Profile: firstbuddha

Personal background
Hi - I'm a 20 year old male student from the UK.
I am studying Computing Science at Staffordshire University (Midlands, UK).
Having a computer at home on broadband cable means that I can leave it on 24-7.
So why not benefit others with the idle time?

When I graduate I hope to work in the computing industry, perhaps in consultancy. I want to be able to help people and make computers work for the user, rather than the other way round which is how it appears to be at the moment!

I like going out with my friends for a drink, I enjoy online games (yahoo sometimes, but HOYLE/UPROAR is better)

I enjoy chatting to people on MSN and I like to chat to people from all over the world... wouldn't it be nice to chat to someone from outside of this world! lol
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I believe that extraterrestrial life does exist - but I don't think that it will ever become public knowledge. As to whether ET life is going to be the same as humans, I am not sure. If it is, it will be far greater. But unfortunately it looks like the life is going to be rather primitive.

Imagine us finding out that there is life outside of earth... there would be mass panic of people scared of "invasion"! But give it perhaps 20 or 30 years when man (and woman) has managed to go further out into space, then we will probably get some better evidence for life beyond earth.

I thought we have sent a beacon already??? Didn't we send a record on Voyager (1 or 2)? I thought it was a gold LP with "hello" in all human languages, along with a sketch of what a human man and woman look like? Perhaps it is me seeing too many sci-fi movies! Yeah - start the beacon - use my idle time on the PC if you need it to power the beacon, that would be a good idea. We should send them a repeated message in morse code perhaps. That way when other forms of life hear the message then they will be able to distinguish it from "noise". So a repeated pattern would be perfect to transmit as anything living would be able to notice it's unnatural and repetitive pattern.

I run SETI@home as it is "idle" time. Unless I am downloading overnight I cannot see the harm in running SETI when my screensaver kicks in. I had recently removed SETI from my PC as I thought that I wasn't contributing to the project - then I thought that every little bit helps - so all you people out there reading this - GET SETI INSTALLED AND RUNNING! It is not costing you anything - especially if you are on a constant connection... what have you got to lose???

SUGGESTION: - Can we have a pretty picture screensaver that still runs SETI? Just a thought.

Thanks for reading this - email me if you want: or add me to MSN - just mention where you saw my address.
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