Posts by Cactus Bob

1) Message boards : Number crunching : The Server Issues / Outages Thread - Panic Mode On! (119) (Message 2048579)
Posted 8 May 2020 by Profile Cactus Bob
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State: All (122) · In progress (0) · Validation pending (0) · Validation inconclusive (0) · Valid (122) · Invalid (0) · Error (0)

A bunch of WU's got sent Apr 22 amd were completed Apr 23 so Valids still at 123

This is a bit like watching ice melt there is always that teeny bit that persists.
2) Message boards : News : SETI@home hibernation (Message 2040155)
Posted 24 Mar 2020 by Profile Cactus Bob
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I am totally amazed at the number of crunchers who have been attached to S@H for close to 20 years and have just now made a first post. I am not criticizing, we all participate in our own way. There are many more who have made just a 2nd , 3rd , .. 5th post. There will be manty many more of course who will chose to not verbalize (the silent majority). Many of course will never have looked at this forum yet they continued to contribute year after year.

Just an observance I wanted to make. not a judgement or criticism. Thank you all for being part of the Seti family. It has been an interesting 20 plus years and maybe, just maybe we will be called back to start anew. Without trial there can be no error. without error one will never know it was being done incorrectly. Even if we don't find ET hoefully we will have learned how to better search..

Live Long and prosper. Stay safe and adjust to the new realities of the world.
Bob
3) Message boards : News : SETI@home hibernation (Message 2036225)
Posted 6 Mar 2020 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Well, it really bothered me that we had no back end to analyze all the data we have done. Gone with the wind (Chris) forwarded my thoughts enough that I didn't feel a big need to post my feelings. Damn it. Even though this is needed it hurts a lot, I have been with this project for over 20 years and this just slaps me in the face.
There is a few weeks until the end of the month so I will start to figure out what project to put my computer to use. Maybe like a phoenix it will rise from the ashes and once more find glory.

Until then thank you all for being part of something that is MUCH bigger than the sum of all of us. Be proud of being a a pioneer and cling to the hope that the best is yet to be.

In Shock and Awed
Cactus Bob
4) Message boards : Number crunching : How long must I wait for validation for SETI tasks? (Message 2015760)
Posted 17 Oct 2019 by Profile Cactus Bob
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I have 2 units both from July 13 , It looks like both units were sent send twice to people who signed up but never did a single work unit.

Bob
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Data Chat (Message 2013621)
Posted 28 Sep 2019 by Profile Cactus Bob
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The positions are for Seti and not Seti@home as far as I can see. Not sure how this will impact us at all. Will this affect Nebula at all I wonder?

Bob
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse (3) tasks (Message 2006446)
Posted 9 Aug 2019 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Thanx Grant

I have increased my rac from about 1500 to a little over 5K but it appears that is not enough to get any of those rare APs. From the postings it looks like you need to be in the 100K rac range.

The rich get richer ... lol
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse (3) tasks (Message 2006443)
Posted 9 Aug 2019 by Profile Cactus Bob
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I got a resend a couple days ago xx_02. Are all those resends you have been getting?
8) Message boards : News : 20 years and counting! (Message 2000844)
Posted 3 Jul 2019 by Profile Cactus Bob
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May 17, 1999 is start day, so you are 1 day after. I am 2 days after.

Start date is not the end all, just to be part of this adventure is what counts. Lets see where the journey takes us... Enjpy !
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 20 Year Club! (Message 1995122)
Posted 25 May 2019 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Missed mine by 5 days. I also hope we get a signal before the next 20 years has passed but It would not surprise me if we didn't. The needle is very small and the haystack is enormous. ntpkr and nebula may be just too crude to find that needle. I think we will have to develop much better tools for the job. Think LONG haul.

As long as there is a candle in the window and hope has not been lost I will keep involved with this project.

Bob
10) Message boards : SETI Perspectives : The Drake Equation: Revisiting a Classic Tool to Estimate the Odds of Contact (Message 1991717)
Posted 27 Apr 2019 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Es ist nicht die Frage des daran Glauben, sondern wann ist die Menschheit reif dazu, von ET zu wissen!


Via google translate
"It is not the question of belief, but when is humanity ripe to know about ET! "

Andreas Stoecklin
Your evidence to support this is? This does appear to be a statement of belief so maybe the first 7 words are correct.

Bob
11) Message boards : SETI Perspectives : The Drake Equation: Revisiting a Classic Tool to Estimate the Odds of Contact (Message 1990408)
Posted 17 Apr 2019 by Profile Cactus Bob
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The Milky Way Galaxy has an estimated 100 billion stars. The majority of the stars are in the central core where star density is very high. High density is probably not favorable to creating intelligent life as the number of close star makes areas much more unstable. It has been suggested that like solar systems, galaxies also have a goldilocks zone. It is quite possible that one be out in the arms of the milky way to provide a stable enough environment for intelligent life to evolve . This could drop the number of suitable stars to less than 10 percent, possibly even more.

If life can only evolve on the fringes or arms that would make contact even more difficult as signals would have a huge distance to travel and a lot of dust and other material to travel through. Even if the there were a huge number of intelligent civilizations on the other side of the galaxy our chances of detecting them would be very close to zero.

It has been stated a few times in this thread and I would also concur that the drake equation has too many unknown variables to be of much use. I think it is useful in creating dialog and as starting point to define what we dont't know. I think creating an equation for each variable would also serve as a way to define what we don't know.

The drake equation is less math than it is an exercise in logic. Not enough real data to make N any number that has any chance of being true.

Bob
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (115) Server Problems? (Message 1981181)
Posted 19 Feb 2019 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Just checked the SSP and the RTS is at 69.
Creation rate is 53/s. not good

Luck for me a have a low RAC so will prob not run out before the servers catch up and stabilize.

Bob
13) Message boards : News : Little bits of previously unfinished data. (Message 1975227)
Posted 15 Jan 2019 by Profile Cactus Bob
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If I understand it correctly since NitPicker never got off the ground and Nebula is still in it's forming stage then none of the data has been analyzed anyways. So 12 year data is just as good as 1 day old data.

Bob
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse (2) tasks (Message 1941180)
Posted 25 Jun 2018 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Most of have been frozen out.

Wiggo and Bill G must use some secret Voodoo magic or maybe they are wizards who can some arcane AP magic spells. The thread could be renamed The Wiggo and Bill G AP Thread. Although they do seem to leave an odd crumb for some wondering chap to find.

Bob
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 19 Year Club! (Message 1936444)
Posted 20 May 2018 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Looks like I am keeping with a theme here. A day late and a dollar short..lol

Hard to believe it has been 19 years since I first tried to catch an alien signal. Gone through a BUNCH of computers, software and checking on the forums to see what is happening. I have taken a break here and there but always drawn back to this community. Seti@home has some of the most knowledgeable and friendly people you couple find in a forum community. Sure there is the odd tussle but just enough to add to the entertainment.

Here is hoping we make some real progress in the next few years and create our own = real WOW event =

Thanx for the ride all, everyone here helps in some way.
Bob
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (112) Server Problems? (Message 1933991)
Posted 6 May 2018 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Looking at the SSP ----- 6 May 2018, 15:10:05 UTC

All the stats on the Page are :as of: 9 Hours

Not sure I have saw that before except during shutdowns

Bob
17) Message boards : Number crunching : More tasks in cache (Message 1933910)
Posted 6 May 2018 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Daily quota is not the same as the cache size limit. If they were the same then all the top 20 (or maybe top 1000?) crunchers would struggle to get work.


lol, gonna try and remove my foot without hurting my mouth too much.

Bob
18) Message boards : Number crunching : More tasks in cache (Message 1933845)
Posted 5 May 2018 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Thanx for the clarification Bob. I thought it was set a long time ago. Protecting the server with a one size fits all method isn't probably the best option as viewed in hindsight.

Bob

Edit : Here is a thread about this issue from June 2010
Message boards : Number crunching : Message from server: (reached daily quota of 100 tasks)
https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=60285#1002284 from SciManStev
19) Message boards : Number crunching : More tasks in cache (Message 1933840)
Posted 5 May 2018 by Profile Cactus Bob
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The part most are missing I think is this.

. I do get unlimited quota between 1AM and 5AM and I've set the scheduler to download/upload during that time only.


So if he had a way to Download more WU's during this time it would not cut into his monthly quota. Ageless idea seems to be the most responsible answer and would work if he wants to run other projects. I have seen suggestions in other threads of have more than I instance of BOINC although that may not work as he wants, I assume it would mean he would have to run 2 accounts (or would making it look like 2 computers be viable). The other issue how to do schedule DLs/ULs with 2 instances while sleeping.

Just a thought, I have never has this issue but it is intriguing and there must be a way around this archaic limit of 100 units that worked well 10 years ago but not today.

Bob
20) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI@home v8.22 Windows GPU applications support thread (Message 1933382)
Posted 3 May 2018 by Profile Cactus Bob
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I see a lot of people use notepad to edited files and for the most part it works but has a few easy pitfalls, its very easy to save to the wrong file and it has no syntax checking just for starters.

I use Atom Editor to change any files needed for BOINC. It has format, syntax ad spell checking to help you see errors easier. It's free and there a TON of videos and web pages out there to help you make Atom work for you.

https://atom.io/ Atom Site
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom_(text_editor) Atom Wiki

I think there a couple other free editors out there that may be as good but I haven't used them. I just know Atom works much better than a word type text editor. If this has been mentioned before than sorry for the spam.

Bob


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