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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Badges - Full Sets! (Message 23998)
Posted 3805 days ago by Astro
Not really fair to newcomers that can't get certain ones, like AP26. Then again I don't participate in these kinds of projects for badges.

When people state "they've got all the badges" it's not always true. There was a project called the twin prime search (TPS). Many do not have the TPS badge, but really mean, "I've got all the badges that I can for what's currently running. The same holds true for the AP26 project.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : The Earth Day Challenge (Message 22825)
Posted 3832 days ago by Astro
I've more than doubled my score on this project, so I might's well stick around to get the gold too. I'll pitch in for the clean up, and then some. Is there something wrong with the "+1's" that might change my mind?
3) Message boards : Number crunching : The Earth Day Challenge (Message 22791)
Posted 3836 days ago by Astro
front page, top
4) Message boards : AP26 - AP27 Search : AP26 Found!!! (Message 22619)
Posted 3843 days ago by Astro
Hello Barney badge. PSP sieve barney badge is next
5) Message boards : AP26 - AP27 Search : AP26 Found!!! (Message 22603)
Posted 3843 days ago by Astro
Keep pouring it on "endless mike". If you PM me, I'll give you a method to get the max wus allowed by law 100 GPU and 96 cpu/core if you're not already getting that message in the message tab.

17K to go.
6) Message boards : AP26 - AP27 Search : AP26 Found!!! (Message 22592)
Posted 3844 days ago by Astro
50K left to go, have plenty of work on hand to complete the barney badge. Should have it by tomorrow morning.

7) Message boards : AP26 - AP27 Search : AP26 Found!!! (Message 22538)
Posted 3846 days ago by Astro
thank you.
8) Message boards : AP26 - AP27 Search : AP26 Found!!! (Message 22515)
Posted 3847 days ago by Astro
I'm all in favor of not wasting electricity.
I'm all in favor of not needlessly wasting crunching resources (the contributors resources).

What I have trouble with is the sudden ending, the "We've decided to turn off the tap without the slightest notice or concern about the wants/presumed needs of the contributor.

IF they'd said "The minute we find an AP26, we'll be turning off the tap", then It'd be oK.

IF in absence of that, they said "we've reached the goal, thank you, the project will shut down in X weeks, please attempt to concentrate your work to achieve any goals you may have". Then I'd be OK.

In my opinion, I care little about primes or sieve files. I'm crunching for cobblestones and badges. Cutting it off this abruptly is to my mind "wasting the electricity required to get 1.2 M cobblestones (that above the amount needed for gold)". It represents an "opportunity cost", in that I could have been using that electricity to get gold in a couple other sub projects.

Can I trade in that 1.25M cobblestones and switch it to other projects? NO. It's a waste, as gold is all it'll ever be.
9) Message boards : AP26 - AP27 Search : AP26 Found!!! (Message 22506)
Posted 3847 days ago by Astro
Times running out...

There's only 15K wus left...

Anyone gonna tell us how to get a full cache of work?

Even by altering the duration correction factor down to 0.500000, I hit the max cache limit of 100/core GPU and 96/core CPU or 15 hours on the GPU and 2 days on the CPU.

I need 4.5 days worth and it looks like we'll be out of work within two days.

10) Message boards : AP26 - AP27 Search : AP26 Found!!! (Message 22491)
Posted 3847 days ago by Astro
I'm of the opinion they should give us two weeks worth of work to finish getting our goals met. Everything about the project is for the project. All we contributors get is cobblestones and badges.

I had reached gold and switched everything to other projects to get them to silver and gold. Days later they came out with the barney badge, and so, it was back to AP26. Since I could figure no way to configure the project or boinc options to only run AP26 on GPU while running PSP and SOB on the CPU except to set up two different preferences, and due to limits on the number of wus, I had to switch every the location of each computers every 12 hours or so. Been doing it for weeks. In other words, I've been investing lots of my personal time to do this.

Now, I find out they project is abruptly ending. I'm 300K from the barney badge. I figure at 60K/day It'll take 5 days. OK, I try to get a measely 5 days work. Only to be met by "max wus in progress" messages. It allows 100GPU wus and at 9 min per that's only 15 hours work. 100 cpu wus/core at 30 min each is 50 hours or just over two days. I've tried everything I can think of and can't get that 5 days worth loaded up. Looks like I'll end at 2,400,000+ on AP 26. and that'll be a waste of 1.4 Meg of wus that could have gotten me gold on two other projects(when added to my existing totals). It'll just continue to wear and eat at me.

How about giving us a set deadline weeks in the future that give some consideration to your contributors. Asking others not to get work so we can get more work is an effort, but not one on the projects part. It would be so easy to just kick out a couple hundred K more wus for us to use for our own goals.

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