Profile: ror

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I don't believe ET is out there, but I do believe that the amount of processing involved in looking has been a fantastic waste of resources, a metaphorical black hole of computing power, that really could be put to better use.

But, seti got here "first", it has the user base to make it that much more competetive than others, it's distributed computing on a scale that makes any "real world" structure seem minuscule in comparison. And of course, in a lot of cases it is only computing power that would be wasted as idle anyway, so something might as well be done with it. So I certainly don't run seti to find ET, (because even if ET were out there, I'm not convinced this would find it), I run it to see how my PC does against itself on a week to week basis, and to just see how much computing muscle (albeit almost none atm) I can muster up over time.
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