligible to receive any service contracts with government agencies...



California Senate OKs net neutrality law, gives FCC cold hard long stare

F U FCC say lawmakers as bill passes to Assembly...


Pressure mounts on FCC to cough up answers over fake net neutrality comments

US lawmakers have weighed in on the FCC's controversial vote to scrap America's net neutrality rules, demanding information on the millions of fake comments submitted to the watchdog's public consultation on the decision – and asking pointed questions about how the federal regulator handled them...


Vermont becomes fifth US state to boot up its own net neutrality rules

Vermont has become the fifth US state to adopt net neutrality regulations, joining Montana, New Jersey, Hawaii, and New York...


Washington (no, not that one) to pass hardcore net neutrality law: All ISPs in state must obey

US tech hotbed steps up with strictest traffic protections yet...


Mayors of America demand net neutrality protections… again

More than 75 mayors and city officials across America this week signed a letter asking that the nation's net neutrality safeguards remain in place. Again.

The open letter is addressed to the four main Congressional leaders, and calls the controversial decision by the FCC to dismantle is own rules covering access to online content a "stark and unwarranted attack on our communities and residents."

The local leaders represent 43 million constituents...



Hey girl, move a little closer. 'Cause you're too gun shy. Hush, hush, bye says Pai

Ajit Pai, the boss of America's communications watchdog, the FCC, says he won't be picking the collectable rifle awarded to him by the NRA as a prize for killing net neutrality...



All in the land of the 'freedoms'?...

Only in the USA,
Martin
17) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1922587)
Posted 3 Mar 2018 by Profile ML1
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Phew! Are all Americans so totally religiously uptight and angst-ridden about their guns?

This thread reads more like a schoolyard fist-fight rather than anything of any thoughtfulness...


Trying to add some real-world reality to bring the USA back into the real world, just two real world links:

Gun violence

... Compared to similarly wealthy nations with strict gun control laws, such as Japan, the United Kingdom, or South Korea, the United States has an overall rate of firearms death per capita, which is 50–100 times greater than many of its peers... despite having the highest number of police officers, is sometimes thought to be attributable to its extreme rate of gun ownership, as it is the only nation in which guns exceed people. Nearly all studies have found a positive association between gun ownership and gun-related homicide and suicide rates...


This city fights crime with gardening

The best tool to fight crime may be a lawnmower. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which shows that sprucing up vacant lots by doing as little as picking up trash and cutting the grass curbed gun violence in poor neighborhoods in a major U.S. metropolis by nearly 30%...



Or is the USA a Mad-Max world of desperadoes all the way to their own-made apocalypse?

Or can we have some good human sense added to this thread at least?


Only in the USA?

All in our only one world,
Martin

(And thanks mods for great patience for keeping this thread from being too badly degenerately shot up :-( )
18) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1920795)
Posted 24 Feb 2018 by Profile ML1
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So... Yet more USA massacres due to the misuse of guns...

And yet there is STILL talk and Marketing to add yet more guns into the fire of stupidity!

There is a far better way to go...

Remove the availability of guns.

Is that not the OBVIOUS solution?

Only in Amerika?
Martin
19) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1920728)
Posted 23 Feb 2018 by Profile ML1
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So... Yet more USA massacres due to the misuse of guns...

And yet there is STILL talk and Marketing to add yet more guns into the fire of stupidity!

There is a far better way to go...


Only in Amerika...
Martin
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1920113)
Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Profile ML1
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OK...

So about as advanced for user profiling as Microsoft was at about the turn of the millennia some 18 years ago...

Unfortunately, that does follow up on the Canonical people (Ubuntu) moving ever closer to being raped by an 'IPO'....

Thankfully, there are other Linux mainstream distros yet that will continue to protect your freedoms.


IT is all that you allow it to be...
Martin


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