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An Italian programmer has launched a service that may eventually pay PC users who rent out their systems to supercomputer-like distributed computing projects.

CPUShare is the brainchild of Andrea Arcangeli, a Linux developer. "CPUShare allows home users to profit from the significant power of their hardware that otherwise would be wasted every day," Arcangeli said on his Web site.

Distributed computing efforts that use consumer and business PCs is nothing new, and have included projects that corral thousands of computers to search for extraterrestrial radio signals (SETI@home) and ones that use a much smaller number of PCs to crack 60-year-old German Enigma ciphers. But the idea of assembling a network of machines, then charging clients to use it, is new.

In the CPUShare system, sellers will post asking bids on how much they want for their spare processor cycles, while buyers will put out bids on what they'll pay. Currently, Arcangeli is testing the system with virtual money called "CPUCoins," although several real money sellers' bids have been listed at 2 Euro cents per hour. No buyers have logged bids, however.

The CPUShare client software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and can be downloaded from Arcangeli's Web site.
Source: TechWeb

I was positive this was posted before, or at least discussed before now, but my searches aren't showing anything. So, here's an update.
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post #2 of 34
could you Imagen being paid to fold ...
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It's not a bad idea. Finally getting paid back for the power I'm using to keep these on .
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It's not a bad idea. Finally getting paid back for the power I'm using to keep these on .
If folding were to pay for itself, I'd probably manage to fold much more more (from 2-4 hours a day to 12-24 hours a day)

It's definitely not a bad idea...


Not to mention I can make money folding while I'm using the computer anyways (ie: games, internet, etc.)
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I'd do it! $.50 a day is like $180 a year.
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I would definitely do this..
    
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Sure, you're getting paid...but they're still getting a bargain. Ever noticed that it's more than 2 cents an hour for your power? lol. Or that this computing might not really benefit anyone?
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ok, they should pay you for accomplishments, not time. it's not too fair if someone with a 200mhz processor is getting the same amount of money as someone with a 4ghz processor!

of if it works the hourly way, i will hook up all my old machines and make $2.50 a day >
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Sure, you're getting paid...but they're still getting a bargain. Ever noticed that it's more than 2 cents an hour for your power? lol. Or that this computing might not really benefit anyone?
I'd rather get 1 cent per hour for power than 0, since I fold anyways. This won't necessarily become an income-producing idea, but rather might at least pay for part of the cost for those who already fold.
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Sure, you're getting paid...but they're still getting a bargain. Ever noticed that it's more than 2 cents an hour for your power? lol. Or that this computing might not really benefit anyone?
True, but many of us are folding anyways, so lets get paid for it!
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