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Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
For me, mathematically speaking, the chances of all intelligent life in the known universe occurring on our small planet are so small (when you consider the size of our galaxy, and how many galaxies there are), it is a 'gigantically small number', such that it is totally insignificant. So, they are in all probability out there. This project represents our best opportunity of finding other forms of intelligent life who want to be found. Yes, doubtless the project could do a better job (more frequencies etc), but it runs on a shoe-string budget - so compromises have to be made. I accept these. Most scientific endeavours have to make compromises, so S@H is no different in this regard.

I dislike academic snobbery, and feel that projects like this that attempt to answer a question that has been posed for thousands of years should be better funded (I also have a soft spot for under-dogs). So much scientific funding goes to the 'trendy topics'. Hostory is littered with examples of 'fringe' projects making astounding breakthroughs. Its a pity we haven't learnt from them! I run S@H because of this, and because it gives me an excuse to keep my hand in at computer meddling! Given all of the above, I would like to feel I have made a significant contribution to this project (and lets face it, significant in this regard is one or more tasks - think about it).

I think the project staff do do some amazing work. I would like to see the project expand, so further data-sets could be obtained from other telescopes. I would also like to see an expansion of the frequency analysis.

Suggestions. Hmmmm, communication has always been difficult for S@H. I would like to see better communications - even if they are just one-liners. It is very difficult to figure things out when something just changes, and there is no introduction or explanation (just use a read-only sticky thread). This situation is often made worse because crunchers have limited or no access to so much of the project, we have to try and figure things out for ourselves - blind. I would also like to see a few more updates on how the project is progressing (or not as the case may be). Oh, and keep up the good work behind the scenes!!!!!
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