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Message 1997529 - Posted: 9 Jun 2019, 8:09:50 UTC - in response to Message 1994069.  

haha :D
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Message 1997653 - Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 6:12:12 UTC - in response to Message 1994082.  

I miss it too
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Message 1997669 - Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 13:28:56 UTC - in response to Message 1994117.  

I have to wait all the way to December to make 20 years.
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Message 1997690 - Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 18:02:44 UTC

Oh boy. Twenty years. I feel old. :(

Just kidding! :D
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Message 1997740 - Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 1:39:13 UTC - in response to Message 1994043.  
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Beat me by 4 months!!! (Joined in Aug of 1999) Its been a great ride so far!!!. I did just went back and looked at all the machines that I have had on the account doing work units. Its something like 15 including some high powered servers (kinda ran a data center for a while...long story...;-) and since 1999 every new machine seemed to crunch WU's just a little faster each year. Now I am retired from the data center world and just have my one little MacBook Pro and its out preforming all those CPU's from the past 2 to 1. Kinda cool!.
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Message 1997777 - Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 9:45:27 UTC

My join date is 14 Jul 1999.
Wave upon wave of demented avengers march cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.
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Message 1997786 - Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 12:21:50 UTC

Are there any 20y commemorative shirts for buying? ;)

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Message 1997787 - Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 12:25:27 UTC - in response to Message 1997786.  

Here :)

Are there any 20y commemorative shirts for buying? ;)

Apr 3, 1999 - May 3, 2020
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Message 1997844 - Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 22:32:33 UTC - in response to Message 1994043.  

Great job. must have more than one computer.
I had two running, but now just one.
Keep up the good work.
Marines that use Macintosh computers don't just think different.
They are different.

Semper Fi !
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Message 1997940 - Posted: 12 Jun 2019, 18:34:45 UTC - in response to Message 1994043.  

Happy Anniversary! On this date in 1999, SETI@home came online. Since then millions of our volunteers have helped us sift through petabytes of data from multiple radio telescopes. ET still hasn't shown up to the party.

We're not discouraged. We're able to examine less than a tenth of a percent of the radio spectrum, over only 1/3 of the sky and a limited number of additional stars. But our capabilities are increasing every day. In 1999 it took up to a week to process a single workunit on a home PC. Now, on a machine with a GPU, it might only take a few minutes to do a far more detailed and more sensitive analysis. Who knows what the next 20 years will bring?

Happy Anniversary! :)
Mine's up in October.

But I'm sure my Celeron 366@550 did WUs much quicker than a week! I wonder if I have my old SETI logs...... yep, most WUs took between 10-11hrs on v1.06.
I've no idea how fast my current CPU does them in!
Team AnandTech - SETI@H, Muon1 DPAD, F@H, MW@H, A@H, LHC@H, POGS, R@H, DHEP@H.

Main rig - Ryzen 5 3600, 32GB DDR4 3200, RX 580 8GB, 500GB Samsung 970 Evo+, Win 10
2nd rig - i7 4930k @4.1 GHz, 16GB DDR2 1866, HD 7870 XT 3GB (DS), Win7 64bit
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Message 1997946 - Posted: 12 Jun 2019, 19:45:02 UTC

I joined 05/17/1999. WOW.

It's been fascinating all along. More so, seeing the progression in my computing hardware since that original, surplus Pentium 100 to my current fleet of Mac, WIndows 7, 8.1, 10 and the recently retired Server 2008 R2 now doing SETI full time.

Here's to the coming success. I know it will happen in our lifetimes.


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Message 1997966 - Posted: 12 Jun 2019, 23:46:46 UTC - in response to Message 1994043.  

Glad to be part of it.
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Message 1997969 - Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 0:13:08 UTC - in response to Message 1994043.  

ET just called.
Said they've run into a ripple in the space-time continuum and will be delayed another 6-7 earth years.
I told them that that was totally unacceptable and just take Uber...
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Message 1998084 - Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 20:53:26 UTC

doing my part for the cause for a while now too
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Message 1998142 - Posted: 14 Jun 2019, 4:29:17 UTC

I think it a BIG mistake by humanity to include Earth's location on the gold discs on both of the Voyager spacecraft. There was absolutely NO need to do so, and a genuine risk to our species' and planet's continued existence! Any deep space-faring species reading and learning of our existence at our present technology level, could easily eradicate us all. I strongly recommend that as soon as we are capable of destroying both spacecraft, that we do so. This universe is NOT the Star Trek one... a pure si-fy fantasy universe where the good Vulcans arrive and we 'get along'. A far greater si-fy likelihood that any aliens we stupidly and blindly attract to our solar system and planet would be like the ones having a book called "How to Serve Man". QueBranch.
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Message 1998173 - Posted: 14 Jun 2019, 14:17:27 UTC - in response to Message 1998142.  

If someone found and decoded a Voyager record someday, and had the means to reach the Earth physically, they already would have other ways to spot our planet anyway. Not to mention such a civilisation would have access to so many planets they would have no reason to care about ours specifically.

"To serve man" is a fun dark humour pun, not a biological essay. Realistically, aliens probably couldn't eat us any more than we could eat them. And even if there were no biochemical barriers, humans make for very poor livestock. Let's not even talk about all the poisons we pump ourselves full of! Better to get actual livestock bred for millenniums for the purpose of being eaten: Cows, pigs, chicken...

That being said, I agree "Star Trek" is indeed not a good representation of the universe. Not because aliens would automatically be hostile, but because space is just so vast. You can't simply hop from one planet to the next. Even within our own solar system, tiny as it is, distances are huge. Space travel to Mars is already ridiculously hard; sending more than a probe to even the nearest solar system, probably impossible.

Although it's still very, very unlikely they'll ever be found, the Voyager discs would allow aliens to send messages to us, and that's a VERY GOOD reason to have included the location of Earth. (Even if, again, it's much more probable the probes will just never be found by anyone.) An intentional targeted emission is much easier to detect than an accidental one.
Gazing at the skies, hoping for contact... Unlikely, but it would be such a fantastic opportunity to learn.

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Message 1998277 - Posted: 15 Jun 2019, 8:12:17 UTC - in response to Message 1998173.  

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Message 1998278 - Posted: 15 Jun 2019, 8:14:03 UTC - in response to Message 1994043.  

I'd still love to have the credits from the time I was working at Mitre 10 in the early 2000s. But I was using my mitre10 email address, not my private one!!
We are doing a fantastic job, one day, something will appear!!
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Message 1998307 - Posted: 15 Jun 2019, 15:13:06 UTC
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Glad to be a part of history. Fun times looking at that screensaver for tell tale spikes :)
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Message 1998365 - Posted: 15 Jun 2019, 23:57:40 UTC

Congratulations you've come a long way been here since 24 May 1999
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