Posts by Mr. Kevvy

1) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1931768)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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It was obvious that he didn't have a gun as the Officer's actions showed and therefore wasn't a threat anymore.


The unexpected part (well, these days) is that the officer actually waited behind his car to assess that what the object the suspect was holding wasn't a handgun, rather than immediately shouting "gun" when he saw any object ie a cell phone, tiny pocketknife, piece of pipe, or his pants (four things that I recall others getting shot dead over) and unloading as many rounds as possible. Some more details on the training I mentioned:

Constable Lam pulled out his gun and commanded the man, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, identified by the police as the driver who had plowed down dozens of pedestrians on a busy Toronto street on Monday, to get down.
But before rushing toward him, or firing his gun, Constable Lam did something else: He paused, walked briskly back to his car and turned off its blaring siren.
Policing experts cited that as the first sign not only of Constable Lam’s calm-under-fire composure, but also, and more important, of the training he had in de-escalation tactics. There were many more.
“This is going to be a great training video in the future,” said Ronal Serpas, who led police departments in New Orleans and Nashville and is now a professor at Loyola University in New Orleans. “It almost gives you chills how well he handled himself.”
The man who helped devise the police training in Toronto agreed.
“These are all the lessons we teach in our training,” said Mike Federico, a deputy chief of the Toronto police who retired last September after 45 years with the force. “This is a great visual.”
Constable Lam is a traffic officer in the north end of Toronto and a seven-year veteran of the force, the local police union said. Each year, he would have received one day of de-escalation and mental health training, drafted under Deputy Chief Federico’s supervision and put in place by the Toronto police in 2016.
The training was created partly in response to several high-profile confrontations between the Toronto police and civilians in crisis that ended in death.
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First, Constable Lam turned off the siren blaring from his car. This immediately lowered the temperature, experts said, making it easier for him to communicate with the suspect. Also, by leaning into the car, the officer is indicating that he is not in a rush.
“It is about slowing things down, using time and distance to de-escalate the situation,” said Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the Washington-based Police Executive Research Forum, which develops best policing practices. “The most important thing at a time like this is time and communications.”
Constable Lam continues to shout, loudly but calmly, “Get down.” The suspect replies, “Kill me.”
“No, get down,” Constable Lam repeats.
When the suspect yells that he has a gun in his pocket, Constable Lam replies: “I don’t care. Get down.”
Learning how to handle situations like this — known as suicide-by-cop — is part of the training, former Deputy Chief Federico said.
“It’s clear the officer is listening and is not worried,” he said. “He’s not going to act out of fear. We train police officers to not in any way be provoked.”
Next, the video shows, Constable Lam steps out and away from the cover of his car, indicating perhaps that he has assessed that the object in Mr. Minassian’s hand was not a gun.
Constable Lam then issues his first warning: “Get down or you’ll get shot.”
Throughout the encounter, the officer repeats the same simple command to get down. Yasmeen Krameddine, director of research and development at ProTraining, an Alberta organization that trains police forces in how to de-escalate confrontations involving people with mental health illness, said that it might have been better if he had varied his language.
“We train officers to offer step-by-step instructions, and when they see a person is not responding to their commands, to use different words,” she said.
But, she added, “In this situation, there was no time for that.”
Constable Lam then backs away from Mr. Minassian, who walks toward him, threatening object in hand. In response, the officer appears to replace his gun with a baton, visibly de-escalating the threat to Mr. Minassian.
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Then, Constable Lam confidently and slowly approaches the suspect with his baton in hand. By the time the officer reaches him, Mr. Minassian has dropped the object in his hand, raised his hands in surrender, turned and laid down on his stomach with his hands behind his back.
Constable Lam doesn’t even use his baton. He merely handcuffs him."


All Toronto police officers were trained in de-escalation tactics and dealing with suspects with possible mental health issues by 2016, after the 2013 Sammy Yatim incident in which a police officer shot a young man nine times on a Toronto streetcar who was armed only with a tiny pocketknife. It seems to have been very effective in this case and I hope that this motivates many other police forces to offer the same training.
2) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1931698)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Not to toot our own horn unnecessarily, but some of the few positive notes from the terrible events yesterday in north Toronto were the actions of the first responders, especially this police officer. I post it here to contrast it with some of the stories of police overuse of force and to emphasize how effective proper training can be.

He arrested a driver who had just plowed through crowds of people and for all appearances was a terrorist, all by himself, without violence, shots fired, or even harsh language... even though the suspect was pointing an object at the officer claiming it was a handgun and threatening to shoot him (and also asking to be shot himself.) Instead of giving into this, the officer recognized it was attempted "suicide by cop" and pulled out his baton... the suspect wanted a shooting, not a beating, so dropped the object (which was not a handgun) and was arrested.

Some may say it would have been less expense and better for society if this person had been shot, but if the police can restrain themselves from unnecessarily shooting someone who might deserve it. they are much more likely to also do so for someone who doesn't deserve it.

Video from the scene shows suspect Alek Minassian pointing an object at the officer and shouting: "Kill me!"

The officer tells the man to "get down" and when the suspect says he has a gun, the officer repeats: "I don't care. Get down."

Many in North America are asking how the suspect did not end up dead in a hail of police gunfire. It contrasts with incidents in the US where police have shot and killed unarmed people.

"Research has shown that Canadian police are reluctant users of deadly force," says Rick Parent, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University in Canada's British Columbia.

"An analysis of police shooting data over many years revealed, that in comparison to their American counterparts, Canadian police officers discharge their firearms far less, per capita that US police. However, like American police officers they take many risks in protecting the public."

One US-based academic told the BBC that the officer would have had a "duty" to kill the suspect, if the object he was pointing was a gun.
3) Questions and Answers : GPU applications : Core processor overheating (Message 1931015)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Thank you for pointing that out - i'm surprised they didn't ask me to do that since it is an Nvidia specific tool.


You're welcome and me too; my initial thought that it would have been the first thing that they would have had you do.

I had a ThermalTake power supply once. Once. :^) They are not very good. The only three brands I will ever buy now are Corsair, eVGA and Seasonic. You will find these three almost universally as the go-to brands for everyone who has built many computers.
4) Questions and Answers : GPU applications : Core processor overheating (Message 1930975)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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You're welcome. :^) I will await NVidia's determination, but in the interim if you haven't already I would install NTune or SpeedFan or equivalent to see that GPU's temperature when idle and when a task starts. I wonder if it's seriously overheating...
5) Questions and Answers : Unix/Linux : SETI@Home may not work properly on newer Android (7 and 8) devices (Message 1930920)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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As always, thank you Jord... Dr. Korpela had indicated that it was the neon client that was failing. I will update my OP indicating.

I have tasks (example) that seem to be completing now very slowly on aarch64-android-linux-gnu but the neon ones all errored out.
6) Questions and Answers : Unix/Linux : SETI@Home may not work properly on newer Android (7 and 8) devices (Message 1930913)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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(This has been well-known here for a while, at least a year, but I think it needs a pinned thread for those who aren't forum regulars.)

The SETI@Home client may not work on some newer Android smartphones, tablets, etc. Work units may crash and show as "Error while computing" in the device's Tasks listing. Here is an example task from my own Samsung Galaxy S7. The error shows:

process got signal 6
</message>
<stderr_txt>
CANNOT LINK EXECUTABLE "../../projects/setiathome.berkeley.edu/setiathome_8.00_arm-android-linux-gnu__armv7-neon": /data/data/edu.berkeley.boinc/client/projects/setiathome.berkeley.edu/setiathome_8.00_arm-android-linux-gnu__armv7-neon: has text relocations


The technical reason behind this is that the SETI@Home Android client is 32-bit and has never been ported to Android's 64-bit CLANG C++ suite. Some devices have a 32-bit subsystem to run these older 32-bit apps. (much like desktop OSes do so you can still use your older programs in Windows 10 64-bit, for example) but some do not and the client will not launch. Even if the 32-client does work, tasks may complete slowly compared to a native 64-bit client. (Thanks to Dr. Korpela for confirming this.)

If you have a newer Android device and it doesn't seem to be doing any work, you can confirm this issue by clicking your display name at the top-right of this page, then the View link beside Computers on this account, then find the device and click Tasks beside it. Under the Status column look for Error while computing.

If this is noted, go back to Computers on this account and click Details. Beside Operating system will be the Android version. If it shows (Android 7.0) or (Android 8.0) then this is the issue and SETI@Home may not work properly on this device until new client is released. After enough work units have errored out, some may start to complete slowly as they are based on a different Android platform (see Ageless' post after this one.)

In the interim, if it doesn't work at all or is too slow, there are other BOINC projects with updated clients which are compatible with Android 7+. Unfortunately there is no ETA for an updated Android SETI@Home client at this time.
7) Questions and Answers : GPU applications : Core processor overheating (Message 1930749)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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What make/model of video card and power supply do you have? From what I see it appears your power supply is underpowered and overheating when under load, and/or perhaps the 12V rail(s) are not able to push enough amperage. My rule of thumb is system power draw should be max. 65% of the PSUs rating for 24x7 operation.
8) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1930629)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Unfortunately more posts went away as the thread got completely derailed again...

"This is not the Personalities Of and Gripes About People Who Post in the Donald Trump Thread Thread. Those and other offtopic material may be removed."
9) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1930587)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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But that same Justice system states that in America (different in Canada or Ireland?)


Unsure of Ireland, but in Canada this right is enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (our version of the Bill of Rights):

"Any person charged with an offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal."
10) Questions and Answers : Preferences : Exclude Applications from CPU (Message 1929831)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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I am so used to custom apps I forgot that stock doesn't have an app_info.xml. :^)
11) Questions and Answers : Preferences : Exclude Applications from CPU (Message 1929828)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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You can exclude Astropulse from all your machines easily in your account settings... click your name top-right then SETI@home preferences, click Edit preferences and uncheck AstroPulse v7.

If you want to restrict on only one machine you can do this by editing app_info.xml (not app_config.xml as you indicated.)

There will be a section with "<app_name>astropulse_v7</app_name>" in it. You can remove this (back the file up first of course!)
12) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1929618)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Maybe I'll join Diamond and Silk in a 1st Amendment lawsuit...


I know Facebook is oversized and overreaching, but I don't think it's a government just yet. :^)
13) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1929607)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Perhaps arming teachers is not such a good idea...

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—A Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher was arrested after he left a loaded gun in a public restroom and a drunk homeless man found it and fired it, according to an arrest report from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Chemistry teacher Sean Simpson, 43, who was at the Parkland school during the Feb. 14 mass shooting that killed 17, told deputies on Sunday that he forgot the Glock 9 mm in a stall at a restroom at the Deerfield Beach Pier. No one was hurt during the incident.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (111) Server Problems? (Message 1929266)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Appears we had the shortest Kaboom in a long time... back to that original "four hour" it started as. Nice work on that optimization. :^)
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (111) Server Problems? (Message 1929242)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Almost 10h00 EDT and no outrage yet?

16) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1929053)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Some posts... OK, quite a few... had to go away as there wasn't a topical post to be seen in a page-and-a-half. From the OP:

"This is not the Personalities Of and Gripes About People Who Post in the Donald Trump Thread Thread. Those and other offtopic material may be removed."

Please note that as this thread is more prone to go off the rails it will be more heavily moderated if it does as per the OP. Once again, please try to keep it to topic (not each other) and thank you.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Should BOINC/Seti be stratified? (Message 1928504)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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https://tinyurl.com/y8d8bnu6


The file at this link is named SETI Production.bmp but is is actually a JPEG so may have to be renamed to .JPG/.JPEG to open.
18) Questions and Answers : Windows : GPU missing, Waiting to run (0.209 CPUs + 1 Nvidia GPU (Message 1928278)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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You have your computer(s) hidden by the way which impedes assisting you... this can be changed by going into your profile at the top-right then SETI@home preferences and changing "Should SETI@home show your computers on its web site?"

The most common cause of the issue you are experiencing is allowing Windows to update your video card drivers. It only installs very basic ones missing the compute capability (CUDA in this case). I would suggest downloading the latest certified drivers for your card, installing them (quit BOINC first of course) checking the "clean install" option to remove any existing and it should then be OK.
19) Questions and Answers : Getting started : WOW, 1 million credits and I can tell no one (Message 1928247)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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WOW, 1 million credits processed...


"Credit: 306,682"

???
Maybe credit from other projects?

Anyways, you have no connected computers anymore and your RAC has fallen to zero; install BOINC, connect to SETI@Home, complete even a single work unit and once it validates you're good to post in the forums for between one and two weeks.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (111) Server Problems? (Message 1928125)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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All of these look new... I wonder with the recent long outrage to fix database issues that this has been introduced to reduce work-in-progress entries, specifically by countering "bunkering" (edit: not saying that anyone is, of course! Pretty sure that the 100 CPU/GPU limit was introduced specifically to limit work-in-progress entries so it is an issue that has been addressed before so it's possible.)


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