Posts by robsmith

21) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 91332)
Posted 1 May 2019 by robsmith
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Hmmm - setting fire to water......... yes it is possible, but one really has to try hard and be very careful as it involves very high pressures, weird catalysts and liquid oxygen.

(And if done right you end up with HTP which is used as the oxidizer in some rocket motors - you have been warned)

However setting hail onto fire is very different task - get a wind machine, a load of finely crushed ice and a BIG fire. Point the wind machine at the fire and turn it on then throw the crushed ice into the downstream side of the wind machine and watch the fun :-)
22) Message boards : Questions and problems : Screen name. (Message 91331)
Posted 1 May 2019 by robsmith
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Further to Richard's comments - one of the lesser known provisions of GDPR is that users have the right to readily and freely change their displayed name to one of their choosing, and that forcing their choice of name is probably contrary to that requirement. There are certain constraints on this freedom, the most obvious being where the user's chosen name is used to identify that user within the system - as far as I'm aware all BOINC based systems use the unique user identifier internally, with the user display name being just that - a display name not an identifier.
23) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 91127)
Posted 16 Apr 2019 by robsmith
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...that explains it all - they don't have any Transits only Sprinters
24) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 91113)
Posted 16 Apr 2019 by robsmith
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Nah......the servers have been saving up for a big dump just in time for the next round of public holidays
25) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 91111)
Posted 16 Apr 2019 by robsmith
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Wot??
To make sure the Old Boy has actually passed on.
Or do you mean the man with the battery is going to try again
26) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Opinions requested from home Linux users (Message 91097)
Posted 15 Apr 2019 by robsmith
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...and brings to the fore the difference in behaviour between projects that the BOINC developers must bear in mind when changing the way things works (and this applies to just about any operating system one cares to mention).


Thinking back to something Keith(?) said - Would it be possible to have an install-time option that gave something along the lines of a "deferred or instant" start. This option being to allow the installing user to either have BOINC start instantly on computer start, or controlled by the user to start sometime later.
27) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90887)
Posted 2 Apr 2019 by robsmith
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When are these boards going down today?
28) Message boards : Questions and problems : PC shutting down when Boinc Manager is on (Message 90868)
Posted 1 Apr 2019 by robsmith
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What projects are you connected to?
How many tasks are you running at a time?
It is worth noting that most, if not all, projects and their tasks stress hardware far more than just about any game ever will.
29) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90811)
Posted 26 Mar 2019 by robsmith
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Marmite chips

At last some REAL flavours :-)
30) Message boards : Questions and problems : Reached a limit on tasks in progress (Message 90791)
Posted 25 Mar 2019 by robsmith
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The limits are very much in the control of the individual project.
The mechanisms employed vary from a "We'll fill your cache to the limits" to "We will send you one task for every task you return", to "We will send you x tasks per day and that's it", and some projects don't appear to have any limits at all, and don't respect your cache or work being done on other projects...
31) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90754)
Posted 19 Mar 2019 by robsmith
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Who knows.


But did somebody just utter the "P"-word??????/
32) Message boards : The Lounge : The traveling Dutchman came to Great Britain in March 2019 (Message 90669)
Posted 12 Mar 2019 by robsmith
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It was great to meet the "Traveling Dutchman" - I'm glad that he was able to entertain himself as I had a violent encounter of work (bas habit, I know, trying to give it up).
I trust he's found his next place of repose, an manages to get across the Blackwater estuary in a couple of days time.
33) Message boards : The Lounge : The traveling Dutchman came to Great Britain in March 2019 (Message 90614)
Posted 7 Mar 2019 by robsmith
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Great to hear Richard has been the "perfect host".
Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of days time.

Drive safely, and ENJOY yourself
34) Message boards : The Lounge : The traveling Dutchman came to Great Britain in March 2019 (Message 90521)
Posted 5 Mar 2019 by robsmith
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but too bad for him, I have navigation on my phone.

-I'd call that "forward planning" :-)

Glad you've arrived in the UK, and I hope the weather is to your liking today, if it isn't, just wait, tomorrow will bring you something different.
35) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90275)
Posted 26 Feb 2019 by robsmith
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...and relax ;-)
36) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 90262)
Posted 26 Feb 2019 by robsmith
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After a joint recital of the Po-Lice's family tree we used "alternative approaches" to get the files.
Then set our MD on them - shame there is no video of the event, but it would be a bit one-sided 300lb ex Canadian ice hockey player in a bad mood against a 140lb soccer fan dribbling with fear.

Guys on the help desk were handing out the advise "If you can find an alternative, please use it", or "We've found this might work....."
37) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 90256)
Posted 25 Feb 2019 by robsmith
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The Thought Po-Lice at work have tightened the screws too far.....


Today we couldn't get onto a major client's website to download tender documents for a massive new bid we are preparing :-(
38) Message boards : Questions and problems : Problem with CPU benchmark (Message 90149)
Posted 15 Feb 2019 by robsmith
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It's quite simple really - Memtest is exactly what its name implies, a memory test tool.
Other benchmarking tools test various other aspects of a system. Some will be testing the performance of a single CPU core, some will test multiple cores, in the latter case most will do two cores and scale the result to however many cores are in the CPU chip. Some tests will take note of the CPU architecture and will test both "real" and "virtual" cores under hyper-threading.
Then of course there is what sort of benchmark being run - a simple set of maths (integer, floating point, fixed point, single or multi precision etc.), a set of logic, a real-world mix of both, and so it goes on. Last time I really looked there were over 500 different combinations, then probably ten times that number of actual implementations.

BOINC uses a fairly simple, single core, single-float benchmarking tool to give a performance guide. It can only be a guide as every project uses a very different balance of operand types. It then scales for the number of CPU cores found.
Of course projects may have their own benchmarking tools, and they will almost certainly be tailored around that project's applications.
39) Message boards : Questions and problems : Slow scheduling (Message 90128)
Posted 14 Feb 2019 by robsmith
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If a project wrongly under estimates the duration of tasks then there is little that BOINC can do to stop that stop that project from flooding you with work. If it is consistently happening then you should take it up with the project concerned.

You still haven't said what projects you are trying to run, and if all your computers are set for the same set of projects.
40) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 90116)
Posted 13 Feb 2019 by robsmith
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I must find my tuit and get my RPi up and running........


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