Posts by Bill Freauff

41) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and All Your Off Topic Discussions (Message 110837)
Posted 1 Jan 2023 by ProfileBill Freauff
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And a Happy and Blessed New Year to all.
42) Message boards : Projects : World Community Grid has announced an extended outage from Feb 14 to April 22, 2022 (Message 110817)
Posted 25 Dec 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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For the Mini-nuke's ... do they offer a contractor's discount for a half dozen ?

Bill F
43) Message boards : Questions and problems : BOIC Unexpected Exit (Message 110778)
Posted 20 Dec 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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I have a Win 10 system that had some pop up communication related errors and I thought that it appeared to more on the BOINC side than the Project App / Work Unit side. I reloaded BOINC and then my BOINC would not connect with the Client or would not stay connected. I then uninstalled BOINC and reinstalled ... no change. I can't see the error log as it won't connect to the Client.

The exit error states "The BOINC Client has exited unexpectedly 3 times in the last 5 minutes. Would you like to restart it again ? "

Is there a way to look at the the error log contents via the BOINC program folder ? Or does anyone have a suggestion for me ?

Thanks
Bill F
44) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and All Your Off Topic Discussions (Message 110642)
Posted 6 Dec 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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Grumble: "We are experiencing a higher than expected number of calls at the moment..."

Given that message never changes whatever time of day or whatever day of the week it is, why the $&*^^$£ have they not changed their expectations?

Don't get your hopes up that they will ever change their message.

Just about anywhere you call in the states that uses an automatic answer svc (technically called an 'IVR') ... have this disclaimer.

They would prefer you press a specific key to leave them a message so they can return your call at their convenience.

If I call somewhere, I don't want to talk to a machine. I want a living, breathing, blue blooded person that speaks, reads & writes English as their primary language, not some variation of pidgin engrish.



... Blue blooded ???
45) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and All Your Off Topic Discussions (Message 110634)
Posted 5 Dec 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-63825860
A Florida woman has sued the makers of Velveeta Shells and Cheese, claiming the dish takes too long to make.

The Kraft Company markets its microwaveable cups as "ready in 3.5 minutes" but Amanda Ramirez says it takes longer.

The $5m (£4.2m) lawsuit claims the time advertised does not include preparation time - opening the lid and sauce pouch, before adding water and stirring.

Kraft Heinz Foods Company described the lawsuit as "frivolous".
Funny Americans. 😂


And in this case the company is correct... frivolous. Personal opinion home made is better and if you are in that big of a hurry your life values are off.
46) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and All Your Off Topic Discussions (Message 110581)
Posted 29 Nov 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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And so now the utility wants to pay us for reducing usage and lowing demand... interesting !
47) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and All Your Off Topic Discussions (Message 110497)
Posted 20 Nov 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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Grumbles something is broken on SETI forums. Tied to post message and it timed out with error message
"Database Error
Unable to handle request
Can't create post"


An off setting Glory... Asteroids@home is up running and stable
48) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 110481)
Posted 17 Nov 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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What Asteroids did for the old tasks that finally uploaded was show them as complete pending verification and then they generated a Wingman task and distributed it as new work. When the Wingman task completed both users got credit for their task.

Bill F
49) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 110388)
Posted 9 Nov 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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Going on almost 3 days
Ramanujan project server STILL unreachable.
NO response from project management on DISCORD.

@Bill Freauff Can't find project on Twitter... link????
EDIT 15:21 UTC old tasks uploaded and received new tasks.
No OFFICIAL response on Discord someone emailed project.... got things kicks & working for now.


on Twitter look for ....
The Daily Ramanujan
50) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 110270)
Posted 29 Oct 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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They have a Twitter page that is more active if anyone has a Twitter account ??

Bill F
51) Message boards : Questions and problems : Milkyway@Home - Massive Performance Issue - 1 Job Taking 8 CPUs vs 8 Jobs Taking 1 CPU Each (Message 110166)
Posted 21 Oct 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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The BOINC Statistics display for host average.
By which.I assume the graphical display in BOINC Manager.

Many years ago, as an undergraduate at one of the major physics labs in the UK, I was taught two lessons which have stayed with me for over fifty years (the actual physics, sadly, has not).

Lesson 1: Do every calculation twice. Once, using the best technology and the highest precision available (at the time, that was a sliderule). And again, with a pencil on the back of an envelope, to 'order of magnitude' - nearest power of 10 - precision only. That checks that you put the decimal point at the right place in the first answer.

Lesson 2: A number is meaningless unless you state the units it's measured in.

In this case, your numbers are 7000, 2000, 4500. Those are measured in "BOINC credits". They should be equivalent to "cobblestones", which is a defined number in terms of the number of calculations performed in reaching the scientific answer. Many of us wish that this was still the case, so that we can do the sort of comparisons that you are attempting.

But unfortunately, and disappointingly, the direct link between 'work done' and 'credits awarded' was broken over 10 years ago. Each project is free to choose its own credit reward rate, and as you have found, they don't all keep that consistent, even between the different task types within their own project.

As things stand at the moment, you have two options. Either take a deep breath, relax, and stop worrying about it. Or take it up with the research/administration team at Milkyway@Home: they are in control of their own credit rewards, and have the power to change it. But it may be low on their list of priorities.



Very well said....
52) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and All Your Off Topic Discussions (Message 110110)
Posted 15 Oct 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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Posting because noone else has posted here for the last 2 days.


Thank you I was feeling a little lost...
53) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 109833)
Posted 15 Sep 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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I have submitted an email to TACC regarding BOINC@TACC. So far I have received two responses. One was automated and one said that my email concern had been forwarded to the correct people for action.

Bill F


Ok I received the following update from the TACC in Austin TX

Bill F
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Hello William,

The BOINC@TACC project has been discontinued. The lead of the project has moved to a different institution and we are no longer hosting the research. Thanks.

--
Virginia Trueheart, MSIS
54) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 109832)
Posted 14 Sep 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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I have submitted an email to TACC regarding BOINC@TACC. So far I have received two responses. One was automated and one said that my email concern had been forwarded to the correct people for action.

Bill F
55) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and All Your Off Topic Discussions (Message 109724)
Posted 30 Aug 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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A big thumb's up ... for your Voyager thoughts an opinion. I try to check their status every 6 months or so.

Bill F
56) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and All Your Off Topic Discussions (Message 108498)
Posted 17 Jun 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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jeeze 100A wow. just think for a second. your bathroom heater, 10A maybe? think it will start a fire? maybe you better only deliver 1A to the house. Yes put a 1A trip on the transformer that serves half a dozen houses. Then its Peter safe.


Nothing is Peter safe....
57) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 108320)
Posted 5 Jun 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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Have I ever shared the analogy I use to teach novice users the difference between downloading and installing software?

It's like coming home from holiday.
First, the taxi driver dumps your suitcase on the garden path. (that's downloading)
Then, you unpack and distribute. The souvenirs go on the mantelpiece, the guide books on the bookshelf, the half-eaten British Rail sandwich in the bin, the dirty laundry into the washing machine, and the empty suitcase into the closet under the stairs. (that's installing)



I love your analogy ! I tip my hat to you.

Bill F
58) Message boards : BOINC client : Release Notes with out a Program (Message 108311)
Posted 4 Jun 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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From: https://github.com/BOINC/boinc-community/blob/master/contributors_calls/2022-06-02-minutes.md

Client Release Update

Vitalii stated that v7.20.x was nearly ready for Alpha testing. The big change is with respect to Windows and the new security libraries. The internal documentation was restructured. Another change is the use/support for C++19. There will also be a new release for OSX. The clients will no longer rely on the certificate bundles and instead use the system certificates.

Richard asked if it is still necessary for David to be in the loop for building and releasing the client. Vitalli "yes and no". Vitalii has some of the credentials.

Richard mentioned that the release notes have/had been prematurely published on the Web server which created confusion in the community.

General discussion the state of the BOINC project/community



Wow now there is a great update regarding our update path moving forward.

Thank you for the communications
Bill F
59) Message boards : BOINC client : Release Notes with out a Program (Message 108294)
Posted 1 Jun 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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Well the release notes for 7.20.0 were released a long time ago but the Program seems to be as mythical as a Unicorn.

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Release_Notes

Bill F
60) Message boards : Questions and problems : Next new release? (Message 107909)
Posted 21 Apr 2022 by ProfileBill Freauff
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I am sorry for the false alarm below. Someone appears to have played a weak joke and I fell for it.

Thanks
Bill F


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