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1) Message boards : Number Crunching : One BOINC bug squashed... (Message 9275)
Posted 195 days ago by Profile Wormholio
With thanks to Pirates and its scheduler wait of 3636 seconds, a crashing Google Earth and it taking down the OpenGL&OpenCL driver, and this requiring a BOINC restart, I found a bug in the way BOINC handles the scheduler wait value... it doesn't.

Congratulations on a successful bug hunt. I'm glad to know that this rusty scow could still be of some small service.
2) Message boards : Announcements : New distributed data project (Message 9272)
Posted 198 days ago by Profile Wormholio
For testing purposes I told Dolphin to use my location. Tapping "Search nearby" now gives "Position unavailable: Internal error".
Thank you for the feedback. It should work with Chrome on Android, and I know it works with Mobile Safari and Chrome on iPhone, but apparently not all mobile browsers include the location feature. Reports for other mobile browsers would be welcome.
... with Flash Player disabled (as it was causing more trouble than worth).
Flash is not used or required, so any trouble you had should be of a general nature, not specific to this site.

Dolphin is able to open Google Maps (the phone can even open Google Earth), but not the map that this app pushes.
I'm using the standard Google Maps API, which works on Chrome and Safari and Firefox. The one thing that the site does rely on is JavaScript, so perhaps the problem is that JavaScript is not enabled in Dolphin? Or for that site? Perhaps I have to add a <noscript> warning to allow JavaScript?

One niggle other than the fun factor, doesn't finding lamp legs mean we have to peek into other people's houses to see if there's a lamp leg visible?
No, not at all. Most people who own a leg lamp display it proudly in the front window, so you should be able to view it from a public location. And those are the only sightings we want. If someone has one in their home but it's not visible from the street then there's no need to report it. The goal is only to show those leg lamps that others can also visit.

And as you have so helpfully noted, this is covered in more detail in the About page, which you can get to by pressing the big button "Find out more..." (or just "About" on smaller screens). But I note that the "Privacy" page is incomplete, so I'll flesh that in a bit more to be clearer. Suggestions for improvement of both are welcomed.
3) Message boards : Announcements : New distributed data project (Message 9270)
Posted 199 days ago by Profile Wormholio
Not sure what legitimate purpose this could be put to other than maybe better targeting of local advertising?

The purpose of this is for fun.
4) Message boards : Announcements : New distributed data project (Message 9268)
Posted 199 days ago by Profile Wormholio
Yeah, "Please enable Location Services for your browser". This will enable the GPS on your phone, something that I have set to off by default. Do you know how much battery that eats? Nothing said about my phone then logging everywhere I go. Privacy certainly doing a bye bye. Sorry, I value my square meter of the raft, y'all don't need to know every minute what I spent it on.

The way it works in both iPhone and Android is that it only reports your location if you let it. Each time a web page tries, and you are at a different location, it asks, and if you say no it can't get your location. The "app" won't work without the location, but you have a choice. Just enabling location services in the browser does not automatically report your location continuously, and you have to agree to release your location for each new web page.

In addition, this "app" does assign a unique device ID to each mobile device, but it does not record anything else about you, only the location of the sighting (and possibly the size of the Leg Lamp, but that is optional). I've tried hard to balance privacy interests with the need for data to make it function.

But as always, you are free to participate or not. And I want to make sure everyone knows what they are agreeing to (and not), so this is helpful feedback for me, and it reminds me that I need to improve the "Privacy" page which explains this. Thanks.
5) Message boards : Announcements : New distributed data project (Message 9264)
Posted 200 days ago by Profile Wormholio
Ahoy, Avast, and seasonal greetings to the crew of this scurvy bucket, or at least those few who remain on board. We have been adrift for quite a while now, and I'm afraid that may well continue. But I will confess to chumming the waters just now to get the attention of those still onboard.

This year I have set up a new "distributed data" project for the holiday season. It uses your mobile web browser to help locate valuable treasure. You'll find it at http://www.LegLampLocator.com. As an added bonus you will get a small view of the world from inside the captain's cabin (and the captain's own small prize).

We have an international crew, so I'm not sure if everyone here knows why leg lamps are considered to be such great treasures. They are indeed rare, though less so now than before. They are a part of the holiday season for some because of the classic film A Christmas Story, which was based on a collection of stories by Jean Shepherd. You may enjoy the whole movie (it will be on cable TV 24/7 on christmas) but this relevant clip tells this part of the story directly.

So lookouts to the mizzentops, and all spyglasses deployed! Keep a keen eye open as you drive past the holiday lights, and if you be so lucky as to find one, be sure to mark it. If you are lucky enough to have one marked nearby then go and verify that it's actually there, and mark it too if indeed it is. (This bit of the project is similar to having two machines crunch a workunit to verify that the work was actually done and done correctly.)

And spread the word. This won't work without the help of many more than this small crew. Happy holidays and good hunting!
6) Message boards : Announcements : Mechanical Turk (Message 9245)
Posted 355 days ago by Profile Wormholio
I figured I would ask, just now slower to gather my Silver Pieces of Eight.

I like tricky puzzles, and this was certainly a good one. I was able to solve it by adding a function to focus on the input field, and having it invoked 1 second after the page loads. If the 1 second delay slows you down we can try shorter, but this shows that the functionality can be restored.
7) Message boards : Announcements : Mechanical Turk (Message 9243)
Posted 357 days ago by Profile Wormholio
I assume that Recaptcha has changed something, but in the past when the Mechanical Turk page appeared, the cursor would automatically select the text input field, that doesn't happen any more. I have to click the box every time, slowing down my quest for Silver Pieces of Eight!

More bit-rot on this old bucket.

I looked into this and tried to fix it, but there is no quick fix. It seems that sometime in the past year Google (who now run the ReCAPTCHA service) got many complaints about how the captcha was taking the focus on any page it was in, even if it was just at the bottom to allow people to add comments to a news site or similar. So they made changes, which don't just take the focus, but specifically unfocus that input box. There may be a way around this, but my initial attempts at it were not successful. Sorry.
8) Message boards : Number Crunching : work wont download !!! (Message 9158)
Posted 1017 days ago by Profile Wormholio
The problem seems to have been in the file names for the now separate graphics app for the screensaver. By adding a soft link I was able to make the file available under both names.
9) Message boards : Number Crunching : 1 hour? (Message 9155)
Posted 1018 days ago by Profile Wormholio
what if we lower the time limit for users who solve mechanical turks ?

1 turk = 1 minute

minimum cap is 15 minutes :D

I like this idea. Or something similar. It might be that it's lowered just if you have done recent work on the Turk. I may not have time to code it right now, but I'm going to give it some thought and see what might work.

I had set the deferral very long because there was no work. (There is meaning to the interval, in case someone cares to try to figure it out.)

I set it to 1 hr to give everyone a chance when there is work, but not much of it all at once. But if the remaining crew is smaller then I may be able to lower it without raising the load on the server.

10) Message boards : Number Crunching : work wont download !!! (Message 9154)
Posted 1018 days ago by Profile Wormholio
I've made a small change that might help those graphics executables to download properly. Let me know what you see.

I'm a few days late, but I hope everyone who's still here enjoyed Talk Like a Pirate Day on Wednesday. I've been very busy lately and was not sure if I'd be able to do anything at all. I owe the crew a full status report, but that will have to come later. With a few moments on my hands I tried to get the project up and running to give out work for Sept. 19th, but the first attempt failed. There are two branches of the BOINC source code: the trunk is the latest and greatest code from Berkeley, while server_stable is an older snapshot that was at one point considered to be stable. I was able to build from the trunk, but not run the daemons, because there are database changes that need to be applied. The next morning I was able to build from server_stable and get the daemons to run, so I was able to put work out for the "holiday".

But for a couple of days I was not able to clean up after it got back -- the file deleter would not start. I figured out that the prelink cache was old, and once it was removed I was able to get the file_deleter running.

I thank all who have reported problems. I've tried to fix them when I can, when it's quick. I've been really, really busy lately, and thus neglectful of this crew and project. I'm actually really amazed that I could get this rust bucket running at all after such a long time adrift. I will try to find time to explain why and give a status update (it's good news, though maybe not for this crew).

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