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Message 2067513 - Posted: 3 Feb 2021, 15:24:00 UTC - in response to Message 2067509.  

They do. Diamonds are for 5 & more years of total run time.
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Message 2072264 - Posted: 31 Mar 2021, 17:55:48 UTC

Today 1yr ago S@H stopped sending new work for us to crunch. Someone should host a party to mark the event.
I hope all have found new worthwhile projects to help.
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Message 2073068 - Posted: 11 Apr 2021, 12:11:10 UTC - in response to Message 2072264.  

A sad day , we shall remember it.
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Message 2073148 - Posted: 12 Apr 2021, 12:05:45 UTC

I am running WorldCommunityGrid and getting a lot of Badges, from Bronze to Emerald so far. I hope to get some Diamonds in due time. IBM is good at marketing.
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Message 2073216 - Posted: 13 Apr 2021, 5:51:57 UTC - in response to Message 2073148.  

Yes, we are faithfully processing other Projects! But no other project is as seminal (!) as looking for alien civilizations! There is just a certain ineffable, dashing excellence about looking for LGM (E.T.) as a member of a giant superbly organized worldwide Terran Cognitive Network! seti@home shall return with even more amazingly efficient software on ever faster computing devices {in far greater numbers} to find those cute elusive little critters!
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Message 2074924 - Posted: 4 May 2021, 11:39:17 UTC - in response to Message 2073216.  

Aleluya! Hopeness news!
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Message 2075601 - Posted: 12 May 2021, 0:19:15 UTC

Today, after a long time, looked in again and what had my sad eyes read: it´s over!

Memories come back. How it all began, how I started with home-made computers that are now outbid by every cheap smartphone ... how exciting was the time at the beginning of the millennium. Films like "Contact" were very inspiring and motivated to take part in this great project.

I understand the reasons, but it still makes me sad that this era has now come to an end - for the time being?
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Message 2076037 - Posted: 17 May 2021, 9:55:58 UTC

Well, poop.

I swear I'm always the last one to find out about these things. I get why s@h was paused, but it's still a bummer. I've been a participant for over 20 years now, and I'm surprisingly rather sad that it's over now.

Oh, well. I guess I'll have to find a new screensaver now...
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Message 2076439 - Posted: 23 May 2021, 12:41:52 UTC

Sad to hear but glad to keep in touch. Space exploration is more exciting than ever.
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Message 2076453 - Posted: 23 May 2021, 18:00:59 UTC

I class this as the biggest con in the history of computing. They took our processor time, interest and enthusiasm, and I call it exploitation pure and simple. They even blagged money off us, overall appalling.
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Message 2076484 - Posted: 24 May 2021, 6:05:51 UTC - in response to Message 2076453.  

I class this as the biggest con in the history of computing. They took our processor time, interest and enthusiasm, and I call it exploitation pure and simple. They even blagged money off us, overall appalling.

From the beginning, they advised that no findings were possible, there are no con here. All the computations made were to a try on finding signals.

I understand the dissapointment (it would be preferable a detection than a non-detection). I suggest you to support other projects that are producing results right now, such as Einstein@home or Rosetta@home, instead of others without a granted outcome.


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Message 2076485 - Posted: 24 May 2021, 6:08:57 UTC - in response to Message 2076453.  

I class this as the biggest con in the history of computing. They took our processor time, interest and enthusiasm, and I call it exploitation pure and simple. They even blagged money off us, overall appalling.
Did you even read the opening post (or was it beyond your understanding)?
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Message 2076692 - Posted: 27 May 2021, 5:12:30 UTC - in response to Message 2076453.  
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Peter,
This is a blip in the effort. The search goes on by every available means. Keep the faith!
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Message 2076766 - Posted: 28 May 2021, 7:50:53 UTC - in response to Message 2076453.  

This not a con, read the history.

in the 1990's the Space Sciences Laboratory at UCB were engaged in a numer of scientific projects, but hiring super-computer time by the hour was increasingly expensive, so a group at the SSL tried to find a way round it. They came up with a scheme to utilise the computers of public volunteers. Essentially it involved sending out blocks of data to be crunched and the results sent back for further processing.

Many said that it wouldn't work, so they decided to carry out an experiment to try it. They chose an existing SSL project SETI, the Search for ExtraterrestrialI Intelligence as being suitable, and launched Seti@home in 1999. It was initially envisaged just to utilise unused CPU cycles so people could continue working as normal.

Against all expectations S@H fired the imagination of the public and took off like a rocket. So much so that people were soon constructing purpose built bare bones rigs, and later GPU cards were being used. Many other scientific projects clamoured to also use the system, so in2002-2004 BOINC was introduced and S@H bcame one of the many Boinc projects.

The whole point is that S@H was never intended to be a way of life, it was and remains a scientific experiment. David Anderson wrote a report a couple of years ago explaining this and said that any experiment had to have a beginning, an ending, and a conclusion. S@H proved that distributed computing was viable using the home computers of public volunteers, so that part of the experiment was a success. But sadly, no evidence of ET had been found. He also concluded that S@H wold continue on in some form or other.

However in 2020 the project ceased to send out any more work, and attention turned to its successor Nebula as the new back end, which intends to look at the 20 years worth of data collected using the computer cluster of Einstein at Hanover.

S@H was and remains entirely voluntary, it was an experiment to test distributed computing, SETI itself was always esoteric in nature and always will be. Financial donations were also entirely voluntary. It is simply untue and unfair to call it a con. Looking back on it all the only exploitation was certain people running Go Fund Me's for personal financial gain which shouln't have been allowed.
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Message 2077416 - Posted: 6 Jun 2021, 20:25:01 UTC - in response to Message 2035163.  

This is so sad - I was trying to figure out why after fixing my computer I was getting "Scheduler request failed: HTTP file not found," in BOINC and now I know... I've been at SETI@home member since 1999. What a great trip it's been for cosmology. Something Carl Sagan probably dreamt of. C'set la vie.
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Message 2077812 - Posted: 12 Jun 2021, 21:28:28 UTC
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It's a pity that nothing has been found so far. I have supported SETI since the beginning - 6,532,146 packages. But we will surely still find evidence, keep looking!
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Message 2077830 - Posted: 13 Jun 2021, 10:47:18 UTC - in response to Message 2035163.  

It was fun! Thank you so much for the opportunity!
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Message 2078791 - Posted: 28 Jun 2021, 13:42:50 UTC

I miss Seti.

I wish there were other ways that I could continue to help the SETI process via computation.

Failing that I have resorted to Physics/Astronomy-based projects as well as "Socially Conscious Projects" (aka: World Community Grid).

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Message 2079347 - Posted: 7 Jul 2021, 4:21:37 UTC - in response to Message 2078791.  

. . Yep, I miss it too. Just yesterday friends were commenting on how my life is different now (not in a good way) since the end of S@H. But as commented ... life goes on ...

. . Part of what I miss are the chats with many other keen volunteers. I hope that Nebula will eventually provide some interesting results that set the scientific community on fire :)

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Message 2079707 - Posted: 11 Jul 2021, 7:25:43 UTC - in response to Message 2035163.  

Yes, now I have a bunch of completed SETI tasks from March 6, 2020 to July 21, 2020. These are at the top of my BOINC manager and I can't get rid of them. Can you turn on the appropriate servers for a few days to clear these from my manager. I am not concerned about the missed credit.

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