IRC logs of #boinc for Monday, 2011-01-10

00:39 <efc> &more

00:39 <Romulus> efc: rain...light freezing rain and light freezing drizzle in the evening...then a slight chance of light freezing drizzle after midnight. Lows around 30. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.; Winter Storm Warning for Houston County in effect until 7:00 PM EST on January 10, 2011;

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04:44 <CoderForLife> &wx 45140

04:44 <Romulus> CoderForLife: Temperature: 18.2F / -7.7C | Humidity: 83% | Pressure: 30.43in / 1030.4hPa (Falling) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: ESE | Wind Speed: 1.0mph / 1.6km/h ; Today - Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.; Tonight - Cloudy...snow...mainly after midnight. Snow accumulation an inch or less. Lows in the lower 20s. Northeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow (1 more message)

04:44 <CoderForLife> &more

04:44 <Romulus> CoderForLife: 90 percent.; Tuesday - Snow. Total snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. Highs in the mid 20s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of snow 100 percent.; Winter Storm Warning for Hamilton County in effect until 12:00 AM EST on January 12, 2011;

04:50 <CoderForLife> Terrible Tuesday

04:51 <CoderForLife> They Think

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06:15 <wdsmia> &wx 50319

06:16 <Romulus> wdsmia: Temperature: 22.5F / -5.3C | Humidity: 77% | Pressure: 30.33in / 1027.0hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Light Snow | Wind Direction: ESE | Wind Speed: 1.0mph / 1.6km/h ; Today - Snow. Snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches. High in the mid 20s. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent.; Tonight - Snow. Snow accumulation around 4 inches. Low 15 to 20. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance (2 more messages)

06:16 <wdsmia> &more

06:16 <Romulus> wdsmia: of snow near 100 percent.; Tuesday - Cloudy. Light snow in the morning...then a chance of light snow in the afternoon. Areas of blowing snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Total snow accumulation 7 to 9 inches. High in the lower 20s. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.; Winter Weather Advisory for Polk County in effect until (1 more message)

06:16 <wdsmia> &more

06:16 <Romulus> wdsmia: 6:00 AM CST on January 11, 2011;

07:54 <ntat> Is any ifnormation on webpage about trouble in rosetta@home?

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08:51 <Tetsuo55_2> ntat : seems i can download, compute and upload new stuff, but the old upload is still stuck

08:51 <Tetsuo55_2> does anyone do climateprediction?

08:54 <Tetsuo55_2> seems to take 240h on average on my system

08:54 <Tetsuo55_2> maybe my system isnt the best choice for helping them

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09:02 <ELGono> Tetsuo55_2 : climate prediction can take real long

09:02 <ELGono> don't worry about it

09:04 <Tetsuo55_2> i usually only have 72 hours a week for boinc

09:04 <Tetsuo55_2> in real clock time

09:16 <ELGono> there are statistik updates meanwhile

09:22 <ELGono> so just keep an eye on the deadline ... if you don't run too much projects in parallel, 72h/week should be enough to crunch a climate unit within time

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09:31 <Tetsuo55_2> i run abc, poem and rosetta too

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11:46 <Marcofe> hi guys

11:47 <Marcofe> have anyone written an algorithm with boinc api?

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12:25 <lolzie> Hey guys

12:26 <lolzie> I'm looking to contribute some processing resources (albeit not great) to a BOINC-based project, any recommendations?

12:27 <lolzie> I've looked at for example, but I'd like to see something with an actual timeline/goal, so I can see I'm working towards something... these projects don't ever seem to have a x% complete or anything

12:27 <lolzie> (And I'm not talking about completion of workunits, but the overall project)

12:29 <PovAddict> most projects suck that way

12:29 <PovAddict> last month I got an email from Orbit@Home

12:30 <PovAddict> they talked too much about workunits and computation time and too little about orbits and asteroids

12:31 <lolzie> Yeah

12:31 <lolzie> It seems as though most of these projects are only interested in telling people about the bare necessities that they need to know about computation etc.

12:31 <lolzie> But I'm sure most would want to know what tangible results are being found!

12:32 <PovAddict> they're interested in keeping the BOINC nerds and credit whores informed about when they'll get work and stuff like that

12:32 <PovAddict> no wonder there's few new "outside" users

12:32 <efc> seti@home gives out some pretty good info. You have to dig for it sometimes.

12:34 <lolzie> efc: trying to find some results/reports for SETI right now, site doesn't seem to be making it easy tho!

12:34 <efc>

12:35 <efc> thats where my WUs fell as of a year ago or so

12:36 <lolzie> Well, I'm trying to work out how close SETI has actually came to finding life, is there anything describing that?

12:36 <lolzie> Like I say, I wish some of these projects actually gave a bit of a macroscopic overview of progress..

12:36 <efc> They are a bit more guarded with the candidate lists

12:36 <efc> I think they did put out a 10 best hits list a few years ago

12:37 <efc> which they tried to follow up, but didn't find anything

12:38 <lolzie> My only trouble with SETI in comparison to others such as folding@home is that I'm not even sure that it's based on correct premises

12:38 <lolzie> Radio signals might not even be an effective way to find life - radio *could* be something idiosyncratic to humanity

12:38 <PovAddict> I only contribute to SETI to bump my RAC just enough to let me post on their forum

12:41 <lolzie> Bah.  My only problem with them (which demotivates me greatly), is that I'll be subscribing my processor to one of these things, and never really hear much about it again

12:42 <tetsuo55> the world processing grid seems the most update stable

12:42 <tetsuo55> and rosetta@home

12:42 <tetsuo55> the former seems to force all participants to post updates twice a years

12:43 <tetsuo55> and rossetta seems to post quite regularly

12:43 <tetsuo55> and they have released many research papers

12:43 <tetsuo55> wcg

12:44 <tetsuo55> i mean this one

12:44 <Romulus> Title: World Community Grid - Home (at

12:44 <PovAddict> David Anderson, complaining about web ads, said "C'mon, make my day - sell me something, I dare you."

12:44 <PovAddict> I paraphrase that to "C'mon BOINC projects, convince me you deserve my CPU time, I dare you"

12:44 <tetsuo55> yes indeed

12:45 <tetsuo55> projects that dont post updates often scare me

12:45 <tetsuo55> its like they are wasting my cpu cycles instead of using them

12:45 <lolzie> Well yeah as far as I'm concerned, if I don't see any results, it's a waste

12:46 <lolzie> My intention isn't to create a load of data to be stored in some datacenter and put to no good use

12:46 <PovAddict> tetsuo55: I know of one or two projects that are genuinely wasting CPU cycles

12:46 <tetsuo55> PovAddict: which ones?

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12:47 <PovAddict> Goldbach's Conjecture Project

12:48 <PovAddict> it has wasted 416 years of CPU time running the BOINC sample app

12:48 <lolzie> Project CPU time*: 416 years, 201 days, 17 hours, 24 minutes.

12:48 <tetsuo55> only for testing?

12:48 <tetsuo55> insane

12:48 <lolzie> What are you saying, that the actual computation it is meant to have done only constitutes 201 days of CPU time? lol :p

12:49 <PovAddict> lolzie: there is no real app yet

12:49 <lolzie> ..ooooh.

12:49 <PovAddict> the server just keeps generating workunits for the sample do-nothing-useful app

12:49 <tetsuo55> we're not 1 inch ncloser to the proving the conjecture

12:49 <PovAddict> and ignorant users keep processing

12:49 <tetsuo55> abc feels pointless too

12:50 <tetsuo55> there are infinite possibilities

12:50 <lolzie> No sign of that at all on his site, this is exactly my point, you don't know what these projects are really doing (well, I don't)

12:50 <Marcofe> hey guy

12:50 <Marcofe> guys

12:50 <PovAddict> yeha+

12:50 <PovAddict> yeah

12:50 <Marcofe> anyone do you use boinc api?

12:50 <tetsuo55> i do not

12:50 <PovAddict> lolzie: you only notice if you go see posts in the forum written by people with a clue

12:51 <PovAddict> lolzie: or

12:51 <Romulus> Title: Applications (at

12:51 <tetsuo55> the only one im absolutely sure about is rosetta, because they publish research docs all the time

12:51 <lolzie> PovAddict: I can't see anything relevant on that apps.php page

12:52 <tetsuo55> and i saw a documentary where dr baker explained what they are doing

12:52 <PovAddict> lolzie: yep, unless you know what "upperCASE" is

12:52 <lolzie> PovAddict: that is EXACTLY what I just Googled :p

12:53 <lolzie> What actually is it?  Even that isn't easy to find out about.  Man, information on a lot of this BOINC-related stuff is hard to come across

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12:53 <lolzie> A lot of this very much seems stuck in the 90s, the way things work

12:53 <PovAddict> lolzie: uppercase is an example application for new project admins to know how to make a BOINC app

12:54 <lolzie> Ya I gathered that much, does it actually do *anything* though?

12:54 <PovAddict> lolzie: it reads input file, converts it to uppercase, writes it to output file, then spends a few minutes doing useless maths to make the app take longer

12:54 <lolzie> ...hahaha

12:55 <lolzie> By the way, a question: don't the graphics that show computation significantly reduce actual computation speed if they're fairly in-depth?

12:56 <lolzie> Graphics seem nice, but my instinct is just to disable them completely

12:56 <PovAddict> back when there were like 4 projects, people actually used the screensaver :P

12:57 <PovAddict> and graphics often let you know what the app was actually doing right now

12:57 <PovAddict> nowadays there's few projects with any graphics

12:57 <lolzie> Oh okay

12:57 <lolzie> I'm very much a minimalist/reductionist in many ways, a bit of descriptive text will do me

12:58 <tetsuo55> PovAddict:  so which projects do you endorse most?

12:58 <tetsuo55> you dont crunch right?

12:59 <PovAddict> currently I'm running none at all because of the Evil Summer

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13:00 <lolzie> Evil Summer?

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13:01 <PovAddict> lolzie: room temperature currently 28C, CPU fan at 3443RPM even with case side off and idle CPU

13:01 <lolzie> oh hehe

13:03 <lolzie> I've heard having a case side off can make it warmer (no 'refrigerator effect') - is that a load of rubbish?

13:03 <PovAddict> depends on the case

13:04 <PovAddict> sometimes the case is carefully designed to direct air flow properly, and removing the case side screws that up

13:04 <PovAddict> zombie67 said it could make other motherboard components overheat

13:04 <tetsuo55> mine are like that, but i specifically bought them for that effect

13:05 <tetsuo55> if i open the case stuff that doesnt its own cooler rises a few C

13:05 <tetsuo55> but my old crappy case

13:05 <tetsuo55> it would crash from overheating with the lid on

13:05 <tetsuo55> airflow sucked

13:06 <PovAddict> in mine, the case side has a tube covering the CPU heatsink and directing its air flow directly outside

13:06 <PovAddict> like this:

13:06 <Romulus> <> (at

13:06 <PovAddict> but the metal holes at the end of the tube aren't big enough, so it doesn't let enough air get out!

13:07 <tetsuo55> wow thats oldfashioned

13:07 <tetsuo55> hehe

13:07 <PovAddict> that photo is old yeah :P

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13:08 <PovAddict> just took something similar enough from Google Images :P

13:08 <tetsuo55> my case is compartmentalized

13:09 <tetsuo55> everything has its own comparement, and fans are positioned so that they blow air on misc other parts besides just the really hot ones

13:09 <tetsuo55> each comparment has an in and and out (usually fans on both sides)

13:09 <tetsuo55> so everything is very cool, even on hot summer days, although it can not be cooler than ambient

13:10 <tetsuo55> my room has natural airco so ambient is around 20c all year long

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13:22 <yoyo[RKN]> &wx london

13:22 <Romulus> yoyo[RKN]: Temperature: 21F / -6C | Humidity: 74% | Pressure: 30.42in / 1030hPa (Falling) | Conditions: Mostly Cloudy | Wind Direction: NNW | Wind Speed: 6mph / 9km/h ; Today - Clearing late this afternoon. High -6C(21F).; Tonight - Increasing cloudiness. Low -10C(14F).; Tuesday - Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning in the afternoon. Amount 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in). Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h (1 more message)

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13:33 <yoyo[RKN]> moin

13:34 <PovAddict> london?

13:34 <yoyo[RKN]> yes, will be there for 2 days

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14:10 <yoyo[RKN]> seems to be colder in london than here

14:10 <yoyo[RKN]> &wx sxf

14:10 <Romulus> yoyo[RKN]: Temperature: 30F / -1C | Humidity: 86% | Pressure: 30.18in / 1022hPa (Falling) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: SE | Wind Speed: 5mph / 7km/h ; Clear. High:37 F.; Clear. Low:26 F.; Chance of Rain. High:39 F.; Chance of Rain. Low:30 F.; Partly Cloudy. High:41 F.; Chance of Rain. Low:33 F.;

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16:27 <Romulus> wdsmia_w: Temperature: 24.5F / -4.2C | Humidity: 90% | Pressure: 30.26in / 1024.6hPa (Rising) | Conditions: Light Snow | Wind Direction: SE | Wind Speed: 2.0mph / 3.2km/h ; Tonight - Snow. Snow accumulation of 3 to 4 inches. Low in the lower 20s. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent.; Tuesday - Cloudy. Light snow in the morning...then a chance of light snow in the afternoon. (2 more messages)

16:27 <wdsmia_w> &more

16:27 <Romulus> wdsmia_w: Patchy blowing snow in the morning... then areas of blowing snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Total snow accumulation 7 to 8 inches. High in the lower 20s. Temperature steady or slowly falling in the afternoon. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of snow 80 percent.; Tuesday Night - Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of light snow through (1 more message)

16:27 <wdsmia_w> &more

16:27 <Romulus> wdsmia_w: midnight. Patchy blowing snow through midnight. Colder. Low zero to 5 above. Northwest wind around 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.; Winter Weather Advisory for Polk County in effect until 6:00 PM CST on January 11, 2011;

16:30 <yoyo_RKN> &wx london

16:30 <Romulus> yoyo_RKN: Temperature: 21F / -6C | Humidity: 74% | Pressure: 30.41in / 1030hPa (Rising) | Conditions: Overcast | Wind Direction: NNW | Wind Speed: 5mph / 7km/h ; Tonight - Cloudy periods. Becoming cloudy this evening. Low -11C(12F).; Tuesday - Cloudy. Snow beginning in the afternoon. Amount 2 cm(0.8 in). High -6C(21F). Tuesday night snow. Amount 5 cm. Temperature steady near -8C(17F).; Wednesday - (1 more message)

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17:40 <wdsmia> that was not a fun drive home

17:45 <EL_Gono> rehi wdsmia

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17:50 <MTughan> AMD's CEO has resigned.

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18:09 * xcamel wonders why..

18:12 <efc> Moo

18:14 <efc> They declared our state a disaster area before anything even hit the ground.

18:16 <efc> Got to work and back, no problems.

18:17 <efc> no thanks to the "cower in fear in your basement awaiting government rescue" crowd on tv

18:18 <ELGono> but don't forget the "end of the world" shopping before ;)

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18:18 <efc> Yeah the grocery store was fairly bare last night

18:19 <ELGono> it always works

18:21 <MTughan> Hey, look on the bright side. If it's cold enough for snow, it's cold enough outside that you don't need a fridge. ;)

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19:02 <Muligan> anybody have a boinc client installed on their *nix router?

19:03 <PovAddict> I have an off-the-shelf router, not easily hackable afaik

19:05 <Muligan> PovAddict, i'm talking about linux based servers using regular x86 equipment, aka pfsense, untangle, etc.

19:06 <PovAddict> ah

19:06 <PovAddict> what would be the problem in doing that?

19:06 <Muligan> i wouldn't see any really, except for the fact that i don't know how to administer *nix boxes all that well

19:06 <Muligan> :D

19:07 <PovAddict> it would be harder if you had an embedded but hackable router with a MIPS CPU (like a Linksys) and you wanted to run BOINC on it

19:08 <Muligan> very true

19:08 <Muligan> it's just that i have ~60 machines that i could throw a client on the crunch some further numbers on

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19:13 <efc> you'd think that a lot of the emdedded machines wouldn't have much FPU but maybe they do now

19:14 <PovAddict> I wonder how much power you can get out of an iPhone CPU and GPU

19:14 <PovAddict> (although you'd have to do old-fashioned tricks to do general computation in the GPU; no CUDA or anything)

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19:17 <efc> Its probably good on a per watt basis

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