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I once folded for AMDMB (now PCPer) on my old Athlon XP machine. After I upgraded to a Socket 939 platform and overclocked my CPU I was no longer able to fold without making the fans too loud. The same was the case with my current sig rig and my 4850 had an undersized reference cooler. I've since upgraded the cooler on that GPU and will commence folding again after I move my machine back to school tomorrow.

I don't pay for utilities at school and my GPU is idle most of the time anyways. Why not do something useful with those wasted cycles?

People with ignorant attitudes in this thread will be ignored. I don't want to hear it.
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Z has explained much of the research reasons, even if that does not interest you there is other reasons members of OCN decide to fold.

Many enjoy competing against other members in gaining the most points and being above each other in rank. It also gives them a chance to experiment with new builds and OS tweaking for best performance for the best points in a day.

While they learn what is best to have they can then use it for the monthly Foldathons and occasional events. Our last event excluding the Foldathon was the Folding Forum War, and was a big success in increasing our overall team's points. Which is great when we are competing against other forums.

Also OCN awards you with a postbit & badges for your accomplishments, and members like to show it off.
Oh did I mention random prizes for so called events.

And if none of that interest you, then the community alone is more than enough for some.


My reason?
Everything I mentioned and to help research move along for personal reasons...
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What got me started? I bought some hardware for work for a single project... got that sorted out and I had a couple spare CPUs. Then I learn about folding... Mom died of cancer, dad of complications to life after Alzheimer's, grandma from cancer, and about everyone on mom's side of the family. Dad's side was too crazy to find out more... So I started up.

It was the Folding Forum community and the PPDz that got me addicted.

Now, I made my work fold. When I've got some spare time, I'm going to promote within my industry as doing some good for humanity.

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I do it to advance my rank, primarily. The competitive nature of it is enjoyable.
I bought that GTS from you ... and back in November, I never thought I'd be a points millionaire. I was really surprised when I saw you on the ranking stats so close to me... How'd that happen? (addiction...)

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i do it so i can have OCN postbits and in another 2-3 weeks a 1 mil point badge
Yup. And congrats. I'm hoping for the 2mill badge soon...

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i fold 24k PPD BEAT THAT!
Heheheheh.



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Don't understand how folding can be related to a e-peen though, thats more along the lines of benchmarking lol.
Heheh, you haven't spent enough time clickety clicking on the EOC team page... or sort by 24hr average.

imho, folding e-peen is more friendly competitive than benchmarking. Everyone lusts for Deeeeb's and Extreme Newbie's 200k PPD, but it's a healthy respectful lust.

I want to get over 100k PPD... but need to chill out on the $ spendage for a little while.
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Good point

It is and will earn an infraction for ANYONE that treads outside the OP's question

This is about "Why do people fold" and NOT about anything else so either get on board with an appropriate reply or DO NOT reply!!!
Any thread is bound to get abit off topic, especially if/when there is debate. I know this is not the "Why I don't Fold anymore" thread, but people should be allowed to have their respectful say.

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"Folding is a waste of energy" is an opinion. "Folding doesn't have any results" is not, because there's irrefutable evidence that it in fact has produced results. Those research papers and the research done using F@H results exist.

Therefore, it is a fact that Folding @ Home has helped and has produced results.
I never said Folding had NO results. I'm sure the amount of data is incredible. I doubt its practicallity and believe the resources can be put to better use.
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Happiness.
Thats low.....
post #76 of 133
/me also wonders why this thread is in nvidia section?
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I never said Folding had NO results. I'm sure the amount of data is incredible. I doubt its practicallity and believe the resources can be put to better use.
How so? Protein folding is an integral yet very little understood part of molecular biology. Every organism depends on proteins to survive and yet we practically do not have any existing models of the protein folding itself. It's a highly complex interaction of hydrophobic, hydrophilic, and electron charge-based interactions and isn't as simple as most people would like to believe. Then there's the fact that many diseases affecting primarily elders, including Alzheimers and Parkinson's, as well as genetic diseases like Huntington's, are all affected by misfolding proteins. Even as little as one misfolded protein is enough to cause aggregates to form and cause correctly-folded proteins to be misfolded, leading to the crippling diseases you see.

A model of protein folding could help us better understand folding and from there, help us figure out a cure where we could "chaperone" misfolded proteins into their proper conformations or even learn how to prevent misfolding from occurring, esp in those with a genetic disposition to do so.

It's an extremely subtle science, but anyone in biomedical research or molecular/cellular biology will tell you this is an astounding step forward. Many people, esp those outside the upper echelons of biology won't understand the significance of Folding @ Home but that's not to say that the significance isn't there.
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it is a spaceheater and cancer curer, thats why folding is good
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I fold for the lols
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It's major fallacy to assume pharmaceutical companies want to cure cancer.

Treating the symptoms makes more profit than curing the disease.
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