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Maybe you could strike a deal that at least allows you to fold for the fold-a-thons? You could pay them for the bill you used afterwards... maybe it would come to a reasonable compromise that isn't "wasting your money" by your parents standards...
This, too. I mostly concentrate on the foldathons, because "computer power competition" is acceptable to them, especially since most last less than a week. It really works out fine for me, and likely many more here on OCN.
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Yeah kids or anyone still living with their parents, you have to understand that if you want to fold, you gotta pay part of the electricity bill. And if your parents tell you that they don't want you to waste your money on that, either try to convince them or forget it.
EDIT: I had missed a few posts while writing that, you've tried everything it seems. Yeah really, if you can get your parents to understand how beneficial it can be and that you agree to pay for it, maybe they'll accept. The sad part is, living under their roof, they have authority and the final say in anything.
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This is so sad! Everyone I tell about folding always just looks at me funny, when it's so simple and it's helping so much! Some people just aren't for the greater good I suppose (in this sense anyway, I'm sure they are in other ways.). Hopefully you can start folding when you get to college (if you aren't already...)

Maybe you could strike a deal that at least allows you to fold for the fold-a-thons? You could pay them for the bill you used afterwards... maybe it would come to a reasonable compromise that isn't "wasting your money" by your parents standards...
I'm almost certainly going to be able to fold during the foldathons, sure, it's a constant 250w power draw, but at the end of the day that's only like a buck or so for the duration of the foldathon. So if I toss them $5 they'll probably let me
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Well MMX looks like you have tried all avenues. Sorry to lose you, you were a big help with me getting started, along with Z. Don't be a stranger, maybe just stick with GPU folding and downclock the i7. Do it when you are home?
They've said no folding on the sig rig, even when I'm using it. The laptop they're OK with because FAH uses only 10w more on it
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I'm almost certainly going to be able to fold during the foldathons, sure, it's a constant 250w power draw, but at the end of the day that's only like a buck or so for the duration of the foldathon. So if I toss them $5 they'll probably let me


They've said no folding on the sig rig, even when I'm using it. The laptop they're OK with because FAH uses only 10w more on it
When will you be headed to college? I don't believe they can charge you for electricity there. (Well, at least the one's I've visited said they won't...)
    
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post #25 of 79
just wait until you move out... i dont really think you should get job just to fold... i folded for a little while until my parents complained, just get someone else folding or maybe 2 more people then it will be like you never dropped out of the race !
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They've said no folding on the sig rig, even when I'm using it. The laptop they're OK with because FAH uses only 10w more on it
Wow, well I'm all out of ideas. Man they are set on this! I wish I had more to offer.
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post #27 of 79
Perhaps invest in power friendly Folding? You can sell your current folding gear, and get something like an EVGA SR2 with two hexa core Xeon chips inside. OC it a bit, and let it fold away.

Put some random GPU inside and let it idle, and you got yourself at least 40K PPD (depending on clock speed), with a total power consumption of what...300W tops.

Once your parents allow you to fold hardcore once more, get 4 GTX 485's inside.

If they can pinpoint high electricity bills at two low TDP Xeon chips...then I have nothing to say.



(Just throwing out alternative ideas)
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Just be careful w/ the laptop, they can overheat like the dickens, and it'd be alot cheaper for your folks to let you fold on your sig rig than to shell out the money for a new laptop when that one melts its face off.. Those things run almost as hot as Fermis! (See what I did there?)
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Zodac get's like this every time we lose a folder..
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