I spent 16 years in the Air Force, 12 as a programmer. Now I work as a Software Test Engineer for a large distribution company.
I live and breathe Linux!
I am an avid sports enthusiast. My top 3 sports are baseball, hockey, and football(U.S. style). Having spent 3 years in Germany, soccer has moved way up on my list, but hasn't cracked the top 3 yet.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I believe the universe is much too big, for Earth to have the only intelligent life. I think we already have discovered extraterrestrial life, but we just don't know it yet. The top benefit I see, would be the knowledge we could gain. The biggest danger would be the fear and panic of those that believe anything more advanced must be hostile.
I think we should send a beacon. Maybe something else out there needs assistance. We should send some type of signal that highlights our position.Too much other information might garble the message. There is no guarantee that another form of life is more intelligent, nor capable of de-coding our "language".
I run SETI@home because I think it's a cool concept. I just want to be, even a small part, of something so big. What a cool way to share the computing power of the world's computers.