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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:I think that aliens are cool. That's why I got this neat screen saver that looks for aliens during its downtime. How does it work, you ask? Well, the bulk of the work is done by great big satellite dishes, called radio telescopes, all over the country that that bring in huge amounts of data about all the radio waves coming in from space. The organization doing this is called the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI for short. They're looking through these telescopes for any signs that aliens are trying to send messages through space to find us or anybody else. But there's so much data being collected by the telescopes that this one organization can't hope to go through it all to find anything interesting. That's where we come in. By downloading this screen saver you can help out by not even doing anything, because while you're away it's taking the data from the satellites and it's looking for any signs of alien transmissions. Pretty cool, huh?

Anyway, we want to find aliens for real. So everybody should help out because that's the nice thing to do.



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Location: on the wrong planet
Member Since: 16th May 2005
Total posts: 1228
Posted:I can agree in part with people running folding@home, but any other use of downtime adds to your power bills, and global warming. When I'm not using my computer, it gets turned off. At the wall socket.

You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.

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Member Since: 24th Oct 2006
Total posts: 2
Posted:I have a friend who's dad works for SETI, he's a crazy cool guy.

That being said I treat my computer the way polarity does so I haven't really even seen the screensaver!


HoP mage and keeper of the fireballs
Location: Palmerston North
Member Since: 4th Nov 2005
Total posts: 1965
Posted:I used to run it but if your on dial-up like myself then there are a few features that make it a pain in the arse.

I've since deleted it and I am now more of an electricity concious person.

The screensaver was cool smile

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