Posts by Joseph Stateson

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Bugs, Insects, and Spiders (Message 2086787)
Posted 12 hours ago by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211004-why-so-many-of-us-are-casual-spider-murderers



Thanks, that was good! Went directly to my son who is deathly afraid of spiders.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Bugs, Insects, and Spiders (Message 2086658)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
The spider that was adjacent to my jalapeno plants is missing (see its pic posted earlier). There is not enough of its web left to take a picture. I assume a bird made a meal out of it. To bad those goliath bird eating spiders are only in Venezuela. Be nice to have one or two up here.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI orphans (Message 2086643)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
One of my SETI motherboards just found a new home. An old eVga SLI type mombo went south. I had already sold most of the SETI 1060 type boards on eBay easily recouping what I had paid new a few years ago.

I went through my parts drawers and found the following 1x pci cards: Wifi and bluetooth combo, USB3 with internal header, eSata with port multiplier (I have a box of disks that can connect to it). Not counting the inaccessible 1x slot under the GPU, there is one left over 1x slot. If I had a firewire card I could fill it in but 1394 is as dead as SETI

To the tune of the Boston M.T.A.

Will SETI return?
No it'll never return
and its fate is still unlearned (poor old SETI)
You can crunch forever
on your fine computer
but the data will never upload

--sorry for my terrible lyrics--

feel free to add to them! Include a video if you can strum a guitar
.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (2) (Message 2086348)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
Been running Windows 10 Pro un-activated for some time. While it has not been a month yet, googling I read numerous reports it will keep running but I will lose some benefits like customizing wallpaper and other cosmetic stuff. I would see $25 advertisements for Win10 pro on Facebook and I used to report them as fraud but not anymore. Its down to under $17 on Amazon and everyone know Jeff Bezos does not lie.

I have mint "20.20" running on an old system. It looks really good but It thinks my AMD S9100 is a W8100 and my S9000 as an ATI FirePro V with 3gb ram. The S9100 works ok but the S9000 crashes mint. I asked about the problem over at AMD community and was told to use "20.04". I complained that the driver is reporting the wrong info, not the OS and my complaint never showed up nor did my complaint about the complaint not showing up. I can still log in so I am not banned.

Both boards work fine in windows 10. AMD knows where the money is and listens when Microsoft speaks.

Another thought: I used to dump out the bios and look for corporate keys like Dell, HP, IBM, Asus, etc. Not any more. No need to find the matching corporate key to activate an old motherboard. Just put in windows 10 and try to live without changing the wall paper or customizing the desktop after a month.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Bugs, Insects, and Spiders (Message 2086308)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
I have a nice spider watching my Jalapeno plants. Not sure what is causing the brown streaks but it is late in the season and this is the 3rd harvest.



6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whatcha Watching? (Message 2085028)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
I've been rewatching Stargate Atlantis on Hulu, and I'm finding that I've lost all patience for stupid people in this show. The Earth people in Atlantis are supposed to be above-average or even Genius, yet they do a lot of stupid things.

Of course I know that they do those things to move the plot along, but I don't care.

I'm losing all patience in my golden years. LOL!


I loved all the stargate series and bought the complete DVD collections when they came available. Copied them all to MP4 so I could watch from laptop.
Was disappointed with Universe but was even more disappointed when it was canceled.

The reboot of Nikita was not as good as the 1999 version and I just read there is a reboot of the reboot!
A reboot of true blood in the works supposidly.
There seems to be no reboot of Dresden Files. Fans complained that Paul Blackthorne was not 6'6"" tall like the book said he was supposed to be. if that show as cancele4d for that type of comment they got what they deserved.

my 2c
7) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI orphans (Message 2073435)
Posted 15 Apr 2021 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
To late to edit my first post but I did manage to find some statistics on completion of the COVID apps
Significantly faster times for GPU calculations as shown in attached pic.
About 3 minutes to do a calculation as opposed to 2.5 to 6 hours for the CPUs.
Not all results were in my Boinctasks history. WCG site shows 300+ results of which 17 were invalid.




====and best of all====

8) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI orphans (Message 2073419)
Posted 15 Apr 2021 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
I don't know what "TDR" refers to.
TDR is a Windows specific concept, but I think it accounts for a large proportion of the iGPU 'time limit exceeded' errors under Windows.

http://developer.download.nvidia.com/NsightVisualStudio/2.2/Documentation/UserGuide/HTML/Content/Timeout_Detection_Recovery.htm


Thanks, I was unaware of TDR nor that app.

Thinking about this, I do not recall seeing "Nvidia driver was reset" warnings recently (like since last year) and I suspect they are being hidden or dealt with another way.

I do get occasional and unexpected "desktop refresh" but the event viewer noes not list nvidia which I think is suspicious.

nvidia-smi gives the error message "NVidia requested a reboot" on rare occasions which I trap for on my linux temperature reporting app.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI orphans (Message 2073413)
Posted 15 Apr 2021 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
Just realized I got in 300+ WCG GPU tasks

I was unable to do an exact count of the valid ones as there was no way to filter on "OPNG" and too many pages to review at their website.

300 Valid -vs- 17 Invalid on 3 different systems, all GTX 1070 or better

Unfortunately, my fastest system was not crunching when the boatload of tasks came in nor was it recording BoincTasks history which would have been useful for statistics.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI orphans (Message 2072768)
Posted 7 Apr 2021 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
I scanned through 40 pages (no, did not look at each page) and all COVID tasks that I contributed to were identified as "OPN1_xxx". There were no OPNG tasks. I have 3 systems capable of GPU tasks, a fourth one if RX-570 is ok (I suspect not).

Running 24x7 it seems to be that at least one OPNG should have shown up. A thread started by a user gave statistics for a number of GPU boards.

https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/forums/wcg/viewthread_thread,43317_offset,0#654788

I assume those stats were from the users contribution as I cannot find any detailed statistics for "leaders"


I just put a {X} in the beta testing program. Maybe that was needed to get GPU tasks?

can someone provide a link to a OPNG task so I can see what the results look like?

TIA
11) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI orphans (Message 2072739)
Posted 7 Apr 2021 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
I have not yet sold all my boards on the German eBay market for 2x what I paid for them so I can possibly help with your request. I still 1660ti and RTX2080 and i9 7900x so can run gpuz if you tell me what to crunch.

Lemme know as I have not much else to do.


crunch World Community Grid, Open Pandemics - COVID-19 GPU project. (you have to go into your settings as outlined above to enable the GPU tasks.



Incredible! I had no idea they have a GPU project! All my CPUs are doing COVID while I am waiting for my 2nd Pfiizer. Will kick off all my Einstein tasks!
[EDIT] It appears I had previously set GPU tasks to OK and there are no GPU tasks available except for an Intel GPU which I would not use even if I had one .
World Community Grid	4/7/2021 11:26:44 AM	update requested by user	
World Community Grid	4/7/2021 11:26:50 AM	No tasks sent	
World Community Grid	4/7/2021 11:26:50 AM	No tasks are available for OpenPandemics - COVID 19	
World Community Grid	4/7/2021 11:26:50 AM	No tasks are available for OpenPandemics - COVID-19 - GPU	
World Community Grid	4/7/2021 11:26:50 AM	Tasks for Intel GPU are available, but your preferences are set to not accept them	
12) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI orphans (Message 2072737)
Posted 7 Apr 2021 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
I have not yet sold all my boards on the German eBay market for 2x what I paid for them so I can possibly help with your request. I still 1660ti and RTX2080 and i9 7900x so can run gpuz if you tell me what to crunch.

Lemme know as I have not much else to do.
13) Message boards : SETI@home Science : SETI@home in the News (Message 2062409)
Posted 28 Nov 2020 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
Jean-Luc Margot is almost certain a man not a woman, and probably associated with the SETI Institute not SETI@Home.


Thanks! My thoughts were on Margot Kidder as I had just watched a re-run of superman and was not thinking clearly.
14) Message boards : SETI@home Science : SETI@home in the News (Message 2062407)
Posted 28 Nov 2020 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
Millions of Signals From an Intelligent Civilization!

https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-detected-26-million-possible-technosignatures-they-all-came-from-us

Yes, SETI research has analyzed 26,631,913 candidate technosignatures but flagged all as anthropogenic RFI

Good news is that by an order of 15 there are that many more signals yet to be identified.

Anyone know who Margot is? I did not see her listed under project personnel.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : are any of you ordering computer parts made in or shipped from China? (Message 2037890)
Posted 14 Mar 2020 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
Ordered an inexpensive water distiller a while back. They are all made in china. Got it months ago for use with my Keurig coffee maker. Just checked a few minutes ago and the price has doubled from 120 to 249 USD. My local site for nextdoor.com people are complaining they cannot get distilled water from the stores in addition to bottled water or toilet tissue. On neighbor needs it for the nebulizer her sick child uses. People are hoarding and there is no need. Toilet tissue is not imported, there are plenty of manufacturers here in USA for TP. No need to hoard.

Not sure how my distiller got UL approval. There is no off switch, only a "reset" and removing the lid to fill it cause water to drip directly down INTO the electrical plug at its base. Really bad design as lid cannot be lifted straight up. It turns off when it gets too hot (no water left to boil). Maybe It is just the cord that that has the UL rating.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Bitcoin GPU-based Mining Machines good for BOINC / SETI? (Message 2036412)
Posted 7 Mar 2020 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
Too late to edit previous post and did not want to leave incorrect info. xyratex 0944037 motherboard: the PCIe
Gen2 is supported after all. However, there are not enough to go around for 7 slots. Slots can be picked and
chosen for gen 1 or gen 2 so all slots cam be used. There are 34 lanes so I can add splitters for more cards.

After doing an upgrade something broke in python3 but not worth fixing or looking into: I was unable to get the
AMD enterprise ubuntu driver to work with the S series gpu boards I was planning to use for Milkyway project.
Will use windows instead.

Motherboard has an AMI bios but it does not have an embedded SLIC so I may have to add one.
My one unused win7home license (from family 3 pack) does not support dual cpus so pro is needed. Win7x64 pro
installed and works fine but was a real pain as only the "simple" updates worked. The required service pack 1
did not download so I had to hunt for it and also had to disable driver signatures before the AMD driver worked.

Either I pony up $ to activate, install an SLIC that might brick the system, or buy one of those cheap win10 Toms hardware recommended for $55 (PCdestination)
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Bitcoin GPU-based Mining Machines good for BOINC / SETI? (Message 2036169)
Posted 6 Mar 2020 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
Follow-up on my new motherboard, "Xyratex".

Linux from old, different motherboard booted no problem. Try that windows win 10!

Have RX-560 in a slot with an x8-x16 adapter, works fine. All slots are gen1 which is fine. I will not be using any 4-in-1 splitters as the 7 slots are more than enough for my unused boards.

The back of the slots are not cut out so an adapter is needed if not using a riser. Temps are reported just fine, no need to re-run lm-sensors or any other 3rd party software. All works fine.

BUT BUT BUT - screw holes do not line up, not even close. Had to attach three 1x2 14 inches boards with wood screws to mombo to allow mombo to rest on frame of mining rig. There are a lot fewer fan connects but I have a enough molex fan splitters for all the fans, pump, etc.

Although only gen 1, at least the 6 core Xeons can hold their own against anything crunchable unlike the G1840 Celeron that came with the TB85. That system is limited to Milkyway and ATI cards unless I $upgrade$ the cpu..
18) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI going away? (Message 2036095)
Posted 5 Mar 2020 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
Made the LA news (cnn wire)

https://ktla.com/news/california/uc-berkeley-project-that-crowdsourced-search-for-alien-life-will-end-after-2-decades-scientists-to-study-results
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Bitcoin GPU-based Mining Machines good for BOINC / SETI? (Message 2035886)
Posted 5 Mar 2020 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
Looks like 7 PCIe slots. Where’s the 8th?


Miscounted: Election disconfort from yesterday when I found I could only vote once.

pimping my old rig sans GPUs. Learned a lot building this. Do not plug risers in backwards and do not buy tubing from lowes that melts at 70c.

20) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI going away? (Message 2035882)
Posted 5 Mar 2020 by Profile Joseph Stateson Project Donor
Post:
Time to say goodbye!


Next 20


 
©2021 University of California
 
SETI@home and Astropulse are funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and donations from SETI@home volunteers. AstroPulse is funded in part by the NSF through grant AST-0307956.