Posts by Iona

1) Message boards : Number crunching : The Server Issues / Outages Thread - Panic Mode On! (118) (Message 2024502)
Posted 23 Dec 2019 by Iona
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As you frequently have, Stephen, you've voiced a point fairly succinctly. I don't think you're being over dramatic. Issues of confidence are always the most difficult to assuage. For myself, I have had a large number of 'errors' in the last 24 hours or so, on GPU tasks. It might be the nine-year-old Corsair HX PSU needing replacing or fixing (possible fur build-up for example) or it could be the same for the GTX 970......or both of them. I have an EVGA PSU I can substitute, but throwing more money at another GPU is out of the question. I can't justify the cost when, even on Ebay a good 970 from Asus, EVGA or Gigabyte is going to cost £100+. A GTX 980? Are you kidding? You can forget the 10XX series, too......big time. That £100+ might not sound much to some, but, if you factor in 'project confidence', it is almost akin to throwing the cash down the nearest drain.....more so, given that the card might only last a week. Since I'm not seeing any problem in any other use including games, it is probably a moot point. My only other alternatives, would be to take one of the paired, water-cooled 970s out of an i5-4690K gaming system or, given the work involved, for that gaming system to become my 'daily' and 'cruncher'. Doing the latter, would effectively mean committing even more hardware and financial resources to a project where my 'reward' over time, would be less than it is now, if we have to run 'stock'! I well remember the 'very extended maintenance' of a few years ago and had no problem with that (I was one of the many who advocated it), but this latest 'episode' is something else. It may well be, make or break, as you suggest. For me, that moment appears to have arrived. Best of luck to you all.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Flakey AMD/ATI GPUs, including RX 5700 XT, Cross Validating, polluting the Database (Message 2023574)
Posted 18 Dec 2019 by Iona
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I've been swindled by a pair of RX 5700 XTs 'validating' against my CPU, in the last month, but when it came to posting about it after work, the result had disappeared by the time I got home. However, I have picked-up a recently commissioned machine, by virtue of me having this _2 task.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 2013763)
Posted 29 Sep 2019 by Iona
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Now, you've got me a little worried. Yes, his computers last 'contacted' the project, mid-morning or so, on the 15th of this month. Your concern, Mr. Kevvy, is as justified as mine now is.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : The Server Issues / Outages Thread - Panic Mode On! (117) (Message 2011200)
Posted 8 Sep 2019 by Iona
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Uh-oh.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Setting up Linux to crunch CUDA90 and above for Windows users (Message 1993403)
Posted 11 May 2019 by Iona
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If you take a peek at Bernie Vine's machines he is running a GTX1660ti on one of them under windows which would give you an idea of he relative performance with that OS


It is currently running tasks around 6mins 20sec average. Compared with the GTX 970 on an older AMD CPU which is around 10mins 30secs average and the GTX 1060 on a newer AMD Ryzen 3 2200G which is around 9mins 50secs

Both the machines with the 970 and 1060 are dedicated crunchers that mostly do nothing else 24/7, however the GTX 1660ti is in my daily driver and is in use for gaming and watching videos for several hours a day and then Boinc is suspended, however it still has the highest RAC.

I am considering getting another 1660ti to put in the Ryzen box, move the 1060 to the older AMD box and retire the 970 which has done sterling work for several years.



Retire the 970? From my perspective, it is much further away from retirement than the AMD CPU 'driving' it! I regularly suspend GPU tasks for about five hours a day, to do a bit of gaming.....this is my 'daily', running an 'old hat' 3570K and a 970. If you can't 'drive' the GPU sufficiently well enough, it doesn't really matter what GPU is 'strapped' to the CPU. This is 'gamer' sort of stuff and does have some relevance. Lets face it, what would be the point of having a Triumph T100A engine, in a Rolls-Royce Phantom V? Same thing.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (115) Server Problems? (Message 1983204)
Posted 3 Mar 2019 by Iona
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Five in a row, here. Personally, I'd love to take the damned server into a field and let it finally 'retire' in a stream of 7.62mm fire!
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (115) Server Problems? (Message 1983139)
Posted 3 Mar 2019 by Iona
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Breaking a self-imposed absence, maybe a bit of Led Zep, Stephen........The Song Remains The Same!
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Birthday - Just You :) (Message 1928211)
Posted 5 Apr 2018 by Iona
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I have one, within the next three weeks. I will be a year older. Actually, on the day, I'll be a day older than I was, the day before. In other words, I'll be a mature woman......still.
9) Message boards : Politics : Russia in the 21st Century #2 (Message 1928207)
Posted 5 Apr 2018 by Iona
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If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it. Attributed to Joseph Goebbels and still true today; more so, when current 'social media' is used.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Best bang -for-buck GPU 2018? (Message 1928204)
Posted 5 Apr 2018 by Iona
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My Gainward GTX 970 Phantom, is pulling it's weight (I bought it over 2 years ago). Soon to be joined by a donated EVGA GTX 750Ti.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Fond Farewell reprised (Message 1928200)
Posted 5 Apr 2018 by Iona
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Me too. His encouragement to Mark (aka Kittyman), during some very dark times, showed a side to Chris that very few even thought existed. Personally, I always found Chris to always be very helpful and polite, as I have, with Mark.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (111) Server Problems? (Message 1927968)
Posted 4 Apr 2018 by Iona
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Not too bad here. A full quota of WU, although I've noticed that the D/L speed has dropped (from about 500k about 50 mins ago to about 30k, 10 mins ago).
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (111) Server Problems? (Message 1927857)
Posted 2 Apr 2018 by Iona
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I've been having upload problems for about an hour. Some took 4 attempts to finally clear, but now, the message about 'project backoff' has appeared against 7 WUs that were trying to upload. Oh well.....looks like my power use is going to reduce tonight.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (111) Server Problems? (Message 1927831)
Posted 2 Apr 2018 by Iona
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I don't think I've yet had any reason to wish that I hadn't suggested this very thing, back in September. I also suggested that upgrades and preparatory work could also be done......and still think it is a sensible and prudent course to take.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (110) Server Problems? (Message 1926760)
Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Iona
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Hmmm. I've been getting that 'no tasks available' message for the last 20 mins.....for both CPU and Nvidia GPU.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (110) Server Problems? (Message 1925354)
Posted 19 Mar 2018 by Iona
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I don't think that is what Bernie meant or tried to say, Keith. What I am pretty sure he is saying is, he has not had (or, seen) the problem being discussed. A slightly different wording perhaps, but the same meaning. Lucky Bernie!

Edit. No way this took several minutes to write, either!
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (110) Server Problems? (Message 1924380)
Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Iona
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Indeed, it almost felt like one was achieving something.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (110) Server Problems? (Message 1921970)
Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Iona
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Same here. Some downloads are just very slow, while I wish others were even slow!
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (110) Server Problems? (Message 1921563)
Posted 28 Feb 2018 by Iona
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I was down to my last GPU task and I've just got some more work, but not a full quota . The downloads are mighty slow, though.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1921548)
Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Iona
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Eleven, over the last six hours or so.......with the outage, that'll be todays total.
21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time X (Message 1920657)
Posted 23 Feb 2018 by Iona
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If it isn't, Carlos, aside from a slightly different naming, I'll be glad that I didn't put up the suggestion on Wednesday. It might have deprived some people of having some 'fun', too!
22) Message boards : Number crunching : Asteroids@home website have https proplems? (Message 1919431)
Posted 17 Feb 2018 by Iona
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This sounds very much like a problem I had with Firefox, which I hadn't had before. Before I installed Bitdefender, that is. After that, 100's of sites flagged-up with that message, but only with Firefox.....Chrome and IE were OK. Removed Bitdefender and tried Adaware and it was back to normal. I also noticed that the PC 'felt' quicker, too and as far as I can tell, CPU WU times are also a little lower.
23) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (110) Server Problems? (Message 1919377)
Posted 17 Feb 2018 by Iona
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Oh, joy. My fifth 'report cycle' with nothing being returned, also. Just as my RAC was recovering some lost ground, too. It looks like my 'gamer' will be getting some exercise over the weekend!

Edit. Make that, six cycles.
24) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (110) Server Problems? (Message 1916206)
Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Iona
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One task at a time on the 970 - I reckon that it earns a short, cooling, break after each task!
25) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (110) Server Problems? (Message 1916182)
Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Iona
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I advocated exactly that, back in mid December 2017 or so.
26) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (110) Server Problems? (Message 1916174)
Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Iona
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To be brutally honest, I've all but given-up on this.
27) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (110) Server Problems? (Message 1915971)
Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Iona
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Facepalm...Exciting times lol


Indeed. So exciting, that I'm not quite sure, just how much more excitement I can handle.
28) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1914791)
Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Iona
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One too many CPU tasks running.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1913267)
Posted 15 Jan 2018 by Iona
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I think I'll crack open a bottle of St. Austell's 'Proper Black' (a black IPA) and drink a toast to the wonderful Dolores O'Riordan. I noticed that 'Stargate' mentioned Mildura. The first time I got slightly inebriated, was courtesy of helping myself to some Mildura Sherry that my father had, when I was about 9!
30) Message boards : Number crunching : A very steep decline in Average Credits!!! (Message 1913265)
Posted 15 Jan 2018 by Iona
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On the recent 'diet' of work, I've noticed a few things on my 'daily', running the Lunatics applications:-

CPU MBV8 APR......+40% roughly.

GPU MBV8 APR..... +10% roughly.

As for the RAC (accounting for my own new 'constraints'),..... -15% and possibly more to come.

This all seems somewhat contradictory. Is 'Credit Screw' really as much as I'm beginning to think it is?
31) Message boards : Number crunching : A very steep decline in Average Credits!!! (Message 1912356)
Posted 11 Jan 2018 by Iona
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Given all that, it could also be said, that if one can't afford the 'latest and greatest' of anything much, they are being penalised. The most efficient of this and that, have a very noticeable initial cost, although their running costs may be lower. It is the same reason that a person who doesn't have a fantastically well-paid job, is driving a ten-year-old car with a diesel engine as opposed to a shiny, new, Tesla! In the last three or four years, we've seen far more efficient PSUs, GPUs etc, etc, etc become available, but not everyone can afford them, especially when there are more important calls on finances. All this being so, one has to wonder if the premise behind the project has been quietly forgotten. Surely the work that done on a seven-year-old (or even older) GPU should be as 'valued' as the work done by the latest, most efficient Amidia GPU to date? If not, then there is clearly a playing field that is anything but flat and seemingly, financially discriminatory.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time X (Message 1912095)
Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Iona
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The suspense is gripping.
33) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1912022)
Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Iona
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So, we're back and twenty plus minutes later.....still getting "Project has no tasks available". D'oh!
Edit. Right after posting, work downloaded, as half-expected. Mission accomplished.
34) Message boards : Number crunching : A very steep decline in Average Credits!!! (Message 1911994)
Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Iona
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A 'Perfect Storm' kind of thing with Credit Screw, lack of Astropulse and nothing but BLC work (its not even the stuff that takes 50% longer to process, either!). I certainly won't be throwing more hardware resources at it, to compensate, though.
35) Message boards : Number crunching : Just got back here and the servers are down! (Message 1911769)
Posted 8 Jan 2018 by Iona
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Nice to see you back, Jim....it has been a while. As you can see, I've been keeping things warm, too.
36) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1911609)
Posted 7 Jan 2018 by Iona
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Well, if it helps, a brief explanation is given here. Below, is what is contained in my current file which is running under Win 7/64 Pro, so, you could always add to or modify your existing file manually or just cut and paste....then save. The relevant parts are the bottom three lines and the second of those is the one that needs the # restoring to the start of the line when the current problems are resolved. It has come in useful in recent months....a little more frequently than I'd appreciate!

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost
#
#208.68.240.118 setiboincdata.ssl.berkeley.edu # upload server Oct 2016
208.68.240.119 boinc2.ssl.berkeley.edu # download server Oct 2016
#208.68.240.126 setiboinc.ssl.berkeley.edu # scheduler Oct 2016[/url]
37) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1911245)
Posted 6 Jan 2018 by Iona
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IIRC, the previous problem was downloads that started, but paused part way through and wouldn't restart. Is that happening again?

The DL some WU the some stops this is an example: After you hit the retry bottom they restart :

Sat 06 Jan 2018 02:41:54 PM EST | SETI@home | Started download of blc05_2bit_guppi_57976_06552_HIP74702_0024.909.818.22.45.128.vlar
Sat 06 Jan 2018 02:41:56 PM EST | | Internet access OK - project servers may be temporarily down.
Sat 06 Jan 2018 02:41:56 PM EST | SETI@home | Temporarily failed download of blc05_2bit_guppi_57976_07262_HIP74926_0026.863.818.22.45.164.vlar: transient HTTP error
Sat 06 Jan 2018 02:41:56 PM EST | SETI@home | Backing off 00:05:58 on download of blc05_2bit_guppi_57976_07262_HIP74926_0026.863.818.22.45.164.vlar
Sat 06 Jan 2018 02:41:56 PM EST | SETI@home | Temporarily failed download of blc05_2bit_guppi_57976_06552_HIP74702_0024.909.818.22.45.128.vlar: transient HTTP error
Sat 06 Jan 2018 02:41:56 PM EST | SETI@home | Backing off 00:06:33 on download of blc05_2bit_guppi_57976_06552_HIP74702_0024.909.818.22.45.128.vlar

+1 It's not just Juan


+1. It's not just them, either. I've had to hit retry with annoying regularity in the last 24 hours, which got things moving again, but even that is now having no effect. <simmering nicely>
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : My Posts (Message 1910803)
Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Iona
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I've also got two pieces of thick-walled steel tube that fit inside each-other, totalling about 4' (with an 'overlap' of about 6"), if extra leverage is needed. As to sockets, I actually use a 'deep impact' socket from a set for pneumatic tools.......just like the ones they use to tighten the wheel nuts! I know, overkill! There are also these, which are quite handy and work quite well for most people.
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : My Posts (Message 1910796)
Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Iona
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Maybe you need one of these and a 19 mm socket....very similar to what I keep in the boot (trunk, to you).
40) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1909547)
Posted 30 Dec 2017 by Iona
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Wanted: Hammer No. 1 Mk 8, qty 1, for application to servers. Alternatively, Boot, Working, Size 9, qty 1, for the same application.
41) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1907888)
Posted 18 Dec 2017 by Iona
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I know it is a week away, but will there still be the usual 'Maintenance' on the 26th, or will it be sooner/later to accommodate holidays etc over the Christmas period? TBar......I frequently get instances where I have to manually 'update' and there are also quite a few times, when, I can (as an example) report 3 tasks and get no tasks in return, without any mention of 'no tasks available'. I'm now at 184 tasks in progress, from the 200 of 2 days ago. For what it is worth, I still feel that a number of apparent issues need resolving and preparatory work done for Parkes upgrades, so best to do it sooner rather than later.
42) Message boards : Politics : The Dismantling Of British Services \ Structures \ Values: (Message 1907263)
Posted 15 Dec 2017 by Iona
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You also need to bear in mind, that the profits from formerly, state-owned utilities and 'businesses' are no longer flowing into the Treasury coffers and this has been the case for over 30 years. As usual, the taxpayer was screwed by successive governments and the now, private companies. None of the 'sold off' entities suddenly became profitable in private hands - they were profitable before that, although the profits were never really seen and they were sold for a fraction of their true value! A 'one-off' payment, which was then squandered by a government that was over-spending. As the 'sell-off' continued of assets 'worth' lesser amounts, so, borrowing increased. That income from the 'public companies and utilities' was income, that was never going to be got back via taxes on profits from the 'sell-offs' - how could it? Where do all the profits go, from Power Generation, Distribution and Supply? What about the profits that BT make? Rolls-Royce? British Aerospace? The list goes on and on.

The railways? Ah, the railways. A bizarre arrangement, where a private company pays a franchise fee to operate a service and receives huge amounts of public money and then increases the costs to the same public! The water companies are even worse in a number of respects. Naturally, the 'tax arrangements' of most of these former utilities and companies are little different to those of some very large companies I can think of and just as nefarious. Does anyone imagine that these large private companies, make astonishing profits by being ethical? Education is going the same way. How the Hell, can a 'Head Teacher' be on £250k+? That's right, we let companies set up 'acadamies' and then screw the public purse! Look at the state of play for Universities. Massive salaries and perks for Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors etc, etc, etc. NHS Trusts? Where did they come from? Yet another tier of management, together with CCGs etc etc etc. The Police? Jeez, where did these 'Commissioners' come from? Councils? Not good. I used to work for one of the smallest borough councils in the country and the boss was on about £120k plus car (obviously couldn't afford to buy his own - a 5 series BMW), card (yes, a credit card), expenses and generous pension contributions. All that for maybe turning up three days a week! Underneath him, were five senior managers on about £90k.....the next tier of management had to make do on about £70k. The Armed Forces have a strength of roughly 150, 000, but there are about 60, 000 civil servants at the MoD and the civil servant will get a better pension than the guy who had his legs blown-off!

The trough was pretty long before, but now it is disappearing into the distance. Indeed, before you have half-filled the trough, the feed has run out! There are just too many mouths at the trough and the number is unsustainable.
43) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1907243)
Posted 15 Dec 2017 by Iona
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That's the approach I posted earlier that I think the project should take. Just take the project down and fix the servers properly and take as long as needed. I can't handle the constant band-aid up and down lately.


+1, I think the SETI team should do that and get ready for Parkes by taking things offline and doing whatever is needed to get the Database sorted.

Looks like my PC survived the night and managed to keep enough work in the cache. When I went to bed the cache was very low and I was half expecting my backup project to kick in, but in the end it didn't.


I couldn't agree more. To be honest, I'm of the opinion that they'd do better to sort things out properly and do the preparatory work for the new additions, than to keep using 'Band-Aids'. Carrying on like this, is just a waste of everyone's time, especially, theirs. Sooner or later, that preparatory work has to be done and with things the way they are, it may as well be now.
44) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Christmas... it's complicated (Message 1905416)
Posted 7 Dec 2017 by Iona
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I became non-meat-eating, about 25 years ago, cRunchy. To be honest, the only real alteration to Christmas dinner, was the use of vegetable suet and cooking the various bits and pieces separately. My family and that of my brother-in-law, took readily to the separate cooking the following year, as everything just much tasted better, with the 'first' meal. Me? With the way we've done Christmas dinner for years, now, I can and will eat anything, bar the turkey, any sausage meat and bacon. Some of the family actually preferred the 'veggie' gravy, too! Being 'veggie' or 'vegan', need not be a restraint to one's family and friends.
45) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1904869)
Posted 4 Dec 2017 by Iona
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Bear in mind that, while the time taken by the Atom, might well be a record, the task ended early! On paper, for me, it ended about 2/3rds the way through.
46) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1904856)
Posted 4 Dec 2017 by Iona
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I'm astonished!
47) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (108) Server Problems? (Message 1904169)
Posted 1 Dec 2017 by Iona
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That's what I thought, so I've kept back a little stash of work (4 hours maybe) for just that reason. Hopefully, it'll be enough to get me through, what may prove to be a difficult re-start. For now, a little more Mass Effect seems in order.
48) Message boards : Cafe SETI : RIP Dr SETI (Message 1903381)
Posted 29 Nov 2017 by Iona
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That is such a shame to learn of, even though it was somewhat expected. Such a thoroughly decent, kind-hearted and gifted man. My heartfelt condolences to his family, especially Lady Joanne (as Richard called her, many times on these boards). Perhaps condolences for ourselves, too.
49) Message boards : Number crunching : What am I doing Wrong? (Message 1903261)
Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Iona
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Have you considered taking the 460s out and just running the OpenCL SoG applications on the 970? I'm running a 970, one task at a time with an i5- 3570K (I x GPU + 3 X CPU tasks), if that's any indication to you. Edit....you beat me to it!
50) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part VI (Message 1903188)
Posted 27 Nov 2017 by Iona
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Who does? The father of the groom-to-be, or, the bride-to-be? :D
51) Message boards : Number crunching : How to migrate from one Graphics card to a new one? (Message 1903186)
Posted 27 Nov 2017 by Iona
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Quite often, I do much the same as The Project. Maintenance. I do all my Win 7 updates, clear drive space, de-frag and run a full AV scan of both drives. I don't run 24/7 anyway, so I don't usually run out of GPU work....although it did get very close when there was a longer than usual outage, recently. In that case, I switched to running 100% CPU work, when I got down to my last six or so GPU tasks.
52) Message boards : Number crunching : since the "guppies" my two 1080 ti's decided to run only of them (Message 1902135)
Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Iona
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Try downloading the driver package from the NVidia site, then re-run the 'Lunatics' installer, etc, etc. MS updates have been the cause of grief to a number of people.
53) Message boards : Cafe SETI : My Posts (Message 1902097)
Posted 20 Nov 2017 by Iona
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The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.
54) Message boards : Cafe SETI : For those about to rock.... (Message 1901695)
Posted 18 Nov 2017 by Iona
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We salute you
55) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (108) Server Problems? (Message 1900512)
Posted 11 Nov 2017 by Iona
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Don't worry about it, Stephen, you are not missing much! I may still be running and have a reasonable amount of work, but now I can't report the tasks! Uploads, are fine, but that's as far as it goes.
56) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (108) Server Problems? (Message 1900257)
Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Iona
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Strange. I don't seem to have been too badly affected;

State: All (824) · In progress (149) · Validation pending (310) · Validation inconclusive (3) · Valid (362) · Invalid (0) · Error (0) Application: All (824) · AstroPulse v7 (22) · SETI@home v8 (802)

Since it is Friday, I think a generous measure of Oban is still in order.
57) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (108) Server Problems? (Message 1900159)
Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Iona
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Well, after hours of 'no tasks available', I've suddenly got about 40 tasks download, including 3 AP tasks (2 for GPU). I won't tempt fate though.
58) Message boards : Number crunching : GTX1060 (Message 1898198)
Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Iona
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AV software, perhaps? That can really hit performance for a six.
59) Message boards : Number crunching : CPU Tasks. Hight Priority .. (Message 1897941)
Posted 28 Oct 2017 by Iona
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They'll be tasks that are getting very close to their 'due by date', so, BOINC has switched them to 'High Priority' in order that they may be reported in time. Hope that helps a bit.
60) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (107) Server Problems? (Message 1896481)
Posted 21 Oct 2017 by Iona
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For the last 30 mins or so, I've been getting that dreaded message about task availability. Maybe it'll sort itself out, now that I've posted!
61) Message boards : Cafe SETI : RIP Dr SETI (Message 1895866)
Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Iona
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I will also continue my best hopes and wishes to Lady Joanne and Gentleman Richard.
62) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 1895450)
Posted 15 Oct 2017 by Iona
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I can just picture it, like a scene from a 1930s horror film. Did all the lights go out, when you first switched it on? Hehehe
63) Message boards : Number crunching : Problem with SoG......waiting for GPU memory. (Message 1895205)
Posted 14 Oct 2017 by Iona
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It won't change anything, much, if you have 2 GB sticks....the RAM has to be fitted in, three at a time with those original Core i CPUs. You may remember that I queried the 2 GB that BOINC was showing a few weeks ago.....I was trying to figure out how you could have 2 GB, with three slots. However, given that Win 32 bit only supports 4 GB, you'd think that with 6 GB fitted, you'd at least see the full 4 GB under Windows. Perhaps a retirement would be in order.
64) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 1894846)
Posted 12 Oct 2017 by Iona
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To paraphrase the Blues Brothers; I've got a PC to build, I've got all the parts, no Scotch or cigarettes, its dark and I've got toothache!
65) Message boards : Number crunching : PC Build for my Dad (Message 1894383)
Posted 9 Oct 2017 by Iona
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I was going to add, much the same as Keith.....differing cooler designs and different 'clocks'. On the GPU cooling side of things, personally, I'd go for a card with a 'Reference Cooler', since it exhausts the heat, out of the back and may save you having to use additional fans to extract or pull air through the PC, which might also impact on the GPU cooler. However, some swear by 'Reference Coolers' and others will swear at them! Cases? Well, for my 'gamer' built 2 years ago, I used a Corsair 780T and it was (and still is) a big case, but it did offer the ability to stick an AIO (H110i) CPU water-cooler in a couple of different locations, without the case being crammed....that may be a consideration, too. I've probably added more to your lovely 'dilemma' than aided, so I'll beat a retreat and leave you to ponder!
66) Message boards : Number crunching : Dead i5 - Seagate ST1000DX 001 Migration Issues (Message 1893935)
Posted 7 Oct 2017 by Iona
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I'm never really sure what to make of the drives aimed at the 'surveillance' end of things. Sometimes I just think manufacturers give drives of a particular set of parameters, a 'target market' after cobbling the various bits together. We're a bit spoilt for choice, in a way! The problem is, when you start looking at how much more capacity or speed or longevity you get for a 'little more money'. Then it becomes a bit more, then more again. Just get the best spec drive you can, within your budget, that suits your purpose.
67) Message boards : Number crunching : Dead i5 - Seagate ST1000DX 001 Migration Issues (Message 1893917)
Posted 7 Oct 2017 by Iona
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Hard drives for surveillance recording, are generally for 24/7 operation. Maybe not the fastest drives, but longer lasting.
68) Message boards : Cafe SETI : My Posts (Message 1893684)
Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Iona
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I suspend GPU use, if I want to do anything more than play cards, which also frees a needed CPU core.
69) Message boards : Number crunching : Help me Optimize my GPUs (Message 1893179)
Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Iona
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D'oh!!! Honestly, I don't know <head-slaps self>....got a head too full of file names and loads of different Notepad file names to see it! Thanks for pointing it out, Mark.
70) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Tom Petty (Message 1893177)
Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Iona
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That's a brilliant cartoon and very cleverly done. I loved that last picture in it.....easing into another great song by Tom.
71) Message boards : Number crunching : Help me Optimize my GPUs (Message 1893173)
Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Iona
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Yep, you got it! Thankfully, I also got that right in my original reply <breathes sigh of relief>.
72) Message boards : Number crunching : Help me Optimize my GPUs (Message 1893167)
Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Iona
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Yes, indeed so, Mark. It is the NV_OpenCL_SoG version that is needed. Maybe I should have made a few more assumptions.
73) Message boards : Number crunching : Help me Optimize my GPUs (Message 1893165)
Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Iona
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The speed increase would be quite visibly noticeable. Clicking on 'Properties' of SETI GPU task(s) in BOINC Manager, should show the running executable as being, MB8_win_x86_SSE3_OpenCL_NV_SoG_r3557.exe. If not, did you re-run the installer?
74) Message boards : Number crunching : Help me Optimize my GPUs (Message 1893159)
Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Iona
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Well, you could try dropping this line into your "mb_cmdline_win_x86_SSE3_OpenCL_NV.txt" in your projects folder. Open that folder with Notepad. Copy and paste the line. Save. Next task to run will run with those settings and with fingers crossed, it should be much faster and without errors(!).

-sbs 1024 -spike_fft_thresh 4096 -tune 1 64 1 4 -oclfft_tune_gr 256 -oclfft_tune_lr 16 -oclfft_tune_wg 256 -oclfft_tune_ls 512 -oclfft_tune_bn 64 -oclfft_tune_cw 64

However, unless I am mistaken, you'll first have to re-run the Lunatics Installer. If you don't have it, you can get it from Mike's World. The current installer package there is the Lunatics 0.45. package. After running the installer, then look for that folder (mb_cmdline_win_x86_SSE3_OpenCL_NV.txt) in your projects folder (setiathome.berkeley.edu. or something like that).
75) Message boards : Politics : Shocking! (Message 1893040)
Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Iona
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Is there no end to it?
76) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 1892962)
Posted 2 Oct 2017 by Iona
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That all looks like some pretty competent bits and pieces. I have to admit, that it is nice when you can treat yourself and you can buy stuff that is new - it has been a while for you, hasn't it? When I treated myself a couple of years ago, 'Skylake' was starting to reach the shelves and I thought to myself, "remember, that bleeding edge will already be out-of-date, so buy quality". I went for a 4690K build, back then - the numbers for 'Skylake' at that time were a little scary.....especially in the UK! So, I just got higher spec things and more things. As you say, giving up cigarettes, means you'll be making the savings to pay for it - and then some. With some of the figures you've mentioned as being 'extra costs' for smoking, after a year, you'll be over $3k in pocket - even after the costs of the parts. Maybe smoking should be looked on as being, poverty by instalments. You'll have way more fun, with some newer gear, than with cigarettes and alcohol - maybe even seeing yourself tackling that little RX.
77) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (107) Server Problems? (Message 1892446)
Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Iona
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Yes, just noticed a few finished tasks, going nowhere. Tried to 'update'.....no luck. Been a while since we had server trouble on a Friday afternoon (here, that is)!
78) Message boards : Cafe SETI : RIP Dr SETI (Message 1892076)
Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Iona
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That is the best news I've heard in ages and if anyone deserves a 'break', it is Richard. My kindest regards and best hopes to Doc C.E.T.I. and his Lady Joanne (as he often called her).
79) Message boards : Number crunching : RAC falling dramatically (Message 1892027)
Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Iona
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Looks like disabling the GPU process has done the trick! RAC has been rising sharply since.

Once again the iGPU has proven to be a loser. I wonder why the project even has it as an option.


I was going to say, because, some people only have the 'on-board' graphics - laptops, more so, but the results from iGPUs seem to be slower than a CPU core. As others have said, it obviously uses resources common to the CPU cores, thereby slowing them down. I have a suspicion that the on-chip cache is heavily involved in this, as an old trick to get old software to run at a useable speed in the days of the P2 (!), was to disable the on-chip cache - the reduction in speed was quite amazing. That may be an over-simplification of the whole picture, though. One silly thought.....has anyone ever tried the on-board iGPU, while doing the customary reservation of a CPU core? All things being as they seem to be, however, I'd have to agree about your query about it's inclusion as an option.
80) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman has been sober for five months.........and counting!!!! (Message 1891532)
Posted 23 Sep 2017 by Iona
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In the case of Mark, many people only saw the man up front, not the man inside. Yes he'd regularly go on public 6 &12 hour timeouts every w/e, but how many saw him on a Wednesday over in number crunching gladly helping out a newbie with a technical problem, or running a fund raiser. Many people only use the cafe and never got the whole picture.


A very big thumbs up to that, Chris....but even that would result in flak, elsewhere. It wasn't that hard to 'see' the true Kittyman, but some people just saw what they wanted to.
81) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman has been sober for five months.........and counting!!!! (Message 1891415)
Posted 22 Sep 2017 by Iona
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As some people have commented on in this thread and others have touched on elsewhere, you have been on the receiving end of some pretty awful abuse, which even seemed to continue after you turned your back on alcohol. It reminded me of those horrible kids at school, who'd always target the illnesses, injuries or wounds of others, for their 'special attention'. The hypocrisy was staggering and it reminded me of something I'd come across and knew of, but like others, had wrongly attributed. Indeed, about 20 years ago, I was sent this same poem by a friend, when I was in a pretty dark place.

The poem, written by Mary T. Lathrap in 1895 and originally called, Judge Softly.

Pray, don't find fault with the man that limps,
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the moccasins he wears,
Or stumbled beneath the same load.

There may be tears in his soles that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
The burden he bears placed on your back
May cause you to stumble and fall, too.

Don't sneer at the man who is down today
Unless you have felt the same blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.

You may be strong, but still the blows
That were his, unknown to you in the same way,
May cause you to stagger and fall, too.

Don't be too harsh with the man that sins.
Or pelt him with words, or stone, or disdain.
Unless you are sure you have no sins of your own,
And it's only wisdom and love that your heart contains.

For you know if the tempter's voice
Should whisper as soft to you,
As it did to him when he went astray,
It might cause you to falter, too.

Just walk a mile in his moccasins
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse.
If just for one hour, you could find a way
To see through his eyes, instead of your own muse.

I believe you'd be surprised to see
That you've been blind and narrow minded, even unkind.
There are people on reservations and in the ghettos
Who have so little hope, and too much worry on their minds.

Brother, there but for the grace of God go you and I.
Just for a moment, slip into his mind and traditions
And see the world through his spirit and eyes
Before you cast a stone or falsely judge his conditions.

Remember to walk a mile in his moccasins
And remember the lessons of humanity taught to you by your elders.
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave
In other people's lives, our kindnesses and generosity.

Take the time to walk a mile in his moccasins.
82) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 1891412)
Posted 22 Sep 2017 by Iona
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Oh yeah, the cat does the choosing alright! As to the name, I'd guess that maybe the name was given by a Battlestar Galactica fan, or I'd hope so - anything other than that, really would be cruelty. I'm really glad that things are going well for you, Mark. You've certainly done all the hard work for it and maybe I'll keep a couple of fingers crossed....but I don't think I'll need to keep them crossed for too much longer.
83) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 1891407)
Posted 22 Sep 2017 by Iona
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That is one fabulous looking cat and this may prove to be only time I've actually wanted a Starbucks!
84) Message boards : Number crunching : Considering buying new GPU just for seti@home (Message 1891246)
Posted 22 Sep 2017 by Iona
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Well, he did say, TWO of those cards, plus the Linux 'Special' application. If I felt brave enough to use Linux and the 'Special Brew' with my GTX 970, I'd have a RAC of around 40k.
85) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1891239)
Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Iona
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Does anybody have a suggestion for a good cleaner for sterling silverware? Of course I know about the product, "Tarn-X", but it doesn't really do as good a job as I would like. Some of the silver sits inside a special cloth bag and that keeps the tarnish away, but the basic forks, knives, and spoons, I use everyday, and they need some spiffing up.


I'd suggest "Silvo" - its an impregnated wadding type of material, but I'm not sure if you can get it in the USA - I've used it on my Sheaffer 'Imperial' pen, for about 40 years and I still have a pen left! Perhaps you can get something similar, if you can't get it there. My late brother, would probably have recommended Goddard's Silver Dip, given his expertise in metal-finishing, but then, it would've been for a different reason - amongst other things, he was responsible for the Silver track PCB in the Audio Innovations valve amp, back in the 90s (and they said it couldn't be done!), so he was more concerned with a different sort of 'clean'. Something like Silver Dip, I'd only use for very bad tarnishing and very carefully - it can 'bite'.
86) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (107) Server Problems? (Message 1890788)
Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Iona
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That was close....was down to my last 7 GPU tasks.
87) Message boards : Cafe SETI : My Posts (Message 1890769)
Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Iona
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That might well be a better idea than you might think.....assume nothing. Some years ago, I paid a visit to the Vehicle Workshop for the Council I worked for and arrived just in time to hear a ton of expletives reverberate around the walls. The object of this verbal tirade, was a humble Ford Escort van (of 2002 vintage, I think) and the reason for the 'abuse' were the wheels....in particular, the spare wheel, or more accurately, spare wheels. A seemingly simple front wheel change had turned into a nightmare. A wheel would be put on and seemed to fit fine, but once it was fully tightened, the wheel wouldn't turn. Loosen the wheel nuts a little and the problem disappeared. In the end, something like four seemingly identical wheels were tried, before one was found that turned when tightened. For what seem silly reasons to me, all the spare wheels for the vehicles were kept at the workshop, so, it can probably be assumed that the wheel which did fit, was the one that came with that particular van. There were other vans, which were at least 6 months older, but none of them apparently were 'fussy' about their wheels....any wheel from the newer vehicle (it was the newest) would be fine on any axle of the older vans, but wheels from the older vans would only work on the rear of the newer van, apparently. It suggests that, there was a difference to the calipers, but there may well have been differences to the wheels, or even, both (very small differences, but enough to make the difference).
88) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (107) Server Problems? (Message 1890743)
Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Iona
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I've been getting the same, too. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a smooth 'outrage'.
89) Message boards : Cafe SETI : RIP Dr SETI (Message 1890463)
Posted 17 Sep 2017 by Iona
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This is simply, not good news to read. A true gentleman and one with intelligence and plain, simple kindness within him. I don't really know what to say, as, to be honest, my emotions are getting the better of me. I can't really add more, to what has already been said.
90) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1890188)
Posted 16 Sep 2017 by Iona
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Yes, Chris, the insurance companies drive me crazy with some of their attitudes.....when it suits them. For example, apart from the Legend, I have a Rover 216 Coupe (first registered to a very prestigious address in London - SW1A 1AA). Quite a nice little car; nippy, fairly good on fuel and being Honda-powered, reliable and they look great. The standard tyre size is 185/55/VR15. The car is apparently capable of 120 mph, yet, the tyres are rated to 150 mph, when an H rated tyre would've been perfectly adequate. I can guarantee that anyone who runs over a sheet of paper in one, at 70 mph, will end up with their spine parting company from the rest of their body and either striking a satellite, or it will go in the opposite direction, saving huge amounts of money in exploration costs for oil companies and geo-thermal start-ups! I've heard of some owners putting on '65s' with a reduced width, just to save their back. Yet, to appease the insurance companies, I have to use the V rated tyre, when I can't even imagine, what it would be like at even 80 mph - indeed, when an older one I had, hit a pot-hole at 25 mph, a mounting for the rear anti-roll bar was torn off. Of course, one can tell insurers about tyre changes that are non-standard, but you'd think a little 'common sense' and latitude would prevail.
91) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1889820)
Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Iona
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The Mirai seems to have very similar specs to the Clarity. I think it was James May (yep, the sensible one from the old Top Gear) who called the original model, the most important car for 100 years
92) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1889813)
Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Iona
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BBC put together a really nice summary of the Cassini Mission.
Worth looking at.


I agree, Carlos, it is rather good. When the BBC is not wringing it's hands over 'political correctness', 'diversity' and 'Brexit', it is very good at this sort of thing. Just yesterday, I was looking at a similar thing for Rosetta.
93) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1889593)
Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Iona
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You'd be surprised how many people are not aware of those date codes, Rob. It is one of the things I've checked for years, as a seemingly good deal on a car, can become a nightmare, if the thing is shod with ten-year-old tyres. With tyres that old, they might not even last ten miles, never mind the cost of replacing them - generally, work on six years or seven years at most. They will, literally, fall apart - or blow out at the worst possible moment. Oh yes, rolling diameter of wheels/tyres can catch people out. Ideally, the spare wheel/tyre should be the same size or extremely close to the others. A big difference, may manifest itself, as a failure in the ABS system, as the wheel sensor detects the difference in rotational speed - at what point the system will register the ABS 'fault', will depend on the system parameters. I actually bought a car with an ABS 'fault' after the dealer offered to reduce the price by £600 (quite a bit, back in about '97!) because of it......two hours later, the car was 100% for the cost of about £40. Not often you get to catch out a dealer! Another thing to be careful of, is if the tyre is 'uni-directional' i.e., at speed, it is designed to rotate in one direction only - you could only use that spare, on two wheels, or one side. Make sure your spare is omni-directional - if it isn't, pray that it won't be the two wheels you can't change, that get the puncture. At best; it'll be a straight swap. Not too bad; finding you have onmi-directionals on two other wheels, so a bit of tyre 'shuffling' involved. Worst case; all tyres on your car are uni-directional and the spare 'rotates the wrong way' to the one punctured!
94) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 1888703)
Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Iona
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Well, it has potential. Maybe wear it more forward at the front, I think. Longer sides, thinned and a bit more styling - then you'll be about there. As you say, you need more length to work with (now, now, titter ye not!), so, yes, work in progress. Actually, maybe more Gary Numan than Alice Cooper. A shaggy pixie cut is not an easy one to do - a few friends have had them in the past and once the cut was right, it was easy to maintain. The main thing is that you're happy with it and happier - that's what really counts.
95) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 1888655)
Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Iona
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Will it be more, Alice Cooper than, Joan Jett?
96) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1888654)
Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Iona
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Just a thought; who gets the royalties?
97) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What are you listening to? (Message 1887793)
Posted 3 Sep 2017 by Iona
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If you like old big band/swing music, give this a listen.
This stuff is just delicious.
A guy at work was playing this and I had to go over and check it out.
Most of these are fairly new acts.
I really did not know that there were this many bands reviving the swing era.
Bands, solo vocalists, and vocal groups.
There is a lot of talent here. And I am liking this a LOT.

From youtube..................a 60 song playlist.
Best Modern Swing Bands.

Kitty auditioned, kitty approved.
Meow!


OK, Mark, how about this? A favourite of mine.
98) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1887784)
Posted 3 Sep 2017 by Iona
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Yes, Bernie, I quite like Old Crafty Hen, in fact, one is disappearing, right now....it isn't as 'heavy' as McEwan's Champion Ale, which I am quite partial to and weighs in at 7.3%. The Champion Ale reminds me of The Newcastle Star (same brewery at the time) which one could buy in Tesco in the late 90s and that was an even more respectable 7.5%. However, down yur in Deben, I tend towards the very pleasant, St Austell Brewery "Proper Job" IPA (5.5%), "Otter Head" (5.8%) from the Otter Brewery and "Brewer's Preferred" (6.0%) from the Branscombe Vale Brewery......"Proper Job" seems to bless the shelves of Tesco and Waitrose in many parts of the country, now. I can also recommend, two bottled beers from Badger - "Poacher's Choice" (5.7%) and "Blandford Flyer" (5.2%); their flavours are brilliant. In the big Tesco store in Exeter, it usually takes me about 20 mins to make my selection of 8 different beers - it never took that long in Southend or Basildon!
99) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1885575)
Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Iona
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I've been following this, with a mix of revulsion, incredulity and disbelief and just when you think you've heard everything, another bombshell goes off. The most disturbing aspect, although it is a close call, is the name of a certain MP keeps coming up. Labour MP Naz Shah. This 'representative', was the one who was behind the resignation of fellow Labour MP, Sarah Champion from the Opposition 'Front Bench', who spoke out against the abuses. Well, three or four newspapers have recently published that this 'representative' has 'retweeted' a tweet which said that, “Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity.”! Oh, so now she wants underage girls, to stay quiet, if they're raped by organised groups of 'Asian' men, for the sake of a doctrine, which increasingly seems to mean, non-integration? Rotherham, Rochdale, Newcastle, Oxford and others stand as an indictment of people not speaking out or acting, for fear of being labelled a racist. Have I gone to sleep and found myself in a nightmare, that Orwell could never have imagined?
100) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (107) Server Problems? (Message 1885467)
Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Iona
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My mistake, I was thinking about the 'extended outage', two weeks ago. Doesn't time fly?!
101) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 1885447)
Posted 22 Aug 2017 by Iona
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Ah, but you have accomplished much and still are. You're finding a way through the thickest of fogs, that has been denying you, 'direction'. So, a little time curled up with your furry friends, is time well-spent and deserved. That, is the very least that you deserve. Keep going, Mark.....moving forwards is not always in a straight line.
102) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (107) Server Problems? (Message 1885441)
Posted 22 Aug 2017 by Iona
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Definitely shorter than the last few outages.....especially the last one! :D
103) Message boards : Politics : Shocking! (Message 1885245)
Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Iona
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It seems that Grenfell was the spark that now forces others to speak out. Unfortunately, in today's society it is a case of profits talk, safety walks.

Fire risks


Hang on a minute....
104) Message boards : Number crunching : Building 4 GPU host, which cabinet? (Message 1885147)
Posted 20 Aug 2017 by Iona
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I think you can get 3 X 120mm rads or was it a 240mm or 360mm in the front of a Corsair 780T, certainly it takes 3 X 120mm or 2 X 140 or 2 X 200mm fans.....I've got one for my gaming PC. In addition to that, you can get 2 'double size' rads in the top and bottom of the case. It is a big case, though!
105) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1884295)
Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Iona
Post:
Not strictly true. In essence, the oil also needs to reach it's optimum temperature, at which impurities in the oil, mostly caused by fuel dilution are burned off, or reduced. This is the primary reason why journeys that are short and don't allow the engine to reach it's normal operating temperature can actually cause more damage to an engine, than entering the 'M25 Grand Prix'! Having said that, fuel dilution is more likely to be seen in higher mileage engines, in particular where there is excessive wear to the cylinder walls, piston rings and pistons (we made those, too......Hepolite and Wellworthy). As to the frequency of oil changes, if, for example the vehicle is parked up for a year (ignoring precautionary lubrication of the cylinders and valve gear, prior to starting), the oil would probably need changing, even if an oil change had been done, before 'laying up', due to the fact that the composition of the oil would have deteriorated at the molecular level, never mind any condensation that may have taken place internally. Essentially, oil has a 'use by date'. Similarly, tyres, timing/cam belts and ancillary belts also deteriorate with age, irrespective of use.....tyres, particularly, have dates of manufacture, for that reason.
106) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1884251)
Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Iona
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Ah, I came up with that, when I was in the RAF, a few years ago. As for Life being a fatal, sexually transmitted disease......it is!
107) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1884237)
Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Iona
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Royal Purple.....expensive stuff. Good stuff, but still expensive. Quite a popular oil with Legend owners in the US. To be honest, I think you'd be better off using a 'blend' oil....a formulated mixture of synthetic and mineral oils or, 'part synthetic'. The advantage being, a 'blend' conditions oil seals better than full synthetics, which could easily be one source of oil 'use' and of course, it is cheaper. I'm a little surprised that a 5W/30 is still used in high ambient operating temperatures, but, the reduction of internal engine friction was part of the Zetec mantra and oil viscosity was one of those factors. Tribology. If the engine is a higher mileage unit, it might even be worth considering a 10W/40, especially if there are signs that the engine is burning some oil. However, that would be a bit of a balancing act.....balancing the cost and effect of burning oil, against a possible slight increase in fuel consumption. If your oil change interval is low, it could make more sense to use a cheaper mineral oil, completely, given that a fully synthetic oil is designed to maintain viscosity over a longer service period. Just for your info, I used to work for the AE Group in the UK - we were very well-known for our automotive products and worked with Ford on their new Zetec project.
108) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (107) Server Problems? (Message 1884080)
Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Iona
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Hah, didn't get those 100 tasks....figures!
109) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (107) Server Problems? (Message 1884064)
Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Iona
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I was lucky. I got 30 tasks in a 15 min period and have had nothing since then.....I'll probably find another 100 downloaded just after I post!
110) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1882272)
Posted 5 Aug 2017 by Iona
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Typical. This is what happens when you join the EU and lose control of your borders.....Vikings popping over whenever they like! :D
111) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Discussion of UK car registration plates (Message 1881855)
Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Iona
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True, in respect that the vehicle was found to be roadworthy at the time the test was conducted and the certificate issued. However, the mileage readings at the time are also there, so, if a vehicle has been 'clocked', it would be easy to spot. It is also nice when can you see any advisories, too. How about that car parked up the road for the last four days? Easy to see if it might have been dumped....no tax or MOT means probably dumped and probably not insured, so shouldn't be on thee road. Personally, I wish we still had tax discs, but then I'd like MOT discs too.
112) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Discussion of UK car registration plates (Message 1881802)
Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Iona
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Well, if you go to the DVLA site, you can check on the VED and MOT status of a vehicle just by entering the registration number and make of the vehicle. That capability has been available for a few years now and you can also use the site to report vehicles that are not 'legal'. As I did with two cars that were parked opposite where I live, which were subsequently removed. Checking on the insurance status can be done, but should only be done by the policyholder. So, all the 'legal status' information on your next door neighbour's car, is available to you (with one grey area) for you to peruse at your leisure.....no ANPR camera needed!
113) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (107) Server Problems? (Message 1881676)
Posted 2 Aug 2017 by Iona
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Hmmm. That was a bit worrying for a while - at least the servers connected to work were still reachable.
114) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPHW #265 - Jelly Babies For Everyone!!! :-) (Message 1880878)
Posted 29 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Tons better than fish fingers and custard!
115) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1880804)
Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Iona
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This was also a subject that Dr Brian Cox went into, in his excellent TV series on the BBC, "Wonders of the Universe". The creation of elements from the processes that power the stars during their life and in a way, perhaps more importantly for us, their 'death'. We are indeed, made of the stuff of stars.
116) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1880693)
Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Iona
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In short, no. I've not had any GBT work in the last 14 to 15 hours, perhaps - I only looked after seeing your post. All I've got at the moment, is about 12 WUs for the CPU.
117) Message boards : Cafe SETI : RIP Dr SETI (Message 1880470)
Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Ah, Dr CETI. I'm saddened to hear such awful news of him. Yes indeed, a very gifted and amazing person....some of the recipes he posted here, were brilliant, as I recall - good enough to make me feel like I hadn't eaten for a month! I'll add my very best hopes and wishes, to those already expressed here, to such a wonderful guy.
118) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead too... (Message 1880452)
Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Iona
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As a British EU negotiator, I can tell you that Brexit is going to be far worse than anyone could have guessed
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-eu-negotiator-europe-euratom-airline-safety-negotiations-theresa-may-worse-anyone-guessed-a7858586.html

“Brexit means Brexit,” remember. Enjoy.


Steve Bullock worked at the UK Representation to the EU from 2010-2014 where he negotiated several EU regulations for the UK in European Council working groups. He has also worked for the European Commission and the Department for International Development’s Europe Department. The UK in a Changing Europe assisted with the commissioning of this piece. That's what it said at the bottom of the article. So, no bias, then?
119) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead too... (Message 1880451)
Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Iona
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I don't think I'll bother with that ticket, Sirius. I'd never find it anyway, with the lights being out, after everyone plugs in their cars after work! As usual, the politicians really have not thought things through. Can you imagine the "council person" in their hi-viz, carrying a clipboard, fining people for the "trip hazards" across the pavement? Then we have the problem of Local Authorities basically setting limits and creating 'pollution charging zones'; it will be chaos. Not that I can see such things really working in areas, where the bus is once a week! Without a doubt, you've probably listened to the same news and looked at the same information, so I couldn't help noticing the amount of pollution attributed to petrol-engine vehicles - it didn't even look like 10%. So, there you have it; public transport in the form of buses, is not only expensive (cheaper than rail, though), slow and and unreliable, but also puts out, about double the pollution that all the petrol-engine vehicles do. I'm still curious as to what Volvo will be using as their primary power source, in their new 'hybrids' from 2015.....might it be a petrol engine? All electric, eh? Perhaps there will be a market for selling a child's windmill, with an electric motor and a puny solar cell attached to it, as a back-up power source for electric cars.....must dash, got to go to the patent office!
120) Message boards : Number crunching : Ok, what the heck is going on with limiting availability of video cards?? At least at Micro Center? (Message 1880141)
Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Feedback of 5, you mean.....all as a buyer, too. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true! Wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be a pair of new fans for the mentioned card. Definitely something not right, though.
121) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1879762)
Posted 22 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Yep.
122) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1878925)
Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Famous last words, eh, Brent?
123) Message boards : Number crunching : Ok, what the heck is going on with limiting availability of video cards?? At least at Micro Center? (Message 1878867)
Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Iona
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They were used and for 'mining'. There was a listing in the US for a 3GB EVGA 1060 SC that was at about $160 with, by now, some 11 hours to run.
124) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1878863)
Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Sir John Hurt played the 9th Doctor (The War Doctor), coming after Paul McGann (a shame that he never reappeared in a series, but paradoxes can happen). As for time being confusing, well, people assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, its more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff. So, yes, it can be confusing.
125) Message boards : Number crunching : Ok, what the heck is going on with limiting availability of video cards?? At least at Micro Center? (Message 1878788)
Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Well, tazzduke, a number of reports I saw earlier today, are suggesting that the crypto-currency bubble is about to burst, very soon. Indeed, one report mentions large numbers of GPUs are being "dumped on eBay", as 'miners' seek to reduce their losses. The sooner that ridiculous bubble bursts, the better.
126) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1878580)
Posted 16 Jul 2017 by Iona
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I thought the BBC were making a programme called "The Great British Switch-Off", hosted by Jodie Whittaker! That's what I'll be doing....
127) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1878508)
Posted 16 Jul 2017 by Iona
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A man has successfully checked in a can of beer as his only luggage on a domestic flight in Australia.

LOL:)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-40577923



Jeez, its not even VB!
128) Message boards : Number crunching : Getting the most bang for your buck from a GTX 1060 (Message 1878504)
Posted 16 Jul 2017 by Iona
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They're similar times to what I get with my 970. In fact, the APR of those 1060s is frequently lower, in spite of the higher 'clock' of the 1060. There is definitely, still, life in the 970! True, it may not be as cheap to run, but it does mean I'm not 'pensioning' off a very capable piece of kit. I've kept my 3570K back to 3.6 GHz max (in the BIOS), when the higher ambient temperatures, made themselves apparent, last month. The CPU cooler might be able to deal with the extra heat, but I didn't leave the factory with one fitted!
129) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1878443)
Posted 15 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Ah, thanks for that, Brent. That's useful to know.
130) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1878433)
Posted 15 Jul 2017 by Iona
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As a fairly recent user of using an NVidia GPU for the project (my first NVidia card was actually a new Riva TNT - that's a while ago!), the thing that annoys me most, is when a GPU task or even several tasks are completed and then I get a load of CPU tasks sent and no GPU tasks. I then end up, having to suspend GPU work, change to 100% CPU use, to deal with the ever increasing number of CPU tasks, periodically. I'd rather have no more CPU tasks being sent! More frustrating still, are the messages from the server that say that AMD/ATI GPU tasks are available, but my preferences are set not to accept them....why would I accept them if I don't have an AMD/ATI GPU in the thing? Yes, I also get the same message about the Intel GPU, but obviously, using that was not going to involve a 'free lunch'.
131) Message boards : Number crunching : Help with a non-booting machine (Message 1878378)
Posted 15 Jul 2017 by Iona
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I also had some trouble booting, after an update.....lots of spinning on screen, but nothing else happening after about 20 mins after the restart. I just hit the reset button and eventually got it to boot, then ran System Restore, but even that was 'reluctant'. The same update has 'failed' a few other times, with similar results, but the 'Security Quality Monthly Rollup', was fine - the update that I had trouble with was, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool X64 (KB980830) (no comment about Windows Malicious Software!) - I wonder if it was that one, as it also insisted on being installed.
132) Message boards : Number crunching : Is there anyway to search for specific Boinc/Seti computer systems? (Message 1878300)
Posted 14 Jul 2017 by Iona
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I guess you could use BOINC Stats, using the Project and then Host filters at the left on the page, which would allow you to look down through the CPU/Cores column.....it would be time consuming though.
133) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1877818)
Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Iona
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This may come as a shock, Ozz, but I completely agree with you. In other messages about Photobucket, Vic, alluded to this....perhaps PB are just testing the water, or was the timing, coincidental?
134) Message boards : Politics : We are being slimed... (Message 1877806)
Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Iona
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OK, I'm going to ask a really stupid question. With what appears to be, an obsession to remove branding, doesn't this make things, so much easier for the counterfeiters? The same counterfeiters, who put far more toxic things into the things that they 'release to the market'. All the packs look the same, so, no chance of even a copyright infringement. We all know about the fake iPhone chargers and how lethal they are and some know of the cocktail of chemicals that are sold as 'premium Vodka', yet no-one seems to be concerned about fake tobacco products, unless it involves duty or tax being evaded. More to the point, how come branding on alcohol products has not come under the spot-light....or cars (VW Group springs to mind) or any number of other products, come to that! Hell, there are many that believe that a little more death in the Human Race is needed, for the benefit of the planet.
135) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 1877494)
Posted 8 Jul 2017 by Iona
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That's quite something to be proud of, Mark. I'm delighted that you are getting closer to a place you want to be and should be in. You're certainly earning it!
136) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1877192)
Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Was he 'half-cocked'? Sorry, I meant the gun.
137) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time X (Message 1877191)
Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Yes, all belonging to a ensemble in the Caribbean, using instruments made from oil drums.....maybe.
138) Message boards : Number crunching : Ok, what the heck is going on with limiting availability of video cards?? At least at Micro Center? (Message 1877187)
Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Wow. I'm wasting my time just looking at the UK site. If I'd spotted those three gems, with the additional freight and Customs costs, I could've sold them for £2k+. Good grief, how sad it has all become! It sort of reminds me of the insane speculation reflected in RAM prices, following a fire at a RAM facility in the 90s......
139) Message boards : Politics : Shocking! (Message 1877182)
Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Following on from the last question I raised, what about all this insulation material that we're supposed to have in our houses, to make them "more thermally efficient"? Cavity walls retro-filled with polystyrene balls or foam. New-builds filled with 'God knows'. Foam-backed plaster-board. Loft spaces with several inches plus of fibreglass insulation in them. Insulating material for laminate floors...never mind the flooring itself! All in all, we increasingly have living spaces that are now surrounded by all sorts of materials, that probably won't play nicely, in the event of a fire. The beds we sleep in and the furniture we sit on? That's different. All in the name of 'efficiency' and being 'green' (like buying a diesel car was supposed to be....except if you knew better), plus trying to keep the heating bills down (another subject!). In engineering, my speciality was controlled gas atmosphere furnaces and I'm beginning to wonder, why we are building living spaces, that have many of the attributes of such furnaces. Perhaps it is to make it easier to sweep us up, in the aftermath of a fire?

Fire drills? I don't believe that at the Council that I worked for, there was ever any form of drill at any accommodation unit - apart from the cheapest contractor for 'building maintenance', having a cordless drill. Some would argue that, you can't have a fire drill, when not everyone is there. Fire extinguishers? I can only think of one 'accommodation block' that had them and most of those had probably been discharged by the drug and alcohol fuelled residents and mainly used to keep fire doors open! There is one 'unit' that I recall, that was refurbished at a cost of some £800k - five blocks of two and three storey units, totalling approximately 84 flats of differing sizes. Previously, areas open to the elements, were now enclosed by glass and aluminium. Where there were areas covered in paving slabs and some grass, there was now, resin-bonded aggregate. Painted concrete stairs and walk-ways went from, not only, open to the elements and now enclosed, but to being coated in a coloured, thick epoxy-based 'continuous matting'. All the front doors to the flats were changed to a uniform 'uPVC' door. Entry to any of the blocks, was now by an encoded magnetic key and unless you had a 'master', only to that one block and the communal areas. Going in or out! What was intended, apparently, was to smarten the place up and reduce the time the cleaners had to spend there, as, 'financial constraints' meant their services were needed elsewhere. The cleaners were the first to point to problems - access was the first issue, then, they could no longer sweep the walk-ways and stairs, due to the rough finish of the continuous matting. Their work-load actually increased, four-fold, because they found that the only way to do the job was by using stiff brooms and having to 'dab mop' stains from leaking rubbish bags and they also had a large number of enclosing window frames to deal with, too. The residents complained, because, due to the rough finish of the 'matting' and the use of the resin-bonded aggregate for the communal areas, falling over, as children frequently do, led to a big increase in abrasive injuries caused and received. I suppose grassed areas were too 'high maintenance' and common sense took a very long holiday. The fire potential? All that epoxy? No fire suppression and no extinguishers of any kind in the now enclosed areas? No emergency stairways? You tell me.
140) Message boards : Politics : Shocking! (Message 1877159)
Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Simple. Lessons are never learned by Government at any level. As an example, there was the killing of Maria Colwell in the early 70's, through to 'Baby P' in recent years and beyond - yet the same things keep happening. Having legislation enacted after a tragic event is one thing, but if all that is going to happen is someone ticking a box on a bit of paper with a marker pen, which is all that seems to happen, whats the point of it all? Yet, here we are, with some Council CEOs and FOs on £300k+ and lots of buck passing.....still! For years, it looks like many building companies, have basically been 'self-certifying' all sorts of materials and practices, aided and abetted by, until very recently, the NHBC amongst other trade organisations. How was that allowed to happen? Now for a question that I'm surprised has not been asked. Has any of this cladding been used on private residential housing? Increasingly, I noticed cladding on the outside of new build housing and some of it did look a bit like plastic and I also saw cladding on older built houses. I'm sure that many people have also seen it. I suppose no-one will ask, until, there is a house fire and the insurance company won't pay, because of the use of non-approved materials...assuming they could afford house insurance in the first place.
141) Message boards : Number crunching : Ok, what the heck is going on with limiting availability of video cards?? At least at Micro Center? (Message 1877151)
Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Iona
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I just checked 'bay here and I couldn't believe my eyes. Most of the private sellers are about right on price....plenty of 970s at around £120, with several hours to run, but there are a few private sellers wanting stupid money - inevitably, all the 'comedians' are companies trying to cash-in. I bought my Gainward Phantom back in December2015 and it cost me £200 for a 3-month-old fully boxed card - I've seen one company trying to sell two of them for a whopping £480 each. That wasn't the highest price I saw, either! Contrast that with a private seller, selling a matched pair of Gainward 970 cards, run for 45 hours with Heatkiller water-cooling, for £360. Tough choice.

I reckon Mark hit the nail on the head, with the comparison to a Ponzi scheme, but I'd probably liken things to a magic act....all smoke and mirrors.
142) Message boards : Number crunching : Managed to kill so many GPUs (Message 1876949)
Posted 5 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Hmmm. I think I'll try and avoid the temptation to make a comment, not unlike those from the Carry On films! I used to use an air compressor to clean out my PCs - the dust that thing blew out, was amazing. Maybe you could get a small capacity, cheap one, Petri - if you have a car, you'll soon find other uses for one. Must get myself another one....my ex, took mine and an AC inverter I had for using it on 12V. Can't help thinking that the OPs graphics cards, just have a hard life, although I did originally wonder about the PSU(s) being used.
143) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1876781)
Posted 4 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Yep, there was!
144) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time X (Message 1876463)
Posted 2 Jul 2017 by Iona
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You may be right, but not from my perspective - I don't believe I would have a strong enough grip in such a tense situation!
145) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead too... (Message 1876458)
Posted 2 Jul 2017 by Iona
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They've known nothing but, life in/under the EU, so maybe it is not so surprising, really.
146) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time X (Message 1876454)
Posted 2 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Maybe. What was that band that Yoko Ono, once had?
147) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time X (Message 1876257)
Posted 1 Jul 2017 by Iona
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Thought so. Yep, I've used something that does the same job, but a different design, which might indicate this is for use with a less strong material.
148) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Internet usage stats (Message 1875987)
Posted 30 Jun 2017 by Iona
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Windows chattering with certain Government servers? MS Update?
149) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photobucket (Message 1875977)
Posted 30 Jun 2017 by Iona
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Over some 15+ years or so, I held a number of Domain Names and even the 'top end' of hosting on those domains for business, on a dedicated server, is still less than half the cost that Gutbucket want now. Perhaps they're relying on people thinking in terms of £/$X cost per month - some will think that cheap, for their 5 minutes of fame.
150) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 1875963)
Posted 30 Jun 2017 by Iona
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A blonde that smells like a kitten? Well, thats still better than being an 'Essex Girl'!
151) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photobucket (Message 1875960)
Posted 30 Jun 2017 by Iona
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For that sort of money, you can buy some massive, high spec 'Enterprise' HDDs, with plenty of change. Crazy.
152) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Things you have found written on a wall (Message 1875638)
Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Iona
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One that immediately springs to mind, was on the wall of a men's toilet at the then, RAF Chivenor. Our aim is to keep these toilets clean. Your aim will also help.
153) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1875379)
Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Iona
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An Old Speckled Hen, has had it's neck wrung and is now followed by doing a Proper Job of it. One is from Morland Brewing in Suffolk, the other is a delicious IPA from St Austell Brewery, so, no animals were harmed for the sake of this post!
154) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1875377)
Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Iona
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So it seems. Fingers crossed and touching a real wood desk!
155) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1875220)
Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Iona
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Yep, all go again. The uploads were on a 'back-off' and cleared about 4 mins ago. So, next stop, Maintenance day!
156) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1875213)
Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Iona
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Uploads seem to have stopped again. After I followed Richard's fix, all was running smoothly again. Perhaps this is a sign of some tinkering at the lab.
157) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1875065)
Posted 25 Jun 2017 by Iona
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Anyone having trouble with uploads?
158) Message boards : Politics : Shocking! (Message 1875026)
Posted 25 Jun 2017 by Iona
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Indeed. People systematically looking the other way, perhaps, or systematically not doing their blasted jobs!
159) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1874978)
Posted 25 Jun 2017 by Iona
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By 'eck, thats luxury. Snow? We had to chisel our way out, through ice, with just a spoon!
160) Message boards : Politics : Shocking! (Message 1874921)
Posted 25 Jun 2017 by Iona
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If only it was that simple, Gary. Sadly, private companies with an eye on profits, are increasingly involved with the 'supply' of materiel and operational services in the increasingly less, 'public sector'. You can have any number of staff, but if the equipment they need to use, is 'leased' to them by private companies, then it all falls apart - predictably. With budgets cut and increasing involvement of companies seeking to make profit, it is inevitable that public services, such as the fire service, will not have what they need for the job, merely, what they have been told they can afford! I have a feeling that you would have found great accord with one of my favourite broadcasters, on LBC, James O'Brien - who regularly made a former member of the London Fire Authority look pretty bad. Google, Brian Coleman.....not that you'll need to. In the end, Coleman didn't need O'Brien's help to look bad......he did it himself.

I've worked for a Local Authority and have come across stupidity on 'both sides of the fence'. Tenants, who think it is OK to block access to fire doors with their 'over fill' and a land-lord (council) that can't be bothered to maintain properties. Gas pipes, un-protected and car petrol tanks 'stored' close by. Fire doors, normally closed (as in electro-magnetically kept shut!), but inaccessible due to resident's belongings being in the way on a regular basis. Yet, for the favoured ones, there are pay increases of between £5k and £10k, while lower paid employees have their pay cut. There is something insidiously unpleasant going on in this country and with luck, light will be shone in those dark places.
161) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (106) Server Problems? (Message 1874130)
Posted 20 Jun 2017 by Iona
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I've not been getting anything for my 970, for several hours - I've got maybe, an hours work left. Tons of CPU work and 1 AP, though.
162) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing of life's adventures of the kittyman. (Message 1872486)
Posted 11 Jun 2017 by Iona
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Indeed, Mark, that was a very kind gesture by Chris. I think you both deserve a big hug......I used to know some rugby players in Honiton, if that helps with the big hug! My rather battered opinion of people has been uplifted a little. Thank you, both.
163) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What are you listening to? (Message 1872106)
Posted 10 Jun 2017 by Iona
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A little bit of Dick Dale.......no prizes for guessing the 'tune'!
164) Message boards : Number crunching : Do we have more data than volunteers? (Message 1871538)
Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Iona
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Very true. Just as people come back to the project, too.
165) Message boards : Number crunching : Seti@home v8 (Message 1753822)
Posted 4 Jan 2016 by Iona
Post:
I thought I had, but obviously not, as no tasks were showing when I restarted BOINC. Reverted to stock and predictably, no tasks showing....all gone. Project reset....yet more V8 CPU tasks. However, there were now 191 V8 tasks listed as in progress for one of my PCs, in spite of the reset and me only seeing about 60! Those 191 V8 tasks, will now just have to time out - as my patience did. I also noticed that my S@H preferences no longer seemed to work under the latest BOINC - if they had, ironically, not one V8 task would've even downloaded!!! I've given up and removed the project completely.
166) Message boards : Number crunching : Hardware News (Message 1753223)
Posted 2 Jan 2016 by Iona
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I'm OK with that....my new build is a 4690K and an R9 390X, so, cost effective.
167) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Natalie Cole dies at 65 (Message 1753027)
Posted 2 Jan 2016 by Iona
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Definitely not a good week for music. Lemmy, John Bradbury (The Specials) and now Natalie Cole. R.I.P.
168) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1753024)
Posted 2 Jan 2016 by Iona
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Not too sure what you mean. If you mean, can you still get the MS 'sticks, the answer is, no, not new ones, that is...they only seem to pander to X-Box users for controllers. One can of course still get 'sticks, but they'd have to be a USB connection for anything after Win XP. Maybe you're wondering if you can use a USB/gameport adapter? Oddly enough, many 'sticks will work in a fashion using one, except the Sidewinder! Even the favoured Rockfire unit can't get those working. Personally, I'm having to 'bite the bullet' and look at the Saitek X55 or the Thrustmaster Warthog and 'sticks are becoming more popular due to games like EVE, Elite Dangerous and, of course, Star Citizen.
169) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1752511)
Posted 30 Dec 2015 by Iona
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Mention of hardware not working as well, or, at all, on older systems is a bit of a sick joke. At a stroke, with Vista, MS dropped support in the OS for the humble 'game port' - much to the annoyance of just about everyone who had an MS Sidewinder 'stick with a 'game port' connection - never mind those of us with expensive CH or similar spec 'sticks! For Heaven's sake, even their own hardware became paper-weights! This of course did much for user experience, in a very negative manner and may be why XP is rightfully, still held in high regard by many.
170) Message boards : Number crunching : Radeon Software Crimson (Message 1749018)
Posted 13 Dec 2015 by Iona
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The two I have currently got are the famously voltage-locked Gigabyte 390X. Amongst all the grief I saw on various sites, including AMD's, just about every make was mentioned, but I don't recall anyone saying they had a Sapphire one with problems. I have a feeling that the issue is not the drivers! For the first time in years, I can afford to get lots of shiny new things and then find that the bulk of the cost, went on stuff that has lots of problems and AMD are no closer to sorting the problem out, than several months ago! There also seem to be similar problems with Fury cards - not good at all for AMD. I think my 'patience left the building', when I put the old 5850 back into my partner's PC and it just worked! My new build is now on hold and may end up being Nvidia powered ( 4GB GTX 970?).
171) Message boards : Number crunching : Radeon Software Crimson (Message 1748995)
Posted 13 Dec 2015 by Iona
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Don't be so sure! I've got two R9 390s, that 'fall over' as soon as any real graphics work (as in gaming) is asked of them! Main-board flash, two different PSUs (HX850 and AXi860) three or four different drivers and......nope! So, back they will go for a full refund and it will have cost me about £40, for the privilege of banging my head against a brick wall - just like many others who bought them. I may well be defecting to the other side!
172) Message boards : Number crunching : Show and tell your machine. Here's mine. (Message 1748388)
Posted 11 Dec 2015 by Iona
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You ought to see how much room there is, in a Corsair Graphite 780T! I've just bought one for my new build....it is massive inside and out. I could've gone for a Skylake build, but have stuck to the promise I made to myself, nearly 20 years ago, to never be at the 'bleeding edge' again. The money saved, meant I could buy better quality/better performing components.

Full details are; Corsair 780T (white), Corsair AX860i PSU, Gigabyte Z97 G1 Sniper, i5 4690K, Gigabyte R9 390X (8GB) 32G Crucial Ballistix 1866 MHz RAM (timed 9-9-9-27), 2 X WD Black 2TB drives, Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD (solely for OS etc.), LG 16X Blu-ray drive, topped-off with an Asus Xonar D2X sound card. Just waiting for my Win 7 Pro DVD.....
173) Message boards : Politics : Paris attack (Message 1743337)
Posted 19 Nov 2015 by Iona
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There may well be another fly in the ointment. It was reported earlier today, that ISIS or whatever they want to call themselves (Raving Loons is good, with apologies to the late 'Lord' Sutch), 'executed' a Chinese national. For their part, the Chinese government have said little, if anything. It seems to me, that these maniacs have pretty well declared war on just about the whole world!
174) Message boards : Politics : It is time..... (Message 1742176)
Posted 15 Nov 2015 by Iona
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Mr Camoron will do everything he can.....he'll call COBRA meetings!!!
175) Message boards : Politics : Paris attack (Message 1741986)
Posted 14 Nov 2015 by Iona
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A truly dreadful, ghastly and typically cowardly attack, which can only result in retaliation in France against ordinary peaceful Muslims. The far right in France will seize on this with gusto - with some justification, too, it might be said. The people who will suffer greatest, will be the genuine refugees and in all probability, politically, Angela Merkel. This may even see the 'West' take the attitude that "my enemy's enemy is my ally" and change it's stance towards Russian actions in Syria.
176) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (101) Server Problems? (Message 1741277)
Posted 11 Nov 2015 by Iona
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Same here. All the WUs I got after the outage are re-sends. I've only dumped stuff down to _4, but its still over 25 WUs aborted. A _2 or _3 is not that unusual, so I've kept them, knowing that they could all be bad! The only snag is, I'm now only allowed 5 WUs per day, now! Nothing quite like 'punishing' the innocent.
177) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (100) Server Problems? (Message 1731153)
Posted 2 Oct 2015 by Iona
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Seems to have cleared. Maybe I shouldn't have said that!
178) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (100) Server Problems? (Message 1730367)
Posted 30 Sep 2015 by Iona
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Been getting the same here, on and off, for five or six hours.
179) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whatcha Watching? (Message 1728982)
Posted 26 Sep 2015 by Iona
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Boston Legal...DVD set. Hilarious and frequently thought provoking. Denny Crane.
180) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (100) Server Problems? (Message 1728584)
Posted 24 Sep 2015 by Iona
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Anyone else getting slow downloads?
181) Message boards : Politics : Migration Period now? (Message 1723124)
Posted 7 Sep 2015 by Iona
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These are, of course, things that the Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italians and French, amongst many nations, mainly European, can't also claim?
182) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1717260)
Posted 23 Aug 2015 by Iona
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I'm surprised that you 'profiled' someone as being from India. Shock. Horror. Reality. Your caller could just as easily have been from Nigeria, given the way that the 'net works! I also think you'll find that most 'Cyber Crime', originates in Russia, with lots from China.....those two countries have much in common. Much of what they have in common is that, governments seem to 'fall over themselves' to welcome them to buy anything in their country of choice. Normally, we'd call it 'money laundering' but for governments it is called 'foreign investment.
183) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1717169)
Posted 23 Aug 2015 by Iona
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Now, that's what I call a cutting comment.....and a rather good one at that. I've ordered 2 X Win 7 Pro 64 bit packages for my new builds after 'confirming' that Win 10 is not for me. It is all well and good talking about gaming, but I've got shelves of stuff that is no longer supported by anything after XP! Stuff with the Microsoft name on it. Foolish of me to think that the 'Game Port' would always be supported, maybe - more foolish to think that a USB (MS) 'stick' would also continue to be supported! I think I'll stay with an OS that does what I tell it. Having said that, my ancient P3/500 with a Riva TNT128 and 2 X Diamond Monster (3dFX) cards still runs fine and reliably on Win Millennium.
184) Message boards : Politics : Migration Period now? (Message 1717158)
Posted 23 Aug 2015 by Iona
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Why doesn't birth control work, when people are poor? It should, unless there is money to be made by having more children than the parents can afford. Of course, there are always benefactors, that try to look after the children, that the parents that can't really afford to have them, have! The wealthy seem to have reined-in their need to pro-create (and they can afford to have more), so why is it more difficult, for those who can't afford more off-spring? Perhaps it is a 'cultural thing', which would in effect be, 'breeding slaves'. Is that OK, to have children for the sole purpose of 'attending to the parents'? Some might call that slavery of sorts. I won't, but I'll be hard-pressed to find a kinder way to describe it.
185) Message boards : Politics : Migration Period now? (Message 1717057)
Posted 22 Aug 2015 by Iona
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Birth control? Sooner or later, it has to be strongly considered - globally!
186) Message boards : Politics : Ephebiphobia (Message 1716625)
Posted 21 Aug 2015 by Iona
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Not many women of 'mature years' have posted here, I note....nor have many women of any years|! I can hear bats using their 'sonar', so a 'Mosquito' would also affect me. I don't see anyone taking issue with that!
187) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1714551)
Posted 17 Aug 2015 by Iona
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I'm beginning to wonder if J.B. Yeats predicted the release of Win 10....

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
188) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1713871)
Posted 16 Aug 2015 by Iona
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Knew that.
189) Message boards : Number crunching : PC Upgrading. (Message 1712391)
Posted 13 Aug 2015 by Iona
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Just to confirm, the price I've been given is for a Skylake i5 6600k, Gigabyte Z170SLI and 16GB of DDR4 and only £50 more than an i5 4690k, Asus Z79-P with 16 GB of DDR3. That's £100 total for both PCs! Either I've got more 'clout' with that company as an old (as in long-standing) customer or there is a big catch. The bottom line is, in Imperial Units, £450 against £400.
190) Message boards : Number crunching : PC Upgrading. (Message 1712309)
Posted 13 Aug 2015 by Iona
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I'm going to be upgrading my PCs soon and I'm a little uncertain which way to go. I've been at the 'bleeding edge' a few times, but certainly not in the last 15+ years or so...anyone remember the NexGen 90?! I do! 400MHz P2s running on a Soyo 440BX, a 16 Meg Riva TNT, a pair of Diamond Voodoo 2s and a huge 19" monitor? That was me!

I currently have two PCs, both Intel Core i5 2400s, which are quite 'nippy' given they're 2nd Gen i5s and we are now at 6th Gen. I'm seriously considering getting a pair of 'bundles' (i5 6600k, Gigabyte Z170SLI board and 16 Gig DDR4), as the price I've been offered them, works out at £50 each, more than an Intel i5 4690k, Asus Z79-P with 16 Gig of DDR3. I've read so many tests on Skylake, that I'm almost blue. I know that the i5 4690k has quite a reputation for 'grunt', so is this price that I've been given too good to be true? Is there a hidden cost in going for a Skylake base? The dealer is reputable, indeed, I've dealt with them and others, for 20 years or so, so I have no real worries there. I suppose I'm having a bit of a problem in that the price differential is so, relatively small.

At the other end of the scale, I could be really 'tight' and just upgrade the i5 2400s to i5 3570ks or even 3770ks, with the 8GB R9 300 series that I'm looking at! Actually, just changing the CPUs to 3770ks, would cost between a third and a half of the i5 Skylake package.


P.S. If anyone feels the need to ask about upgrading their PCs, feel free to post here - it'll save some space!
191) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Car Thread (Message 1711869)
Posted 12 Aug 2015 by Iona
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Three cylinder car engines are more common than you might think. Back in the mid to late '80's Daihatsu put one in a small car and without reference to Wiki, I think it was the Charade. The French have recently been using them too, in a number of cars from Renault and Citroen. On paper a three cylinder engine should be smoother than a four cylinder engine. Personally, I'll be sticking with older V6 cars with character and might in the near future maybe even 12 cylinders.
192) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1707823)
Posted 2 Aug 2015 by Iona
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10 is sounding more and more like Skynet.


Maybe its more a case of, Windows 10....produced by Micro$oft, designed by NSA & GCHQ and used by the wary! Everyone knows that there is no such thing as a free lunch, don't they? I'd already made up my mind to stick with 7 Pro and I'm not seeing anything yet that persuades me away from that, even slightly.
193) Message boards : Politics : Calais Migrants (Message 1707637)
Posted 2 Aug 2015 by Iona
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I agree fully with your comments. When I retired early, mainly due to frequent periods of poor health, plus seeing how the wind was blowing, I was not entitled to any benefits at all - not one penny! My partner works, was one reason....as if their sole wage is enough to fully support two people! Another reason was that I, in effect had savings (a private pension fund) and a Local Government pension. Five months on and I'm still trying to 'unlock' my private pension and am soon to receive my L.G. pension, which I was not going to do, for some years yet! However, due to the PPP (private pension plan) company messing me around, I've had to request my L.G. pension be paid early which, of course, entails financial penalties!

The bits I just don't understand are, if these people in Calais are so poor, where did they get the substantial amounts of cash to enable themselves to be 'trafficked'? If you're poor in this country, you can't even afford to get out of it, for even a week! Only a few days ago, I went out early to get some bread and in the entrances to quite a few businesses, people were sleeping. While it did put into perspective, my own predicament, it also annoyed me that there are homeless people sleeping on the streets, while people as per Calais, who get here are living a life of luxury in comparison. That can't be right. Perhaps the price we pay is already too high.
194) Message boards : Politics : Calais Migrants (Message 1707616)
Posted 2 Aug 2015 by Iona
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If I were you, Sirius, I'd avoid looking at the Daily Mail site today......
195) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1706330)
Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Iona
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Idiot Heath took the U.K. into the 'Common Market' or E.E.C., not the E.U.!!! There is a huge difference between what was voted on, by the then electorate and what is there now. I seriously doubt that many would have voted 'yes', if the electorate had been fully informed about all the implications.
196) Message boards : Politics : Hospitals (Message 1703032)
Posted 19 Jul 2015 by Iona
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Quite simply, Chris, the League of Friends handed over £300k for staff, so that the in-patient beds could be used at Axminster, in addition to those at Seaton. Playing Ping-Pong is one thing, but taking £300k and lying, is quite another thing! If it is taken into account, that I've seen more new housing built in Axminster in the last year, than 10 years in the Southend area, you have to question if these people have any grasp of mathematics - apart from the maths they use for expenses and bonuses! Indeed, given that East Devon District Council seems determined to turn East Devon into a building site, irrespective of what anyone thinks (yes, they are Tory controlled), there can be no justification for any of what is going on.
197) Message boards : Politics : It is time..... (Message 1703003)
Posted 19 Jul 2015 by Iona
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Ah yes, once again, the same people who effectively brought a Sunday newspaper into such disrepute, that it had to be closed, delight everyone with their bile! As someone who once lived in Australia, I was well aware of the 'love' that my then countrymen, held dear Rupert in - (un)like his father (he too was justifiably accused of suspect reporting regarding Gallipoli)! As ever they use that phrase 'public interest' to justify their malicious efforts, while bringing ever closer, a press in this country that will be far from free. I'm not a monarchist, by any means, although, with our current crop of Westminster crooks, that could change.
198) Message boards : Politics : Hospitals (Message 1703001)
Posted 19 Jul 2015 by Iona
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Since my last post in this thread, things have moved along and stood still, none of which bodes well for the people of Axminster and East Devon. There are legal terms that describe obtaining monies, both under duress and under false pretences. I think we all know what those terms are, so the local M.P. is soon to be receiving a scathing and damning e-mail, from one very angry individual, who effectively donated money to a bunch of pen-pushing parasites!
199) Message boards : Politics : It is time..... (Message 1702508)
Posted 17 Jul 2015 by Iona
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Don't start me off, Sirius! I've said before, that essential utilities should never be in the hands of the private sector. Communications, are one of those things that I class as an essential utility - but BT should never have been sold-off in the first place and should have remained in 'public ownership', just like water, gas, electricity and, oil, too, come to that. Alas, the spivs in the Tory party sold virtually everything off to their pin-striped suited mates in the ever-so-honest 'City' for a fraction of their value, so they could effectively 'buy favour' with some of the electorate. That worked out well, didn't it?! Any money made as operating profit, goes into the back pockets of the trustworthy financial institutions, rather than the Treasury. Is it any real wonder we're in the mess we are?

As usual the rabid Tories attack the BBC on virtually every front, because they are a paranoid party. Most of them have never done a useful days work in their entire lives and think the electorate are as stupid as they think. Some of the electorate are; the 'die-hards'! If they really think that listening to Ken Bruce, will be better by being interrupted by adverts from a firm of 'ambulance chasers', then they're more deluded than even I think they are!

Oh yes, the 10% hike in pay. Funny how the government in power (don't ask me how a bunch of people in a 'club' can be in charge) soon adopt the ways of their friends like the CBI. Yes, all well and good saying that an independent body made recommendations, but how independent is it really? Besides that, people generally have to show that they've worked a certain amount of hours - MPs don't! If I had my way, they'd all have to 'clock-in' and out before any money went anywhere near them! After all, we all know when a politician is lying....when their lips move.

I understand that Parliament needs quite a lot of building work doing. Damned right it does!!! Perhaps it would be better to start anew.
200) Message boards : Number crunching : Phantom errors/abandoned tasks. (Message 1692626)
Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Iona
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Lets see if I have this right. Work in progress gets marked as abandoned, when it hasn't been, so not even completing it gets any credit, yet in a thread close by, rogue rigs are validating each-others bad work, getting credit and still getting work! My max tasks per day, has remained untouched (as has consecutive valid....go figure!), so does that point to a discrepancy in different databases? This is beginning to look increasingly like a waste of my time and electricity.
201) Message boards : Number crunching : Phantom errors/abandoned tasks. (Message 1692609)
Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Iona
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According to the 'listing' for one of my machines, I/it has abandoned/errored 47 tasks, all at the same time and has no tasks in progress. Not according to my eyes!!! There are currently 43 tasks in progress on it and according to the event log in BOINC, none have been abandoned. The only things listed in the log, are the normal start, finish, upload and report. So, why the difference and why is my PC going to get a bad rep, because of an error at the S@H end? Together with rogue machines validating each-other, this sort of screw-up makes the 'science' look a wee bit suspect!
202) Message boards : Politics : Hospitals (Message 1678306)
Posted 11 May 2015 by Iona
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True to form and it didn't take long, but then, what many people forget, is that this is how the Tories have always 'balanced their books' - by selling-off things that belong to the people of this country rather than the Tory party. Labour may have run-up debts, but the Tories also overspend and hide it by selling public assets, quite often at a far lower price than it's true value. Some might call that fraud. At the very least, it is another form of financial incompetence and the people of this country are paying for it several times over!

In Axminster, where I am shortly moving back to, the people of the town have in effect handed over £300k to the Health Trust responsible for 'merging' the in-patient beds of two hospitals (several miles apart) to one site, to try to fund the in-patient beds being kept in the town! A bit rich, considering that, originally, the hospital was bought and paid for by the people of the town in the first place! These blasted Health Trusts are just another layer of burocracy soaking up cash like a sponge and to be honest, the stench of something nasty, hangs around many a Trust board. The 'interests' of board and committee members do make for interesting, if not stomach-churning reading! Multiply all this for the whole country and frankly, it does not bode well.
203) Message boards : Politics : 5 year Political future for the UK (Message 1678185)
Posted 11 May 2015 by Iona
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Unfortunately there is also something of a problem with the Electoral Register on this country, which probably impacts on the number of people who vote. There are essentially two registers, one of which, the edited register, allows every spiv, charlatan and con-man access to your name and address. This 'Open Register' can be seen by anyone (for a fee, naturally!) and is frequently and regularly abused, although one can remove one's details from this register, which is something that the individual had to do themselves.

The other, full register, can apparently only be used for purposes relevant to voting, crime detection (although, not ones pertaining to privacy, one could argue!) and checks by credit companies. Yes, private companies, staffed by all manner of honest souls! Given the massive increase in the number of credit companies that seems to have taken place in this country under recent governments, I shudder to think how many people that could be.

Why the Hell does being able to vote in this country, come at the price of your privacy being invaded?
204) Message boards : Politics : We have the results ..... (Message 1675149)
Posted 8 May 2015 by Iona
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Indeed, a majority. A majority of the electorate didn't vote for them!
205) Message boards : Politics : 5 year Political future for the UK (Message 1675109)
Posted 8 May 2015 by Iona
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Not a good thing for the UK, but good for the Tories and their shady friends. I suppose we'll see the usual raft of assets being flogged cheaply to their mates, more skullduggery from the financial institutions (as we often see when the Cons get in), increasing privatisation creep into the NHS, more cuts and the wealthy becoming wealthier!

The SNP landslide in Scotland, can only weaken the UK, but to me, what the SNP vote really does highlight, is our voting system. The Green Party polled 1.1 million votes and the SNP 1.45 million and have 1 seat to show for it, against 56 for the SNP! The Lid-Dems got some 2.32 million votes and have 8 seats, whereas UKIP gained some 3.78 million votes and have 1 seat! At the time of writing, the Tories had some 11 million votes and 321 seats and this is called democracy?
206) Message boards : Politics : We have the results ..... (Message 1675053)
Posted 8 May 2015 by Iona
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Indeed so Angela, but we rarely get the politicians we need....just the usual collection of liars and self-serving spivs!
207) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (97) Server Problems? (Message 1672415)
Posted 1 May 2015 by Iona
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A small panic might be in order.....just got the dreaded message about no work units available, twice!
208) Message boards : Politics : Russia in the 21C (Message 1653656)
Posted 16 Mar 2015 by Iona
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I'm sure that Josef Stalin would be proud of that! In the mean-time, the populace will bear the brunt of any form of attack - both, internal and external! The Russian economy does not need 'Washington' to collapse it - when it seems to be so reliant on crime at the highest levels of it's government and, lets not forget, falling oil prices. What I will never understand, is why this country and many others seem to allow such 'easy passage' to virtually any Russian citizen, to do as they please, whilst these same people do not afford those same privileges to the masses. After all, even your suppressed masses must have a voice, even if they are afraid to use it.

Amongst the people I know (face to face), one friend is a former Red Army Officer trainer and he has nothing nice to say about Putin, nor the way the criminals were allowed to screw everything! Anyone who has been involved with 'Soviet observation', knows that the only way to become wealthy in the old USSR, was by being a crook. Say what you will, but nothing has changed.
209) Message boards : Politics : We have the results ..... (Message 1653563)
Posted 16 Mar 2015 by Iona
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I think that Mr Farage may have shot himself in the foot, by saying he would form a pact with the Tories. In spite of all the huge spending cuts, the famous deficit seems to have grown, so, the last thing this country needs, is another five years of the madness we've seen!

New aircraft scrapped (Nimrod 4's....about £4Bn). Harriers sold after expensive overhauls (which cost more than what the Harriers were sold for!) and before they had any aircraft to go on the new aircraft carrier(s), which themselves had their specs changed back at greater cost. Experienced service personnel 'shown the door' whilst still trying to recruit new people and hoping to fill any gaps with reservists. The size of the Civil Service, especially those at the MoD, remaining virtually unchanged in spite of far fewer personnel in HM Forces. The list is almost endless.

Frankly, until these politicians are made to pay for their incompetence, out of their own pockets, it will keep happening. Until then, or until there is a revolution, the people of this country will get screwed to pay for their mistakes! As an aside, my contract was recently terminated on Health and Capability grounds....I had a feeling it was coming as it was widely known that there was another round of spending cuts coming in April. Still, at least getting rid of me, was cheap!
210) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1653558)
Posted 16 Mar 2015 by Iona
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Vacuum? That has already been done in this country, but not in the way that has been put forward, courtesy of Brunel and his Atmospheric Railway. I'm quite familiar with that, as my sister lives 100 yds from one of Brunel's pumping houses at Starcross, on the (in)famous Exeter to Dawlish line! If he'd had access to better materials, who knows what he might have achieved. He'd have been right up there, along with Eric Laithwaite!!!
211) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1651266)
Posted 10 Mar 2015 by Iona
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Maybe a bit off topic, but, using Metric threads in aluminium alloys has always been problematic - a BSW thread is far superior. I've never had a BSW thread strip in alloy, but loads of metric ones have!
212) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (95) Server Problems? (Message 1648170)
Posted 1 Mar 2015 by Iona
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All was working nicely....now getting scheduler problems again!
213) Message boards : Politics : Your patience levels? (Message 1637269)
Posted 4 Feb 2015 by Iona
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Plus also all the other magazines, books, videos etc etc, it does make big money it has to be said. But the public can be fickle, the day that their particular brand of laddishness goes out of fashion, they will be dropped like a hot potato.

But Clarkson is already a very rich man with his books and Engineering and Military documentaries. Top Gear is just for laughs.

+1 Julie


Clarkson doing books on engineering, is a bit like me writing a book about the value of religion! He may think Brunel was the engineer but, to me, it was people like Joseph Whitworth who made far more possible, by being able to measure very accurately and standardising screw threads - without this, it all falls apart. Then we have W. G. Armstrong whose companies made things too numerous to mention. These are the people who deserve greater recognition, but then, I spent almost 20 years in engineering. In any case, I tend to lean towards James May on this one....Clarkson is an "oaf"! I much preferred the views of the informed and informative Quentin Wilson.

One thing that really gets me 'going', are those wretched 'cold calls' that tell you that the accident you had, entitles you to £Xk. What accident? No-one told me! Grrrrr
214) Message boards : Number crunching : Strange, utterly strange MB v7 run as MB v6 with MB v7 app.... (Message 1628498)
Posted 16 Jan 2015 by Iona
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Just completed a couple of _9s- WUs.....'completed, can't validate' and under the errors indent, 'too many results'. Wow, what a surprise.
215) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 7: the first stab (Message 1628491)
Posted 16 Jan 2015 by Iona
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Would this be the same Gates, who said that no-one would need more than 1 Mega-Byte of RAM? This, comes from someone running 7 Pro (a good, stable OS, but not with the same level of customisation as XP) with 16 Gigs!
216) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Can I just ask something? (Message 1626349)
Posted 11 Jan 2015 by Iona
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Definitely not alone. One night, when I was walking the dog, back in the early 80's, I saw a light in the sky and watched it. As it seemed to be moving at quite a speed, I was quite intrigued as it was nothing unusual to have jets from RNAS Yeovilton flying over, but very rarely at night and we were also on Concorde's flight-path to the USA. It made quite a number of changes in it's direction and finally went from very rapid horizontal 'flight' to a near-vertical climb in an instant....quite clearly, 'not one of ours', given that it climbed out of sight in around five or six seconds! I suppose I'd be what you'd call a reliable witness, as I was serving in the RAF at the time and it was also a perfectly clear night. Indeed, it was because it was a clear night, that I noticed it, as I was looking at the stars.

Anyway, must dash, Idris is taking me to Gallifrey.
217) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TV's and sound bars (Message 1626340)
Posted 11 Jan 2015 by Iona
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Definitely don't need a 'sound bar' here, or back in Devon. Good old CRT TVs still in use and to be honest, I prefer them, as per my monitors (LaCie Electron Blue 22 IV).

The TVs...well, last one we had here was a Toshiba 3787DB 37" (yep, the really big 4:3 format TV) and we've been using a 36" Toshiba Widescreen with all the standard Dolby Surround satellite speakers, for about 18 months. That sounds pretty damned good, but then in the older sets, there was room to put decent sized speakers in them. On my last trip down to Devon, I took down with me a 32" Philips Match-line (the one with the beautiful cabinet and stand) and yes, it did all go in my car, but it is quite a large car. I figured that it was about time Mum had something a bit better than the 27" Panasonic that my sister gave her last year. I got it for a silly price and it was in perfect condition. Crazy to think that when it was new, it was apparently around £1400! There again, this monitor was an obscene price when it was new and I can remember paying around £600 for a Samsung SyncMaster 17 GLSI 17" monitor in about 1997, so maybe not so bad for 2005 or so.

As one might imagine, I did struggle at the other end, to get the beast out of the car, but ingenuity won the day, thanks to a sack-truck that was there, some plastic conduit, some garden ties and some excellent Devon beer, before and after! I got it all connected to the new Freeview HD Box, the new DVD player and switched it on and in spite of having travelled 300 miles in the car (long story), it worked brilliantly on the Freeview. I stuck a Harry Potter DVD into the player and then the music started....I've never heard such a rich, full sound come out of anything with a screen attached to it, in my entire life. I was absolutely astonished; it sounded like the full orchestra was in the room and in the audio options, was a 5 band equaliser amongst many other things. I thought my Toshiba was good, but that Philips made it sound asthmatic! Of course, it does lots of other tricks, but a lady of 81, isn't one "for fiddling with things".

Plenty of life left in the old stuff, which applies to many of us here!
218) Message boards : Politics : Look to within first (Message 1626305)
Posted 11 Jan 2015 by Iona
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Quite a few men treat their relationships like a football match, love playing both home & away so he's not alone.



Indeed, some men play for both sides!
219) Message boards : Number crunching : Strange, utterly strange MB v7 run as MB v6 with MB v7 app.... (Message 1626199)
Posted 10 Jan 2015 by Iona
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One more, found on my 'other half's' PC, which had never shown an error until this one! 19ap11ad.22063.10674.140733193388041.12.222

Edit. Now another one. 19ap11ad.22063.10674.140733193388041.12.138_0
220) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 22 (Message 1618764)
Posted 25 Dec 2014 by Iona
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We have Christmas lunch booked at our local Wetherspoons, second sitting at 2pm, no cooking and no washing up. Whats not to like :-)))



Having any real choice in what you drink before declaring bankruptcy?
221) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Some inventions need to be banned before manufacture (Message 1618746)
Posted 25 Dec 2014 by Iona
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Yep, I have to confess that I understood more than a bit of the bit about fashioning weapons from seemingly innocuous items. Lets just say that the simple ball-point pen, really can be as mighty as the sword....I always have a ball-point pen about my person.

Glad you mentioned the mobile phone, Chris. I honestly regard the mobile phone as the worst thing ever made, aside from certain 'Iron Curtain' cars, the Channel Tunnel, any number of 'modern architectural wonders' and much, much more! The damage that the mobile phone has done, is out of all proportion to it's size and instead of being a tool, it is, to many, a master!

In a World, where stupidity seems to be regarded as a virtue, did no-one stop and think about how much more stupid, something like a 'smart phone' would make an increasingly large number of people, especially when education standards, appear to have fallen off a cliff? Zombies walk the streets. Oblivious to everything around them, they walk into the paths of cars, buses and other people also using their precious 'smart phones'...often, they will collide with buildings that have been in the same place for decades, while sending a message to someone 10' away. You only have to look at the behaviour of some people in Sydney last week, to see what I'm getting at. Is technology reaching the point, where it almost encourages 'stupidity'?

Yours, Jemima Clarkson (I'm sorely tempted to change my name!)
222) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1601311)
Posted 15 Nov 2014 by Iona
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You have got to be joking! Since when has being a member state of the EU, given any state the ability to decide EU policy? Follow the rules or get out? What the Hell have a number of nations been doing for decades? Ignoring the rules completely, never mind not following the rules.

I can't wait to hear your excuses for the 'accounts' not being 'signed-off' for the last two decades!!! If any company acted in this manner, it would've been wound up and the directors banned. I'm prepared to make a bet, that the real reason the accounts have not been signed-off, is that even the bEUrocrats can't find auditors crooked enough to do so, without exposing massive fraud! Imagine that; they can't find auditors crooked enough, in this day and age! There I was, thinking that all the financial institutions were just gangs of crooks....maybe there really is honour amongst thieves.

As for policies not being set-up to hurt or punish countries....true, sort of. They are set-up to benefit certain nations, which have the effect of damaging other countries...CAP and Fisheries 'policies' come quickly to mind. As per above, some of the countries just completely ignore those same policies that you say should be blindly followed, no matter how flawed they are and they haven't left! Is it because they're doing rather nicely out of it, by picking and choosing which bits they like. That's a pretty strange sort of 'uniformity' to say the least, but one that is well suited to people wearing blinkers.

Finally, when did the people of this country even vote for 'political union'? They didn't. They haven't. I won't. I say I won't, not, "they", because the politicos would prefer to not give the people a vote, as they are on a nice little fiddle, so a vote is not likely to happen, unless I call myself Guido Fawkes and achieve what he failed to do! A little revolution now and again, is a good thing (from, The Hunt for Red October).
223) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1584839)
Posted 10 Oct 2014 by Iona
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The point is, not that it happened, it is, that it was going to happen. You cannot appease something, that is twisted and warped towards an 'ideal', that has become twisted and warped towards a person.
224) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1584750)
Posted 10 Oct 2014 by Iona
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Try thinking along more 'tribal' lines. I was not a Mid-East expert, but most countries in the Mid-East were (and still are), along 'tribal lines'. Your concepts are derived from 'flawed' thinking - things are not done, in the Mid-East, as you might think.

& then add on top of that the various religious sects such as Shia & Sunni, as well as the smaller ones.

One can see much the same thing here in Europe. Just look at the UK. 3 main parties & along comes an upstart. The vitriol & accusations flying thick & fast are often amusing.

Take away our so called civility, do you think we would be much better than the Middle East as it currently stands?


Very little different. One has only to look at how some 'news' sites in the UK, reacted to recent political events in the UK.
225) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1584743)
Posted 10 Oct 2014 by Iona
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Try thinking along more 'tribal' lines. I was not a Mid-East expert, but most countries in the Mid-East were (and still are), along 'tribal lines'. Your concepts are derived from 'flawed' thinking - things are not done, in the Mid-East, as you might think.
226) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1584726)
Posted 10 Oct 2014 by Iona
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Unfortunately, Camoron (yes, deliberate spelling) is anything but funny, unless one has a really weird sense of humour. Lets face it, the idiot has done more 'U-turns' than a 'learner' driver trying to find their way into and around London, with or without a Sat-Nav! The man is the epitome of a clueless 'toff' that doesn't know where his 'allowance' comes from (crooks, dressed as businessmen), or doesn't care! He has given new meaning to the phrase, Con Party!!! If I were him, I'd look for another job, PDQ!


Well I wouldn't hire him... not even to put a broom into a broom cupboard...


Oh I don't know, he'd look good as a cleaner, especially for Dyno-Rod.


Without the rod?
227) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1584722)
Posted 10 Oct 2014 by Iona
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Why?
228) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1584696)
Posted 10 Oct 2014 by Iona
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I fully agree Jim, indeed, there may even be justification for using the type of weapon, that the likes of you and I never envisaged. Two of my closest friends served with 3 Para and they also think it is a case of 'all or nothing'! As things stand at present, it really should be a case of 'my enemy's enemy is my ally'.
229) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1580699)
Posted 1 Oct 2014 by Iona
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Unfortunately, Camoron (yes, deliberate spelling) is anything but funny, unless one has a really weird sense of humour. Lets face it, the idiot has done more 'U-turns' than a 'learner' driver trying to find their way into and around London, with or without a Sat-Nav! The man is the epitome of a clueless 'toff' that doesn't know where his 'allowance' comes from (crooks, dressed as businessmen), or doesn't care! He has given new meaning to the phrase, Con Party!!! If I were him, I'd look for another job, PDQ!
230) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1580680)
Posted 1 Oct 2014 by Iona
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I have to agree, James. Win XP, may well prove to be the best of the Windows bunch - in my opinion, the most customisable and 'bullet-proof' version of Windows that was not installed over DOS. As per your place of work, mine has gone over to Win 7 and it is only in the last few months that I've changed the PCs at home, based on my experiences at work, to Win 7. I like 7, but not as much as XP - 7 has some very annoying traits, but these are down to MS trying to 'screw things down' I suspect. In fact, I like XP so much, that I'm seriously considering replacing the XP OS on the Win XP drive, with the 64 bit version. If nothing else, I'd at least be able to get the very best out of things like my sound card....the 'hacked' drivers for 7 are pretty good, but I miss the connectivity flexibility of XP.

Oh, Win ME? Not the best, but I've got an old PC here that runs it quite reliably, powered by a 500 MHz Intel P3, a massive 13.6 GB drive, nVidia Riva TNT 128, a pair of Diamond Monster 3D accelerators (yep, SLI), a Creative Labs DXR2 Drive and MPEG card, topped off with a Creative AWE 64. It beats the Hell out of this PC for the old games!!!
231) Message boards : Cafe SETI : It's now the time to be extra careful in Aussieland. (Message 1579347)
Posted 29 Sep 2014 by Iona
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Yes, when I was about 8 or 9, I was repeatedly swooped-on by a Magpie, at the Canberra War Memorial - and the damned thing 'drew blood'! I've never experienced behaviour like it since and I have a loathing for Magpies from that day forwards, even though I think they are striking in appearance (no pun intended).
232) Message boards : Number crunching : Clucking bells....or something like that! (Message 1578666)
Posted 27 Sep 2014 by Iona
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I tried that, Claggy, but all that BOINC did, was download two WUs, show them being worked on but with no progress(!). Eventually, I did the fast and nasty. Re-install everything, 'merge' and left it to it's own devices....the old WUs are now downloading as required. Of course, in some respects I'm starting from scratch, but the thing is working again. Thanks for the suggestions - now to the 6870 and 5870 Lunatics GPU app 'tweaks'........
233) Message boards : Cafe SETI : AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young diagnosed with dementia. (Message 1578636)
Posted 27 Sep 2014 by Iona
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I also saw them in the 70's, with my brother (who also went to the same school in Ashfield, NSW) in Yeovil, Somerset.....the 'Lock-up Your Daughters' tour (still got the badge, too). I next saw them at Monsters of Rock, at Donington in 1981(?).
234) Message boards : Cafe SETI : iPhone re-set button. (Message 1578627)
Posted 27 Sep 2014 by Iona
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Ah, it appears that I might have been a little too subtle, with my original post. I was suggesting, that it was U2 that needed resetting to a previously known good setting....entirely due to their tie-up with (Cr)Apple!
235) Message boards : Cafe SETI : iPhone re-set button. (Message 1574788)
Posted 20 Sep 2014 by Iona
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I'll probably (not) get some flak for this, but is there a re-sat button on the i-Phone for re-setting U2, to a previously known good setting?
236) Message boards : Number crunching : Clucking bells....or something like that! (Message 1574752)
Posted 19 Sep 2014 by Iona
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Yes, that file is present, as is client_state, in the Data Directory....hence my difficulty. Looks like a re-install and have BOINC pointing to the old directory (in a re-named folder) might be the way to go......at the moment.
237) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 19 (Message 1574715)
Posted 19 Sep 2014 by Iona
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One good thing about the recent Scottish Independence vote, is that McEwans 'Wee Heavy' won't be subject to any possible import duties....nor will Oban Malt Whisky. Yay!!!
238) Message boards : Number crunching : Clucking bells....or something like that! (Message 1574678)
Posted 19 Sep 2014 by Iona
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I've had (quite) a few problems with one of the PCs I use, namely, 7374714, but it has recently surpassed even itself! Firstly, the HD 6870 that was in it, decided to 'fail'; this was then fixed using the old HD 4870 it used to run....then my partner had the bright idea of installing my old factory o/c 4890 in X-Fire, as they like gaming. That card 'blew-up' (the 4890), due to poor 'manual handling'! Re-installs of BOINC and Lunatics and moving to Win 7 Pro 64 were carried out after a 5870 was stuck in the thing, as was a client merge and all ran well....as expected. Like the 6870 in my PC, some advice as to tweaking the app info was going to be needed. It still is needed, for both the 5870 in their PC and the 6870 installed in my PC. However, yet another problem with this PC has arisen.

In essence, BOINC now thinks that it is not attached to any project at all! It 'asked' for a project to add to it, when BOINC was started on the last two occasions. Obviously, I've not gone through all that, as it was working fine and it would probably destroy all perfectly good data. The BOINC Program Data folder appears to be intact and complete, with a setiathome.berkeley.edu sub-folder in the BOINC projects folder, but BOINC does not 'see' it. Would I be correct in thinking that, re-installing BOINC, then the Lunatics Apps with the same versions and then replacing the 'new' Program Data folder with the old one, would get me back to 'where I was' (working, that is)? Of course, any tips on tweaking the Lunatics ATI GPU apps for a 5870 and 6870 would also be greatly appreciated, bearing in mind that I don't want to push the cards....£1000 p.a. pay reductions, foster a tendency towards caution! lol

In grateful anticipation of valued help, my kindest regards. Iona
239) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Robin Williams dead at 63. (Message 1555409)
Posted 12 Aug 2014 by Iona
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Dreadful news to hear about. A genius who could make you laugh and cry, almost at the dame time, as he did in Bicentennial Man...I love that film.
240) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car transmissions - Standard or automatic? (Message 1552124)
Posted 4 Aug 2014 by Iona
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Learned on a manual, courtesy of the RAF, whilst having a motor-cycle. One of the things I got to drive, was an Alvis Salamander Fire Tender...6WD 4WS with a 6(?) speed, pre-select, split range box (high and low ratio....plus forward and reverse selection! The Stalwart was born from these....and we all know how good they are, 'off road'! Currently drive mainly an auto, because Honda, for some insane reason, decided that in the UK, we would only get the Legend (3.2 and on) with an auto, rather than have a choice as per everywhere else!

I hate automatic transmissions with a passion, as it takes away control from the driver and if I could afford to do it, I would convert my '91 Legend to a manual, in an instant! Thankfully, my sanity is preserved via my little Rover 216 Coupe (yes, Honda powered and hopefully turbo-charged by this time next year), which I do heel-and-toe in, as I have done, in almost all my 'manuals'. Even the much maligned Daimler Sovereign, which I could only fault on fuel consumption (compared to most other cars on the road at the time!) had a manual box with 'over-drive'.

Car history;
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint 1.7
Alfa Romeo GTV6
Daimler Sovereign 4.2
Honda Accord (3dr) X 2 (1602cc and 1829cc)
Honda Legend (4dr) x 3 (2659cc X 2 and 3206cc X 1...all still owned or in use)
Honda Legend (3dr) X 1 (3206cc under 'restoring to road use')
Lancia Montecarlo Series 2 (still owned with brother-in-law)
Rover 3.0 Mk2 (P5)
Rover 216 Coupe...in use.
Rover 800 Coupe (turbo....frightening!)
Toyota Celica Supra 2.8 'Mk2'(Lotus Spec...owners will know which one is meant)
241) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts III (Message 1474402)
Posted 9 Feb 2014 by Iona
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Until Dr Beeching, aided and abetted by a Conservative Transport minister who had 'interests' in road building companies, there was a 'Northern Link', which could have bypassed Dawlish if the need arose. All that the proposed routes seem to be doing, is using links that used to exist, prior to Beeching! Some of the other old links are now used by 'preserved railways/Heritage lines'. My sister lives at Starcross and they don't seem to have the same problems as at Dawlish....I've often stood on the platforms at Starcross and it wouldn't have taken much to have got wet! One suspects that the reason Starcross suffers much less damage, is because the line seems to be higher above the shore, than at Dawlish. Can I also point out, that Starcross also has one of Brunel's Pumping Houses for the Atmospheric Railway of the South Devon Railway. Being something of a cynic, I could say that the reason that Dawlish suffers more disruption now, than in the last 150 years is due entirely to Network Rail not doing maintenance/repair work to the standard needed!!! Naturally, the CEO will continue to collect his massive salary, paid, in part, by me!
242) Message boards : Number crunching : New PSU, capable of feeding O.C:d CPU and 4 GTX780's -- oppinions, hard facts. Please anyone? (Message 1474386)
Posted 9 Feb 2014 by Iona
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Have to agree. Even with my (now) mere Core 2 (soon to be i5) and the power-crazy HD4890 I used at the time (running a 6870 these days), I upgraded to a Corsair HX 850, even though the PSU I was using at the time was, on paper, quite adequate. Why change an adequate PSU? The deciding factor, was, as the 4890 was a bit of a power guzzler and having noticed a 'drop off' in voltage, it then followed that as it produced quite a bit of heat (they were known for that), so the PSU also needed to do it's job, at fairly high temperatures, especially given that the room the PCs are in, is often at 30+c, during a standard British summer. Essentially, it was the HXs ability to keep producing maximum power at 50c (I think) that was the real clincher. Operating temperature is something that is often overlooked and it is something that needs to be factored in....every component in any PC is affected by temperature and in extreme cases individual components could be trying to run outside their tolerances, which could have considerable negative effects on everything else.
243) Message boards : Politics : Twenty Four Seven (Message 1471890)
Posted 2 Feb 2014 by Iona
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About time!

Councils call for powers to tackle betting shop blight

However, local councils have only themselves to blame in forcing businesses out of the area due to high business rates. Tough call to make but they can't have their bread buttered both sides.

....and added to this, high rents too......


....and cutting the wages of some of their employees by (in my case) about 7%, whilst creating new 'executive posts' (as in the case of my employers) with a package of some £180k!!!
244) Message boards : Politics : Twenty Four Seven (Message 1465542)
Posted 17 Jan 2014 by Iona
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Smoke in the mirrors, Chris. The Minister for Transport at that time (Beeching Report), would probably be behind bars, if such a thing were attempted now. The 'Rt Hon' had so many links to the road building industry, that I'm astonished that no-one did see the inside of a prison cell! Justifiably so. At the end of the day, it will be the likes of you and I, who will be expected to pay for and tolerate a dreadful service at a premium cost. British Rail had it's faults, but at least you could easily buy a ticket from one station to another station at the other end of the country - even, Heaven forbid, travel on a ferry to the Channel Isles.

This is the major problem with the Tories. If it works, sell it. If it doesn't work, sell it. To my mind, that makes the Tories no different to a certain gent with the surname of, Trotter. Off topic, nice going Trigger.
245) Message boards : Politics : “Anonymized” data really isn’t — and here’s why... And UK "care.data" NHS data release (Message 1465538)
Posted 17 Jan 2014 by Iona
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I have 'opted out'. The Government, security and confidential are words that just don't fit together easily in any sentence. I don't trust this government any more than I trusted the last and I trust big business, even less! There is also an aspect to this issue that may not have been considered....yet. Do you trust your doctor?
246) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 9 (Message 1459297)
Posted 31 Dec 2013 by Iona
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I'm well stocked to hopefully see the New Year in.....plenty of lovely ales. One each bottle of; Badgers Blandford Flyer, Badgers Poacher's Choice, Marston's Old Empire, Marston's Strong Pale Ale, Morrsions 'Signature' IPA (brewed by Marstons), Morland's Old Crafty Hen and finally, McEwans Champion Ale. Oops, forget the Blandford Flyer.....gone MIA!
247) Message boards : Politics : Religion - is one better than another? (Message 1458593)
Posted 29 Dec 2013 by Iona
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I'm trying hard to think of any good, that religion has ever done. Nope, I must have blinked! Only today there was a bombing, seemingly in the 'name of Islam', in Volgograd. It was probably not a good idea to antagonise a 'Bear' (especially a Russian one) in doing this....bears may be slow to move at times, but when they really move, they're relentless. The Islamic religion seems to be actively waging it's own brand of war (a war without uniforms or any declarations....make of that, what you may) on virtually every continent. For what is claimed to be a peaceful religion, it certainly doesn't seem to have a problem with having the blood of innocent people on it's hands.

I'm sorry, but to say that, saying 'the Church' kept alive the flame of science, is complete and utter rubbish....the only flames the Church kept alive, were those used at the stake! The flames used against anyone who questioned. The Inquisition was notorious for using threats of any kind of debasement to silence those who asked questions. Control of the many, is the common link in religion. I don't need to belong to any 'church' or religion to follow something like the Ten Commandments or some 'teachings'. That, is a matter of personal ethics, not, religion.

For what it is worth, I firmly believe that this planet would be a far better place without religion. If you like, you can put me firmly in the camp of Richard Dawkins. Actually, thats pretty good.....he was in Dr Who.
248) Message boards : Number crunching : Observation of CreditNew Impact (4) (Message 1458102)
Posted 28 Dec 2013 by Iona
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Thanks for the info, TBar...with the Q6600/HD6870 I played safe, knowing what would work and not going around in circles with the AMD/ATI site and the S@H boards! I'm not expecting any earth-shattering result with the 6870s first GPU WU, more that it works OK. When I'm happy about it working OK in Vista 64, I'll look at later drivers/SDKs. There also appears to be more room for 'wiggle' than I'd thought. Thanks, once again.

However, back on topic, the fact remains, that my main PC, is being run for much longer periods of time, than it used to be, for less 'credit'. Some will say that it is the science that is the most important part of the project, not the credits. Others will say that the 'credits' reflect the work they've done with their PCs for the project. I'm in a bit of a 'funny place' on these aspects (as are many others, I suspect) in that I am running my main PC for longer, incurring higher operating costs for 'less reward' - believe me, the subsequent additional use of electricity is very noticeable! I'm very much 'with' Grant, on this; his experience of CreditNew mirrors my own.

I wonder what has happened to the total RAC of S@H since V7. If it has gone down hugely, is it because of the low credit scoring, possibly with people not running S@H as much, or even leaving? If it has gone up, is that due to more GPUs being 'thrown' at the problem? Questions. Yes.
249) Message boards : Number crunching : Observation of CreditNew Impact (4) (Message 1458083)
Posted 28 Dec 2013 by Iona
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Unless you have the 'right' OS, driver and AMD App combination, the ATI GPU won't show itself under BOINC and will be 'ignored'. My main is the E8600 with XP32 which had an HD6870 in it, until a few days ago; the 6870 is now 'on loan' to my partner's Q6600 with Vista 64. Previously, I ran an HD4890 under XP32. I then got the 6870 and was seduced by the speed of the thing in games, with Cat 12.3, as opposed to Cat 11.12 used on the 4890 which allowed me to use the GPU for S@H....then found that 12.3 and AMD App, didn't mix under XP32! Still with me? Yep, I basically need to go to something like Win 7 64 bit, so that I can use the newer driver with the respective 'AMD App' as they call it these days (used to be called SDK). Phew!!!
250) Message boards : Number crunching : Observation of CreditNew Impact (4) (Message 1458078)
Posted 28 Dec 2013 by Iona
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As I recall from a response I got in an older thread on this subject, basically, V7 is in essence V6 optimised, or something close to that.

Grant, I've also seen similar reductions in RAC, albeit on more humble figures. I'm now running my main PC for whole days at a time, to try and claw back some of the loss, rather than for, say, three or four hours plus a few runs overnight and I'm still 'going backwards'! Admittedly, I no longer have the benefit of GPU 'crunching' (Win XP32 and an ATI GPU, limiting useable drivers and 'AMD App', with a reluctance to revert to an older driver and reduce games performance), but I estimate about a 40%+ reduction. As a result, I've often found myself wondering if it is worth continuing, as I can't keep blaming the washing machine for the increase in power use!!!
251) Message boards : Cafe SETI : John Clark (Message 1446440)
Posted 24 Nov 2013 by Iona
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Thankyou, but I am just pleased to do what I can to help Thomas.

John's friend Keith/Gnu has asked me to post this for him, and I am happy to do so.

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped away
into the next room.

I am I, and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we are still.

Call me by my old familiar name,
speak to me in the easy way
which you have always used to.
Put no difference in your tone,
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was,
let it be spoken without effect,
without a trace of shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was;
there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval
somewhere very near,

just around the corner.

All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!




Good words, especially when there are none that I can offer. I only got back from a break in Devon, a few hours ago and I found this thread. I'm shocked and stunned at this bad news - truly shocked. Perhaps I am more shocked than many here, as I went to my 'mother-in-law's' funeral on Wednesday, whilst on holiday. I have been thinking about 'sponsoring' a dog with the Dog's Trust, for a little while now....perhaps I will now make that a little more solid than a thought.


Iona XXX
252) Message boards : Politics : UK Utilities in a mess (Message 1435386)
Posted 30 Oct 2013 by Iona
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As stated elsewhere, it is my firm belief, that no utility company, ie, gas supply etc, electricity supply and generation, water supply (inc sewers, drainage and reservoirs) and arguably, landlines and 'public' transport should be owned or controlled by private companies. These are essential things that should not be provided on a 'for profit' basis. All these things are national assets and are too valuable to entrust to greedy, self-serving politicians and even more greedy companies. In the case of the UK, it could be argued that, since the respective political parties (usually, CONservative) didn't own those assets and did not have the permission of the people to sell them, they had no right to sell them and they should therefore be charged with fraud, theft and embezzlement - just for starters!

We do not need 'more companies' in the 'market place, when, quite obviously, it is not a market, but a cartel!!!


253) Message boards : Politics : Do you trust China? (Message 1435380)
Posted 30 Oct 2013 by Iona
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No.


254) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather forecasts II (Message 1435377)
Posted 30 Oct 2013 by Iona
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No need, Chris. My brother-in-law went to the house on Tuesday morning, after everything had settled and reported that there was no damage at all - although some of the neighbours were not as fortunate. My mother had been kept awake for most of the Sunday night, by the sound of the wind, but that was the extent of the damage. However, I have to report that my sister was greeted by the sight of her TV aerial, hanging by it's cable ouside her front window, when she went downstairs on the Monday morning. Thats Starcross for you! In Essex, I noted that C2C were not running any trains (on Monday) until about 13.00 hrs and on my drive to work, I noticed that the traffic was very light (Essex wimps)! Indeed, allowing myself an extra 10 mins to travel, meant I got to work, 15 mins early!!!


255) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 8 (Message 1433963)
Posted 26 Oct 2013 by Iona
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Listening to U2 (the older stuff...Under a Blood Red Sky, before they bacame hypocrites) and drinking a lovely Morrison's Vintage Cider (7.3%). Life is good.
256) Message boards : Politics : Snowden....... (Message 1433962)
Posted 26 Oct 2013 by Iona
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So, when I was in the RAF (later, Intelligence) at RAF St Mawgan, it would've been OK to have bugged the USMC at RAF St Mawgan? Really? As for the 'presentation at border' argument, that works fine, except you are presenting yourself at a border, not a border being being abused! Maybe I should go to Menwith and make several citizen's arrests for espionage. After all, the Police can only act with the permission of the populace and people working for 'foreign' intelligence agencies in this country don't have those permissions - they're fair game in my books!
257) Message boards : Cafe SETI : John Clark's family (Message 1433960)
Posted 26 Oct 2013 by Iona
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I'm desperately sorry to hear of your loss, John - my most sincere condolences and my very best wishes to you and your family. My thoughts are a bit of a jumble, so I'll just thank Chris for being a 'rep' for S@H.


Kindest regards, Iona
258) Message boards : Number crunching : Aproximate cost to run SETI (Message 1433956)
Posted 26 Oct 2013 by Iona
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I can't be exact, as electricity prices in the UK go up in an obscene manner, to satisfy the greed of the power companies, but, I reckon that my S@H crunching was costing about £8 - £10 per week. That was before V7. With the same time spent crunching, the S@H creds dropped like a stone (even using Opti Apps) to about 1/3rd of their previous 'value'. I now run my PCs less - more so since my 6870 'needs' an old driver to run S@H under XP32. Unfortunately, I can no longer see any point for running an older driver, for a GPU for one application, when most of it's time is spent running other things, which need the later drivers.

259) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather forecasts II (Message 1433953)
Posted 26 Oct 2013 by Iona
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This may be a tad off-topic, but I can't help wondering how much it costs to adjust every clock, appliance etc etc. Lets be honest, the arguments for messing around with the clocks, are pretty weak to say the least.

260) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather forecasts II (Message 1433950)
Posted 26 Oct 2013 by Iona
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I've been a little worried about this, as I put a new roof on my garage in Axminster, last year - all the supports etc replaced, too. If anything, I 'over-engineered' the roof structure and I also did a rebuild of the 'covered space' between the garage and the house, afterwards. So, I think it is fair to say that I'm going to find out, if my and my sister's DIY skills 'cut the mustard'! Hopefully my 'over-engineering' will be up to the job - Brunel would've been proud of that work. Not one nail was used....all screws (a bit like being in prison, maybe!).

I think it was back in '87 and '89 or so, I had the dubious pleasure of watching the twin-wall plastic roofing sheets of said 'covered space' being torn off by the Hellish strong winds. During the storms we had last year, a tile from the neighbouring property here (in Southend) 'smashed' the windscreen of my little Tomcat. I sent a bill to the property owner and got paid, as several tiles were loose before that and he replaced the tiles the day after the storm.

Yours, Worried of Southend, with a house in Devon.
261) Message boards : Number crunching : Observation of CreditNew Impact (3) (Message 1416128)
Posted 15 Sep 2013 by Iona
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Amen, to that. If I was putting in the effort that guys like Jason (and others) have, I'd wonder what the point was......then get the VB out of the fridge!

Cheers, Jason and the KWSN guys.


262) Message boards : Number crunching : Observation of CreditNew Impact (3) (Message 1416071)
Posted 15 Sep 2013 by Iona
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Its a bit like pay in this country....wages have been held down (unless you're a politician, NHS exec (with a 'swing door'), BBC exec (as per NHS exec) or (un)Civil Servant (as per the prior mentioned). So, people wonder if its worth working. I'll take whatever package they offer me, next month!!!

I get what you're saying Mark, but, here is the rub. Why, is what I was doing, a few months ago, of greater value than it is now? Kind of reminds me of when I was in the RAF!

I have a wonderfully stable PC, running ancient old XP Pro 32 - I've never even had to do a re-install, from the days when this PC was originally powered by an E6550 and a Radeon X1900XT. Absolutely reliable. Yet, slowly, I'm being pushed towards using 64 bit OSs, IF, I want to use my GPU (HD6870) to do 'useful work'. Thats where I am being 'pushed', by S@H and AMD. One wonders what percentage of PCs are running on XP 32. I don't need a 64 bit OS...who pays for that? Silly me; I do! Of course, I'll also spend all that time getting things working as they should..........


263) Message boards : Number crunching : Observation of CreditNew Impact (3) (Message 1416066)
Posted 15 Sep 2013 by Iona
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All I know is, once I was sure that my mouse skills were good enough (post stroke) to do all the installs for V7 with Lunatics apps, I was somewhat bemused by the credits received for the time spent (on my PC - the other PC is another story!)....by my reckoning, about half what I expected. Strictly speaking, the credits are not that important, but, if my CPU is spending XXXXX secs on a WU, then surely the 'reward' should reflect that. It should at least be roughly equal to what it was under v6, not half!

I'm already getting grief with my partners PC, which has been running Vista 64 without issue for a few months now - with S@H V7 and the Lunatics apps installed; it now crashes every 5 mins running S@H. I know my employers don't place a value on my time and effort, but this is a bit much.

All things considered, the Vista 64 V7 et al installation, is going to come off my partners PC and I'll wait and see if it is even worth installing V7 on the XP 32 drive. I've been 'out of the loop' for a while and I'm not impressed, to say the least.
264) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Return of the Airships (Message 1416038)
Posted 15 Sep 2013 by Iona
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Apparently, this is called, 'progress'! Be back in a sec....someone calling themselves Ming the Merciless, wants me to sell him my laser mouse...


265) Message boards : Cafe SETI : World of Tanks (Message 1415939)
Posted 15 Sep 2013 by Iona
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Yep, I play WoT and I'm not looking forward to see what the v8.8 patch has done to my beloved VK36.01H! It does seem though, that since the game is from a Russian 'crew', the German WW2 era tanks are getting 'nerfed'....hugely, whilst the Russian tanks are still rather over-powered. Its not just me thinking it; others are saying so on the forums there. Apart from that, it is/was a good game. I just wish the area of battle was rather larger, as it might encourage a more realistic type of gameplay. Lets face it, how often would you get a KV-1 and a Tiger side by side, blowing the Hell out of each-other? I also play SWTOR and used to play WoW....I would've played EVE (tried), but using a mouse to control a space-ship, has never really worked for me.


266) Message boards : Politics : For Good News Only (Message 1412367)
Posted 6 Sep 2013 by Iona
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Good news only, eh? My keyboard and mouse (HID...lol) abilities are much quicker than what they were, a month ago, although the hands still lag quite a way behind the brain at times. I'm told that this will improve and that they (the quacks) have pretty good expectations for me. With luck, near normality is a distinct possibility....hopefully, before my anticipated early retirement, next year. My sincere thanks for all the kind thoughts sent to me.

My kindest wishes and hopes, Iona


267) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 7 (Message 1389315)
Posted 9 Jul 2013 by Iona
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I always stepped aside of the yellow brick road.


Thus avoided a lot of pricks.

Meow.



Priceless! Good job you don't charge by the guffaw!






268) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Time for freekibblekat II. (Message 1389314)
Posted 9 Jul 2013 by Iona
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Just a minute or so, of your time, is all it takes and makes a difference. Even I can manage it.


269) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Shall we dance? (Message 1385916)
Posted 29 Jun 2013 by Iona
Post:
Savour the moments; each and every one, my friend. Hmmm, at this rate I'll sound like a female version of Roy Batty - indeed, so I should.





270) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Now I gotta ask this......... (Message 1385576)
Posted 28 Jun 2013 by Iona
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Some of us care, Mark. I do. Its a short message; had a mild stroke last week. All the important stuff still works and the other bits are re-connecting with a different 'server'.

Iona XXX
271) Message boards : Politics : Snowden....... (Message 1385571)
Posted 28 Jun 2013 by Iona
Post:
Well said, Mark.


272) Message boards : Politics : Last Chance Hotel..come one, come all (Message 1378237)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
Post:
Iona. Yes, it is an island, and one of special importance to many Scots, their kin and descendants - for example, the last and greatest leader of the Labour Party is buried there - John Smith. A charismatic man of wit, common-sense and intelligence, whose work in changing the Labour Party in the UK, was hi-jacked, on his untimely death, by Tony Blair, to suit his own purposes. Riches.

To be honest, Chris, I'm really offended by your comment and will take no further part in this 'conversation'.


273) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 7 (Message 1378230)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
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Honestly, Chris, you'd do better, to head for Miller's Farm Shop, at Kilmington Cross - EX13 7RA. Google it, if need be. You'll find much more than just good local beers, there. I also got from, Miller's, an absolutely superb IPA from The Piddle Brewery in Dorset...a stonking 7.1% ABV - not cheap, but worth it. They also have a small range of Perry's Cider. It is also a brilliant place to buy good quality fruit and veg and for those with more 'Continental' tastes, they may even surprise you, with what they stock.


274) Message boards : Politics : NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily - revealed (Message 1378219)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
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The 'remotes' or drones exist and the huge volume of information exists. We really need to reign-in our politicians. Strictly speaking, it was the politicians, who squandered Billions, as well as The Banks - name me, one politician who paid-up, in full, for their mistake! Its a very short list, consisting of no names - none of them were to blame, apparently. Instead, they choose to further put us under their yoke....we, the people. Yes, that last sentence was designed to provoke...as it should do. Without the 'people' behind them, they are the nothings, that they should be.


275) Message boards : Politics : NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily - revealed (Message 1378206)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
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If nothing else, we've proved we can think what politicians will do, as opposed to should....now, as to the computing power used......


276) Message boards : Politics : NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily - revealed (Message 1378193)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
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Oh, there I was, thinking we'd all become a 'Person of Interest' and you came out with Skynet! Damn. I forgot about that possibility! Good going, Mark.


277) Message boards : Politics : The success of the current regime (Message 1378191)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
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Bobby, even at my best (or worst), I couldn't have put that more beautifully, than you did. Thats a big +1.
278) Message boards : Politics : Last Chance Hotel..come one, come all (Message 1378189)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
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This, is exactly what I was drawing attention to. The arrogance. The sheer contempt that these self-styled politicians, have, for the electorate - that they know what is best for us, never mind what they pledged. Oops, its Friday and I shouldn't give my opinions on politics on a Friday, as I have to work Monday to Friday, plus, one weekend in four. This is well-known to have a negative effect on the regard that people in work, have, towards work. In the absence of Ronnie Barker, I bid you a 'good night, from all of us'!


279) Message boards : Politics : NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily - revealed (Message 1378184)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
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Just wait. Then you'll have the combination of the CCTV surveillance we have in the UK, coupled with the snooping of the NSA.....then they'll say, 'there is a Machine.....'.


280) Message boards : Politics : NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily - revealed (Message 1378123)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
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'Power, corrupts and absolute power........'. Sadly, all too many people, feel that if they've done nothing wrong, that they have nothing to fear. Wrong. You have everything to fear, because those rights you thought you had, were 'over-written' by yet another piece of legislation that was 'rubber-stamped', without any regulatory body (an ideal), even being mentioned. This is digital information; a type of information that lends itself readily to 'manipulation'. Another argument is that 'It is only 'photo-shopping', with another name, so what have you to fear from that? The real Kate Moss, looks nothing like her pictures and nor does J-Lo.....thats the issue; the data is manipulated to 'fix' the 'problem' and to make it look as though it is fixed!

In the mean-time, everyone has had their lives disected and analysed, so that someone, paid by your taxes can say that they did their job....unknown by you. How come there is never greater scrutiny of what our politicians are doing and why?


281) Message boards : Politics : NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily - revealed (Message 1378111)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
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Indeed, Bernie, for years there has been a facility on UK soil, operated by the US Government that taps into UK comms. At one point, years ago, in the 'subject matter' line in e-mails sent between myself and my Uncle in Australia (who was also aware of 'goverment-backed' snooping on citizens) we used to put, 'To the NSA'. A facility of this kind is hardly what one would expect from an 'ally'! More to the point, is, any UK government that allowed it's construction and use and continued use, is not one that we can trust. Yep. Thats all of them!


282) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 7 (Message 1378104)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
Post:
Its not bad. Not bad at all. However, on my last trip to Devon, I did a little stocking-up....no, they were not black with seams at the back, either! From a local Farm Shop (Miller's Farm Shop in Kilmington), I purchased the following that I can wholly recommend; particularly if you know a friend who goes down to that area on a fairly regular basis.

'Brewer's Preffered', from Branscombe Vale Brewery, Branscombe, nr Seaton, Devon, weighing in at 6% ABV. Very similar in taste to McEwan's Champion Ale or Black Sheep Riggwelter and very smooth. Quite simply, this is a very good quality and delicious 'porter', which I rate far higher than most beers that the large(r) breweries make. One point of particular note, is that, this is a 'bottle conditioned beer'.

'Otter Head', from Otter Brewery in Luppitt (to the East of Honiton), Devon. I'd say this is a light ale (or a 'Stealth' ale, depending on your point of view), but one of 5.8% ABV and incredibly smooth - so smooth, that you won't even notice you've drunk a bottle or three, until you stand up! It is marginally more expensive than the 'Brewer's', but I only put this second, because the 'Brewer's' is that good!

'Jail Ale', from Dartmoor Brewery, Princetown, Devon. While it may 'only' be 4.8% ABV, once again, very smooth, but full of flavour. It reminds me of Newcastle Brown, in many ways and is also brewed in the highest brewery in the U.K. This beer, was also available to buy in Tesco in Exeter.

'Proper Job', from St Austell Brewery, St Austell, Cornwall. A brilliant IPA, right up there with Marston's Old Empire and with a similar strength of 5.5% ABV. I personally, prefer this to Marston's, purely on taste. For an IPA, I can't praise this highly enough. 'Light', with a bright taste, it'd be brilliant for BBQs on a hot Summer Day. On a cold Winter Evening, its still good!

At S@H Beer Drinkers, we properly research these beers, so that you can buy with confidence!


283) Message boards : Politics : Last Chance Hotel..come one, come all (Message 1378052)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
Post:
You may say that, but I couldn't possibly comment on that! lol


284) Message boards : Politics : Last Chance Hotel..come one, come all (Message 1378048)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
Post:
I don't even trust the company enough, to buy one of their mobile phones! It may be the right price and have the features that I want (and a load that I don't want or need, as per many) but for me, it'll be a 'lesser spec' Nokia again. How the Hell do the various governments (Dave's Idiot Confederation of Klutz, for the UK Government, in this case) who complain about Chinese government 'hacking', then go onto having no problem with telecoms link-ups with companies who are quite possibly doing some of that dirty work, that they're complaining about? Are politicians even more stupid than we know they are?

P.S. Ex RAF Int.





285) Message boards : Politics : NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily - revealed (Message 1378039)
Posted 7 Jun 2013 by Iona
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A man who writes off this intrusion into personal lives by saying 'I have nothing to hide' has given up all freedom and privacy he may have once had.

+1000


Plus another 1000!



286) Message boards : Politics : Independent Scotland (Message 1376233)
Posted 3 Jun 2013 by Iona
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Of course, if the Scots, are conned into independence (which would just happen to make, Mr Salmonella, all 'powerful'), hundreds of workers in the area around Devonport, Plymouth, will be highly delighted. Thats more than could be said for the hundreds of workers around the Faslane area! Mr Salmonella is quite clearly, to paraphrase the late David Penhaligon MP (whom I, as many did, much admired) hoping that 'turkeys will vote for Christmas'.


287) Message boards : Politics : Last Chance Hotel..come one, come all (Message 1370745)
Posted 22 May 2013 by Iona
Post:
I listened to LBC, reporting on this murder in London, at around 2.30 pm, which was barely even mentioned on BBC Radio 2 by 4.30 pm. A "madman possibly hacking a soldier to death"? There was no possibly about it and nor was there a madman. Yet again, a viper was amongst us...no doubt, fed, watered, housed - quite possibly 'protected' by this country as well as clothed, by 'public funds' and allowed to do as he/they please, by a political elite who continually tell us, how we should think, whilst they are insulated from the results of their myopia, by their political 'blinkers'. Calling these people 'mad-men' is simply trying to make excuses for them, when there is none!

Patience and tolerance? Don't make me laugh. As per many in this country, I've had my nose rubbed in my patience and tolerance and had my purse emptied to add to the insult! As of today, that patience and tolerance no longer exists in me! Right now, I'd even vote for a political party that makes UKIP look like the PTA at the local primary school! I seriously doubt that I'm alone in these sentiments and thoughts; not by a long chalk. If these vipers amongst us, want a damned fight...they've probably now got one and far more than they reckoned on. Multi-culturalism is yet another failed experiment, forced down people's throats. Long may it rot in Hell.


288) Message boards : Number crunching : Motherboard/processor fan mounting problem. (Message 1366157)
Posted 9 May 2013 by Iona
Post:
Ah, there is another possibility for the on-off cycling....quite a silly one which my partner managed, after they had also put on the front panel of a case. The reset switch/button had become jammed 'on' and that caused it to 'reset', ad infinitum. A few years before that, a friend had somehow managed to make the wrong connections to the reset switch connections on the m/b, bridging the '+' connection for the switch with a '-' connection for something else - it gave the same effect, which is what set me looking at things related to the reset switch.


289) Message boards : Number crunching : Recommendations for HD 6870. (Message 1366095)
Posted 9 May 2013 by Iona
Post:

Yes, I realised at work, this morning that XP was going to limit my choices and I'd be looking at something like the same Cat Suite I'm currently running (11.12) on my 4890, and I also had problems with the later Cat 12's drivers. I'm running quite an old version of SDK on the 4890...so I'd better look at running something a little less ancient!

It is also looking increasingly likely that before too long, I'll have to commit to something like Win7 64 bit....maybe dual-boot using a second drive, to keep the capability of still running all my XP32 progs. A pity in a way, as XP Pro has proved to be extremely stable for me.


290) Message boards : Number crunching : Recommendations for HD 6870. (Message 1365524)
Posted 7 May 2013 by Iona
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Possibly a slightly misleading title, as I'm awaiting delivery of the stated card...an XFX (Pine) graphics card. My trusty HD 4890 (RV790 factory OC model) is being replaced and soon to find a new 'home' running in X-Fire in my partner's PC...I'm aiming to install Cat 11.12 on that 'rig' and run the older SDK, which will allow GPU crunching again on that 'rig' whilst still having far better fps in games, as was wanted.

However, what I'd really appreciate, is advice on the best Catalyst package for a 6870, bearing in mind that this is a General Purpose PC; so I'm looking for the best overall package and not necessarily the one that gives the best fps or the fastest 'crunch', but a 'happy median'. I also have a number of the Lunatics installer packages....36 - 40. To be honest, I've gone round in circles trying to find anything that even resembles a definitive answer, for nearly a week! The possible combinations are staggering, to put it mildly!


291) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1364113)
Posted 3 May 2013 by Iona
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Thank the Maker; I'm saved (accredited to C3-P0). I still have a PC that runs DOS 6.2, Win 3.1 and Win 95, plays CDs, DVDs and old games. Why on Earth would I need some newer, more power hungry, drive sapping OS, when what is there, does the job it was supposed to do? Each to their own.


292) Message boards : Politics : Last Chance Hotel..come one, come all (Message 1364105)
Posted 3 May 2013 by Iona
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A 'hung parliament'? Really? William Hague at the FO (appropriate in some ways)? Idiot Supreme, George Osborne, as Chancellor. Do I really need to go on? OK. Eric Pickles (always in one - it goes with the cheese). Theresa May...never mistaken for a 'glamour model' of the same name and having the same IQ! Kenneth Clarke - he of very short memory and volatile...worn out! Iain Duncan Smith, an ex-Guards officer with a pension that many 'manual' Council employees, would be very thankful for - yet to live on benefits! Jeremy Hunt; the infamous spelling mistake of his surname, was probably not far from the truth. Phillip Hammond...another organ?! Francis Maude...still alive, after serving under Thatcher?! Just, don't forget about his numerous 'business links', as per many 'represenatatives', these days, of any political 'colour'.

The whole lot of them, should be let loose on a live firing range! Can I have the GPMG, for preference? Hung? Not if I had my way!!!


293) Message boards : Politics : How many do you break? (Message 1361826)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
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Motorway speed limit is about 2750 rpm in top gear.....my engine rpm was a touch over 6500! I can't get 'nicked' for giving my engine speed!


294) Message boards : Number crunching : CPU Temp (Message 1361766)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
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Yep, Kittyman had this one, spot-on, as one might expect. It may not be much of a 'marker', but on the Q6600, I have occasional use of, the temp spread is from +1 C to +4 C over ambient temperature at idle. Typically, where it operates, that means idling at 30 C - 33 C. However, as per my main, it does not use an Intel HSF....its the OCZ 'clone' of a Scythe Ninja (I use a Ninja 2 with my E8400 - the Ninja 3 is actually identical to a design I came up with about 5 years ago!). If you are using a stock Intel HSF, get rid of it! I'm sure that you'll find plenty of advice here, as to what is better - most are better than an Intel unit, to be honest!


295) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Who is The doc's new companion ??? (Message 1361739)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
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I'm beginning to like him, but to me, David Tennant is the best to date. Having said that, I think its a real shame that Paul McGann did not carry on from the so-so film. Christopher Eccleston was also pretty good - it was a shame to hear about the 'internal difficulties' that he said were present in the programme, during his, too brief tenure, that made it impossible for him to continue. My first 'Doctor', was William Hartnell. My 'other half' was a die-hard Tom Baker 'Doctor'.....until David Tennant, so we agree on that! lol


296) Message boards : Politics : How many do you break? (Message 1361730)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
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May I ask as to how often, broken? Don't forget, that in Essex, white van drivers only get 'pulled' for having a brake light not working...not for speeding or driving like a maniac! Will admit to travelling along the M4 at a speed similar to that, at which jet air-liners might take off at! Perhaps. Maybe. At 3.30 in the morning, no-one around and I was on a mission and no conversations as follows. Under certain circumstances, officer. It is there, in the official Honda literature, that it will only do 133 or was it 137. It was definitely speedometer error.....must've been. Yours too?! The car is 20 years old for God's sake!


297) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Who is The doc's new companion ??? (Message 1361724)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
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Ah, River, a character sometimes more enigmatic than The Doctor (this one, at least) with a bit of 'Dirty Harry' attitude. Hell, that sounds like me!


298) Message boards : Politics : Last Chance Hotel..come one, come all (Message 1361716)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
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It has now been confirmed that the RAF is using 'armed drones' in Afghanistan, which are remotely controlled from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. It looks to me like, 'call me Dave', will soon be, making a shift in Tory policy and nationalising all aero-modelling clubs, to make all the Defence cuts on his watch, appear to be a little more cost effective. When one considers all the incidents involving pilots in the aircraft and 'friendly fire', surely, the last thing needed, is, a caffeine addicted 'gamer', blasting away at something where 'lag' is involved! If you think I'm nuts, think again and think things through...if this is what things are now at, why would you need a 'qualified' pilot, rather than a thrill-seeking caffeine addict? Thirty years ago, I remarked that, if ever re-called, I would not fight for this wretched country, due to being treated like rubbish, as service personnel usually were and still are....things have got worse since then. I now regard Guido Fawkes as a martyr!


299) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Who is The doc's new companion ??? (Message 1361679)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
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Well, I do have two Sonic Screwdrivers, a Laser Screwdriver and a Sonic Pen and my TARDIS has the form of a 1991 Honda Legend 3.2! lol Actually, it could also be in the form of a 1988 2.7 Legend, or a 1980 Lancia Montecarlo. :D


300) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Who is The doc's new companion ??? (Message 1361670)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
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The Doctor's Wife is what the episode was called....with the 'spare parts humanoids' and TARDIS parts from killed Time Lords transports, where The Doctor's TARDIS 'gains' a corporeal form. One of my favourites (for the current Doctor - David Tennant, any time!) and River Song was indeed The Doctor's Wife, which makes us both right."I may not have taken you to where you wanted to go, but I always took you to where you needed to go" - 'argument' between The Doctor and TARDIS in it's corporeal form.


301) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Who is The doc's new companion ??? (Message 1361662)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
Post:
The Doctor's Wife.


302) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What are you listening to this morning? #002 (Message 1361660)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
Post:
Genesis. Seconds Out (live album).


303) Message boards : Politics : Last Chance Hotel..come one, come all (Message 1361657)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
Post:
Agreed. I was in the RAF, until the early 80's and it was pretty obvious then, how things were going. Of course, our Political Masters (Russian 'boats' had 'Political Officers', so, what is the difference?) who were once 'servants', will deny that they would do anything that would undermine a 'democratically' elected government. Even if it raised their 'profile' with the electorate? Thats a pretty familiar path that has been trodden, in the last 30 years or so.


304) Message boards : Number crunching : Cloned HD , Should it be same size used space? (Message 1361643)
Posted 27 Apr 2013 by Iona
Post:
Ah, thats an interesting one, Gary. Yes, that PC is set to 'update' time (or sync) daily, from a server...but then, so is this one. It could quite easily be, 'just one of those things'....a clock re-sync when a WU finished, with a 'cascade' effect. I hadn't considered something as simple as that, as a cause. To be sure, I'll change it to update at 'start-up', rather than at a fixed time, which, as any Time Lord should know, are very few points in time! Being a 'kitty person', I'm aware of the bunnies - the air compressor getting fired-up in the back garden, usually deals with them! With some of the HSFs these days, especially the ones on GPUs; its the only way to keep them at bay.


305) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology (Message 1361585)
Posted 26 Apr 2013 by Iona
Post:
Interesting though that reading between the lines they seemed to have "accepted" that a certain proportion of British workers have a drink problem in the first place .... Something we always knew anyway but which has been swept under the carpet.




..especially in the Houses of Parliament!



Dammit, sir, explain yourself. Are you suggesting that our well-paid, usually qualified in law, representatives, are overly imbibing? At some cost to the tax-payer, as well? Cads. However, with my 21st Century vocabulary and service time in the RAF, I can think of words that would be far more appropriate....for more modern-day charlatans, thieves and liars! On the positive side of politics, at least the Lib-Dems (seemingly) seem to have scuppered the Tories idea for everyone in the country writing to their MP in virtuality!


306) Message boards : Number crunching : Cloned HD , Should it be same size used space? (Message 1361576)
Posted 26 Apr 2013 by Iona
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Thats what I reckoned....unfortunately. My partner has WoW installed and I'm not even thinking about how long that will all take to install/download and, of course I'll be the one doing the installation. For some reason, whenever I do a software installation, it always works that bit better or is more reliable - maybe being 'old school' isn't such a bad thing <all hail the DEC PDP-8>!


307) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 6 (Message 1361561)
Posted 26 Apr 2013 by Iona
Post:
The Lot 71 IPA (7.1% alc in a 1 litre bottle!) from the Piddle Brewery, sitting in my kitchen is looking very tempting tonight, as is the'Proper Job', 'Beast of Exmoor' (Exmoor Breweries, Wiveliscombe - 6.6%) 'Otter Head' (6%) and 'Brewers Prefered' (6%)...all from breweries in the South-West of England. A manager at work asked me to get some of the ales local to my 'home' in Devon and I got some (quite a few) and they are all in danger of never being tasted by a man who likes good beer and lives in Essex! I've had the items for his 'sampling' for over two weeks. Is there a Beer Drinker Priest that I should confess my covetous sins to?

308) Message boards : Politics : Last Chance Hotel..come one, come all (Message 1361553)
Posted 26 Apr 2013 by Iona
Post:
Why stop at The Beatles? Humphrey Davey. Richard Trevithick. Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Augustus Pugin. Joseph Bazalgette. Sir George Armstrong. Sir Sydney Camm.


309) Message boards : Number crunching : Cloned HD , Should it be same size used space? (Message 1361544)
Posted 26 Apr 2013 by Iona
Post:
I've been watching this thread with interest, as one of 'my PCs' has started throwing out lots of errors (I've still got 30+ to u/l from a couple of days ago)...4589185. I've had suspicions about the hard drive, SATA contoller and also memory, but given the number of times Win XP has had to be re-installed, to get it working again, the HD is at the top of the list. Cloning the drive with the right s/w would be ideal, from the aspect of time, but I suspect I'll go the 'manual' route for setting partitions. Aside from the CPU, sound card differences and minor differences of the GPU, the two PCs are twins - same board (MSI P35 Platinum), same RAM (4 X 1 Gb Patriot Extreme DDR2 800 running at 4-4-4-12) and same HD (SATA 500 Gb Hitachi DeskStar HDP725050GLA360) and the OSs were both XP Pro, until one of the XP Pro discs got mislaid and both BIOS revs are the same - the latest (last) for those boards!

The error messages I've seen in BOINC Manager, were typically (of the ones yet to u/l) something like 'output file not found', which made me think of HD, but could also indicate RAM I guess. My plan of action currently, is to replace the HD with a Samsung F1 750 Gb (using the Hitachi 500 as another drive in mine), replace the RAM with 2 X 2 Gb of OCZ ReaperX RAM and finally put to use a Vista 64 bit disc I've got lying around. Changing the GPU to something like an ATI 6870 is also likely, as the latest (Legacy) drivers for the 4800 series were good for fps, but not for 'crunching', hence my own PC using a pretty old driver. All this, of course, would open the doors to some 'small improvements' to my own PC and possibly have parts that will work just fine with an Asus P5K lying around, thereby upgrading an old Intel 3.2GHz P4 S@H cruncher to using an Intel Core 2 Duo 6550, thats also lying around! Something a little more modern and less likely to inflict heat-stroke on the user....at idle!

Any observations or comments (sensible snd printable!) would be appreciated.


310) Message boards : Politics : Last Gasp Saloon (Message 1358761)
Posted 20 Apr 2013 by Iona
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Regarding the cuts to the Armed Forces back in 1980/81. It was John Knott, the Secretary of Sate for Defence, whot did the crime.

I also agree that Thatcher was not to blame for the Falklands conflict, it was General Galtieri who sent their invasion troops in.

That logic is as bad as saying if a burglar gets injured during a visit to your house, then the burglary was the fault of the house owner.

This is just like the NUM blaming Thatcher for destroying the UK's deep mined coal industry, when several trends were happening -

1. The price of deep mined coal was 35% more expensive than the international price of open cast mined coal. So, with this globalisation trend, the coal industry would be shutdown for price and economic reasons.

2. One important factor in the price of our deep mined coal was the lack of investment when it was Government owned. This was equally true of the railways, car industry, etc. Little new innovative equipment was bought in and so the mining productivity was very poor and not cost effective.

3. The 1984 NUM and miner dispute, lead by that economically illiterate President Arthur Scargill, had one intention and that was to break and cause the downfall of a democratically elected Government. That Government, unlike Ted Heath, fought back and was effective with the NUM and later with Union Legislation.



Defective logic. If there are no doors on the house, then it isn't really burglary, in law, is it? Either way, the 'Police' force were cut down! Were you in the services in those days? If not, then this explains why you've not addressed the issue of morale within the services...you wouldn't have known! Oh yes, those wretched, despised, 'nationalised industries'....those things where the profits went back into The Treasury, helping to pay for just about everything, instead of those same profits lining the pockets of some over-fed merchant banker and CEO. Don't complain about your electricity and gas bills, nor water, or moan about the VAT rate increases, to me. We did indeed see how Thatcher dealt with striking miners...she used a bunch of thugs and crooks in uniform, that she'd 'buttered-up' with nice pay rises to do her dirty work. The same bunch of thugs and crooks in uniform who seem to be pretty damned reluctant to do anything but issue speeding tickets, these days. Indeed, the same thugs, crooks and also liars who blamed innocent people for Hillsborough and for almost 25 years, got away with it! One small point....deep mining has always been more expensive than open cast. How can it be otherwise? You try to compare Cheddar cheese matured in Wookey Hole, with wretched Dairylea!!!

I've also recently heard that Thatcher, thought that privatisation was a "wacky" idea, but changed her mind after being 'persuaded' by John Redwood and others. This being so, she was a lady for turning, in spite of her saying otherwise, so has gone up in my estimation, although doubly marked-down for changing her mind. Lets remind ourselves of some of those nationalised industries...Rolls-Royce, British Airways, British Telecom, British Petroleum, British Gas, British Aerospace, British Steel, British Rail, British Road Services (BRS/NFL) and the list goes on and on. All gone, for a fraction of their real value. A quick quid. As I've stated before, no utility companies should ever be anything but, state owned. You might be happy with anyone owning such utilities, but I am not.

Since I have work to go to, in four hours time, or so, you will have adequate time to lick your wounds! :D


311) Message boards : Politics : Last Gasp Saloon (Message 1358719)
Posted 20 Apr 2013 by Iona
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Actually at her own request she had what is called a Ceremonial Funeral, which is the same as a Full State one, the only difference being that the gun carriage is pulled by horses instead of sailors. In a way it was put out to tender in that all the armed services took part and the 8 coffin bearers all came from units that played notable roles in the Falklands war. She also didn't want a flypast as she thought it would be a waste of money. I wonder if we'll ever see another woman PM one day?



A politician 'requesting', 'only' a Ceremonial Funeral? For what? Put out to tender, in a way......? I'm sorry, Chris, but this was the same wretched woman who cut the Defence Budget in 79/80, by 30% when I was serving and p***ed off thousands of serving personnel! Hell, we were almost queueing to get out of the services, as she'd driven morale that low! The cuts that she made, all but invited Argentina to invade the Falklands, in spite of the intel...ergo, she caused the 'Falklands Conflict'! How we love to reward incompetence in this country. As I see it, this was no more than a funeral procession for a former Tory PM/MP instigated by the Tory party and paid for by the taxpayer. Couldn't Ashcroft stretch to paying for that, too?


312) Message boards : Politics : Last Gasp Saloon (Message 1358359)
Posted 19 Apr 2013 by Iona
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Hmmm. Thatcher's State Funeral. Curious really, given that the Tories just love to 'privatise' everything (and Thatcher was probably the 'best' at it), that it was not put out to Competitive Tender!


313) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows XP 365 days support remaining (Message 1355109)
Posted 9 Apr 2013 by Iona
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The only reason I have moved over to Win 7 is to go to 64 bit computing. I still prefer XP to Win 7 or Win 8. Truth be known, I was even happier with WfWG 3.11 on top of DOS 6.22. I could delve under the bonnet of that and tune it up to the hilt, and I was good at it too.



Blimey, Guv, that takes me back to when I ran a P200MMX, running DOS 6.2, Win 3.1 (with PC Tools V2) and Win 95....triple boot, as it were. I've got 64 bit OS's, but never installed them, due to not being able to find certain drivers. To date, I've found XP Pro (32 bit) to be the most reliable OS that I've used and on this PC, I've not had to re-install or repair the original OS installation, since this PC was put together. On the other hand, my partner's PC with XP Home has been a real pain! Some of that, you could probably put down to the user, but not all. I'll carry on with XP Pro and try to hang onto my hard-earned cash, just a tad longer.



314) Message boards : Number crunching : Apologies 500+ WU's abondoned (Message 1352625)
Posted 31 Mar 2013 by Iona
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I will also be having to abandon tasks on one PC (4589185), due to a suspected drive problem, which has not been helped by a partner, seemingly charging into things like a bull in a china shop! Unfortunately, I'm 205 miles away in Devon, so nothing will get done, as far as re-installing BOINC/S@H/Lunatics and abandoning goes, until next Sunday or so. A shame...it was running so nicely when I left on Sunday!


315) Message boards : Politics : Cyprus (Message 1349230)
Posted 21 Mar 2013 by Iona
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No doubt the Euro-Meisters behind the ECB, are using this situation, with its implied threat, to scare, Potugal, Spain, Italy, Ireland and others, to bend to it's 'democratic' will, or should that be, the will of the Borg or The Empire? Cyprus will just be another pawn casualty of a rather Machiavellian Federal Europe, as the people with deposits in the banks (upto a certain amount), are guaranteed their deposits under some Euro Law (which the ECB et al, were technically going to break), thus leaving the banking system in Cyprus decimated and those with deposits over the guaranteed amount, rather less well-off. The game is afoot!


316) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (81) Server Problems? (Message 1338745)
Posted 16 Feb 2013 by Iona
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Uh-oh.....35 minutes trying to report, so far.


317) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (81) Server Problems? (Message 1333658)
Posted 1 Feb 2013 by Iona
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Hmmm. Validation seems to have taken a break. Now that I've said it, the ones that are currently awaiting validation (several hours in one case) will now promptly validate!


318) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy New Year & prosperous 2013 (Message 1322950)
Posted 1 Jan 2013 by Iona
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To all here, I'll add my hopes and best wishes for a better New Year (especially those in the UK!).


319) Message boards : Politics : Monks in monasteries are hiding ET/God/Yahweh!! (Message 1299194)
Posted 27 Oct 2012 by Iona
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I'm afraid to say that you're wrong, Gary. He hasn't had too much, although, some might say, maybe not enough. He is simply misplaced....whatever it is, seems to reside under the bonnet (hood?) of my 1989 Honda Legend. Whenever I 'put my foot down' in that car, the passenger(s) usually exclaim, 'God almighty', therefore they/it/he/she must be being hidden under my bonnet (hood?), rather than in a monastery!



320) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What are you listening to this morning? (Message 1299049)
Posted 26 Oct 2012 by Iona
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What am I listening to....this time? Deep Purple...Live in Stockholm...Wring that neck. Thats, Deep Purple Mk2 - the best one.

321) Message boards : Politics : Camerons First Term (Message 1265189)
Posted 28 Jul 2012 by Iona
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You can't blame Tony Blair for everything, as tempting as it is, with his wife. Go back a few years (and a bit!), to when I was in the RAF. Some crazy woman called Thatcher got in...slashed the Defence budget by 30% (yes, not many Tory voters remember that bit)...bottom line was, people like me ended up almost queueing, to get out of the services. Moral was shot to bits...I dread to think what things are like in the services now. Six months later, The Falklands business got under way, with ships being 'rescued' from the 'scrappers torch', set in motion by that same lunatic woman. Six months after that, strategic (nationalised) utilities were being sold-off to any Tom, Dick and Harry, who fancied a guaranteed return, with no conscience needed. The income from those utilities was then diverted from the Treasury, to the private greedy bar-steward 'investor'! Thatcher's pathetic over-simplistic 'shop-keeper' mentality, is what has screwed this country, since!!! No-one can undo the sort of damage that wretched woman did to this country, although a Military Coup, might go far in addressing the balance. Take a look around you.........


322) Message boards : Politics : UK Banking facing Judicial enquiry (Message 1265174)
Posted 28 Jul 2012 by Iona
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Hmmm. Not so much reward for failure, as we are used to in the UK, more like rewarded for committing fraud....a criminal activity. The 'Public Sector', is often slated for waste and mismanagement, but when it comes to the 'Private Sector' (those that line the pockets of the Fasci...sorry, Tory party), comparively little, if anything, is ever said. Interesting. Even more interesting, is that, virtually nothing will be done about the 'criminal practices' of the 'Private Sector'; nothing ever will be done, either. Might I dare to suggest, that the real problem with finances in the UK, is that the 'private sector' has been able to 'pass the buck' to the 'public sector'...never mind the insane 'costs' that the private sector claim. Bankers? Sack them! The whole damned lot. Watch out, if I ever come to 'power'!!!!


323) Message boards : Politics : London Olympics - what a waste! (Message 1265172)
Posted 28 Jul 2012 by Iona
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Calm down, dears. Its only the Olympics! Thanks go to Michael Winner for the inspiration. lol


324) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P Jon Lord (Message 1261206)
Posted 16 Jul 2012 by Iona
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Courtesy of the BBC News website, Jon Lord, the former keyboard player with rock band Deep Purple, has died aged 71. I have a feeling that I'll be giving Space Truckin' a 'blasting' tonight!


325) Message boards : Number crunching : Kittyman......rig down..... (Message 1260183)
Posted 14 Jul 2012 by Iona
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As I recall, someone at Microsoft (I think we all know who), also said that we'd never need more than 1 MB of RAM.....


326) Message boards : Number crunching : Back to the Future? (Message 1257472)
Posted 8 Jul 2012 by Iona
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If you didn't have a fixed point of reference for time, the Message Boards would make no sense at all, well, even less than they do now! Now consider, when WUs are sent out and results received back....the servers don't know which time zone that each WU was sent to or what time zone the result came from. Don't forgot, that each WU has a completion time and date. Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue in all the databases, if the servers had to make corrections for time zones? This is 1st day kindergarten stuff, on Gallifrey - they like order in matters of time, there.


327) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What are you listening to this morning? (Message 1252334)
Posted 27 Jun 2012 by Iona
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What am I listening to, this morning/my late evening? Deep Purple....Made in Japan....vinyl....Space Truckin'....headphones (definitely not the ancient but still perfect Cerwin Vega AT40s and Mordaunt-Short MS5-30s at this time of night!). My old Akai 206 (with Shure M97ED @ 0.5g) and Audiolab 8000aMk2 are smoothing out a lousy day quite nicely, in conjunction with G&T (Plymouth gin). I seem to recall that someone on these forums, blew some speakers or something, with Space Truckin'. I wonder who that might be. Any ideas, Mark?

328) Message boards : Cafe SETI : No mention of Donna Summer?????????/ (Message 1234723)
Posted 21 May 2012 by Iona
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Listening to "I feel love" still transports me back to a disco in Turin in late '77, where I first heard it. It felt like I was covered in goose-bumps when I heard it and I can remember lots of people queueing to ask the DJ who the record was by. Being a Kraftwerk fan, it was, for me, sublime. For once, perhaps I might beg to differ with Mark; Donna Summer was, in my opinion a more accomplished singer than Whitney Houston - maybe not as 'showy' with the vocals but she had a greater range to her talents. I guess this is one of the bad bits about getting older....one by one the lights go out. Thanks for the wonderful memories.....
329) Message boards : Politics : Camerons First Term (Message 1227731)
Posted 5 May 2012 by Iona
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Personally, I think that perhaps this thread should be called, Camerons first and only term! Can anyone seriously see this bunch of clowns getting back into government at the next election? Frankly, this is the most incompetent and inept government that I can remember - elsewhere, I said about six months ago, that this government could very well prove to be, one that makes Gordon Brown's government look pretty good! Thats quite an achievement!!! Maybe it is just my 'military eye', but isn't Cameron, out of step in the photo below? That, just about sums it up.

330) Message boards : Number crunching : Short estimated runtimes - don't panic (Message 1224826)
Posted 29 Apr 2012 by Iona
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I had a feeling thats what I would have to do - in fact, I was looking around in the Client State, last night with 'sabotage' in mind. I'll complete the CPU WUs and the GPU AP WU and do just that and give the PC another name for good measure, afterwards. On the other PC, which has the Quad core in it, since MB and AP GPU work was only enabled via the Lunatics app approximately three months ago, there is no APR at all for any of the GPU apps...APR is not even mentioned! Needless to say, that machine has no problems at all. A pity about having to 'cheat' my way to a new Host ID - I'd almost got attached to the current one. Thanks awfully, for your responses and solutions; I'm off down to the local to have a drink with Corporal Jones, the butcher - the poor chap has gone right off his head, yelling, "don't panic, don't panic, the weekend isn't over"! Whatever could he mean?

Yours etc, etc, respectfully, Sgt. F. Wilson (Home Guard, retd)

331) Message boards : Number crunching : Short estimated runtimes - don't panic (Message 1224544)
Posted 28 Apr 2012 by Iona
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Well, as I know only too well, according to S@H's wonderfully accurate figures, which were arrived at through some equally enlightened logic, my GPU has an alleged APR of 1390.280653876 for the Lunatics MB app, which probably makes it the fastest GPU that ATI (and anyone else) has ever produced! I admit that I do 'under-clock' it a bit when doing GPU work, but there is no way I can crank it up to about 10GHz to complete any of the GPU work downloaded this week. I've got the latest version of BOINC and the latest Lunatics apps and I'm now seeing estimated completion times of between 1min 30secs or so and 4 mins 30 secs or so. Needless to say, everything I have tried to complete, has errored with the 'timed out', Exit status -177 (0xffffffffffffff4f) ERR_RSC_LIMIT_EXCEEDED. If work cannot be completed, then there is no chance of the overly high APR figure reaching it's proper level. Therefore, respectfully, Captain Mainwaring, would you mind awfully, if I joined Corporal Jones and panicked?

Yours etc, etc, Sgt. Wilson

332) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (65) Server problems? (Message 1190031)
Posted 30 Jan 2012 by Iona
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It seems that Bruno has been disabled. As for the scheduler, my quad was not getting further work as of yesterday and its now down to the last four WUs. Our fiendish feathered friend has struck again...to paraphrase Shakespeare, 'cry havoc and let slip the ducks of war' (hehehe).

333) Message boards : Number crunching : CPU cooling issues (Message 1183173)
Posted 6 Jan 2012 by Iona
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I agree with everything you've said, Mark. I've been throwing together my own PCs for almost 20 years and really, it has only been since the P2/P3 that we've seen HSFs as being a standard item or a required item. Having said that, I used coolers on my 486s, as they ran at a then phenomenal 40 MHz FSB (yep, AMD CPUs...could'nt/would'nt run to the cost of the Intel ones!) and it gave me some latitude to do some OCing, which was pretty typical in those days. A CPU was literally an investment in those days, so one tended to get the maximum from that 'investment' - that meant cooling was needed.

My big Scythe Ninja 2 is currently cooling my E8400, just as it did the E6550 before it and does a brilliant job....even with kitty fur clogging the output side of the fan, I've yet to see the CPU get to over 42C. True, I don't OC much, these days, but I did run a 10% OC overnight, once, and it still did'nt get over 40C! I don't use the supplied standard Scythe fan on the Ninja HS, as the Akasa Viper PWM fan, seemed a better bet and have used the Scythe fan as a case cooler, cooling the chipset area.

I tend to think that the location of fans is of more importance. Fortunately for me, on my cheap and cheerful CoolerMaster Elite 331 case, the position for the rear exhaust fan, is directly behind where the CPU goes on my MSI board - thats ideal. Since then, I now use two fans, working push-pull as there is no room to fit a second exhaust fan - it works fine and I now only have to clean the 'external' fan as it is now the one that collects all the dust! When I changed graphics card, I've had to introduce extra cooling in one area, for the simple reason that the HSF unit on the GPU did not exhaust out of the case. There is a lot of trial and error, but even a very cheap fan thats lying around in the 'junk box' can make a big difference.

So-called standard 'cooling solutions'? As far as I'm concerned, any system builder who puts together a system with marginal cooling capacity, is not worth dealing with.....their own incompetence could also nullify any warranty they provide, but would they even dare to tell you that?

Happy crunching

334) Message boards : Number crunching : Absolve Me of My Guilt. (Message 1181477)
Posted 29 Dec 2011 by Iona
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Absolution? You want and hope for Absolution, from this noble band of crunchers? Consider yourself absolutely and enviously absolved...but beware the Dark Side. Oh no, its me who has to do that!

335) Message boards : Number crunching : AP channel B3_P1 (Message 1181464)
Posted 29 Dec 2011 by Iona
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Then there is someone like me, who has just got 369.65 for 3.5 hrs crunching on one of those GPUs you mentioned - I can do much better than that in 3.5 hrs with both of my CPU cores! I'm now beginning to wonder if it is worth doing AP work.



336) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (63) Server problems? (Message 1178309)
Posted 15 Dec 2011 by Iona
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Show yourself, you feathered fiend!

337) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (62) Server problems? (Message 1177206)
Posted 11 Dec 2011 by Iona
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Frustrating, indeed. One machine is out of work, so its just as well I'm going away for a week! There again, there is no guarantee that things will be better when I get back....but I can hope.

338) Message boards : Number crunching : To Mr. Anonymous running Q9550 #2869907 (Message 1175585)
Posted 4 Dec 2011 by Iona
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Indeed so. Only yesterday, I noticed some very low credit results....didn't even get double figures for 2 hours crunching on an E8400! Thats how bad it was. There were pages full of inconclusives for their machine and those that were OK, were very low in credit awarded. Once again, an anonymous user, so I just went through my WU's in cache and aborted all the WUs 'tied' to that same machine. It may not make my 'consecutive valid tasks' stats look good, but its better than wasting my time and electricity.

339) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (61) Server problems? (Message 1174771)
Posted 30 Nov 2011 by Iona
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Nice timing. Just finished my last downloaded WUs, hit the 're-try' download button and down came the others that had been stuck there since last night. Phew!

340) Message boards : Number crunching : Can a CUDA core burn out? (Message 1173854)
Posted 26 Nov 2011 by Iona
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Or better yet, a group of cores?

My 16core would take about 7000 secs to do a 100+ credit task.
Now it's taking 12000:(


If its not failing them it sounds more like its downclocked or has fallen back to using the cpu. Can you provide a link to the wu?


Or perhaps he is falling victim to the fact that WUs seem to be getting less credit now than fairly recently (my APs of similar length have gone (mostly) from the mid-700 credits to the 600s). So to get 100 credits, he would have to compute for longer now.

Which is causing the RAC on both my machines to slowly decrease even though they have been running solid over the last few weeks, with no downtime due to running out of WUs.

Does that make sense?


You might well be right. I'm running my 'main' for longer and my RAC has dropped back quite a bit, just in the last few weeks. I may get the odd 'reward' which is quite nice, but in the main, its working longer for less...a bit like pensions in the UK! lol


341) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (61) Server problems? (Message 1173284)
Posted 23 Nov 2011 by Iona
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Very bad at reporting as well. I guess this is wingpersons not reporting as well.



Could be, but I'm mainly seeing quite a bit of work not being validated....the results are in but not very much else is happening, in my case. Probably quite a few others, too, I suspect. Not much work being dished out, either.


342) Message boards : Politics : Occupy this thread (Message 1172231)
Posted 19 Nov 2011 by Iona
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Oh dear, I bought some British Gas shares when they were privatised in 1986. Am I now dammed for all eternity .....


Yes you are. However you may be burnt at a lower cost to the rest of us.


343) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What Are You Listening Too...... (Message 1172225)
Posted 19 Nov 2011 by Iona
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Damn. A moment of senility. My late brother used MC, not MM - I know it was horribly expensive....about £250 for the cart, back in 98! That was his 'thing' though...well, that and photography. Me? I was into so many things, that my earnings were just less 'concentrated' - it was 'spread around' a bit more. I like to think that I bought wisely. Not neccesarily cheap, but, always up to the job. I'm sorry, Mark, but it may well cost you a couple of weeks crunching to replace that tip! Boy, am I glad I stuck with high-end Shure!

344) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What Are You Listening Too...... (Message 1172209)
Posted 19 Nov 2011 by Iona
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Ortofon? My late brother had Ortofon MM cartridges on his Linn turntable. I always said he'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between his turntable set-up and mine....an Akai AP206C with a Shure M95ED tracking at 0.6 grams. He couldn't and in spite of his generous offers to buy it, I kept it - it really was that good a set-up and it still lives (albeit in Devon, strapped to my old Audiolab 800A Mk2, Sony CDP 990 CD player, Akai GXC95 cassette and a pair of Mordaunt-Short MS5-30s). Still works for me. All 'old school' but a combination that still delivers.

345) Message boards : Politics : Dale Farm Travellers (Message 1172193)
Posted 19 Nov 2011 by Iona
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Travellers who are of good habits and good intentions? What planet are you living on? Only this week, since the 'return' from ROI of these scum-bags, thefts and attempted thefts have gone through the roof, around here. On Wednesday evening someone attempted to break into our depot and were only foiled by a very heavy chain....the 'prize' was several hundred litres of diesel fuel in the tanks of dust-carts. Yes, all those new Transits pulling new caravans must have been thirsty! Before you say anything, it was recorded on a couple of high quality CCTV and is on a large HD awaiting Police viewing. Thefts in the area of Southend have also increased, in particular, sheds etc and only this morning at one of my garages, I noticed that many of the garages had new locks on them. I found out soon after, why this was. They had all been broken into and I'm one of the victims - a 2.8kW generator has 'vanished'. None of the power tools or cars was taken, just the generator, which was awaiting repair. Only a 'pikey' would be stupid enough to not test something before they stole it! If you really think these people are being persecuted, perhaps you should live and work in this area! You'd be in a minority if you did. By the way, don't give me that rubbish about growing grass for their horses....they don't give a fig about any livestock they may own. I've seen how they've treated livestock....after all, I do work in the legal department for a council!!!
346) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Do you know openoffice.org? (Message 1172186)
Posted 19 Nov 2011 by Iona
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At work I use MS Office and at home I use Open Office...I used to use Word Perfect back in the 90's purely because it was better at importing files than MSO. If I had my way, all local authorities would use Open Office. It works. It gets the job done and it is far cheaper! From a personal perspective, I like it and I've not experienced any problems with it...nor have I come across any problem with 'bugs'.



347) Message boards : Politics : The Simple Math of CO2 Reduction (Message 1172175)
Posted 19 Nov 2011 by Iona
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So, what is the difference between a 'dust-cart' and a bus? Answer. One is subject to engine emmissions testing, whilst the other is free to ply it's trade and pump out any amount of 'crap' into the atmosphere! Should we therefore remove all buses from the roads in the UK?



348) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What Are You Listening Too...... (Message 1172155)
Posted 19 Nov 2011 by Iona
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On trips in the car down to Devon, I usually listen to Deep Purple (Made in Japan, 1972 live album) but before I get to the M25, its usually REM and U2 - don't want anything to 'stirring' before that. Unlike Mark managed in his youth, I've not blown the mid-range units on Space Truckin'! Not yet. When I'm at home 'crunching', I listen to Absolute Radio 80's or Absolute Radio Classic Rock.

349) Message boards : Politics : Boxing... why is it legal? (Message 1172153)
Posted 19 Nov 2011 by Iona
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Boxing with gloves, a referee, and the Queensbury rules is an accepted contact sport in the Western world. A knockout, or other injury will (should) cause the bout to be ended by the referee before anyone gets seriously hurt. Not my cup of tea, especially female contestants, but there you are.

Illegal bare knuckle fights with no rules still go on in various countries, with big money backing them.

The famous fight from the 1952 Quiet Man film, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara was filmed in Cong, County Mayo, in Ireland, and I visited there a few years ago, where it is still celebrated big time for the tourists.





Oddly enough, the family of my late father's best friend owned the 'pub' (Cohan's, in the film). I'm not sure if they still own it, but they also owned a 'pub' in Cheltenham that was full of horse-racing memorabilia....yes, they were an Irish family.

As to the original question, well, if two people were to start fighting outside the 'ring', they'd be arrested. Does this mean that within the ring they are allowed to break the law? Or would that only be the case if no-one was killed during the 'arranged fight'?



350) Message boards : Number crunching : ATI App w/. 5870 is extremely slow (Message 1172145)
Posted 19 Nov 2011 by Iona
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You're absolutely right....it should be completing tasks much faster than that. As skildude said, make sure you use Driver Sweeper to remove the current drivers, as the ATI Uninstall utility misses rather a lot of things which can result in all sorts of problems when you install the earlier drivers. I'm running an ATI 4890, using the 'slower' 11.5 drivers (it was a good balance for me in a 'daily drive') and thats doing Astropulse WUs, typically in 11,000 secs, 'normal' MB in around 2800 secs and 'shorties' in about 800 secs. With that 5870 and the 11.2 drivers, you should be seeing much better times than those. You might also want to consider using the Lunatics enhanced CPU app.

351) Message boards : Number crunching : The splitters are empty now (Message 1166271)
Posted 29 Oct 2011 by Iona
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The only problem is, MB validation is more than a little slow, at the moment.....for me, at least.



352) Message boards : Politics : Occupy Wall Street (Message 1165362)
Posted 25 Oct 2011 by Iona
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You tell me! They seem pretty lame, compared to the CND protesters that we used to get 'camped' outside the main gate of the RAF station I was stationed at, years ago. Perhaps the modern 'protester', enjoys rather too much, the 'gifts' that the system they hate so much, allows them to have, or lacks that level of conviction.

From a personal perspective, when people were paid by cash for the work they'd done, at the end of the week, the banks were a place you might put your spare cash into. Once the method by which one was paid (and the frequency), changed, the banks then had vast sums of money to 'play with'....in total, massive sums that would never have been 'available' to them, when we were paid in cash. So, what changed all that? You will find no argument from me, that the banks need to be more strictly controlled....especially if you'd paid out some of the insanely high bank charges that I have.

353) Message boards : Politics : Occupy Wall Street (Message 1165356)
Posted 25 Oct 2011 by Iona
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Yes, I'm afraid that you are probably correct in your comment about iPhones and Blacberries....these people often seem to have a strange set of standards. I'd call it hypocrisy. Having said that, I agree with much that Chris says, whilst also pointing out that the Church of England is a rather wealthy institution that 'owns' large tracts of land - as does the Catholic Church and other religious orders.



To avoid the accusation of hypocrisy, the protesters should do what? Give up all their worldly possessions?


Well, they could, as is being widely reported over here, actually occupy their 'camp' 24/7, instead of treating their 'cause' as a 9 to 5 job and going back to their nice comfy beds and hot meals, at night! Part-time protesters, going back home in the evenings and not having to do without home comforts, like, no doubt, food bought from a large company? Apparently, some of these protesters also have to do things like look after their children and go to work, too, as they don't want to lose their jobs. You couldn't make up hypocrisy of that magnitude! Maybe the council responsible for street cleaning should simply remove all the vacant tents overnight and leave the 'protesters' a summons for 'fly-tipping'. Strictly speaking, under Anti-terrorism legislation, their vacant tents can be removed without warning and possibly destroyed by the Security Services at any time......


354) Message boards : Politics : Occupy Wall Street (Message 1164732)
Posted 23 Oct 2011 by Iona
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Yes, I'm afraid that you are probably correct in your comment about iPhones and Blacberries....these people often seem to have a strange set of standards. I'd call it hypocrisy. Having said that, I agree with much that Chris says, whilst also pointing out that the Church of England is a rather wealthy institution that 'owns' large tracts of land - as does the Catholic Church and other religious orders.

355) Message boards : Number crunching : Finally?!? (Message 1164212)
Posted 21 Oct 2011 by Iona
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I think the link you want is this one for the Lunatics 0.38 installer for Windows 32 bit. LadyL is quite right....ATI drivers are a real pain to cleanly remove - Cat 11.5 works OK for me, but since it is such a pain to install older drivers that may work better, I've taken the 'if it works, that'll do' attitude!
356) Message boards : Politics : UK Motorway limit to be 80mph (Message 1162623)
Posted 15 Oct 2011 by Iona
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On one memorable occasion on the M4 near Bristol, there was a Rolls Royce in the right hand lane of the eastbound carriage way doing about 65 mph, again I moved from the left over to the right, slowed down and followed it for perhaps half a mile, then started flashing the headlights, the car in front then moved over to the middle lane, once past I returned to the left lane and the Rolls Royce to the right, there was little, if any, other traffic in the vicinity at the time.

Wanted to be sure The Americans in The Audience got a Good Read of The Above Statement.

Dull

But... it was a Rolls Royce, Don't Rolls owners automatically get a permanent lease on the right lane along with the car?


No, it's the BMW drivers who seem to acquire this privilege!



Audi owners are there as well.

They keep filling up the motorways so there is no clear carriage ways ahead.



Agree on the Audis and BMWs, particularly if there is a 3 in the model number, but you have forgotten a major 'player'. I can't believe you missed this one. Yes, its the white Ford Transit, which usually seems to be attached to one's rear bumper by a steel bar of approximately six inches in length, complete with gesticulating driver!


357) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (59) Server problems? (Message 1162380)
Posted 14 Oct 2011 by Iona
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The bandwidth may be maxed out, but new work is downloading at an astounding rate. I've never seen such fast downloads. I'm getting download times of about 2-3 seconds per work unit, even in bunches of 10 or more. Nice!

Steve

I had an astropulse download at over 150 kbps from start to finish. It didn't back off or anything. I was wondering if I had been staring at the manager for a bit too long and was seeing things :)



Nope, you're not seeing things. Since the 're-hash' of last weekend, I've regularly been seeing D/L speeds of 240kbps+ and I've loved every second of it! lol The only small niggle I have, is the AP work being done and, for the moment, not being validated and then, the process being repeated....download, crunch, upload and wait and wait and wait and back to download etc, etc.

358) Message boards : Number crunching : down loading new work units (Message 1160656)
Posted 9 Oct 2011 by Iona
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Thanks for the info....its nice to know and much appreciated. I'll just try and sit quietly and wait for (and hope) things settle down.


359) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (58) Server problems? (Message 1159562)
Posted 6 Oct 2011 by Iona
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I'm monitoring. Got a 'tasks for CPU are available' (like last night) about an hour ago, but only 'no tasks available' since then - so, inconclusive. I'm about to apply some beer to the question, which may help.


As I am not working (driving) tonight, and I have got a couple of Wychwoods Hobgoblin's within easy reach, I will also be keeping an eye on things.




I'm not seeing any problems here (yet?)....its all running fairly well. I've only just finished a Hobgoblin, myself!


360) Message boards : Politics : Dale Farm Travellers (Message 1158652)
Posted 3 Oct 2011 by Iona
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This small delay, should give the 'missing men' sufficient time to 'acquire' the much-liked, cash, for the purposes of whatever they want. They pay no taxes of any kind. They receive/con benefits (using 'communal children' for Child Benefits). They steal virtually anything that is not near an 'event horizon'. These people have property that many, where they currently 'reside', would regard as 'Heaven'. They have 'played the system' for years, aided by people who have 'private means' to cause trouble. Frankly, the 'face' that is presented by these people, is not one that many in the Basildon area would recognise. If these people were the law-abiding folks, that they claim to be, there would be no huge problem with them. However, these people don't give a fig about anyone but themselves and only what they can 'screw' out of any system, that was there to help the needy! You certainly won't see any residents of Basildon, with rolls of cash, as they have. Its always cash. Virtually undetectable.

Imagine your worst next-door-neighbour; ever. Now multiply that by ten. Believe me, thats a long way short of these 'travellers'. Travellers who stay in one place! There are rich pickings to be had (by theft and con) in this area....thats why they don't 'travel'!!! Last and least, don't believe that the pictures that you see in the papers are of 'travellers', as, numerous groups of people are now posing for the photographs of 'travellers', while actually being from 'well-off' families in England.





361) Message boards : Politics : UK Motorway limit to be 80mph (Message 1158642)
Posted 3 Oct 2011 by Iona
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Actually, it makes little difference, from what I've experienced on UK roads.


362) Message boards : Number crunching : Anyone ever have to replace capacitors? (Message 1155317)
Posted 23 Sep 2011 by Iona
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Indeed, Joe. I could see there was no real difference and yet my particular board was sold as a factory repaired item using 'solid Japanese capacitors' and it was only two particular capacitors that appeared to be different to the others on the board, with the tell-tale signs of re-work on the underneath. Perhaps the word 'solid' referred to their reliability/performance! When I was more heavily involved with the replacement of components, I think the descriptions and selling of the various components was done more on the basis of quality/tolerances, rather than using 'buzz words', hype or 'suggestion'. I'm just a CGLI Elect Tech and simply replaced one broken component with another component of the same working parameters. In my case, to re-cap, I replaced a cap that was short and fat and had no plastic sleeving around it, with one that was taller, narrower, had sleeving and appeared to be of lower quality, but the MSI board still works just fine. Incidentally, I have come across large electro-caps with integral screening cans, which were used in TV transmitters.......


363) Message boards : Politics : Dale Farm Travellers (Message 1155258)
Posted 23 Sep 2011 by Iona
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Yet another ploy, by people breaking the law, to circumvent the same system of law that they hold in contempt. Puxon is well-known and hugely hated in these parts, as are his band of 'poor innocents'. When the term "Gypsy Council" is used, you also have to be aware of which 'Gypsy Council' is being referred to - there are, actually, two in the UK. The 'other Gypsy Council' is of the opinion that the 'residents' of Dale Farm should move, interestingly. Puxon is a master of exaggeration and has, in the past, tried to 'romantically' imply that these people are penniless nomads and are Roma. Thats 'a bit of a stretch' to say the least! The nearest that any of this lot have been to Romania, is that one of them (name withheld) has a property in Belgium! Housing benefits that have been paid to these 'travellers' are, oddly enough, paid to an acount in ROI, which, also oddly enough, is in the same town that most of them are from. The prosection rests....


364) Message boards : Number crunching : Anyone ever have to replace capacitors? (Message 1155231)
Posted 23 Sep 2011 by Iona
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Oh yes, I've very recently had to replace a capacitor on a mother-board. Its a slightly sad tale involving, a very large Scythe Ninja 2 HS unit with very little room to push down the HS 'locking pins' to the S775 socket mounting on an MSI P35 board..........and a screwdriver. Yep, the screwdriver slipped, after it had taken me 25 mins to get the HS off in the first place! Managed to replace it OK, but instead of the nice 'metal can' (is that what they call 'solid', these days?) electrolytic that was there, the only thing I could find of the same ratings, was a standard item from a suspect Gigabyte board. It works fine, but I'll replace it with the proper item, when I can find one from a UK supplier.

To The Kitty-man. Blowing the mid-range cross-over caps to Space Truckin'? Respect!


365) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (54) Server problems? (Message 1154664)
Posted 21 Sep 2011 by Iona
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Yay!!!! Just got a load of uploads done.


Better still, I got new tasks, too....on both PCs
366) Message boards : Number crunching : That wierd (Message 1154572)
Posted 21 Sep 2011 by Iona
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I have also been getting GPU tasks sent which have estimated times very similar to CPU tasks. I strongly suspect you are correct, Richard, when you opine that APR has been disabled.....my ludicrously high ATI GPU MB APR has not changed a bit. That being so, I am relieved that I correctly saw the chance to process GPU MB, with last weeks very high time estimates - it did me a favour. Usually, a 'shortie' takes around 24 mins to the GPUs 12 mins, but with AP, things are a bit different.....roughly 10 hrs CPU to the GPUs 3 hrs. Application details are as below.

SETI@home Enhanced (anonymous platform, CPU)
Number of tasks completed 715
Max tasks per day 2984
Number of tasks today 0
Consecutive valid tasks 2364
Average processing rate 28.023010646597
Average turnaround time 0.94 days

SETI@home Enhanced (anonymous platform, ATI GPU)
Number of tasks completed 15
Max tasks per day 139
Number of tasks today 0
Consecutive valid tasks 40
Average processing rate 1390.280653876
Average turnaround time 0.10 days

Astropulse v505 (anonymous platform, CPU)
Number of tasks completed 24
Max tasks per day 164
Number of tasks today 0
Consecutive valid tasks 64
Average processing rate 44.213757313418
Average turnaround time 2.72 days

Astropulse v505 (anonymous platform, ATI GPU)
Number of tasks completed 22
Max tasks per day 126
Number of tasks today 0
Consecutive valid tasks 26
Average processing rate 193.72450987751
Average turnaround time 1.38 days

Task duration correction factor 0.207809



367) Message boards : Number crunching : get no work for ATI GPU (Message 1153732)
Posted 19 Sep 2011 by Iona
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Aside from the standard 6.03 Win Intel X86 app, in the details, the Anonymous Platform, CPU is listed, but no GPU app appears to be there.


368) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (54) Server problems? (Message 1153728)
Posted 18 Sep 2011 by Iona
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Is it time for that dreaded water-fowl to present itself?


369) Message boards : Politics : Dale Farm Travellers (Message 1153522)
Posted 18 Sep 2011 by Iona
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Oh, believe me, Chris, the ownership of these properties in ROI has been common knowledge around here for years. Hence, there has been little sympathy for these people. It has to be said though, that the main reason that there is so little sympathy for the 'travellers', is because they live 'outside the law'; all their dealings are in cash, so they pay no taxes, they own rather expensive cars and 4X4s and wherever they go, scams and thefts are rife. I have personally, disturbed Irish accented men, attempting to steal sit-on mowers, leaf blowers and other associated machinery from a Council Depot, about five years ago - it might have been foolish, but after calling the Police, I chased after them in my car and lost them on the A127. I only lost them because I was not prepared to drive like a maniac. The Police drew a blank with the number-plate, too - without doubt it was a fake plate and I'll bet that it was not insured or had a valid MOT test certificate and it was fuelled with stolen diesel fuel.

Is it pure coincidence, that in recent weeks, the frequency of cable thefts from the nearby railways, has soared, as have the usual scams associated with these people? Would this be because they will soon be having to move on? In the last few weeks, in the Borough in which I work, "men with Irish accents" have scammed a number of elderly people, using their preffered method of conning people out of money....the tarmac drive work. One old lady was conned out of some £800 through this device; basically (perhaps foolishly) because she was of limited means, she agreed to let a gang of these crooks do her driveway, as it was in need of repair. When 'the work' was done they asked her to look at the work, whilst not allowing her to take a close look (they crowded her to her porch) and seeing a nice black surface, she paid the much favoured cash, out of her savings....these nasty pieces of filth had PAINTED the drive and this was only noticed by a neighbour. Personally, I'm not sure what to make of these 'travellers' who don't travel, but in ROI, they are hated. Justifiably so, I'd say. Save your sympathy for the people who are deliberately targetted by these crooks without a conscience.

As for the 'UN Delegation', put your own damned house in order, with respect to some of the countries represented, both at the UN and amongst the 'delegation'. Is China really in a position, to lecture anyone on anything? Just don't get me started on some of the African nations!


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370) Message boards : Number crunching : Shorties estimate up from three minutes to six hours after today's outage! (Message 1152806)
Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Iona
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Yes, true. Perhaps I believe that a tad more info, should be kept on the 'client side' of things. Is this not a case of 'the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing'?


371) Message boards : Number crunching : Shorties estimate up from three minutes to six hours after today's outage! (Message 1152760)
Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Iona
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The conditions you describe, regarding 'early exit', are exactly what happened with my ATI GPU WUs, last month....approximately half of the first ten WUs exited early (overflow results). Hence, these error values were, as I later suspected, being regarded as a very rapid 'full time completion', with the end result being that my GPU MB APR is in the order of almost 1400! Subsequent completion times for down-loaded WUs for the GPU (according to BOINC) were roughly as follows.... 2 mins for a 'shortie' and 6 mins for a 'normal' WU! Thats pretty impressive for any GPU, let alone a two-year-old ATI 4890; of course, any subsequent GPU WUs that I got, 'errored out' (-177). I then did a detatch and did a re-install of Lunatics 0.38, but without the MB app. It has only been in the last two or three days that I've run GPU WUs again, as I'd spotted the rather inflated timings on new CPU WUs - there was some chance to balance things, without resorting to 'rescheduling' and I've completed several WUs without error. For me, this may work out, but I won't be holding my breath for too long!

Question. Probably a silly one, but, why is an approximate WU completion time needed?


372) Message boards : Politics : UK Riots (Message 1151022)
Posted 11 Sep 2011 by Iona
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I've been saving some of my observations for a while. Was any of it surprising, when:

The Bankers got huge bonuses for what they did and were incompetent, using other peoples money. They still do and they still are.

The MPs got caught fiddling their accounts and most were able to 'repay' what they 'mistakenly claimed' for. They got away with theft.

The Government awards large contracts for trains, whilst forgetting the bit about 'social considerations' (ie, the effects of massive job losses in a locale) in the tendering process. They've not changed.

The education system has been so 'dumbed-down' that a two-day-old chimp could get a GCSE pass and pupils are supposed to think thats something to be proud of. They do.

The justice system favours the wealthy and in the case of footballers, the monied morons, too. They have it tough.

The populace exists, solely to pay for the grandiose plans of the 'professional' politicians, so they can look good. They still think that.

Every election, the politicians will lie, just to get your vote. They'll take you to Court for 'embellishing' your CV.

The bureaucrats frequently make hugely expensive mistakes. They will still enjoy a healthy pension, as per the MPs and you will pay for the lot.

Just that little lot, is not much of an example to set, is it?


373) Message boards : Number crunching : S@H Enhanced v6.04 (Message 1150938)
Posted 10 Sep 2011 by Iona
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I've got a couple of 6.04 Wingmen amongst my recently received work and I've completed one of those with no problems on my 'WIntel' PC. Firstly, the finished WU and then there is this one.


374) Message boards : Number crunching : Some silly questions.....perhaps. (Message 1145928)
Posted 27 Aug 2011 by Iona
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When you are done, James, get a free download for a program called Fences and work from there. I think you'll find it at CNET amongst the Windows utilities free downloads (XP?). I use it and its simple, but good, with some very useful tricks up it's sleeve, but its not quite as good as PC Tools for Windows V2 was....that was Windows V2, as in Win 3.1! Use System Restore carefully - I've known it to make things worse and only use it as a last resort (the stage before format and reinstall).
375) Message boards : Politics : how do you expect to spend eternity? (Message 1145922)
Posted 27 Aug 2011 by Iona
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how do you expect to spend eternity?


Quietly resting.

376) Message boards : Politics : Damn the oil speculators........ (Message 1145903)
Posted 27 Aug 2011 by Iona
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Last year, when I went back to Devon for a holiday, there were large tankers full of crude oil, just anchored in Lyme Bay and in other places around the South-West coast of the UK. Prices at the pumps were going down and these tankers were just sitting there, waiting for stocks to run low, and the price to go up. Its not governments, tax and conflict that cause the huge increases in fuel costs - it is 'speculators'. It always has been. The same people who find ways to not pay tax, whilst living lives of luxury, expecting everyone else to pay tax to subsidise their 'write-offs'. I got wise to them, years ago and, frankly even with my 'extended RAF vocabulary', words fail to adequately describe these people! My understanding is, their actions are called 'capitalism' and they are aided by governments throughout the World, because they are corrupt and they 'feed' off all of us. Every last stinking one of them. Strong words, perhaps, but when did you ever see a national politician get on a bus?


377) Message boards : Politics : Music Industry Steals Boinc (Message 1145883)
Posted 27 Aug 2011 by Iona
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Just because someone registers a domain, does not always mean that they can carry on using that domain name. They are called Cyber Squatters. For example, within hours of the death of Amy Winehouse, some lovely person registered a domain containing her name, whilst having no connection to her. Things like this are done, in the anticipation of making some money. I hope it won't be long before the domain names are 'seized'. Personally, I'll always connect BOINC with bad programming, rather than music.


378) Message boards : Politics : Damn the oil speculators........ (Message 1145866)
Posted 27 Aug 2011 by Iona
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All energy and strategic assets, which to my mind, includes, public transportation and water supply should never be in the hands of private companies. These are the assets of a nation, not some grubby little man in a 'pin-striped suit! I'm pretty sure that I've stated this in this forum, before and I'll keep on saying it. We've all seen what happens when the 'money men' get things wrong....we all pay and things stay the same for them!


379) Message boards : Number crunching : Some silly questions.....perhaps. (Message 1145834)
Posted 27 Aug 2011 by Iona
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Thanks for the responses so far. Yes, a newer iteration of an Intel multi-core CPU would be nice, very nice, but as HAL has correctly surmised, prices in the UK are a bit silly. They are more than silly. In the UK, we pay in pounds Sterling, what you lucky people in America, will pay in dollars. Rip-off Britain, aided by the pricing policies of manufacturers, is the problem. For example, a fairly competent Asus board with a P55 chipset, that I think might last more than 6 months and quite like (I spent some quite expensive years at the 'bleeding edge', years ago, but thats another story) costs twice the amount as the E8400 CPU and 2 pieces of 2 Gigs of nice, low latency RAM, that I've bought, used (£85 total)! So, straight away, you can see that I'd still also need to get, a CPU, DDR3 RAM and a new CPU cooler....being into my third year of a pay freeze with increasing bills, thats strictly something for a brighter future. A much brighter future. This really is, 'crunching on a budget' and I'm only upgrading (for me) because this PC is my 'daily drive' and its going to get bigger stuff thrown at it. With my other host, a quad-core, is the most likely upgrade path, since some of the RAM will come out of this one, to go into that, making two 4 Gig PCs. Like many people, I'm having to keep a somewhat concerned eye on what might be around the next corner. My wish list is getting bigger!

Richard.....why am I not surprised? BOINC gets the APR wrong, based on false assumptions and it just seems to continue to make false assumptions. Correction. The programmers made assumptions that were wrong. What would've been simpler than a 'Retire Machine' button? After all, one's total credits would be the same as would be one's total RAC. Maybe I spent too many years as an engineer, believing that keeping things simple, was best, at least for longer production runs. Well, I'll try the method you've described. I hope The Force is with me! lol


380) Message boards : Number crunching : Some silly questions.....perhaps. (Message 1145769)
Posted 27 Aug 2011 by Iona
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I am soon going to be doing some upgrading to my 'normal drive' PC 4735626 and given that I will be changing the CPU and (hopefully) adding a further 2 Gigs of RAM at the same time, I have, what may seem to be, to the more experienced users, some silly questions.

1. The CPU I will be changing to, is an Intel E8400, which supports, over and above my current E6550, SSE4.1. As a user of the Lunatics Optimised apps, I'd like to know if there is any real advantage in using the Win/Intel SSE4.1 app over the SSSE 3.X app. If there is an advantage, is it worth having? A Quad-core CPU would've been nice, but, when I can get an E8400 and 2 Gigs of 4-4-4-12 DDR2 RAM for less than the cost of a Q6600, there really is no contest.

2. On my present PC, due to the stupid way that BOINC works (regarding the early exit due to 'overflow' results counting as an indication of the speed of work done), my ATI GPU (a two-year-old factory OC'd HD4890) has a very enviable APR of around 1400 for ATI GPU MB tasks. I see an opportunity here, given the differences, to basically 'create' a new machine and, at the very least, rid myself of this crazy APR figure...even if it might be temporary. What do I need to do, to either, 'retire' a PC, or, ensure that a 'new' PC is 'registered'?




381) Message boards : Number crunching : Lunatics Windows Installer v0.38 release notes (Message 1140550)
Posted 14 Aug 2011 by Iona
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That makes, at least, two of us!


382) Message boards : Number crunching : Average processing rate - a little high? (Message 1140364)
Posted 14 Aug 2011 by Iona
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snipped......
Really, MB -9's, and AP's 'In ap_remove_radar.cpp: get_indices_to_randomize: num_ffts_forecast < 100. Blanking too much RFI?' and 'Found 30 single pulses and 30 repeating pulses, exiting.' should be excluded from the APR calculations,

Claggy

I agree totally.



Yep, it gets my vote, too. When I first ran the Lunatic GPU apps on my 4890, around half of the first 10 results were 'overflows' and validated as OK. I monitored things as best as I could, when I first ran the GPU apps, but only found the increase in System and CPU temp, due to the cooler on the GPU not venting the heat out of the rear of the PC, to be something of concern. I like nice cool systems, as everyone else does! It was only after I ended up with insanely short completion times and the subsequent 'computing errors', that Mike pointed out the insanely high APR on the GPU app for MB...it was then, that I 'twigged' that the 'overflows' must have been included in arriving at that APR. Thats crazy! In time, I'll use Fred's Re-scheduler, but I think it will take an awful lot of WUs, to get the APR down to a more realistic figure....after all, its only out by a factor of 10X or so.


383) Message boards : Number crunching : Computation Error (Message 1133422)
Posted 29 Jul 2011 by Iona
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Thanks for the info, Richard and Claggy. As you may have noticed, I've already done the detach and am just going to run with the CPU on MB and AP WUs, with the GPU only running AP....for some reason, the AP timings were about right. Would I be correct in thinking that a sufficiently high percentage of 'overflow' results that were validated as being 'good', could have helped to raise the APR to the ludicrous level that it is at, for ATI GPU MB, given the relatively small number of GPU tasks completed? Pure conjecture on my part, but logical.

As to the heat problem, I am now making some crude shrouding/baffles for the 4890, to 'encourage' the exhausted heat from the card to go towards the rear extractor fan (which has been 'beefed-up' to a Scythe unit that moves 50% more air than the old unit). If that doesn't do the trick, to my liking, I'll make some holes in the side of the case and strategically fit a pair of 120mm Scythe fans to extract hte warmed air. Once again, my thanks to everyone for their valuable assistance.

Down, but not, out.....





384) Message boards : Number crunching : Computation Error (Message 1133097)
Posted 28 Jul 2011 by Iona
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Thanks, Mike and Fred W - I've decided to detach and do things the hard way, with a CPU, from now. Don't get me wrong, the actual ATI apps ran very well; it was BOINC that messed things up, as far as I'm concerned. A pity. In any case, as good as the Gelid cooler is, at cooling the GPU, it is really bad for 'adding' heat to the whole system, as it does not exhaust that heat from the GPU, outside the case! I've even clocked the card settings down by some 75 - 100 Mhz on the GPU Core and GPU Mem, yet, the heat from the card would still turn the room the PC is in, into a sauna after a few hours.....that was even running with the sides off the case and aiming a desk fan at the insides! I've been looking at getting an E8400 or similar for a while now, purely because this E6550 just can't move things around fast enough for the 4890 to really do it's stuff in games, so, its still experience. Its also one of the reasons that I never let the other PC run GPU tasks on it's 4870.





385) Message boards : Number crunching : Computation Error (Message 1133057)
Posted 28 Jul 2011 by Iona
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Indeed, it is high, but it wasn't that high before....not that I have any idea how to change that or even if it is something I can change. By my own reckoning, using the GPU on WUs was in the order of 4 or 5 times faster than the CPU, so the APR is about 10 times higher than it should be. I think I'll have to give the resheduler a miss, as potentially adding another 65 or so CPU tasks, does have a downside! Maybe I'll just give up using the GPU....


386) Message boards : Number crunching : Computation Error (Message 1132743)
Posted 27 Jul 2011 by Iona
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Well, he may not have any errors in this project but, I do. Seven of them, but potentially, several dozen more. Its not hard to see the reason why. They have errored, because the WUs took too long, which is not surprising, given how long the estimated time to run them was in BOINC Manager. From what I can see, the ones that errored at around 1500 secs, should've run for roughly twice that length of time,to complete, but the estimated time in BOINC manager for those tasks is an astonishingly quick, 2m 31s or 2m 32s! Better still, is the one that ran for about 420 secs....shorties usually run for about 800 secs, but in BOINC manager the time was estimated at an eye-wateringly rapid, 42 secs!

I know GPUs are fast, but how were the estimated times got so badly wrong? When crunching gets that fast, we'll probably all have to take up knitting or something like that. The thing that slightly annoys me, is that I now have an 'error history' and its nothing to do with my end of things. Oh well, I'll finish all the non-GPU WUs and then do a detach, to purge all the GPU WUs.


387) Message boards : Number crunching : credits and workunits: a fair system needed for Boinc (Message 1132260)
Posted 26 Jul 2011 by Iona
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Well said, Mark. For myself, I care little or nothing for the 'credits'...they will continue to be just meaningless numbers, when there is no relation to anything much at all. I just do S@H and thats it; the place where the fairly large number of 'spare cycles' I have, is used. Merely contributing to the 'crunching' is sufficient for me.....when you have PCs such as I have available, one has very little to prove! "I am a Vulcan, I have no ego to bruise" (Captain Spock, of the USS Enterprise, to Admiral James T Kirk, in Star Trek 2).


388) Message boards : Cafe SETI : To the Kitty People........wherever they are......... (Message 1123848)
Posted 2 Jul 2011 by Iona
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I'm doing some re-homing, myself, this weekend. I'm taking a two-month-old kitten down to my mother and staying there for the week. The last time I was there, in January, was to bury my dear little cat, Button, which was simply devastating - it'll be nice to be going there and bringing some happiness with me. I'm going to really miss Poppy, as she is simply the most gentle and sweet-natured kitten I've come across and a really pretty kitty, but I know she'll be adored and will probably be spoiled rotten. It will be a bigger wrench than normal, as she is one of the four kittens we had to raise by hand from three or four weeks of age, when their mother decided to 'do a bunk', because I wouldn't let her take the kittens outside! There will still be her brothers (2) and sister here, so when I get back there will still be three little hooligans getting upto all sorts of trouble - one of whom has proved to have keyboard skills, just not very good skills.

Take care, kitty lovers, especially Mark, who acts so selflessly for the benefit of the kitties who need homes. Take a bow, Mark, its more than deserved and I hope the Kittyman smiles for many years to come.


389) Message boards : Number crunching : ATI GPU problem (Message 1123434)
Posted 1 Jul 2011 by Iona
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When you say, 'newer Catalyst and Video drivers to what they recommend for my HD3450', do you mean ATI (sorry, AMD) or whats needed to run the Lunatics app? Maybe switching back to an older release of Catalyst will do the trick. My 4890 is in a GP PC, and in the past I've found that newer releases of Catalyst have caused huge losses of frame-rates in games, so I've gone back to an older Catalyst version - unfortunately, Cat 11.2 was one of them, which means I'm not using the optimum driver for the Lunatics App. As things are now, Cat 11.5 is working OK for me, so, as long as you've got a Cat package that supports SDK (Cat 10.7b upwards) then thats all that is needed. ATI cards can be a real pain with drivers, but then, I suspect that newer releases of Catalyst are probably aimed more squarely at the newer cards and optimising their performance, rather than the older cards, which probably includes my two-year-old 4890.


390) Message boards : Number crunching : ATI GPU problem (Message 1123313)
Posted 1 Jul 2011 by Iona
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As far as I can see, the Mobility HD4250 is apparently RV620 based, which appears to be used in the Radeon HD3400s, including rather confusingly, the Mobility Radeon HD3400s! Why on Earth do they have to make things so difficult? Yep, over to GPU-Z.....


391) Message boards : Number crunching : ATI GPU problem (Message 1123075)
Posted 30 Jun 2011 by Iona
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I think he means this PC and not the one with the HD5700.


392) Message boards : Number crunching : Replacement Hardware specs ?? (Message 1122812)
Posted 29 Jun 2011 by Iona
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Hmmm. I recently had a very similar problem with one of my PCs. It took ages to boot, re-boot and shut-down....running programs was, shall we say, a little trying - a de-frag of a partition on one of the drives took all night and was only 10% done by the morning! Drive u/s? SATA controller u/s? I'd have bet a weeks wages on either. Nope. Only after the system was hit with System Restore and finally a re-install of Windoze, which seemed to take forever, was it discovered, purely by chance, that the SATA cable was not 100%. I'm not saying thats what your Hardware problem is, but it might just be worth checking....it might even save you scrapping a good drive. Mr Scott would probably say that, 'the smaller they make the connections, Mr Spock, the easier it is to break that connection'. lol


393) Message boards : Number crunching : Lunatics Windows Installer v0.38 release notes (Message 1121432)
Posted 25 Jun 2011 by Iona
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As per other users, I'm also a very happy user of the 0.38 Installer. I'm only using it as it came, 'out of the tin', but it did what I was a little wary of doing....namely, installing the relevant applications in the right place. The installation was simple and painless and done at the same time as installing the latest version of BOINC. At last, the HD4890 (one of the 1 GHz core capable RV790 GPUs) in my main PC can do some useful work, even if its full potential is probably not being realised. I've not even tried to tweak the ATI GPU applications, as it is working very well as it is - any speed increase over the Lunatics CPU applications I was already using, is very welcome! From me, a very big thumbs-up and an even bigger 'thanks guys' to The Lunatics team and all the testers, particularly, Raistmer, who has done a brilliant job, in spite of Open CL!


394) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 'Columbo' Star Peter Falk Dies (Message 1121199)
Posted 24 Jun 2011 by Iona
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Falk -- who suffered from Alzheimer's disease -- was 83.


RIP Peter Falk, you will be missed.

'Columbo' Star Peter Falk Dies



Just one more thing, sir.......




395) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (48) Server problems? (Message 1120071)
Posted 22 Jun 2011 by Iona
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Hmmm. I wonder if the recent server problems, have anything to do with the 17 Orphan WUs that I've got, or should that be, not got?


396) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (48) Server problems? (Message 1119475)
Posted 20 Jun 2011 by Iona
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Its a bit frustrating, to say the least. Some upload first-time, but others try several times before going through - I've no idea on downloads as I'm set to NNT for the time being. I'm trying to clear out the completed WUs, so I can install the latest BOINC version on both machines and run the Lunatics 0.38 installer - this could take some time though! lol


397) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Another one to remember. (Message 1118909)
Posted 19 Jun 2011 by Iona
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R.I.P. Clarence Clemons who has died at the age of 69. An amazing saxophonist by anyone's standards, a pretty good singer too and of course, one of the original members of the E Street Band. The Big Man will be missed.


398) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (48) Server problems? (Message 1118897)
Posted 19 Jun 2011 by Iona
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Yes, I noticed that almost everything done by one host that I use, had become stuck at waiting for validation in the last few hours....I only got the thing working again, on Friday, too! The question is, is it open season on ducks or perryjay? D'oh!
399) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (48) Server problems? (Message 1118830)
Posted 18 Jun 2011 by Iona
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Sshhhhhh!


400) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tales of the HEATWAVE circa 2011 (Message 1115951)
Posted 11 Jun 2011 by Iona
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Ah yes, I did hear from P O'Seidon that they were moving, but they were not sure where, although there was something mentioned about South America. On their current (pun intended) where-abouts, I couldn't possibly speculate on that.

401) Message boards : Number crunching : Rac is dropping (Message 1115939)
Posted 11 Jun 2011 by Iona
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In the style of Mr Spock Logic dictates that unless the output from the servers ceases completely and until all work in progress is validated under those conditions, then there will always be pendings.
402) Message boards : Number crunching : Rac is dropping (Message 1115845)
Posted 11 Jun 2011 by Iona
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As far as things go here, everything is working fine at the S@H end. There are various reasons why your RAC may be dropping, one being that your RAC depends on how quickly your wing-man gets through the WU that you've done or are doing. Errors and invalids also add to the mix. Looking at the Application Details, the number of consecutive valid tasks for the nVidia GPU (optimised app?) looks a little low, so you might have a bit of a problem there. Inconclusives will get sent out to another machine, so even on a 'shortie' you could be waiting for a month or so, depending on the other machine(s) involved, for any credit or otherwise.


403) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Comedians of old....... (Message 1115256)
Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Iona
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One my favourite comedian was Victor Borge

He was also the inventor of phonetic puncuation and infaltionary language.



Victor Borge was one of my brothers' major clients. I got to meet him several times at several performances. Not only an outstanding showman but just a really nice gentleman. I always enjoyed working his shows for my brother.


Victor Borge. Brilliant. A favourite of mine and very under-rated...he was very funny, but, as I recall, never crude. In the UK, the nearest we got to Victor Borge, was probably Eric Morecambe, 40 years ago.


404) Message boards : Number crunching : Batting cleanup (Message 1114058)
Posted 6 Jun 2011 by Iona
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Its not something that I'm seeing, but I've just switched from NNT and I've got 13 fresh WUs....that is to say, I've been assigned 13 fresh WUs! I'll get them, eventually. lol


405) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (47) Server problems? (Message 1110116)
Posted 26 May 2011 by Iona
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Good for you. My cache will run out in a day or so (if I keep the PCs running, doing nothing else but S@H) and therefore, in addition to your requests, I will also demand a refund!


406) Message boards : Number crunching : Whats with AP (Message 1106421)
Posted 15 May 2011 by Iona
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It is to be expected if you 'throttle' a CPU - you are, after all, effectively forcing the CPU to idle for n% of the time, often to reduce temperatures. I've no idea what CPU cooler you are using, but the temps you mention don't seem too bad to me, bearing in mind that your CPU is much 'beefier' than my humble Intel Core 2 Duo E6550. This one typically runs at 43C on 97% load (set in prefs, as I also use the PC for work related things and like to listen to music at the same time) and is still at that temp after 12 hours or more - although as the ambient temperature rises due to the warm weather, it may rise to about 46C. So, all things considered yours is looking OK, but then I don't know a great deal about your CPU specs. We all like cool CPUs though, so a better cooler might also be something to consider. I use a Scythe Ninja 2 and Arctic Silver compound.

If you want to get those 'crunching' times down, you might want to install an Optimized Application for AP and MB work units. You'll find the appropriate information in this forum, under Optimized Applications and Binaries...I think the one you'll need is the Lunatics 0.37 installer which will install the AP and MB apps for you. You may find an increase in CPU temp, but if you were to 'throttle at say, 95% CPU load (as an example) you could find your temps as they were (without TThrottle), but with a much faster rate of work. A better cooler will obviously reduce that temp, which would give you the option of using 100% CPU power. To give you some idea of what the apps can do, I usually get through an AP unit in 12 - 13 hours, and a normal MB unit is done in around 2 hours or so ('shorties' take about 30 mins) which is fairly respectable for a relatively modest CPU.


407) Message boards : SETI@home Staff Blog : Q&A about the ATA shutdown. (Message 1103631)
Posted 5 May 2011 by Iona
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As Dr Eric Korpela will already be aware, I managed to get a letter printed in todays UK Daily Mail (May 5) reminding people that whilst it is true that the Allen Telescope Array is being mothballed, Seti@Home is continuing the search with data from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico.

Every little helps ;-)






Indeed so, Chris. I saw your letter in todays Mail, which made a pleasant change from the usual rants one sees in the paper!



408) Message boards : SETI@home Staff Blog : Q&A about the ATA shutdown. (Message 1101364)
Posted 28 Apr 2011 by Iona
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A good point and a very relevant one...the analysis resources could be pooled, which would keep us 'crunchers' very happy and, of course, the now 'sleeping' ATA would get the analysis done for an incredibly small cost. Oh, Angela, when does "lurking", become stalking? lol


409) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Is anti-gravity possible? (Message 1101340)
Posted 28 Apr 2011 by Iona
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I'm really quite impressed with some of the knowledge displayed in the responses here - the V = (R + S) / (1 + RS/c²) equation is one that I've not seen in many places in almost 30 years! Now, here comes the proverbial spanner. How much gravity do you want to 'overcome', if it is possible? Escaping Earth's gravity is one thing, but escaping the gravitational pull of a more massive stellar object, is quite another. Whilst gravitational fields could be used, as per Voyager, to aid travel, it does depend on things being in the 'right place', knowing precisely where those objects are, being able to make course changes fairly quickly and not being hit by anything! Constructing a 'space-faring' vehicle in a high-earth-orbit, would obviate the difficulties in getting a very large vehicle off the ground (in one piece) and in some ways make construction easier, but would pose difficulties in logistics and working in such an environment. The size of the vehicle itself, would depend on things like the number of people onboard, the propulsion system used and how far the vehicle has to go. Propulsion systems? Who can say? Almost anything, would however, be better than an old idea of releasing small nuclear bombs behind a space vehicle with a 'pusher plate' attached to it!


410) Message boards : SETI@home Staff Blog : Q&A about the ATA shutdown. (Message 1101333)
Posted 28 Apr 2011 by Iona
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1380931/ET-phone-Alien-hunting-SETI-Institute-shut-funding-axed.html
411) Message boards : SETI@home Staff Blog : Q&A about the ATA shutdown. (Message 1101330)
Posted 28 Apr 2011 by Iona
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And let the misinformation begin. http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=63890&nowrap=true#1100901 Dirk has pointed us to a German website that talks of the closing but shows the S@H screensaver. This is disturbing in that people are very likely to think they are one and the same.

And later on in that article, it is "stated" that SETI@home is working on ATA data.

So much for the accurateness of journalistic investigation :-(

Gruß,
Gundolf


An article appeared yesterday, in the Daily Mail online, which also originally showed the S@H screen-saver. Whilst the article no longer has the screen-saver, I felt that it did tend to lead people to believe that S@H has been shut-down. It also has to be said, that the 'current' article seems to be much shorter than the article that I read yesterday. I can't help wondering, what the article that was printed in the newspaper was like, given that what I read, probably more closely resembled that, rather than what is there now. To be honest, the 'original' article alarmed me to the point of coming straight to these forums, where my concerns were quickly allayed.
412) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Prove to me we "Evolved" from Apes! (Message 1100355)
Posted 24 Apr 2011 by Iona
Post:
Have you ever considered a 'composite' argument? An argument in which, either both things are true, or both things are not wrong. You will appreciate, that there is a subtle difference between the two 'states'.

413) Message boards : Cafe SETI : SETIzens' got talent! (Message 1100345)
Posted 24 Apr 2011 by Iona
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I can 'heel and toe' and 'double de-clutch' and I do so every day, but wish I had a super-charger, or a very good sound track! I've also found an ability to drink alcohol, without, ever, having a 'hang-over'!





414) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I quit (Message 1100341)
Posted 24 Apr 2011 by Iona
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I'll stick with an Australian wine....something I was brought up on, along with VB, Tooheys and Mildura Sherry. I've probably drunk more Italian wines than I care to think of, after working in Italy for two years, but the Australian wine still tastes better - even the cheap Australian stuff, as opposed to the expensive Italian wines, still tastes better. Anyway, shouldn't this thread be posted elsewhere?


415) Message boards : Number crunching : So Many Astorpulse tasks (Message 1100309)
Posted 24 Apr 2011 by Iona
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Hmmm. I've also had quite a few AP tasks in the last few weeks on my main PC - its a bit daft, when the scheduler request is only for a couple of hundred secs of work and you get hit with a 12+ hr AP WU (thats using the Lunatics AP CPU opti app on my humble CPU)! The other PC is set to not accept AP work, as it is not available as much or as often. To the OP, Vance Smith, I would suggest that he might want to look at perhaps installing the KWSN/Lunatics Multi-Beam and AstroPulse optimised apps using the v0.37 installer. Personally, I think thats probably a good thing in any case, as all the WUs will be done quicker anyway.


416) Message boards : Cafe SETI : But for the love of a cat........ (Message 1098998)
Posted 19 Apr 2011 by Iona
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I know 'where you are coming from', Mark. I 'lost' my 9 year-old friend, Button, on 6th January and for a small cat, she has left a huge space, horribly empty. Mere words can never hope to convey, just how much I miss her. Of the cause of her death, I will only say this; be very careful about the 'spot-on' flea treatments you might use (Google the product name and add 'side-effects' to an Advanced Search)....it would seem that the one I used, has become one that is not as safe as it claims to be and is also one that many vets will no longer use. I can't give more specific details, in spite of thousands of similar cases (including dogs), purely for legal reasons. That, is a triumph, of the law, over, experience. The possible, versus the actual. Sleep well, Calli and, my dear friend, Button.


417) Message boards : Number crunching : Are we ATI Guys being got at? (Message 1095232)
Posted 9 Apr 2011 by Iona
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According to one of jravin's recent tasks, he's running AP r456, that app was released on 11 Sept 2010, there's been Six Months of development since then, Update it to r516,

And you might want to try running Cat 11.2, that has the older SDK_2.3

Claggy


AH-HA! That explains it - I am a dummy...I went to Lunatic's Download page and pulled these off - I assumed they were current.

I will update later this weekend after I wash the egg off my face.

BAH!

I will go and get Cat 11.2 off AMD/ATI website.
AND: will Cat 11.3 uninstall cleanly, or is there something else I must do to get rid of it completely?

Once you're got AP r516 installed, before you try Cat 10.2, try only running on one GPU, and report times.

Claggy



According to one of jravin's recent tasks, he's running AP r456, that app was released on 11 Sept 2010, there's been Six Months of development since then, Update it to r516,

And you might want to try running Cat 11.2, that has the older SDK_2.3

Claggy


AH-HA! That explains it - I am a dummy...I went to Lunatic's Download page and pulled these off - I assumed they were current.

I will update later this weekend after I wash the egg off my face.

BAH!

I will go and get Cat 11.2 off AMD/ATI website.
AND: will Cat 11.3 uninstall cleanly, or is there something else I must do to get rid of it completely?

Once you're got AP r516 installed, before you try Cat 10.2, try only running on one GPU, and report times.

Claggy



I think you meant, before you try Cat 11.2, Claggy, not, Cat 10.2. Having said that, one of the reasons I'm reluctant to even try and edit the ATI app, and guess where it is supposed to go, is because I'm using Cat 10.9 drivers....with drivers after 10.9, the frame-rates in games dropped to about half on my 4890 and since this PC is an 'all-rounder' (even if it is at present, a low-spec one, it does all I want it to do)thats not good. I know that quite a few 4800 series owners, have found that the later Catalyst drivers only seem to benefit the higher end 5000 series upwards - in games, there is just too big a drop in fps to warrant the newer drivers being installed, irrespective of any 'benefits'. When all is said and done though, I still think the guys at KWSN and Raistmer have done an incredible job in putting together apps that will at least allow ATI GPUs a chance to do meaningful S@H work. For myself, I'll patiently await a 'self-installer'! lol


418) Message boards : Number crunching : Strange behavior Report Deadlines vs Work being performed (Message 1092606)
Posted 2 Apr 2011 by Iona
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Indeed so, Mike. I got an AP WU this morning that has a deadline date of the 27th of this month and it is already being worked on, ahead of other work. Even under normal situations, it will be finished well before the deadline, but I find it odd that BOINC downloaded an AP which well and truly exceeds my cache by quite a margin. I reverted to a 1 day cache to avoid large numbers of WUs being downloaded and not being worked on, before I went on holiday last month and have not altered that setting, yet.


419) Message boards : Number crunching : Id be more willing to crunch Seti@ home if the credits were increased (Message 1092246)
Posted 1 Apr 2011 by Iona
Post:
Yes, Bill, my thoughts exactly. lol


420) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (45) Server problems (Message 1088376)
Posted 19 Mar 2011 by Iona
Post:
Oh well, its not much of a problem for me, since I'm going back to Devon for a week for a badly needed holiday, in the next hour. Your joke about the cleaning crew, might just be true, Mark. Such a thing happened at work, when a cleaner pulled out a plug which had the main router attached to it (there was also no warning note not to unplug it either) and it was on a Friday night.....oops! Needless to say, it is now 'hard-wired' to the mains supply. Good to see you back, by the way.


421) Message boards : Number crunching : OMG......I did it. (Message 1083073)
Posted 2 Mar 2011 by Iona
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As Fred said, thats quite an achievement and, again as he said, with a RAC of over 100,000! Wow. A big wow, at that. Congratulations and Respect. Numbers like that are almost beyond imagining....except if you're a cat, in which case they'll often use the expression, 'pffff', followed by a big stretch, a yawn and a lie-down. lol Well done, once again.

422) Message boards : Number crunching : All hail GPU computing!! The CPU cruncher is dead! (Message 1082433)
Posted 28 Feb 2011 by Iona
Post:
Well, while I recognise that using the GPU for crunching is much quicker, there is at least, one slight problem. I have my own PC and some use of another at home...they're nothing special (C2Ds built to a price, but recently 'beefed-up' fairly cheaply, in the graphics dept) and they're capable of doing what is asked of them. In my PC, there is an XFX 4890 with a Gelid Cooler (brilliant cooler for OC'ing and keeping things cool) and in the other is a Sapphire 4870 Vapor-X...yep, both fairly competent cards and both ATI.

Now, whilst installing an optimised app for a CPU was straight-forward, editing and then installing the ATI GPU app is something else - even if I had a good idea where the files/folders for it needed to be put! Credit to Raistmer for putting the app together, though. In addition to this, in the last four or five weeks, I've gone back to using older drivers packs (Cat 10.9), since the Catalyst 11.X drivers were halving frame-rates; some say that the Cat 10.5 drivers were the best for the 4870/4890, but I've not gone that far back. In a multi-purpose machine, it makes little sense to ruin things by either messing things up 'by my own hand' (bad app editing and wrong file placing), or by using drivers that render it useless for flight sims. For the moment at least, for me, the CPU cruncher is not dead, just ailing a bit, even when I do get the RAM and CPU improvements that I want.

423) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Unrest (Message 1081366)
Posted 26 Feb 2011 by Iona
Post:
I've been saying for years that if there ever is a third world war, it will probably start in the Middle East.

Middle East


I also said that, over 30 years ago, when I was in the RAF, when many were looking towards East Germany, as it was then. I sincerely hope I'm not proved correct. Then again, I think that there could be 'civil unrest' in this country and on that score, I hope I am right! Perhaps a common factor is, that people are becoming more dissatisfied with their 'rulers' (who quickly forget that they need the mass of the people behind them, for them to 'survive').


424) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Post your age, if you dare. (Message 1069024)
Posted 21 Jan 2011 by Iona
Post:
When I was born, the flag of the United States had 49 stars.

between January and August of 1958 making you 52 going on 53 soon

BZZZ!!! Not quite.

Alaska was admitted to the union in 1958, but the flag wasn't updated until 1959.

That makes me 51 going on 52.



I can remember the 1701 Act of accession, when Scotland joined England, Wales and Ireland to form the United Kingdom.

Does that make me a pre-war boomer?

No that would make Ya Methuselah, That was 310 years ago, You can't remember back before You existed... That's flatly impossible.



No, its quite possible....he could be a Time Lord with a TARDIS.
425) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (42) Server problems (Message 1067978)
Posted 18 Jan 2011 by Iona
Post:
Yes, I've been experiencing difficulties over the last hour or so. I hope its just a little glitch.


426) Message boards : Number crunching : cluster computer (Message 1067470)
Posted 16 Jan 2011 by Iona
Post:
I have a lot of bad computers.
Pentium 3 and 4.

So I thought if I let them all work together that I could do more work.

Have you considered the cost of power? For machines turned on more than a small fraction of a year, the power cost disadvantage of machines of that era is so bad that even when they are free it is cheaper to turn them off and spend part of the money that would have been spent to power them to buy modern hardware with equal or greater compute power and far lower power consumption.

Seriously, unless power is somehow free to you, and you don't care about the person or entity who is paying for it, this might not be wise even if you can work out how to do it.


Firstly, I'll admit that I know nothing about 'clusters', but what I do know about, is the cost of running 2 X 3.2Ghz P4 machines against the cost of running a single Core 2 6600 machine. There is no comparison - the Core 2 is cheaper to run. Cheaper to run, any way you care to measure it. Even running a fairly lowly 20% of the time, the Core 2 6600 will get through twice the amount of work that the 2 X P4s could (and they were running for far longer), but at lower cost and with far less heat being expended. As archae66 has suggested, you'll have to think carefully about that power use - given that it would not take that long for a cheap (second user) Core 2 system to pay for itself in reduced power costs. As you can probably see, I run a pair of 'Core 2s' and I've not looked back.


427) Message boards : Number crunching : ATI MB rev170 Now 177 beta app testing (Message 1067430)
Posted 16 Jan 2011 by Iona
Post:
Amen to that. I can't see me 'retiring' the 4870 Vapor-X or the Gelid-cooled 4890 in the respective PCs very soon - they're just way too good for that. Therefore, as you may assume, I'm watching the forums regarding ATI apps, with great interest.


428) Message boards : Politics : The Simple Math of CO2 Reduction (Message 1063281)
Posted 4 Jan 2011 by Iona
Post:


Electric cars? Has anybody done the math on electric cars? It's still physically impossible to store enough electricity in a light enough batter to get 300 to 400 miles between charges. And you still can't charge that kind of storage battery fast enough to equate the time it takes to fill up at the gas station.



Tesla Roadster. 245 miles per charge. And it is a sports car. Getting close to your 300 to 400 mile range. A full charge takes somewhat less than an hour.

The Tesla Model S (a family sedan) has a 300 mile range (maximum), with a 45 minute empty to full charge cycle.

Now. these two models are somewhat pricy. However, given economies of scale, the price should drop... a LOT.

What is this you said about impossible?



I hate to say this, but if you really want a car that has a tested range of less than half that used by the manufacturers (when it was working), by all means, buy a Tesla Roadster. Personally, I find that a car that does over 400 miles on a full tank, far more useful - step forward, my 1989 Honda Legend 2.7 (since I've had the car for 15 years - my carbon footprint is also somewhat lower than a Tesla owner!). A better bet for the future is surely, something along the lines of the Honda FCX Clarity.


429) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Merry Christmas Seti Friends :-) (Message 1059497)
Posted 24 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
Merry Christmas, remembering those who cannot post.


430) Message boards : Number crunching : Blue Screen question (Message 1057566)
Posted 18 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
Off topic. A discussion Nazi? Thats rich. As far as I'm aware, I've never been a member of a 'nationalistic political party' that advocates discussion, or else! You are quite correct, I am feeding the ego...yours. Thats it, I'm out of here.

431) Message boards : Number crunching : Blue Screen question (Message 1057550)
Posted 18 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
Check again...."Blue screen after a short while running seti....error was cache_manager".

432) Message boards : Number crunching : Blue Screen question (Message 1057542)
Posted 18 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
Since you seem to regard this as helpful to the OP, pray, continue. The guy was asking for help and mainly, there was a 'discussion' about software, hardware and firmware. I'm sure that my experience with Sintered Metals, high temperature, controlled gas atmosphere furnaces (the biggest of it's type in the world) and thermal co-efficients would prove to be just as scintillating - to a Metallurgist. Only to a Metallurgist, but possibly to a company involved in such activities, also. My point being, that the OP is none-the-wiser for his asking. Thats helpful....really helpful. The original posting, was not a discussion - it was a request for help. Why can't a request for help, be treated as just that? A simple request for help; rather than a divergant discussion.

433) Message boards : Number crunching : Blue Screen question (Message 1057537)
Posted 18 Dec 2010 by Iona
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Frankly, I'm not surprised that the OP has not "chimed-in", in a while. Even given, that it takes a little time to test things and bearing in mind that swapping memory modules relies on having something to swap with! Someone new to S@H asks for help and they get 'ego trips'?!


434) Message boards : Number crunching : Blue Screen question (Message 1057482)
Posted 18 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
Whilst there are, quite clearly, people with knowledge and experience of hardware, software and firmware, these 'retorts' are not really being much help to the OP.

For what it may be worth, Idone, I once had similar problems on an old 3.2GHz P4 running XP Pro SP3....it turned out to be, one of the four RAM modules was not quite 100%. Given that the RAM I had, was, OCZ Platinum, it was about the third thing I did a replacement test on. Believe me, I was surprised, but since it got replaced by OCZ, ultimately there was no problem.

435) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seti's own WORD LINK! 3 (Message 1056877)
Posted 17 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
Murder (Yes, I know!)
436) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 3 (Message 1056779)
Posted 16 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
I'll stick to my favourite McEwans Champion Ale. Carlsberg Special Brew, just doesn't taste nice (to me), whereas an Oranjeboom lager, I came across @ 10% ABV tastes much better.


437) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW Holiday Edition (Message 1056776)
Posted 16 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
It started to snow on the way back from Salisbury today and suddenly the overall traffic speed on the M3 dropped by 30mph, bit like the average drivers IQ.

Bernie.


Ah, the M3....full of idiots in Range Rovers or, worse still, 'clowns' in 'fashionable' (usually small) cars, who drive 6" off your rear bumper at 70 mph, flashing their headlights - usually a BMW 3 series. I love driving in snow, as I learned how to do so, over the space of two skiing seasons, working in the Italian Alps. I have to admit that I'm hoping things are OK for the weekend, as I'm driving down to Devon to see my family before Christmas. All it takes to ruin things are a bunch of idiots who have no clue how to drive in adverse conditions. Just don't get me started on the average Essex driver!

438) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seti's own WORD LINK! 3 (Message 1056765)
Posted 16 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
Diagram
439) Message boards : Number crunching : Time has come 2 this (Message 1056106)
Posted 14 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
No speaking on your point of 'if it was my project', that's just it. It IS your project if your participate. But the thing I see a lot of people failing to see in here is they look at it from a business or personal standpoint. If the group at Seti had funding to buy whatever infrastructure they needed, along with the man power you would never see the servers down. Plain and simple, but unfortunately they have to fight with government and university politics and financing to get anything done. For crying out loud they can't even use PayPal due to the university to accept donation! Open your eyes.

Valid points, BeNt and ones I wholly agree with. Has anyone considered that if S@H had all the funding to buy whatever it needed, we would not be saying this on the Message Boards? There would be no Message Boards, as they'd be using serious 'crunchers' or maybe something like the one the US Air Force recently put together using PS3 chips. Simply put, we would not be here at all. However, since such funds are not available, that is where we come in - collectively, WE are that hugely powerful number-cruncher. For weeks I've been patiently waiting for 'work' and what work I did get, ran out and here I am, still here waiting patiently for more WUs. Whilst it may be frustrating at times, I can guarantee that it is more frustrating for the team at the 'sharp end' of things. If you've ever had to fight for resources in industry for R&D, to pursue an idea, you'll know what I mean....you're up against all sorts of 'politics' and agendas and the word "simple" seems to have been removed from everyone's vocabulary. As I said, I'm patiently waiting.

440) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seti's own WORD LINK! 3 (Message 1055719)
Posted 13 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
Belt
441) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seti's own WORD LINK! 3 (Message 1055620)
Posted 13 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
Green
442) Message boards : Number crunching : Are the servers down again? Not getting any new WU. (Message 1055595)
Posted 13 Dec 2010 by Iona
Post:
Yes, a server went down, according to a message in Technical News, the message is as below.....

FYI, a disk failure on worf (the raw data storage server) which locked up the RAID requiring a cold reboot (and nobody is around/able to get up to the lab to do so). Only public downside is we ran out of work to send. This'll get fixed Monday morning.

- Matt


443) Message boards : Politics : Wiki Leaks and free speech (Message 1055456)
Posted 12 Dec 2010 by Iona
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I'm also supportive of the actions of Wikileaks, as, so it seems, are most people in the UK. Perhaps thats because in recent months, we've been treated to the dubious pleasure of seeing politicians virtually sell their souls for a bit of power. Quite sickening. In fact, even most readers of the Daily Mail (on-line) are supportive of Wikileaks - which is quite something, as Daily Mail readers are often seen as the "hang 'em and flog 'em" brigade! I suppose thats the inevitable result, when people are lied to with contempt by politicians.

There is probably more truth now, in the old adage that the last honest politician to enter the Houses of Parliament, was Oliver Cromwell - that was over 350 years ago. As per others here, what I find disturbing, are the actions of certain 'financial institutions', seemingly at the behest of the US Government. Its high time that all these politicians realised, just who they answer to - the words in Robert Waite's 'signature' may well be a timely reminder to them. As for the 'sexual assault' charges in Sweden, against Assange, they do smell very strongly of a conspiracy and I'm not someone who believes in conspiracies at every turn.

Oh, while I think about it, is there any chance that Ms Palin could be charged with incitement to commit murder - just for starters.


444) Message boards : News : The project is down while we remodel our database servers. (Message 1044803)
Posted 29 Oct 2010 by Iona
Post:
BUT it's ALWAYS down?... Tuesday---Sunday?...
Got all my Machines sitting and Waiting for Tasks, and the answer is:

Project has NO Tasks..


I Like to Help, and have for YEARS now, But this is crazy..
I Run SETI 100%, and half the time I either have a Machine Hang, or NO server with Tasks?



I hate to say it, but unless you have another reason to be running the PCs, why not just switch them off? Its a simple solution to the problem. After all, it is likely to be, quite some time before more WUs are sent out. If you have money to burn or are a share-holder in a Power Generation or Supply company, then, perhaps consider doing work for another project. As Aleksandr the Meerkat would say, "simples".


445) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Any of you? (Message 1035901)
Posted 25 Sep 2010 by Iona
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About ten years ago, I was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour - it all started with, what I thought, was horrendous migraine, but for two weeks. Net result, chemo, radio and surgery (the surgery to remove a 'secondary' from the area near to the top of the spine). Afterwards, I attended my 'check-ups' almost religiously. After a couple of years, I cancelled all such appointments - my reason being, that I was not going to live in fear. I was going to take my chances, just like anyone else. I got sick and tired of all the worry between appointments. Alternatively, maybe I took the attitude that ignorance was bliss and just simply didn't want to know. Something is going to 'get me', one day. I'd just like the time between that and then, to be, a long time - unlike the Government!


446) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 2 (Message 1035890)
Posted 25 Sep 2010 by Iona
Post:
Dang! I am happily married, but ,,,,, Dang! Look at the size of those "mugs"

Steve


Happily married does not mean you are blind Steve. Go ahead look, get glared at.. shake it off and continue what life has for you.

Oh.. Costco had some Spaten Oktoberfest stacks. I picked some up on a whim and while a bit under fizzy... Not bad.


Even my wife agrees with you. She often points out well built women for me to look at. Life is good, and I enjoy it totally!

Steve



Careful, Steve, thats how we catch you out, too.



447) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vote for Oscar {new server name} (Message 1035888)
Posted 25 Sep 2010 by Iona
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I'm really pleased about the name of the new 'server-to-be'. I now promise that I won't try to predict what the Kitty-man would like to happen, at any time in the future. Aside from feminine wile and intuition (a convenient clause [not claws] that we use at times), that is! Credit where it is due, Mark, watching the message boards for the 'fund raiser' was like watching a 'Tele-thon'.


448) Message boards : Politics : JAPAN PUSHES TO 'LEGALISE' WHALING! (Message 1035876)
Posted 25 Sep 2010 by Iona
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There can be no excuse for senseless and barbaric behaviour - one wonders how the Human Race would be viewed by 'visitors'. Frankly, there are times when I believe that this planet would benefit from a cull of Homo Sapien.


449) Message boards : Number crunching : Your down time, I understand it is required...but (Message 1035872)
Posted 25 Sep 2010 by Iona
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I understand that once you open the gates after your Tuesday - Thursday maintenance we have a backlog of sending and recieving tasks, but this is Friday night at 6:22pm ( Arizona time) and my computers still can't connect. Is there some way to open the gates durning your maintence time to at least collect some information? I have over 500 WU waiting to send now and still can't connect to a server.

Also understand the bandwidth required to do this, maybe you could talk to Bill Gates and AT&T to give you more :-)

Jim



Aye, but the servers canna take it. The main energiser is bypassed like a Christmas Tree.



450) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (38) Server problems (Message 1035867)
Posted 25 Sep 2010 by Iona
Post:
"The more plumbing they put in, the easier it is to 'stop-up' the drains" - attributed to Montgomery Scott.


451) Message boards : Cafe SETI : This is rich........ (Message 1035865)
Posted 25 Sep 2010 by Iona
Post:
If Linda Hamilton had been there, I dread to think what the outcome would've been! Betty White....superb.


452) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Aliens messing with our nukes??? (Message 1035864)
Posted 25 Sep 2010 by Iona
Post:
Gary Seven is at it again!



Gary Seven had the advantage of having a very clever cat. Having said that, most cats are clever enough, to never seek election.






453) Message boards : Number crunching : looks like we are down for the weekend (Message 1035854)
Posted 25 Sep 2010 by Iona
Post:
Not looking good. Oh well, I'm on holiday for a week, so I'll be back in time for another (extended) 'outage'! You've just got to love it....


454) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman's musical travels.....a glad new start. (Message 1035850)
Posted 25 Sep 2010 by Iona
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I know most of you don't believe my stories, but this one is true.

Sue...Z.

I still love you gurl. And even Lori would forgive me that.

She stood about 5 foot 2.....and her eyes were wonderful
I am only about 5 9........not very impressive.

And when she looked up in my eyes it was majik.

Lost another one, I guess.

But I could say the same about Joan Jett.........never held her close, but glanced at her across the stage once. It was kinda an alarming look. I think she saw me as a threat. Stagehands took me away swiftly. But that one quick look is still burned into my mind. Sbe later sent me a message about it.

Should have saved it.



Joan Jett......if nothing else, she proved the power, over men, of women wearing leather. Me? I always wanted leather jeans, for riding my '78 Suzi GS750, but had to make do with anything but! Still, I was quite a rare thing, back then. I've never lost my way in Life. Life has simply not made the best use of me, or, it is still pending! Ah, George Thorogood.......


455) Message boards : Number crunching : Quick fundraiser for SETI's new server (Message 1034635)
Posted 19 Sep 2010 by Iona
Post:
I am done here........

Believe it or not, I have gotten some rotten PMs about my ATTITUDE........and accusing me of misdoing.........

Implying that I was making jest of those who could not afford a $100.00 gift.
And that somehow I was making money offa this fund drive. How could I EVEN????????

Nothing could be further from the truth, and I thought I had made that very clear here.

You give me a thousand $1.00 donations, and I will make it happen, somehow.......

Even if it comes out of my own kitties' kibble bowls.......

So do not EVER accuse me again of doing anything in other than Seti's best interests here.

I thought I had done good, but I am crying now.



An amazing feat, but sadly, some even more amazing (for want of a better word) attitudes. It heartens and saddens at the same time. Come this Friday (Yippee Day, as I'm 'rich' for a couple of days!) I'll throw what I can, into whatever hat is around S@H. Somehow.



456) Message boards : Number crunching : Quick fundraiser for SETI's new server (Message 1032153)
Posted 9 Sep 2010 by Iona
Post:
Mark, I second the new server be named Oscar!

Ditto, Oscar is a good name.


Ah ha. I was right about the possible name. Nice to see Mark back, too. If the current 'protocol' is to name servers on a Sci-Fi theme, thats easy....Oscar as in Oscar Goldman or the Oscar as per the old cartoons in the 60's (Astronut?). I can also remember that earlier this year there was a cat called Oscar which was, I think, nick-named The Bionic Cat, due to it having it's (back?) legs replaced with prosthetics following some sort of accident. However, yes, it is up to SSL, in the end.

I must say, I'm hugely impressed with the raising of that amount of money. Not just one server....but two! Good job its not my cash though - I'd wait for the sales, or look for a 'buy one, get one free' offer ! lol


457) Message boards : Number crunching : Quick fundraiser for SETI's new server (Message 1028127)
Posted 24 Aug 2010 by Iona
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I think "Mark" would be a good name for the new Server.



I think that Mark, would probably go with something like, Oscar or Squirrel or something along those lines.




Squirrel Cage is My improved suggestion. ;)

Hi Iona!



Hi there. I still think Squirrel would be good....squirrels are great at gathering nuts together! lol I'm also expecting, that within the next 10 days or so, to have one of those little green stars.....






458) Message boards : Number crunching : Quick fundraiser for SETI's new server (Message 1027289)
Posted 22 Aug 2010 by Iona
Post:
I think "Mark" would be a good name for the new Server.



I think that Mark, would probably go with something like, Oscar or Squirrel or something along those lines.



459) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lost Mixology (Message 1024652)
Posted 13 Aug 2010 by Iona
Post:
Surgical spirit is about 70% alcohol, gin is only 40% !!



Genuine Plymouth "Navy Strength" is about 56% - I once bought a bottle years ago when I was down at RAF Mountbatten. It made a rather potent G&T! The one I normally drink is a mere 43%. Oddly enough, they are both from a Blackfriars Distillery; one is in London and the other in Plymouth and both are different companies. Good for the Black Friars!!!






460) Message boards : Number crunching : Getting the most out of a PC I have (Message 1023395)
Posted 7 Aug 2010 by Iona
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I don't think the Radeon 9600 is one of the supported cards...my old X1900XTX was not supported either and thats a considerably newer card in comparison. I seem to remember that supported cards were the HD 4000 series, upwards - its buried in the ATI/AMD site in Developer Tools (SDK 2.1?). However, you could install an Optimised Application for S@H, which will speed up CPU work, from the Lunatics site.


461) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I would like to Donate (Message 1023290)
Posted 7 Aug 2010 by Iona
Post:
I've been looking into this for a little while, too and I think that you will find that the Lunatics site can help, in this respect. Take a look at their site at http://lunatics.kwsn.net





462) Message boards : Politics : Don't Buy British Petroleum (BP) (Message 1021606)
Posted 1 Aug 2010 by Iona
Post:
Greenpeace activists shut down London Gas stations

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-10771805



Yes, well done Greenpeace. The petrol filling stations are franchises! The only people who were hurt, were the people who owned them, worked in them and the people who may have run out of petrol on their way to work and got the sack for being late. Have Greenpeace not noticed that people are getting sick and tired of being 'pushed around' by people who do nothing but protest? In London, there is real hatred towards these 'activists' and things are going to get pretty ugly before too long. When are Greenpeace going to scale the walls of the headquarters of the other companies involved? Or, are they too stupid to recognise the fact that other companies were involved? How about Greenpeace putting barriers around the USA?

I sincerely hope that the owners of the various petrol filling stations, sue Greenpeace for loss of trade, trespass and a shed load more things! Me? I buy BP petrol and will continue to do so. Did I mention that my sister works for Shell. Indeed she does and she has no problem buying BP petrol for her car and has alot of sympathy for BP's plight - what would she know, eh?


463) Message boards : Number crunching : ReSchedule: Unfair point system (Message 1021601)
Posted 1 Aug 2010 by Iona
Post:
... unfortunately, AP WUs are a bit thin on the ground... The last time I saw one, was back when I was running a 3.2GHz P4; needless to say, I aborted that one, as I'd calculated that I'd never finish it before the deadline.

The initial estimate for AP work can be quite high, but with the Lunatics r409 app my 1.6GHz P4 does them in under 4 days, my 1.4GHz Pentium-M in under 2 days. Just noting that to avoid discouraging those with modest systems.
                                                                  Joe



Sort of on topic. Interesting. I'm sure the completion time I saw was about 120 hrs and I was only running that 3.2GHz P4 for about 10% - 15% of the time and the other identical PC, less than that - maybe 5%. There lay the problem....the AP was sent to the PC that was running less often (it did not have the benefit of a Scythe HSF, and heat was quite a problem!). If I could've set the Computing Preferences differently in BOINC, for each PC (aside from creating another account) the 'main' PC would've run AP work. Obviously, with the newer PCs, things are rather different, hence they both have the 505 App on them.

On topic. There are definitely some odd credit 'awards' out there and it is frustrating, when 2 hours of CPU time, results in a credit of 50 (I used to get that for two 'shorties' taking 25 mins each), but as I said earlier, sometimes it has also worked hugely in my favour. I suppose like many things in Life, the real trick is keeping everyone happy.


464) Message boards : Number crunching : my upgrade (Message 1021595)
Posted 1 Aug 2010 by Iona
Post:
What a monster....that gives new meaning to the term, Desktop PC! lol


465) Message boards : Number crunching : ReSchedule: Unfair point system (Message 1021214)
Posted 31 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
Iona

there is a lunatics opp app now for astroP which is for ATI cards - not full seti but a start

have not tried it my self as my ATI card is agp and the cpu is old and does not support sse3 or i would give it a try

http://lunatics.kwsn.net/index.php?module=Downloads;catd=40

or a bit more info

http://lunatics.kwsn.net/index.php - need to scroll down a bit



I'm already running the Optimised App from Lunatics for CPU work and have the 505 App for Astro.... unfortunately, AP WUs are a bit thin on the ground - it would be nice to see what the GPU could churn out though. The last time I saw one, was back when I was running a 3.2GHz P4; needless to say, I aborted that one, as I'd calculated that I'd never finish it before the deadline.


466) Message boards : Number crunching : ReSchedule: Unfair point system (Message 1021180)
Posted 31 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
This one is even better:

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/workunit.php?wuid=624563605

6.28 points for the guy with the CPU for about 3 hours compute time.



I've had a few like that in recent weeks, but not that bad. However, there have also been WUs, where I've been granted about 170 credits, for less than two hours CPU time - I once got nearly 300 credits for a two-and-a-half hour CPU 'crunch'. I guess, its 'swings and roundabouts'. If there was a 'full-blown' ATI S@H app, that I could run my HD4890 on, I'd probably be like a dog with two tails!



467) Message boards : Number crunching : Early start this Friday (Message 1020796)
Posted 30 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
Uh oh.....





468) Message boards : Number crunching : Early start this Friday (Message 1020790)
Posted 30 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
Yep, just noticed it about 10 mins ago, just awaiting to report now.




469) Message boards : Number crunching : Stats for SETI@home only (Message 1015210)
Posted 13 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:

To rephrase what you said
you can't understand why the 4475 users contributing more than half of the results turned in daily should be upset

Am I gettting that right


Absolutely. Why does being able to buy a bigger computer make you more upset than the rest of us? We are here to help with the science, when our help is needed. Why would anybody be upset if the science needs to catch up to the crunching? S@H has clearly been running right on the ragged edge of their resources (money, hardware, and human) lately. If the resources remain fixed, they will have to adjust to reflect that reality.


thats the whole point to this thread and all the effort

It's not Fair
20 units for most is enough for days but NOT those doing all the majority of the work

I am part of the few
I do it on 20+ machines
I've got plenty of wu to last thru these outages

BUT giving more work units to those that won't use them vs starving those who can use them is another GIANT "management" foobar



If you're using 20+ machines, for that RAC, maybe you should consider getting more up-to-date stuff, thats also cheaper to run. Merely an observation. But then, I'm not running the two PCs that I'm using, 24/7 or, whining.
470) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Worlds Cup (Message 1015185)
Posted 12 Jul 2010 by Iona
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Thankfully, its all over now, for another four years. In that time, I doubt that many men will view things in perspective. Besides, I hate football. How men can become so absorbed by such a silly game, is quite beyond me.


471) Message boards : Cafe SETI : CAR RACING 2010 !!! (Message 1015180)
Posted 12 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
I suppose someone has to do this..... Toyota do not have a Formula One racing team. They pulled out of Formula One, last year. I also have to tell you that, I've got about 6 gallons of BP petrol in my little 'Tomcat' and I can reciprocate all that hate that may be directed against me.....usually from Essex drivers who can't drive and should never have passed their driving test! The 'Tomcat' has no problems with BP - unlike that lame-duck, second-rate politician, Obama! (Yes, on this side of the 'pond', Obama has even fewer friends than on his own side of the 'pond' - justifiably so.) I must also disagree with anyone (so it seems), regarding Lewis Hamilton....he might be a fast driver, but can he look after a car? Jenson Button joined the McLaren team, where Lewis Hamilton already had a team around him. Relationships with race engineers can take a long time to 'gel'. Keke Rosberg, only won, one race in the season in which he became F1 champion...most of the other races he came second, but he got the car across the line, consistently.


472) Message boards : Politics : A quick overview of the financial crisis (Message 1015163)
Posted 12 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
Indeed. I was in the RAF when 'Thatcher the Milk Snatcher' came to power....30% cuts in Defence spending etc etc. Lots of people leaving the services, totally demoralised - why take a bullet in NI for the same sort of money as selling someone a pint of milk, at the local Co-Op? Then, soon after, when 'The Snatcher' was in 'difficulty', the Falklands conflict came along..... All those lives lost. To this day, I still believe that HM Forces, 'bought' that evil woman her next election victory. I said to my mother, when Thatcher became PM, that she was evil and I've never heard her disagree. My mother voted Conservative....not since then, though.


473) Message boards : Number crunching : Ghost Units (Message 1015119)
Posted 12 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
I think you're pretty well right, Vyper; the situation you described was very much what I noticed, last Friday (9th July). The 9 'ghost WUs' I had, were apparently downloaded to me at 15:21 UTC, only a few minutes, if that, after I managed to report the last of the tasks from the 'outage'. Work was being requested, yet, the messages I was getting at about that time, said the servers may be temporarily down and no work was downloaded until some 10 mins or so, later. Needless to say, I thought that the work I actually got, was the work that had 'originally' been requested. Obviously, I did a detach, early this morning, after doing all the work I had...it'll save those 'wingmen' waiting a long time for their credit. I think I read somewhere else in the forums, that by doing the detach, there would be very little, if any, 'penalty' involved, so, it was a 'no-brainer' as well as being courteous. Now I have to be patient, while the estimated WU times, zero themselves in!


474) Message boards : Number crunching : Report all problems here........... (Message 1014544)
Posted 11 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
Fifty?! There again I've heard of much more than that - quite a problem doing a detach with a large cache, especially with the new Outage Schedule. Makes my nine, look a bit silly, but it may also explain why my 'three day cache' was looking a little 'light'.


475) Message boards : Number crunching : Report all problems here........... (Message 1014524)
Posted 11 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
Great, I've just noticed that I've got 9 'Ghost' or 'Phantom' WUs....they're 'on the web' for the PC, but not on the PC itself. They're all timed at about 15:21 UTC on the 9th July, about 3 mins after I uploaded everything. Better finish what I've got, PDQ, and do a detatch.


476) Message boards : Cafe SETI : i think the speed of light is max (Message 1013785)
Posted 9 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
Maybe you can't exceed the speed of light...Maybe you can...But it may turn out to be unnecessary to move at the speed of light to get from star A to star B in a journey that won't take years.




Exactly. Just use a 'Black Hole - White Hole Tunnel'. There again, I could use my TARDIS.


477) Message boards : Number crunching : Report all problems here........... (Message 1013753)
Posted 9 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
I hereby report that I do not have anything to report.



You're in the wrong thread! lol



478) Message boards : Number crunching : HOT HOT HOT!!! (Message 1013748)
Posted 9 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
It has just hit 32C here, with the Sun shining directly against one side of the room that the two PCs are in. Core 0 and Core 1 temps are, according to SpeedFan, 45C and 44C respectively, with a system temp of 34C. I'm still running the E6550 at 2.66GHz, rather than the standard 2.33GHz....this weather could be the first real test the Scythe Ninja 2 has had. I wish they made chipset coolers! There again, I suspect the Silicon will take a bit more heat than the Biological unit will, before complaints are made known. lol


479) Message boards : Number crunching : Report all problems here........... (Message 1013738)
Posted 9 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
Everything that had to upload, has gone....but the downloads on one PC are a bit 'flaky' (lots of pendings and a few completed). All the pendings, are 'shorties', as are the whole lot of them for that PC!
480) Message boards : Politics : A quick overview of the financial crisis (Message 1013262)
Posted 7 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
I agree. The elites have done a very good job of making the public fear public ownership.
Somehow, if the profits are going into the overstuffed pockets of the wealthy all is well.
If the profits are going toward public services, utilities and infrastructure then that is evil.

Eventually, the world will awaken from this fever dream and realize what rubes we the public have been played for.



Indeed so, until my 'favourite fascist' came to power in the UK, what many people forgot, was that the revenues from the rather numerous nationalised companies, were flowing into the Exchequer, rather than into some excluse bank accounts. Utility costs were not insanely high, costs for water distribution/useage and sewarage were included in the local rates paid to the local Council - all those people working in those companies and industries, were literally paying their way and adding to the whole. Now, we have French (and German) owned power companies making huge profits from electricity (for example), and seemingly using some of those profits to keep the costs down to their consumers in France (in particular) as they are limited by the French Government as to what they can charge!!! So many people in the UK, swallowed the blatant lie about the Private Sector and it's benefits (to whom, but a few at the very top), that eventually, every time someone complained about an increased bill, I just used to say "thats what YOU wanted and thats what you've got". They just couldn't see how it all worked.... Was it too simple for their greedy little brains to comprehend?


481) Message boards : Number crunching : Outage (Message 1012891)
Posted 6 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
[Scotty] The more plumbing they put in, the easier it is to stop-up the drains. (Star Trek 3)


482) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer from Around the World... (Message 1011428)
Posted 3 Jul 2010 by Iona
Post:
I grew up with VB....a pity its so expensive here, although I do buy some, now and again.


483) Message boards : Number crunching : Download servers just came back up.... (Message 1010829)
Posted 2 Jul 2010 by Iona
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Ooh, what a surprise....no jobs available. D'oh!


484) Message boards : Number crunching : Could my computer be doing better? (Message 1010336)
Posted 1 Jul 2010 by Iona
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As others have already said, more RAM would be good (I had 2GB in my 3.2GHz P4) and running one of the Optimised Applications will also help. You may also have to put in a better CPU cooler, as the Optimised Apps do tend to run the CPU a bit harder and that means more heat - you'll only find out if it needs something better once you're running the Optimised App.


485) Message boards : Number crunching : is the era of crunching farms over? (Message 1009511)
Posted 28 Jun 2010 by Iona
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Not over, as such. More like, 'leaner, greener and smarter'. I've found it cheaper, running my fairly modest, but OCd E6550 (2.667 GHZ as opposed to standard 2.33 GHZ), than it was to run my old 3.2GHz Intel P4. In fact, I can run this one, more often than the P4 set-up, and not notice any additional cost. Needless to say, it runs a lot cooler, too. The P4s were pretty good CPUs, but the inherent problems with heat generation, were probably, at least, partly responsible for Intel having a little re-think.


486) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer from Around the World... (Message 1009502)
Posted 28 Jun 2010 by Iona
Post:
Some of you mentioned Barley wine Barley wines I can remember Whitbread Gold label in the late 1960's, we used to order 1/2 pints of best bitter in pint glasses and mix in the barley wine -- it was LETHAL. Two and you fell over!!

It was advertised "as strong as a double scotch, less than half the price"



I well remember Barley Wine - it was treated almost, with reverance. Similarly, there was Worthington's White Shield....you always had to leave a bit in the bottom of the bottle, as it was an ale that 'conditioned' in the bottle. All that stuff, I know, because my father's best friend (conveniently) owned a Public House and was an ex-RAF 'Master Pilot'. Oddly enough, one of my father's work colleagues (again, a close friend?!) family, owned a beautiful old establishment in Cheltenham, Glos, and were also the former owners of the 'pub' featured in 'The Quiet Man' film from the 1950's. Yes, they were Irish.


487) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer from Around the World... (Message 1009431)
Posted 28 Jun 2010 by Iona
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I've developed quite a taste for McEwans Champion Ale....thats around 7.2% ABV, and its the closest thing I can get, to The Newcastle Star, which was 7.5% ABV and had a better label. Its very smooth and 'thick' and I've developed this taste over the last 10 years or so (it had to be trialled over a reasonable period). I can only describe it as being similar to Theakston's Old Peculiar, but more of it! Don't mention some of those brews courtesy of Belgian monks, please!!! Its not so much the alcohol content.....its the taste that is over-powering.


488) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The eyes of the kittyman...countdown to Bionic. (Message 1009416)
Posted 28 Jun 2010 by Iona
Post:
Phew!


489) Message boards : Number crunching : heat and noncrunching... (Message 1008889)
Posted 27 Jun 2010 by Iona
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In the room where the two PCs are crunching away, the room temp is about 27C. The 'aspect' of the house is such that, even if there was a hurricane, I'd not get so much as a light breeze in this room! My main PC is running an OC of about 15% on a 2.33GHz E6550; according to SpeedFan, core temps are 40C and 41C and the system temp is 36C....the Scythe Ninja 2 is doing a pretty good job, I'd say.





490) Message boards : Number crunching : New MB apps have false completion times (Message 1008555)
Posted 26 Jun 2010 by Iona
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I have GPU tasks on Rig on a Bench estimated at 60 hours infact they take 10 mins, also a couple of AP tasks esimated at 400 hours completed in 12 hours.
Where's the logic in that, as a consequence the rig is not calling for new jobs and will run out before it gets any.

Dave



Indeed. Thats the problem I was trying to emphasise...then add in the factor of longer 'outages' and things could get 'ugly', with people increasing their cache sizes to compensate for those longer 'outages'. If push comes to shove, that big green button on the front of the PCs is going to be used a bit more.
491) Message boards : Number crunching : New MB apps have false completion times (Message 1008545)
Posted 26 Jun 2010 by Iona
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Normally, the estimated times are pretty close, but most of the WUs I've had this week, have been a 'country mile', out. The other snag is, these same times are used for the WU cache....thats a bit of a problem, if we're going to have longer 'outages'.


492) Message boards : Number crunching : Sometimes we lose our Vision (Message 1008539)
Posted 26 Jun 2010 by Iona
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Nicely said, Pappa.


493) Message boards : Number crunching : New MB apps have false completion times (Message 1008538)
Posted 26 Jun 2010 by Iona
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Hmmm. I've been getting some really strange estimated times on WUs, all week. I've had some that were as low as 3 mins and some, like the ones I'm currently going through, with 'times' of 17 hrs! The '17 hr' WUs are being crunched in about, 2 hrs.....


494) Message boards : Number crunching : Done here. (Message 1008323)
Posted 25 Jun 2010 by Iona
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Indeed. There is always work, somewhere.


495) Message boards : Number crunching : Done here. (Message 1008304)
Posted 25 Jun 2010 by Iona
Post:
I am just chundering quietly along on the dual P3 I used 10 years ago for Classic.


Yep me too
My farm of old computers just keeps chunking away
While I set here and dream of a better day

Due to current MANAGEMENT most of my machines show almost a month or more of wu in the queue



So? My two PCs are working on 1 WU, each, at this moment! Thats it. Its not a problem. Not desireable, but not a problem.


496) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The eyes of the kittyman...countdown to Bionic. (Message 1008296)
Posted 25 Jun 2010 by Iona
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Well....with much trepidation, things are ready to roll.

Had my pre-op physical today and eye surgery is scheduled for 6:00AM on Monday. Started the pre-op eyedrops today 3 times daily. No booze this weekend for the kittyman. Gotta be at my full strength for this one.

Any thoughts or prayers sent my way would be much appreciated.

Meow meow.


No alcohol? S'truth, thats a bit strong, sport! Oh, damn, thats what an Australian would say. I don't really know what to say, but I'm going to be 'quietly hopeful' and hope, as always, it all goes well. On behalf of, Thumper, Sam, Yowler, Button, Tim, Sofie and Fizzy, our best hopes.
497) Message boards : Number crunching : New outage schedule.... (Message 1008225)
Posted 25 Jun 2010 by Iona
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It's really a shame that resent management decisions have caused this to happen

Unfortunately there is nothing that we volunteers can do
They run the project & do as they please

They don't even pay attention to anything said in these group discussions



I've had three weeks of averaging 65 hrs/wk at work (a work colleague has been diagnosed with terminal cancer), and all you care about is petty 'point-scoring'? GROW UP!
498) Message boards : Number crunching : New outage schedule.... (Message 1008223)
Posted 25 Jun 2010 by Iona
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My 'investment' in S@H may be much smaller, but I don't see things, as they are, now, as being bad, overall. Perhaps I'm an optimist. Why switch the lights off, when you cannot see? Lets just stay calm and see how things go.


499) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (34) Server Problems (Message 1008184)
Posted 25 Jun 2010 by Iona
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I'm out of work for my 'main' PC and I'm not bothered in the slightest and the other PC has a couple of jobs left - I'm still not bothered. Credits. RAC. They're only numbers.


500) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The best 100 movie lines in 200 seconds..... (Message 1008181)
Posted 25 Jun 2010 by Iona
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Surprised no-ones mentioned....

"I'll have what she's having"




A true classic. I'm sure my female compatriots here will 'get it'....errr, humm, you know what I mean!


501) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The best 100 movie lines in 200 seconds..... (Message 1008177)
Posted 25 Jun 2010 by Iona
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Nearly forgot. I need your clothes, your boots and your motor-cycle...Terminator 2


502) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The best 100 movie lines in 200 seconds..... (Message 1008173)
Posted 25 Jun 2010 by Iona
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You're going to need a bigger boat.....Jaws

It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.....The Blues Brothers
503) Message boards : Technical News : Fill 'er up (Jun 23 2010) (Message 1008140)
Posted 25 Jun 2010 by Iona
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To me, it does not seem a bad thing to have an 'extended outage', which would probably mean that it makes things easier on the Team as opposed to the usual 'outage'. As long as people set their cache accordingly and the servers can handle the initial 'hammering' on the Thursday, this seems an eminently sensible idea - especially if more time is then given to the science side of things.


Quite a few people have mentioned funding, hardware and grants to replace or add to existing equipment and without doubt, additional funding, by any route would help to significantly reduce the number of hardware issues we've seen of late. Personally, whilst I'd love to make a modest cash donation, I'm a little uncomfortable with the means of doing so...however, on a personal note, I think I've found a solution to that.


Now to my main point. Is it possible, for the project to obtain grants for replacing existing equipment with equipment that is more energy efficient and generally 'greener'? Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, thats going to mean newer, better featured, cooler running and cheaper to run. In this country, private companies, as well as educational establishments, could get grants to replace old equipment etc with newer, 'greener' equipment. Perhaps approaching the old hardware problems with the 'green angle' might be the way to go..... It can't hurt to find out.
504) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How do you think you will die? (Message 1007564)
Posted 23 Jun 2010 by Iona
Post:
I'll fly a starship across the universe divine
And when I reach the other side
I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Or I might become a highwayman again
Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
But I shall remain, I'll be back again



I like that one. Knowing my luck, I'll probably get a Nissan Micra driver cut me up on the motor-way, the very day I'm 'testing' the super-charger on my Legend 3.2 Coupe! Aside from that, dying on the day I retire, is about right. lol


505) Message boards : Cafe SETI : this Cafe is a wasteland of neglect . . . (Message 1007555)
Posted 23 Jun 2010 by Iona
Post:
What ever happened to Touche Turtle ?



Probably recruited by Secret Squirrel.



506) Message boards : Technical News : Perfect Storm, Inc. (Jun 16 2010) (Message 1007518)
Posted 23 Jun 2010 by Iona
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Perhaps, but more staff will certainly help react with greater expediency.



Would that mean, that greater financial resources were needed?



507) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (34) Server Problems (Message 1007517)
Posted 23 Jun 2010 by Iona
Post:
setizens.
lets keep this a positive place.
we are all concerned about the current problems,
getting angry with one another solves absolutely nothing.

if your frustration level is at a high point,
consider cutting your computers off for awhile.
at least until the mess is demessified.
you'll save money on your next power bill also.







Well, I usually find the 'off' switch to be a pretty good solution, when things can't upload and downloads are not happening. I also acknowledge that it is unreasonable to expect a project as large as this one, with resources limited in the way they are, to be 100% functional 24/7 all year. Is that called, being realistic (no connection to Tandy....lol)?



508) Message boards : Number crunching : BoincMonitor (Message 1007415)
Posted 23 Jun 2010 by Iona
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Looks impressive and very useful....a pity I've got no CUDA devices. lol


509) Message boards : Technical News : Perfect Storm, Inc. (Jun 16 2010) (Message 1007000)
Posted 21 Jun 2010 by Iona
Post:
My local fire dept is totally volunteer and they welcome all with a smile
no harassing the messenger, no pointing the blame, they just DO IT

Should Volunteers here expect any less

It's more than due time to really FIX the problems and STOP expanding
These "PROBLEMS" have gone on for month after month

Dare I say that is HARDLY professional



If these difficulties are causing you this much grief, as it does not seem to meet your standards of being 'professional', perhaps you should consider a 'green' alternative and switch the PCs off. Alternatively, if you can do a better job, you could always roll those sleeves up.


510) Message boards : Number crunching : In about 25 minutes... (Message 1006932)
Posted 21 Jun 2010 by Iona
Post:
Might you be referring to the 'out of disk space' error, from the Upload Server, by chance?


511) Message boards : Politics : Don't Buy British Petroleum (BP) (Message 1004134)
Posted 14 Jun 2010 by Iona
Post:
Taken to its extreme, if no one bought BP at all, not wholesalers or re-sellers or consumers of gasoline and other oil products, then BP's income would dry up and as a publicly owned company they would have to make some hard decisions about what to do to with their assets. At some point the company would have to declare bankrupcy, sell off their assets and shut down. If that happened, who would be responsible for the clean-up and compensation to individuals and businesses affected by this spill?


That's why we have bankruptcy courts. BP's creditors under legislation or regulatory fines or resulting from civil negligence move to the head of the list when it comes time to carve up the corpse.

A major, messy bankruptcy, with the traditional creditors like banks and major suppliers looking on helplessly as BP is cut up and fed to the masses, might be what we need to wake up the rest of the oil industry.

In any event, if we believe the BP CEO's public statements, thay have money in the bank right now to cover the cleanup costs. It would still be there if BP went bankrupt today. We just need to make sure the money is used for that, and not spirited away to the shareholders while nobody is watching.

Actually, something like Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today would be in the public's interest. This would allow the courts to control how BP spends the money in the bank, and how they shuffle other assets to avoid liability.




I think we all know, that in such a scenario, the 'legal eagles' and the so-called administrators would end up richer than their wildest dreams of avarice. Twenty or so years ago, I worked for a company in administration and the fees that Arthur Andersen were 'charging' would've made anyone's eyes water - even today! If it were not for the insanely high fees, for actually doing nothing (apart from staying in the best hotels in the county and eating extremely well), the company would've been OK. Still as it was only about 200 workers who were out of a job, I guess that made it OK, when they stripped it bare. The company being put into administration, only came about, through one large Japanese customer, not paying for what they'd received.....I won't name them, but I've never bought any of their products, even if they do make some nice digital cameras. I don't think the 'knock-on' effect has been considered, in this.



512) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (33) Server problems (Message 1003854)
Posted 14 Jun 2010 by Iona
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I've definitely got enough work for my PCs to last through the day....I've stopped them 'crunching'! Mainly because, there is nowhere for any of it to go, when it is finished. At the moment, that is. I'll wait for things to settle down.


513) Message boards : Politics : The Gulf Oil Spill (Message 1003848)
Posted 13 Jun 2010 by Iona
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What puzzles me, is why all the industry experts (not the politicians) have not come together and worked towards the common good. After all, this could happen to any 'rig', potentially - more so, if common contractors were used for specific work. There again, silly things like 'Jones Law' (Merchant Marine Act 1920 Sect 27) probably don't help much in this case - protectionist legislation from the 1920's, is actually working against the immediate interests of the US in this case and it needs to be waived. The Senate needs to engage it's collective brain and let the industry people do their job, without stupid hinderances.


514) Message boards : Politics : The Gulf Oil Spill (Message 1002635)
Posted 10 Jun 2010 by Iona
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I have to admit, that as a former engineer, I'm finding some of the comments coming out of the mouths of U.S. politicians, rather hypocritical. Lets be quite honest (something politicians avoid); every company who is piping oil from under the sea, is hoping that something like this, does not happen to them. No doubt, many will breathe a sigh of relief that today, it has not happened to them! If Mr Obama thinks he can fix things straight away, well, let him try - lawyers always seem to think they are experts on everything, when they go into Politics. Does he think its just a case of sending down a plumber wearing goggles and a snorkel, with a roll of Duck Tape?!

Mr Obama has certainly been very critical of BP (it has not been British Petroleum for about 20 years, due to mergers etc) and yet, how many Union Carbide employees have actually stood trial in India over Bhopal? Seven. All Indian nationals, who were found guilty this week, whilst Warren Anderson remains a 'fugitive', with an outstanding Indian arrest warrant, having not responded to summonses and seemingly aided by the U.S. Government. Between 2,200 and 15,000 people were killed and many times that exposed to toxins, and the U.S. Courts have proved to be very helpful to UCC. On this, Mr Obama and indeed, many U.S. politicians, have been very quiet, in the week that seven Indian men who stood trial, were found guilty, whilst any American involvement has barely been recognised. Thats a very odd set of standards. Contrast that, with the grief that has been aimed at Tony Hayward. Now, what was Nancy Pelosi saying about a lack of integrity?


515) Message boards : Politics : Wonder if Oil leak in Gulf can freeze europe? (Message 1001214)
Posted 6 Jun 2010 by Iona
Post:
AS I've said elsewhere, BP should be taken out of private ownership and become a publicly run and accountable outfit.


It used to be....until Thatcher the Snatcher.



516) Message boards : Politics : The Massacre of the Gaza Aid Flotilla (Message 1000445)
Posted 3 Jun 2010 by Iona
Post:
Well, Liam. Or whatever. Your blind stupidity angers me. Israel has run rampant over the Palestinian people ever since 1948, when they were first given military hardware such as tanks. They TERRORIZED the local populations and went on a killing rampage. Massacres such as Deir Yassin.

Israel has been terrorizig Palestinians for over 60 years, and you're angry? You? Angry?

How'd you feel if Russia (example) forcibly moved US citizens to maybe 1/2 of your country, and settled Iraqis (example) in the other half? Took all your weapons, and armed the Iraqis to the teeth? Then sat idly by and watched them do freely with you as they will?

That is a deadset fair example of what happened to the Palestinian people.

And you're angry? Get a grip on yourself.

Edit: Removed insult + Israel should be begging Palestinians for forgiveness for the 60 years of atrocities committed against them.

You have left out some important facts, obviously because if you acknowledge the full history of the region it would show you to be the biased fool that you are. Israel was formed by international consensus after World War II and for more than 5 decades it has been attacked by its neighbors. But that is irrelevant to the situation at hand. This blockade is meant to prevent the murder of Israeli citizens by illegal rocket attacks fired from Gaza. Israel has the right to defend itself, no matter how irrational your sympathies toward the Hamas terrorists.

My post that upset your poor sensitive brain was correct. Your post that countries should have the right to arm themselves is nullified by the illegal use of those arms to murder and maim innocent civilians.

<Plonk>



Formed by "international consensus"? What about the bombing of the St Davids Hotel? An 'accident' involving people who've been senior politicians in Israel for decades, perhaps? Illegal use of arms to murder and maim innocent civilians.... please explain how Israel has NOT done this. How about 'ethnic cleansing' as per Israeli bull-dozers? Paint-ball guns? Over the years, the Soviets made some very odd looking and very effective weapons; Israel does have quite a large armaments industry. There is also, the deliberate killing of a UK citizen, some years ago, from Devon, who was trying to protect children. There is a rather high incidence of children killed by Israeli forces. Just how many 'wrongs' does it take, before you will admit that Israeli 'policy' is wrong? I dread to think how many it would take, before the Israeli 'government' admitted that!
517) Message boards : Politics : Tesco (Message 999248)
Posted 28 May 2010 by Iona
Post:
Universally hated? How did you measure that?



I'd have to agree with that sentiment. I certainly don't hate Tesco, as such, but then, I also use Sainsbury's and Morrison's. Oddly enough, the only place I won't use, is Asda (part of Walmart) as I've found the quality of many of their 'own brand' products to be pretty poor - that was my impression after my first and last major 'shop', there, about four years ago.

The only thing I do hate about all the supermarkets, is the somewhat cynical way that they've all been increasing their prices. Given the economic difficulties, why have all the major chains, reported significantly increased profits? Paying producers less and charging customers more, perhaps?! If any of them think that I won't notice an increase of a penny or two, then they are mistaken....in all, over the last 12 months, cat food alone, is costing me an extra 20% and it was also the first thing I noticed increasing in price. Has anyone else noticed that in many cases, on branded products, the price is increasing slightly, but the quantity is reduced by as much as 10%? I'd also accuse them all (the supermarket chains), of price fixing, which is not supposed to happen and none of them can tell me, that it is not happening!

I have to admit, that when I go back to Devon for a visit, it is a real pleasure to use a farm shop near the town, as well as other local producers shops, near larger towns and cities (Newton Abbot and Exeter). The vegetables are far cheaper and of much higher quality than from any supermarket - fresher, too. Unfortunately, in Essex, we don't have many places like that, so I tend to return here, with enough stuff to open my own market stall!


518) Message boards : Number crunching : Uploads failing?? (Message 996252)
Posted 14 May 2010 by Iona
Post:
You don't need to push, kick or what ever your buttons.

The UL server isn't connected with the world.
http://208.68.240.16

So your handwork activity is for nothing.


BTW.
Maybe a Mod would like to move/combine this thread to/with the panic thread?



I've already suspended work, as I thought this was probably the case. After being on holiday for a week, and clearing most of the work beforehand, setting my cache higher, made little difference.....two jobs in progress and thats it, for both PCs. Oh well, I can always blame it on the new 'Coalition Government' here! lol


519) Message boards : Number crunching : Uploads failing?? (Message 996181)
Posted 14 May 2010 by Iona
Post:
Has anyone got a large hammer, with a handle, several thousand miles in length? lol


Mill Spec or off the shelf?

Steve



How about Victorian Engineer spec....Brunel type?



520) Message boards : Number crunching : Uploads failing?? (Message 996161)
Posted 14 May 2010 by Iona
Post:
Halp! =) My uploads(see below) are failing! This machine is a pretty hooked up quad core with a fast, reliable connection so...

5/14/2010 1:11:03 AM Project communication failed: attempting access to reference site

5/14/2010 1:11:05 AM Internet access OK - project servers may be temporarily down.

5/14/2010 1:16:42 AM SETI@home Started upload of 21mr07ah.29133.14387.15.10.87_1_0

5/14/2010 1:16:45 AM Project communication failed: attempting access to reference site

5/14/2010 1:16:45 AM SETI@home Temporarily failed upload of 21mr07ah.29133.14387.15.10.87_1_0: connect() failed

Also:

5/13/2010 2:25:31 PM SETI@home Message from server: (Project has no jobs available)

<---rahlly?



I think you'll find that the project is experiencing 'Technical Difficulties' at the moment, which will hopefully be resolved fairly quickly.



521) Message boards : Number crunching : Uploads failing?? (Message 996153)
Posted 14 May 2010 by Iona
Post:
I've had no uploads get through, since about 00.30 BST (23.30 UTC?) and nothing has changed on either PC, since then. Has anyone got a large hammer, with a handle, several thousand miles in length? lol


522) Message boards : Politics : UK General Election (Message 995894)
Posted 12 May 2010 by Iona
Post:
I suppose this means, that we not only have an 'unelected' Prime Minister, but also his 'number one', is unelected (big time). Tory lovers were always quick to say that Gordon Brown was an unelected PM....I always pointed out that we have never elected a PM, but I'm going to have some fun pushing their own words down their throats! Hehehe.


523) Message boards : Politics : UK General Election (Message 995889)
Posted 12 May 2010 by Iona
Post:
It is not just a bad day we have the next 5 years yet.
There will not be a new election untill the 5 years is up.... they made sure of that by changing the rules... trust the tories to do that... surprise surprise.


I'm shocked. No, I really am. Not. Blasted Tories...some things never change and never will. I feel sorry for all those Liberal Democrat voters, who virtually voted 'Conservative' - especially those really irate Lib Dem voters!



524) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The song you never tire of (Message 992791)
Posted 29 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird



What a great band they were....Sweet Home Alabama is a favourite, so smooth and 'laid back'.


525) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Stephen Hawking warns over making contact with aliens (Message 992789)
Posted 29 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
I tend to subscribe to what The Doctor, once said.....to paraphrase, beware of Homo Sapien.....run! There is little to recommend us, when you think about it.


526) Message boards : Politics : Aliens may exist but contact would hurt humans: Hawking (Message 992157)
Posted 26 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
Frankly, with the way much of society is going in, I'd warn any ETI to stay away!


527) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman's musical travels.....a glad new start. (Message 992155)
Posted 26 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
Jerry Lee Lewis, was quite simply, 'dangerous', but absolutely brilliant.


528) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How can I possibly explain this? (Message 992153)
Posted 26 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
I don't suppose he left the recipe for the Pan-Galactic-Gargleblaster by any chance ?



I'd have to go back to Gallifrey to check on that.....



529) Message boards : Politics : WHY do you/don't you believe in GOD? (Message 992151)
Posted 26 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
As an outside observer I have to say, that both ES99 and Quigon have both spoken quite eloquently from their respective viewpoints, and are clearly two thinking and intelligent individuals. ES99 is coming from a practical scientific viewpoint, and Quigon from more of a spiritual viewpoint.

But doesn't it all boil down at the end of the day, to what each individual person WANTS or NEEDS to believe?

Nobody can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a god, or indeed that there isn't one. It's really up to each one of us to decide what we think about it for ourselves. Having done that, I really see little point in trying to change other peoples decisions or opinions.

I find the situation of the American Evangelists who make a financial business out of it quite bizarre! You had to admire Billy Graham for his ferventness, but the others ....

I wish I could view it with your equanimity, however I think belief in god causes too many problems and is often used as a way to control people. God is something the human race really needs to grow out of before we can become more responsible for ourselves and the world we live in.

Unfortunately too many religious people try to force their world view on others, that is the nature of the god meme and the reason such a ludicrous idea has survived for so long.

Yes, many terrible things have been done--and are still being done--in the name of religion, but it does not follow that God is at fault, or that those evil acts are a proof God does not exist. Many politicians do terrible things, even in democracies, but that does not mean that democracy is at fault or that the concept itself should be rejected.

I believe that when people do bad things or incite others to do bad things in the name of religion, they are aware their actions are wrong, but for selfish reasons they continue; just as corrupt politicians know they are doing wrong, but continue anyway. To lay the blame on the "system" (looking for a broad neutral term here) instead of the individual is unsupportable. Jesus never said, "Go on a crusade to rout Moslems from the Holy land"; and Mohammed never said, "Fly a plane into the World Trade Center"; both of which resulted in the undeserved deaths of victims. It was people doing bad things in their own self interest who are to blame.



I quite agree, although I am an unbeliever - and quite proud of it.


530) Message boards : Number crunching : Switching to CP.net - wish me luck! (Message 992135)
Posted 26 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
Is it just me or do others find the idea of crunching farms working on climate prediction somewhere between amusing & puzzling :) {:

Ironic, perhaps? Not guilty (farm) here - just the li'l old family daily driver, albeit somewhat souped-up. But it raises a smile for me every now and then...

F.


I tend to agree. There I was, thinking about an up-grade to an E8200.....



531) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The song you never tire of (Message 991770)
Posted 25 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
Not strictly a song, but, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Bach) - Jean Michel Jarre. A master's classic given a little make-over by a genius; listening to this in the car is going to find me getting a ticket for speeding, one day. You can find it on youtube, but don't expect a great visual feast!
532) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Why today's kids are messed up (Message 989604)
Posted 16 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
that a whole generation grew up on benefits.


.... and bingo! 10 years of "New Labour" encouraged just that to continue.

"Houston, non-tranquility base here. The Vulture has landed. It's one small step for a politician, but a disaster for mankind"




"New Labour" probably made it even worse.

Was stopped in town recently by a single mother (3 kids), who went to school with my youngest son, she was wondering how he was getting on.
We talked for a while and apparently she is a statistical model for a university study. The university has told her that her equivalent income is equal to the national average. She has never worked or gone into education or training since she left school.

New Labour just followed Thatcher's policies...which is why Britain is in the total mess it's in today.


Agreed. Was it not a certain Mr Blair (or should that be, Mr Bleeuhhh?) who actually admired Thatcher the Milk Snatcher? The shopkeeper's daughter and her crazy policies have made themselves felt, in a big way. Was it not Oscar Wilde who said that, 'a cynic is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing'? Under Thatcher, everything had a price - unfortunately, the price she wanted, was a long way short of the value, either true, or imagined. What we have now, in the UK, is her legacy of worshipping avarice and, me, me and more, me!
533) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman's musical travels.....a glad new start. (Message 986135)
Posted 2 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
I've got Cambridge speakers plugged into my Xi-Fi card and they do sound good - but not as good as the Mordaunt-Short MS5-30's coming out of my Audiolab 8000A Mk2 (yep, all 80s/90s gear, and still good) as you may expect! Most of the time I use a pair of Sony MDR-V300 headphones....they were pretty cheap, but the sound produced by them is amazing for the money (the long cable is a boon, for me). Having said that, the bass can be a little over-powering on some of the 60s music.


534) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I think......... (Message 986125)
Posted 2 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
As far as I've seen, cats see only the moment - the now. Thats not a bad place to be, in some ways, but not all.


535) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Guilty Little Pleasures (Message 986119)
Posted 2 Apr 2010 by Iona
Post:
We probably drank Taylor's in the Sergeant's Mess - I have to confess that I do like a good Port, but I will not go as far as to blame the RAF! lol


536) Message boards : Number crunching : Unhappy kitties...... (Message 986112)
Posted 2 Apr 2010 by Iona
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OMG.......you make a statement like that and assume I have a predisposition about you because you are female????????

You have always presented yourself as a very intelligent person.

You just trashed me with that statement, GURL.



Please take a little time, Mark, to read the particulars of the message....it was in response to RottenMutt.


537) Message boards : Number crunching : Unhappy kitties...... (Message 986104)
Posted 2 Apr 2010 by Iona
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Firstly, you know almost nothing of my career in Engineering - perhaps thats because I'm a woman and you've made some assumptions. Perhaps not. I've done M.O.D. work, for two different companies - one, involved hardening components for military aircraft landing gear and arrester hooks. We used Ipsen 'gas-atmosphere' furnaces and 'generators', with automated atmosphere control and process recording. It took six months of training before you were allowed to 'solo', in a training programme that was monitored by the HSE. I did not become that company's highest paid hourly-rated employee, for nothing - my standards were very high and I carried those forward to my next employer. Women, do, after all, have an eye for detail. Oddly enough, my late brother also had high standards and most of the work he did, was for Military equipment (multi-layer TTH plated PCBs, amongst other things) and some work only got as far as a comet and got smashed - the Giotto Probe.

Secondly, you assumed that QC procedures, including tracking of materials was different - wrong. The same procedures were in operation for all materials produced....a little something that I played a big part in. Bought-in materials were tested and checked, irrespective of any accompanying documentation - this also allowed us to change the processes involved, to take into account the different process chacteristics from a different raw material supplier (if not in-house or preferred) and mark it apprpriately. Frankly, you'd be surprised at just how much 'internal documentation' was held on materials - perhaps that is why many customers were more than happy to use our materials to make their components with; for prototypes, etc. Higher levels of QC become a second nature and should not mean massive increases in component cost. Indeed, it can bring about cost reductions, due to reductions in waste and scrap.

Thirdly, there are a number of Trade Name materials, used in Military Equipment, as these materials were produced for a specific purpose and the main, if not only use, was Military.

Finally, I'm pleased to see that the little wiring job, is going fairly well for Mark. Nice to see that you've got a fair margin of 'tolerance' in your build. Oh and just in case there are some keen Radio Amateurs, don't forget to water the rods, now and again! lol

PS. Apols for long post, but I was having difficulty finding 4500 mile long nail extensions on Google! lol


538) Message boards : Politics : Sarah Palin (Message 985404)
Posted 30 Mar 2010 by Iona
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Welcome to the USA home of the best poiticians money can buy. Where corporations foriegn or domestic can legally affect the vote. Home of the biggest entitlement in the world the US government. Where you can invade a foreign country using faulty or nonexistant intel. Where health care is an entitlement for the government workers paid for by tax payers that can't affort to have any health care.

In the old US it was belived that the president was elected by the people, but along comes King George Bush the second who did not win the popular vote but became president. Then the king and his vice king ( the vice president) ruled by decree, rewarded all their rich friends and business owners by getting into a war, or what ever it was called, and made lots of money by circumventing the normal government contract bidding process and giving sole source contracts to their provious business.

Yes my firends the US is a great place where you can lie, cheat, and/or steal your way to the top of anything. Yes it sounds like the worst place in the world, but there is no other place I would rather be.



Actually, I quite like, quite a few of the Polynesian Islands.....



539) Message boards : Number crunching : Now, that was one smooth Tuesday outage! (Message 985400)
Posted 30 Mar 2010 by Iona
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Aside from a lack of tasks, yes.


540) Message boards : Number crunching : New PC Build & Specs(Secret) Help! (Message 984988)
Posted 28 Mar 2010 by Iona
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I'll bet that would run WoW very nicely, apart from the XP64.





541) Message boards : Number crunching : Unhappy kitties...... (Message 984985)
Posted 28 Mar 2010 by Iona
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Military spec parts? Biggest rip-off ever invented, by companies whose stuff was hard-pressed to be acceptable to large companies with high standards. In essence, all that 'miltary spec' means, is that it is tested a bit more.

Additional testing is a valid requirement and a valid expense for certain applications. You wouldn't want the bolts holding the turret on your tank to sheer off in the middle of battle.



With any good company, with an active QC system, there should be no need, or excuse for additional testing. Testing batch components, should not incur an nth-fold increase in component cost, as often seen in 'military spec' parts. Turrets...the company I worked for, made the materials upon which turrets moved! The RMS Titanic is a classic example of pennies being saved, on the known use of inferior items to save cost...in that case, hull rivets. Big mistake.



542) Message boards : Cafe SETI : . . . FOOD & more FOOD!!! (Message 984979)
Posted 28 Mar 2010 by Iona
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Is there something in the Geneva Convention about these postings? lol


543) Message boards : Number crunching : Unhappy kitties...... (Message 984974)
Posted 28 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Please remind me not to shut the rigs down in a fit of stupidity again.
Both the Frozen Nehi and the 920 rig threw absolute hissy fits upon being restarted.
The Nehi does it every time, and I know the workaround...it's stupid, but I have to go into the bios and change the data transfer rate, let it boot, restart, set the data transfer rate back up again, and it takes off.
The 920 rig took almost an hour of coaxing to get it to shake off whatever was bugging it and finally start crunching again.

Man, these OC'd beasts can be cantankerous.

I hope when I do the power upgrade and finally get around to restarting the other 5 rigs they don't put up quite as much of a fight.

Meow meow.

I suspect what you are dealing with is digital hardware is designed to work over a wide temperature range but to do that the clock speed must be reduced. When you bump the speed, you are trading off the temperature range the chip will function in. You have an additional complexity when you boot because the hardware is not generating the same amount of heat to keep you in that sweet spot.
If it were any other type of hardware, I would recommend that it be constructed with Military grade parts which work over a far larger range. The problem is that Military grade parts have a very limited selection available and the cost is far more.
If you could control the chip temperature better, I suspect you could start the system without altering the clock speed, but as it is, I think you have found the best solution to get things restarted.



Some years ago, there was the idea postulated, that, over-clocked CPUs, became 'imprinted' and I have found some evidence of this, personally. I suspect that what The Kittyman is dealing with is, given the nature of the 'shut-down', finding the BIOS settings that work for his particular use. Basically, he is starting from scratch (BIOS fail-safe, I suspect) and 'working it up' - many BIOS's simply revert to 'basic' settings - I've had this happen with my humble MSI Platinum P35 Express.

Military spec parts? Biggest rip-off ever invented, by companies whose stuff was hard-pressed to be acceptable to large companies with high standards. In essence, all that 'miltary spec' means, is that it is tested a bit more. Where I used to work, we had 'military spec' materials, which were the same ones as used by Caterpillar, Solar Turbines, EMD, Garrett, Ruston Diesels, Alsthom, GEC, B&W and Wartsila...you get the picture. Sometimes, as my deceased younger brother pointed out, it meant, how each part was wrapped! Same material, same product, different wrapping paper, was about right. This is why a 'standard' stainless steel bolt for the military, costs several times (at least) more, than one you'll buy in a local hardware store!



544) Message boards : Cafe SETI : . . . FOOD & more FOOD!!! (Message 984966)
Posted 28 Mar 2010 by Iona
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I'm being spoiled....I feel absolutely ravenous after looking at the pictures. That looks so good and I can almost smell it and taste it - right now, I'd probably shock a few people, with the amount of really good food I can eat! I had poached salmon fillets, with Charlotte potatoes, mixed vegetables and a Hollandaise sauce....now I feel hungry again! You really should get a recipe book published....'Dr C.E.T.I's recipe book for S.E.T.I.', or something like that.





545) Message boards : Cafe SETI : . . . FOOD & more FOOD!!! (Message 984936)
Posted 28 Mar 2010 by Iona
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Wow, first time I have read this thread. I'm going to Dr C.E.T.I's for dinner!



Believe me, there are some wonderful recipes in here and Dr C.E.T.I's are brilliant - I always feel hungry, just looking at them!
546) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Guilty Little Pleasures (Message 984727)
Posted 28 Mar 2010 by Iona
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Well....
Mine would be whiskey.

And yes, I usually DO feel guilty after the fact.



Hmmmmm...I do like a good Gin - Tanqueray or genuine Plymouth Gin for preference. Whisky? Oban, single malt. I never feel guilty! lol


547) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Guilty Little Pleasures (Message 984722)
Posted 28 Mar 2010 by Iona
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Guilty pleasure? Listening to Steve Allen on LBC on a Sunday morning. Aside from that, Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2 reading a 'Janet and John' story. Hilarious, if you have a certain sense of humour.


548) Message boards : Politics : Sarah Palin (Message 984625)
Posted 28 Mar 2010 by Iona
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So far, a fair summation would be that, Sarah Palin is an absolute idiot, elevated to the nth power. Thats what I thought.


549) Message boards : Number crunching : LIfe with a new mouse....... (Message 984545)
Posted 27 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Oh well......wireless, you say?

I am electrician by trade......I luv wires.

This new LX3 mouse is just sooooooo cool.

I didn't realize that the left click switch on the old one had gotten so funky.

I thought it was me.

Gimme a good mouse and and a good IBM 42h1292, and I'm good to go.
I mean.......a REAL 42h1292...the ones that weigh about 4 lbs. and have this big curly cord....LOL.

Yes.......I am not the only fanatic of them
42h1292 fansite...

Don't see many on ebay these days......mostly latter day remakes, which, sold by Unicomp, are not a bad second....
They bought the 'buckling spring' technology from Lexmark, who had got it from IBM, if I recall correctly. And there is simply no substitute.

But a vintage IBM is the cat's meow.

Wish I could find another.

I am just too hard on my equipment......LOL.



Wireless, is not so bad....I currently use the MS 'Photo' Keyboard (4000?) and matching mouse. Quite good, but not in the same league as either of the two IBM keyboards, I've got back in Devon. Curly cords and large DIN plugs - no PS2 on these old stalwarts! Come to think of it, someone said that a PS2 IBM keyboard had been thrown into a skip, at work - may well investigate! I've also got an ancient, but still working, MS Bus Mouse - the one that came with its own interface card...brilliant and it still feels 'nice'. Personally, I tend to replace the switches, when a mouse acts up - switch, £0.90....new MS mouse, about £20. No contest. Well, I may as well put that CGLI Elect Tech cert, to good use!


550) Message boards : Politics : Free Market Healthcare (Message 983877)
Posted 26 Mar 2010 by Iona
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Surely, how a society treats the ill, is a measure of how civilised that society is? Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't feel that profit should come from someone elses illness. I owe my Life to the NHS in this country....a trifling matter of a brain tumour, whilst my mother's father died through an Asthma attack (he was gassed in the trenches in WW1 and suffered thereafter) and they could not afford a doctor to visit him - months later, the NHS came into being. How lucky I am to live in such a society. How can, what is probably, the World's richest nation, have treated the infirm with such disdain, for so long? Is that not, in many ways, the same path as Eugenics?


551) Message boards : Politics : Corporation to run for congress (Message 983873)
Posted 26 Mar 2010 by Iona
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At last! A system even more liable to abuse, than in the UK! The 'Mother of Parliaments' is very pleased that it's offspring has learned well. Dena, how little you really know, is quite worrying. There are none so blind, as those who WILL NOT see.


552) Message boards : Number crunching : Unhappy kitties...... (Message 983815)
Posted 26 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Maybe you could go all 'eco-friendly' and build a 'wind-farm'. On the other hand, how do you 'farm' wind....aside from having lots of people eat beans and produce Methane, which is then used to drive a generator, via a gas turbine? lol





553) Message boards : Politics : Masked Protesters (Message 983811)
Posted 26 Mar 2010 by Iona
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I saw something on the news that said the mask protesters were not protesting anything. They were out there to cause trouble and that's the reason for the mask.

They are anarchists. They want no government.
anarchy |ˈanərkē|
noun
a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority : he must ensure public order in a country threatened with anarchy.
• absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: via medieval Latin from Greek anarkhia, from anarkhos, from an- ‘without’ + arkhos ‘chief, ruler.’

That sounds almost like California Republicans in the legislature, All they want are cuts and yet most Californians simply do not support Cuts(pdf).

Public schools: 79% oppose cuts, 20% favor cuts
Public assistance for elderly and disabled: 77-21
Health care for low-income and poor: 71-26
Higher education: 70-28
Law enforcement: 67-31
Mental health: 65-31
Child care: 59-38
Welfare: 57-40


Oregon voted on raising taxes on incomes over $250,000 and large corporations to generate $733 million to close the state's budget deficit. Their propositions 66 & 67 passed. If they can do It, Why can't We in California do It? And there are $40 Billion in Tax loopholes, Some of which could be closed, Especially If they bring in less in income taxes from employment than they cost the state in corporate tax revenue that's lost.

Anything that ends in raising taxes will only make things worst. History shows us that you must cut cost and taxes if you want the economy to recover. Government employees will hurt and people who rely on government services will hurt. Why are we paying for illegals medical care and schooling when we are unable to pay for our own? It's a matter of making hard decisions, something the democrats have not been able to do for years and show no signs of starting.

Dena the taxes were not on people of no consequence, Look at the incomes, Do You make that much? I don't think so, So why defend those Who've had tax cuts? They aren't the middle class, these people won't flinch as It's a cost of doing business and a responsibility. If You think Government is bad, Then Yer a Wingnut and I'll have nothing further to do with You.

Looks like Robin Hood to me...



As I recall, Robin Hood was regarded as a hero by many, whilst the Sheriff of Nottingham was most definitely a villain.


554) Message boards : Politics : Sarah Palin (Message 983794)
Posted 26 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Sarah Palin...bless! If nothing else, this woman proves that, when I say that Homo Sapien is the most dangerous and destructive creature to have ever walked the Earth and therefore, the only creature that should have it's number reduced, I'm right! Send her to lay claim to an asteroid, or mine it!


555) Message boards : Number crunching : Unhappy me, main rig went down . . . . PSU? - - - Mobo . . .. . (Message 983790)
Posted 26 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Looks like one of those situations where, unless you have a multi-meter, you'll only find out what is amiss, by replacing a possibly defective item with a known good one. On the power supply (mains voltage) front, quite some years ago, I can remember that 'dual voltage' Japanese power supplies for various things, were rated at a voltage input of 117v/234v....seems a sensible datum, to me. Don't forget that if something is rated for 240v a.c. input, thats the RMS value, which is, if I remember correctly, about 340v peak-to-peak. I don't think I'd worry too much about the voltages received by the various components - voltage regulators on the main board and within the PSU, are capable of keeping things very tight indeed, and some of these regulators have a very wide range of input voltage; by design, they have to. Perhaps your 'dead' or badly wounded PC, could be suffering from a CPU failure....


556) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Some News . . . . NOT getting married (Message 983256)
Posted 24 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Guys girls and aliens, what can I say other than thankyou for your support through this hard time. I have now come to realise that I am better off out of that relationship no matter how hard it is right now.

If it hadn't of been for people here and my family and friends I don't think I would have coped

Eric thanks for the offer gunna save my pennies and someday I hope to come over

Thank you so much



I'm glad to hear that you are gaining a sense of perspective - self-respect, too. No, its never easy, but keep a sense of your own worth and you won't go too far wrong at this time. Chin up and my best hopes.



557) Message boards : Number crunching : This is unusual, and not normal! (Message 981660)
Posted 20 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
spoke to soon. I'm getting a no new work available message



Same here; most of the work I've got are 'shorties'. I did say Sssshhhhhhhh! lol


558) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Aphorisms (Message 981642)
Posted 20 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Death, is a sexually transmitted illness.


559) Message boards : Number crunching : This is unusual, and not normal! (Message 981576)
Posted 20 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
It's Saturday, and all systems at the SETI lab are still up and running.

That's unusual, and not normal.

I fear the worst backlash due to this...



Sten-Arne




Sssshhhhhhhh!



560) Message boards : Politics : UN votes Bluefin Tuna's demise. (Message 981570)
Posted 20 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
The rank stupidity of Homo Sapien never ceases to amaze me. One can only feel that, when 'ET' pays an official visit, they may see the culling of the Human Race as an unpleasant reality, needed for the survival of greater numbers of creatures. I can see no reason for the nations who voted for the restrictions, not to implement a complete ban on the import, in any form, of Blue Fin Tuna. Perhaps those who voted against the proposal may wish to consider the rise of piracy around Somalia and why it has come about - over-fishing!


561) Message boards : Number crunching : New Tasks - maybe the problems are over! (Message 980550)
Posted 18 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Wooooooot! I have work LOL.

\o/



I'm down to my last two jobs on my main PC.....after that, if there is no work, I'll update my BOINC Manager and enhanced app, look at joining another project and install the relevant app for that.



562) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (30) Server problems (Message 979124)
Posted 15 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
The cricket graph and the server status page are showing that tasks are being sent out but to where?
I have a laptop that is doing 1 task in 6 hours and even that is not able to upload and therefore report tasks.It has 10 to upload now. 60 hours work.
Who are the users that are uploading and reporting tasks and therefore getting new work?

Dave



I've had 5 WUs download tonight and I have 6 to upload!


563) Message boards : Number crunching : What particular computer part (Message 978567)
Posted 14 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
thinking about that...just one fan on the opposite would cool..two fans facing, i could see a hot bubble...right on the heatsink....

One in, one out........
I run that config on my 920....
Two fans, not opposing.



Conveniently enough, the Scythe Ninja 2 HSF in my PC ia directly in-line with the rear fan (120mm Nexus).....nett result, when running S@H at 2.66GHz on a 2.33GHz CPU, it runs at 38ºC. There is also a Nexus at the front of the PC, pulling in air.

I only really order bits and pieces, for complete rebuilds, although the next one, will only involve moving to an Intel Quad and a better graphics card - the rest is fine for a while yet.



564) Message boards : Number crunching : Problems... (Message 978466)
Posted 14 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Much the same problems as everyone else, although some have gone through. However, has anyone else noticed that the site itself is 'sluggish'?


565) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Anybody wannna argue with me? (Message 978355)
Posted 13 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Looks like he is making a serious try for that top spot! lol


566) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (30) Server problems (Message 978159)
Posted 13 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Yes, had problems updating, starting about an hour-and-a-half ago, but it managed to get it through (eventually) by itself. The uploads started acting up, not long after, but also eventually got through. Now, I've got nothing moving, just like 'that weekend'. Time to press that "big red threatening button"?





567) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Looking for a reasonable watch? (Message 978156)
Posted 13 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Hmmmm, less than £135? That'll rule out my father's old 60's Omega Sea Master, for certain! For that sort of money though, you can also include some of the Rotary range - one of my father's friends was an ex-RAF pilot and he always had Rotary watches, aside from a favourite Longines watch. You probably won't go far wrong with Seiko; I bought my brother one, 20 years ago and its still in perfect order (its an analogue, with small multi-function LCD digital display bar at the bottom of the dial). You could also consider Citizen Eco-Drives and Accurist, although you probably wouldn't want a Citizen like mine - or you might, but thats strictly your business! lol


568) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (30) Server problems (Message 977872)
Posted 12 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:

The problem may be lack of disk space, or some hung/blocking process. For whatever reason the assimilators just arn't assimilating.



Send in The Borg! That'll fix them.



569) Message boards : Number crunching : Closed (Message 977850)
Posted 12 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Thanks for that, its looking like I'll be needing another project to run, before very long.


570) Message boards : Number crunching : Uhhhhh...are we out of work to split? (Message 977627)
Posted 12 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
now my laptops dumped its tasks! grrrr



Definitely not a Dry Blackthorn day, then! In theory, I have enough work for my 'main', to last until the early evening. After that.......



571) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (30) Server problems (Message 976504)
Posted 7 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Oh man, today no update on stats since midnight.



I noticed that, too. Still, the credits show up in the account details and from the update button.



572) Message boards : Number crunching : **CLOSED SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XIX CLOSED** (Message 976122)
Posted 6 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Just reached 400000 on SETI (thats all I do)....onwards to 500000.


573) Message boards : Number crunching : A challenge - looking to build a new seti pc (Message 975694)
Posted 4 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
well the cpu fans a tad noisey so i think from my 11years experience of computers its on its way out.

I was only thinking of using the 12cm fan because its the sharkoon golf ball fan http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/120mm-Sharkoon-1000-Golf-Ball-Quiet-19-dB(A)-Case-Fan-367-CFM and very quiet!



You may like to consider the Nexus 12 cm case fans....they're really quiet. I got mine from Aria . They have the 4 pin connector for the later motherboards, but I use two on the 3 pin connections for the case (they can be used as normal on 3 pins), whilst the 3rd is attached to a Scythe Ninja 2.

As to memory, I'd still go with 2 GB of good quality PC3200 - my old P4s noticed the difference and all HT units.... 2.4GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.8GHz and 3.2GHz. Win XP has to be the OS of choice...you might be able to get a cheap copy of XP Pro or XP 64 and you'll be wanting an Optimised Application for crunching out the numbers. That does tend to make the P4 run a bit warmer, but you probably won't see the horrendous levels that I did with my 3.2Ghz CPU, resulting in a Scythe cooler! Have fun.
574) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Something I want to share.... (Message 975489)
Posted 3 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
I have to admit I was absolutely stunned with her 'painting' - truly amazing. Kseniya is a hugely gifted and, it has to be said (the 'boys' probably noticed, as well!) a very pretty young woman.


575) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (30) Server problems (Message 975485)
Posted 3 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
restarted it as before, all I got was the transfer and then nothing as I had a scheduler for more work which then downloaded work but not this one . So I had to abort it as nothing for 4 minutes



Its working fine for me. Maybe its just me smiling sweetly.....lol



576) Message boards : Number crunching : Validation Error's , what is invalid in these WU's (Message 975311)
Posted 2 Mar 2010 by Iona
Post:
Hi, noticed a few strange validation error's,

This one
This one
This one
This one
And this one has a -9 result overflow, 31 pulses/spikes found.

Can anyone explain?




I saw an odd result last week....the poor guy had crunched it out on a P4 with a stock application and his result exactly matched mine - I was the No 3, or should that be _2? The result that was not even remotely similar, got the credit! In fairness, it did seem that it was sorted out a few days later. I suspect Richard is probably correct about the reason....my result was uploaded and updated by the BOINC software, itself (getting some petrol at the time).

My turn
577) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Anybody else..... (Message 974626)
Posted 28 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Luv the Gilbet and Sulllivan operettas?

Hms Pinafor] is my favorite one.



It was good enough for Sideshow Bob! lol Actually, yes, I do quite like Gilbert and Sullivan.



578) Message boards : Number crunching : If this ain't a kick in the pants.... (Message 974622)
Posted 28 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Solid, yes. Fast, yes. But long term read/write stats have been in question compared with a standard magnetic HD.

A lot of people read that SSDs are good for a million writes or somesuch, but they don't read how that million gets counted.

It's per-bit, and it only counts if the bit changes. Write "0" into a byte that is already "0" and it does not count.

That said, aside from avoiding Hitachi, just go get a drive and don't worry about it.

I also would not do RAID.

What I would do is get something like Acronis True Image, and make an image of the system after you finish, and periodically.

That way, if the system dies, you just restore the image.



I'm running Hitachi DeskStar P7K500s in both PCs (two in each) and although they may not be running 24/7/365, they've been running at least 12/7/365. The oldest drives have been in operation for around 18 months and completely reliable. In the past, I've seen many people 'pan' Maxtor, but, in 15 years, I never had one fail - indeed, two are still performing as they should, in a 12 year old PC that I still use (13.6 GB was huge in those days) with a DOS/Win 3.1/Win95 OS, mainly for old games. Thats not to say that I'd buy a Maxtor, these days....didn't Seagate buy them? Never bought Seagates - always thought them over-rated. For about three years, I've had main boards that would support various RAID functions, but I've always used external drives for back-ups - its just easier to do, especially with USB.


579) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cars of Tomorrow 1950's to the present part 4 (Message 974589)
Posted 27 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
bugatti 4 door concept



The current Bugatti's are some of the fastest and best engineered cars in the world. And the line is currently owned by VW! of all things...

See what 250 mph is like, in a $million dollar street car;

http://www.yikers.com/video_bugatti_hits_over_250_mph.html

Martin



For the money, a better bet would be the VW Phaeton with the 6.0 W12 engine - take the limiter off and it can apparently do about 215 mph! The attention to detail is quite astonishing and the build quality is as good as you'll find anywhere. They're cheap to buy, second-hand, too - for some reason people can't see past the badge on it and fail to recognise that it is a superb car in its own right. Of course, it is also 'related' to the Bentley Continental - another VW Group product.


580) Message boards : Technical News : The more things change, the more they stay the same. (Message 973232)
Posted 22 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Has someone just opened the taps? Four WUs just flew out of my 'second' PC, with no hiccups - within minutes of starting S@H. Nice going.


581) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (29) Server problems (Message 972752)
Posted 21 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Oh well, I think its time for me to press that "big red threatening button" - alias, the power switch. Until things are sorted out, wherever they are, there seems little point in doing work, that is, 1, going nowhere and 2, only likely to be adding to the existing problems.


582) Message boards : Technical News : Out of the fire and into the pit of sulfuric acid. (Feb 19, 2010) (Message 972413)
Posted 20 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
From East of England - 40 miles from London.


C:\Documents and Settings\Iona>pathping 208.68.240.16 boinc2.ssl.berkeley.edu

Tracing route to boinc2.ssl.berkeley.edu [208.68.240.18]
over a maximum of 30 hops:
0 proteus.lan [192.168.XXX.XXX]
1 dsldevice.lan [192.168.XXX.XXX]
2 lo0-plusnet.pcl-ag03.plus.net [195.166.128.109]
3 84.92.0.180
4 te2-2.pte-gw1.plus.net [212.159.0.186]
5 te2-4.pte-gw2.plus.net [212.159.1.102]
6 linx.he.net [195.66.224.21]
7 10gigabitethernet2-3.core1.nyc4.he.net [72.52.92.77]
8 10gigabitethernet1-2.core1.chi1.he.net [72.52.92.102]
9 10gigabitethernet3-2.core1.sjc2.he.net [72.52.92.73]
10 10gigabitethernet3-2.core1.pao1.he.net [72.52.92.69]
11 64.71.140.42
12 208.68.243.254
13 boinc2.ssl.berkeley.edu [208.68.240.18]

Computing statistics for 325 seconds...
Source to Here This Node/Link
Hop RTT Lost/Sent = Pct Lost/Sent = Pct Address
0. proteus.lan [192.168.XXX.XXX] 0/ 100 = 0% |
1. 0ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% dsldevice.lan [192.168.XXX.XXX] 0/ 100 = 0% |
2. 33ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% lo0-plusnet.pcl-ag03.plus.net [195.166.128.109] 0/ 100 = 0% |
3. 51ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 84.92.0.180 0/ 100 = 0% |
4. 42ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% te2-2.pte-gw1.plus.net [212.159.0.186] 0/ 100 = 0% |
5. 46ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% te2-4.pte-gw2.plus.net [212.159.1.102] 0/ 100 = 0% |
6. 35ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% linx.he.net [195.66.224.21] 0/ 100 = 0% |
7. 111ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 10gigabitethernet2-3.core1.nyc4.he.net [72.52.92.77] 0/ 100 = 0% |
8. 136ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 10gigabitethernet1-2.core1.chi1.he.net [72.52.92.102] 0/ 100 = 0% |
9. 199ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 10gigabitethernet3-2.core1.sjc2.he.net [72.52.92.73] 0/ 100 = 0% |
10. 199ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 10gigabitethernet3-2.core1.pao1.he.net [72.52.92.69] 0/ 100 = 0% |
11. 202ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 64.71.140.42 5/ 100 = 5% |
12. 204ms 5/ 100 = 5% 0/ 100 = 0% 208.68.243.254 5/ 100 = 5% |
13. 204ms 10/ 100 = 10% 0/ 100 = 0% boinc2.ssl.berkeley.edu [208.68.240.18]

Trace complete.[/list]


583) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seems to me........... (Message 972153)
Posted 20 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Hello Dena. I believe Mr. Sattler has a "thing" for Lady Crunchers. Can you blame the poor man? Lady Crunchers are typically "smokin". We cannot help it if we drive men to distraction...

I think it has something to do with the mind. It can't be the body because he hasn't seen most of us!

Yes, Dena, and Angela, and Moonkitty, and Uli, and Iona, and kenzieb...
And some others I am probably forgetting to add to the list.

I do luv lady crunchers. You have all enriched my life at one time or another with your online friendship.
Hope you can forgive me if my wordly advances get the best of me sometimes.
I think you all know that I love you all. And you all just Kidnap my Heart......

Ooooooops, I did it again...LOL.

It's a good thing My Niece Becky is not a cruncher, You'd scare Her off, Sheepskin or not, Yeah She has a Degree in English.

Bring her to lunch sometime. Does she have the fish?

She eats mostly vegetables and No(I only see Her for Thanksgiving or Christmas anymore), Shes also a few Years younger than Me and She can drive like Mad, You'd be hard pressed to keep up with Her, I had a Mustang GT and She has a BMW V6 with around 300hp, She's fast and I had trouble.

I am fast and trouble too.....we might just get on.
Bet my '85 RX7 could give her a run.......much lower HP, but it only weighs like, 1500 lbs. wet.
Unless she's got THIS Beemy.

No It's not that one, Hers is more modern, a compact 2 door convertible and She fits behind the wheel like a glove cause She's about 5'6" tall and I think She drives a BMW Z3 as that sounds and looks about right from the night pics that I have. Besides She dates guys for a while and then dumps them when they start becoming serious, She's damaged goods and the family knows It.

Oh and She earns more than anyone in the family in a year, Last I heard $60,000.00 or so.



Hmmm....BMW Z3, is exactly whar it says, a BMW ZZZ! Awful things, but hair-dressers seem to like them. Could be a BMW Z4, which is better, but still not in the same league as a Porsche Boxster. I think the BMW in Ronin, was a 520 - an M5 would've left the Peugeot for dead. Personally, I prefer the BMWs from that time; they looked more elegant.


584) Message boards : Cafe SETI : When seti is broken like now... (Message 971861)
Posted 19 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
One of the PCs has 2 WUs left and when those are done, it will be getting a thorough cleaning out as it has been running a little warmer than usual. Aside from that, nothing much will change - wharever I do, the cats will still walk on the keyboard!


585) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (28) Server problems (Message 971374)
Posted 18 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Things are starting to move along....11 tasks uploaded and reported in, over the last 3 hours. More downloads, too, so, fingers crossed.


586) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (28) Server problems (Message 971250)
Posted 18 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
I'm getting the same problems as everyone else.....one WU has been stuck at uploading for almost 3 days! If anything does manage to upload, then almost invariably, it does not get reported and if it does, I break out some Bollinger! Without a doubt, something is amiss with the comms....would some long lengths of string and a few tins be any better?


587) Message boards : Number crunching : back after long downtime (Message 970976)
Posted 17 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Still not uploading, though - unfortunately. Oh well, in good time.....


588) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kitties' Free Rice Challenge........ (Message 970795)
Posted 15 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Add another 4000...


589) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (28) Server problems (Message 970782)
Posted 15 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Looks like panic may be over. Just uploaded and reported a few.



I've got the same here, on two different PCs.....fingers crossed.



590) Message boards : Cafe SETI : CAR RACING 2010 !!! (Message 969665)
Posted 11 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
We have girls piloting jet fighters and helicopters also in war zones. Italian women are very competitive and one must not judge them by what can be see of them in television. I have a daughter doing process control for firms in France and UK while tending to two kids.
Tullio



I used to work for the AE group, which was bought by T&N and subsequently trashed by Federal Mogul - I still consider myself, an engineer. I was also sufficiently numerate, to see that Federal Mogul only wanted to purchse T&N, because Federal Mogul were in trouble and needed a 'profit maker'. My speciality at T&N, was being responsible for all the processes in place for every type of material produced at the facility in which I worked (I wrote the processes, based on previous experience with the Staveley Group). I was also responsible for cost savings in excess of £100k per annum on the largest furnace of its type, in the World, with improvements to material quality! Some of my work has been the subject of 'papers' presented to seminars pertaining to Automotive Component Engineering. In spite of this (and more radical proposals) I'd be very surprised if, even my surname is known to a 'certain clique' in Automotive Engineeing!!!


591) Message boards : Number crunching : Why won't SETI stop running? (Message 969662)
Posted 11 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Its probably not related, but one of the PCs I have access to (4589185), would not stop running BOINC. S@H is the only project I run on BOINC. To cut a long story short, I closed BOINC as normal last night, noticed the core temps were still elevated and checked on BOINC still running. It was still running. Even after shutting down BOINC Manager through Windows Task Manager, it was still running and I had to 'shut down' the AK-V8 app through Task Manager, before it actually stopped. To be accurate, I had to stop the app, several times, because, somehow, once I'd stopped AK-V8 running, it then appears to have gone to the next task and carried on....meaning I had to repeat the process. That means that BOINC was STILL running! Nett result; errors while computing, for the first time - everything that was in the 'cache'. In this case, I am attributing the problem to Windows and the possibility that Windows Program Manager is a little 'fried'. A re-install on XP SP3 is on the cards.


592) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kitties' Free Rice Challenge........ (Message 968977)
Posted 7 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Chalk up another 7000 grains.....


593) Message boards : Number crunching : Kitties for sale..... (Message 968830)
Posted 6 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Thats a brilliant idea, Andy. Then, we could all swap hints on keeping cat hair and fluff out of our PCs! lol Seriously though, I quite like the idea - but not until, at least, next month.


594) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (28) Server problems (Message 968827)
Posted 6 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
My only worry is do they have enough storage space for the unvalidated results ??

Right now the assimilators have almost half million results to do, as long as they don't catch up, it's actually not important for the amount of free disk space whether the validators are running or not.

Not much going on in validation land apparently....my creds have not advanced much in the last hour, and that does not bode well for the servers....

Sending email to Eric now.

Lucky me as my RAC quit going down and will have a chance to catch back up LOL



Your RAC is going down?! Well, once things get back to normal, my RAC is likely to hit a high, that I'll never repeat! lol



595) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kitties' Free Rice Challenge........ (Message 968751)
Posted 6 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
Thats another 6500 grains to add, courtesy of the vocabulary game....would've been more, but cats and keyboards don't mix and I have to pop out for some cat food. The last comment, might explain why they're walking on the keyboard!


596) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cars I have owned......... (Message 968649)
Posted 6 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
It had a whole body frame, independent suspensions on all 4 wheels, a 1400 CC narrow V motor and the doors opening in opposite mode, the forward hinged forward and the back hinged backwards.Very good handling and a big fuel tank.
Tullio



It was a car that was years ahead of its time, even aerodynamically shaped - in my opinion the next car to come along that was so 'revolutionary', was the original Mini, over 20 years later. You may have heard of the Top Gear TV progamme...well, they rated Lancia as the top producer of brilliant cars. I may be a little biased, but I'm not going to argue with them - Lancia owners, do tend to have a certain passion for them, though.


597) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cars I have owned......... (Message 967970)
Posted 3 Feb 2010 by Iona
Post:
A bit of a history, with motorised transport...can't remember the dates I owned various machines, as some overlapped, so, in rough order....

1. 1974 Yamaha FS1E (drum brake model). 'Killed' in collision with a Police car; the officer concerned was found guilty of driving without due care and attention!

2. 1957 BSA C12 250cc. Fully restored, from a bike that used to be ridden in a field. Still owned, as are enough parts to make 3 others.

3. 1972 Honda CB250K4 (engine was later substantially modified to produce around 45 bhp at about 3000 rpm over standard - 12500 rpm - red-line at 13k). Made me very unpopular with local owners of 650s and 750s and could often be heard over 2 miles away (at night...quiet). The local Police hated it, too. Still owned.

4. 1973 Honda CB350K (standard bike). Wish I still owned it.

5. Triton 500cc. Heavily modified Triumph 100A engine in 'slimeline' Norton Featherbed frame, Norton 'Road-holder' forks, Marzocchi rear adjustable shocks with AMC 'box....modded to use auto-advance BTH magneto and an alternator (quite a trick to pull...various model Triumph 500 engine parts and specially made parts, to do it). Finished with hand-made leather racing seat and stainless steel mud-guards, Borani alloy rims, various John Tickle alloy components, a quad leading shoe front brake and twin leading shoe rear brake, fuel tank was 4.5 galls with a 1 gall integral oil tank in rear and oil cooler. Sold to a 'club racer'. Still in use in Sept 2009.

6. 1957 Matchless G3LS 350cc. Restored to full glory from a wreck. Hand painted with 17-24 coats of 'yacht enamel' and each coat 'cut back'; wiring loom was made from scratch in 'correct' colours. Engine and electrical equipment fully rebuilt. I made a small fortune on that bike!

7. 1976 Suzuki GS400....a truly lovely bike. A delightful mid-sized sports/tourer with engine balancer shafts and a 6 speed box.

8. 1978 Suzuki GS750EN...modified over a length of time to eliminate a known 'flat spot', improve mpg and torque - last of the 8 valve 4 cyl engines. Later modified crank-cases to be able to also use the cylinder block from the '850' and cross-drilled 'crank-case webs' to further reduce crank-case pressure at high rpm. Still owned and much loved.

9. 1979 Honda Accord 1600 'hatch'. The start of my long association with Honda cars, due to reliability and equipment levels, compared to UK Fords etc.

10. 1962 Rover P5 Mk2 3.0 litre saloon. A chassis that Brunel would've approved of and galvanised body panels. If you hit a truck with that car, the truck would've lost! Sold to a company that was looking for a car for weddings, at the 'market peak'. Still in use, as of December 2009!

11. 1974 Daimler Sovereign 4.2....ex Mayfair Club, London. So smooth and quiet. Very civilised transport, if a little 'juicy'. Replace most of the cheap electrical connectors, as I did, and it transforms the car.

12. 1985 Honda Accord 1.8 (1829cc 12 valve) 'hatch'....the most reliable car I've ever owned and the only thing I wished I'd never sold. Neither blizzards or floods stopped it.

13. 1977 Lancia Montecarlo, or to give it its full title, Lancia Beta Montecarlo. Two cars were bought to create one and have quite a few spare parts. Since I was working in AE Group, all the problems with brakes were quite easily resolved. Despite the well known 'screw-up' with the rear glass panel and its buttresses, I still feel it is a brilliant example of Italian design - modern designers, please take note. It still looks wonderful, today. Still co-owned with my brother-in-law.

14. 1984 Toyota Celica Supra 2.8 Mk2 (with Limited Slip Diff)....yes, the 'Lotus spec' model, with the wide wheel arches, chassis, suspension and dash, designed by Lotus Engineering. A brilliantly handling car, even if a little light at the back. Drove 6 laps of the Silverstone F1 circuit in it. Great fun. Never got around to putting a 'blower' under the bonnet....still have the 'blower' though!

15. 1988 Honda Legend 2.7 Saloon (5 speed man). The one with the rather 'odd' engine, that'll chew-out an Imprezza from the lights and return 37 mpg on a run to Devon. I love this car. It got me home, 15 miles, even with a rad holed at the bottom, with no damage done to the engine! A car that makes me wonder, if modern cars are really any better. Still owned.

16. 1988 Honda Legend 2.7 Saloon (4 speed auto). Standard UK spec car and bought 2 years ago, with a mere and genuine 56000 miles on it. Rear screen smashed by 'yobs' and at £600+ to repair, it is now kept, just in case a cheap screen comes along, or, as spares, for the above. Still owned.

17. 1992 Honda Legend 3.2 Coupe Auto. Why we never got an option for a 5 speed manual, I'll never know. Still a great mile-chewer, that looks great and is capable of lapping a certain circuit in Germany, almost as quickly (8 secs slower) as a BMW M5 (bigger engine) of similar age, in more relaxed comfort! Still owned.

18. 1993 Rover 216 Coupe (aka Tomcat or R8). Zippy little run-around with hugely reliable 1.6 Honda SOHC 16 valve engine. Needs a little work doing on it to sort out a few handling niggles (mainly due to previous owner using massive 205/50/15 tyres!). Great fun to drive, economical and reliable. Currently my daily transport to work.


If anyone here has owned a Studebaker Avanti, I'd love to hear about it.


598) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cat'es Seti (Message 967157)
Posted 31 Jan 2010 by Iona
Post:
I'll remove the cause, but not the symptom.....
Sweet Transvestite......
A little 'Rocky Horror' humor.



Oh boy, thats a really great show to see. Lots of audience paticipation and the humour is the sort of humour I love. I also have to admit, that there are some men out there, who have got great legs!


599) Message boards : Number crunching : your least liked motherboard brand (Message 966758)
Posted 29 Jan 2010 by Iona
Post:
Currently using MSI P35 Platinums in 2 PCs...good solid boards and easy to O/C. A PC is not a must-have item in this house and I can't justify the expense of a few percent for something I can't appreciate! Hence the SB X-Fi Extreme Music in one PC, and the SB Live in the other. First board I installed was an Air, back in the days of the 486 and it ran fine - the Award BIOS helped (I hate AMI BIOS's - which the MSI P35's have!). Once had a Soyo SY6BA+4 running a P2/P3 and that was extremely stable - almost bullet-proof. Asrock, not bad, but, cheap (AMI BIOS). Gigabyte, I've used most of all, covering P2's, P3's and lastly on my previous PC, a GA8IK1100 (all, Award BIOS) with a 3.2GHz P4 - totally reliable and over-clocked quite well (found the 'wall' quicker than I thought, with the 3.2 though).


600) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car chases.......again. (Message 966751)
Posted 29 Jan 2010 by Iona
Post:
The Ronin chase is excellent, but I prefer Bullit. Four-barrel, Mark? Holley, by chance? NACA ducts? Personally, I'd love to see a chase with a pair of Nissan Skyline GTRs (R33) in it.


601) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Some kind of kitty miracle?? (Message 966750)
Posted 29 Jan 2010 by Iona
Post:
I'm pleased to hear of Squirrel's 'fight back' - cats usually 'hide' when they feel very unwell or feel close to death. I guess its instinct. One of my cats, Harry, died on Tuesday evening...he was coming upto 9 years old. No more 'flying head-butts with arched back' when I get in the door, now. My stats have gone up since then, though.


602) Message boards : Number crunching : Scratching my head over iPad (Message 966742)
Posted 29 Jan 2010 by Iona
Post:
I'm holding out for the iPADD with the LCARS interface and built-in tricorder.



Oooh, I'd like one of those, too. Keyboards? The one that came with my ancient (still working) IBM XT (yep, 4.77MHz 8088 and a huge 10 Meg HD) - it still feels good after all these years.


603) Message boards : Cafe SETI : . . . To All of You here @ the SETI Cafe - Happy 2010 (Message 958713)
Posted 25 Dec 2009 by Iona
Post:
My best hopes and wishes to you, Richard, and, your good lady, Joanne, to whom I also wish a Happy Birthday. You've posted some really nice photographs - your cat, Sparkey, is almost the twin of my 'Sophie'.

Very best wishes, Iona


604) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Merry Xmas All! (Message 958678)
Posted 25 Dec 2009 by Iona
Post:
I'll add my Best Wishes and Hopes to everyone here, and also to those who are not 'here' (in particular, Jim-R and Mark). May all your 'overflow results' only take 10 secs! lol


Kindest regards to all, Iona
605) Message boards : Number crunching : NEZ - The truth behind the credits... finally revealed. (Message 952526)
Posted 5 Dec 2009 by Iona
Post:
Doesn't matter if it's a sleeve bearing or a ball bearing -- it's the seals that count.

A sleeve bearing has no seal.

Sleeve bearings have two smooth surfaces with a film of oil or grease. It is even more important to have the friction-reducing lubrication, compared to a ball bearing.

If there is no seal, what keeps the lubrication in place for months or years?

The bearing sleeve that the fan shaft is supported by is usually made of sintered bronze or a similar material....which is somewhat porous and holds the lubricant like a sponge, releasing it to the load bearing surface over time.


Ah, now something I'm a real expert in! Yes, sleeve bearings for this type of application are typically of a graphite/lead loaded sintered bronze material, although some may use a very thin polymer based sleeve over the 'loaded' sintered bronze. I'm not sure if there are web references to it, but Glacier DU and Glacier DX are such materials. Materials of this type are found in surprising applications, upto Wind Turbines.



606) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car Racing 2009 (Message 952504)
Posted 5 Dec 2009 by Iona
Post:
Brawn GP is now Mercedes.
Ross Brawn is Team leader.
Drivers Rossberg and poosibly Heidfeld.


With some displeasure, I have informed Brawn GP, to cease further e-mails and remove my address from their lists.... I really don't like the way that Ross Brawn has behaved; he is up there with Frank Williams, in my book! He 'buys' an F1 Team, for a few £s from Honda (who made it easy for him), with cars that are then needed to be modified to take a different engine, wins the Constructors and Drivers Championship and then sells out to Mercedes! Into the bargain, he then treats the WDC with something nearing contempt. Perhaps Herr Brawn should think about working for RBS or any other 'bailed-out' UK Bank, where his personnel skills would be appreciated! Yes, I'm a disgusted ex-Brawn supporter, after years of being a frustrated Honda supporter. Thats not a good mix.


607) Message boards : Politics : Politicaly uncorrect.....and proud of it. (Message 952116)
Posted 3 Dec 2009 by Iona
Post:



Hi Robert, that may be true but we have our own disease here:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2009/11/22/pq-french-marois.html

It's unbelielable that in this so-called multi-cultural country we can be legally charged for writing business signs in larger font English or speaking too much English! At least the Americans have a melting-pot that basically forces their peoples to coexist together without these petty squabbels. You live in BC so you are isolated from the seperatist agenda.

I'm not a gun lover but I do wish that Canada embraced the American melting-pot ideology ...


Hi Nick, it seems our problems in Canada may be somewhat less violent than the problems of another nation.
I might question your proposition that the American melting pot can force people to coexist without petty squabbles while we're posting in a thread that asks if you'd shoot someone in the street.

Seems to me that the melting pot doesn't eliminate stupidity, racism or this holy war mentality.

We are a nation of doers. We don't sit around and wait for someone else to take care of something for us. This is why were were the first to throw off the chains that England had on us. In the last election, I agree we may of been stupid but not racist. As for holy war, we didn't shoot first. You are talking about something that caused more deaths that Pearl Harbor. In any other military, you give an order and it is obeyed. In the US military, you need to explain why. On the other hand, America is the first country to offer a hand to someone in need.
I can prove I have fired over 100,000 shells and I have never killed anything, however if it came down to defending someone from a crime, I would do it.


Oh dear....you speak of the chains of England, yet it was the English, who threw them off. Were not the 'colonists', English, as you would have it? As someone who served in the RAF, I also take issue with the 'blind obedience' that you claim are the sole realm of US Forces - in the UK Forces, any person can question orders and refuse to carry them out, if they believe those orders to be illegal orders. For my sins, I'm also familiar with the FN-FAL (SLR, we called it), the GPMG (similar to the BRNO 0.303 of WW2), the SMG (aka Sten/Stirling....ever seen a silenced one in action, as per the SAS?), Browning 9mm auto pistol, Browning 0.32 auto pistol, the trusty 1911 pattern Colt 0.45 auto pistol, S&W 0.38, Webley-Martini rifles of different calibres, various Tokarevs, Makarovs and Stetchkins, Ingram M10 and finally (although I may have left some out) the venerable AK-47. Oh, and Pearl Harbour, I think you'll find that the US was warned about that, by the UK....before it happened!

Your real knowledge of history is worryingly remiss and your 'observations' on the Middle East, are indicative of what may be going wrong. You speak out of ignorance, about things you know nothing of. Well, here is one for you... more UK troops, were killed in Iraq (Desert Storm) by US Forces, than by Iraqi Forces! Does that mean that the USA is an enemy of the UK? Has it declared war? You tell me. If you have not killed anything, after firing 100,000 rounds, you are either a very 'bad shot', exaggerating or wasting ammunition!


608) Message boards : Politics : Hybrid/electric vehicle not eco-friendly (Message 946240)
Posted 9 Nov 2009 by Iona
Post:
I've been reading the various posts here about the pros and cons of hybrids and ICE only and that little bell in my head, keeps going off. For example, in the UK, I am regularly entertained by a TV programme called, Top Gear...now, they took a Prius and raced it around their circuit at Dunsfold, flat out and got a figure of about 19 mpg (!!!). Yes, it shocked them, too. They then took a BMW M5 and did the same and got about 20 mpg. The differences between the two cars are huge, yet their consumption of fuel, was very similar. If anything, such situations actually make the rather 'beefy' BMW, a better bet than the Prius, but, only if you want to travel really quickly, perhaps. Is the real 'trick', having a more sophisticated transmission, better suited to the engine characteristics? Would it not be better to have a similar set-up, as there is, in a railway locomotive? An ICE running within fixed parameters, driving an alternator, which then provides power to 'traction motors', rather than an ICE being assisted by 'traction motors', powered by batteries which are charged by the ICE. Why not have an ICE running at an optimum setting, coupled to CVT/IVT or a refined Hydraulic transmission?


609) Message boards : Number crunching : PC technology becomes obsolete fast (Message 946219)
Posted 9 Nov 2009 by Iona
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Considering when I started using computers and how much things have changed(1980), I say If It works for You, Then It isn't obsolete, It's just a bit older and possibly still useful. :D


I started before that, back in high school. We had a PDP/8 (about the size of a fridge) that you inputted a bootstrap loader via the front toggle switches, and then read in your program via paper tape.

Then we moved up to a Wang office computer of some type (don't remember the model) that had a cassete tape storage unit built in next to the monitor screen, and a box about the size of a microwave oven that sat on the floor for the actual computer hardware. Woo Hoo! Progress!

I still have an original IBM PC with a 10 meg HD (huge back then) sitting in storage someplace. One of these days I should see if it still boots :p

You think it would be able to complete a seti wu in under a year?



Ah, the DEC PDP/8....I remember them well(ish), all those cream, orange, yellow and brown colours. At college, our PDP/8 resided in a constant temperature and humidity room and, you have to admit with all the various terminals connected and the 'add-ons' (tape drive units and the like) it did look impressive - like something out of an Irwin Allen series. I've also still got a fully functional IBM XT (8088 running at 4.77 Mhz) with a whopping 1 Meg of RAM (via upgrades) and a 10 Meg drive and, yes, it does have a lovely 'clacky' keyboard.

Years ago, I gave up being at the 'bleeding edge', back in the days of the 486 - even then, I could see that things were moving too quickly to stay at that edge and keep a roof over one's head! My current PC(s) were built to a price, with the common components being the case (CoolerMaster Elite 330/331),the MSI P35 Platinum m/b, HIS Radeon XT1900XT graphics cards, Patriot Extreme PC6400 RAM and the Hitachi 7K500 SATA drives. My PC has an X-Fi Extreme Music sound card, an 850w 'modular' PSU and runs an E6550, whilst the other runs an old SB Live!, a 650w 'modular' and an E6600. Each PC cost, around £200.....I can remember spending about £90 alone, on a NexGen board/CPU, back in the 90's! Thats progress. Still, my ancient P3/500 does come in useful for the older PC games - especially the ones that needed Voodoo accelerators to get the best from them (2 X Voodoo 2's in this case).


610) Message boards : Politics : Hybrid/electric vehicle not eco-friendly (Message 942274)
Posted 23 Oct 2009 by Iona
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BTW for such a tiny car it gets fairly crappy gas mileage.


For real. What I think is funny is that some smaller gasoline only cars are getting mileage as good or better than many hybrids. Heck, the Geo Metro was getting upwards of 50mpg and that car came out in the US in 1989.

As for today, the Rio is getting around 34 mpg and the Prius is around 48mpg. But, that's not counting the cost to keep the thing charged and the fuel consumed for that process.

As for me, I ride a Honda Shadow 700 motorcycle and get 55mpg. My wife's is a Suzuki GZ250 getting 81mpg. Yep, 81 mpg I swear it.




I have to agree. My little Rover 216 Tomcat, returned around 45 mpg on a 205 mile trip, back from a visit to my mother. I picked-up the car while I was down there and didn't know what to expect, from a 16 year-old car, but I was pleasantly surprised. However, on the same journey, my 'odd' 1988 Honda Legend 2.7 V6 (manual box) regularly returned 37 mpg, cruising at 75 mph, rather than the 65 mph in the 1.6 Rover! Considering the size, weight and power differences between the two cars, the Legend did an amazing job. For those not in the know, this particular Rover, is one of many models of Rover that used Honda engines. I also used a Rover 820 on that same trip and it returned much the same figures as the Legend and it was only a 2.0 litre, but, perhaps crucially, the engine was a Rover designed engine and having nowhere near the torque of the Honda 2.7, meant I had to change gear alot more.....an awful lot more.

Motor-cycles are something else.... Over 30 years ago, I took a 1957 BSA C12 to the Isle of Man TT races (to watch, of course!) and on the way back from Liverpool, it performed an act of economy that I will never better - about 140 mpg!!! The engine had been fully rebuilt - rebored, new rings, piston, pin, new big-end/rod assembly (balanced), new cam-shaft, valves, valve guides, main bearings and cam-shaft bearings. It was basically, restored to original. Back in those days, it was common practice for the ferry operator to drain the fuel tanks (they probably made a fortune selling it afterwards) on the IOM Steam Packet Co run. Not a problem on the way there, but after being there a week, I'd spent a little more than I should have - in fact the whole group did! All the others had enough cash left to buy 5 or 6 gallons....I had enough for 2 gallons. So, tank drained in Douglas, got off at Liverpool and set off. It stopped after 4 miles....they'd fully drained the tank and 230 miles to go! Pushed it to a filling station and put 2 gallons in. I think we may have maxed at 60 mph, typically, we did 50 mph, but for the last 50 miles, I was waiting for that engine to splutter. It didn't. A few of the group stopped for fuel and we carried on and the bike carried on, much to everyone's amazement - especially mine. Got back home, and there was still fuel in it. The next day, a couple of the guys came over and we drained the tank and there were just under 3 pints left. The bottom line was, 140 mpg! A 1957 250cc motor-cycle. Thats progress!!! I still own the bike and I've also still got a 1978 Suzuki GS750EN, that gave me 57 mpg on a 400 mile trip to Tyneside, after I'd done a few mods to it - before that, I was lucky to get 40 mpg.


611) Message boards : Cafe SETI : AVATAR PICTURES! (Message 942245)
Posted 23 Oct 2009 by Iona
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Yes, I'm afraid, my avatar really is a picture of myself - although to be fair, at full size, it looks much better. As I do!


612) Message boards : Politics : Hybrid/electric vehicle not eco-friendly (Message 941199)
Posted 18 Oct 2009 by Iona
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As a mere female, who was once an engineer, may I ask, how these various electric vehicles are charged? I'm not fooled by Lexus and their 'H' designation....underneath it all, lurks a large petrol engine and a big dynamo, in essence. Is it, by chance, by the foolish, or by the stupid, these 'electric vehicles' are fuelled? Yep, Nuclear Power, has to be in there! Is it better to have a 1.6 litre petrol engine doing all the work, rather than a 4.0 litre engine doing some of the work? Is the obvious, too obvious?


613) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car Racing 2009 (Message 939470)
Posted 12 Oct 2009 by Iona
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I was just wondering, how many people here, have actually driven a car, with only one seat in it, in a circuit race? I'll admit to driving a Reynard at Silverstone and a few other circuits. Aside from that, I've driven a Toyota Supra Mk2 (mine) and a Mk4 (3.0l turbo/ 6 speed - a friend's..also a woman) at Thruxton and my old Mk2 at Silverstone (God, I loved that circuit and that car!).

Mark me down as a racing enthusiast. My father 'introduced' me to Jack Brabham at Warwick Farm, in about 1967 and prior to that, I followed the late, great Jim Clark's career with great interest. To my mind, he, Senna and Ascari were the greatest F1 drivers - all of them died too young. There have been many changes to F1 in recent years, some for the best, others not. If you've ever heard a super-charged 16 cylinder BRM or a V12 Ferrari, you'll know what I'm saying.....


614) Message boards : Politics : Hybrid/electric vehicle not eco-friendly (Message 939456)
Posted 12 Oct 2009 by Iona
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As I have previously said, in the interests of the environment, I will use my 3 Honda Legends (2 X 2.7l + 1 X 3.2l) to the best of my ability, to use up all this dreadful petrol. To this end, I am adding a more 'eco-friendly' car to the stable...a 1994 1.6l Rover 216 'Tom-cat'. This will be the smallest engined car, in my 'fleet' - the previous smallest, being an early 1980's Lancia Beta Montecarlo (small carbon foot-print, as are the Legends, which are 1989 - 1993). If anyone has a Ford Falcon GT (Australian, about 1972) which they'd like to give me, I'd love to hear from them, especially if it has a V8 engine! (lol)


615) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A song to remeber me by......... (Message 939449)
Posted 12 Oct 2009 by Iona
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I go now...........

I have worn out my welcome........my thoughts are not yours......and I cant't expect you to honor them.

So, I bid you a fond farewell
She wishes you well.
If I could do so I would,.


Out of tiredness and fatigue, we can all imagine many things and I challenge anyone who thinks differently, to say so. I would not wish some of my thoughts and many of my memories on anyone....I've seen and done things that few would credit. Stay awhile, Mark.


616) Message boards : Cafe SETI : It's worse than that! He's dead, Jim. (Message 934249)
Posted 18 Sep 2009 by Iona
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I love some of the causal loops in the Star Trek movies.

"I am going to give you the formula for transparent aluminum that you are going to invent."

In the same scene, Scotty is talking to a 1970's computer. "Computer, Computer". The owner of the computer holds up the mouse. Scotty: "How quaint." Holds up the mouse: "Computer, Computer".



A little later, McCoy says to Dr Nichols, "you would be rich, beyond your dreams of avarice".



617) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What are You listening to or watching? (Message 929254)
Posted 28 Aug 2009 by Iona
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Only the best.....
Baez singing Dylan....

Forever Young

Enjoy, my friends.



It only sounds right, if Dylan sings it.....I think it was from the album (big black CD thing) called Planet Waves. Yes, I do have the album, but its 200 miles away!



618) Message boards : Politics : Lockerbie bomber released... (Message 929252)
Posted 28 Aug 2009 by Iona
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With respect Sir, may I mention the name of William Calley? If that name is not familiar to you, I was living in Australia at the time of the My Lai Massacre - thats a big hint. The Australian Army saw service in Vietnam, so we were quite used to news reports about Vietnam, but this was different. Three-and-a-half years of 'house arrest' for his part in the slaughter of 350 - 500 people?! All civilians - women, children and the elderly were not excluded. Perhaps, someone higher up, may have given such dreadful orders, but any member of the UK Services would tell you that, they are illegal orders and should be disobeyed. Various Nazis and SS members, used the same excuse of following orders and they were hanged! But, three-and-a-half years? During my time in the RAF, I can well remember NorAid - the IRA regarded the USA as a safe haven and a huge bank account. If an IRA man escaped to the US, he was virtually guaranteed of not being sent back to the UK - truly, it was a haven for terrorists in those days. Sadly the US only really learned how blinded by hatred, terrorists are, in recent years.

You may bring him up. Someone, a lot of someones, should have gotten the firing squad over that. IIRC Lt. Calley was told that the inhabitants were "the enemy." There is the issue of mens rea. Did he know when he issued the order they weren't the enemy? I suspect that, or how hard it is to prove, is why he got the light sentence. However killing babies should have given him the death sentence just as all the men who followed those clearly illegal orders should have. The Pentagon or CIA intelligence officer who told him all enemy should have also gotten capital punishment.

I realize that the people on the other side of the pond will be shocked to consider capital punishment. Americans are barbarians. It would serve you not to forget this.

I was recently reading a memoir of a prominent citizen of a small community. In it he described the vigilance committee he belonged to. After some accused criminal had been captured they would meet in the town square. It would be asked what was to be done. After a pause someone would shout out "hang him!" And just to be civil, "A motion has been made to hang name of criminal, all in favor say aye." The mob would then proceed to the jail, overpower the deputy, drag the hapless to a gallows and dispatch him. This "extra judicial" process is what made America and it became part of the culture. Mind you if was the European transplant that did this.

As to compassion Americans have shown it occasionally, when it was in their interest. The A-bombs on Japan were compassion. If they had not been available the US would have done to the Japanese what Hitler tried to do to the Jews. They would have exterminated them from the face of the earth.

Finally as to Lt Calley. If proving what he, those under his command, and those who gave the intelligence was easy, why hasn't the Hague gone after them?



You may care to observe, that my post, was a riposte of sorts, made to Blurf and would have to say, that unless he has any substantiated proof to his cooments regarding trade, they are simply speculation and heresay, at best. At worst they are libel and slander.

You might even be surprised to learn that I am actually in favour of 'capital punishment, and quite frankly, after US politicians, military commanders and citizens (not all, but some) 'slate' the UK and its Health Service and its troops in Afghanistan, can you be surprised if I will throw a snow-ball?! Having said that, Calley was found to be guilty, under the processes of your country and what happened was a fact - not a rumour.

I'm astounded that you can call the use of an Atomic Bomb, to be an act of compassion - its akin to using VX to kill a few ants in the garden!

For what it is worth, I felt that the release of Al Megrahi was a mistake, that happened due to the Scottish Government's lack of 'experience' in International Affairs. Believe me, it was not that well received, in this country.



619) Message boards : Politics : Lockerbie bomber released... (Message 928865)
Posted 26 Aug 2009 by Iona
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As for any American opening his or her mouth moaning about it or Libya’s past “state sponsoring of terrorism” or expressing disgust at Britain you would do well to look at your own country who has covertly over the years been one of the biggest state sponsors of terrorism in the world and has had a hand in toppling many governments etc by sponsoring terrorists in that and other country’s or playing both sides in wars, it seams you don’t like things done on your doorstep like 9/11 yet your dam countries citizens were only to happy to allow the rising of money for the IRA and other paramilitary groups in Ireland etc, etc, and you as a nation are only to happy to trade with undesirable nations or install sympathetic dictators and generally interfere.


With respect to you personally b101uk, we don't let mass murderers go to score better trade deals w/ other countries.


With respect Sir, may I mention the name of William Calley? If that name is not familiar to you, I was living in Australia at the time of the My Lai Massacre - thats a big hint. The Australian Army saw service in Vietnam, so we were quite used to news reports about Vietnam, but this was different. Three-and-a-half years of 'house arrest' for his part in the slaughter of 350 - 500 people?! All civilians - women, children and the elderly were not excluded. Perhaps, someone higher up, may have given such dreadful orders, but any member of the UK Services would tell you that, they are illegal orders and should be disobeyed. Various Nazis and SS members, used the same excuse of following orders and they were hanged! But, three-and-a-half years? During my time in the RAF, I can well remember NorAid - the IRA regarded the USA as a safe haven and a huge bank account. If an IRA man escaped to the US, he was virtually guaranteed of not being sent back to the UK - truly, it was a haven for terrorists in those days. Sadly the US only really learned how blinded by hatred, terrorists are, in recent years.


620) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What are You listening to or watching? (Message 927979)
Posted 22 Aug 2009 by Iona
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Deep Purple - Made in Japan (1972) on huge black CDs!!!


621) Message boards : Politics : Government run single payer healthcare (Message 926332)
Posted 15 Aug 2009 by Iona
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Somehow, Socialist equates to Communist in the US. The blatant lies about the NHS spouted by a number of US Politicians and people with vested interests in continuing to rake-in massive profits (therefore, bonuses), made me furious. I still am! If I was ever invited to go on a hunting trip with a crazy woman in Alaska, I'd feel happier with an SLR (aka the F.N. 300 self-loading rifle) over my shoulder, as would the wildlife!!! As for the Conservative MEPs (thats, Members of the European Parliament) who have gone shooting their well-paid mouths off, I'd have to ask, why they were not doing the jobs they're supposed to be doing? The jobs they were elected to do. One in particular, seems to have almost thrown himself into any US TV station as fast as he can find them; and for quite some time, too. Quite clearly, he has too much time on his hands, but once he is back in this country, he will have lots of explaining to do, to many people - there again, he'd probably go back to Brussels with indecent haste and by-pass all that grief!


622) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Les Paul passes away at 94 (Message 925993)
Posted 14 Aug 2009 by Iona
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Ah yes, a great shame...years ago a friend of mine had a Gibson Les Paul Custom and would often play Beethoven's Fur Elise on it, just for me! Alas, he ended up writing music for adverts and the like. The Wizard of Waukesha, as he was known, if memory serves, also invented the 8 track tape recorder - the other primary mainstay for many a budding band. Probably of no consequence, but when I was in Automotive Engineering, we made parts for Waukesha engines and hardly anyone had ever heard of the place, but many had heard of Les Paul.


623) Message boards : Number crunching : 'WinXP Home 32 Bit' and 2 x 2 GB DDR2 RAM ? (Message 925638)
Posted 12 Aug 2009 by Iona
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I have to agree with Nemesis, 2.25 GB does seem rather low. I tried out something similar on one of my PCs (MSI P35 Express Platinum m/b), already knowing the limitations of the 32 Bit OS and had about 3.2 GB available. The RAM was Patriot DDR2 800, running 4-4-4-12 - thats normal settings and much cheaper than the equivalent spec stuff from my more usual OCZ.


624) Message boards : Cafe SETI : OK WE ALL TALK BUT WHO HAS SEEN A UFO OR ALIEN (Message 922739)
Posted 31 Jul 2009 by Iona
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I have. I was sober, walking the dog at the time, was in the RAF and know that no aircraft at that time (or now) could have taken the path that I observed and not fallen apart! As to the occupants......
625) Message boards : Number crunching : moving (Message 922737)
Posted 31 Jul 2009 by Iona
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Hi, yes good luck, Cathode Ray Tube, where/are those monitors called :).
The 17 & 19'' are quite heavy . . .


Yeah I know. We have nothing but 10-12 year old CRTs at work. :/

I have a CRT that is close to 17 years old. Works fine for what it does.

I use it once every few weeks, for ten minutes or so at a time.



well thats good, b/c these things decrease eye-sight over time...

as they say, don't get too close to the tv for it will ruin your eyes... same applies for crt monitors...



Should I be worried, as I use 22" Iiyama Vision Master Pro 510's at home?


626) Message boards : Politics : Government run single payer healthcare (Message 922672)
Posted 31 Jul 2009 by Iona
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Name 1 thing ANY government does well?? besides taking your money!!


Police, firefighters, national parks, NASA, water and sewer, garbage collection, defence, health and safety, health regulations...Developement of telecommunications, television, radio, computers ...highways, border inspection,
there's more but you get the idea.


I agree, governments are responsible for police, fire, public transportation and protection from other nation states or groups. Governments should not be in the business of providing services or developing technology such as "telecommunications, television, radio, (and) computers". Private industry does a much better job. The point is government should do what it does best and private industry should do what it does best.



Oh yes, the Private Sector..... in this country, it flourished under that evil woman, Thatcher - everyone in the country ended up paying more, for everything! If that is the best the private sector can do, then I will happily endorse mass nationalisation, with no qualms! In the UK, we've had the benefit of seeing what the private sector does, with previously 'nationalised' companies, thanks to the Conservative Government of the time. In the US, would you allow Russian companies to control electricity supply? Oil, gas, electricity, water and health-care (probably transport and telecommunications, too) should be state controlled and administered. How can you possibly allow, companies, possibly foreign, to profit from, essential, basic requirements? As to health-care, when a private hospital makes a hash of things, it is the NHS which often picks up the bill! In my books, if someone is rich enough, or stupid enough, to pay for 'private treatment' and it goes wrong, they should seek legal redress, not rely on the NHS to sort things out! After all, they could afford it....
627) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car Racing 2009 (Message 922669)
Posted 31 Jul 2009 by Iona
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He still has three weeks to improve the neck muscles.
But he never was really out of the buisness.

But it's a new car. I don't remember reading anything about him testing in it. Plus remember there is no testing allowed. So his first drive will be the 1st test session before the next race. That 21 days 10 hours 13 mins and 58 secs.


I´m sure he dont need more than 10 rounds.

Do you risk a bet?



It gives the other teams, plenty of time to purchase and fit, 'armour' to their cars, if nothing else - we've all seen how Schumacher has, too often, 'won' races!



628) Message boards : Number crunching : Q9300 Temp Issue (Message 922666)
Posted 31 Jul 2009 by Iona
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From what I'm reading, it is becoming more and more clear that I should invest in an after-market cooler if I plan to run this unit wide open 24/7. Obviously, I'm not interested in the CPU going 'up in a blaze of glory' ...

I must admit, I was quite concerned, since my 2-core machine seldom rises above 47-48C even when running days at a time (again, using a stock system and fan).

Thank you for your responses, and my next stop is the parts house for a different cooler and fan -- any suggestions/recommendations ??

If it will fit in your case, the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme keeps my 2.66GHz Q9450 chugging along at 3.6GHz with 60C core temps. I have a Nexus (4-wire) 120mm fan fitted to it and unobstructed airflow. Have been running like that for many a long month without problems.

F.




Oh yes, those Nexus PWM fans are brilliant - I've got three in total, in my humble E6550 PC (in, out, CPU) and using Arctic Silver on a Scythe Ninja 2 has paid dividends. An o/c to around 2.7 GHz still sees the CPU temp at 48C at full load and an idle temp of 35C, although that may depend on how hot it gets in the room where the PC is. Having said that, when it has been really warm recently, the CPU has been running, at idle, 2C cooler than the system!

I also have a PC that has a Q6600, a copper version of the Ninja 2, still using the Nexus fans (except for the standard Scythe unit on the HSF) and also running on an MSI P35 Platinum and at full load, running at a similar speed, it runs at slightly higher temps. One day soon, I'll get that one crunching on S@H. From that, you could deduce that there is little difference between using a copper cooler and an aluminium one - there again, someone might point out the extra 2 cores! When all is said and done, those 120mm Nexus PWM (4 wire connection) fans move lots of air.....





629) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (22) Server problems (Message 922657)
Posted 31 Jul 2009 by Iona
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Oh well, its not a big issue if the Upload Server is disabled for a short time, but if it stays that way for too long, there is going to be a very big queue when it is back to normal! Are the longer MB WUs an attempt to ease the load on the servers?




630) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car Racing 2009 (Message 921462)
Posted 26 Jul 2009 by Iona
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It's a miracle he is alive.


Indeed so. In spite of all the enhancements to driver safety, since Ayrton Senna's untimely death, there are still the inherent risks involved - another recent example being, Henry Surtees, the son of John Surtees, who sadly died, in a Formula 2 race. It makes a mockery of the agonising antics, displayed by 'soccer players'!


631) Message boards : Number crunching : CPU Temperature Poll (Message 913373)
Posted 2 Jul 2009 by Iona
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My case came with a square hole cut in its metal structure (lower front) and it already had holes for mounting a 120 mm fan.
Much better idea.


since I never seem to have the right tools for whatever I'm doing at that moment

You must be an engineer? What's wrong with the universal tool - the hammer - anyway :-)

I really should get around to cutting a corresponding whole in the front cover also to improve the inlet air flow. I've never spent a lot of money on cases perhaps if I went a bit more upmarket all theses things would be catered for.



I suppose it depends on what you mean by "upmarket". I've been using Cooler Master Elite 330/331 cases for a few years now and for £30 or so (PSU not included) they're pretty good. Screwless mounting of drives, the whole of the front panel is mesh (with foam behind individual panels, acting as filters), mounting points for fans upto 120mm at, both the bottom-front and mid-rear and a side mounted 'horn' that takes heat away from a suitably mounted CPU cooler. In my case, I removed the 'horn' as either HSF would not fit otherwise and directed the flows of the CPU fan, on both PCs, straight into the rear (extractor) fan. My PC (the E6550) probably runs cooler, in spite of using the paste that came with the HSF, due to the HSF being a Scythe Ninja 2 and replacing the standard Scythe fan with a 120mm Nexus PWM fan. Next month, I'll be replacing all the other 120mm fans with 120mm Nexus PWM units.

As you are in the UK, you could try a company in Manchester, called, Aria, for cases and fans - I've been dealing with them for about 15 years and they've been excellent.



632) Message boards : Number crunching : Vanished WU (Message 913318)
Posted 2 Jul 2009 by Iona
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I can go a little better than this on a similar problem.....there are 20 WUs listed for one of my PCs, that the PC does not have. Yes, 20 of them and all sent at the same time! Looks like I'll have to do a detach etc. Grrrrr


633) Message boards : Number crunching : CPU Temperature Poll (Message 912370)
Posted 28 Jun 2009 by Iona
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Agreed. However, I think I'd use a good Vodka, in a quite different way.


634) Message boards : Number crunching : CPU Temperature Poll (Message 912273)
Posted 28 Jun 2009 by Iona
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I've got two PCs running here...Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs on MSI P35 Platinum boards - E6600 and E6550 CPUs. During the last few days, the ambient temp in the room where the PCs are, has been about 30C - 34C (its upstairs...warm air rises). The E6550 (nild O/C to 2.4 GHz) has been running at a temp of 48C with a system temp of 36C, while the E6600 has been running at 52C with a system temp of 37C. The E6550 has a Scythe Ninja 2 cooler and the E6600 has an OCZ Vindicator.
635) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Einstein Server HAL 1965 (Message 912271)
Posted 28 Jun 2009 by Iona
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I went one better....I had a HAL and a SAL. They are both still functioning and I am currently using Proteus. All my PCs are named after computers from Sci-Fi.


636) Message boards : Number crunching : can 't upload (Message 911712)
Posted 26 Jun 2009 by Iona
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Not to worry, if you're so inclined, you can always play World of Warcraft.


637) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Michael Jackson dead? (Message 911710)
Posted 26 Jun 2009 by Iona
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Well I guess I can say that I was lucky. I did know him personally. His home here in the Santa Ynez Valley (Neverland) is across the street from my kid's school. From time to time he opened it up to the kids. I also had some business dealing with him in the early 90's. However, the last time I saw him was before the criminal trial in Santa Maria.
Was he strange, yes, like a frighten child. He really never grew up. Well, at least he had not when I knew him. Like a young boy he had no concept of the value of money. When I was negotiating some things with him he would say that his accountant told him he needed to earn $9 million a month to make ends meet. So that’s what he wanted. His negotiation stand was always I need to make $9 million a month. He could not understand the value of things, only his needs. His judgment was not very good. He really over paid some of his people who promised big things but never did anything. He trusted some people who were not looking out for him and ignored advise that was in his best interest.
His whole thing about sleeping with young boys was the result of his not growing up. To him it was just a slumber party with his friends. In his mind he was just a troubled teenager. Fame was always a mixed blessing for him. Not something he really understood. His obsession to perform was driven in by his family when he was growing up. You got love from daddy when you performed well.
I can understand why he would give someone the “creeps.” But I will always remember him as an inspired and talented child artist.
RIP kid.



As I said, I was never a great fan, but you, Carlos, have eloquently expressed, my own feelings about Michael Jackson. Used, abused, taken for a ride and lied to - thats just the tip of the iceberg. I always felt, that, emotionally, he was still a child - children tend to be more honest and open, than adults and I can quite understand why he might have preferred the company of children to adults. Once the manipulative adults got involved, thats when his real troubles started - all they could see, were $$$! Without a doubt, one of the greatest showmen to have lived, as per the late Freddie Mercury.


638) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car Racing 2009 (Message 911640)
Posted 26 Jun 2009 by Iona
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A former barrister and amateur racing driver, Mosley was a founder and co-owner of March Engineering, a successful racing car constructor and Formula One racing team. He looked after legal and commercial issues for the company between 1969 and 1977. In the late 1970s, Mosley became the official legal adviser to the Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA), the body which represents Formula One constructors. In this role he drew up the first version of the Concorde Agreement, which settled a long-standing dispute between FOCA and the Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA), the then governing body of Formula One. Mosley was elected president of FISA in 1991 and became president of the FIA, FISA's parent body, in 1993.



Quite incrdible, really, that he 'forgot his roots', but then, it also says much about him and how out of touch he has become. I was aware of his involvement with March, which made his actions in recent years even more difficult to understand. Oh well, at least he is going....



639) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Michael Jackson dead? (Message 911638)
Posted 26 Jun 2009 by Iona
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He was a tormented soul. A real image of what a harsh upbringing with very ambitious parents and being famous already as a child can do to a person.

I hope his children now have a chance of getting a relatively normal upbringing.

Yes, he invented moon walk, and his music will stand for the next decades. Let's remember him for his talents.

Rest in peace, Michael.



I was never really a fan, but, the Thriller album and video, were awesome and I can't say more than the above comments.



640) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car Racing 2009 (Message 911408)
Posted 25 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
One can only conclude that, as per any lawyer, he spoke loudly to some people and said nothing to others, That, is probably something you could trace back to his involvement with his father's politics (Oswald Mosley - in 1930's UK).


641) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car Racing 2009 (Message 911384)
Posted 25 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
I think Mad Max has been the 'big cheese' at the FIA for about 15 years. All you have to do, is spot when the really silly rules started coming in, like, no tyre changes (potentially life-threatening) etc, etc.....


642) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car Racing 2009 (Message 911342)
Posted 25 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
I will be pleased, when Mad Max has actually gone. His tenure has been a rather troublesome one, to say the least. Perhaps we will see some of the 'dumped circuits' make a very welcome returm to the F1 season and be rid of the 'staged events'. I might even hold my breath.....but not for too long! lol


643) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Farrah Fawcett passed away. (Message 911339)
Posted 25 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
Thats a shock. I really wasn't expecting that to happen so quickly. Sleep well, Angel.


644) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car Racing 2009 (Message 910810)
Posted 24 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
In F1, the primary reasons for the threatened split, were Max Mosley and his autocratic style of governance and the teams having no say on the rules, he was trying to bring in. How can you have budget caps, when the rules keep changing on a whim?

Lets be quite honest here, if you keep changing the rules every season (as it seemed), you are creating additional costs....that nice 3 litre V10 that once worked so well and had a development path, became a rather expensive piece of scrap metal, when the regs changed to using a 2.4 litre V8. You can't just saw off 2 cylinders (both engines are 300cc per cylinder) and expect it to work. About the only things that could have been used from the bare V10 engine, would've been the pistons, rings, rods, a few bearings and some nuts and bolts - the rest goes in the bin. Any engineer, knows that unit cost reductions come with longevity of production, with a development path, production volume and this just wasn't happening. A smaller engine, with the smaller masses involved, will also tend to be one that will rev higher.

Mosley, who is not an engineer, but a barrister (lawyer) just couldn't see this blinding piece of logic. The same principles for the regulation changes to the front and rear wings, also apply. Changes cost money. Gone are the days when the engineers for racing teams, were enthusiasts who basically worked for the love of it and a couple of drinks in the pub! Good engineers, also cost money. Time spent, prototyping, testing, modifying and making something brand new, costs money - lots of it. The smaller teams, who used 'customer engines', were not the ones who bore the brunt of the costs involved with making new engines etc - it was the manufacturers like Mercedes, Toyota, Ferrari, Renault and formerly, Honda.

While an agreement has been reached, I can't see why there should not be, super-charged or turbo-charged engines allowed to be used, with capacity restrictions and allowances also made to permit even diesel engines to be used. Years ago, in F1, we had cars with turbo-charged engines using active suspension...now look at it!


645) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Where is everyone? (Message 910793)
Posted 24 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
Southend-on-Sea, Essex. I did the reverse to Andy Worth, having moved from a quiet little town in Devon. Just like WSM, though, Southend is a seaside 'resort' - I, however, prefer to call it a dump!
646) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Kittyman........yay or nay? (Message 910191)
Posted 22 Jun 2009 by Iona
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Don't you ever get tired of seeking external justification? There's nothing to be gained from your question or this thread. "Stay or go", it's up to you . . . and you will do what you want to do anyway. You've caused a lot of problems in the past and I suspect you will cause more in the future unless you find a way to control the source of your problems.

Stay if you can stop being a problem, go if you can not. It's really a simple answer to your question, just difficult to implement . . . apparently.


Often, people create problems where there were none - just for the sake of it.


647) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Kittyman's fire truck roll call....where do they all go? (Message 908962)
Posted 18 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
Hi Mark
Do you send your trucks out to other countries, or is your company doing domestic orders only?
Bruce ;-p

The majority of our production is sold here in the United States, but we have sold equipment to many other countries as well as our Navy, Army, and Marine bases around the world. We even produce some left-hand drive models on occasion for use in countries where they have a penchant for driving on 'the other side of the road'...LOL.

The Pierce website has a page linking to their International Dealers.



I wonder what you'd make of a 'Crash Tender' that was 6WD, 4WS was centre-drive, had a 6 speed pre-select split range box and a V12 'under the bonnet (a 'land' version of the R-R Merlin engine, mainly used in the Centurion tank and called the Meteor engine). Yes, I have driven one and it was awesome!

648) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car Racing 2009 (Message 908938)
Posted 18 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
The Peugeot are fast but 24 Hours is a Race for Audi :)

Greetings from Germany NRW
Ulli





Hmmm. I think the result was Peugeot 1st and 2nd, Audi 3rd....


649) Message boards : Number crunching : Lots of Validate Errors - Resolution (Eric strikes again?) (Message 908505)
Posted 17 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
Sorry - I do not know what's happend here as this is with the stock seti app and not an optimized app. System is cooled very good as it's in production. I will investigate what's up.

Don't think this a problem with your rigs. Mine is overclocked and optimised, but nothing like this has happened over the past year.

F.


I've had it before on Seti Beta, the trick is try not to report straight after uploading, it happens when the validater can't find your uploaded files,
some 5.10.x versions of Boinc were prone to it, because they reported too soon after upload.

Claggy


The two 'validate errors' that I've got, were uploaded last night.....reported at about 18.45 UTC today. On the other PC, I've also got a 'missing' WU - its not in the list at this end and the 'result' for it, at that end, shows it as being in progress. I think its fair to say that, something is not quite right.


650) Message boards : Number crunching : Lots of Validate Errors - Resolution (Eric strikes again?) (Message 908475)
Posted 17 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
The defence rests, m'lud.

651) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Sooooooooo........... (Message 908471)
Posted 17 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
One of my Kitties is missing :(

Chucky hasn't been seen for a few days now. Tom cat's do that sometimes, but it's getting about time I'm going to have to go looking for him.

I hope he finds his wayward way home soon!!!



If he does, it'll be when he feels like it. When I lived in Sydney, we had a Seal Point Siamese ('old Siamese', not the ghastly over-bred things that are the norm, these days) and he'd 'go walkabout' for 7 - 10 days at a time. Within the last eight months, a cat we've had for about six years, decided he was moving next door - he may have decided that he'd prefer not to share food with any of the other cats! lol


652) Message boards : Number crunching : Lots of Validate Errors - Resolution (Eric strikes again?) (Message 908462)
Posted 17 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
I've got two 'validate errors' on two tasks, reported earlier this evening. Its the first time I've had one, let alone, two!

653) Message boards : Number crunching : pc power consumption (Message 907294)
Posted 13 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
I may seem to have 'over-kill' on one of my PCs.....an 850W Modular PSU feeding an MSI P35 Platinum, Intel E6550 CPU (2.33GHz @ 1.066 GHz), 2 GB Patriot DDR2 RAM, 2 X NEC DVD 'burners', 2 X Hitachi 500 GB drives, an X-Fi Platinum and an elderly (but quite adequate) Radeon X1900XTX. Cost was a consideration, naturally, but, the biggest considerations were given to the current delivery capability and future upgrades. While there were PSU's that could meet the total demands of the system, when I looked more closely at things, it was not 'all light'. The amount of current that a PSU can safely deliver on the various 'rails', has to be considered - many modern multi-rail PSUs cannot match some of the older 'desireable' PSUs with their single rail, for current delivery.

I like peace and quiet, too....I will therefore, more likely, select a PSU with 12 cm fans running at, say, 1200 rpm, as against one with 9 cm fans running at 3000 rpm. Moving air, is noisy and I have gone down that path. With my choices and buying a quiet PSU that delivers the current needed on all the rails, I have also ended up with a PC, that is quieter, more powerful and cheaper to run, than a 3.2 GHz P4 that I used to run (and still have) with a 550w PSU.

Keep crunching, Iona XXX


PS. Did I mention that I have a CGLI Elect Tech Cert?
654) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Kittyman........yay or nay? (Message 907278)
Posted 13 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
Yep, everything in moderation.


Things in moderation, Uli, are very often the problem. lol

Regards, Iona

655) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Sooooooooo........... (Message 907264)
Posted 13 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
I'm not exactly elated, either. Perhaps a little dose of 'fixed term contracts' and accounting for one's actions is a way forward. I sincerely hope Angela is soon feeling 100% - which really means 200% minimum, compared to you men! :P

Iona

656) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (16) Server problems (Message 907252)
Posted 13 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
Ah, the weekend is upon us and our friend Chaos, seems to be afoot. In other words, I've several WUs to upload/report and they're going nowhere!

Happy days.

657) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Kittyman........yay or nay? (Message 906255)
Posted 11 Jun 2009 by Iona
Post:
Kittyman, every person has value. We are a community of friends here and I value your friendship. I will be happy to state that whenever and wherever it needs to be heard. Many amongst us struggle with mental illness. Many amongst us struggle with addiction. I hope that you find comfort and friendship in this community, as these gifts are present here in great abundance.

Fondly,
Angela



What lovely thoughts, you've expressed, Angela. We've come some way from the days when 'gentle-folk', would pay to visit the notorious Bethlem Hospital, finding amusement in the plight of the patients, and were often provided with sticks to antagonise them with. Sometimes however, I wonder if some people today, are really any better than those so-called visitors to Bedlam. I also greatly value Mark's friendship and I'm more than happy to state that. A big, "yay", "yes", "oui" or whatever.

Iona


658) Message boards : Cafe SETI : To the Kitty People VII..... (Message 901919)
Posted 31 May 2009 by Iona
Post:
I'll raise you two meows and four mews! I think I win this, paws down.
659) Message boards : Number crunching : Possibly no MB work for a week!!! (Message 879427)
Posted 26 Mar 2009 by Iona
Post:
Interestingly, very occasional tasks do seem to be leaking out. One arrived here at 8.43 UTC this morning.


Yes, I had one WU go to one of my PCs, this afternoon. I guess Thumper (oddly enough, one of my cats is called Thumper) knew I was going to be on holiday, this week and I was going to 'hit it'! D'oh. Beginning to wish I didn't have an opti-app for MB, now.


660) Message boards : Cafe SETI : We've GOT to get this in the U.S. (Message 879410)
Posted 26 Mar 2009 by Iona
Post:
I agree with John here.
I dont think they will get a license for europe.

On the other Dacia got a license what i can´t believe.
We made a crash test in our company with only 20 miles of speed.
The car was damaged til the back seat.
All paasengers would be dead.


Here is a crash test video of a large car in China, called Brilliance.
It earned a 1star rating in crash tests.
Very scary. It folds like a paper bag.

I can't imagine what would happen to that little Tata Nano.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbe5ILICT4M


Crash worthiness in the standard tests depends much more on design than on size. A large vehicle may have a longer crumple zone and a more rigid cabin, but it also has to stop more weight.



True enough. The Nano uses quite a bit of plastics in the bodywork, not unlike the Smart and lets face it, there are loads of cars that have done that for years - Lotus, Citroen and thousands of different 'kit cars', all to save weight. A bit of aluminium 'honey-comb', some fancy bonding and it'd be fine once you'd stuck a GSXR engine in it! All in all though, I think I'd sooner be in one of my Honda Legends in an accident, than a Nano. On second thoughts, I'd rather see a Nano wrecked, than any of my Legends! lol

661) Message boards : Cafe SETI : We've GOT to get this in the U.S. (Message 878702)
Posted 23 Mar 2009 by Iona
Post:
Does this Car have a 4 cycle or a 2 cycle engine? If It has a 2, I don't know where this car can go, In the US It would need to meet all existing safety and tailpipe standards first and from what I've read the factory to make lots these cars is still being built and the company is still needing to renegotiate a $2 billion loan they got to buy 2 Car Lines that they then bought from Ford.


As far as I know, they use 4 stroke engines - 3 cylinders, I think. Don't forget, Tata also own Jaguar and Land Rover these days, as well as having large interests in steel production. I think that the idea is, to flood the markets with these small cars, so that in any collision test, they'd be going against another of the same, so.......... You get my 'drift'?! lol


662) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Car Racing 2009 (Message 878558)
Posted 23 Mar 2009 by Iona
Post:
I think you have to be a little careful, when making comments about McClaren- Mercedes and cheating. They were basically found guilty by a 'kangaroo court', for starters and by accepting 'guilt', saved themselves a fortune - it was the cheapest option. Lets not forget, that this was based on the actions of a few employees of the respective teams; other teams were also found to have information that they should not have had. Renault being one of them, suffered no penalty at all. There is nothing quite like a level circuit, eh? Bending rules is one thing, but on the track, the sort of 'strategies' employed by a certain former F1 WDC, who drove for an Italian team, beggared belief! There again, he'd probably learned a few things from a Brazilian driver and a French driver and became worse than the pair of them put together.

As for me, aside from my almost annual pilgrimage to Silverstone this year (which will probably be my last visit to the British GP) I won't be taking much interest in F1. The almost constant rule changes, have stifled development and increased costs hugely and driven away the fans. Its a bit rich for the idiots in charge of F1 (Barmy Bernie and Mad Max), pushing through changes to make F1 cheaper, when it was their constant rule changes that pushed-up the costs. One year, you have a 3000cc V10 (as was the norm in recent years), the next year it has to be a 2400cc V8 and its not a case of just cutting off 2 cylnders; the only parts you could keep common, would be pistons, rings, liners (if any), valves, water pump (?), hydraulic pump, possibly the con-rods and some bearings - the rest goes in the scrap bin! Thats waste on a massive scale. The reason the Ford-Cosworth engine, was so successful, was due to it being developed over a period of time and virtually being in continual development, as were, in latter years, the Honda and Renault turbo-charged engines. Besides, I'd sooner listen, to a Ferrari V12 howl or the shriek from a Honda turbo, than the demented buzzing from a 2.4l V8!

Sorry for the rant, but the bosses of F1 are, to me, little different to Nero - they've also got their fiddles going and its the sport that is getting burned.

663) Message boards : Number crunching : Claimed Credit Vs Granted Credit (Message 875877)
Posted 15 Mar 2009 by Iona
Post:
I'm glad I found this thread. I just starting doing CUDA and I noticed all these inflated 'claimed' credits. I was worried my slight overclock was somehow corrupting work, so glad that's not the case. It's not really fair that cuda/cuda credit is inflated versus cuda/cpu, hope that gets fixed soon.




I wonder what you'd make of this WU, as the app appears to have claimed a little under! http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/workunit.php?wuid=423263917
I'm pretty unhappy about it, as you might imagine. Various expressions come to mind, but it may mean that in future, I might consider 'losing' WUs with a CUDA 'wingman'.



664) Message boards : Cafe SETI : . . . i can hear a pin drop in 'ere (Message 874159)
Posted 9 Mar 2009 by Iona
Post:
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. . . anybody else know anything regarding the following camera - i bought it @ a fleemarket for $12.00us ;) > had to clean-up the casing - 2 batteries had leaked over the years - no damage 'cept for the cosmetic



it works quite well - btw ;)

edit: it's the Minolta 7000 MAXXUM

a mannual can be downloaded from here(pdf part 1&2)



> Thanks John - it's appreciated



I think I recognise the lens..... its the 35mm to 70mm F3.5/4 Zoom - I had one on a Minolta 9000 (with an expensive DataBack) and also used it on a Minolta Dynax 7000i. Good lens.

665) Message boards : Politics : western world human rights violation is ok? (Message 873485)
Posted 7 Mar 2009 by Iona
Post:
OK, Anthony, you have a wish to die. Be patient, it'll come sooner or later and without any 'rights' being violated. There are probably some people who think that death, is a violation of their 'rights', as much as having children is a 'right'. The ability to have children is a gift, as is Life. If you want to throw a gift away, then, thats your privelige, not your 'right'!

Ten years ago, I had a Brain Tumour and for any multitude of reasons, my employers at that time, decided that I was going to be ex-employee. You would not believe the petty rubbish that was thrown in my direction, but, I just about managed to retain my sanity. I negotiated a 'Termination of Contract' with some very ugly threats behind it (mine), backed-up by documented evidence (including notes and recordings), which I still have. It cost them dearly, to avoid going to Court - a years pay, in fact. No-one was putting me through that rubbish and walking away!

Now, I'm working in the Legal Department of a local Authority - I figured that having some training in the Law, would probably be a good thing to have. It will be, when I nail my former employers for infringement of copyright material! However, in the last ten years, I've made some brilliant friends, here, for example and I'm actually enjoying the most 'stable' years of my Life, to date.

Life is not a right; it is a gift we get once. Make the most of it and enjoy as much of it as you can. When was the last time, you sat in a quiet secluded wood and looked in wonder at a bird?

666) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Skynet? (Message 873472)
Posted 7 Mar 2009 by Iona
Post:
"HAL"; 1 letter each away from "IBM"; the article also reminds me of "Colossus: The Forbin Project"


2001 still mesmerizes me every time I watch it.
It's quite interesting to see movie "tech" that we actually surpassed by the real 2001, and the tech that we won't likely accomplish before the 21st century.

Uh, it is the 21st century; you must mean the 22nd.


LOL! Yikes! Yeah...
9 years in & I'm still thinking 20th :P
Should really stop listening to XM 80s, buy a Disturbed album & step into the new millennium ; > )

Gooottt....tooo...leeettt....iiitttt....goooo.......


I've been listening to old Black Sabbath from the '60s and '70s all day. ;)


Prefer Deep Purple (Mk 2), Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord and Paice.....definitely last century and long may it reign.

667) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Skynet? (Message 873032)
Posted 6 Mar 2009 by Iona
Post:
"HAL"; 1 letter each away from "IBM"; the article also reminds me of "Colossus: The Forbin Project"



One of my old P4 PCs, was called 'Colossus'.....this one is called 'Proteus'! I also had one called HAL (and a SAL), however, none of them ever exhibited any inclination towards Megalomania, thanks to their Microsoft OSs. With many authorities in the UK, obsessed with CCTV and this new potential, it is getting a little worrying though. There again, as long as MS do the OS for these 'bots, we'll be fine. lol



668) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A kitty thank you........ (Message 870914)
Posted 1 Mar 2009 by Iona
Post:
Hello again, Mark - its nice to see you back. I hope you'll be staying around a little longer, this time.





669) Message boards : Cafe SETI : To the kitty people VI...... (Message 870426)
Posted 28 Feb 2009 by Iona
Post:
Sorry, uli, but the place I got the 'pill shooter' from, does not list it, no their on-line store. That seems rather silly for, what is probably, the largest store for pet products, in the UK! Even sillier, is the fact that I could walk into the store, and it would only cost me about £4!


670) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What was your first? (Message 868010)
Posted 22 Feb 2009 by Iona
Post:
Here's My 1st computer.


An ATARI 400 w/64K ram!



Yay, that was my first one, too. It only had 16k of RAM and it still works, as does the 800XL, 130XE, 520 STFM (4 Megs fitted with Overscan graphics mod) and an IBM XT. First computer I used was a DEC PDP-8 - I loved the colours they came in!


671) Message boards : Cafe SETI : . . . tHe OFF-TOPIC Thread: Part deux (Message 867991)
Posted 22 Feb 2009 by Iona
Post:
Oh no, pictures of Victoria Beckham are even being found here! lol


672) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (12) Server problems (Message 867763)
Posted 21 Feb 2009 by Iona
Post:
My CPU/HS fan speed has dropped by about 100 rpm, in the last 6 weeks. I've got WUs, but there is probably no sense in adding to the 'log jam'.
673) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thought of the day. (Message 863278)
Posted 7 Feb 2009 by Iona
Post:
"Only the mediocre are always at their best."
- Jean Giraudoux.


That one, I must remember! lol


674) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thought of the day. (Message 863276)
Posted 7 Feb 2009 by Iona
Post:
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

W.B. Yeats

675) Message boards : Politics : The selling off of American Energy Companies (Message 863262)
Posted 7 Feb 2009 by Iona
Post:
Where it is, now!

676) Message boards : Number crunching : End of Seti (for me) !! (Message 863165)
Posted 7 Feb 2009 by Iona
Post:
Everyone that is using electricity for heating should leave the PC running anyway in the cold season - the heat in the house will cost you the same if it is produced by your PC or by your electric furnace.

Wow. Great idea.
BOINC team should develope crunching rig with high heat production and start selling it with a motto "Don't waste power - crunch for heat!"


I can thoroughly recommend my old 3.2 GHz P4 Prescotts....the temperature in the room where they were, has dropped markedly, since they were replaced by Core 2 Duo powered PCs!


677) Message boards : Number crunching : zero credit (Message 863153)
Posted 7 Feb 2009 by Iona
Post:
I will assume, this is the right place to post these slightly odd MB WU results....http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/workunit.php?wuid=409540427 Both results look the same to me, but then, I'm not a computer!
678) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What Is Your Weather Like? II (Message 860649)
Posted 1 Feb 2009 by Iona
Post:
It is rather cold here, in South Essex; around 2 C but it feels much less than that, with a 20 mph ENE wind straight off the Thames Estuary/English Channel. If you are coming this way, Andy, packing that extra clothing will be a good idea - might also be an idea to have a couple of flasks of boiling water with you, as well, keeping the coffee/tea, sugar and milk, seperate. The forecast for later this afternoon, is looking pretty bleak, with 2" - 4" drifting snow being predicted tonight and a low of -2. That'll make my trip to work, tomorrow, a little less boring! I expect the usual assortment of idiots in their BMWs, will still be 'cutting people up' and 'tail-gating'.

679) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Music Video thread [3] - CLOSED! (Message 860395)
Posted 31 Jan 2009 by Iona
Post:
I don't think others are that much different Mark.
I don't talk that much normally but sometimes it must be.
Some like it and some don't.
I don't care.

I´m the fishy-Man
Sorry couldn´t resist.

I knew It, I knew It, Something is Fishy here alright. ;(


Yes indeed. Fish also has a certain smell to it.


680) Message boards : Cafe SETI : To the kitty people VI...... (Message 860155)
Posted 31 Jan 2009 by Iona
Post:
Yes, that Purina is good stuff...my little darlings (and the not so little) have been happily chomping it for about the last 2 months or so, off and on. They usually have Purina One, but were more than happy with that one - they just don't seem to like any other brand though (Iam's etc) although they did seem to like Hills 'Science Diet'. Sometimes I think it would be cheaper to buy a chicken, cook it, let it cool, put it in the middle of the kitchen floor and get out of there, fast!

I loved the post about giving a cat a pill - all of it sounds very familiar. I only hope my laughing didn't wake the neighbours up. However, there is a much simpler way to do it. About 6 months ago, I came across a 'pill syringe' and it works brilliantly on cats. Its like a syringe, with a clear, hard plastic tube on the end (instead of a needle) and on the end of that tube are a pair of plastic claws. The plunger of this thing, has a rod on the end of it, that goes inside the tube and extends about 1/4" past the claws. You just pop the pill in the claws, move the plunger until the end of the rod is about 1/2" from the pill, put the tube in the cat's mouth and give the plunger a quick press. Hey presto; one pill, usually delivered to the back of the throat and gone!

681) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Music Video thread [3] - CLOSED! (Message 860086)
Posted 31 Jan 2009 by Iona
Post:
Most of my kitties are awake and someone has to feed them their breakfast..... Oh and I like the music, too. Nice to see you back, Mark.

682) Message boards : Cafe SETI : To the kitty people VI...... (Message 854437)
Posted 16 Jan 2009 by Iona
Post:
For what it's worth...of course you should stay!

I second the motion. :)


The motion is carried...


683) Message boards : Cafe SETI : True Music the 3rd,,,,,,,,,,, (Message 854429)
Posted 16 Jan 2009 by Iona
Post:
Not sure if this is real music, as it were, but I love Kenny Rogers and The Gambler. Maybe there is something in that for everyone?

Wish you had that heat sink installed........

But this should heat ya up........you on the wrong side of the pond, gurl...

Does this work for you???



Oh yes, that works for me....on an open, quiet road in the early morning with no traffic for miles. I'll stick to passsive cooling for myself - for the CPU I'll use stick with Scythe coolers.
684) Message boards : Cafe SETI : To the kitty people VI...... (Message 854421)
Posted 16 Jan 2009 by Iona
Post:
How about, Stay, by Sash? I loved The Clash.... London Calling, or is it, No More Heroes? Yes, I know, I can be a witty minx, at times.

685) Message boards : Cafe SETI : True Music the 3rd,,,,,,,,,,, (Message 854410)
Posted 16 Jan 2009 by Iona
Post:
Not sure if this is real music, as it were, but I love Kenny Rogers and The Gambler. Maybe there is something in that for everyone?
686) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Patrick Joseph McGoohan (March 19, 1928 – January 13, 2009) (Message 854017)
Posted 16 Jan 2009 by Iona
Post:
I tried posting this, several hours ago, but...... A very under-rated actor, whom I will always picture, in a Lotus 7 (KAR 120C) with the wind in his hair. Number 6 has made his escape.

687) Message boards : Number crunching : Cuda is as Cuda does,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, (Message 851901)
Posted 10 Jan 2009 by Iona
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I can quite understand how Mark must feel. As a former engineer, I'm far from happy with what may have passed as QC for CUDA - lots of things just don't make sense. Mark may be a friend and a fellow 'Kitty Person', but that does not mean I have to agree with him! Maybe it is me being 'British' which makes me 'stick up' for him, maybe not. I see a guy who is passionate about what he is doing and wants to see it done properly. Only people who have no feelings towards something, can be dispassionate and unmoved. Mark, quire clearly believes in what he is doing (never mind the outlay of time and equipment) and expresses himself very passionately. I would, too. For Heaven's sake, cut the guy a little slack (as US Marines used to say at RAF St Mawgan - and still do, elsewhere).

688) Message boards : Number crunching : Cuda is as Cuda does,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, (Message 851855)
Posted 10 Jan 2009 by Iona
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I guess this is not a discussion about the Plymouth 440 Cuda, or the like.....

689) Message boards : Number crunching : Random Musings About the Value of CPUs vs CUDA (Message 851774)
Posted 10 Jan 2009 by Iona
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think some of you just lost the meaning of s@h. It isn't about getting a massive amount of credits, being 1st in tables or any such thing. IMO it's just a pure joy of taking part in worldwide project, that might lead to a biggest discovery ever made. I don't care, if the CUDA works perfectly or not, or how many points it'll make per day, I guess I'll stick to my 1,6 Celeron M. If some of you think, that the whole BOINC is just about getting more&more points, then why don't you upgrade your gear constantly and focus on 3dMark, seeing all the digits getting there higher every time should give just as much satifaction as s@h. It doesn't matter what gear do you have, does it take you 3k sec for one chunk or 300k sec, what matters now is the contribution and faith in receiving phonecall from c3p0;]


Well said and welcome..

When i first began with seti that was my main goal also but after the years it has become merly an obsession instead of getting the highest rank possible but maintaining 100% accurate results..
I for my self has been overclocking my computers since i got Commodore Amigas and that is now 18 years ago i started doing this and has been doing it since then..
So all in all the goal is now for me to have a decent powerusage with my main machine home and to get it done with aircooling alone maintaining its highest peak and then i back it up a bit just to be safe and sound and my electricity bill wont skyrocket too much.. It's pointing upwards more and more anyhow :)

Well ... Many of us nowadays use s@h as both an extreme hobby to get the most out of it (RAC) and maintaining validness of the work beeing done.

Cuda at present time is in my oppinion considered "dodgy" but that will also be corrected later on. The good thing about it that the code if it calculates through an entire WU produces accurate results and if not the code fails in the beginning and eventually knocks out the gfx driver so all in all that is good but the validators at berkeley need to know somehow becuase if two graphiccards calculate the WU and fails and then a Cpu person comes along and chews the wu in 10000 seconds that person won't be getting the credits what he deserves for doing that and that is truly an annoying fact..

But in the end when the staff which by all means are doing a hell of a job maintaining this huuuge project corrects this they tend to even this out with scripts which corrects things that have occured and so on so i have total faith and respect for all crew members at s@h berkeley..

Hope you get an insight of why some of us tend to bark and getting annoyed on this forums.. The solution in nearly all cases in the years has been around the corner from my point of view..

Kind regards Vyper



I'll add to that and say that I don't run my PCs 24/7 on S@H....thats not what they were thrown together for. Potentially, in GPUs, there is a huge amount of computing power that has been untapped - until now. Yes, I've also seen some pretty annoying instances, of 'CUDA wingmen' being credited for work that they should have got nothing for - I've had that happen to me, due to a bad OCZ RAM module on a P4 Prescott. The term, level playing fields, comes to mind. It is obviously going to take time for the reason for the 'failures' to be deduced and the fix to be implemented. Having said that, that could mean that the latest driver for a GPU, may not work properly with the app and have to 'roll-back' - we've probably all seen instances of this in the past. I have, hence my switch to ATI cards over 5 years ago. Personal 'glory', is not why I run this project, but through it I've found some truly amazing people - for that alone, I'm thankful.

For myself, when the CUDA app is 100% reliable and not driver specific, if it takes a 'CUDA PC' 3 mins to do the same job, as it takes my PC 40 mins, well, thats the way of things. I will not, however, be rushing out to buy a CUDA card, or perform a huge m/b, CPU and RAM upgrade - because I can't justify that cost to myself, for my primary purposes for using the PCs. Nor will I try to justify it. Both PCs here, are more than adequate for their purposes with some life left in them. All I'm doing, is putting that spare time to a constructive purpose and, S@H is that constructive purpose.

690) Message boards : Cafe SETI : . . . the aRt gaLLery is CLOSED (Message 851697)
Posted 10 Jan 2009 by Iona
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. . . Thanks Robert - Lady Joanne says Thanks too

. . . this is an Asus - Ultra Green EcoBook laptop - done with a bamboo veneer






I like that. Very simple, stylish and sophisticated, without being 'vulgar'. Yes, I'm one of those people who has loved 'Art Deco' for far longer than many others have.


691) Message boards : Number crunching : Queue on new machine (Message 851693)
Posted 10 Jan 2009 by Iona
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I know this may be the wrong thread for this question but it has been bugging.

Is it better to leave "Allow new tasks" on or as I have a large cache 7 days an am running a fast dual core machine that crunches units quick, to set it to no new tasks.

I run 6.4.5 but with an Optimized App and do not crunch AP units, it hasn't downloaded any at all.

Any suggestions welcome.

Thanks in advance.



I have a similar problem, with my latest (less ancient) PC and I have the cache set globally at 1 day. In its first day of operation, about 40 WUs were sent to it. As I did on the other Core 2 machine, I simply switch off "allow new work", then when I get to the last few WUs, switch it back on, then off again once the WUs have been downloaded. It sorts itslef out after a while.....

692) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Windows 7 suggestions (Message 851673)
Posted 10 Jan 2009 by Iona
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To be honest, since I installed the opti-app I have typically seen reductions in executed times of over 50% - perhaps the app has found a 'sweet spot' with the MSI P35 Platinum boards in both my Core 2 machines. I certainly never saw this level of time reduction on my P4 Prescotts, understandably.

To stay on topic, I'd hope that Win 7 is as stable as an old P200 PC I had, and one that I've revived (with a huge P2/350!). It ran/runs DOS 6, Win 3.1 with the PC Tools for Windows V2 'overlay' and Win 95. Believe it or not, in spite of being, essentially, a triple-boot system, it never crashed once, in 3 years in its original form.
693) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Windows 7 suggestions (Message 851665)
Posted 10 Jan 2009 by Iona
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This probably won't be of much interest, but a 'wingman' on a WU recently done, was running Windows 7 and it seems he is a tester.
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/workunit.php?wuid=392512387



He needed 3 times more than you with the same CPU.
OK you are using optimized app the wingman stock.



Yes, optimised apps will be a little thin on the ground for Win 7, or could it run the apps for previous versions of Windows?

694) Message boards : Politics : The selling off of American Energy Companies (Message 851659)
Posted 10 Jan 2009 by Iona
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Well, in the UK, all the nationalised electricity, gas and water companies (and much more) were 'sold' or allowed to be stolen, during the reign of Evil Witch (Thatcher the milk snatcher).The electricity companies are now controlled mainly by French companies and we now enjoy what are probably, the highest electricity prices in Europe. The bit that really gets me, is, to add insult to injury, in France, these same companies are subject to price controls, set by the French government! Not so, here - in fact UK residents are not only filling the coffers of foreign 'investors' (I call them something quite different), but subsidising French customers.

All electricity, gas, water, and if applicable, oil companies should be controlled at a national level (state controlled), so that everyone pays the same price. Lets face it, with the convoluted way that private companies are often financed and controlled, can you really be sure that any profits are not being used against your interests, rather than making life a bit fairer for everyone? Capitalism can, just as easily, work against you.


695) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Windows 7 suggestions (Message 851652)
Posted 10 Jan 2009 by Iona
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This probably won't be of much interest, but a 'wingman' on a WU recently done, was running Windows 7 and it seems he is a tester.
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/workunit.php?wuid=392512387





696) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seems our alien friends disapprove of renewable energy! (Message 851427)
Posted 9 Jan 2009 by Iona
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You have to love sensationalist Journalism :D

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/ufos/article2108149.ece



Ah, The Sun..... No more needs to be said.



697) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seems our alien friends disapprove of renewable energy! (Message 850918)
Posted 8 Jan 2009 by Iona
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Yes, that's going to be the thing isn't it, but I don't believe for a moment the Government would let them announce an unknown alloy to the World, so this will get put down to Ice...


Are you suggesting that we should blame Ice? I thought that was Misfit's claim.

Seriously though ...

There is a considerable level of out of balance vibration in these machines, which is exacerbated by the changing/gusting wind requiring continuous monitoring and turbine blade adjustment/feathering.

Over a long time, balance weight can dislodge and make any slight out-of-balance vibration worse.

It has not been unknown for this vibration to damage the glass fibre structure of the blades and for them to break off. This means monitoring and detection systems are being developed to try and prevent this type of damage. The replacement and re-balancing costs are high.

More to the point, during cold weather, like we have recently seen in the UK, Europe and North America, icing of the blades leads to very strong out-of-balance vibration. This will be much more important for blade damage, like the historical icing of ship superstructure when in Arctic conditions.

The engineering of turbine shafts for out-of-true-rotation is moving to have rotating components machined to a tolerance of 5 micron max. That means the out-of-true rotation must be within + or - 2.5 microns. This engineering will be seen in new turbines during 2009/2010.

Inspite of rotating components being machined to very tight tolerances, the final out-of-balance problems still need to be re-balanced, just like the steering tyres of a car.




You're quite right, Martin and I'm pretty sure that your summation is the correct one. The company that I used to work for, made bearings for wind turbines (amongst many other things) and it was work that had to be done to much tighter tolerances than most other RPBs (rotating plant bearings). The loadings involved can be huge and when you have things of that size, balance is critical to avoid a premature catastrophic failure. As you say, the cold weather causing icing, would also be a significant contributory factor.


698) Message boards : Number crunching : F cuda............. (Message 849815)
Posted 5 Jan 2009 by Iona
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When you look at some of the results coming from the CUDA apps, you have to wonder if they're even remotely doing the same thing as the CPU apps.

At least that WU is getting sent out again.


My results were.....

Credit multiplier is : 2.85
WU true angle range is : 0.007167
Restarted at 6.70 percent.

Flopcounter: 19390979096301.250000

Spike count: 1
Pulse count: 3
Triplet count: 3
Gaussian count: 0

The Cuda came up with.....

SETI@Home Informational message -9 result_overflow
NOTE: The number of results detected exceeds the storage space allocated.

Flopcounter: 331863280.000000

Spike count: 30
Pulse count: 0
Triplet count: 0
Gaussian count: 0

I know which one I trust.....but I guess we'll have to see what another wingman comes up with......




I've seen similar results myself, using a 'new' PC (albeit one thats nowhere near the 'bleeding edge') and when one of my old P4 Prescotts gave a result like that, I tracked it down to a bad OCZ DDR RAM module. There was an adage in engineering, that you measured something twice and cut it, once.



699) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The new Doctor is..... (Message 848991)
Posted 4 Jan 2009 by Iona
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Indeed, if he can rival David Tennant, he'll do well! That will be a very hard act to follow, though.


700) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Hm.......... (Message 848955)
Posted 3 Jan 2009 by Iona
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Words in themselves, are quite different in their perception by individuals, Mark. It is all down to the individual's interpretstion and I don't know of anyone who can account for everyone's 'take'!


701) Message boards : Number crunching : Random Musings About the Value of CPUs vs CUDA (Message 848865)
Posted 3 Jan 2009 by Iona
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Maybe, in the future, but you'd still need some sort of external controller to do all the 'house-work' - never mind the PSU, case, OS, LAN/net connection, data storage etc...... Better to get rid of the bugs, first. Probably a mistake, for me to make comments on this subject, surrounded by lots of 'big hitters'! lol


702) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The new Doctor is..... (Message 848808)
Posted 3 Jan 2009 by Iona
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Matt Smith has been named as the actor who will take over from David Tennant in Doctor Who - making him the youngest actor to take on the role.

At 26, Smith is three years younger than Peter Davison when he signed up to play the fifth Doctor in 1981.

Smith will first appear on TV screens as the 11th Doctor in 2010.

He was cast over Christmas and will begin filming for the fifth series of Doctor Who in the summer. Tennant is filming four specials in 2009.

Smith was named as Tennant's replacement in Saturday's edition of Doctor Who Confidential on BBC One.

He said: "I feel proud and honoured to have been given this opportunity to join a team of people that has worked so tirelessly to make the show so thrilling.

"David Tennant has made the role his own, brilliantly, with grace, talent and persistent dedication. I hope to learn from the standards set by him.

"The challenge for me is to do justice to the show's illustrious past, my predecessors, and most importantly, to those who watch it. I really cannot wait."

Piers Wenger, head of drama at BBC Wales, said that as soon as he had seen Smith's audition he "knew he was the one".


Courtesy of the BBC News site.




703) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Merry Christmas from the kitties and me........ (Message 844610)
Posted 24 Dec 2008 by Iona
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I'll also take this opportunity to wish everyone here, as well as all our furry friends (and the not so furry), my best hopes and wishes for the Christmas period and, the New Year to come. An especially warm wish, goes to Jim-R, wherever he may be.

Have a wonderful time, everyone. May your HSFs and fans be quiet, your CPUs never run hot and your PSUs deliver solid, stable current!


704) Message boards : Politics : The unions have been hung by their own petards.............. (Message 839679)
Posted 13 Dec 2008 by Iona
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You've obviously spent longer living in Australia, than I did! A SUV, is different to a 'work horse' and always will be. City 'posers' have a different 'need' from a vehicle. Still its not as bad as Land Rover, who were once dominant, until the Discovery was unleashed and they lost those 'work horse' sales to the Land Cruiser - because they didn't break down. My uncle, in Australia has a SUV; its a Toyota as are most of his friends and associates.

If you have any doubts that my 'odd' Legend produces 225 bhp, then you are quite welcome to pay me a visit and I will demonstrate how I deal with the local 'boy racers' in their Subaru Imprezzas. I suppose the dyno could have been lying, too - 209 bhp at the wheels and with a Drag Co-efficient of only 0.31 means it is aerodymically, quite efficient, too. That same car, failed a UK MOT Test, on the emmissions test, twice, simply because the testers recorded figures that were too low! It is obviously not a standard UK spec engine, but there is no evidence that it has been altered, which can only mean that it is a Japanese spec engine. Try looking for JDM engines. Oh yes, before I forget, there is no 'cat', either. At the end of the day, it is a quicker car than my 3.2 Legend Coupe (230 bhp, according to the factory) and better on fuel and it feels almost as quick as my Lexus GS300 Aristo - which has a turbo-charged 3.0l V6 under the bonnet.

You only need 10 bhp to do 60 mph and you said that 20 bhp was needed to do 70 mph. Power requirements increase massively assuming cd remains constant; even using your 20 bhp figure, power had to double for a 1/6th increase in speed. Why then, are vehicles that are obviously not aerodynamically efficient being made? Stylists and fashion! People fresh out of University with degrees in Arts (!), seem to have more input on car design than Engineers, these days and the result of this can be seen with things like the Millennium Bridge in London, over the Thames, rather than the Royal Albert Bridge, over the Tamar River! Clue; one of these bridges had to be closed for remedial work soon after it opened, but it was not the one that I. K. Brunel built!

Quentin Wilson, called the FCX Clarity, the most significant car since the Model T, not me. Take it up with him, even though I believe he is probably correct! GM showed off 'Fuel Cell' cars a few years ago; one, to be exact, but where are they?

As to the question of the Unions in the Automotive Industry, there is no easy answer. Whatever happens, the company bosses and the Union bosses, will probably not suffer financially. Thats wrong. Just as wrong as it was for the NUM officials being on full pay, when they called a strike (without a ballot) in the UK, back in the 80's. I may have been a Shop Steward for another Union, but I always represented the feelings of the members, not the Branch officers. Personally, if I was in that position, though, I would accept a reduction in pay with an appropriate reduction in working hours. Time away from the work-place often has benefits that outweigh the 'cost'.

Just for your information, when I worked in Automotive Engineering, I worked for a very profitable UK company, that was 'bought' by an ailing US company (trying to buy itself out of the obvious trouble it was in), aided by a US bank. The name of that US company was Federal Mogul and I think I'm still legally 'gagged' by them!


705) Message boards : Politics : The unions have been hung by their own petards.............. (Message 839326)
Posted 12 Dec 2008 by Iona
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Biased? Thats putting it mildly! I have never owned a car made by Ford, Chrysler or GM, or their subsidiaries - perhaps this is why I've only ever had one car, not get to my intended destination, in over 30 years! That 'letter' has got more holes in it, than certain cheeses.

Sales. Well, in Europe, GM includes more companies than Toyota, like, Opel, Vauxhall and, I believe, Saab.....3000 units more than Toyota? Thats quite an achievement - how many of those vehicles were not repaired in the first 6 months? The Ford Fusion is a European design - I was involved with component manufacturing for Zetec engines. Wow, 33 mpg, from a Malibu (whatever that is).....my 225 bhp, 1988 Honda Legend 2.7 returns 37 mpg cruising around at, um, err, more than 70 mph on the Motor-way! The reason that Toyota are also making 'pick-ups' is because, one, they are trying to make in-roads into that market, and, two, they are probably already naking them for the Australian market. In Austalia, everyone who has a 'sheep station', has a Toyota Land Cruiser or the like - if a vehicle breaks down, in the Outback, you're dead! If Ford have invested so much in 'Hybrids', why was the Honda FCX Clarity, called 'the most significant car since the Model T', by the respected UK Auto journalist, Quentin Wilson?


706) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Day the Earth Stood Still (Message 839049)
Posted 11 Dec 2008 by Iona
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I won't bother seeing the film and nor will I buy the Blu-Ray or DVD. The original film, whilst covertly sniping at the arms race, was superbly crafted - whilst the new version will probably attempt to dazzle with lots of SFX. Lets face it, remaking a good 'classic' film is merely an excuse for a lack of creative imagination. What next? Casablanca, Henry V (the 5th), or, Its a Wonderful Life?

For this reason, I sincerely hope that Forbidden Planet is left alone - even now, yaers after I first saw that film, it still prompts my imagination. For what it is worth, I thought the last version of The War of the Worlds, was truly dreadful, but then, when I saw the 1953 (?) version, I was only slightly disappointed, having read the book.

Perhaps the trouble with these re-makes, is that they either, deviate too radically from the original film/book in it's presentation, or, it becomes unrecognisable as either the film/book.


707) Message boards : Cafe SETI : First Trek film footage unveiled (Message 831140)
Posted 16 Nov 2008 by Iona
Post:
I am a big fan of Next Generation, so it is always hard to take to anything else. All Trek is good though.



Oh yes. Even Data gets a 'blue screen'! lol I love Star Trek and the idealism behind it and can only hope, that the idealism amounts to something in our future history. I'll be watching this one, for sure and wishing I lived in such a time and place. I can dream......



708) Message boards : Politics : Fun with Falling Oil Hypocrisy!! (Message 831119)
Posted 16 Nov 2008 by Iona
Post:
the great thing about oil is that it will end.



I will endeavour to help this come about, by continuing to run my two Honda Legend 2.7s (one is a 225 bhp 5 speed manual) and the 3.2 coupe. I'll be doing my bit!



709) Message boards : Politics : Invading Pakistan. (Message 830825)
Posted 15 Nov 2008 by Iona
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I think that has already happened. However, the incursions into Pakistan, can only serve to cause further alienation of a country that is a lttle 'fragile'.


710) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (10) Server problems (Message 830795)
Posted 15 Nov 2008 by Iona
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I thought something had gone wrong, when a few results were reported at around 0630 local time and no credits were returned after about 20 minutes. Oh well, its better than having WUs sent out to a 3rd machine. Perhaps the reason that the servers seem to go wrong at the weekend, is because they miss people being there!


711) Message boards : Politics : Rape victim stoned for adultery. (Message 828451)
Posted 8 Nov 2008 by Iona
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Thirteen years old........what defence is there?


712) Message boards : Number crunching : Broadband Speed Test - speedtest.net (Message 828421)
Posted 8 Nov 2008 by Iona
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Hi, I got this for London:-



and this is for Auckland:-




My service is an alleged 8 Meg with no limits - aside from the usual 'fair use' policy. Overall, its quite good, but as per anyone else, I'm trying to 'negotiate' the cost downwards to reflect what new customers pay.
713) Message boards : Number crunching : Seagate.......grrrrr (Message 825849)
Posted 2 Nov 2008 by Iona
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Quite honestly, Mark, if you do need a new drive, the Hitachi drives really are good. Obviously, I don't have one that has been running for X years continuously, but the Hitachi drives 'feel' right. Believe me, they're a long way from the dreaded 'Death Stars' from the IBM days.

My kindest regards to you, Mark


714) Message boards : Politics : Was Obama born in Kenya? (Message 825842)
Posted 1 Nov 2008 by Iona
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I await your documents, with interest.


715) Message boards : Number crunching : Seagate.......grrrrr (Message 825838)
Posted 1 Nov 2008 by Iona
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Seagate? I've heard of them, but never used them - didn't like the name! I've used Maxtor for the last 10+ years or so and never had one fail. There again, they don't get the (ab)use and I probably wouldn't want to buy a Maxtor drive built in recent years! I now use Hitachi SATA 500 GB drives and they are superb....yep, IBM sold their drive business to Hitachi - enough said.
716) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Concerned about Jim-R (Message 817829)
Posted 12 Oct 2008 by Iona
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Thanks, Stealth Eagle and OzzFan. Jim-R is one of those 'old-fashioned nuts and bolts guys', who'd help anyone out and whom I greatly respect, with his 'quiet' manner. A nice guy. As you do, I can only hope....


717) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Concerned about Jim-R (Message 817590)
Posted 12 Oct 2008 by Iona
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It might just be me, but I'm a little concerned that Jim-R seems to have 'been quiet'. On doing a little digging, I found that he has not made a posting in his usual area (Q&A) for well over 2 months and that none of his PCs have any WUs. Can anyone shed any light on this? He may only be my Team Boss, but I regard him as a friend. Thanks, in advance, for any help anyone can give.


718) Message boards : Cafe SETI : To my friend Uli...........and all kindred kitty folk (Message 817566)
Posted 12 Oct 2008 by Iona
Post:
I've always found Enya to be very relaxing as well...

On My Way Home
Book of Days
Orinoco Flow

Time to start chillin' myself and maybe relax with a fine Mohito concoction...



Thats some of my favourite music to listen to after a bad day - after a good day, come to that! My Media Player is absolutely brimming with Enya.



719) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Automobile Racing (Message 817558)
Posted 12 Oct 2008 by Iona
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Many luck for Alonso i think.

The penalty against Hamilton was just a joke.


Personally, I think that because of all these dubious decisions by, what I will call 'amateur stewards', F1 itself has become a joke. For far too many people, it looks like bias against anyone who is not driving a car that is red!



720) Message boards : Cafe SETI : To the kitty people VI...... (Message 817061)
Posted 11 Oct 2008 by Iona
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I wish you all the best in your efforts, Mark; I also hope that Bailey has a nice, loving home to go to, soon - he reminds me of my mother's cat, Tigger. About two months ago, we took in, four 'stray' kittens....its a long story, but its probably fair to say that someone had moved and their female cat had been left behind and it had kittens. You can imagine our surprise when we got a visit from an RSPCA inspector, regarding four kittens seen in our back garden - we didn't have four kittens, we had six cats! The kittens were rounded up, but the mother shot off - we regularly put food out for her and see her in the garden. I suppose that means we're feeding 11!

When I go shopping, I regularly buy extra food, to place in the boxes for the various shelters - that food includes the good quality dry food like Iams, Purina and Hills. I'd love to donate to your local shelter (as I would S@H), but its very difficult for me ro make 'credit card' payments, due to a miserable excuse for a Homo Sapien, who effectively left me holding their debts!


721) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Automobile Racing (Message 817018)
Posted 11 Oct 2008 by Iona
Post:
Yes, that was not a GT40 though, but a Ford GT. Clarkson got rid of the GT due to its unreliability and got a Lamborghini - a Gallardo I think.


722) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Automobile Racing (Message 816013)
Posted 8 Oct 2008 by Iona
Post:
One of the best Cars of all time




Over forty years later, it still looks great.



723) Message boards : Number crunching : Gonna build a new toy. . .desperately need help (Message 815992)
Posted 8 Oct 2008 by Iona
Post:


It all runs very nicely and with the combination of M/board/CPU/HSF it will happily run at 2.6 GHz on S@H at a pretty respectable 43C. There you go, women can do it too!


I don't know if you're self-limiting it, or if the cooling is slightly off, but I have an E6600 currently running at just over 3Ghz, and I backed it off from 3.2Ghz just because I wanted the fans to run cooler...[edit] and quieter [/edit] so you could probably have it do much more than 2.6 if you want. Oh, and it's at stock voltage, too.

-Dave



Yes, I probably am being a little cautious, but thats because I'm still familiarising myself with things and because there were only two fans in the PC - one in the PSU and one on the CPU heat-sink. We've just ordered a Nexus 120 mm PWM case fan to replace the fan on the heat-sink and two Xilence 120 mm fans for the case; there was also a strong temptation to get another one to replace the one in the PSU. I think we'll leave that for 12 months though! I have also got some Arctic Silver V compound which, if it works as well as it did on my s478 3.2 GHz Prescott, should be worth a reduction of around 4C or more.



724) Message boards : Number crunching : Gonna build a new toy. . .desperately need help (Message 815609)
Posted 7 Oct 2008 by Iona
Post:
I hope your build goes well. I've recently put together, for my partner, a newer PC - even in 'rip-off UK', it came in at just over £200. Some things were new and other bits were got on e-Bay....

Case - Cooler Master Elite 330/331 (the 4th I've bought)... £30 new
PSU - 650W with the all-important 8 pin plug for m/b... £26 new
M/board - MSI P35 Platinum, new/recon with MSI guarantee... £44
CPU - 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6600... £40 used
CPU HSF - OCZ Vindicator... £10 used
RAM - 2 X 1GB Patriot Extreme DDR2 PC6400... £24 new
HD - 1 X 500 GB Hitachi P7K500 SATA 2... £35 new
Graphics - 512 MB HIS Radeon X1900XTX... £35 used
Sound - SB Live! 5.1... £ 2 used

It all runs very nicely and with the combination of M/board/CPU/HSF it will happily run at 2.6 GHz on S@H at a pretty respectable 43C. There you go, women can do it too!




725) Questions and Answers : Windows : Trouble with removed optimized app. and RE-INSTALL , doesn't work (Message 812237)
Posted 26 Sep 2008 by Iona
Post:
Ah ha, so thats how it works...my thanks to you both for that info. All the same, I'm having a job to remember the last time a prog was downloaded and installed, or uninstalled, come to that, without knowing it was happening. I've been watching the boards with respect to the latest version of the software and there have been enough people having problems with it, for me to want to err on the side of caution and stick with 10.45 - then there is the issue with not having a machine on long enough to even consider running AP units. That alone, essentially precludes conciously using the latest software, but the Project downloaded an AP unit, all the same! It just goes to show, that even solicitors can have bad days! rofl


726) Questions and Answers : Windows : Trouble with removed optimized app. and RE-INSTALL , doesn't work (Message 812022)
Posted 25 Sep 2008 by Iona
Post:
Perversely, I slightly messed up an installation for an Enhanced App, which meant that once I'd cleared the WUs I had, I'd detatch and the 'ghost WUs' would get resent to other PCs.

Guess what? When I reattached to the project, it dumped the latest version of BOINC on my drive (I was running 10.45) and my Enhanced App has vanished! If there is one thing that really upsets me, its people dumping their choice of software on my machine - I didn't ask for this latest version as I was quite happy with 10.45 and the Enhanced App. Worse still, I got an AP thrown at me and I can't give any machine, that much time to crunch those damned things in the given time.

Who on Earth is deciding what software version I should be running, when I re-attach?! The AP is going to be aborted, I'm already set to not request further work and once the normal WUs are cleared, I'll reinstall 10.45 and the Enhanced App. Believe me, I came close to removing all traces of BOINC from all the PCs!


727) Message boards : Politics : aig take over .... socialism ?? (Message 810597)
Posted 21 Sep 2008 by Iona
Post:
In the UK, we've seen a large bank, that was apparently, very 'liquid', being taken over by a rival. To allow this to happen, the government basically decided to bypass regulations on competition. Not only this, but restrictions on certain practices were enabled by the FSA, with respect to the Stock Exchange. All this, and more, being the result of 'short selling'.

If I understand this correctly, in essence, 'short selling' is where a broker or financial institution 'borrows' shares and sells them cheaply, anticipating that their subsequent value will fall and then buying back those shares at a lower price, thus making a profit. The difference, they keep.

In my books, and most other people's, that is theft! If I 'borrow' something that does not belong to me and then sell it and then buy the same thing again to replace it, but at a cheaper price, I would expect a visit from the Police and a lngthy stay in a snall room in a 'Government Hotel'! If a 'stock broker' or financial institution does it, thats called business. Did I miss something?

It seems to me, that the financial 'firewalls' that have been negated, both here and in the US some years ago, were there for a reason. Now the horses have bolted; unfortunately one of those horses belonged to one of the Horseman of the Apocolypse. At the very least, some of the safeguards that allowed the 'financial meltdown' of a number of companies, will be back in place, but some have still made profit from disaster. Is greed really that good?
728) Message boards : Cafe SETI : my new car (Message 805547)
Posted 6 Sep 2008 by Iona
Post:
so I broke down and bought a 1983 vw rabbit GTI.... My question to the masses is, should i paint it flat black or another colour?




Leave it as it is. In the U.K., that car is known as the Golf GTI and is regarded by many afficianados as one of the best 'hot hatches' made - indeed it is preferable to the VR6!



729) Questions and Answers : Windows : Room is 95F. Covers on or off? (Message 805319)
Posted 5 Sep 2008 by Iona
Post:
The room is hot. Any thoughts on which is better, running with the PC covers on or off? Top of case is warm to the touch.



With an ambient temperature that high, the best thing to do, is to cool the air around the PC, but, as has been suggested, leave the covers on. With a 1.8 MHz P4, you don't have the option of reducing the number of WUs you are crunching simultaneously, so cooling the surrounding air is your best bet. Other things to consider are the obligatory removal of dust/fur/etc from all Heat Sinks and fans and maybe upgrading any fans used in your PC, to ones that offer a higher air-flow. All in all, a 12" 'desk fan' pointed in the direction of your PC is probably the cheapest and easiest option.



730) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (8) Server problems (Message 798980)
Posted 16 Aug 2008 by Iona
Post:
Oh well, its getting rather warm in the room where the two PCs are (the PC at the warm end is only running one WU at a time, whilst the PC at the cool end is running normally!), so, as I've kept them at 1 days cache, a little break might not be a bad thing. I'll have to get my 'nearest and dearest' to rig-up an extraction system, like you get with some tumble driers......



731) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Shows you watched when we were younger..... (Message 795623)
Posted 10 Aug 2008 by Iona
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I vaguely remember another Australian show that was set aboard a coast guard ship. I can’t remember the title but it aired in Canada in the mid 80’s. It helped kindle my love of all things nautical.

Sorry I can’t be more specific about the details. I was only 5 or 6 at the time and I don’t think that the programme lasted more than one season.


The show was called "Patrol Boat", starred Gary Sweet and was produced by the Australian Broadcasting Commision (the Oz BBC).

Sticking to things Oz, how about Hey Hey It's Saturday, Countdown, and an old Sci Fi show called "The Stranger" starring Ron Haddrick as an alien visitor.

Old pommy shows I liked were "The Sweeney" and the various other incarnations of the Inspector Morse character, "Callan", "New Scotland Yard", a "legal eagle" show called "The Main Chance", "The Persuaders", "Minder" and one about a young private eye that I can't remember the the name of but it had a great blues style theme. That's one thing about British drama series, they always have good theme music.

Brodo



How about an old Australian prog, Brodo, called Homicide..... Jeez, you guys are making me remember how old I am! I remember far too many of these old shows, then there is Burke's Law (Gene Barry in his Rolls-Royce).




732) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Something to grouse about - What's the price of road fuel where you are? (Message 757770)
Posted 24 May 2008 by Iona
Post:
Well, I've done a bit of shopping today and on my way out of Tesco, I paid £1.139 per litre, for unleaded - if I'd bought fuel, a mile before I got there, I could have got it for a whole £0.01 per litre cheaper! Fortunately, my trusty Honda Legend 2.7 is not as bad for fuel consumption, as one might think. Most of my driving is 'urban' (mainly 30 mph and 40 mph limits and lots of traffic) but it returns around 25 mpg in that use. Cruising at about 70 mph (err, well, it is around that speed +/- an unspecified figure) on a trip to Devon, its more like 37 mpg. My 1978 Suzuki GS750EN used to do worse than that, until I modified it. As for my old 'production race spec engine' Honda 250..... it originally ran on 5 star petrol (I think thats 102 Octane) due to a 10.5:1 c/r and if not for Octane Boosters, might have made an interesting ornament, from a by-gone age.

A cynical observation would be, that since Iraq was 'liberated', the price of fuel has actually been more volatile, due to 'security issues'. Make of that, what you will....
733) Message boards : Politics : Orwell Today (Message 744472)
Posted 26 Apr 2008 by Iona
Post:

Snip
I remind myself when reading your posts that you grew up in E.Germany with Stasi files stored about you by the secret police and informants and still routinely advocate that type of system vs the freer ones found elsewhere.


Where is the "freer" system ?

All the members of the "coalition of the willing" under the guise of "protecting their citizens" have enacted "anti-terrorist" and "homeland security" legislation that reads like it came straight out of the KGB handbook ! This legislation allows 4AM knocks on the door and removes restrictions on wire tapping and monitoring of personal conversations and email. It also limits the information that can be given to the suspect's legal counsel and forbids the suspect, their family and media from publically discussing the case.

The suspect can be held without trial for an extended period and the premise of "Innocent until proven guilty" has been thrown out the window. Even torture has been legitimised by changing the definition of the word and that's straight out of "1984"

Once upon a time the West *could* claim to be "free" but now it is as repressive as any Communist nation was at the height of the Cold War.

Orwell must be snickering in his grave

Brodo



I would have to agree 100% with you. It is frightening how information is being used and abused. In the UK, it is now possible, for a CCTV operator to basically land you with a 'Parking Fine'! These operators are 'civvies', but through them, your VRN (Vehicle Registration Number) can be checked against Vehicle Records at the DVLA and a fine can be issued - less than 20 years ago, only the Police could do this - now, any 'thug' with a 'Parking Enforcement' licence can access this Data Base (if they have 'legitimate' reason). Sadly, one is not able to scrutinise their 'validity' to do so!

Whilst the MPs in Westminster are keen to not reveal just how much they are 'screwing the tax-payer' for their own personal gain, they seem very willing to allow private companies, free access to far too much information. I used to be an RAF Intelligence officer and what I see happening, is not down to 'Security', but simply another way of extracting money from the populace and controlling people. All people are born equal, but some, are more equal than others! Animal Farm?



734) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Androids - educated guesses: how far off is the technology? (Message 744463)
Posted 26 Apr 2008 by Iona
Post:
Good question. I won't do a Bill Gates though...... 'no-one will ever need more than XXX kb of RAM'! My own feeling, is that CybOrgs will come about, long before Autonomous AI - indeed, technically, the first recipient of a 'Pace Maker' became a CybOrg. Ultimately, as a true cynic would observe, a human brain can be produced without the need for expensive equipment or skilled employees. Yes, I think that was also the 'plug' that was made for Astronauts and something that many Sci-Fi writers have suggested. Lets just hope that before 'real' CybOrgs and Autonomous AI become a real prospect, that society develops a few more ethics than it currently seems to have.


735) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What Happend on Today`s Date? (Message 744411)
Posted 26 Apr 2008 by Iona
Post:
Chernobyl. Was it really that long ago?


736) Message boards : Cafe SETI : May 3 Computer Shutdown Day (Message 744406)
Posted 26 Apr 2008 by Iona
Post:
No, I wont.

This is the start of user militancy, getting many users together to band together to teach the 'Big Boys' like Facebook a lesson. It's the computer equivalent to "Distributed Protesting".


What's wrong with that?


Nothing, if fairly presented and if it's for a good reason. But I don't like the "Can I?" come-on. The fair question is: "Will I?", not "Can I?". The come-on is what makes me describe this as typical leftist militancy.

I'm not a leftist militant, so no thanks. I have no need to flex my muscles per se.

If on the other hand a big company like Sony decides to plant rootkits in our computers, well that's a different story entirely. That's a valid cause to support. I have and always will participate in protests like that.

That's just my honest opinion on protests.



I quite agree. Since I bring work back home, to finish, or, research, because I've nothing better to do! Would it be better to have large areas of an office building lit (for Health and Safety Regulations reasons) plus a terminal or two connected to the Main Server, or, just save the work files to a CD-R and go home, run SETI on 1 task at a time and work away?

I know what you mean about noisy fans; having 6 cats (err, sorry, 5 cats and 2 kittens, now) does tend to clog them up and its even worse if you have a CPU cooler like a Scythe Mine Rev B. Lots of cooling area = lots of places for cat hair to get into, which means a good cleaning is coming soon.

What do you think my chances are, of sending Microsoft an invoice for it's unauthorised use of my Broadband connection, and the invoice being paid?!


737) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PETA offers $1 million award for producing fake meat (Message 744397)
Posted 26 Apr 2008 by Iona
Post:
spare the animals..eat the PETA peeps...

I'd rather eat beef, ham, chicken or turkey, But not liver or PETA turkeys, I do like vegetables, Just not that much and fake meat? If It's made from animal tissue It's not fake, To be fake It would have to be from plant tissue, Can You say they'd prefer Soylent Green?? ;p

"Soyelnt Green is made out of peeeeoopleee!!!"

Hahaha good one.



Yep and it has the advantage of dead people not taking up too much space on the planet.... Hmmmm, if they could modify the parameters, then the planet might not be over populated! lol




738) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite drunk quotes...... (Message 741861)
Posted 20 Apr 2008 by Iona
Post:
I think one of the classics, has to be the exchange between Lady Astor and Winston Churchill, which went something like this.....


Lady Astor; Winston, you're drunk.
Churchill; And you madam, are ugly, but in the morning, I will be sober and you will still be ugly.


It may not be 100% accurate, but thats the 'nuts and bolts' of it.



739) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Which sports car are you? (Message 741857)
Posted 20 Apr 2008 by Iona
Post:
Oh great, apparently, I'm a Porsche 911 and I hate them more than I hate the Nissan Figaro - and thats saying something! Of all things, a Porsche?! Yuck. Thankfully, I actually own a Honda Legend 2.7 (a 225 BHP, 5 speed manual, not the standard UK 177 BHP, although Honda UK supplied it) and a Legend 3.2 Coupe and I love them to bits. I would love a Skyline GTR though!
740) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Which sports car are you? (Message 741852)
Posted 20 Apr 2008 by Iona
Post:
Hope you are not a James Bond 007 Aston Martin DB5.



A stunt driver has crashed the car used by movie secret agent James Bond into Italy's Lake Garda during filming of 007's latest movie, Quantum of Solace. BBC News


Bond car plunges into Lake Garda



Good job I read the BBC site every morning - it is/was a new DBS that went in the water, not a DB5.


741) Message boards : Number crunching : Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz vs Pentium D 3.4GHz... pentium D wins? (Message 741845)
Posted 20 Apr 2008 by Iona
Post:
I have two computers running seti@home via BOINC.

They are Intel Pentium D CPU 3.40GHz and Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T7500 @ 2.20GHz. The Pentium D has been running for about 2 weeks and has completed 36 tasks with a recent average credit of 243.6. The Core 2 for a few days and has completed 58 with a recent average credit of 94.35. Huh? Does that make sense?

Jason



Of course, the RAC will also depend on your 'Wing-men' and all the variables of their machines - CPU, app used, WU cache, time and frequency of 'crunching' etc. The Core 2 will show the Pentium D, a clean pair of heels, very quickly! Unless I've had a 'blonde moment', isn't the T7500 a 'mobile' CPU?


742) Message boards : Cafe SETI : England's Big Picture. (Message 737694)
Posted 12 Apr 2008 by Iona
Post:
Going to buck the trend today and post "Englands big picture" - from Germany. I had no idea this "Shuttle" existed!



The "Buran" shuttle travels on the Rhine, near Sankt Goar, Germany. The old Soviet orbiter, which resembles the US shuttles, will become a new attraction of the technology museum in Speyer. The Buran programme made only one, unmanned flight before it was cancelled.



If I remember correctly, the Antonov 225 was built to carry Buran, hence its twin tails. Even today, its a huge plane and like Buran, there is just the one.



743) Message boards : Technical News : Think Again Thursday (Apr 10 2008) (Message 737242)
Posted 11 Apr 2008 by Iona
Post:
In keeping with the current theme (beer drinking not excluded) I have the perfect title for tomorrow's thread.
(Trying Tuesday, Working Wednesday, Think again Thursday).....


ooops... never mind.... the censor won't let me post my thread title suggestion. ;)



Your thought was easy to follow and appreciated by me and its great to start the day with a good giggle - although you guys may think differently! I suppose I'll just have to be patient; the odd thing is one of my PCs got more work, only a few minutes before the other tried to get more (and failed). Thats Life, I suppose.


744) Message boards : Number crunching : benchmark tests (Message 729649)
Posted 23 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:

That's a little harsh. They mean something, just not as much as we'd like.

But how much credence can we give them when my Q6600 running XP Home overclocked to 3336MHz reports 3273 FP and 7476 Int whereas another Q6600 running Vista and not overclocked (i.e. 2400Mhz) reports 6862 FP and 10828 Int?

Just didn't see much point encouraging a thread for swapping figures that are meaningless for comparing different machines.

F.



I suppose you're right, without knowing sytem specifics, they do appear meaningless. Here, I use my PC and my partner's PC (when available) to 'crunch' - they're both 3.2Ghz P4 Prescotts, on i875P chipset boards with 2 Gig of RAM. The 'Benchmarks' reckon that my partner's PC is a tad quicker, but my PC 'feels' quicker and always proves to be a bit quicker - especially when running on-line games (WoW) in spite of the older HIS X850XT Graphics card, compared to their newer HIS X1950 Pro....... Perhaps the RAM in my PC is playing a bigger part in this - OCZ Platinum EL, as opposed to 'standard' timed Hynix.



745) Message boards : Politics : gender, sex, or? (Message 729622)
Posted 23 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
Actually you refer to Phenotypic plasticity which does not relate
to evolutionary changes. People can grow smarter, taller, shorter,
dumber, due to enviromental pressures, without resulting in
"evolutionary changes." Generally evolutionary changes imply
long lasting genetic change.


The increase in human height is a global phenomenon taking place in multiple and greatly varying environments, more or less eliminating phenotypic plasticity as the cause.

Personally, I feel the increase in human height is directly related to natural selection. Most women prefer "tall, dark, and handsome", not short, pale, and ugly.


Biologists have recently found that in most animals and plants, bigger individuals are more successful at reproducing than smaller ones, whether they are finches, damselflies or jimsonweed.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2004/12/29/healthscience/snbig.php




Personally, as a mere woman of 5' 5" in height and a healthy UK size 14, "tall, dark, and handsome" usually means an arrogant, vain, egotistical man, with no sense of humour and little intelligence, who thinks he is 'God's gift to women'. I can spot them a mile away! As to the bit about larger animals tending to be more successful at reproducing, may I point out the demise of the largest creatures to have lived on this planet, to date? Size meant little then, as it was the smaller creatures that survived.

Getting back on topic, I will do my best to find the sources of the info that I came across, several years ago, but I can't promise it - after all, it was about two PCs ago...... At worst (read, more likely), I will dig out the address of a very informative site, which, if I remember correctly, was done by a US doctor (M.D.) who had gone down that path and become a woman.


746) Message boards : Cafe SETI : That's IT! I've had enough! Time to give it up (Message 729598)
Posted 23 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
Great isn't it Luigi?!

I am sat in the car now watching it fall thick & fast around me. Spring, yeah right...



Yes, it was very cold yesterday - then it rained and then there was a very heavy frost overnigth! Not much better today, either. Then again, the Met Office were predicting an icy blast across the UK.... I wonder what sort of stats their system would run on S@H! rofl


747) Message boards : Politics : gender, sex, or? (Message 728974)
Posted 22 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
Odd that 'mother nature' seems to be progressively making more 'mistakes' as time goes on... ;)

(However, I agree with the second half of your statement, which is also progressively increasing as time goes on.)


Is it really any wonder with all the chemicals in our food, pollution in the environment? It really was a misnomer when I stated Mother Nature. We bring a lot of this on oursleves.



Indeed, I can remember seeing somewhere, that fish are 'changing sex' due to pollution. You may laugh, but follow through with the thought of severely depleted fish stocks and it won't be too long before you'll be glad that you're not young!
748) Message boards : Politics : Just what are we unhappy about? (Message 728885)
Posted 22 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
I'm unhappy about our present way of living:
That there has to be competition instead of cooperation in every tiny aspect of life. That there has to be greed instead of sharing. That money and material goods have become nowadays' idols.


. . . well put Thorin (sad state of affairs eh) - Hope you are Well Sir!




I couldn't agree more. In the UK we seem to be plagued by the young who have no concept of responsibility of any kind - they seem to want everything, take everything and do nothing else. Yes, a very sad state of affairs - its getting more like Mad Max, every day!
749) Message boards : Politics : gender, sex, or? (Message 728870)
Posted 22 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
Again, I have to point out that I am in favor of freedom of choice....

However, excluding hermaphrodites, is there really any scientific evidence to suggest that mother nature made a "mistake" with those wishing to have a sex change operation as opposed to that individual simply not being satisfied with the cards they have been dealt in life be it due to abuse, neglect, or some other external factor?



Well, yes, there have been studies. Years ago, when I was trying to 'bring myself upto speed', I can remember coming across studies that had been conducted in Holland and Scandinavia, which, amongst other things, involved micro-sectioning of the Brain (obviously of the deceased!) as well as MRI scans on the living. Even in the cases of those who had not been prescribed HRT, the brain more closely resembled a female brain, than a male brain - in the case of Trans-gendered M-F subjects. As incredible as Mother Nature is, mistakes are made - you only have to look at the instances of 'Siamese Twins', as an example, to see that.

Of course, there are people who will say that they are TG, because they are 'gay', like wearing 'women's clothing' and have a sort of 'guilt complex' about that. There was a recent case in the UK, where someone made a complaint about a Consultant Psychiatrist, some time after they had consented to Gender Re-assignment Surgery! Thats probably an extreme example of someone deluding themselves and not being 100% honest with themselves and the Psychiatrist. In this particular case, the Psychiatrist was found to be in the wrong! GIGO I have no sympathy at all for anyone like that. Its not as if, things are the same as they were, in the days of Alan Turing, is it? Mother Nature makes mistakes, whilst people can delude themselves without her help.



750) Message boards : Number crunching : Any Ideas on Whats wrong with computer? (Message 728447)
Posted 21 Mar 2008 by Iona
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Hi. I'm no expert on the Enhanced Applications, but I thought that P4s running Windows XP, had to use SSE2 versions of the application. The PC that is returning the errors is running an SSE3 app - apparently while the CPU may support SSE3, Windows does not, or something like that. One of my P4s is running an Enhanced App for Windows with SSE2 support, and that was the application recommended for that CPU and OS. As I said, I'm not an expert, but I've come across postings about ensuring you get the right application, or you'll get a whole bundle of trouble. Go on, be a Devil, stick some more RAM in it, too!


751) Message boards : Politics : gender, sex, or? (Message 727014)
Posted 16 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
OK...one of my brothers also commited suicide........
And it had nothing to do with wondering about why he had balls......



Sadly, my brother, who was a smoker died early - he was killed crossing the road. He didn't die becasue he was s smoker, but because he was hit by a car doing over 40 mph in a 30 mph limit.

Well, my bro jumped offa a bridge.....hit the railroad tracks below.....
I was the one who was left the task of kissing him goodbye on the slab.
So please pardon me if I get a bit maudlin now and again......



I'm sorry to hear that, it must have been awful. I was the one who, in a sense, ended my brother's Life a second time, in agreeing for the Life Support to be switched off. Few days go by, without the words, "what if", "perhaps they were wrong" and "patience" entering my thoughts.

But now you are jumping off in another direction......
Are we talking about the end of life, or trangenderism?

I could go on about either........



You started it! lol Well, no you didn't, but you know what I mean.... Here we are 'crunching away, some quicker than others, trying to detect signs of ETI and yet there is so much that is alien to us, on our own home planet. Perhaps I'm a little more accepting of 'difference' because women are generally more compassionate or because I've encountered more difference closer to home and had to address that lack of knowledge.

I personally, came from a position, where I had thought someone was 'gay', because for a man, I thought they were effeminate - even though they were (and still are) a close friend, to trying to understand (sometimes succeeding) a whole new 'ball game' (pun intended). When its someone who is a close friend or family member, I think most people will go the extra mile.

You hsve to wonder at what we will eventually find 'out there' and how we will be regarded. For all we know, an ET could regard having two distinct, physical genders as being very puzzling.


752) Message boards : Politics : gender, sex, or? (Message 726995)
Posted 16 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
OK...one of my brothers also commited suicide........
And it had nothing to do with wondering about why he had balls......



Sadly, my brother, who was a smoker died early - he was killed crossing the road. He didn't die becasue he was s smoker, but because he was hit by a car doing over 40 mph in a 30 mph limit.

Well, my bro jumped offa a bridge.....hit the railroad tracks below.....
I was the one who was left the task of kissing him goodbye on the slab.
So please pardon me if I get a bit maudlin now and again......



I'm sorry to hear that, it must have been awful. I was the one who, in a sense, ended my brother's Life a second time, in agreeing for the Life Support to be switched off. Few days go by, without the words, "what if", "perhaps they were wrong" and "patience" entering my thoughts.
753) Message boards : Politics : gender, sex, or? (Message 726953)
Posted 16 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
OK...one of my brothers also commited suicide........
And it had nothing to do with wondering about why he had balls......



Sadly, my brother, who was a smoker died early - he was killed crossing the road. He didn't die becasue he was s smoker, but because he was hit by a car doing over 40 mph in a 30 mph limit.
754) Message boards : Politics : gender, sex, or? (Message 726924)
Posted 16 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
I also know several TG people, myself - some are friends whilst others are people with whom I deal with in my work and one is a work colleague. Through the initial friend who was, to put it mildly, 'troubled', I got to know others and have gained quite a lot of knowledge on the subject. Sadly, I have known someone who committed suicide, which was due to the attitude of their family - this was still much in evidence at their funeral! Frankly, these 'parents' were not worthy of having any children, let alone a witty, vibrant and kind person who was a Robotics Engineer!!!

Gender identity? Well, I have one for the guys here..... did you know that all you guys were female at one point, in the womb? Yep, thats right, all you guys have changed 'sex'!

As to how it is dealt with, I'd have to say, based purely on the experience of the people I know, that the regime in the UK is over-stringent and too centralised and thats just the Medical side of things. For example, one person I know, sfter a number of suicide attempts, sought help - it took 10 months to get an appointment in London at Charing Cross Hospital, and that was just for their initial assessment, after they'd gone to a 'local' psychiatrist to be basically certified as not being insane to get that referral to London. That took 4 months - thats 14 months in appointment waiting times to get to see a specialist, when that person is already 'on the edge'! Barbaric. Socially it is no better. Again, using that person as an example, they informed their employer of their intentions and was told they'd be supported. Two months after their London appointment, they started being 'picked on' for the silliest of things - a diary was kept, since, under the Law, they were protected from the day that they informed their employer. Eventually, they lost their job and then found that they could not afford to go to the all-important second appointment - as they were deemed to have resigned or been sacked, they did not qualify for benefits for 3 months and even if they had, they would have had to pay for the costs of the travel and then reclaim them. As I remember it, the cost of the train ticket was over £80 and benefits were about £45 per week (they used to pay more than double that in tax!) - I was the one who lent them the money to go. In the end, the employer had to part with about £9,000 - all I did was point to the relevant Laws for my friend's submissions and an out-of-court settlement was reached which suited both parties.

As to how I'd act, well, I think I've answered that one and it would not make any difference if it were someone in my family. It is the mind of a person that defines who they are - the rest is just a vehicle for it.



755) Message boards : Politics : Millions denied access to dentistry in the UK (Message 725632)
Posted 13 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
We in the states generally poke fun at the UK'ers for having bad teeth. I wonder what things the UK'ers poke fun at us statesiders?


we 'UK'ers' generally find how fat your people are quite hilarious.

Seriously tho, "Millions denied access to dentistry in the UK" has to be the biggest load of rubbish i have ever heard.

i have never seen a more open and publicly availible system, it is perfectly possible to walk into a dentist, give a false name and tick a few forms saying your entitled to free care, then get the work done.

Its even easier going for dentistry legitimatly, but my point is any joe bloggs can just walk in and get service.

and if anyone thinks its wierd wanting to go in for medical care under a false name, your probably right, but i try to take real good care of leaving a paper trail.



As long as you have a wallet or purse that is open, this much is true. Since any 'service' is mainly outside the NHS, the private dentists wouldn't even flinch if you used the name, Lord Lucan! The system as it now stands, is far from open and the only free service that has any form of guarantee, is the NHS Emergency Service. In Australia, there is a word.... bludger. This is usually used to describe someone who takes everything they can, without having put anything in. I suppose in the US, its a 'free-loader'.


756) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thought of the day. (Message 725625)
Posted 13 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
The more I read this thread the more I am depressed.


Chin up.... apparently, death is usually fatal! lol


757) Message boards : Cafe SETI : National friendship week... (Message 723583)
Posted 9 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
I got a chain mail, and usually I don't forward those, but this one caught my attention:






A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4
pups And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was
driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked
down into the eyes of little boy.

'Mister,' he said, 'I want to buy one of your puppies.'

'Well,' said the farmer,
as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, 'These puppies come from fine
parents and cost a good deal of money.'

The boy dropped his head for a moment.
Then reaching deep into his pocket,
he pulled out a handful of change
and held it up to the farmer.

'I've got thirty-nine cents.
Is that enough to take a look?'


'Sure,' said the farmer.
And with that he let out a whistle.
'Here, Dolly!' he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran


Dolly followed by four little ball s of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced
with delight.

As the dogs made their way to the fence,
the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.
Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp
it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward
the others, doing its best to catch up...

'I want that one,' the little boy s aid, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt
down at the boy's side and said, 'Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never
be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.'

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began
rolling up one leg of his trousers.

In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg
attaching itself to a specially made shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said,
'You see sir, I don't run too well myself,
and he will need someone who understands.'

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.





Holding it carefully handed it to the little boy.

'How much?' asked the little boy. 'No charge,' answered the farmer, 'There's
no charge for love.'

The world is full of people who need someone who understands.

It's National Friendship Week.


-----------------------------------------


It sure is. Thank you, Chris. :-)


So to all my friends...

Feel free to post a greeting to your friends here as well...

I will, as soon as I wipe away the tears.




Yep, me too. Why is it that so many of you guys here are sooooo different to most of the guys, 'out there'? I couldn't even hope to meet nicer people!



758) Message boards : Number crunching : Computation Error - Bad Workunit Header (Message 723391)
Posted 8 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
I have also had a load of 'Compute Errors' on my 'second' PC. In frustration, I virtually took the PC apart, tested some parts (RAM and CPU) in its virtual twin, brushed out and vacuum cleaned the HSF and cooling fans and reinstalled BOINC. Guess what?! More of the same.... d'oh! I then checked and found that some of the WUs had returned results, which was not the case at the time - thy're showing the same error. All those different PCs can't all be wrong, eh?

Oh well, I'm off to visit my family for a couple of days, from tomorrow, so hopefully they'll get things sorted out by the time I return.

759) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Bad news article (Message 723169)
Posted 7 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
I was quite amazed, when I saw this on the BBC News site - it is so insane, that you couldn't make it up!

Now standing at 521

760) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (6) Server Problems! (Message 720905)
Posted 2 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
It all looks to be up and running again now. There again, I could really do without 20 'sprints'.
761) Message boards : Politics : Millions denied access to dentistry in the UK (Message 720892)
Posted 2 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
I am usually all seriousness and no fun, but I could not resist poking fun at this article on my favorite socialist web site.

We in the states generally poke fun at the UK'ers for having bad teeth. I wonder what things the UK'ers poke fun at us statesiders?

read the article



Well, some of the things that are a source of 'amusement' in the UK, regarding the US, are, the seemingly large number of obese people, 'plastic' surgery and the 'litigation culture'. Unfortunately, they are all becoming more popular here, too!

My own observations on this subject may not be totally neutral, but it may impart some idea of why these things are happening - it may also make you question the 'free market'.

Firstly, I had bad teeth.... some started falling out some time after undergoing Chemo-therapy and Radio-therapy to treat a btain tumour. I think that some hair falling out, a big reduction in weight and loosing some teeth, was a pretty good trade - far better than the alternative. It cost me nothing, to be treated for the brain tumour and also the secondary 'growth' towards the top of the Spinal Column. When it came to 'repairing some of the damage' of the treatment, the bill was hundreds of pounds (100's of £). This was in spite of me having paid National Insurance since the age of 19; I was 42 at the time. In the UK, those in work, pay, both tax and National Insurance. National Insurance is around 8% of your gross pay and is supposed to fund Health-care for everyone, pensions and benefits for the elderly, disabled and the unemployed. Well, that was the theory.

I'm afraid that as far as the dentists are concerned, the majority of them decided to leave the NHS system due to funding issues (they felt they could make more money) and make enough money to buy a Porsche (yuck) rather than a Saab. Whether I used the service or not, I had still paid these same dentists, before they got greedy. Ironically, at the moment, we have GPs (General Practitioners - your local doctor) being paid, apparently, on average, over £100,000 per year - all via the NHS and working less hours than 5 years ago! The dentists could have been similarly funded, if there were more funds in the system.

The real rot had set in (pun intended), when Margaret Thatcher started selling off all the Nationalised companies. Electricity generation and supply, gas/oil supply and exploration, coal, steel, water supply, communications (BT), transport (BA, British Rail etc) and, not forgetting companies like Rolls-Royce (the RB211 development was their crucifix), all gone. All the profits/income that those companies made, were now heading towards 'Investors' pockets, rather than adding to the income of the Treasury. All aspects of what was left of various services to National institutions, had to be tendered for, by private companies to get the "best value", which meant, that seemingly simple things like hospital cleaning were now done by companies who had to make a profit! Inevitably, standards have fallen a long way short of the mark. One is now as likely to die from the results of poor hospital cleanliness as the surgery!

In recent years, my mother has often remarked on the comments I made when Thatcher was elected - "that woman is evil". Even as a once staunch Conservative voter, she has said that, "that woman has done more damage to this country than Hitler"! Oddly enough, I never liked Tony Blair, either, but the late John Smith MP had made the Labour Party, electable and after his untimely death we ended up with Tony Blair as leader of the Labour Party. His election, proved to be more of the same.

Is greed good? Would the citizens/government of the US allow 'strategic supplies' (water, gas, oil and electricity) to be under the control of foreign companies? I don't think so. Some things have no price, and the most precious asset of any nation are it's people - all governments need to realise that.

Well, thats my rant for the year. Happy 'crunching'.


762) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (6) Server Problems! (Message 720775)
Posted 2 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
Yep..... Oh well, its quite a nice day, so I seem to have a little more time for a touch of 'retail therapy', than I thought! Yippeeee.
763) Message boards : Cafe SETI : last of the survey threads. where are you? (Message 720192)
Posted 1 Mar 2008 by Iona
Post:
Currently living in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, which has nothing much to recommend it. Living in East Devon, was much nicer, as was Sydney, Australia.
764) Message boards : Cafe SETI : we now know avg age, how about occupation? (Message 717791)
Posted 24 Feb 2008 by Iona
Post:
Currently work in the Legal Dept in Local Government (5 yrs). Formerly employed in automotive component engineering (sintered metals), in charge of the largest furnace of its type in the World (16 yrs) and first 'job' was as an Intelligence Officer in the RAF (6 yrs, but thats probably 'Classified' lol).
765) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How old are you? (Message 717784)
Posted 24 Feb 2008 by Iona
Post:
It is often said that you should never ask a woman her age, but, what the Hell.... I'm 50 this year and I must be doing something right, since my partner is 38 this year! I do like the bike, Pappa; I've got a 1978 Suzuki GS750 EN, but my usual mode of transport is one of 3 Honda Legends I own. I have 2 X 2.7s (1 is a 225 bhp manual) and a 3.2 coupe (230 bhp), which are often driven in a 'spirited fashion'. First computer I got to grips with, was a DEC PDP-8. Ah well, getting older is better than the alternative!
766) Message boards : Cafe SETI : my thought for the day (Message 710741)
Posted 10 Feb 2008 by Iona
Post:
Two little snippets, both, to the best of my knowledge, my own 'work'.

1. Never do today, what you can do tomorrow, for more pay.

2. Don't take Life too seriously, as you'll never come out of it alive!
767) Message boards : Number crunching : ? Your Systems 'SPECS' ? (Message 707471)
Posted 3 Feb 2008 by Iona
Post:
I can only do a Homer Simpson sort of drool at some of the gear in use, but when my main PC was put together, it was pretty competent as was my partner's. Aside from a few things being replaced, like cases, a Graphics card and an HSF they are as built 3 or 4 years ago - with plenty of work left in them. Both running standard app at the moment.

My PC;
P4 Prescott 3.2GHz on Gigabyte GA8IK1100 with Scythe Mine Rev B cooler (47 C at max load)
2 Gb OCZ Platinum DDR400 (2-3-2-5)
HIS X850XT Graphics card
Iiyama Vision Master Pro 510 22" Monitor
1 X Maxtor 80 Gb and 1 X Maxtor 160 Gb IDE drives
2 X NEC 3500 DVD drives
Cooler Master Elite 330/331 Case
EZ-Cool 650W PSU
Win XP Pro

Partner's PC
P4 Prescott on FIC 875 Dynasty with Zalmann Cooler (51 C at max load)
2 Gb Corsair Value Select DDR400
HIS X1950 Pro Graphics card
Iiyama Vision Master Pro 510 22" Monitor
1 X Maxtor 80 Gb and 1 X Maxtor 160 Gb IDE Drives
2 X NEC 3500 DVD drives
Cooler Master Elite 330/331 case
EZ-Cool 650W PSU
Win XP Pro
768) Message boards : Number crunching : Deepest Apologies to My Wingmen (Message 707467)
Posted 2 Feb 2008 by Iona
Post:
Well, I'll also add my sincere apologies, on behalf of one of my over-friendly, PC loving, hyper-active young cats! In the space of 10 mins, it had, unknown to me, merged my original PC with another I'd just got started on S@H! Not much of a problem. Got original PC back on S@H, download work and find that the 'newer' PC has 4 or 5 results more to return, than it has WUs in its Task List. Not so good. I can only assume it had been detatched at some point, in that 10 mins I was making some fresh coffee - real coffee, I hasten to add. Needless to say, I've since made a couple of flip-up perspex keyboard covers, but it is a real shame I can't get those WUs back.

Yes, even in the UK, PCI SATA controller cards are little dearer than a decent Wireless card. There again, there are so many boards out there, which are a little bit 'mean' with the number of PCI slots they provide - more especially the ones for the newer CPUs.
769) Questions and Answers : Windows : Seti@home seems to be stuck in suspended mode (Message 705591)
Posted 29 Jan 2008 by Iona
Post:
I had a very similar problem to this, yesterday, after adding another 'identical' PC (only differences are the Graphics card, HD space, the 'newer' PC uses 5.10.30, as opposed to 5.10.28 and differently named). Aside from a small cat bouncing all over the key-board, which caused other problems, (PC2 was merged with PC1), PC2 would not do any work at all - it was suspended. I think the message was, 'Task Suspended - User Active', but after some welcome advice I went through a few things and perhaps by luck, found that going into the Advanced tab and selecting Run Always, it was up and running. Somewhere I've lost 4 or 5 WUs, but thats a different problem!
770) Questions and Answers : Windows : Restarting (Message 697856)
Posted 6 Jan 2008 by Iona
Post:
Since my initial difficulties, I have cleared WUs, detatched from S@H, removed all (well, all that I could see) traces of the s/w and re-installed S@H. This worked for me. However, there is something I have noticed. I also use my PC for various work related tasks and often need to access the Works Servers for reference, and I've found that IE, has still been running at 50% CPU resources, after, I have got the info I needed, logged out and closed the IE 'window'! I only became aware of this after I started getting into the habit of suspending all, but one of the S@H WUs, when working on things from work etc and then resuming the suspended WUs, when I'd finished. On dozens of occasions, I've resumed WUs, looked at the progress over a couple of mins and found it had virtually ground to a halt. I've brought up Windows Task Manager and found that IE was the culprit every time.

There may be a problem with the S@H screen-saver, but in my case, this has only manifested itself, when I've gone to bed, left the PC running and forgotten to resume suspended WUs, which has, on all occasions, resulted in a WU being in essence completed (usually 99.992% on the screen-saver), but with the 'saver' locked as you might expect, as well as the PC, which you would not expect. Apart from that, plus a WU which did not progress beyond a certain point after 40 mins (then aborted) and a 'Computation Error', things seem to be running much more reliably.
771) Questions and Answers : Windows : Restarting (Message 687901)
Posted 2 Dec 2007 by Iona
Post:
My tasks keep resarting,it will run for awile then restart and go back to 0.0%.What's the solution?


I've just had the same problem. Four hours of working, with 1 hour to completion and then it stops. I'm now back to 0% from 81% and 11 hrs to run after running for 4 hrs or so!!! Being patient is one thing, but maybe I ought to do the environmentally friendly thing and just switch my PC off when I've finished using it!
772) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Please Abort Tasks by Server on inactive hosts (Message 684676)
Posted 26 Nov 2007 by Iona
Post:
I can well understand your frustration, as I am in a similar position, as are many others, no doubt. It seems to me, that this sort of thing is down to how the preferences are set - there is hardly any point in someone maintaining sufficient WUs for an additional 7 days, on any machine which is used perhaps twice a week for a couple of hours at a time! That, however, is something that the host user can change - maybe there needs to be a more 'intelligent' way to control how much additional work can be downloaded. Alternatively, perhaps it should be a fixed amount, of say, 1 day - this would cause no problems to machines that are frequently connected and 'crunching', or to those that are the reverse, and has the advantage that inactive hosts would not get additional work and the amount of work that has to be 're-assigned' would be much smaller.

My own PC is quite modest (read, obsolete) but that was not the case when I put it together 3 or 4 years ago, but it does everything that I need it to do. I had a couple of problems related to over-heating recently (P4 Prescotts and heat, do not mix well), so I set SETI to not receive additional work, aborted the WUs at a very early stage and got things sorted out (marginal Arctic Freezer 4 HSF, then followed by a broken HSF mount). Yep, once I'd got it all fixed, set SETI to accept new work and new work was downloaded, no problem.
773) Message boards : Number crunching : How to double the power? (Message 674274)
Posted 8 Nov 2007 by Iona
Post:
I want to know how can I run multiple instance of the seti@home service. This is a windows 2003 server. I can logon to the same computer through the "mstsc" program about 16 times but the program just runs one instance on it.

Help me crunch a lil more!!
After all everyone has the same wish, gimme more!

Rohit.


Jim-R is quite correct in what he says; in having more than one 'CPU', the application will run 'n' times more Work Units. I've tried my 3.2 GHz P4 running 1 WU and running 2 WUs and it works out that its quicker to run 1, then the next, rather than 2 simultaneously. From the system info, it looks like you've got a similar CPU to me - a P4 'Prescott' (the nominal 1 Meg of cache is the tell-tale). If you're showing 'only' 1 CPU, it may be that the CPU Hyper-Threading is not enabled in the system BIOS, although, as per the above, it is not certainly not deterimental.
774) Message boards : Number crunching : Validate Errors II (Message 672013)
Posted 4 Nov 2007 by Iona
Post:
One here 649568677 174952968 1 Nov 2007 21:28:29 UTC 3 Nov 2007 13:56:17 UTC Over Validate error Done 22,960.30 --- ---


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