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post #11 of 33
Think of it this way. Is your computer on 24/7? Do you have decent hardware? Can you afford the extra $10 - $15 a month it costs to fold? If you answered yes to most of those then why aren't you folding? There is the possibility to cure alzheimer's along with other diseases. When that happens wouldn't it be cool to be like "I helped do that". This is not to say that folding is the only thing out there to do. Check out BOINC. It's not a popular as f@h but it also contributes to some of the same fields. You can also be greedy, arrogant and self-centered and choose to mine Bitcoins. If you were to choose that route I can assure you that zodac would unleash her wrath on you.
    
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post #12 of 33
Working with the folding clients has had a very postive impact on my technical skills, all the way from file management, to overclocking, to an introduction to Linux. Perhaps these are not the types of "benefits" your are looking for but that is my report.
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post #13 of 33
I see it as a donation to charity.

I know the work is going to be extremely useful in the future; I have family who work in the drug / medicine industry, and as I've said before on here, folding and similar computational modelling methods are becoming the best and most effective R&D. It may not be massively publicised, but I can tell you that the work done by folders has directly and significantly contributed to science

The only gripe I sometimes grapple with is that we're doing work that drug companies are going to use to make insanely unimaginable amounts of money, but in the grand scheme of curing disease, it reduces the need for patient trials, it pushes research forward at an exponential rate, and it's a small price to pay for a greater future

disclaimer: the above is all my own opinion
post #14 of 33
Wait... there's medical research involved?

I was just doing it for the points.
post #15 of 33
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Wait... there's medical research involved?

I was just doing it for the points.
Wait you're telling me we get points for folding?
    
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post #16 of 33
Anyone who thinks that a few years of folding is going to find the cure for cancer needs a reality check, but the truth is we've made leaps and bounds for helping find stuff i believe, especially (i think i read this somewhere) Parkinson's and Huntingtons?
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post #17 of 33
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Wait you're telling me we get points for folding?
"Hey, you got your medical research in my points."

"You got your points in my medical research."

post #18 of 33
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no trolling please..



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in fact i never seen a thread about "hey, we just found/discovered X that helps to do Y about this disease"
Straight answer is there has been such threads. You must have just not seen one. I remembered seeing this and was able to find it in less then a minute without using the search function. There are probably others, this is just the one I remembered. http://www.overclock.net/overclock-n...y-results.html


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yes.. my point was; does anyone cares about the results?? why someone doesnt open a thread about "hey guys, we helped resolve this problem!! "

but nevermind.. i guess people is more interested in benchmark/numbers.. thats all (im not bashing BTW)
Well yes I do care about the results. At the same time I don't expect to see a thread from Zodac next week saying hey guys you can shut it all down now because we just cured Cancer, Alzheimer's, ALS, Huntington's, and Parkinson's disease last night. It just isn't going to happen like that. We are but just one small piece of the puzzle. Just like participating in F@H is just one small piece of the puzzle of things that I do in this world that I hope can have a positive impact on the lives of my children and grandchildren. Awful hard to guage the success of such endeavors so maybe I should just give up on such foolishness right....wrong!!
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post #19 of 33
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I don't see how anyone can say that; it's linked twice on their homepage.

1) In the link tab, under "Results".
2) In the middle of the page, under "What have we done so far?".

For those who can't find that, they post a thread, and someone answers them right away.
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post #20 of 33
To be perfectly frank, just have a little faith, yeah? We'll keep folding for Syrillian and for all the other unlucky souls who ended up fighting cancer. The whole concept is brilliant and it breeds a sense of camaraderie and friendly competition that is rare these days.
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