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  1. #1 SETI team? 
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    So do we have enough people here to run a small S.E.T.I team on seti@home.com ?

    http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/

    I've always wanted to do that, just never found a group.


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    whats that?
    i suppose if i don't know.. i don't deserve to?


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    If you don't feel you have enough interested members, try taking a look at the nice peoples seti team here http://pcpitstop.invisionzone.com/in...p?showforum=20

    probably the BEST pc help site on the web 8)
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    I think I can wait until we have a thousand or so members here, that won't be too long
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    good luck - it's a great site and I shall let my online friends know about it.









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    Quote Originally Posted by sir t fireball
    good luck - it's a great site and I shall let my online friends know about it.









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    The odd part is I thought I knew the face.
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    I don't personally find the idea of seti too appealing. I do believe that there is life out there somewhere, but I don't really know if it's that crucial of a discovery to find their distant radio transmissions. What, really, will it do for us if we found a radio source somewhere that is definitely of intelligent origin?

    Nothing. I already know that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe. I have no doubts of this just on the law of averages. We can't be unique. And picking up radio transmissions from hundreds to thousands of years ago isn't really going to do much for us.

    I suppose it could help us out in information technology if they have a superior form of encoding and we are able to decode that system. Otherwise, it would be just a tantalizing tease. We couldn't even be sure that they're still alive.

    No. I think that there are better uses for distributed computing than Seti.

    For instance, Folding@home (folding.stanford.edu)is a legitimate and useful program. It puts you into the midst of protein folding. This is something that could easily change the course of humanity in a very real and tangible way. Not some vague congratulatory "We're not alone", but rather a very concrete cure for cancer or an exceedingly large other genetic disorders. The possibilities of compiling a full proteome of the human species (as well as others) is insanely useful. (Of course, new research now leads into the concept of epigenetic factors and we begin to see that protein and protein coding genes are only the tip of an iceberg when it comes to cellular function and development, but even so we have to start somewhere.)

    There are also others that have been compiled in a recent issue of Science:

    Mersenne Prime Search. www.mersenne.org. Identify enormous prime numbers.

    ClimatePrediction.net. Test models of climate change.

    LHC@home. lhcathome.cern.ch. Model particle orbits in accelerator.

    Einstein@home. einstein.phys.uwm.edu. Identify gravitational waves.

    Cancer Research Project. www.grid.org/projects/cancer. Search for candidate drugs against cancer.

    Lifemapper. www.lifemapper.org. Map global distribution of species.


    I think that practically all of these projects have more concrete usefulness than Seti. The only shaky one would be the Prime Number one. I recall reading an article on new algorhythms for computing primes on the horizon. (And, by the way, these new algorhythms would ruin internet security which depends upon large prime numbers and the difficulty in computing them.) And, the climate research project might be somewhat sketchy too. I don't believe that even with distributed computing will we have the proper resources and knowledge to confidently compute climate change anytime soon. But, even so, it's more useful than Seti. It might lead somewhere.


    And. I've done my time with Folding@home. I don't think that I'm ready, at this time, to commit to any other such tasks.
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    Hey I fixed your URL tags.

    It wants to see either www or http in front of the domain. I think it does this to keep people from creating links that lauch applications or something on Windows boxes. I'm not sure, I just know how to fix them.

    IBM has a program now also much like seti and distributed.net that use home PC's for scientific research.
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    Heh.
    I was fixing them at the same time.
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    That reminds me I need to look in to the last edited issue where it doesn't always show up.
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    I think seti@home is a total waste of time, it opens your computer, more vulnerability. There is enough evidence out there to choke a horse or leave a grown man crying.

    You just have to look at the evidence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FieryIce
    I think seti@home is a total waste of time, it opens your computer, more vulnerability. There is enough evidence out there to choke a horse or leave a grown man crying.

    You just have to look at the evidence.
    Mind providing links to such evidence, I've not heard of a single tail.
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    Do you honestly need someone else to show you?
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    She's going to tell you to read your bible pretty soon.

    You have figured her out by now, haven't you? Her "message" isn't that complicated.
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