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"Folding@home asks people all over the world to donate their spare computing resources — times when their machines aren't doing anything else — to work on achieving a deeper understanding of diseases like Alzheimer's, Mad Cow, and Parkinson's"
http://folding.stanford.edu/
Pretty cool (both, the project and distributed computing).

And the quote's of course from thornton's online notes on concurrency. whom else.


Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:25 pm
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I would almost think you'd be better off donating the $$ you would spend on electricity and cooling to the program, as their computers (or the ones they could afford with your $$) are likely much more efficient. Other than that I think its a good idea. I'd enjoy using their CUDA infused version if I had a desktop.

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Thats cool. I kinda agree with Martin with the whole $$ might be better but its a clever idea.


Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:56 am
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yeah, though I'd assume there's already plenty of other projects working on the same thing, and this is just their way of standing out. also some ppl are more comfortable donating their effort in this unique way than seeing money transfered out of their pockets directly. either way, the idea is certainly awesome.


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There are other implications. If you were simply to donate your money it would all go to one power company, one chipmaker, etc. By operating in this manner "donated" monetary resources get more evenly distributed. It also means that if you have solar electricity resources you're not paying for power in the same way. I wonder if you could write off your power usage for taxes, even. Interesting.

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That is true. Many companies use money donations to corner the market. Red cross is a great example of how donated money can be misused. A lot of the soap campanies get in trouble for it to, since you donate money to an oil spill and they go ok now lets over price the supplies, hey look at all this profit. Lets donate it and get a tax break.


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