Wanna cure cancer?
08/28/2004 11:38 am
When you need massive amounts of computer power you have two routes, get huge million dollar supercomputers and let them crank out results or get millions of 1000 dollar computers to do the work.
There are many distributed applications but this one is not only the best one from an application stand point but it is used to try and cure cancer/smallpox. It uses your spare CPU, it runs in low priority so it uses 100% of your processor without you even knowing its running. For us laptop people it senses when you go on battery and stops running. You can configure it to only run at certain times. (A nice feature, especially for us laptoppers because programs like this make laptops hot, so i tell it to only run at night and while im at work and it's all good while im using it)
Another cool thing about this program is that it is a fairly generic program, that is others like it (Folding@Home or SETI) only do one thing, this one can have projects added to it at anytime without you having to do anything. So, in theory, they could add AIDS in the mix without having to change anything.
I set up a team for page 3, lets see what we can contribute.
ps As a lame stats whore hack I should point out that points are figured by factoring in how good of a computer you are letting them use, one of the things you can control is how much hard drive space it is allowed to use. Currently none of the projects use any hard drive space so you can get more points by alloting bigger space on your hard drive, you can always take it away later.
Bottom line is you should let them use your computer, especially while you arent using it. Please let them use you computer.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHAT IS THE HOLD UP? Your not using it! He said he'd wash the sheets.
|Jeremy - 8953 Posts|
|PPS If you dont help the terroists win.|
|icbeast - 3618 Posts|
I'm reposting this so it's more likely to be seen. (originally in the Colin Powell post)
How can you root against your own country? Back in the day, you could be executed for that. It's well documented that the team that was put together just plain sucked, for many many reasons. This wouldn't be the first time that athletes behaved like jerks. I haven't heard anything about this incident, and I don't even care enough to try and look it up. Maybe they just wanted to enjoy the ceremony without having to sign autographs all night. Who knows, who cares? You don't have to like the fact that those particular players were on the team, and you can criticize their actions (and their crappy performances), but when comes down to it they were still representing our country and it seems wrong to me to root against them.
In regards to this.CurrentBlogArticle, I love this line, "So, in theory, they could add AIDS in the mix without having to change anything.". I haven't looked at the program or anything, but judging from the post I'm assuming that such an addition wouldn't require the user to do anything? In which case, in theory, "they" could add biochemical weapons research or dns attack capabilities into the mix withou having to change anything.
That was weird, I decide to actually look at the terroists article just now and it's about bioterrorism. Anyway, before I let "they" hack into my computer I'm going to need to be damn sure that I know exactly what "they" think they need my computer for and what kind of liabililty and and promises "they" make.
|Jeremy - Always thinking of, but never about, the children.|
You choose the projects you want to be a part of.
The DOD has a program simmilar to this that does (probobly) what you are talking about.
|Jeremy - 8953 Posts|
|By the way when i said it was fairly generic, not that it allows them to run anytihng they want at any time. The program does calculations to build complex protiens to fight against diseases. You also have control over what programs you work on.|
|icbeast - Refactor Mercilessly|
|Jeremy - 8953 Posts|
|That was a good article. I bet AI would voulenteer his computer to cure cancer.|
|Scott - 6225 Posts|
|Was I watching the Republican National Convention or a September 11th memorial used commercially for the President? I don't know about you, but I couldn't figure out how this fit into the Bush's nomination. Are Republicans the only ones who acted heroically that day?|
|Matt - 3354 Posts|
|What happened on September 11th is, and should be, an important factor in this campaign, not only for how it was handled, but also for how the attack changed the status quo in regards to fighting terrorism.|
|Jeremy - Super Chocolate Bear|
|There's a difference between talking about terrorism and exploiting what happened that day.|