Posts by GoneGrimdark

1) Message boards : Questions and problems : What constitutes as 'idle'? (Message 64380)
Posted 20 Sep 2015 by GoneGrimdark
I have BOINC set to run whenever my computer is idle, and I figured this was perfect because I leave my laptop on almost always. When leaving to work or going to sleep I usually just close the top and set it down. I figured that's a lot of idle time when it could be helping science! However, watching the stats I'm getting a growing suspicion that when I close my laptop it doesn't run anymore. I may be missing something obvious... to quote Macklemore- "Honestly, I don't know nothing about mopeds computers."

Is my laptop closed not considered 'idle'? I'm not using it and it's still on. I can't run BOINC while I use my laptop because otherwise everything is slow and terrible. But I feel bad that it sits there for hours a day and idn't running BOINC. Is there some setting I can change? I'm running Windows 8 on an ASUS laptop.
2) Message boards : Projects : Could BOINC be used to crack famous codes? (Message 64374)
Posted 19 Sep 2015 by GoneGrimdark
Not sure if this is the right place for this, but I am curious. I'm very interested in ancient undeciphered scripts. I notice Enigma@Home uses brute force computer power to crack WW2 codes, but could this also be applied to things like Rongorongo, Linear A, the Voynich manuscript or Indus Valley script? I don't know how deciphering these would work, but is there any chance lots of computer power would help? Maybe running thousands of scenarios until one figures it out?

I know an ancient language is very different than a decoded known language, but I would be super pumped to help historians read these writing systems. Can you throw enough computer use at these problems to help solve them, or would it be impossible?

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