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Wed May 24, 2017, 12:37 PM

Citizen Science - A Brief History of SETI@Home

The year was 1999, and the people were going online. AOL, Compuserve, mp3.com, and AltaVista loaded bit by bit after dial-up chirps, on screens across the world. Watching the internet extend its reach, a small group of scientists thought a more extensive digital leap was in order, one that encompassed the galaxy itself. And so it was that before the new millennium dawned, researchers at the University of California released a citizen-science program called SETI@Home.

The idea went like this: When internet-farers abandoned their computers long enough that a screen saver popped up, that saver wouldn’t be WordArt bouncing around, 3-D neon-metallic pipes installing themselves inch by inch, or a self-satisfied flying Windows logo. No. Their screens would be saved by displays of data analysis, showing which and how much data from elsewhere their CPUs were churning through during down-time. The data would come from observations of distant stars, conducted by astronomers searching for evidence of an extraterrestrial intelligence. Each participating computer would dig through SETI data for suspicious signals, possibly containing a “Hello, World” or two from aliens. Anyone with 28 kbps could be the person to discover another civilization.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/aliens-on-your-packard-bell/527445/
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I currently work on 3 different projects through the BOINC platform, Seti, MilkyWay, and Rosetta.

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Wed May 24, 2017, 01:23 PM

1. Next month is my 10th anniversary...


running The World Community Grid on my computers.


https://join.worldcommunitygrid.org?recruiterId=316637&teamId=C85RSMBR9N1


It's an easy way to help science.








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Wed May 24, 2017, 01:52 PM

3. I've added this one

Seems worthwhile since cancer runs deep in my family.

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Wed May 24, 2017, 01:35 PM

2. K & R...

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Wed May 24, 2017, 01:54 PM

4. I started on SETI@home moved to genome@home

Now have all my computers on Folding@home. I like how boinc works also.

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