Big boost for SETI@home from Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Listen Initiative

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Message 1703344 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 15:01:40 UTC

SETI@home and Berkeley SETI Research Center are proud to be participating in the new Breakthrough Listen initiative, that will dramatically expand the search for life beyond Earth. http://nyti.ms/1KfWuYF
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Message 1703354 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 15:17:48 UTC

This is fantastic news and I hope we can start getting Green Bank results and get NTPICKR up and running.

I'm glad someone with serious capital has finally stepped up to the challenge, and even more so that SETI@Home is going to be involved in it.

Looking forward to moving the farm "back home" to work on this, and I'm still interested in fundraising NTPCKR if this new development doesn't happen. :^)
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Message 1703356 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 15:27:32 UTC

Eine mehr als erfreuliche Nachricht.
Riesen Dank an ALLE die sich für 'unsere' Sache so leidenschaftlich einsetzen.

Und besondere Grüße aus Wien von MadDog
an ALLE, die wie ich, einen 'kleinen' Beitrag dazu leisten !!!
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Message 1703379 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 16:14:03 UTC

Now Seti had better get their budget in order.
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Message 1703386 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 16:25:03 UTC

So far it isn't clear to me if this initiative is parallel or counter to Berkeley's own FIRSST initiative.
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Message 1703393 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 16:40:20 UTC

BBC News:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33596271

S@H gets a mention about half way down the page
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Message 1703401 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 16:51:24 UTC

Wonderful news!!!!!

And all of you who have been crunching for 16 years were REALLY trend-setters!!!
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Message 1703403 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 16:53:50 UTC

So what will this mean for SETI@home in practice?
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Message 1703409 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 17:06:33 UTC
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Just saw this in the news today. But what does the Initiative actually do in relation with SETI? Do they share the recordings from these other telescopes with SETI? Fund the servers? Have other coders/astronomers develop new algorithms? All of the above?
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Message 1703412 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 17:08:53 UTC

Other than a large "Chunk of Change", cash, I hope that this does not mean that somewhere down the line, this project will be hijacked by some other "professionals". Our Professionals are top-notch and we want to keep them in place.
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Message 1703441 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 18:13:50 UTC - in response to Message 1703401.  

Wonderful news!!!!!

And all of you who have been crunching for 16 years were REALLY trend-setters!!!

I hope that doesn't make us hipsters then. 0.o
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Message 1703474 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 19:53:05 UTC - in response to Message 1703344.  

Great to read that up to one third of the money ($33M) will be to hire new postgrad students and science professionals. This should certainly speed up development of new hardware and optimised NTPCKR algorithms to search through the mass of data already acquired (and yet to be acquired).
Also great to see that we'll be getting data from Southern skies via Parkes telescope.
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Message 1703481 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 20:10:32 UTC - in response to Message 1703474.  

Also great to see that we'll be getting data from Southern skies via Parkes telescope.

LOL, we will have to adapt because it will be upside down.
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Message 1703488 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 20:30:49 UTC - in response to Message 1703441.  

And all of you who have been crunching for 16 years were REALLY trend-setters!!!

I hope that doesn't make us hipsters then. 0.o

Just you, with your wooden pipe, flip flops and your Highland Wool Plaid Quilted Vest. :P
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Message 1703554 - Posted: 20 Jul 2015, 23:51:00 UTC

100 mill / 10 years .....wahooooooo 10 mill a year for the next 10 years ......oh wait well have to probably share that with others :-(

still we might just get a few more hours with the telescope the most expensive part of the project

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Message 1703567 - Posted: 21 Jul 2015, 1:07:03 UTC - in response to Message 1703441.  

Wonderful news!!!!!

And all of you who have been crunching for 16 years were REALLY trend-setters!!!

I hope that doesn't make us hipsters then. 0.o

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11749475/Thankfully-no-hipsters-were-injured-London-Fire-Brigade-apologises-for-Shoreditch-tweet.html
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Message 1704043 - Posted: 22 Jul 2015, 16:51:54 UTC - in response to Message 1703488.  

And all of you who have been crunching for 16 years were REALLY trend-setters!!!

I hope that doesn't make us hipsters then. 0.o

Just you, with your wooden pipe, flip flops and your Highland Wool Plaid Quilted Vest. :P

Like any self respecting SETI@home user would have anything other than a corncob pipe. I mean... like really would doesn't love the smell of corn?! Maybe the aliens. We will have to ask them, but first we have to find them.

Longest game of hide & seek ever! I don't think they are going to win though.
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Message 1704155 - Posted: 23 Jul 2015, 0:04:05 UTC

This will give the project serious dwell time on a given target set of the sky allowing for software that will use advanced signal processing techniques including accumulation and other techniques that can eliminate a lot of noise and short length random signal events. Dwell makes elimination so much easier. Waterfall processing, bragg cell utilization, etc...

Rather than a constantly sweeping swath of the sky the RT's can sit on a emissions area and properly signal process. and revisits as the project will have the opportunity to drive the RT and sit on target sets repeatedly.

The approach will work in conjunction with other data sets, optical and radio data sets that have more likely ET hotspots than others.. Scanning known stars with planet sets already discovered...

It's a fine time to expand SETI horizons beyond our current stripes approach piggybacking on others usage of the RT. This is going to be good....
Never engage stupid people at their level, they then have the home court advantage.....
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Message 1706037 - Posted: 28 Jul 2015, 20:32:16 UTC

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Message 1706236 - Posted: 29 Jul 2015, 11:16:05 UTC

Since the goal for SETI@home was from the start to make SETI cheap, I woudn't put the expectation too high. But, imagine what they could do with,
say $ 100.000 - $ 300.000, alone. They could

- buy that monster server required to run nitpckr in near real-time
- hire some more team members that could do tasks they got tired of or are regarded low priority (I only say science-status-page :P), so the core team can focus on science and development
- travel down to Arecibo and fix the recorder status update. I don't really see what the security issue would be, after all it only needs to do standard http post
requests to Berkeley, no additional port opening required.
- do some "outside" PR campaign. The current regular PR seems to reach mainly people who are already running S@H

You see I think even a minor financial boost could really speed things up at S@H.
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