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Message 1041487 - Posted: 12 Oct 2010, 8:19:52 UTC - in response to Message 1041396.

Like a lot of scientists they (SETI) are fanatical about keeping the data secure.

If you think about it if we ever do find a signal for ET the very first questions to be raised are going to be about the integrity of the data and who has access to it...


You raise an interesting question here.

I wonder which method of data collection/storage would be given the most credibility.

Data collected and stored in a closet, backed up and restored using a 3rd party web based data backup organization.

Or data collected, stored, secured and backed up on site by a professional web hosting organization who also handle financial and other mission critical data for a large number of businesses.


There is no issue. The raw data is what it is. It will always be reprocessed to confirm. Fox News is not involved in the process. There is nothing in the life time of any living politician that will raise the subject as a political issue, i.e. no one is going to propose a transmitter be funded to answer -- it is not possible with our state of the art.

If there is any question of integrity in the regard, it is difficult to imagine those antagonistic to alien life running server farms -- computers are not mentioned in the bible. But (curse me) MS runs a server farm and the other Gates might be interested. Allen must have something like this to process what his array collects.

Who ya gonna trust? The entire tech community is behind the S@H effort. It is difficult to imagine one that is not.

Original data is on the original tapes. That is security. Worst case is a tape is lost after a signal return is reported. Take another look. If not there then the worst is another WOW event. Without repetition there is nothing unless there is a Jodie Foster's worth of data in the signal.

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Message 1041492 - Posted: 12 Oct 2010, 8:37:53 UTC - in response to Message 1041408.
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PLEASE do not take this as an attempt to make this a number crunching discussion. This is economic considerations only.

I'm not here for stats. I don't care how many work units I complete. I don't care where my standings are in relation to others. The only thing I care about is the work unit my computer is processing right now, as I ask the question, "could this one be 'the one'?". If it's not, then I move on to the next one. I participate for one reason, and one reason only.... the search for proof of intelligent life out there. Most likely when we find it (amd I'm confident we will in my lifetime) my computer most likely won't be the one. But I will be able to stand up and brag proudly that I helped. I don't want good stats.... I want bragging rights!
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Actually I do care because I am trying to calibrate a new quad core before I add an graphics accelerator card to price the performance improvement. There is always a point of diminishing returns and I can pay more for a graphics card than I will pay for a computer.

Problem with the graphics cards is they also appeal to gamers so no matter what the increase for them in boinc if it improves their gaming they don't care. I do not play games -- because they addict me. So anything I add has to be a cost trade-off against another computer. Presently I have two quads and an older single core needing retirement at present. The quads are refurbed machines at roughly the price of new dual cores. I am a penny pincher in bang for the buck.

I have read a lot on this and asked questions and it seems to me the current crop of video cards priced on the order of $70 are the break-point on cost to performance, that there is little gain after that in overall performance.
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Message 1041995 - Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 7:52:01 UTC

It appears there are some that have found a new place they can take other issues outside the known areas that they can post those issues. Count this as the 1st strike.

At this point I am locking this thread also for 24 hours.

If you have a valid question or concern with the topic that is current, please feel free to post. Otherwise you are slowing the Seti Staff with things that could be better answered in other forums. Some have proven that you have successfully wastaed the Staff time in wading through various replies to find valid questions.

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