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I live in Northeast PA, coach soccer, spend as much time with my boys as possible, and as little time as I can at work as a computer technician. I...


Sourcefinder - Real data coming soon!
I've made a fairly important announcement about the future of Sourcefinder, our other project.

There's a high chance that we'll be processing data from ASKAP in the future!

Anyone who's interested, please take a look at this post.
21 Jun 2017, 4:55:43 UTC · Comment

Minor planet named Bernard
A minor planet in the Solar System will officially be known as Bernardbowen from today after Australian citizen science project theSkyNet won a competition to name the celestial body.

The minor planet was named by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in honour of their founding chairman Dr Bernard Bowen.

Bernardbowen sits in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and takes 3.26 Earth years to orbit the Sun.

The minor planet was discovered on October 28, 1991, and until now has been known as (6196) 1991 UO4.

Based at ICRAR, theSkyNet has been running since 2011 and sees citizen scientists donating their spare computing power to help Australian astronomers uncover the mysteries of the Universe.

Its 50,000-odd volunteers entered an International Astronomical Union (IAU) contest to name planets beyond our Solar System.

Project founders ICRAR also won the right to name a minor planet within our Solar System.
Bernardbowen was one of 17 minor planets to be christened today.

Other newly named minor planets include Kagura, after a traditional Shinto theatrical dance, and Mehdia, which is equivalent to the Arabic word for gift.

Dr Bowen is renowned as one of the country’s finest science administrators and has presided over scientific advances ranging from the oceans to the skies. He was instrumental in the establishment of ICRAR in 2009, and helped bring part of the Square Kilometre Array telescope to Western Australia.

A full list of the citation of the minor planets can be found at the IAU Minor Planet Circular.
Bernardbowen can be found on the Minor Planet Centre site, including an interactive showing its position in the Solar System.
17 Feb 2017, 6:44:38 UTC · Comment

Sourcefinder Beta - Attempt 2
Hi Everyone,

Earlier today we were having some issues with the hard disk size of the sourcefinder server. While I was attempting to increase the disk size, I accidentally terminated the amazon instance causing the server to be destroyed.

After a large amount of facepalming and re-installing, the server is back up with a larger hard disk at the following address:

Unfortunately all of the forum posts have been deleted along with the server, and there may be a few latent setup issues that I haven't addressed quite yet.

Before accidentally destroying everything, I did copy off some of the bug reports that people had already made in to a Trello board. This board will store all of the current issues that I'm investigating, so you can all keep track of what I'm doing. Once I've read a bug report on the forums, I'll update that board with the relevant details and get to work on fixing it.

I also plan on posting a weekly changelog of everything I've managed to fix so far.

I'm uploading a 30GB packet of work units to the server for everyone to work on. I'll get them sent the moment I can.

I'm truly sorry about all of this, and I hope everyone will still be happy enough to participate in sourcefinder.

9 Feb 2017, 7:33:42 UTC · Comment

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!
Hi Everyone!

It's certainly been a long year, and a little rocky for theSkyNet, but we're slowly bringing things back on track.

I would like to announce that work on Sourcefinder has come to the stage where it's ready to go into beta, so look out for a Sourcefinder announcement in the new year!

Also I want to say thank you to everyone for volunteering their computer time to POGS, everyone on theSkyNet team greatly appreciates the work you do for us :)

So I'll close with a big Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all of you from theSkyNet team. If you don't celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays to you instead!
24 Dec 2016, 5:19:00 UTC · Comment

Spam prevention measures.
An extremely large number of spam users and teams were detected on the POGS forums recently. By extremely large, I mean more than 90% of the registered accounts and teams were spam.

Preventative measures have been put in place to increase the difficulty for spammers creating spam accounts and teams.

From now on, every profile modification requires a reCAPTCHA to be filled in (one of the simple ones that only requires you to tick a box :P) and the service is also being utilised to prevent the creation of spam accounts using known spam emails and IP addresses.

Additionally, a very large number of user accounts and teams are being deleted.

Accounts will be deleted if they:

    Have a profile containing a link and

    Have no forum posts and

    Have no registered hosts.

Teams are deleted if they:

    Have 0 or 1 members and

    Have 0 total credit and

    Are not BOINC-Wide teams and

    Have descriptions containing a link and

    The owner has no hosts and no posts.

Keep in mind, these are ANDs not ORs. Accounts and teams are only deleted if they fulfill ALL of the criteria listed above. 16 Nov 2016, 1:48:23 UTC · Comment

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