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Message 2039012 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 0:34:51 UTC
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This is really sad news. This project has been with me for nearly 20 years.But it's still a good memory.Which project will my friends go to?
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Message 2039029 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 2:18:20 UTC - in response to Message 2035172.  

so long and thanks for all the fish
that's hilarious
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Message 2039106 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 11:26:42 UTC - in response to Message 2038983.  

Interesting point, private_citizen. I suggest we monitor (or at least Google) SETI@home once in a while to see if we are needed again, someday.

In the meantime, I appreciate their honesty: if we’re not adding value anymore, let’s save some electricity. It might only cost £0.13 per kilowatt hour, but it’s also causing the emission of a little over 250g of CO2 per kilowatt hour (DEFRA figure for UK grid electricity) and that’s bad news.

If evidence of ET isn’t going to be found by additional crunching in this way, at this time, let’s stand down.
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Message 2039115 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 12:31:04 UTC

I joined back in 1999 and have enjoyed being a very small part in a potentially life changing project.

Wishing you all well. M5 signing off
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Message 2039139 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 13:56:50 UTC - in response to Message 2036001.  

"If it is just US out there; it seems like an awful waste of space..."
Elie - from the movie Contact.
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Message 2039140 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 13:58:40 UTC - in response to Message 2039139.  

"If it is just US out there; it seems like an awful waste of space..."
Elie - from the movie Contact.

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Message 2039195 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 17:10:51 UTC

Been almost 18 years since I joined this project, at least if the date on my profile is right... I remember a time before BOINC. I guess you could say it's grown up :)

Thanks for all the effort you put into this project!
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Message 2039203 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 17:41:58 UTC - in response to Message 2038965.  

Well, maybe something could be set up to handle analysing the data? I mean - you have all of these Spocks out here wanting to do something.....

Also - you should set up so the SETI@Home program plays the ET music. Just once, all over the globe, we can all hope we meet some
other race.... :-)



No, no, it should play close encounters of the third kind :)
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Message 2039205 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 17:49:15 UTC

I have seen it written in several places that new work units will no longer be available after 31 March 2020, but what about the unfinished work units that are still on our computers after that date? Will they still be collected?

Thanks
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Message 2039209 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 18:04:31 UTC - in response to Message 2035163.  

The impression given back in 1999 was we were going to scan the heavens for radio signals that potentially could be from intelligent life.
It was presented as something that would be ongoing and continue until something was found.
This is mainly why I donated my computer time to this project

Never was any time limit stated, nor were their diminishing returns.
Many times funding was needed and many times a lack of it putting the project in Jeopardy.
You just ran a fund raiser for the fall/winter.

So what were we raising money for?

It seems to me this is more like we have been doing this for 20 years, no closer to finding ET than when we started.
Lets shut down, write a paper, and move on.
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Message 2039214 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 18:13:08 UTC - in response to Message 2035163.  

This doesn't make logical sense.
1) Nothing is stopping you from analyzing collected results while new ones accumulate.
2) We always knew the search was incomprehensibly vast and that we could be at this for centuries or more before finding anything, but we're stopping after only 20 years or so?

You owe it to the volunteers to explain what's really going on.
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Message 2039219 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 18:33:39 UTC

You can't escape the conspiracy theorists no matter where you go.
Helping where I can. Hindering everywhere else.
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Message 2039221 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 18:42:24 UTC - in response to Message 2039214.  

You owe it to the volunteers to explain what's really going on.


That's an interesting statement and I believe that arguments could be made both for and against it. At its core, this endeavor was scientific research. There are typically no feelings, emotions, or apologies associated with scientific research decision making. We voluntarily chose to contribute our time and resources. The research was theirs, not ours, and they get to make the choices. So it's not surprising that scientists took the tone of scientists with these decisions.
However, one could also argue that this research created a community that became bigger and broader than the research itself. In a way, it transformed into something that was perhaps just a bit different than what the definition of scientific research typically allows. Considering this, perhaps it would have been appropriate to handle the hibernation in a somewhat different manner. To handle it in a way that a community leader would handle it, and not a scientist.
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Message 2039255 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 21:36:14 UTC - in response to Message 2039214.  

This doesn't make logical sense.
1) Nothing is stopping you from analyzing collected results while new ones accumulate.
2) We always knew the search was incomprehensibly vast and that we could be at this for centuries or more before finding anything, but we're stopping after only 20 years or so?

You owe it to the volunteers to explain what's really going on.
Did you even bother to read what has been posted???
Short version- not enough money to keep doing both.
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Message 2039263 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 22:06:03 UTC - in response to Message 2039255.  

Short version- not enough money to keep doing both.

IMHO it's rather manpower than money itself. Until we speak about money to hire few professionals in radiophysics/signal processing and DB administration not interesting in this research per se. Would be possible to find someone who will handle full pipeline as effective as Eric and others did all these years w/o bothering them with constant questions? I'm afraid not. Money can easely "find" few more HDDs if needed, but not so easy with right skilled professionals.
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Message 2039271 - Posted: 20 Mar 2020, 22:51:24 UTC - in response to Message 2039263.  
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Short version- not enough money to keep doing both.
IMHO it's rather manpower than money itself.
Yep. And you need the money, to get the manpower (and to keep them for any period of time).
People like a roof over their heads & to eat, money makes that easier to achieve.

It all comes down to funding.
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Message 2039312 - Posted: 21 Mar 2020, 1:25:13 UTC - in response to Message 2038198.  

Dang, after so many years, I really will miss the SETI project and all that great team of folks behind it, as well as the very many people who made this project great with their computers .

Now where can I get tee shirts, caps, coffee mugs, etc? I want to always remember my time with SETI.

Still have plenty of shirts from the official sponsors. SETI certified.
Send me a pm.
Can't vouch for any other mechandise.
Pluto will always be a planet to me.

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Message 2039373 - Posted: 21 Mar 2020, 11:53:44 UTC - in response to Message 2035163.  

Well, it's been a good run! Honestly, time to rest my poor CPU and hang it up I guess!

Shame I didn't find ET through this project but I wouldn't doubt that ET may know a lot more about me now.

Thanks to everyone who made this whole project possible through all the years and to my fellow cloud dwellers.

Glad to have been a part of something that to me was very special and rewarding!

Chris Harris.
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Message 2039383 - Posted: 21 Mar 2020, 12:34:56 UTC - in response to Message 2038590.  

For real. My first computer running SETI was a home built IBM compatible with with a 8088 processor.
Now running two machines with quad cores.

Have paused other projects to get my remaining SETI jobs done first.

Phil
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Message 2039443 - Posted: 21 Mar 2020, 15:37:19 UTC
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Sad to see the hibernation, but there is an urgent need now to "solve" the Chinese Disease COVID-19 problem.

I'm switching to Rosetta@Home to process protein folding/modeling.

SETI lost my previous data and accounts; I had joined early 1999 and ran the SETI project on all available workstation hardware and the servers at a 5000+ employee organization. Wish I had those numbers!

Best to all!

Craig
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