Posts by Richard Babylon

1) Questions and Answers : Android : No New Android Tasks (Message 88426)
Posted 5 Mar 2018 by Richard Babylon
Is that what's happened? I'd also like to understand, because my tablet has been largely inactive for the last couple weeks and I haven't changed my usage habits at all. I wondered if it was because some app got auto-updated and is now set by default to run in the background, telling BOINC to stay suspended. But I don't see anything new running. Since I can't figure it out, I'd like to think it's just that the server doesn't have any work. I'm glad to see I'm not alone on this issue.

How do I know my tablet is inactive? By simply feeling it. If it's working on Rosetta it's always quite warm. It has felt dead cold for much of the last couple weeks or longer.
2) Message boards : Rosetta@home Science : What is the unit of "Accepted Energy?" (Message 49413)
Posted 5 Dec 2007 by Richard Babylon
I was looking for some basic information about Dr. David Baker at:, followed a link to:,
and there it was in Fig. 2: kcal/mol !!


Great find, Path7. So it's kcal/mol. Thank you. And sorry about my delayed reply.

Now I wonder if that unit will be deemed worthy of display on the screensaver in the name of good science, and educating the users.

How about it, Dr. Baker?
3) Message boards : Rosetta@home Science : What is the unit of "Accepted Energy?" (Message 46592)
Posted 19 Sep 2007 by Richard Babylon
I'd say MeV (megaelectronvolts).

That would be my guess too, Klimax. But guesses are about as useless as numbers without units. Does anyone know?

Dr. Baker?

As for the joule, that must surely be far too large a unit for this kind of thing... on the order of silliness as my foot-pound. Then again, I'm no expert, either. Thanks for the responses.
4) Message boards : Rosetta@home Science : What is the unit of "Accepted Energy?" (Message 46508)
Posted 18 Sep 2007 by Richard Babylon
Years ago I had a science teacher who taught and railed and scolded that numbers which measure something are useless unless the unit of measurement is attached. I agree.

What then, may I ask, is the unit for "accepted energy" as it appears in our screensavers, in the lower right corner? The MeV? The calorie... the erg... the foot-pound? :-)

Of course I jest. I'm not even sure all of these are units of energy. Nor does it matter for your research; you know what you're doing. But it might, in all sincerity, add a touch of interest and reality for some of the geekier users, myself included.

And it would make an ol' teacher -- rest his soul -- pretty proud.

Thanks for considering it.

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