IRC logs of #boinc for Saturday, 2010-04-24

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09:40 <wdsmia> &wx 50319

09:40 <Romulus> wdsmia: Weather for Des Moines, IA; Temperature: 56.4°F / 13.6°C | Humidity: 97% | Pressure: 29.53in / 999.9hPa (Falling) | Conditions: Mostly Cloudy | Wind Direction: ENE | Wind Speed: 0.0mph / 0.0km/h ; Rest of Today - Mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High around 70. East wind around 10 mph; Tonight - Showers likely. Breezy. Low in the upper 40s. (1 more message)

09:40 <wdsmia> &more

09:40 <Romulus> wdsmia: North wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of showers 60 percent; Sunday - Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Breezy... cooler. High around 60. North wind 15 to 20 mph

09:40 <xcamel> 'lo Doug

09:49 <xcamel> least the storm outbreak is missing you this time...

09:50 <wdsmia> it got a bit loud last night

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15:49 <efc> Shields are down to 80%

15:50 <efc> There's another wave approaching on DRADIS.

15:50 <efc>

15:50 <Romulus> Title: StrikeStarUS (at

16:10 <efc> &wx 30625

16:10 <Romulus> efc: Weather for Buckhead, GA; Temperature: 64°F / 18°C | Humidity: 88% | Pressure: 29.91in / 1013hPa (Falling) | Conditions: Rain | Wind Direction: East | Wind Speed: 7mph / 11km/h ; Today - Showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning...then showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may be severe in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of (1 more message)

16:11 <efc> &more

16:11 <Romulus> efc: rain 80 percent; Tonight - Showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent; Sunday - Showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning...then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Windy. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent

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16:56 <xcamel> still looks like some ugly weather headed your way..

16:58 <efc> My ZPM is depleted, but I've got some mostly-charged AA NiMHs.

17:03 <efc> it wasn't supposed to start up till 8 PM or so, but its already rained most of the day.

17:09 <xcamel> listening to the news, sounds like one town already got whacked..

17:09 <efc> in Alabama

17:09 <xcamel> guess so..

17:09 <efc> "An F4 tornado went through a trailor park and did $100,000 worth of improvements"

17:10 <efc> j/k :)

17:11 <PovAddict> lol

17:11 <PovAddict> wouldn't surprise me

17:11 <PovAddict> efc: sounds like an article title from The Onion

17:12 <efc> they do seem to preferentially attack trailor parks

17:12 <PovAddict> isn't that a good thing?

17:13 <efc> its pretty bad for the trailors and people inside

17:13 <PovAddict> well no sh**

17:14 <efc> An F1 will toss them around pretty good.. well built house, it might just pull the shingles off

17:14 <PovAddict> sounds like natural selection to me :)

17:14 <efc> Those are my people :P

17:14 * efc hates tornados

17:15 <PovAddict> are you in a well-built house or a trailer? :)

17:15 <efc> house with a basement, and I'm in it

17:16 <efc> i think we have storm clips on this house

17:16 <efc> roof shouldn't go without a fight

17:19 <xcamel> one would hope...

17:23 <xcamel> Ed... >>

17:47 <xcamel> boinc on facebook... blah..

17:49 <PovAddict> Carl trying to make his own wheel again... blah..

17:51 <efc> Whats that xcamel? communications receiver?

17:52 <efc> I have a ham license but no serious radio yet

17:52 <efc> kj4hff

17:53 <PovAddict> hmm this is so wrong

17:53 <PovAddict> I just reinstalled the OS on my old PowerBook

17:53 <PovAddict> and looked at upgrades

17:53 <PovAddict> there was a major OS update (10.4.11), which I installed

17:54 <PovAddict> it's the equivalent of a Windows service pack, I guess

17:54 <PovAddict> after installing that, looking at the list of updates, iTunes is the biggest by far

17:54 <PovAddict> 97MB worth of music player

17:54 <efc> Sheesh

17:55 <PovAddict> not like the rest of the file sizes make any sense

17:55 <PovAddict> X11 for Mac, Update 2006... 51MB

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18:12 <efc> significant interference with the WX radio starting..

18:14 <efc> nope, just crappy radio.

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19:45 <Rookie_69> The boat is about 95% ready... which is irrelevant because she goes in monday regardless.

19:52 <Rookie_69> Most of the fairing I applied last year peeled off, so we decided to not apply any this year. The boat might favour a port tack now though.

19:55 <Rookie_69> Doesn't matter cause I'm really not that good of a sailor...

19:57 <Rookie_69> I think I've finally learned Tom how to cruise instead of how to race...

19:58 <PovAddict> learned or teached?

19:58 <Rookie_69> Learned.l

19:58 <Rookie_69> Hmm...

19:58 <Rookie_69> Where did that 1 come from?

19:59 <PovAddict> it's an l, not a 1

19:59 <Rookie_69> ?extra ignored

20:03 * Rookie_69 barely remembers some Basic stuff from many years ago...

20:04 * Rookie_69 better remembers putting a steak in the frying pan tonight.

20:05 <Rookie_69> ... onions are browning too...

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20:18 <efc> xcamel: saw a fun toy at an ag show, it was sort of like a Gator vehicle, but a Bobcat; had 4 seats, and a power dump bed.

20:21 <Rookie_69> Bobcat has their name on about 40 or 50 different toys... Make and model could be a bonus.

20:22 <efc> dunno the model, but i hope they don't have many 4 seat, light duty ORV dump beds

20:22 <Rookie_69> Iirc, the brand belongs to Ingersoll Rand...

20:25 <efc> Why buy a $15,000 pickup truck when you can by a $25,000 overgrown go-kart?

20:26 <Rookie_69> A fish.

20:26 <efc> We have a Gator.. comes in handy.

20:26 <efc> Worth the $5000 or whatever it cost.. I dunno

20:27 <efc> Here we go.

20:27 <efc>

20:27 <Romulus> <> (at

20:27 <efc> How big can the market be for that..

20:30 <efc> ~$15,000.

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23:37 <GoSox> hi

23:37 <GoSox> i'm trying to get my GPU working

23:37 <GoSox> but... i don't know how to even tell if BOINC is using it or not

23:37 <MTughan> (OS X system)

23:37 <GoSox> hah

23:37 <GoSox> stalking me

23:38 <PovAddict> first few lines in the "Messages" tab should say it found a video card *or* that it found none

23:38 <MTughan> GoSox: No, I'm always in this channel. Which is why I know about it.

23:38 <GoSox> i just quite and reoppened boinc

23:38 <GoSox> no mention of GPUs one way or the other

23:38 <PovAddict> GoSox: what version?

23:39 <GoSox> im on 6.6.36

23:40 <GoSox> my mac has a 9400m

23:40 <GoSox> right now it's only attatched to SETI

23:42 <GoSox> I believe i have the "Developer Drivers for MacOS" installed from this page, is that the right thing? That page isn't very clear to me

23:42 <GoSox>

23:42 <Romulus> <> (at

23:43 <MTughan> GoSox: To use CUDA on OS X, you need 6.10.28 or later.

23:43 <GoSox> MTughan: 6.6.36 is the newest isn't it?

23:43 <MTughan> 6.10.44 is newest.

23:43 <MTughan> Sorry, .43 for OS X.

23:44 <GoSox> well ain't that a bitch

23:44 <GoSox> i swear i had the newest

23:44 <PovAddict> and .45 being tested for Windows

23:44 <GoSox> so what popular projects besides SETI can use the GPU on a mac?

23:45 <MTughan> Einstein and Collatz at least. Not sure what else.

23:45 <GoSox> these projects need CPU too right?

23:45 <GoSox> meaning

23:45 <GoSox> i can't set my CPU use to bare minimum

23:45 <GoSox> and still compute units?

23:46 <PovAddict> you can set it to only get GPU tasks

23:47 <GoSox> MTughan: i just installed the new version of BOINC, now i have to log into every user on this mac and delete it from startup items. PLEASE fix this!

23:47 <PovAddict> and then it will only use the necessary CPU to talk to the GPU, load and save data files, maybe some preprocessing that can't be done on the GPU

23:47 <GoSox> hmmm I still see "no usable GPUs found"

23:47 <PovAddict> GoSox: at least now you see that :)

23:47 <GoSox> yay

23:47 <GoSox> sorta

23:48 <GoSox> but isn't 9400m a usable gpu

23:48 <GoSox> ?

23:48 <PovAddict> I have an 8600GT and it's usable

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23:50 <PovAddict> hmm... last night I sent my last IRC message at 1:48am, the night before at 3:53am... now it's 0:50... I should go so I continue slowly moving my sleep cycle into sanity

23:51 <PovAddict> (last IRC message doesn't necessarily mean I went to sleep immediately after that :P)

23:51 <GoSox> my sleep cycle doesn't move backwards, only forwards

23:51 <GoSox> no matter what i do

23:51 <GoSox> so i don't try

23:51 <GoSox> i just live

23:52 <MTughan> GoSox: You apparently need an updated CUDA driver too.

23:52 <MTughan>

23:52 <Romulus> <> (at

23:53 <GoSox> how can i tell what driver i already have?

23:53 <PovAddict> MTughan: are you using CUDA on BOINC now?

23:53 <MTughan> PovAddict: No. I don't run BOINC.

23:53 <PovAddict> ah k

23:53 <PovAddict> did you ever try?

23:54 <MTughan> Yes, but not for long.

23:54 <GoSox> it is a horrible app, that's really not very rewarding at all to use

23:54 <GoSox> not like it should be

23:55 <GoSox> (segway into my mockup) :-D

23:55 <GoSox> ok i think it sees my GPU now!

23:55 <GoSox> ya

23:55 <GoSox> y

23:55 <GoSox> how can i tell it "GPU work only"?

23:56 <GoSox> apparently there are no GPU SETI tasks for OS X

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