Posts by Pierre A Renaud

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part VI (Message 1913498)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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I'm on TV, and not for a good reason.

http://abc7chicago.com/home-invader-attacks-woman-in-west-chicago/2948485/

I'm the nephew.

I brought her home tonight, which was when she realized just what a mess her bedroom is. Another TV crew was waiting and she let them in.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/01/16/elderly-woman-attacked-west-chicago/

She ended up not staying there tonight after all.
I hope she recovers quickly, that the perpetrator can be arrested asap, that a solution can be found preventing any such situation from reoccuring, and that (dark humor warning) you soon both find more positive reasons for making the front page (an arrest of the intruder would be a good start) !
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What are you listening to? (Message 1913289)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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How Astronomy Answers The Ultimate Questions: Curiosity Podcast Episode 7
https://soundcloud.com/curiositydotcom/how-astronomy-answers-the-ultimate-questions-curiosity-podcast-episode-7

3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : intergalactic quotes 2 (Message 1912693)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you. Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave? Stop, Dave. I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it.
Assuming that what happens here stays here (yeah, right, interwebs!), I'll admit I had shed a tear when I first heard that dialogue between Bowman and HAL. One of the best cinematographic pieces ever, imnsho.

4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tales of the Frozen North (Message 1912451)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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Staff members Patrick & Ernest from Mac Station (not too far from Ice Station Zebra), wondering if the
last working computer has frozen or if there is yet again a glitch with one of Berkeley's download servers.


Isn't that Patrick McGoohan in Ice Station Zebra?
*That* would explain very well why he's so riled up whenever we call him Number Six !
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tales of the Frozen North (Message 1911810)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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you guys do not eat enough garlic....
We'll try garlic as soon as its unfrozen. For the moment, we're taking this wintery opportunity to keep our CPUs and GPUs cold while they crunch data for SETI@home.

6) Message boards : Number crunching : Multicore smartphones - how to use their full potential (Message 1911788)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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How did it go?
Not good: for my TAB E Samsung tablet, the daily WU output decreased by 10%, and for the Polaroid A4 smartphone it decreased it by 33%. The Android app retained for both was Keep Screen On (No Screen Off could not prevent the A4's screen from going blank after 30 mins).

Allowing their screens to turn off then probably insures that more ressources can be allocated to the SETI@home app without activating (or more than compensating) a sleep mode thought to be significantly detrimental to the SETI@home app's performance - at least for these mobile models.

I'm glad to report that all devices have now been returned intact to their standardized space-time fishy continuums.

7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tales of the Frozen North (Message 1911660)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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This is the best thing you'll see all day. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ• This Dog figures out how to carry his sled up the hill in order to sled for hours & hours & hours. #snow #sledding #dogs #blizzard2018 #cyclonebomb #philly #dog https://twitter.com/stridinstrider/status/949033659406876677

I say probably the best thing all month and maybe this year.
The best thing this year ? Perhaps you want me to count our frikin' blessings ? Here's another frikin' blessing.

8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tales of the Frozen North (Message 1911652)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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This is the best thing you'll see all day. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ• This Dog figures out how to carry his sled up the hill in order to sled for hours & hours & hours. #snow #sledding #dogs #blizzard2018 #cyclonebomb #philly #dog https://twitter.com/stridinstrider/status/949033659406876677
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Multicore smartphones - how to use their full potential (Message 1911481)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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3 weeks l8r, on my Samsung TAB E tablet, my average turnaround time of 1.38 days increased to 1.52 and on my Polaroid A4 smarthone it increased from 2.23 to 2.96. I'll uninstall the apps shortly, since they are not improving things and aren't apparently forcing the devices in high-power state.

I should have controlled for WU types, but considering the low stakes involved and the short 3 week trial period, I chose not to bother with that.

I will test Keep Screen On for my aging Polaroid A4 android smartphone, which can disable my maximum imposed 30 minutes screen saver time (No Screen Off is simple to use, but can't bypass the 30 minutes imposed limit). In a week or two I'll be able to see if it can significantly improve on my Average turnaround time of 2.23 days.

On my Galaxy Tab E No Screen Off seems to work, and it remains to be seen if its Average turnaround time of 1.38 days can be improved upon.

So, the biggest question is what tools we have to adjust such power-saving features of Android devices?
Maybe device firmware can be fooled somehow to force in high-power state...
Over Christmas I'm planning to test with No Screen Off and if that doesn't work, with XPosed Framework so that the screen doesn't turn off - and hopefully the CPU doesn't either. I'll have to find something to put the phone in so the screen is covered.
10) Message boards : News : Arecibo Status (Message 1910734)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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Informative backgrounder video on this asteroid (and some tidbits about the situation of the Arecibo observatory and... and its cats' colony).
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3200 Phaethon: How the Still-Recovering Arecibo Telescope Saw This Asteroid Coming 12/30/2017
http://www.newsweek.com/3200-phaethon-how-still-recovering-arecibo-telescope-saw-asteroid-coming-765311

Arecibo used its radar capabilities using diesel generators to watch asteroid Phaeton3200, as reported in Science (non SETI) section.
Tullio
For the person who asked how s/he could directly help the observatory: not sure. But there are other ways:
Aid for Science in Puerto Rico
PBS Links IHEU FFRF
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part VI (Message 1909388)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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This profile.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : New Year's Resolutions. - Free Yourself. (Message 1909283)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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What resolution will you make that you know you probably won't keep?
I've made these words of wisdom part of the resolutions I haven't always been able to keep in the last decades. Worth a perpetual try imho because well, you know, โ€œI still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool..โ€

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In the spirit of the Holidays' Season, here are two Carl Sagan quotes. Cheers !

โ€œIn the way that scepticism is sometimes applied to issues of public concern, there is a tendency to belittle, to condescend, to ignore the fact that, deluded or not, supporters of superstition and pseudoscience are human beings with real feelings, who, like the sceptics, are trying to figure out how the world works and what our role in it might be. Their motives are in many cases consonant with science. If their culture has not given them all the tools they need to pursue this great quest, let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped.โ€

โ€œThe chief deficiency I see in the skeptical movement is its polarization: Us vs. Them โ€” the sense that we have a monopoly on the truth; that those other people who believe in all these stupid doctrines are morons; that if you're sensible, you'll listen to us; and if not, to hell with you. This is nonconstructive. It does not get our message across. It condemns us to permanent minority status.โ€

โ€• Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What Are You Reading? (Message 1908438)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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"Homo Deus", by Yuval Noah Harari. A Brief History of Tomorrow.
Very enlightening, and Yuval has a great sense of humor.
Dammit Jim, I hear you !

In my TRP/TRRP for the holidays. Perhaps too ambitious =:/ but I'll do my best to go through it (it's an "aim for the stars" thing). Happy holidays ya all ! =:)

14) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 18 Year Club! (Message 1908137)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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Another reason to celebrate is that, apparently, this is your first post on these forums in as many years. May an extraterrestrial civilization take example on you and finally break the silence in a similar fashion ! *raising my cuppa joe to you*

I completely missed my 18th.
3 Jun 1999
Well here is to another year. lol
15) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Wish list: Linking the World Community Grid project to our account data pages (Message 1907486)
Posted 16 Dec 2017 by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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Thanks to both of you for unearthing this old but terminally revealing service ticket. Now resuming quiet desperation mode.


Okay, with thanks to Juha for finding this.

The World Community Grid cannot be linked because they don't have user pages. The pages those links in your account point to are your accounts at the other projects. WCG doesn't use those. So it cannot be linked to.

commit c6ee2ed:
David  29 Dec 2006
    - user web: add project list to private use page also;
        sort projects by descending avg credit;
        don't link to user page on WCG (they don't have them)
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Multicore smartphones - how to use their full potential (Message 1906991)
Posted 14 Dec 2017 by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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Thanks to you all for your suggestions !

I will test Keep Screen On for my aging Polaroid A4 android smartphone, which can disable my maximum imposed 30 minutes screen saver time (No Screen Off is simple to use, but can't bypass the 30 minutes imposed limit). In a week or two I'll be able to see if it can significantly improve on my Average turnaround time of 2.23 days.

On my Galaxy Tab E No Screen Off seems to work, and it remains to be seen if its Average turnaround time of 1.38 days can be improved upon.

So, the biggest question is what tools we have to adjust such power-saving features of Android devices?
Maybe device firmware can be fooled somehow to force in high-power state...
Over Christmas I'm planning to test with No Screen Off and if that doesn't work, with XPosed Framework so that the screen doesn't turn off - and hopefully the CPU doesn't either. I'll have to find something to put the phone in so the screen is covered.
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1906963)
Posted 14 Dec 2017 by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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Just posted this to the Carl Sagan message board, might be of interest to you all as well !


Kepler: The Era of Exoplanets Has Arrived - Jeff Coughlin & Geert Barentsen (SETI Talk 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2bDaD7IlC4
SETI Institute - Published on Dec 11, 2017

NASAโ€™s Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 and measured the brightness of 200,000 stars at unprecedented precision for over four years, with the prime mission goal of detecting Earth-sized exoplanets. Now after another four, Keplerโ€™s final planet catalog is complete --- over 4,000 planet candidates have been found, with 50 of them possibly rocky and capable of having liquid water. For the first time in human history, we can calculate how common planets the same size and temperature as Earth are, a key component to SETIโ€™s goal of figuring out how common life may be in the universe. The K2 mission began three years ago, and uses the Kepler spacecraft to stare at many different parts of the sky for 80 days at a time. A broad portion of the Astronomical community chooses what targets to observe, resulting in a wide variety of science, including supernovae, galaxies, stars, and of course exoplanets. K2 has found over 300 confirmed exoplanets and an additional 500 candidates. Some of these are likely to be habitable, and many of them are prime targets to be observed by future missions, such as the James Webb space telescope. We'll discuss what we may learn about these worlds over the next few decades, and what future missions are being planned to find planets to which our descendants may one day travel.

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/main/index.html
https://twitter.com/NASAKepler
List of exoplanet search projects

The study of extra-solar planets has turned up some rather interesting candidates in the past few years. As of August 1st, 2017, a total of 3,639 exoplanets have been discovered in 2,729 planetary systems and 612 multiple planetary systems. Many of these discoveries have challenged conventional thinking about planets, especially where their sizes and distances from their suns are concerned.

https://www.universetoday.com/137001/exoplanet-hunters-detect-two-new-warm-jupiters/
18) Message boards : Team Recruitment Center : CARL SAGAN (Message 1905942)
Posted 9 Dec 2017 by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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Click the Link below and then scrool down to the bottom fo the page to join team Carl Sagan:
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/team_display.php?teamid=41499
19) Questions and Answers : Web site : Carl Sagan: Unable to handle request - no such team (Message 1905560)
Posted 8 Dec 2017 by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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There's plenty more weird things going on, that I am reporting to the project developers. This one is reported as well. May coincide with the new fundraising icons introduced yesterday. We'll hear it later today, I bet.

Page up and running, already ! For this and the gr8 work your doing here, thanks !
20) Questions and Answers : Web site : Carl Sagan: Unable to handle request - no such team (Message 1905559)
Posted 8 Dec 2017 by Profile Pierre A Renaud
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Thanks ! And here I thought I was merely joking when I sent a private message about the coincidence to recent donator and team founder extraordinaire Byron ...

There's plenty more weird things going on, that I am reporting to the project developers. This one is reported as well. May coincide with the new fundraising icons introduced yesterday. We'll hear it later today, I bet.


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