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post #21 of 34
Is it just me, or does it say "Spare CPU Cycles." What if the companies aren't using your spare CPU cycles for folding? Why are you all saying that you are going to get paid for folding? When your PC is folding, those CPU cycles aren't spare anymore. It sounds like you have to sacrifice folding for making money to me.
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I wonder if you'd ever see like, a graphics house using distributing computing for rendering? I'd bet not. They would probably prefer the security of doing it all themselves. Someone like an independent filmmaker might be willing to take the risk though.

Neat idea, we'll see where it goes.
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"Why are you so pessimistic about this?" I would really like to know why everyone on here is soo optimistic about a couple cents. Just wait till someone bored with some money uses it to send all the lazy people some new virus through the program. LOL
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this is a great idea..im just kinda worried about the electricity bills though, im wondering how its going to work out..i mean if im profitting from leaving my computer on, im definitely doing it but if the amount they are paying me is actually less than how much being charged hourly for my electricity bill then its defintely not worth it
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i say who gives a ****.....someone make a big freakin computer and rent it out to ppl...job done...no more wasted internet space...
 
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Originally Posted by night_kidd View Post
this is a great idea..im just kinda worried about the electricity bills though, im wondering how its going to work out..i mean if im profitting from leaving my computer on, im definitely doing it but if the amount they are paying me is actually less than how much being charged hourly for my electricity bill then its defintely not worth it
if you computer uses 200w per hour and your energy bill is $0.10 kilowwatt/hr than you would break even. If your box uses less, you'd make money, if your energy is higher, you'd probably lose money.
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The government will be jacking this program to have "us" all "folding" to create the next super-atomic weapon.

Just think, you could have anyone's cpu 'thinking' about anything.......processing the 32billion digit encryption code of the 1st national bank, running wargame simulations, or even developing new viral strains....

Paid to have someone
hi-jack' your cpu....sounds like it could be dangerous to me. Think of the kind of processing power terrorists could have if they were able to "harness" this....YIKES
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Never thought of that haha
    
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Quote:
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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.
thats how us italians roll!
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post #30 of 34
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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?
Yep, the likelihood is that you'd be paying more for the electricity, than you would be being paid for your CPU cycles. Still, there might be a way to make profit from it. For example, if you ran your PC using electricity generated from domestic solar panels and/or wind turbines, aside from your initial investment, your electricity would be, essentially, free, so potentially a profit could be made. If you already had solar/wind power installed in your home, that had already paid for it's self by saving you the cost of buying electricty over time, you'd already be able to cash in.

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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 >
Yes, this is a good point. If you get paid per/hour, what would be the incentive to use a fast CPU that could do more work p/hour? You'd have to be paid per Work Unit completed, or something like that, otherwise, as you said, everybody would be running lots of really old hardware and getting very little work done, but still making the money p/hour...

It's a good concept. I hope it works out. I'd be interested to see how it develops.

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