Posts by CM

1) Message boards : Projects : For the betterment of BOINC (Message 79998)
Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Profile CM
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The decision of the working group is not to make internal working documents (including minutes) available at this stage.

We are a long way from considering individual pull requests at this stage - we are a working group, not the PMC. Our role is to provide advice on how decisions are made in the future, not to make those decisions ourselves or review previous decisions. And believe me, that's tough enough already.

Ah, I got the 'working group' and PMC mixed up in this thread, still though a lack of transparency is disappointing.
2) Message boards : Projects : For the betterment of BOINC (Message 79991)
Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Profile CM
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Also making sure that the outcome of the discussions are correctly recorded, and actions properly placed....
Our secretary (minute taker) is remarkably efficient, making written minutes available online within an hour of the end of the meeting. Even I can remember if they're accurate for about that long...
Can you provide a link please?
Sorry, not without authority from the group itself. I'll ask.


Hey, any luck getting authority on this?

I'm specifically interested on the formation/consensus of PMC's policy regarding virtual currency related code within BOINC: https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/pull/2009#issuecomment-320142414

Cheers
3) Message boards : Projects : For the betterment of BOINC (Message 79812)
Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Profile CM
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Remembered another potential BOINC improvement last night:

If we were able to benchmark attainable RAC with the user's computer (through a project specific benchmark perhaps) then they would be able to work out how much GRC they could earn ahead of crunching (currently you need to crunch for weeks before figuring this out), this could help users make a more educated project selection.

Likewise, on the topic of RAC - there was a large thread on a possible '4th gen credit mechanism' which attracted a lot of attention last year: https://boinc.berkeley.edu/dev/forum_thread.php?id=10953 It would be excellent if further research/discussion was held on an improved credit mechanism.

Best regards,
CM.
4) Message boards : Projects : For the betterment of BOINC (Message 79802)
Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Profile CM
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Also making sure that the outcome of the discussions are correctly recorded, and actions properly placed....
Our secretary (minute taker) is remarkably efficient, making written minutes available online within an hour of the end of the meeting. Even I can remember if they're accurate for about that long...

Can you provide a link please?
5) Message boards : Projects : For the betterment of BOINC (Message 79791)
Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Profile CM
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Weekly we talk via teleconference with each other, which is really nice as at least that way the others can hear the urgency in my voice on anything I have to say. And that's not all just serious talk, there's a lot of humor passing by as well. Weirdly enough, sometimes these guys sound and act like humans. :-D

Are these teleconferences open to the public or recorded and published online?
6) Message boards : Projects : For the betterment of BOINC (Message 79781)
Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Profile CM
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I certainly would opt for a better joint team between BOINC and Gridcoin.I've been trying to contact CM for the past days and all emails I sent him eventually bounced, for non-existing email addresses. That makes contact between BOINC and Gridcoin quite difficult, so if you have the means, could you ask that he comes by and either posts here, or PMs me, or emails me?


Hey, I got your message a few days ago and reached out to the Gridcoin and Steem communities regarding this topic:

Dedicated thread with many responses: https://steemit.com/gridcoin/@cm-steem/for-the-betterment-of-boinc-post-suggestions-on-how-to-improve-boinc

Discussed this during the 35th Gridcoin Hangout (teleconference w/ ~30 people): https://steemit.com/gridcoin/@cm-steem/gridcoin-community-hangout-035#@cm-steem/re-cm-steem-gridcoin-community-hangout-035-20170722t164502752z

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The following is what I've come up with off the top of my head and does not represent the Gridcoin community as a whole, there are probably items that I've missed which others will likely post here or on the steem thread.

I'll be attending the BOINC workshop in Paris, looking forwards to discussing some of these topics in person!

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If we're talking about social media links within the BOINC client then I'd suggest the following:
https://steemit.com/trending/boinc (Free to sign up, earn crypto for posting, team-neutral).
https://t.me/BOINC_Telegram (Requires a phone number, team-neutral).
I wouldn't suggest adding the /r/boinc sub-reddit, the moderator /u/Pi31415926 censors at will (note he's a mod of 30+ subreddits? Powertrip!).
Could/Should we make a team-neutral slack or discord server?

If we're talking large changes:
* Password security: https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/issues/1644 (md5 isn't secure, we need to consider how we're going to migrate ~4m accounts across 30+ BOINC projects to a new password hashing mechanism). This issue has stagnated likely due to the sheer scale of migration.
* Account keys: https://github.com/Erkan-Yilmaz/Gridcoin-tasks/issues/106 (Account keys pose a permanent account compromise risk. Given that anyone can register an account with your email, they can harvest your account keys)
* Homebrew XML instead of standard XML library: https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/issues/1633 , Affected GRC: https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/issues/1470 (no confirmation of fix).
* Botnets: https://gridcoinstats.eu/cpid/2bebcc51ce6b307d8410ba59a9072039 https://boincstats.com/en/stats/-5/user/detail/2731022/projectList - this user is distributing hidden boinc services via game cracks. If possible, it'd be great if there was an admin php script added to the boinc server to flag potential botnets (many different hostnames) whilst tolerating gridcoin pools (https://www.grcpool.com/).
* Absolute proof of CPID ownership: If there was a dedicated cryptocurrency address field within the profile page which was publicly scrapable, then the Gridcoin (any any other crypto) network could 100% prove ownership of a CPID (they register an cpid with an address, address is checked against address stored within project field, verifies/rejects). I have already implemented this within project-rain https://github.com/grctest/project-rain-site - I added ~35 different cryptocurrencies to the profile page, including some secure messaging fields and it works. I've not submitted this as a pull request because of the negative gridcoin reception in the BOINC forums in the past, figured it wouldn't fly. Would it be accepted if hidden away in a separate page within the profile view it would seriously benefit the Gridcoin network.
* More optimal statistics file output: XML is pretty bloated, what about JSON or a more efficient format? A smaller stats file means less bandwidth load on servers.
* Modularity - The BOINC github repo is huge, if you're just wanting to setup a BOINC web server you don't need the majority of the repo's contents. If it was possible to be split into seperate repos (client, server, mobile, etc) it might be easier for users to find the files required for modification (customizing web server) or to contribute towards development (A dev forked out of frustration: https://github.com/volunode/volunode https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/issues/1633#issuecomment-252813358)

Past observations:
* Team founders at risk of breaking anti-spam laws: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/boinc-team-founders/sziGysV5Thk
* Project management committee is non-responsive: We invited the PMC to a teleconference with the Gridcoin network last year: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/boinc_admin/gridcoin%7Csort:relevance/boinc_admin/aq_stcsZ49c/2DpQ3ZfHBwAJ
* boincstats.com centralization/security risk - Every BOINC account which uses boincstats.com (BAM!) uses the same password across all BOINC projects. If one BOINC project has a malicious project admin or is hacked then all other project accounts (inc the boincstats acc) are compromised.
* Gridcoin community reported issues ignored/disregarded based on speculation: https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/issues/1466#issuecomment-172130901
* A select few users across all BOINC project forums are rather aggressive, however hopefully when the mandatory team gridcoin rule is lifted this will be reduced somewhat.. however I believe it's the isolationist 'team-poaching' attitude between team forums that we need to overcome as a community (we need to promote team-neutral communication platforms).
* Large pull-request backlog: https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/pulls

Non dev changes:
* Updated documentation - some of the official boinc server guides and misc tutorials are 10 years old & some of the BOINC wiki is non-styled/broken.

Best regards,
CM.
7) Message boards : Projects : Welcome to Climate@Home Version 2 (Message 77401)
Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Profile CM
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Quick response and great work on improving the security of your website, I'd advise that you also look into hardening access to the admin panel if possible (make sure you're not using a default password).

The SSL Cert has an A grade! https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=climateathome.info Excellent!

You mentioned spatiotemporal computing experiments, this was an old BOINC project of yours a few years ago yeah? Is this project a long-term project or a short term project like the qos one?

I've created a thread for your project over on the Gridcoin forums: https://cryptocointalk.com/topic/53533-climatehome/

Would you be interested in an interview by the Gridcoin community in the future regarding your BOINC project and ongoing research? Some of the previous interviews we've held: https://soundcloud.com/gridcoin-community-hangouts/sets/interviews (3 more awaiting upload).

If your project is whitelisted within the Gridcoin network then a lot of computing power could be directed towards your research, if you're interested? We're currently the #1 team in BOINC: http://formula-boinc.org/
8) Message boards : Promotion : Petition for IoS Boinc app (Message 77397)
Posted 16 Apr 2017 by Profile CM
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Can you create a gamification engine that only deploys to a mobile device? Then the processing needs are at the discretion of the person playing the game or tagging images.

You could certainly distribute work units through a web interface, which would be usable on an apple device..
9) Message boards : Promotion : interviews with BOINC admins (Message 77396)
Posted 16 Apr 2017 by Profile CM
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https://soundcloud.com/gridcoin-community-hangouts/sets/interviews
10) Message boards : Projects : Welcome to Climate@Home Version 2 (Message 77395)
Posted 16 Apr 2017 by Profile CM
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Hey Kai,

What is your association with NASA and the George Mason University?

Looking at the source articles and the last developer activity https://modelingguru.nasa.gov/community/atmospheric/boinc it doesn't look like climate@home has been active for approx 7 years.

You should consider adding captcha on registration pages, preventing bots from signing up.

You can also see the default apache page on https://climateathome.info

Your domain whois details are also showing your personal details, like home address and phone number.

When you navigate within your BOINC project, the domain disappears from the URL and is replaced with the IP. Also, SSL isn't enforced throughout the website :(

I look forwards to your reply.
11) Message boards : Projects : SONM - Supercomputer Organized by Network Mining (Message 77394)
Posted 16 Apr 2017 by Profile CM
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can anyone provide own computing power for mining and get paid for it in cryptocurrency

You can with Gridcoin, yes.
12) Message boards : Teams : Team Gridcoin - Rewarding BOINC computation (Message 74766)
Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Profile CM
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Team Gridcoin came 1st in the 2016 FormulaBOINC challenge! https://steemit.com/gridcoin/@cm-steem/team-gridcoin-came-1st-in-the-2016-formulaboinc-challenge

Best of luck to everyone in 2017, we'll be aiming to maintain our position! ;D
13) Message boards : Teams : Team Gridcoin - Rewarding BOINC computation (Message 74691)
Posted 8 Dec 2016 by Profile CM
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Created a hangout episode guide: https://steemit.com/gridcoin/@cm-steem/gridcoin-community-hangout-episode-guide

Listen in on a couple of the hangouts! :)
14) Message boards : Projects : Brainstorming new BOINC projects! (Message 74688)
Posted 8 Dec 2016 by Profile CM
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I've been creating BOINC project brainstorming threads over at steemit, I'll be updating this thread once a month when the brainstorming thread is reposted on steemit.

Here's the link to the 3rd brainstorming thread: https://steemit.com/boinc/@cm-steem/brainstorming-boinc-projects-003

We've had suggestions for TensorFlow, Apache Spark (BARK), Sensor arrays, Proof of Scientific Research, Decentralization of the BOINC project web server, Full-Node distribution projects, TOR/I2P Proof of Bandwidth, Hashcat over BOINC, etc.

Don't like Steemit? Post your ideas in this thread!
15) Message boards : Teams : Team Gridcoin - Rewarding BOINC computation (Message 74566)
Posted 4 Dec 2016 by Profile CM
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We've got 4 new challenges upcoming in December:

http://boincstats.com/en/stats/challenge/team/chat/833
http://boincstats.com/en/stats/challenge/team/chat/834
http://boincstats.com/en/stats/challenge/team/chat/835
http://boincstats.com/en/stats/challenge/team/chat/837

We've also signed up for a couple crunchathon challenges for December too.

Team Gridcoin is currently #1 in formulaBOINC this year, up from #8 last year! http://formula-boinc.org/

16) Message boards : Questions and problems : [Discussion] 4th Generation BOINC credit system (Message 74563)
Posted 3 Dec 2016 by Profile CM
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*bump* This topic came up in the 18th GRC hangout on the 3rd of Dec in a discussion between the Gridcoin & Curecoin/Foldingcoin communities.

https://steemit.com/gridcoin/@cm-steem/gridcoin-community-hangout-018-03th-dec-2016-9pm-gmt-rsvp-and-suggest-topics#@peppernrino/re-cm-steem-gridcoin-community-hangout-018-03th-dec-2016-9pm-gmt-rsvp-and-suggest-topics-20161128t000908864z
17) Message boards : Teams : Team Gridcoin - Rewarding BOINC computation (Message 74285)
Posted 21 Nov 2016 by Profile CM
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Thanks, Ageless, for re-opening the team Gridcoin thread.

Anyone that's interested, we've been holding weekly Gridcoin Community Hangouts on mumble!

You can listen on Soundcloud and Mixcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/gridcoin-community-hangouts/
https://www.mixcloud.com/gridcoin_hangouts/

The next hangout is on the 26th Nov 2016 @ 9PM GMT:
https://steemit.com/gridcoin/@cm-steem/gridcoin-community-hangout-017-26th-nov-2016-9pm-gmt-rsvp-and-suggest-topics

We'll be discussing Gridcoin, BOINC, cryptocurrency, technology, etc.

Anyone can suggest topics to discuss, the highest voted upon topics get discussed first (descending order).

I'll post the hangout RSVP threads in here from now on.

Hope some of you can join us :)
18) Message boards : Questions and problems : [Discussion] 4th Generation BOINC credit system (Message 74284)
Posted 21 Nov 2016 by Profile CM
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*bump*

Has anyone had any further thoughts regarding a possible 4th gen credit system?

We've discussed it a bit in the Gridcoin community hangouts.
19) Message boards : Questions and problems : [Discussion] 4th Generation BOINC credit system (Message 71591)
Posted 15 Aug 2016 by Profile CM
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Posted a link to this thread to the boinc_dev mailinglist & several developers have begun discussing this topic:
http://lists.ssl.berkeley.edu/pipermail/boinc_dev/2016-August/022235.html
20) Message boards : Promotion : Gridcoin community hangouts - Discuss BOINC & Cryptocurrency. (Message 71588)
Posted 15 Aug 2016 by Profile CM
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The second hangout went well, the next hangout will be held 20th Aug 2016.
Everyone from the BOINC community is very welcome to attend, you don't need to speak you can listen in if you're shy.

I'd love to get some BOINC project admins to attend the hangouts, would allow for the Gridcoin community to get to know the admins, ask them questions and let the admins pitch their project developments.

Next hangout: https://steemit.com/gridcoin/@cm-steem/gridcoin-hangout-003-rsvp-and-suggest-topics


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