Profile: Rene

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I\\'m Rene and born back in 1980. I\\'m studying computing science at the Eindhoven University of Technologies. I started in september 2000 and I hope to graduate in 2006.

Besides that I\\'m leading, with a few others, a boy scout group (24 kids now), aged 7-11. Each summer we\\'ll go on camp for one week. I read it is organized quite different in Europe than it is in the States.

Furthermore the normal social \\'duties\\'.

As most of us (probably), I read about the SETI@home project in a (internet) magazine. So I just went to take a look, and now I\\'m still taking a look.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I first heard of SETI@home in a internet magazine (how cliche). When I was about 10 years old I was already convinced that there has to be some sort of extraterrestial life (it may well be consisting of only some micro-organisms). I remember how exciting I was when researchers at NASA found evidence of (long gone) life at Mars: \\"We aren\\'t alone at last!\\"

I don\\'t know if we\\'ll ever find intelligent life outside this planet, but if we do we\\'ll have to be quite polite to it. Contacting them is almost certain a huge problem, as we are only just beginning to understand primates and dolphins. It is also quite inconceivable that they will understand us. If we do it the wrong way, we might end in a (everlasting) conflict.

We should send a beacon (haven\\'t we already done that?) to tell others we\\'re here. So we maybe should send where \\'here\\' is exactly.

I run SETI@home to take my share in sorting out the database, keep my laptop occupied (it isn\\'t a problem with 192MB RAM, 100 MHz front side bus, 500MHz Celeron 2), and because the project is interesting and we have to do it to look beyond the horizon. That laptop has magically transformed into a 1024MB RAM, 533 MHz FSB, 2000MHz Pentium M laptop :) which processes the workunits about 7 times as fast as the old one.

My last user info file from the classical SETI@home:

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register_time= 2451939.99441 (Tue Jan 30 11:51:57 2001)
last_wu_time= 0.00000
last_result_time= 2453181.98288 (Fri Jun 25 11:35:20 2004)
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