SETI@HOME -- A Victim of it's Own Success?!?


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Message 1342211 - Posted: 1 Mar 2013, 22:03:31 UTC - in response to Message 1342109.

This is my stance. Like it or not...
You have a green star, or you have no right to complain.

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Everyone who contributes only cycles is valuable. How dare you suggest otherwise! You do more damage by your rants than 10000 times the amount of cash you donate could repair.

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Message 1342469 - Posted: 2 Mar 2013, 20:36:16 UTC

OK, guys...
I got it.
My heart's in the right place, but sometimes I just say too much and am a bit insensitive in how I put things.

Sorry for that.
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Message 1342589 - Posted: 3 Mar 2013, 2:58:22 UTC

I have been running SETI@home for over 13 years. I am unemployed. I have a hard time paying for my internet service. After what I have read here about donations, I amd quitting the project.
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Message 1342590 - Posted: 3 Mar 2013, 3:40:00 UTC - in response to Message 1342589.

I have been running SETI@home for over 13 years. I am unemployed. I have a hard time paying for my internet service. After what I have read here about donations, I amd quitting the project.

Thank you for you valuable contributions. I'm sorry to see you go.

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Message 1342632 - Posted: 3 Mar 2013, 9:14:46 UTC - in response to Message 1342589.
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I have been running SETI@home for over 13 years. I am unemployed. I have a hard time paying for my internet service. After what I have read here about donations, I amd quitting the project.

There is absolutely no reason to leave, the views expressed about donations were from one individual who has a bee in his bonnet about donations.

Your crunching is as valuable to the project as anyone else donation or not!!
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Message 1342671 - Posted: 3 Mar 2013, 14:08:25 UTC - in response to Message 1342589.

I have been running SETI@home for over 13 years. I am unemployed. I have a hard time paying for my internet service. After what I have read here about donations, I amd quitting the project.


The quote I linked was:

"It is the greatest mistake to do nothing because you can only do little. Do what you can."
--- Sidney Smith

So, hope you can stick around and do what you can. Every little bit helps.
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Message 1342848 - Posted: 3 Mar 2013, 23:59:33 UTC

Green star or no green star, it doesn't matter. Those few donations that can be drummed up through the forum are a drop in the ocean. And everyone is participating.

0.27% of all SETI@home users or about 2.5% of the active users donate money to the project. I wrote more about it in this post. And even fewer of the users read the forum.

In other words: Most user think that they are contributing enough by crunching. And rightly so, crunching costs money too.

But perhaps some would be willing to contribute some of their time instead, if asked. Volunteers with the right skills and/or connections could write grant applications and find corporate sponsors. Some kind of organization would be required, and blessings from the project admins.

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Message 1342859 - Posted: 4 Mar 2013, 2:58:25 UTC

The problem as I see it is that the infrastructure at Berkley is not able to support the work we are asking for.
If the work were more complex, taking more time to process, the load on Berkley would be reduced.
The proposed autocorrelation will allow the project to look for much weaker signals than we presently do. That will cause the hosts to have to do much more processing per work unit. Instead of looking wider we will be looking deeper. That should help to reduce the load on the link to the world and at the same time scan the same volume of the universe.
What ever can be done to help the staff to get the autocorrelation on line is the best way to address the problem. Get more work out of the hosts with the same lab.
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