1) Forums : General Topics : A new look for C@H (Message 20545)
Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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The new look is awesome.

No more eyecancer, thank you so much Marius!
2) Forums : General Topics : C@H Word Link 2 (Message 20280)
Posted 13 Aug 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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...and boredom...

Yay, you know the lyrics!
3) Forums : General Topics : Some Stats About You (Message 20272)
Posted 19 Jul 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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Links as you've asked for, do not exist afaik.

The reason for it is the same, as like a with a guitarist who may credit the brand of his guitar, but not the origin of some particular parts.

As Marius made once more clear, C@H is a project which teaches a software application to deliver better results. If you want to see the real impact of the crunched work of C@H, you have to look for PICO, not for C@H.

The links which he has provided to you show, that PICO is still in use even today, for data analysis.

4) Forums : General Topics : Some Stats About You (Message 20265)
Posted 14 Jul 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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Hi,

i think it is related to the pattern of use of such machines. In C@H with its few checkpoints, it helps when the computer runs for long times without interruption.

I guess the amount of 24/7 machines running W2k8R2 or Linux is much higher, than of 24/7 running W8.1.
So, the most boincing W8.1 in 2015 are workstations, which will be shutdowned, rebooted - in short, everyday use - which can set a C@H W back to its last checkpoint.

Marius BOINC/Docker development will probably change this.
5) Forums : General Topics : Some Stats About You (Message 20263)
Posted 14 Jul 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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Yay! \o/

I like the idea with the blog style.
6) Forums : General Topics : Song of the day (Message 20260)
Posted 12 Jul 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1EdSe0ya_M
7) Forums : General Topics : Credits (Message 20259)
Posted 11 Jul 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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AFAIR it is a decision made in projects early history.

They decided to give fix 420 points and never changed it again. However, from todays point of view, i like the idea of "penalizing" the use of inefficient computers.

Don't get me wrong, of course i know, nobody can affort buying newest hardware every time it is needed. But I think, power consumption is an important topic today, and changing the credit system to a point, where even the use of an old Pentium 4 begins to make sense (from a credit POV), is the wrong way imho.

Just my 2 cents =)
8) Forums : General Topics : Some Status Updates & Improving C@H (Message 20255)
Posted 11 Jul 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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Hello Marius,

glad to read you here. I expected your arrival on these message boards later in this year, so your appearance is a great and happy surprise to me.

To talk short about the lack-of-communication complaints - as entitled as they may have been, most of the longtime C@H users should be aware of the fact, that these were mostly the results of the specific circumstances of the project - crew being small, splitted all over the world in different time zones, a very busy main scientist who is involved in many groups and institutions...
And nobody can deny that there were several (unsucessful) attempts made, to fix this problem.
I'm pretty sure that nobody will really think about it any longer, if now work goes on, maybe with new directions and an at least basic communication between crew and volunteers.

I think your list includes the most necessary points.

Imho the most important thing is a better project description, understandable for common people.
Most questions for progress bars, results, publications etc. arose because of the fact, that the people don't really know what C@H does. It is not really explained in Bens "Letter to Cosmology@Home users".
He added some further explanations in the following years, but they are scattered all over the message boards. A new user will face some difficulties when attempting to collect these informations.

Afaik PICO was used in analyzing Planck Data. Maybe this would be a good example for point "proof of impact".

I was really excited when reading the description of boinc2docker on your github (in fact, I'm still excited)! I watched those whole V-BOINC thing since i randomly found a paper of Gary McGilvary in ~2013(?), and i was disappointed when the development went into the virtualbox deadlock.
Guess, i'll have to read a little bit about docker, to be able to ask you smarter questions =)

Again, I'm really happy about your arrival here.
Thank you!
9) Forums : General Topics : Appeal to Project Managers (Message 20253)
Posted 8 Jul 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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Could you not devote a couple hours per month to reading the message boards and making some honest replies?


You are asking questions which were already answered. You are here, with this accountname, because you've received the answer.
Don't get me wrong, i agree to some of your points. How would I be able to do not?

But I don't think, that this kind of discussion will lead to somewhere.
What do you expect?

I expect a improved project application, a project description which makes repeating explanations unnecessary (and helps people to get behind the purpose of C@H without googling for hours), some bugfixes and maybe, sometimes, hints on publications which were elaborated with the use of PICO.

I have the hope, that this will all really happen in near future. Not because of something Ben has written here, just because of knowing that C@H serve a purpose and the fact that one of the biggest design problems of the project will be fixed in some weeks.
Its name is "Atlantic".

Until that, i just don't crunch very much for C@H. Works well for me.
=)

Edit: Fixed typo. And sorry for my bad english.
10) Forums : General Topics : C@H Word Link 2 (Message 20252)
Posted 8 Jul 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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boredom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKlYfSEaTAA
11) Forums : General Topics : Cosmology@Home in 2015 ? (Message 20247)
Posted 2 Jul 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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It is not dead. It is still active and serves a purpose. It's just poor maintained and managed.

But you are surely right, there are more participation deserving projects.
12) Forums : General Topics : Cosmology@Home in 2015 ? (Message 20244)
Posted 21 Jun 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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AFAIK it has to be requested in Berkeley. The guys who distribute the client make this list too.

However, I think they decided to drop C@H for a very obvious cause. If we, as dedicated volunteers, are sometimes unsure about the actual state of C@H, how should the Berkeley guys know better?

C@H is no project which you promote to newbies. The download errors. The long WUs with few checkpoints. The appearance. The project communication.
You know what i mean.

IMHO, we should wait for fall/winter. There is a chance that some improvements occur in this time. In this case, there could a new attempt for an entry in the client be succesfull.
But if the project stays in its actual state, I honestly wouldn't attempt that. I wouldn't even want to.

You can still join manually, via http://cosmologyathome.org. You have to fill it as project address within the projectjoin assistant of the Boincmanager.

13) Forums : General Topics : Cosmology@Home in 2015 ? (Message 20242)
Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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You are right.
It has been dropped as one of the project suggestions of the Boinc-Manager.

14) Forums : Cosmology and Astronomy : Dark Energy Demo Room (Message 20240)
Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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Thank you Ben, I'll have a look.
15) Forums : General Topics : Cosmology@Home in 2015 ? (Message 20239)
Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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In fact, it is really not abandoned. It's just the worst community management I've ever seen in DC.
16) Forums : Announcements : Changes to Cosmology@Home (Message 20235)
Posted 22 Apr 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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Additional to that, he has released the paper to a talk from January 2015, which mentions C@H.

This doesn't answer the question, why such informations never found its way to the message boards, of course.
However, it a proof that C@H is not an absolutely zombie.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4mwjUA-f7g6UlJaR0pva0YycEE/view?pli=1
17) Forums : Announcements : Changes to Cosmology@Home (Message 20234)
Posted 22 Apr 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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He has got a brand new website:

http://cosmicmar.com/
18) Forums : Announcements : Changes to Cosmology@Home (Message 20233)
Posted 13 Apr 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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True, C@H is used by PICO.

PICO has received its last update in April 2014.
It seems to be maintained by Marius Millea,
https://sites.google.com/a/ucdavis.edu/marius-millea/home

19) Forums : General Topics : Cosmology@Home in 2015 ? (Message 20198)
Posted 2 Feb 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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So, do we soldier on?


Talking for myself, I've actually stopped running jobs for C@H, mainly because of technical reasons. I have the suspicion that C@H in its current state still serves a purpose, maybe still the evaluation of planck data.
There are also still people who seem to work with/on PICO, the program which is speeded up by C@H calculations.
And the domain was new registered (and paid?) in 2014.
It seems to me as if C@H has to accomplish a specific goal before anything changes.
There were/are plans to move the server, running a new application and so on - and, of course, I'm still very enthusiastic about the topic.
Maybe you could speed up this by soldiering on... maybe not.

No one on this message board can answer that, so i think, everyone has to decide for himself.



20) Forums : General Topics : Cosmology@Home in 2015 ? (Message 20195)
Posted 30 Jan 2015 by Profile cykodennis
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Ben is there:
http://ilp.upmc.fr/wandelt.php

He answers to emails, mostly, although this didn't helped me understanding project politics either.

I have stopped crunching this project in its actual state and wait for an eventual relaunch.

Al-Ashraf, if you want to keep your computers busy i recommend universe@home to you.


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