Sweden is no stranger to file sharing cases, but a case that has just gotten underway in the country is a real outlier. A Swedish woman, aged 58, is accused of sharing over 45,000 music tracks online. The staggering scale of this case has the prosecution talking about a possible jail sentence.
You might be familiar with SETI@home, a distributed computing project launched by the University of California, Berkeley over a decade ago in which you can help participate in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Some SETI@home users were bummed when the SETI Institute announced back in April of this year that the Allen Telescope Array was being forced into hibernation due to budget cuts and lack of funds. Thanks to hundreds of thousands of dollar in contributions, the search for alien life is set to resume in September.
What are your New Year's resolutions? Did you vow to shed those holiday pounds you put on the past couple of weeks? Perhaps you promised to finally use this year's tax refund to put together that dream machine build you deserve. Whatever they are, here's an easy one to add to the list: start "Folding" for team Maximum PC.
We're referring to Stanford's Folding@home distributed computing project. The ultimate goal is to better understand (and find cures for) diseases like Alzheimer's, ALS, Huntingtons', Parkinson's, various cancers, and more. If you're new to Folding, or distributed computing in general, the way it works is you download a piece of software that taps into your spare CPU cycles to study protein folding. One machine by itself isn't very helpful, but collectively, it's like having access to a supercomputer.
Points are tracked and there's a lot of friendly competition (and trash talking) between sites. To join Maximum PC, you'd input 11108 in the Team number field. Hit up the links below for more info.
Intel and GridRepublic joined forces this week to launch a Facebook application that will tap into your PCs spare processing cycles to both fight diseases and study climate change.
Intel calls the application 'Progress Thru Processors,' which is built on the Facebook platform and gives users the ability to choose up to three distributed computing projects, including Rosetta@home (find cures for diseases), Climateprediction.net (aimed at gaining an increased understanding of global climate change), and Africa@home (currently focused on finding optimal strategies to combat malaria).
"By simply running an application on your computer, which uses very little incremental resources, you can expand computing resources to researchers," Deborah Conrad, Intel vice president and general manager of corporate marketing, said in a statement.
The application, which was launched Monday as a public beta, will only fire up when the PC has processing cycles to spare. You can download the app here.
The third annual Chimp Challenge kicks off today, in which Maximum PC's Folding at Home team will once again try to claim victory in the race for more points than the competition. If successful, this will mark the third victory in four attempts, but it won't be easy. More teams have entered this year and it's going to take a massive effort if we're to claim back-to-back bragging rights.
For those of you not familiar with Stanford's Folding at Home distributed computing project, you can get up to speed here. In short, the project relies on the computing horsepower of many in hopes of finding cures to common diseases, like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and many more. Stanford's Folding client taps into your PC's unused CPU and/or GPU cycles, and can even be run on a Playstation 3 console.