Why do you Fold?

Discussion in 'Distributed Computing' started by lordonuthin, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. lordonuthin macrumors 6502

    lordonuthin

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    I am doing this for several reasons; one is that I'm not the smatest guy in town and this is my way of "doing science" without the need for schooling in science, it's a challenge I can handle, it's fun, it WILL help people down the road as we begin to use the information from this project in the medical field (might even help me some day), it is USEFUL information not just the results but the computer science and developement aspect as well :) Go Pande labs! :p
     
  2. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i actually started off with Distributed Computing in SETI. i took some astronomy classes in college and learned about SETI, and tried it out. i then learned about folding@home later, and thought - why not join a project that actually helps people, instead of looking for other intelligence. so i joined. at first. i had trouble with the folding clients (which i still do sometimes). so i stopped after some problems. but i got a new computer, and tried again.

    now i have a few computers that are pretty capable for folding
     
  3. SciFrog macrumors 6502

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    I feel it is a bit like charity work, and I hate to see all that CPU power wasted...

    Started with SETI also, but Folding has much more potential to be helpful in the future.
     
  4. spekulanten macrumors member

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    i have world community grid, i think its more helpful than folding. i started with seti also.
     
  5. twoodcc macrumors P6

    twoodcc

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    why do you think that?
     
  6. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    SETI, not my cup of tea.

    i started folding a few days after my younger (and only) sister died from something that is being studied by F@H. she made it 2 days past her 35th birthday, and left a 4 month old baby and widow (and me) behind. i've been folding ever since, and won't stop until they quit giving out work units. period.

    thanks to all who fold here/there/everywhere.
     
  7. lyzardking macrumors member

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    I started folding after I found out a loved one was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
     
  8. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    I participate in folding@home because I believe their work is most immediately beneficial. I have a tremendous amount of computing power that for various reasons needs to stay on 24/7, and I feel that it is the right thing to do.

    Beyond the "I know someone who..." thing, I feel that it is our responsibility as humans to help push to cure preventable disease. I feel like it is the conclusion that anyone curious about the world would come to.
     
  9. sammy2066 macrumors 6502a

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    I used to fold for #1714 ABXZone.com. Back then I had every machine in the house folding, till I fried a $2000 Vaio and my parents asked me to stop. I complied.
     
  10. lordonuthin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm sorry for your loss, she was in the prime of her life. some day, due to our efforts, many like her will live long and happy lives.
     
  11. spekulanten macrumors member

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