Posts by Peter Hucker

1) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and Covid-19 (2) (Message 104425)
Posted 28 days ago by (banished: ID 1681)
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My old one used to give up and say "drive to the nearest road, then turn left". It wasn't the map half the time, it had some bug that sometimes placed me 100 yards west of where I really was. You could manage, by looking at the map, unless you were in a busy town then you didn't know which road you were on.
2) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and Covid-19 (2) (Message 104421)
Posted 29 days ago by (banished: ID 1681)
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Grumble.
I retired just one month before this pandemic took off for real in 2020. My idea was to travel a lot and see other countries.
That came to a total nothing :-(
Explore your own country (which I believe is a nicer place than mine). I've just bought a set of scuba equipment to explore the underwater parts of my own country. £700 including a compressor to refill the tanks myself isn't bad. The glory is it was fairly cheap. The grumble is I just found a compressor that's 5 times faster for only an extra £26. Can't really return it now.
3) Message boards : Questions and problems : Display initial information without restarting client? (Message 104299)
Posted 4 May 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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Should I be concerned about this at the end of that file? "<warning>No ATI library found.</warning>"
Only if you have an ATI card and no driver for it.
That machine has two ATI cards. But they function perfectly in Windows, games, and 5 Boinc projects. Whatever this library is, I assume it's either something outdated, or something only very few projects use. I remember a long time ago, I had to deliberately download an extra bit from ATI, as the standard driver didn't do OpenCL or something.
4) Message boards : Questions and problems : Display initial information without restarting client? (Message 104297)
Posted 4 May 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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First place to look is client_state.xml which appears to hold the GPU enumeration "for ever" following a restart of BOINC.

Edit to add:
Second place coproc_info.xml which is easier to read
Thanks, coproc_info.xml contained what I needed. I wanted to make sure the cards were still in the same order. Boinc used to (could be a few years back, earlier version) swap them randomly, or at least put them in reverse order than Windows or anything like GPU-Z did. I only suspected they'd swapped because the little one was running as fast as the big one on certain tasks. But I think that may be because, despite it being slower, it's newer and has other improvements.

Should I be concerned about this at the end of that file? "<warning>No ATI library found.</warning>"
5) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 104295)
Posted 4 May 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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Time to put on the hard hats, and get down in the bunkers:
A giant piece of space junk is hurtling towards Earth. Here's how worried you should be
This is the funniest bit:
Western Australia fined NASA for littering
6) Message boards : Questions and problems : Display initial information without restarting client? (Message 104288)
Posted 4 May 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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Is it possible to get the initial info (processor and graphics card types etc) without restarting the Boinc client? It doesn't seem to keep the messages long enough to go back to if the computer's been running a few days. Firstly I don't want to interrupt running tasks, and secondly I want to know what it knows now, not after the restart - specifically which way round it has the two graphics cards, that might change on a restart.
7) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 104163)
Posted 28 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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]Those are high tech beavers. I wonder if they'll find a dam with disco lighting in it?

Internet rumors indicate as we post here, they have cued up the soundtrack to the movie Saturday Night Fever, put on their leisure suits and are strutting around the dam. ;)
Coincidence or conspiracy? Your picture is cubs, which are promoted beavers. I was thrown out before I reached cubs :-)
8) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 104161)
Posted 28 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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Naughty gnawers...
Beavers shut down the internet for 36 hours in a small Canadian town by chewing through fiber cables while looking for materials to build their dam.
Those are high tech beavers. I wonder if they'll find a dam with disco lighting in it?
9) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 104151)
Posted 27 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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Yes. It's called a 4x2 delivered to the back of the skull.
Or in modern parlance 100x50!
Give a man 2.54 centimetres and he'll take 1.6 kilometres.
10) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 104132)
Posted 26 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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What would be the meaning if the apostrophe were removed?

A sign outside a block of flats, “Residents’ refuse to be placed in bins."

or getting away from the apostrophe, see how punctuation completely changes the meaning of this string of words.

“A woman, without her man, is nothing,”

“A woman: without her, man is nothing.”
That reminds me of:

“Let’s eat Grandma" becomes "Let’s eat, Grandma”, punctuation saves lives.
11) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 104131)
Posted 26 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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Well I know several people who would mandate that punishment for getting an apostrophe wrong!
Isn't there medication for that?
Yes. It's called a 4x2 delivered to the back of the skull.
Is that a 2x4 held sideways for a higher force per surface area?
12) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and Covid-19 (2) (Message 104110)
Posted 25 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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Glory:Fairphone have updated their Fairphone2 to Android9 doing the work themselves because Qualcom don't support that chipset beyond 7.x
I'm running 7 on a phone I've had for about a year. What exactly am I missing?

And why can't Google/Android/whatever it is make their OS work on older things? I can put Windows 10 on an ancient computer.
13) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and Covid-19 (2) (Message 104109)
Posted 25 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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I had that without trying some years ago. Miner bees, in my parrot aviary. Needless to say they didn't stay long, the hoover got a good meal.
They wouldn't have harmed the parrots. In fact many miner bee species don't have stings.
I've seen my neighbour's dog eat a wasp, I didn't want to take the risk. And I doubt I could have determined the species. And I thought every bee and wasp had a sting?
14) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 104108)
Posted 25 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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Well I know several people who would mandate that punishment for getting an apostrophe wrong!
Isn't there medication for that?
15) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 104107)
Posted 25 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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dense
Is this a word game?
16) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and Covid-19 (2) (Message 104088)
Posted 24 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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Glory: Swarm of bees have moved into the home I prepared for them. Now I just have to wait a while before I can collect some rent.
I had that without trying some years ago. Miner bees, in my parrot aviary. Needless to say they didn't stay long, the hoover got a good meal.
17) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 104048)
Posted 21 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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Guilty of what? Did I put the apostrophe in the wrong place?
18) Message boards : Questions and problems : Boinc refuses to get new work from Primegrid, it says "don't need". (Message 104047)
Posted 21 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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You don't need to be a programmer to see that Boinc doesn't really have to do much.
Perhaps you do need to be a programmer to appreciate the complexities of what BOINC does?
I couldn't design a bicycle, but I know it's simpler than a car. And it's less the complexities of Boinc and more making sensible decisions when writing it. I just told Boinc to give one project priority 10 and another 5, so I expect to see that happen now, not gradually over a month's time! Say you were a foreman and told your workers to concentrate mainly on job C, would you expect the workers to average out your requests over the last month? Or would you expect them to do what you said right now?
19) Message boards : Questions and problems : Boinc refuses to get new work from Primegrid, it says "don't need". (Message 104028)
Posted 20 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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The actual tasks are complex. Boinc is just a simple scheduler.
If it were that simple, this and many other problems would have been resolved years ago.
You don't need to be a programmer to see that Boinc doesn't really have to do much. Just monitor the times of things and what can run when. It's amazing how much it gets totally wrong. And not just bugs, but a basic lack of common sense as to which tasks to run when. For example, it thinks task A has 4 hours left to complete, and it knows that's an estimate. So when should it panic and start it? 4 hours before the deadline? Because that's what I see happening! And even worse if you have multi-core tasks running at the same time, it now runs more than the number of cores you have, making that estimate completely wrong.

And the tasks are not necessarily all that complex. Despite not having done any programming worth mentioning since the days of ALGOL, I would not have great difficulty writing a program to find prime numbers.
I would imagine the Biology stuff is a little more complicated.

And you should have a word with Primegrid seen as they seem incapable of making the time estimate sensible. I've got a task running on my GPU that I know will take 5 days. The estimate? 147 days! Even when it's 50% done and took 2.5 days to get that far, it still doesn't correct the mistake and says 73 days to go! Even after it's done several of them, it still says 147 days for the next one!
20) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 104027)
Posted 20 Apr 2021 by (banished: ID 1681)
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Ask India.
Aren't their neighbour's windows 2 feet away?


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