1) Message boards : Number crunching : "In progress" means ?? (Message 13442)
Posted 25 Apr 2006 by R/B
When there is such a small number remaining why not just send these work units out to a few more computers to speed things up a bit? Or does it not really matter because the next batch isn't ready to be sent out to us anyway?
2) Message boards : Number crunching : How long to wait before work is available? (Message 13441)
Posted 25 Apr 2006 by R/B
I don't even get the point of this thread resurection here. If it wasn't resurected, then the thread would have remained "closed" by proxy. The proxy being that most peopple probably wouldn't even remember this thread was here, or care to look back.

Even though it was ressurected, I still don't feel inclined look back at something from 2004. The here and now is what matters to both our work queues as well as the respective projects themselves, and what people would post/respond to, one way or the other...

Misfit was probably just necromancing this thread to be funny and so people would ask him stuff like this.

It will give him a thread to check the next time he logsin.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Not HAPPY people. (Message 13230)
Posted 3 Apr 2006 by R/B
Could have sworn that was Rom Walton.....

Unless he has changed his name to hide from us all, ROM has done some good work over @Rosetta helping to get rid of loads of bugs in Windows, still trying to track the 1% bug but it seems to have run away to hide at the moment

Yes, Rom Walton. I apologize for quoting his last name wrong.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Not HAPPY people. (Message 13205)
Posted 30 Mar 2006 by R/B
Punch cards? I'm currently running LHC on punch cards. Perhaps noone told me I couldn't find a way to get that done?

Seriously though, In the last day or two Rosetta has made great progress toward solving their 1% bug with the help of Rom Watkins. For those here that I saw complain about it they might need to go and read their Science forums.....
5) Message boards : LHC@home Science : Similarities (Message 13054)
Posted 16 Mar 2006 by R/B
My 2 cents

I am skeptical of current string theory. Too many problems exist therein. Aside, sunspots would not affect string theories here in a meaningful way. String theories deal with fundamental matter and nature that shouldn't be considered when attempting to understand relatively minor events in the cosmos like sunspots...

Unless I'm missing something....
6) Message boards : Cafe LHC : BBC has a great approach... (Message 13053)
Posted 16 Mar 2006 by R/B
Basically, I believe it would be beneficial to LHC to adopt the approach that the BBC has undertaken. Think about the 'customer'. Just make an introductory home page that is 'idiot friendly'. Face it, most users hear of a project like this and think...'ok...I'll go to the website'. If it is too complicated they then think 'why bother'.

Make the homepage simpler with 1,2,3 instructions like the BBC site did and watch your hosts grow through the roof.

It's easy at this point . Once you realize how great the potential is for so many computer users out there...

7) Message boards : Cafe LHC : BBC has a great approach... (Message 12820)
Posted 22 Feb 2006 by R/B

This project apparently just started and is associated with BOINC and Climate Predictor. Look at their link above and I think you'll find a wonderful, simplistic, and very well marketed 'how to' install and why guide for dummies. They picked up 3k hosts in the past 24 hours(from just 15k) according to boincstats.com

Incorporating some of their features in all of the BOINC home pages would help add new users. It's a highly inviting approach they are using on their page.

There's even a short streaming movie people can view explaining the basics. I'm not sure how viable this option is in regard to bandwith but I'd like to see it looked into....

Would appreciate some feedback from the project developers.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Boinc farms. (Message 12818)
Posted 21 Feb 2006 by R/B
Using a Watt/Hr meter, I estimate I'm using around $65 a month. But then I'm running nine computers 24/7.

I presume you (and most everyone else) has their monitors off?
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Up and Running Again (Message 12811)
Posted 21 Feb 2006 by R/B
I wonder if in order to avoid these outages while they are generating new work if it would be within their goals to prepare 2 simultaneous experimental paths (for lack of a better term) so that the 2nd LHC 'batch' is ready to load while they compile and redirect the first batch. LHC goal '2' doing something useful so that the computing power available out here in hostland is not neglected. Just a thought.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Boinc farms. (Message 12810)
Posted 21 Feb 2006 by R/B
I'd like to hear what people's estimated extra energy cost is in $$$ that is attibutable to their farms along with how many machines they have. Also, if you had , say, 10 machines that you took offline for a month what the apparent cost savings were....

While I'm here...I don't have a farm, just a garden.

1 Athlon 3k+ winxp
1 2.4 gig celeron winxp
1 500mhz celeron ME
1 166 pentium Win98

I'm working on rebuilding a pentium III and another 166 in storage...

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