1) Forums : General Topics : Player of the Day (Message 11354)
Posted 4 Jul 2012 by Profile Angus
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I'd like to thank the random number generator for making me Cosmology@home player of the day for July 3.

I will always treasure the irony.
2) Forums : Technical Support : [error] Can\'t rename output file ... Error 2 (Message 7895)
Posted 27 Feb 2009 by Profile Angus
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No wonder this project is such a joke.
3) Forums : Technical Support : Starved of work (Message 7598)
Posted 8 Nov 2008 by Profile Angus
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Alternatively, you could try settting \"Maintain enough work for an additional n days\" to a higher number (that is to say, add 1 or 2 to current value - but use with care particularily if you crunch for other projects - it applies to all projects on all your machines.... you could end up with more work than your machines can handle within the deadlines imposed by the projects.

Phoneman1


I have never understood this particular attitude \"use with care ...you could end up with more work than your machines can handle\"

If the projects set stupid run times or the scheduler is too stupid to only download the work needed to fill the user\'s desired cache, then too bad. Some of that work will get aborted, either manually or by the projects, and there are lots of people waiting in line to get that resent work.
4) Forums : Technical Support : Feedback on Cosmology Re-Start (Message 7468)
Posted 16 Oct 2008 by Profile Angus
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It all goes back to the fact that Scott was hopelessly incapable of running this project, and as long as he\'s still around sticking his fingers in things, it will continue to have problems.

5) Forums : Technical Support : No WUs (Message 7148)
Posted 28 Aug 2008 by Profile Angus
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You\'re not indulging me. You would be distributing much needed informtion to all the users. If you couldn\'t say anything, then why post in the first place that there is an imminent change? Some sort of carrot to keep people here?

If you can\'t handle having secrets without teasing everyone about it, maybe you shouldn\'t be in the loop. It\'s a very childish thing - \"I\'ve got a secret, but I can\'t tell you! Neener Neener Neener\"

Then quit with the mysteries. If you know something, post it, instead of gloating over the fact that you think you know some secret.

The lack of sharing of information is part of what what killed this project.

Last I read you wanted to get rid of me, so tell me, why should I indulge you?

While I agree that the lack of information killed much of this project, I can\'t tell you what is going on, only that something is going on. As for the rumors, there\'s truth in them as well, though again I can\'t elaborate on what is true or not. Sometimes it sucks being in the loop.

All this posted in the hopes that Admin will release the information at some point this week.

6) Forums : Technical Support : No WUs (Message 7144)
Posted 27 Aug 2008 by Profile Angus
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Then quit with the mysteries. If you know something, post it, instead of gloating over the fact that you think you know some secret.

The lack of sharing of information is part of what what killed this project.

Something is coming.




7) Forums : Technical Support : No WUs (Message 7141)
Posted 27 Aug 2008 by Profile Angus
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I don\'t suppose you have a link to this rumor?

Hey Guys, I only look in every now and again because this project has been dead for a while - Ben never noticed it dying and I expect Scott neglected to mention its demise on his resume.

However, chatter over at BoincStats seems to suggest that someone with knowledge & experience has been persuaded to help out or even come on board. Quite why said person would drink from this poisoned chalice is beyond me - however, if true, it can only be good for the project and the serially abused crunchers.

I\'d be happy to come back - but more of the same isn\'t an option.

Let\'s wait and see.

P.

8) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT Problems Thread (Message 7140)
Posted 27 Aug 2008 by Profile Angus
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:)

the voice of truth is oft crushed
9) Forums : Technical Support : No WUs (Message 7139)
Posted 27 Aug 2008 by Profile Angus
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Why is this any more a flame that the other similar ones in the thread?
It\'s totally true - the processes are not running, and nobody is doing anything about it.

Most of the backend server processes have died now, too.

Nobody home...\"

10) Forums : Announcements : Test site for new design (Message 6330)
Posted 17 Jun 2008 by Profile Angus
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This is astoundingly ugly.

Wastes 50% of the screen with useless white space - left and right.

11) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT Problems Discussion Thread (Message 5795)
Posted 5 Apr 2008 by Profile Angus
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LOL ... All this from somebody who until about 10 days ago hadn\'t even run the Cosmology Project for the previous 20+ Days before that. But then when some problems crop up here comes Angus running back in his A-Typical Troll Fashion wanting to hold the project to a Higher Standard.

Whats the matter Angus, you get thrown out of all the other projects already, Troll On Bro, Troll On ... :)



So ... the project has now tanked because I started running it again? I think I was back before the recent problems started.

Or ... maybe I didn\'t crunch Cosmology because of violent disagreements with the admin previously over his head-in-the-sand attitude over credits?

Trying to figure out what you\'re trying to say, other than trolling or trying to distract from the message.

You think the project is well run, by attentive admins, lots of handholding of their valued participants, good stable applications, servers that don\'t crash and are properly configured and setup to handle the load?
12) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT Problems Discussion Thread (Message 5784)
Posted 5 Apr 2008 by Profile Angus
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Maybe this project was ill-conceived from the start


But isn\'t that true of most Projects when they first start out & for some time after they\'ve been running, look @ how many have been down for 6 month\'s to over a year because the Dev\'s can\'t figure out the Applications to release new Wu\'s.

I\'m quite sure somebody involved with the Project knows by now that Wu\'s are not being sent out, so you guy\'s can go on all weekend long about it & keep lambasting Scott & the Project in General or you can give it a rest & see what happens Monday or hopefully sooner.

Personally I have calls in for more work, if I get any fine, if I don\'t that\'s fine too, it\'s the projects loss & not mine if the Servers don\'t want to send any work or somebody has the sending work feature simply shut off.


If the DC community puts up with this, then that\'s all we\'re going to get.

Don\'t we as a group need to hold these projects to a higher standard than we do now? If we only expect mediocraty, then that\'s all we\'ll get - ineffective or incompetent admins who appear and disappear, crappy servers, broken applications, project scientists who lose interest and are never heard from, and general disrespect toward their needed assets.

How hard would it be to turn this into a department project, monitored by the students, ready to report to the primary scientist and the admin at the first sign of trouble? It would be great training for the real world.

Get with it, or get out, Cosmology!
13) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT Problems Discussion Thread (Message 5768)
Posted 5 Apr 2008 by Profile Angus
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I guess you get what you pay for. Someone needs to go track down the frat-boy admin. I hope this isn\'t a glimpse of the future trend of IT staff.
14) Forums : Technical Support : Observation regarding validation (Message 5613)
Posted 31 Mar 2008 by Profile Angus
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I have a working theory that tasks that are from the pre-March 20th timeframe are now the only tasks being validated. Another possibility is that tasks from that timeframe are simply being awarded credit and are not really validating. I had made a prior statement about exclusively lensing-enabled, but it could be that all tasks prior to that were lensing-enabled...thus making that check pointless as everything would be do_lensing = T...


Since everyone was so up in arms about their pending levels, I made an offer to look at some people\'s pendings and determine what they were. While I was doing that, I was puzzled as to why I was seeing a few instances of tasks that were reported after this logjam started that were indeed being validated, or at least they are being granted credit of 100.

I\'ve now performed enough of an analysis with Xaak\'s computers to determine that the tasks created before 03/20 will grant credit, but tasks after that will hang out in \"pending\" status

So, if anyone would like to browse their tasks and see if they can find either corroborating or contradicting evidence, if they could post their findings here and/or in the discussion thread, that would be appreciated.

Brian

wu_032208_220105_3_2 validated just an hour or so ago. I believe that\'s a Mar. 22 WU.
15) Forums : General Topics : Cosmology@Home credit discussion (Message 4511)
Posted 19 Jan 2008 by Profile Angus
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David Anderson is not from SETI@home - he is the BOINC-father. There is a difference. SETI is simply another BOINC project.

David Anderson is driving this current discussion of BOINC-wide credit granting. He has specifically targeted Cosmology@Home as being out of compliance with what he feels is correct levels of credit granting.

It will be impossible to continue this discussion if it is not allowed to discuss credit BOINC-wide. Either Cosmology@home is part of the BOINC community, or it is not.
16) Forums : General Topics : Cosmology@Home credit discussion (Message 4421)
Posted 9 Jan 2008 by Profile Angus
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And Who is this \"David\" Is it David Anderson?


Yes, David Anderson, Dr. BOINC.
17) Forums : General Topics : Cosmology@Home credit discussion (Message 4419)
Posted 9 Jan 2008 by Profile Angus
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Let the credit wars begin!

Posted today on boinc_projects mailing list:
There is significant variation in average credit
per CPU second between projects: see
http://boinc.netsoft-online.com/e107_plugins/boinc/get_cpcs.php

The following projects are giving more than 1.5X S at h\'s credit/sec:
QMC (1.59)
RieselSieve (4.3)
Cosmology at home (1.68)

... and a number of projects are giving somewhat less (in the .7 range).

It is critical to the success of volunteer computing that participation
be based on factors like scientific merit - not points per CPU sec.
So can all projects please take steps to make their ratio
as close to 1 as possible (and no more than 1.2).
If not, I will eventually ask the statistics sites to scale down
the credit of projects with high ratios.

To adjust your ratio:
1) if you\'re giving fixed credit per WU,
or using the FLOPs-reporting API, change your numbers.

2) if you\'re giving credit based on benchmarks*CPU time (the default)
set the <fp_benchmark_weight> configuration parameter
to a value that\'s appropriate for your application: see
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/trac/wiki/ProjectOptions
If you\'re not sure how to do this, or it doesn\'t fix things,
please reply to this group.

-- David
18) Forums : Wish list : Mark all threads as read (Message 3203)
Posted 11 Oct 2007 by Profile Angus
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This is information that should be listed in your profile or signature or on some social networking site;


It is and has always been clearly posted in my forum signature. You only need to read it.

Your and your mods' opinion of off-topic is clearly a different standard than anywhere else on BOINC. If you review all the deleted posts, you will find many that are clearly in context and on topic, but were deleted because your mods will not allow a normal to and fro discussion of a topic to flourish. I only resorted to off-topic when pushed there by your mods.

If someone makes an statement of opinion on a topic, and they are asked to support or defend that opinion, how is that off-topic?
19) Forums : Wish list : Mark all threads as read (Message 3201)
Posted 11 Oct 2007 by Profile Angus
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For those that cannot or will not read signatures:

I WILL NOT OPEN, READ OR RESPOND TO ANY PRIVATE MESSAGES!

I have an annoying notification at the top of the forums that I have two unread private messages. They can rot there. They will never be opened. I'm not even curious to know who they are from.

I am totally against PMs, and in particular the BOINC implementation which has no opt-out or opt-in option.

If someone is trying to reach me, they can ask Scott to email me. As admin, he has access to all user emails. Otherwise, post it here. In public. In plain sight.

EDIT for clarification: I am not expecting Scott to release my email to others, since that would be a violation of privacy. I also am not expecting Scott to act as my personal messenger, so I guess your only option is to post to my attention in open forum.
20) Forums : Wish list : Mark all threads as read (Message 3183)
Posted 9 Oct 2007 by Profile Angus
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All mod activity should be public, to prevent abuse of powers.

We got along fine without PMs for years.


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