1) Forums : Technical Support : Can't Seem to Modify Preferences (Message 10699)
Posted 11 Apr 2012 by Bill & Patsy
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Hi again,

Another attempt to fix this. The problem eems to have been caused by a faulty BIONC update script. A manual fix was applied. I hope this will do it.

Best,
Ben

It's fixed! HURRAY!! :-) :-)
2) Forums : Technical Support : Can't Seem to Modify Preferences (Message 10688)
Posted 10 Apr 2012 by Bill & Patsy
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Just so you know, it's still broken; tried it again just a minute ago.


"Database Error

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/boincadm/projects/cosmohome/html/inc/db_conn.inc:44) in /home/boincadm/projects/cosmohome/html/user/edit_forum_preferences_action.php on line 168"

Agreed: Still broken.

Still broken.
3) Forums : Technical Support : Can't Seem to Modify Preferences (Message 10434)
Posted 15 Mar 2012 by Bill & Patsy
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Just so you know, it's still broken; tried it again just a minute ago.


"Database Error

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/boincadm/projects/cosmohome/html/inc/db_conn.inc:44) in /home/boincadm/projects/cosmohome/html/user/edit_forum_preferences_action.php on line 168"

Agreed: Still broken.
4) Forums : Technical Support : Can't Seem to Modify Preferences (Message 10338)
Posted 4 Mar 2012 by Bill & Patsy
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Hi -

Could you check again? We've been doing some work on the data base.

Best,
Ben

Still broken:

"Database Error

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/boincadm/projects/cosmohome/html/inc/db_conn.inc:44) in /home/boincadm/projects/cosmohome/html/user/edit_forum_preferences_action.php on line 168"

This inability to modify forum preferences has been a problem for a LONG time, Ben. We're glad that it's finally being fixed!!
5) Forums : Technical Support : wu marked as invalid (Message 10292)
Posted 24 Feb 2012 by Bill & Patsy
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A lot of my work was invalidated due to "no heartbeat". This is absurd, since work for other projects completed successfully during the same time on other cores of the same processor.

So, there are still things wrong with this project.
6) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT PROBLEMS THREAD (2009 and after) (Message 10076)
Posted 12 Feb 2012 by Bill & Patsy
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Do you know when Ben Wandelt will return?

Good grief. Have you read even the recent posts in this thread?
7) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT PROBLEMS THREAD (2009 and after) (Message 10055)
Posted 11 Feb 2012 by Bill & Patsy
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Thank you!
8) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT PROBLEMS THREAD (2009 and after) (Message 10053)
Posted 11 Feb 2012 by Bill & Patsy
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Dear Mr. Faik/Falk,

In message #10041 you said:
...My task here at C@H is to communicate with our community members ...

We, your community members, have been asking again and again when Ben will appear to work on this problem. You have not answered; you have failed in your "task ... to communicate with our community members".

Please do your task, as you have described to us. Please communicate. Please provide the oft-requested information!

Thank you.
9) Forums : Technical Support : Can't Seem to Modify Preferences (Message 10032)
Posted 9 Feb 2012 by Bill & Patsy
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Hello? Can Ben fix this too, before taking another trip?
10) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT PROBLEMS THREAD (2009 and after) (Message 10030)
Posted 9 Feb 2012 by Bill & Patsy
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Ben should schedule his trips more carefully to coincide with periods when the server is functioning normally.
11) Forums : Technical Support : Longer / heavier WUs? (Message 8363)
Posted 23 May 2009 by Bill & Patsy
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My PC can't crunch Cosmology anymore. I get the message:
19/05/2009 10:31:54 Cosmology@Home Message from server: CAMB needs 476.84 MB RAM but only 460.33 MB is available for use.

Increase your Virtual Memory (Paging File size).
12) Forums : Wish list : More Credit Needed (Message 8253)
Posted 29 Apr 2009 by Bill & Patsy
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A Couple o' things:

1. The "Free" Credit: When I decided to grant credit for WUs that had errored out while downloading I figured it would be a welcome gesture due to all the "turmoil" (rightly put) the project has experienced in the past couple of weeks. Personally, I feel the credit is not free by any means since all you users spent your personal time, whether it was on the forums or helping with fixes directly to get the project back on its feet. It would also, in a way, temporarily balance out low credit for the new heavy WUs till I have time to complete the dynamic credit granting system. Since I promised this credit to all of you, I am still going to grant it 1 last time and then work on "Breaking the cycle".

2. After comparing WU stats, monitoring the forums and doing some calculations I have decided to set WU credit to 420. I have checked all the results and claimed credit stats very carefully and this is the absolute MAX I am willing to set the credit to without being unfair to other users and projects.

3. The delay bound has been set to 15 days (was originally 10) which should be more than enough to complete 2.16 WUs even if you are running multiple projects on a system that is ~5 years old. I am (test) running some 2.16 WUs on a compaq laptop with a P4 processor and 512mB of RAM (running XP service pack 2) that I bought 6 years ago. I will see how long the avg completion time is, with another BOINC project attached (probably WCG) and if they take more than 3 days to complete, then I will increase the delay bound to 20 days.

4. As for the crazy amounts of memory these 2.16 WUs are taking: I'm going to check for any major memory leaks in the program and try to fix them. I will also try to optimize CAMB (maybe thread it some more) and if none of that works then... Well I'll speak to Ben if we can somehow break up the workload of each WU and still get meaningful information out of the results. Please keep in mind though that I WILL NOT begin working on CAMB source code till after my finals are over on May 17th.

When, Anshul?

We've been sticking with you, Anshul, even though I just got a timed-out WU that granted me only 140 credits. That sucks, but we're all trusting you to come through and adjust them all up to the 420 credit standard you have set. We've continued to support you while you worked this out. So when are you going to come through with the credit corrections for the completed WUs, as promised?
13) Forums : Wish list : More Credit Needed (Message 8166)
Posted 20 Apr 2009 by Bill & Patsy
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Ben & Anshul,

Will the correction be retroactive for all these WUs, or should we stop crunching and go somewhere else until the credit issue is fixed?

I think a lot of us would like to know.

Thanks.
14) Forums : Wish list : More Credit Needed (Message 8140)
Posted 19 Apr 2009 by Bill & Patsy
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When you settle on the new credit amount, make it retroactive to all such WUs.
15) Forums : Technical Support : Feedback on Cosmology Re-Start (Message 7493)
Posted 21 Oct 2008 by Bill & Patsy
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OK. Thanks. I feel pretty stupid giving it another chance now - like Charlie Brown running again at Lucy\'s football. But based upon what you cited, Phoneman1, I\'ll trust that the pending credits will be granted


Well, since all old / pending / \"didn\'t need\" stuff has been wiped from the result database (my task list is clean as a whistle with only the new tasks I downloaded the other day), it seems like the answer to the forced cancellation is \"so sad, too bad\" to anyone who had already completed a task and was just waiting on a wingman...

Yup. Same thing just happened to me. Finished work just wiped out and no credit given. So yes, I\'m a sucker, and I really feel stupid. They lied to us again.

So, I have aborted all remaining work units and detached from the project.

Good Bye.
16) Forums : Technical Support : Feedback on Cosmology Re-Start (Message 7486)
Posted 20 Oct 2008 by Bill & Patsy
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I get the impression most people who post on this site on a regular basis wanted the project to work first and then sort out the credit business. It was unfortunate that the problems hit hardest at the end of one academic year. With a new term and a team member progress now has defintiely been made. I hope the project has now turned a corner.

The credit issue is now being addressed, apparently, see this thread

OK. Thanks. I feel pretty stupid giving it another chance now - like Charlie Brown running again at Lucy\'s football. But based upon what you cited, Phoneman1, I\'ll trust that the pending credits will be granted and that the project will once more deserve my support. Conceptually, it will be great if Cosmology is successful, and I want to be part of that. So I have started accepting work units and am crunching again for the project.

If they don\'t deliver on all these issues, I will be but one of many, many others who will bid farewell for sure. (And I\'ll feel like a fool for having taken the bait...)
17) Forums : Technical Support : Feedback on Cosmology Re-Start (Message 7459)
Posted 15 Oct 2008 by Bill & Patsy
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. . . a mix of test and normal WU\'s.


Aah yes - but did you notice that the test units were ones that were created a month ago and which have already been round the system and been cancelled as not needed?
I think there is room for more disappointment here.

That\'s right. Why are people downloading any work right now? Haven\'t the project managers fooled you enough by now? As I suggested earlier, people should avoid this project until they get the message and keep their promises. They are holding back nearly 1/5 of the credits that I\'ve earned since they promised that they wouldn\'t screw us again, as they did before.

If you participate right now you put yourself at risk, and you put everyone else at risk by letting them get away with breaking their promises.

And as far as the \"science\" is concerned, you can crunch for other projects that are actually doing science. That\'s what I\'m doing until they do what they said they\'d do.

Cosmology@Home is a cool concept. I want to support Cosmology@Home -- after they prove they deserve it.

Why would you do any more work until they do what they said they\'d do, and until they prove that we can trust them?
18) Forums : Technical Support : Feedback on Cosmology Re-Start (Message 7432)
Posted 12 Oct 2008 by Bill & Patsy
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Being loyal to the project I managed to get a few wu’s.
I crunched 2 successfully and were rewarded a disappointing 120cr as promised.
4h30m / wu / core on an over clocked (2.5) E2200.
This is worse than an old 1.6 Celeron on SETI!

If one look at the all recent events:
a) Risk of losing cr ( Over didn’t need)
b) Very low rewards
c) No feedback from admin
d) Bad management of the project - etc.
Then it is not worth the energy and effort to crunch here anymore.
So I will do the same as the other 95% - move to greener pastures.
Maybe I’ll be back if admin get their act (hopefully) together

I totally agree!! My computer time is valuable, and other projects value and respect my contributions. I have invested considerable computer time recently on this project because they PROMISED that credits would be awarded this time, unlike prior times. And I assumed that they also intended to use and benefit from the work I did, not just throw it away.

So, instead, they are sitting on a bunch of my work units, all successfully reported, that so far appear to be part of the abortion. Wasted. Useless. Uncredited.

Wynand is totally right. These guys cannot be trusted. And the only way to earn our trust back will be for them to go back and keep the promises they made. Until they do that, I see no reason for anyone to accept any new work.
19) Forums : Announcements : Changes to Cosmology@Home (Message 7370)
Posted 5 Oct 2008 by Bill & Patsy
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OK, Anshul. Thank you for promising to definitely appreciate our suggestions.

So, please start by paying attention to the many posts (in other threads) that you should keep your word, and keep your promises, to grant all the credits that participants have honestly earned.

If you and Ben don\'t keep your promises this time, nobody will believe you on anything else.

Thanks.
20) Forums : Technical Support : cant get any new work??? (Message 7102)
Posted 21 Aug 2008 by Bill & Patsy
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At this very moment there are 78,359 results ready to send.

I can\'t get a single one of them.


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