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Message 1658851 - Posted: 29 Mar 2015, 16:38:16 UTC
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Hey folks! I've had some long overdue questions I've been hanging on to for a long time that I hope y'all can help me with. I just want to let y'all know: I have no scientific background what-so-ever. A lot of stuff you guys talk about on the forums I don't even understand, whether project related or not. I've got a High School diploma, but the extend of my science knowledge comes from watching Star Trek. (Let the eye-rolls commence).

Seriously though, I feel a little out of place when wanting to ask questions because I don't want to sound like the village idiot, but I think it's about time to say that yeah, I ain't that bright when it comes to some stuff, and I'm asking for some clarification. I hope you guys are cool explaining things that may seem rather simple or trivial, and I hope I don't make anyone upset by asking these questions for my own personal clarification.

I do, however, want to point out that I share the belief with some others that there are other intelligent beings out there in the universe. I would also like to think of the future of humanity with a positive spin and would hope that we will one day explore distant places.

The only thing I can do is lend my computer processing power towards this project in hopes that this project may one day lead to proof that there is in fact other intelligent life out there. But, I don't really know how this project works in its entirety. I know how the project gets the data and how it disperses it to personal computers around the world, and that it gets transmitted back to Berkley. But, what then?

Is the information somehow combed through looking for possible signals? I thought that that would be done by the ntpckr? (which is, and has been, offline for a long long time)

If none of the data is being analyzed, where does the data get stored? And if it is indeed stored, where is it stored? And if it's stored, are there any backups in place if hardware failures occur so none of the stored data is lost?

I appreciate you guys' help ;)
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