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SETI pays off at last!

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / June 23, 2004 10:14 PM PDT

Message From Space:

Scientists decode the first message from an alien civilization. Here's what it said:

Simply send 6 x 10'50 atoms of hydrogen to the star system at the top of the list, cross off that star system, then put your star system at the bottom of the list and send it to 100 other star systems. Within one-tenth of a galactic rotation you will receive enough hydrogen to power your civilization until entropy reaches its maximum!

IT REALLY WORKS!

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(NT) (NT) Re: that's really funny
by Mary Kay / June 23, 2004 10:21 PM PDT
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(NT) - What happens if the chain is broken? ;-)
by Paul C / June 23, 2004 11:03 PM PDT
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only ~25x10-6th years? super!
by Richard Jones Forum moderator / June 23, 2004 11:37 PM PDT
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Hi Dave,

Coincidentally, just yesterday I started researching the Seti@Home vs Folding @Home "debates" on some other forums. My new comp(see below "21st century" post) can do a Seti@Home workunit in 3 to 3.5 hours - haven't tried F@H yet. I've been using my work computer to run S@H for a few YEARS and only have just under 200 work units completed(which shows how slow it is, comparatively[400MHz Celeron eMach] - though run along with occasional actual "work" Happy -just during work hours 5 days/wk.

Anyhow, is protein folding or genome mapping distributed computing taking off like Seti did ? Does the medical community in Galvez spread the word? Just wondering.

If it holds even a smidgen of promise one would think that would have even wider appeal than Seti. Or encryption cracking/generation or other abstruse stuff.

Rick

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(NT) (NT) My hubby just got a certificate for 5000 Seti workunits
by Cindi Haynes / June 24, 2004 1:29 AM PDT
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Wow, that's a bunch !
by Richard Jones Forum moderator / June 24, 2004 2:27 AM PDT

Hi Cindi,

Was that all on one or several working simultanoeusly? Either way, lots of flops!

My sister thinks I'm kinda nuts for raving about 3 hrs vs days - then I mentioned the people who run it 'dedicated' on as many hotrod systems as they can - and well, she *still* thinks I'm daft... Wink

In this particular case it was to me a good benchmark that I can relate to. Plus SETI as an idea has an intriguing quality that's separate from any usefulness or real "is it worthwhile" aspect.

Rick

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Re: Wow, that's a bunch !
by Cindi Haynes / June 25, 2004 5:58 AM PDT
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Hi Richard,

I think mostly it was one computer, although at times I know he had it running on 3 computers. He's been running them for several years, too!

--Cindi
Speakeasy Moderator
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(NT) (NT) Good one, Dave! :-)
by Cindi Haynes / June 24, 2004 1:30 AM PDT
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