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1) Message boards : Cafe CPDN : Translator@home (Message 17194)
Posted 15 Nov 2005 by old_user23880
The web page doesn\'t tell us which, if any, organisation is running this project, or the name and credentials of a single person involved.

As a linguist I would comment that the big already-on-line translation facilities like Google and Babel Fish, which has been running for years, still produce unintelligible rubbish even between very common combinations like English-French or English-Spanish the moment words are used in an unusual sense, or a figurative phrase occurs.

In such cases, the translation engines do not even always recognise all the grammatical parts of speech in the text to be translated. Rubbish in = rubbish out.

I am aware that scientific texts have, in some senses, a more limited lexical range, but this is not always the case.

At the moment what is required is much more time for the fundamental research being carried out by programmers and linguists. The aim of present research is mostly still at the stage of getting computers to \'understand\' ONE language, never mind translating between the \'numberous\' (sic) languages the site talks about.

Do they intend to replicate the work already done for Babel and Google? Use monolingual/bilingual dictionaries that are already on-line? No wonder they say they need lawyers.

This project is so unrealistic in its aims that I doubt whether it will be able to attract funding in its present form.
2) Questions and Answers : Windows : CPDN PHP Bulletin Board email not working (Message 17159)
Posted 12 Nov 2005 by old_user23880
Chilcotin, thanks for the detailed help. You correctly deduced that I need click-by-click instructions! I didn\'t know about this as a general piece of advice, so it\'s very useful.
3) Questions and Answers : Windows : CPDN PHP Bulletin Board email not working (Message 17140)
Posted 11 Nov 2005 by old_user23880
Hi Chilcotin and Geophi

My automatic logon to the php forum still isn\'t working in IE (it works in Firefox and on all other sites I visit in both browsers).

Chilcotin said
I will take a look at the browser cookies and reset the cache ..

How will you do this? I have no idea where to go or what to do.

4) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Slow Athlon XP (Message 16972)
Posted 3 Nov 2005 by old_user23880
My Athlon has been doing 10 t/s per minute for two years. When cpdn started this seemed to be fairly average performance for ordinary mortals, but now people expect more. AFAIK the only way to really speed things up is O/C, but if I were you I\'d just be glad that both of the machines are stable. Sit back and let them get on with the job.

If your laptop is running for long periods, raise it slightly above the table to help keep it cool and prolong its life.
5) Message boards : Science : How many WATTS does CPN cost?? (Message 16815)
Posted 27 Oct 2005 by old_user23880
It helps a bit if we turn off all the peripherals and the screen when we\'re not using the computer. During the winter months I don\'t feel at all guilty about the heat generated by the computer because it warms the room and I can have the radiator turned permanently off.

In the summer, as you say Tony, the arguments are different.

Am I right in thinking that flat screens, though more expensive to buy, use less electricity to run?

Another thing to bear in mind is the cost in energy, materials and transport to produce the computer and get it to our home. I wouldn\'t be surprised if this cost was as great as the cost of subsequently running it 24/7 for several years. One could argue that the best thing is to use the machine\'s capabilities to the full by working it hard for as many years as possible instead of replacing it when it\'s obsolete but hardly used.

One can also save on the total energy input by replacing the computer and peripherals not at the first opportunity, but at the last. Or by ensuring that someone else gets the use of an older but working machine.
6) Questions and Answers : Getting started : Server Status (Message 16555)
Posted 11 Oct 2005 by old_user23880
Thank you.
7) Message boards : Science : CryoSat started (Message 16540)
Posted 11 Oct 2005 by old_user23880
I think the Russians had another launch failure a few days earlier after many successful launches.

I thought that previously, ESA usually carried out high-latitude launches in Kiruna.
8) Questions and Answers : Getting started : Server Status (Message 16539)
Posted 11 Oct 2005 by old_user23880
Hi Les

On the list there are 3 upload servers. Do you know whether they are all for boinc uploads, or is one of them for classic?
9) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC Wiki - Outage Notice - Monday 2005-10-09 (Message 16513)
Posted 10 Oct 2005 by old_user23880
Paul, you have contributed many many hours to The Collective Cause and we are lucky that you continue to update etc. Thank you.
10) Questions and Answers : Windows : i´ll finish it... (Message 16460)
Posted 5 Oct 2005 by old_user23880
Hi Soho

My commiserations. Like you, I had repeated failures on cpdn boinc, and despite over 2 months of attempting to diagnose and correct errors, was unable to run it. So I reverted to classic, which is crunching beautifully. You could do the same, you would not be alone.
11) Questions and Answers : Windows : How to make and use backups. (Message 16348)
Posted 1 Oct 2005 by old_user23880
On the other cpdn boinc board there\'s another thread running about backups. Maybe Ray Brown\'s post there will help.
12) Message boards : Cafe CPDN : Security (Message 16114)
Posted 18 Sep 2005 by old_user23880
I like the new avatar, Carl. Almost as many spires as Oxford.
13) Message boards : Cafe CPDN : Security (Message 16078)
Posted 16 Sep 2005 by old_user23880
In addition, some of us have met members of the climate research team and the computer guys from Oxford. They post on these forums. Their biggest recommendation is that they are not anonymous.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : exit code -5 (0xfffffffb) (Message 16013)
Posted 15 Sep 2005 by old_user23880
Have you looked at Crandles\' sticky on the php forum and looked at the -5 error code discussions?
15) Questions and Answers : Windows : All results show \"Client Error\" (Message 16012)
Posted 15 Sep 2005 by old_user23880
Hi Joe

Obviously you don\'t want to waste your time. Cpdn is the toughest of all the boinc projects to crunch because the work units are so big and last so long.

Have a look at the cpdn php discussion forum (the middle one of the 3 forums) and in the very first section, about 4 threads down, you\'ll find that Crandles has posted a sticky about the meanings of many of the error codes with links to more info and ideas about possible solutions.

If all else fails and you still want to stay with cpdn, you can crunch classic cpdn instead of boinc cpdn. You can\'t share classic with other boinc projects, but it has big advantages for machines that don\'t get along with boinc cpdn - it runs at about the same speed, you get visualisation, and it is very stable ie hardly ever crashes. You get to the download through the Open University course link on the left hand menu of the cpdn main page.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : exit code -5 (0xfffffffb) (Message 15957)
Posted 12 Sep 2005 by old_user23880
Here is the page

Further down the same page you will also find 2 previous discussions of the same error code.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : exit code -5 (0xfffffffb) (Message 15955)
Posted 12 Sep 2005 by old_user23880

If you go to the php message board (the middle one of the 3) and look at the Unexpected Behaviour of your Model section (the first section) you will find near the top a very useful sticky post by Crandles on solutions for various error codes, including -5.
18) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Sorry, can I have a certificate please? (Message 15819)
Posted 9 Sep 2005 by old_user23880
We don't get certificates for our cpdn achievements. But the researchers do thank us in lots of publications! If you want to show off what your machine is doing to your friends and at the same time publicise the project, one good way is to buy cpdn mugs. They make excellent gifts and always surprise people.

19) Questions and Answers : Preferences : The deadline is to short! (Message 15475)
Posted 27 Aug 2005 by old_user23880
In answer to another person with a similar question, Thyme Lawn said that cpdn deadlines are not absolute and that if you go over, your model will be allowed to keep going as long as it trickles regularly. Assuming that the sulphur model is the same in this respect, you would only have to watch your machine more carefully after 24 Jan, making sure it works hard enough to trickle.

20) Questions and Answers : Preferences : how to know what % is done (Message 15441)
Posted 26 Aug 2005 by old_user23880
At about 10 timesteps per minute running 24/7, the standard 3-phase model takes just over 6 weeks.

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