D.o.B.: Dec., 11th 1970
Occupation: freelance it-security consultant
Hobbies: my dog (belgian sheperd)
lots of it-stuff like networking/security, linux, etc...
Sci-Fi (Why else would I be here? :) )
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Well, I'm not a "classical believer". My thinking about the probability of extraterrestial intelligence starts at one realization:
There is a nearly infinite number of stellar systems in the universe.
So, this leads me to two conclusions...
Considering a nearly infinite number of stellar systems let it seem quite less probable, that there is only one inhabited planet at all.
It even seems quite less probable that there is only one "Class M"-Planet at all and only one intelligent humananoid lifeform.
So, for me there is no believe nor doubt. I'm just thinking about chances and actually don't care if there is or is not extraterrestial intelligence as long as "they" haven't been discovered and contacted od discovered and contacted us.
However, I would prefer us to discover and contact them first, as I do see the danger that a contect by them may lead to undesired reactions by our politicians and military. Think about it honestly...: What would happen if an et spacecraft orbited earth or even landed at the territory of a larger nation? I would bet 50:1 that before anything else, the local military would try to seize the craft, arrest the crew and get hands on the technology. Considering, a species able of interstellar travel must be considerably technologically advanced, that might lead to quite "unpleasant consequences".
Transmitting a beacon for others to find us sounds like a good idea to me - at the first glance. After a closer look, I see some problems which should be considered thoroughly... Which direction to point at? Which data to send? Which encoding to use? How to avoid misunderstandings? And much more... Besides, considering the distances to cross, I doubt it would make any sense unless somebody invents subspace transceivers or similar stuff.
I do run SETI@home because I have some computers which are running 24x7 and which are idle most of the time. And because SETI@home makes more sense to me than proving something just for the proof, like breeaking an xxx bits RC6 or whatever key. And - to help