Defunct SETI Project May Resume Search for E.T.

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Kinetic

Oh man, this takes me back... My friend used to have SETI going on all of his PCs back when he ran a server for klondyke internet out of his spare room. That was over a decade ago.

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Holly Golightly

You do not need to run a $200,000 to $3,000,000 project to know that there is life outside this planet. Just look at the sky... You will see. Only the debunkers are the ignorant fools who think the Earth is flat and the Sun revolves around the Earth... Of course, they will never understand the concept of life outside of Earth. So much money and soo much computing power for finding out something most people already know about, and may have seen themselves. Just look up at the sky... Just like E.T. is doing in that picture.

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Shalbatana

I've been having a major gripe with SETI@home for over a year now. It's been my screen saver for over 7 years, and now I don't get any functionality out of it anymore because the server can't be contacted for over half of any given week due to maintenance.

It's annoying to say the least, but I'm beginning to think that my spare cpu cycles are being wasted again. Perhaps they'd be better employed somewhere else?

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livebriand

Honestly, I don't think there has been any proven benefit from Folding@Home. I don't bother with those things.

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Arlips

Instead of talking out of your ass, try looking things up. It took less than a minute of searching to find results from folding@home:

 

http://folding.stanford.edu/English/Papers

 

I think the biggest reason you never hear about major breakthroughs with FaH on the mainstream media is because most of them are very technical and can't easily be broken down to layman's terms and sound good on TV. I mean just try to read and understand most of what's linked above without a degree in molecular biology and tell me how far you get.

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Holly Golightly

Same here. It just sucks away your computer's power... And then you are stuck with paying the slightly higher electric bill. For that, I might as well stick to using my power for games and video editing... Which is not often, hence a lower bill, better for the environment. These home foldings are a waste of time since you do not get any benefit in the long run... Just the scientists of those universities.

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Shalbatana

I think you're missing the point a bit. Okay perhaps SETI@home isn't the best "better your life" example, but benefits arrive in your life all the time from projects like this. The human Genome project has already yeilded better medicines. There are plenty of other examples too.

On top of that is the idea that "hey, my computer's doing nothing for me at the moment. Why not let it help someone else?" You're going to find that small contributions will go a long way throughout your life.

AFA Seti@home itself. I participate because it's a personal interest of mine. And I would hope I'm alive the day they find evidence of life on another world, and I can bloat at all the "small thinkers" that they were wrong. (PS. I mean no personal insult by that, I have no idea of your views on the universe. I'm just making fun of people in general who think there's no life other than on our planet).

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