Posts by robsmith

1) Message boards : Projects : Need project with really long deadlines (Message 104475)
Posted 24 days ago by robsmith
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Climate Prediction Network (CPN) - normal deadline is about a year and each task can take days or weeks to run
2) Message boards : Questions and problems : BOINC Manager: no activity in three weeks and no "Disk" graphic (Message 104388)
Posted 16 May 2021 by robsmith
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Milkyway has some technical issues and hasn't been sending out work for sometime
3) Message boards : Projects : Asteroids@home: My username unknown, couldn't upload results (Message 104341)
Posted 10 May 2021 by robsmith
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The error message comes from the (Asteroids) server not from your own computer. So it looks as if they having continued problems :-(
4) Message boards : BOINC client : Big Sur 11.3.1 tasks say running but progess never changes (Message 104331)
Posted 8 May 2021 by robsmith
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It happens fro time to time, particularly if a project uses a random, or pseudo-random number as a seed to start a calculation, or if the task dataset is such that an endless loop ca be entered. Strange to see more than the odd one, but it could happen.
There is no way for you to get those three tasks back, as they will have been marked as "failed on this computer" and will be passed onto other people to run.
5) Message boards : Questions and problems : Display initial information without restarting client? (Message 104290)
Posted 4 May 2021 by robsmith
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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
6) Message boards : Questions and problems : BOINC Manager won't let me connect to a client (Message 104149)
Posted 27 Apr 2021 by robsmith
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3) WCG: they are running a stress test of their server, and it's failed - communications are horribly difficult. That's their problem, not yours. Concentrate on getting your own machine working normally first, and post again if you need help with any specific problems.


Thanks for that bit of news, I tried to see if there was anything on their site given the number of tasks I had in an upload log-jam, failed to get anywhere useful so I guess I'll just have to go back to sleep for a while and see if they can sort out their servers.

Edit while typing above: Log-jam cleared enough to get a mountain of downloads which ran through quickly enough, uploads still sticking badly.
7) Message boards : GPUs : Hardware accelerated GPU scheduling (Message 104068)
Posted 22 Apr 2021 by robsmith
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CUDA only applies to Nvidia GPUs and AMD probably have something akin to it.
8) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and Covid-19 (2) (Message 104058)
Posted 22 Apr 2021 by robsmith
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Some rave about the yellow peril, I rant about it - eyes bulging, nose streaming, and it even gets mildly through to the honey :-(
But linden blossom honey sounds interesting, I'll have to keep my eyes open for that
9) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and Covid-19 (2) (Message 104054)
Posted 21 Apr 2021 by robsmith
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Ah, the rent from bees is great both unfermented and fermented.
What plants are they collecting from?
(I'm partial to honey from what might be described as "English meadow" & "English hedgerow" as opposed to many of the mono-culture honey)
10) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and Covid-19 (2) (Message 103980)
Posted 16 Apr 2021 by robsmith
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Fairly simple for the first one when popping into a drive through for a caffeine fix one is not on a public highway so the rules about hand holding phones don't apply. A bit more hazy when paying at a toll booth on the M6Troll road.
(Also don't forget that consuming said caffeine fix while driving is an offence......)
11) Message boards : Questions and problems : What is "virtual memory" in Boinc? (Message 103920)
Posted 10 Apr 2021 by robsmith
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In some OS it is possible for an application to restrict the amount of virtual (swap) memory it is allowed to use. As with many things in BOINC this is a limit not an absolute figure, if the system has enough RAM for the application's demands then there will be no demand on the virtual memory so none will be allocated to the application by the OS.
12) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and Covid-19 (2) (Message 103914)
Posted 9 Apr 2021 by robsmith
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Neither is as good as a fast car fast.


Well, that all depends on one's definition of "fun". Driving a proper fast car fast is relatively simple and boring, but getting the utmost from a slow car is a big challenge and very rewarding when you get it right (remember I've driven cars capable of well over 300kph so I do know both ends of the performance spectrum).
13) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and Covid-19 (2) (Message 103912)
Posted 9 Apr 2021 by robsmith
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How do you get a 2CV to run for 12 hours?
Proper preparation, more preparation, (all we did was put some new plugs in and polished the windscreen, but we were still running at the end unlike a few others) and being careful how you drive (or have a spare engine which you aren't meant to change during the race., but ...), and large dose of humour. There was a list of things that you could change during the race including wiper blades & tyres (why wiper blades? we never did work that one out). Being a charity event there were a couple of really silly prizes, like everyone in the team wearing the same fancy dress (I do mean DRESS), eating the most cream cakes in a lap, and burning the most oil - we failed on all three, but the lads who won the cream cakes round had t make a very urgent pit stop shortly after that lap.....
14) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles, Glory and Covid-19 (2) (Message 103893)
Posted 7 Apr 2021 by robsmith
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The ability to do well on a race track means you will have more than excellent skills on a public road.

As one who held an RAC/MSC National license for quite a few years I can honestly say yo are talking total and utter rubbish - you've obviously never driven in a proper race on a proper race track. Even with "novices" the standard of discipline is far, far higher than one sees any day on the road.
Something to consider - On the road you are faced with TRAFFIC, about half of it ONCOMING TRAFFIC, there are PEDESTRIANS, there are CYCLISTS, there are MOTORBIKES, there are HORSES. On a race track, while the speeds are higher than legal on the public highway (normally), but the vast majority of other vehicles are going the same way as you, there are vanishingly few of the other "mobile chicanes" that one sees on the road (unless you are in a truck or motorbike race, in which case those can be expected).

(Most hilarious race I ever took part in was a 12 hour 2-CV race, top sped of those things is barely 70, but the fun factor is very high once you get over the feeling of sea-sickness due to their rolling motion....)
15) Message boards : Questions and problems : Virtualbox hogs machine (Message 103832)
Posted 3 Apr 2021 by robsmith
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Hit the tiny red "x" beside the reply button and tell a moderator what's wrong
16) Message boards : The Lounge : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 103774)
Posted 31 Mar 2021 by robsmith
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Oh dear, you are so, so so lacking in the basics of how refrigeration works. I could freeze you into a solid block of ice using water at 4C in an airflow of about 10m/s. Given enough water, or a higher air speed it might take a minute or so. (This is how some meat chilling systems work)
17) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Very long task (Message 103739)
Posted 29 Mar 2021 by robsmith
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I see what you are asking, however there is one problem that I can see.
BOINC does not know how many hours a day an individual computer is going to run for in the future. While the computer may have been running for 24 hours a day in the past the user may turn it off for several days and thus the prediction would be very wrong, whereas the user probably has a reasonable idea of what they are going to be doing over the next few days.
18) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Very long task (Message 103735)
Posted 29 Mar 2021 by robsmith
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The short deadline is down to the project (Collatz) and there is nothing that BOINC can do about that.
As to your other question, in the advanced view there is a column which shows what you are asking for, it's called "Remaining" (or at least in BOINC 7.16.11 on Windows).
19) Message boards : Android : BOINC & Android TV (Message 103626)
Posted 21 Mar 2021 by robsmith
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OK, that's almost certainly the "wrong" temperature sensor being detected as the battery sensor. I think Jord's solution is about the only way to go as, sadly, I don't think every Android hardware system follows the correct use of sensors :-(
20) Message boards : Android : BOINC & Android TV (Message 103622)
Posted 21 Mar 2021 by robsmith
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How long between starting the task and the message appearing?


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