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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
5:40 am - H. A. Note

Happy Lunar Landing Day!

current mood: cheerful

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007
11:01 am - Happy Cosmonautics Day!

Today, 46 years ago, in April 12th 1961, Yuri Gagarin made first in human history space flight across the Earth on "Vostok" spaceship! I'm proud to be born the same day as him and hope to repeat his great deed one day!

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Friday, June 2nd, 2006
10:52 pm

As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis's laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens.

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Sunday, May 7th, 2006
8:51 pm - Save our science!


SOS: Save Our Science!

NASA's acclaimed Science Program -- the heart and soul of the U.S. space agency -- is in danger!

In spite of its great promises of a "Vision for Space Exploration",the U.S. administration has submitted a shameful 5-year budget thatwill devastate NASA's science efforts. It slashes over $3 billion fromcrucial science programs in favor of paying for unplanned andunbudgeted new costs for an expensive Space Shuttle program that isscheduled to be phased out by 2010.

If this disastrous budget stands, NASA will have no "Vision" atall. As one former NASA official put it, "Exploration without Scienceis just tourism"...and that is exactly what this budget promises.

Space exploration is a worldwide enterprise, and NASA's programserves all Earth's people. These catastrophic cuts will rob the entireworld of unique chances to explore our solar system.

Right now, we have a simple choice: we can wring our hands whileNASA's most daring and productive efforts are strangled…or we canfight! We can stop the U.S. administration from decimating Science andvirtually destroying one of the world's premiere exploration programsfor at least a decade -- and perhaps for our lifetimes.

Take Action Today!

Help launch the Society's SOS: Save Our Science Campaign. Simply take the following three steps right away:

First: Sign the Petition.

We will personally deliver these to the U.S. officials directlyinvolved in these decisions -- and to leaders of space programs aroundthe world.
Sign the Petition >>

Second: Call or write leaders in your own country directly!

Let your leaders of science and technology know of your support for international space exploration.
U.S. citizens can use our Legislative Action Center.

Third: Donate to the Campaign.

Only with your financial help can we succeed in this urgent SOS Campaign to restore NASA's Science budget.

What will happen if this budget is passed?

The Europa Mission- DEAD.
This long-sought mission -- actually mandated by Congress last year-- would have explored one of our best shots at finding life beyondEarth. The Terrestrial Planet Finder - DEAD.
TPF would have enabled us to find Earth-like worlds in distantsolar systems -- to actually see continents and seasonal changes onother planets.

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)- DEAD
Years of international preparation lost.

Mars Sample Return mission - DEAD. Two Mars Scout missions scheduled for after 2011...dead. The Mars Telecommunications Orbiter...dead.

University research funding - CUT 15%
Astrobiology - GUTTED by 50%

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Friday, December 16th, 2005
4:26 pm - SETI@Home Classic Finished

Okay, so presumably everyone is aware that Classic SETI@Home closed its doors yesterday.

I was just wondering what stats people had got to?

Personally, mine are as follow:

Results Received2,121
Total CPU Time1.838 years
Average CPU Time per work unit7 hr 35 min 23.7 sec
Average results received per day1.65
SETI@home user for3.517 years
Your rank out of 5,436,301 total users is169,981st place
The number of users who have this rank71
You have completed more work units than96.872% of our users

I'd have liked to have hit 2,500 units before close, but I'll take that.

Of course, according to the top users list, the top user Serhat SUT - Turk Seti Team reached 8,548,600 units.

Anyway, anyone else want to share? How did we all fare at close of play?

current mood: curious

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Monday, December 12th, 2005
11:30 pm - SETI operational again

From the Technical News http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/tech_news.php:

December 13, 2005 - 06:00 UTC
Okay - we're out of the woods as far as the current server issues. As with most things around here, the actual problem was well disguised and the eventual solution simple in essence.
Early monday morning, December 5, we started dropping connections to our upload/download server (kryten). See the posts below for more exposition. We shuffled services around, added a web server to the entire fray, tuned file systems, tweaked apache settings, all to no avail. We checked if we were being DOS'ed - we were not. Was our database a bottleneck? No.

Progress was slow because we were also fighting with the master database merge. And every fix would require a reboot or a lengthy waiting period to see if positive progress had been made.

By Friday we were out of smoking guns. At this point kryten was only doing uploads and nothing else - reading from sockets and writing files to local disk. What was its problem? We decided to convert the file_upload_handler into a FastCGI process. I (Matt) applied the conversions and Jeff figured out how to compile it, but it wasn't working. We left it for the weekend, and shut off workunit downloads to prevent aggravating the upload problem with more results in the mix.

When we all returned on Monday, David made some minor optimizations of the backend server code (removing a couple excess fstats) and I finally remembered that printf(x) and fprintf(stdout,x) are two very different things according to FastCGI. We got the file_upload_handler working as a FastCGI this afternoon.

We weren't expecting very much, since the file_upload_handler doesn't access the database. It basically just reads a file from a socket and writes it to disk. So the FastCGI version would only save us process spawning overhead and that's it.

But that was more than enough. We were handling only a few uploads a second before, but then with the FastCGI version handled over 90 per second right out of the box. Within a couple hours we caught up from a week of backlog. Of course, this put new pressure on the scheduler as clients with uploaded results want more work. We imagine everything will be back to normal come morning. We're leaving several back-end processes off overnight just to make sure.

Meanwhile the master database merge is successfully chugging along, albeit slowly, in the background.

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1:28 pm - #%$^&!!!

Anyone else having trouble with xferring of work units?

I have 10 machines running, and all of them are stuck in limbo because I can up or download any work units. New or completed.

current mood: annoyed

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
9:39 am - GRRR Can't connect with BOINC!


Ok. So I FINALLY move from the old platform to BOINC.

I have 3 machines here, all attached to the same Linksys switch. 1 of the machines is able to connect via BOINC and up/dl the work units.

My other 2 machines keep giving me "FAILED TO ATTACH TO PROJECT" in the BOINC manager.

Any ideas of what's keeping me from getting work from the server.

No firewall (hw or sw). All 3 machines similar. Win XP as the OS. 256M ram. On the 2 non connect machines, EVERYTHING works fine otherwise. BOINC is the *ONLY* problem. I have the latest version .


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Friday, October 21st, 2005
5:57 am - people are strange


oxfam: £9.99

it's a long way to alpha centuri

the only grey in the villageCollapse )

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Saturday, September 24th, 2005
8:51 am - I DID IT!!!


current mood: accomplished

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Thursday, September 1st, 2005
9:17 am - SETI Outages

Okay, we've had some discussion about SETI outages, so I just thought I'd point everyone in the direction of a couple of updates on the SETI@home Website.

lapislaz wondered whether they'd released a new client while we weren't looking. It seems not, but this update seems potentially relevant with respect to a change we all ought to be aware is coming:

August 26, 2005
You can now log in to this web site using your email address and a password of your choice. Set your password here, BOINC is being changed to use email/password instead of account keys (the long random strings) to identify accounts. This is detailed here.

But the real killer is this update. Yep, they've had a week long outage:

August 31, 2005
Most of the servers are back up, but still dropping a lot of connections as we recover from a week-long outage. More information in Technical News.

Actually, Technical News is quite an interesting read. It just shows how many problems they do have.

current mood: hopeful

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
2:40 pm - BOINC doesn't work

I got a problem! My BOINC manager doesn't want neither upload nor download works :(
I restarted SETI project - nothing changed
Does anybody have same problems?

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Saturday, July 16th, 2005
2:29 pm - Hellos!

Hihi! I'm Katie. Call me either that or Atagamay. I don't care which.

I think it's so cool that this community exists! I've been a SETI fan since I was somewhere around seven-nine years old. I was a nerdy kid, I guess! X3 As I am a nerdy... Teenager-young-adult-person... Now! But yeah, I think not believing in life elsewhere is actually sort of... Silly! The universe is such a big place that it's obvious that there's life elsewhere, and that it's pretty arrogant of us to assume that we're the only ones.

So yeah, that's my intro! A big hello to you all! ^_^


current mood: relaxed

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
4:14 pm - Shuttle Poll

canuckgirl is conducting a poll as to how people relate to Shuttle Orbiters Discovery, Challenger, and Columbia

current mood: weird

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Friday, March 18th, 2005
9:29 am - SETI@home move - Prepare for your conversion!

For those running SETI@home - This news came on BOINC's SETI@home website yesterday. Take the time to make sure you can convert over now unless you're hitting a milestone you'd like to brag about! :)

March 17, 2005
In preparation for shutting down SETI@home Classic (in about 1 month, hopefully) we're trying to make sure that SETI@home Classic accounts are linked to the proper SETI@home/BOINC account. This is a bit complicated because of email address changes. See our current transition plan.

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Saturday, February 19th, 2005
8:34 pm - erm. hello.


spot the fake

crop circles just keep on getting more and more wonderful


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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005
8:13 pm - I ROKK!!



I broke 25K today!!


current mood: happy

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Thursday, January 13th, 2005
6:06 pm - I need help!!

I'm looking for the mac version of the seti@home, can you help me?
Thanks, see you soon.

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Monday, January 10th, 2005
9:35 am - what's going on?


i'm running the old non-graphical version of SETI.

since yesterday, I can't even get to the website: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/ or download/upload packets.

anyone else having the same problem?

CRAP!  I was working on getting 25,000!

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Saturday, December 5th, 2020
11:06 pm - A Second Opinion?

Hey folks, look at the line below. Doesn't that line look repetitive? Predictable? Has anybody else seen something like this?


I took this screen capture with ScreenShootPlus 1.1.5 and it is unmodified. This is what I'm talking about, right here:


The run of that line looks repetitive to me. I've never seen it like that. If anybody else's computer is doing Work Units from approximately the same time/place as me, Sunday October 12th, 2003 from the same or roughly the same coordinates, please have a look. Thanks.

Your thoughts?

current mood: kinda weided out

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