Posts by Pierre A Renaud

1) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 19 Year Club! (Message 1939778)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
Congrats !

For me, 1999 was the year when nuclear waste stored on the Moon's far side exploded, knocking the Moon out of orbit and sending it, as well as the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, hurtling uncontrollably into space. I thought help was badly needed, and that's when I heard about SETI@home...

19 years for me to. Watching a lot of x-files got me started.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : RIP Stephen Hawking (Message 1939752)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
Stephen Hawking memorial sees his ashes interred between science giants
Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, voice beamed to space
- June 15th, 2018

Bon voyage, Mr Hawking.

Today it was the funeral of Stephen Hawking in Cambridge.
After that, his ash goes to Westminster Abbey in London, where it will be located next to the world-famous scientists Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : WorldCommunityGrid will start THREE new internal projects from IBM concerning climate change (Message 1939457)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
Well, that's great, earning new badges. ^^
Well, new badges and perhaps helping climate scientists convince politicians that preventing everybody's homes and communities from being flooded (or worse) would be a good idea =:/

Hum... Just too bad I can't get anymore some of your shiny badges !


4) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1939316)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
For five years, China had the world’s fastest computer, a symbolic achievement for a country trying to show that it is a tech powerhouse. But the US now retakes the lead thanks to a 200 petaflops machine, Summit (an IBM AC922 system linking more than 27,000 NVIDIA Volta GPUs with more than 9,000 IBM Power9 CPUs), built for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (archive)

SETI@home : 0.8 teraflops / 0.001 petaflops (see bottom of the Applications page)
BOINC projects combined: 20 petaflops
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 19 Year Club! (Message 1939281)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
Congrats, John ! The SETI@home Classic Registration Index is what you're looking for.

165 users signed-up on that first month of March 1999 (many big names).
5933 users signed-up during April 1999 (I suddenly feel my bragging rights to be greatly diminished :)

From then on, I suspect the sign-ups' growth migh be geometrical; being lazy I'll let someone more motivated do the calculations for the following months =:)

As of June 5 - I too reached the 19 year milestone. Have not previously posted to this annual event, but why not now. There are not many who are in the original class of users. Anybody know how many signed up and contributed that first month? Anyway had 105000 original classic credits when that part ended. John
6) Message boards : News : "Are we alone?" on VICE (Message 1939273)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
VICE finally posted its documentary here, as reported by Eric (without the mirror-effect problem :)

I'm confused as to why the Minister said the work units go out to three computers, and the host said it's 4 computers.
. . Because even with the best of intentions people can get things wrong ...

. . And many thanks to whoever provided the daily motion link, it was interesting viewing.


7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part VI (Message 1938657)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
Maunakea summit overlooking Leilani Estates
(c) Andrew Richard Hara Media 20180604


"From mountain to sea, intense orange plumes brightly from Leilani Estates under the Milky Way galaxy. Views from Maunakea summit rendered a glowing peak surrounded by a landscape of clouds tucking into the flanks of Maunakea and Mauna Loa. Pu'u Wekiu stands majestically in the foreground at 13,796ft elevation, the true summit and highest point in the State of Hawaii."
#Hawaii #Kilauea #volcano #milkyway #photography #Maunakea #2018

8) Message boards : News : "Are we alone?" on VICE (Message 1938595)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
@AClementi :
I joined after seeing this!! :)
It's good to hear from people responsible for the June 4th-5th new users' surge (see the "New users per day" graph). Undoubtedly one of your good moves this year, Sir. Welcome to the SETI@home community !

@Simon :
Someone should put together a gofundme for ads to pull in more people
Special fundraising drives (such as this one back in december) provide optional episodic opportunities to contribute financially to SETI@home. Many people started private donation drives (for example, by pledging to give gained bitcoins to SETI@home), but it's not always easy or obvious to know if and when they indeed gave their accumulated cryptocurrencies to the project as promised. The safest way to help directly is through the donation page, which offers plenty alternatives and ways to help (ads are great for SETI@home, but there are needs that must take precedence - such as equipment upgrades and replacements, which are essential for the project to function properly at peak efficiency).

This said, one of the best ways for the volunteers to help - something you are already generously doing - is by giving the project their unused computing cycles, without which nothing of this would be possible.


I finally saw VICE's S06E08 15 minutes segment (available in Canada through HBO Canada / TMN.Go), and although it offers nothing really new to astrobiology and SETI enthusiasts who are already following developments in those fields, I loved the dynamic and positive spin on SETI and SETI@home of this introductory documentary. In particular, thanks to John (a SETI@home volunteer since its beginnings) I realized how powerful SETI@home was in reuniting around common goals people with so very different backgrounds (see him here in this VICE short), and Frank Drake's vision and perspective were, as always, uplifting.
9) Message boards : News : "Are we alone?" on VICE (Message 1938384)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
BOINCstats has followed this metric since 2004 here. Hopefully the VICE documentary will help improve the presently low 5,4% of active users.

We can always use more @home members! Is there any information on how the user base has grown over the years?
10) Message boards : News : "Are we alone?" on VICE (Message 1938300)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
For those who are geolocked-out and can't spoof their IP adresses one way or the other, magnet links can now be found for VICE S06E08. And yes, again, be aware that this last resort option can be illegal depending on the country you live in, and when it isn't, it should be for your personal use only.

For those who like me who can't see the HBO directly due our country restrictions, there is a site where you could DL the episode. just seach for VICE.
Normaly the episode is avaiable in a day or two after the release date.
But be aware that can be ilegal in your country (most are), check before at your own risk.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Any ideas when this page will be up, again? (Message 1936876)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
Any suggestion as to what normally points to ?

Not Found
The requested URL /TBD/sah/ was not found on this server.
Apache/2.2.15 (CentOS) Server at Port 443
12) Questions and Answers : Web site : Recaptcha blocked in China (Message 1936771)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
A word to the wise, RayH.

What a 'trusted' person can look at though, is the account key... And with that they can easily log back in and take over the account, soon even delete it.
Changing passwords can be done without filling in a reCaptcha. You don't even need the old password.
Didn't know/haven't tried that yet... At least there is an encrypted https security layer ! In spite of this, people usually just prefer to really fark things up by losing access to their old unupdated email accounts *sigh*...
13) Questions and Answers : Web site : Spam Reports (Message 1936765)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
As always and again, thanks Jord.

Reporting it in the forums is best, there's always people like me who will look into it and forward that to the correct persons.
14) Questions and Answers : Web site : Recaptcha blocked in China (Message 1936764)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
A willing admin or user you trust could do this one time update for you (but you'd have to make sure you change your setiathome password immediately afterward, and that too will prolly not be possible either because recaptcha). Send me a private message if you really, really have no other options (like using the TOR onion router or using someone else's TOR/VPN access). By the way, your profile (besides the buggy stats' badge) is great, so perhaps leaving it as it is could be one of your (simple & safest) options =:)

The Recaptcha used by Seti@home is blocked in the place I work in China, how do I change my profile. I work in a government school and a VPN is not an option.
15) Questions and Answers : Web site : Spam Reports (Message 1936758)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud
This user recently created these spam/team pages (1, 2).

In the future, are there better ways to directly report these problems to the proper admin than posting here ?
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 19 Year Club! (Message 1936012)
Posted 17 May 2018 by Profile Pierre A Renaud
Just so that you know:

On this day (1999/05/17), 19 years ago, SETI@home was launched (public release)

Cheers !
17) Message boards : Number crunching : SETIspirit News & Updates (a free BOINC add-on) (Message 1934612)
Posted 9 May 2018 by Profile Pierre A Renaud
An astounding piece of work, Dirk. Just sent a donation your way.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 19 Year Club! (Message 1934540)
Posted 9 May 2018 by Profile Pierre A Renaud
Bragging rights: Suddenly, it's dawning on me that since last april I have been crunching (albeit intermittently) SETI@home data for 19 years. And comrades, I suspect I'm not the only one in that cohort.

I went in at first for the screen saver and the dream of finding an ETI. I keep crunching data (in my humble way) for the science and the dream of finding that elusive but so heavily significant extraterrestrial technosignature.

Thanks to all those who have made this possible.

Addendum: too soon, I'll want one of those 20 Year t-shirt lol (I hear the 15th anniversary tee was way cool!)

Welcome to the 18 Year Club!

Previous Years' Clubs!
19) Message boards : SETI@home Science : SETI@home in the News (Message 1933483)
Posted 4 May 2018 by Profile Pierre A Renaud
Listening for Aliens, with Carolyn Porco and Dan Werthimer (Repeat)
May 1, 2018 • Season 3 Episode 9

Explore SETI and the Breakthrough Listen Initiative, the most comprehensive search for extraterrestrial intelligence ever, with host Carolyn Porco, co-host Chuck Nice, and Dan Werthimer, the Initiative’s principal investigator and SETI@home co-founder.

Is anybody out there? How would we know? And what happens if there is? Welcome to our second episode of StarTalk All-Stars, when host Carolyn Porco, and her guest Dan Werthimer, principal investigator of the Breakthrough Listen Initiative, answer your Cosmic Queries about the search for ET, chosen by co-host Chuck Nice. You’ll learn why Breakthrough Listen is the most comprehensive search for extraterrestrial intelligence ever, a new leap forward able to scan 10 times more of the sky and 5 times more of the radio spectrum, with 50 times greater sensitivity than any previous SETI project. You’ll hear about the search for life on the moons of exoplanets, as well as the possibility of microbial life here in our solar system. Explore the difficulties with the Drake Equation, which predicts the likelihood of intelligent alien civilizations, as well as the difficulties of designing instruments and spacecraft to detect life forms that could be quite different from us. Find out what a “second genesis” in our solar system could tell us about the chances for life in the rest of the universe. Carolyn and Dan discuss the protocols that are in place for responding to an alien signal and ponder an even bigger question: who should speak for Earth if we do make contact? Finally, dive into one of the most controversial issues being debated today: should humanity be broadcasting our existence to the galaxy at large, or is that a recipe for disaster that could end up with humanity’s enslavement…or worse?
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Recent Pentagon UAP (Message 1932483)
Posted 28 Apr 2018 by Profile Pierre A Renaud
Let science speak for itself, OzzFan.
I think the arguments found in these articles are (for the moment) all I need to know. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, which videos and individuals' testimonies are not. Give unimpeded access to a team of independent, reputed scientists to only one recovered UFO (or its wreckage), and then we can really talk.

What the New York Times UFO Report Actually Reveals (Jeff Wise) (archive)

The Pentagon Ran a Secret Program to Find UFOs. Should We Expect Aliens? (Lou Del Bello & Seth Shostak, Andrew Siemion et al.) (archive)

Uh, So the Pentagon Spent $22 Million on a Mysterious UFO Analysis Program (Tom McKay)
Filed to: I'm not saying it was aliens but it was aliens (archive)

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