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Message 85013 - Posted: 6 Mar 2018, 15:56:47 UTC

I have been doing SETI for a number of years. Altho my scorecard reads Dec. 2017, I started way before that. I rejoined in 2017. I have put in a lot of SETI hours, but why.
What exactly am I doing? No one has explained what my computer is used for, other than searching for ET and the gang.
Would some like explain too to me what I am contributing to? I know the screensaver, is just a screensaver and nothing else. Looks nice, drives my dog crazy.
Thanks in advance
Greg in Massachusetts
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Message 85050 - Posted: 8 Mar 2018, 7:19:09 UTC

To "Greg in Massachusetts"

Your question might best be answered on the SETI@Home forums, however looking HERE ight be a start.
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Message 85069 - Posted: 9 Mar 2018, 12:04:14 UTC

Of course he also said

Publishing this paper won't mark the end of SETI@home. It may continue indefinitely. However, it will probably undergo a major transformation soon - new telescopes, new frequency bands, new front-end algorithms - that will effectively start a new experiment. We need to finish the original experiment.
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Message 85071 - Posted: 9 Mar 2018, 12:11:33 UTC

And David is still actively working on Nebula. He wrote this three days ago (in the repository, not on the web site):

Eliminate separate program versions for SERENDIP

Before: SAH/S6 differences (e.g. data parameters) were implemented as #ifdefs,
so we had to compile separate versions of all the programs.
This was unwieldy, and would get worse as we add data sources.
As you noticed (you have a 'special fundraiser' icon), SETI is preparing to add Parkes (southern hemisphere) as a data source. That's never been searched before.
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Message 85084 - Posted: 9 Mar 2018, 16:52:54 UTC - in response to Message 85073.  

If we don't look we will never find, but why waste any more time or money after 18 years??

I continue the search because it's fun.
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Message 86687 - Posted: 26 Jun 2018, 13:26:04 UTC - in response to Message 85084.  
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If we don't look we will never find, but why waste any more time or money after 18 years??

I continue the search because it's fun.

I agree. If it was not for the forums I would have logged out years ago and turned off the cruncher. I feel the posts with other people help keep this endeavor worth persuing. Not just the idea of you doing this group science project.
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Message 86728 - Posted: 28 Jun 2018, 1:23:08 UTC - in response to Message 86687.  

Ditto.
The mind is a weird and mysterious place
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