Questions and Answers :
BOINC upgrade Mar, 2015
Posted 8 Apr 2015 by rac-ram
I got a message to upgrade to BOINC 7.4.42
The only problem is, I don't understand anything it says about this upgrade and if what it says is as I suspect, I may have to quit doing volunteer computing.
All the windows "stuff" in this upgrade is N/A.
I run Mac OS X 10.9.5 & BOINC Manager 7.4.36. Soon will be upgrading my OS & as I understand it, I'll have to upgrade BOINC at that point anyway. However, I’m not sure I want to continue volunteering because of the peripheral things being added to it.
First question is: Can I continue to help without upgrading BOINC Manager with my present OS?
I'm sorry. I’m not technologically knowledgeable. I’m just someone who allows Rosetta@Home and a couple World Community Grid projects to use some of my excess processor power when I give it permission to.
This upgrade talks about Bitcoins and Bitcoin miners. ??? Don't use bitcoins; don't care to use. Don't want anything to do with them!
One of the features highlighted in this upgrade says "Suspending GPUs should not suspend Bitcoin Miners". I don't know what it means but don't like what it sounds like.
I googled ”Bitcoin Miners” and it sounds like you get paid Bitcoins for allowing your computer to be used and then it wastes time & energy locating and recording these Bitcoins. ?? I see no reason to clutter up my computer with anything to do with them and I don’t want any app/program to be searching/mining(?) my computer.
When I suspend projects and quit the BOINC Manager, I don't want BOINC to do anything on or with my computer until I give it my permission by resuming projects. My permission is to work on tasks for the specific projects I signed up to work on only - not to add a screen saver, I have one thank you very much, and definitely not to mine for Bitcoins.
Put simply, as I understood it, BOINC Manager would connect to the project’s computer and download some tasks. Then it would go offline. My computer would work on computing those tasks. When a task is completed, BOINC Manager connects online to upload the results of that task to the project’s computer.
That's it. Nothing more. I want to keep it clean and simple. I'm more than happy to help, but I don't want anything other than this.
I need to know if I upgrade, will I be able to disable or not install any of the Bitcoin functions?
I don’t want to be paid with Bitcoins or any other currency. If Rosetta@Home and World Community Grid want to assign my account some brownie points for the computing hours I’ve contributed that’s fine..they can record and compute that themselves when a completed task is uploaded.
If I can continue just working on computing tasks for specified projects only, as I originally volunteered— great!
If I can’t isolate myself from all this other “stuff”, then my volunteer computing has come to the end of it’s course.
I’ll keep going without upgrading until I can’t or until someone explains how I can do it without downloading all these peripheral functions.
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