Originally Posted by ihatelolcats
My reason is very simple. Allow me to explain.
While every other project I know of actually computes useful information or at least tests new ideas, Donate just generates cash. And the ratio of electricity cost to money donated may actually be less than one now, but that's beside the point. Other projects would not be able to acquire supercomputers if volunteers just donated money instead of crunching, I doubt they could even pay the cooling cost. But Donate would do just as well if you wrote them a check. It is a waste of assets and a waste of electricity. By existing as a boinc project it is robbing worthwhile projects of computing power. If you want to mine bitcoins to generate money, that's fine. But there is no reason for Donate to exist, and I believe it is on the whole harmful to the boinc community of projects.
I'm sure this will make some people angry but this is what I think. Sorry if it offends you. Thanks for reading and I look forward to your responses.
You know something? I thought LONG and HARD about this and had mixed feelings...
You have a "Password and Hash Hacking" project... DistrRTgen... You have the statistics project WUProp that only records what projects you run... You have DONATE which is a sideways method of getting $$$ donations to help fund the BIGger project... You have PrimeGrid that like prime numbers 250K long... Good grief...
Well, thing is, if we attach "our" MORAL values on what is good and what isn't in BOINC method or practice, then we fight a war between religions in a way... arguing like Sunnis vs. Shiites or Christians vs. Jews. Heck, we start arguing how people teach things or run fund raisers, then all hell can break loose. I prefer to celebrate the diversity of the human race and will defend individuals rights to express themselves "legally" and "politely" to the maximum extent.
WE OCN BOINCers are individuals with opinions and morals and other things that fill out our fleshy selves and it's ALL GOOD so long as you aren't hurting others IMHO...
Soo, though "I" or someone else may DISLIKE a projects methods to achieve a goal, so long as it's legal and doesn't hurt others, I say go for it. If it's a waste of assets in someone else's eyes, then that's the way it is. (Just so's ya know, Donate left a bad taste in my BOINC mouth at first as well...)
AND, the biggest thing is, WE have full power of choice to support or not support ANY BOINC project
and that's the BEST part.