Posts by Convergence

21) Message boards : Number crunching : Status After Upgrade (Message 1231714)
Posted 13 May 2012 by Profile Convergence
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Wow, an estimate of 150 hours to complete a GPU Astropulse? It has been completing them in a little over 40 minutes. How can these estimates be so off? Now BOINC panics and sets everything to high priority.
22) Message boards : Number crunching : Status After Upgrade (Message 1231598)
Posted 13 May 2012 by Profile Convergence
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I just upgraded my old GTX 560Ti to two Radeon HD 7950s in Crossfire. I also downloaded optimized apps for the GPUs and my CPU which should also increase my throughput when I number crunch.

There may be a problem. Why do I have so many tasks in progress and pending? I certainly don't have over a thousand tasks waiting to be crunched. I haven't received much credit since I upgraded. There are no invalid tasks or tasks with errors after the upgrade, at least.

Here is me:
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/results.php?userid=8897872
23) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : This year's supermoon this weekend (Message 1228501)
Posted 6 May 2012 by Profile Convergence
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I never get to see things like this as it's always cloudy or even raining like it has been the entire weekend.
24) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Why are we just listening? Not transmitting? (Message 1228468)
Posted 6 May 2012 by Profile Convergence
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Even if there's other intelligent life a thousand light-years from here (rather small distance) it would take two thousand years to get a response. In that time we would probably get there in person with how quickly our technology is now advancing. Computers are advancing very fast. Our knowledge of the universe and particle physics doesn't advance nearly as fast, but is still relatively fast compared to human history because of what computers have done for us.

Just in 2007 I bought a computer with a processor capable of 5 GFLOPS. In December 2011 I made a computer with a processor capable of 120 GFLOPS. I'd say that's incredible.
25) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Why are we just listening? Not transmitting? (Message 1228137)
Posted 6 May 2012 by Profile Convergence
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We will all be dead by the time we get a response, if we even use radio waves by the time their message reaches us.
26) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Boffins cross atom-smasher streams, 'excited' beauty pops into being (Message 1226425)
Posted 2 May 2012 by Profile Convergence
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Is this new baryon really called "beauty"?
27) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Why are we just listening? Not transmitting? (Message 1226338)
Posted 2 May 2012 by Profile Convergence
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It requires a substantial amount of power to get signals to go light-years. Plus, it'll take a long time to get there.
28) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Did we already colonized the Milky Way ? (Message 1218255)
Posted 14 Apr 2012 by Profile Convergence
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While an impact of that magnitude will certainly cause debris to be ejected out into space, space is so vast that the odds of one of these ejected rocks getting to another star system and impacting on an earth-like planet there is quite astronomical. That's if the debris even escapes the Sun's grasp, which it probably won't.
29) Message boards : SETI@home Science : I question the listening frequencies (Message 1210601)
Posted 27 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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Thank you for the reply. I am familiar with the spectra shown in the graphic. Are we broadcasting into space announcing our presence?

If so, there are those who would question our intelligence. :)

I do understand your reply. I just think the odds for success are greater when searching for practical general communications.

Thank you,

Jim


No signals from us have the power to even get to the nearest star, currently.
30) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : No NASA site (Message 1210598)
Posted 27 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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Sometimes you have to type the www. as well. With my DNS I can't get nasa.gov, but I can get www.nasa.gov.
31) Message boards : SETI@home Science : How is SETI@home useful? (Message 1210045)
Posted 25 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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First, don't get me wrong, I'm all for the project - I just didn't know how else to put the question :P

What I'm wondering is, does the project produce any useful data as a by-product?

...


It does not as far as I know.
32) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : New Messier 9 Photo from the Hubble (Message 1209932)
Posted 25 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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Hubble continues to amaze me. I will be sad when it's decommissioned.

Don't worry, there will be something new and improved to replace it.
33) Message boards : Number crunching : Kepler ... the good news ... (Message 1209381)
Posted 23 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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Here's a website where their doing a 4 way GTX680 review...

Oh and it's a Dutch site and the review is in English, nice...

That looks like a Silverstone ST1500 1500w psu too, neat.


It'll be a miracle if it works in any game. There are so many problems with quad-SLI from what I gear.
34) Message boards : Number crunching : Kepler ... the good news ... (Message 1209104)
Posted 23 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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The prices on the cards this year are crazy. What's the point of getting a $600 card when some GTX 580s are now below $400?

Initial cost might be lower but longer its not. Less power hungry means less electricity bill.


You do have a point there. Plus I could possibly get a couple hundred back from selling my GTX 560Ti.
35) Message boards : Number crunching : Kepler ... the good news ... (Message 1209043)
Posted 22 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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The prices on the cards this year are crazy. What's the point of getting a $600 card when some GTX 580s are now below $400?
36) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Strange Underground Booming (Message 1208588)
Posted 21 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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Based on how this noise is described I doubt this booming is related to those odd noises linked.
37) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Strange Underground Booming (Message 1208369)
Posted 21 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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For the past few days at a town not too far from me there has been some unexplained booming occurring. I live too far away to hear or feel it myself, though. Here is one good description I found: http://www.telegram.com/article/20120320/APA/303209792

According to this and other articles I have read it is not an earthquake, rupturing gas or water lines, and seems to be occurring underground. There are no mines or construction in that area.

I was wondering what people here may have to say about this as the typical explanations seem to have been ruled out. One idea that I have about it is that something similar to the cause of the Guatemala sinkhole is occurring there. Another idea I have is that there may be some type large and sudden movement of rock caused by flowing lava or water.
38) Message boards : Number crunching : Kepler ... the good news ... (Message 1208030)
Posted 19 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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The prices of these GPUs are going to be outrageous.
39) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : What about what's behind the Milky Way (our galaxy) (Message 1207899)
Posted 19 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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I cannot remember what it's called but there is a dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way, currently on the opposite side, that was detected with infrared.
40) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Fibonacci numbers (Message 1207865)
Posted 19 Mar 2012 by Profile Convergence
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Is there an app that will run on my computer that will calculate Fibonacci numbers similar to a Pi program?

Sure. It's pretty easy to make even on your own.


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