Profile: StevieG

Personal background
I am divorced, 46, a group security and small business specialist who helps companies get into compliance with federal privacy regulations like FACTA, HIPPA and Graham Leach Bliley. I make beer and wine, build computers, like scifi and classic movies, considered to be a very good cook by both female and male friends. I like apologetics and hard science (like chemistry, physics, astronomy). Living in the Pacific Northwest I also believe that sleep is a completely inadequate substitute for caffeine.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. I just upgraded my motherboard and processor in my watercooled PC (www.koolance.com) and SETI@home is a good way to stress the processor and actually do something.
2. Personally, I don't think there is anything out there. Currently, estimates suggest that there are at least 7 × 10^22 stars in the Universe. The Universe probably contains more than 10^11 galaxies. While those are large numbers, they pale in comparison to the probability of forming the proteins and DNA for the smallest self-replicating entity. That was calculated to be 1 in 10^167,626. Mathematicians generally consider any event with a probability of less than 1 chance in 10^50 as having zero probability. I have often heard of the lottery referred to as a tax on people who are bad at math and that is about 5 x 10^8 to 1 x 10^9. So what do you call 1 x 10^167,626? Not something I'd ever bet on. While aliens make for entertaining TV and movies, the statistical probability of their existance has worse odds than anything I've ever seen. It makes getting hit by lightning, attacked by a shark and winning the lottery look like a sure thing. That is why I am helping with this project. I'd like to see us figure this out sooner than later. I think the sooner we figure that out and get to studying the rest of this incredible universe and finding a planet we can terraform that is within reasonable proximity to earth, the better. I'm a firm believer in not putting all of your eggs in one basket.
3. Not really, you do a great job with what you are doing. Harnessing the power of 10's of thousands of PC's is a fantastic idea to look for ET, calculating Prime numbers, protein research for disease, etc., etc. I wish I'd thought of it! :)
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