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Someone recently asked me why the daily points fluctuated so much on WCG. I responded by by talking about the unusual approval process and saying that it would settle down some with time.
Then I began to notice some enormously abnormal swings in my own points. I had 61,000 vs 37,000 points (Wed/Thurs) ??
I started checking, and then I remembered why.
See, this FAQ contribution originated in this thread: »A possible tip for new members
During the build, delta temp, cooler fiasco with my newest pc, I also got a trojan horse agent2 virus on another quad. During the problems, I had set both Quad machines to the default device profile. No wonder I was having these swings.
TIP#1: Sometimes WCG/Boinc has server problems and goes down. This will cause you to lose work. Some of us cache additional work to overcome this problem. I personally cache 2.0 extra days.
TIP#2: This allows cached units to age. Due to this aging the ratio of turn-in to approval time is somewhat less. This gains the added benefit of less fluctuation in daily points.
Summary: Ya' might wanna' set your cache (device profiles) higher.
This can be accomplished by going to:
•Additional Work Buffer (max is 10 days)*
*Be mindful of report deadlines
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