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The thread for BOINCers Gone Bonkers 7 is up! Sign up now if you haven't and if you have any old computer hardware that you would like to get rid of, why not donate it towards BGB7? The event runs from June 7th to June 9th.

We are still in the process of creating an Overclock.net BOINC wallpaper. Submit your ideas and give feedback on the wallpapers here

Over the last right 24 hours from this post, we moved up to 36th in the world! This week, we have no teams that we are overtaking. You can see the overtake stats by going here
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yay! we are 36th! thats awesome.
    
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Lets jump on to it and get to 35.
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Sigh, that's nice we moved up... but I don't want to be a "Point Whore" and just run PrimeGrid all my days.

It's a pleasure for me that I run such a mix of tasks to help all over the place on different projects. To me, PrimeGrid is about the most useless project of them all and attracts folks only for points... because they are screwed up at PG and knowingly screwed up all the pie charts and point standings and such by not following BOINC suggested points calculating guidelines.

But, without criticism, each to his own. Some folks only in it for the points and that's fine by me and it helps us a lot.

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are you pointing fingers tex?
    
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NO NO NO!!!! Not saying that at all! I'm not a "racer" and some folks are. I said, NO CRITICISMS intended... Just said what I do... maybe too often eah? LOL!

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Eh... it's their choice if they want to pay for the electricity to run those projects. That said, large primes do have some scientific relevance but projects like Milky Way, SETI, and such probably have more scientific benefit and those are the kinds of projects I donate my cycles to.
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Yup, "some" is the key word...

I have yet to have anyone tell me exactly how important 7845*2^666382+1 is because that is a Prime this computer found.

LOL! Come on now, how important is 2^666382+1 power times 7845??? LOL! I mean, could it be used in intergalactic travel or something? Recipe for making Super Bread or something? LOL!



http://www.primegrid.com/primes/?sec...&primeid=16679

Have a look at the decimal number... you couldn't pronounce that in a lifetime! LOL! I don't even think there is a english word language to describe how stinking large it is! LOL! I run a "little bit" of prime to help out the team and that's about it...


Edited by Tex1954 - 5/28/11 at 5:52am
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Originally Posted by Tex1954 View Post
I have yet to have anyone tell me exactly how important 7845*2^666382+1 is because that is a Prime this computer found.

LOL! Come on now, how important is 2^666382+1 power times 7845??? LOL! I mean, could it be used in intergalactic travel or something? Recipe for making Super Bread or something? LOL!
The only application I can think of is calculating extremely large primes for cryptographic purposes. ie. RSA. Other than that I don't think there's a real benefit to that specific number.
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Eh... it's their choice if they want to pay for the electricity to run those projects. That said, large primes do have some scientific relevance but projects like Milky Way, SETI, and such probably have more scientific benefit and those are the kinds of projects I donate my cycles to.
In the grand scheme of things, projects like milkyway and Primegrid are exactly the same... science for the sake of science. If you were to look at the relevance of the outcomes of those two projects as they pertain to everyday people, they would both score near zero.

Seti is different only in that if they ever do find something it will have massive effect on so many different areas of human learning: science, religion, philosophy, etc. However, unlike the other two projects SETI has so far found nothing and as far as I know their work only helps further SETI with no potential for science that helps the rest of us. So if they never do find anything, one could make the argument that all of the cycles you donated were completely worthless.

So I would suggest being careful when you say one project is "better" than another since it's all point of view and what you find important.
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