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Poll Results: Is it crazy to spend money on new hardware just to better your F@H figures?

 
  • 19% (16)
    Yes - Why spend money on hardware that you dont really need
  • 61% (51)
    No - Its for a good cause
  • 19% (16)
    Indifferent -Might not need the hardware, but its use will increase in the future (futureproofing)
83 Total Votes  
post #31 of 39
Where is the option for "No, you get MOAR points!!"
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post #32 of 39
where is the option for "yes! but it's a good crazy!"?

I am crazy too. There are lots more expensive hobbies you could have, and folding is a lot more worthwhile than, say, a drug habit...
post #33 of 39
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As for folding, I know Stanford or Vijay Pande keep releasing new research papers, and thats only possible with the ever increasing number of people who fold. But in say years time will they be able to turn around and say, "We have cure xxxx and without the help of F@H, it wouldnt have been possible?"

Or do we just sort of assist where we can?
You know, I never thought of this. I honestly haven't read any of Pande's papers, so I really don't know. I'm sure you can find at least abstracts online if you're interested; I don't have any idea how or if he credits the army of folders who stand behind his work. I do know that the guy working HIV who identified a drug target (IIRC) at a university up in the Pacific Northwest did credit, as a group, those who participated in his distributed computing project. However that may be apples and oranges.

As I am named, quite explicitly, on a number of papers in various journals, I can't really say that I do this for the credit. To me it's more about pitching in where I can, and putting a purpose to an aspect of my life that I otherwise enjoy. Our efforts add to the general body of knowledge, and someday might actually lead, either directly or indirectly, to something that does someone some real good.

It's basically a "pay it forward" concept; I can so I do. At the same time I have fun, so everyone wins.
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post #34 of 39
http://folding.stanford.edu/English/Papers

The papers that F@H has influenced are all linked through there.
 
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post #35 of 39
I voted yes, but I'll qualify that by saying that I did the same thing. Doesn't make it un-crazy.
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post #36 of 39
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Originally Posted by Florida_Dan View Post
You know, I never thought of this. I honestly haven't read any of Pande's papers, so I really don't know. I'm sure you can find at least abstracts online if you're interested; I don't have any idea how or if he credits the army of folders who stand behind his work. I do know that the guy working HIV who identified a drug target (IIRC) at a university up in the Pacific Northwest did credit, as a group, those who participated in his distributed computing project. However that may be apples and oranges.

As I am named, quite explicitly, on a number of papers in various journals, I can't really say that I do this for the credit. To me it's more about pitching in where I can, and putting a purpose to an aspect of my life that I otherwise enjoy. Our efforts add to the general body of knowledge, and someday might actually lead, either directly or indirectly, to something that does someone some real good.

It's basically a "pay it forward" concept; I can so I do. At the same time I have fun, so everyone wins.
Read the credits at the end of the video

Edited by Grandpa_01 - 10/29/11 at 9:19pm
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post #37 of 39
It's certainly not any crazier than giving blood, or tossing some spare change in a fireman's boot, or entertaining the kids at a local children's hospital. Do you enjoy building/tinkering/tweaking your computers? There ya go then. At least with folding you generate some arbitrary number that tells you how much you're contributing, and can view their research papers to see where that contribution is going. Who knows what those Shriners actually do with the money I give them at the intersection, at least with folding I can "see" that I'm actually helping out, indirectly if nothing else.

I'm guessing you don't know anyone with or who has died from some of these diseases they aim to solve? Perspective makes quite a difference.
post #38 of 39
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Who knows what those Shriners actually do with the money I give them at the intersection
if it makes you feel any better, my step-daughter is not spending her life confined to a wheelchair thanks to the Shriners, so thanks for the donations!
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if it makes you feel any better, my step-daughter is not spending her life confined to a wheelchair thanks to the Shriners, so thanks for the donations!
Whoops. My grandfather is actually a Shriner, so clearly I didn't mean to give offense. You get my point, though.
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