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Probably a Scam I've seen one in Columbus GA and Atlanta GA searching CL this Month.

http://baarter.com/us/2011/02/free-5770-or-5870-really-this-is-a-scam-peoples-colorado-130-2/
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bar/2218926266.html
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=I+will+pay+you+%24120+5770+Craigslist&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

Edit: Seems to be like 15 of him with his E-Mail either he has A LOT OF Cards or this is a Scam.


From what I can tell, he's not actually giving you a card. He's paying you over time (8 months) to cover the costs of a card that you pay for up front. In return, you run "his" software. I suspect it's BOINC as that runs really well on ATI cards and that he's trying to gain points with cash.
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From what I can tell, he's not actually giving you a card. He's paying you over time (8 months) to cover the costs of a card that you pay for up front. In return, you run "his" software. I suspect it's BOINC as that runs really well on ATI cards and that he's trying to gain points with cash.
Thank you! I love OCN, but the thing that is grating on my nerves more and more are the people that dont read the post, dont know the details then post inflammatory comments based on their own misinformation rather than intelligent discussion. Thank you to you and everyone else in the thread who actually read it, and discussed it.
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anybody have a nonessential pc that they want to do a clean install on and then try this?
Somebody needs to be a guinea pig
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post #44 of 165
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Thank you! I love OCN, but the thing that is grating on my nerves more and more are the people that dont read the post, dont know the details then post inflammatory comments based on their own misinformation rather than intelligent discussion. Thank you to you and everyone else in the thread who actually read it, and discussed it.
Not a problem! From what I read, it seems somewhat believable, but it also seems like a bit of a charity case. Sure, eventually you get the card paid for, but you have to really push the card and pull a lot of juice (which costs most people money). There are a ton of stipulations where the guy could just decide to stop paying you because the sky isn't as blue as it was the day before.
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Looks like a college experiment to see how many fool there are in the area.
    
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post #46 of 165
I got in contact with a J.R. Willett on facebook and asked him to comment on the thread. I guess we'll see if it's the same guy...
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Hi JR. There has been some discussion going on on http://www.facebook.com/l/7651ck-wPa.../overclock.net about a craigslist ad with the name "J.R. Willett" stamped on it at the end. It's about a distributed computing project hiring outsider's GPU time in exchange for payment. Thought you might want to comment on the thread, a lot of people are interested, a few others feel like there is a possibility it's for a botnet. If this isn't related to you please disregard the message, I figured you might be the right guy since you're a software engineer.
This is J.R., I got the message above in Facebook, so I immediately made myself a login here to respond.

Yes, I am paying people to run video cards on my behalf for my distributed computing project. Nearly everyone initially assumes it is some kind of scam - by far my biggest hurdle is overcoming that perception. Some people say that they will run a card for me on a spare PC with no personal information on it (that's what I would do). I do occasionally get people who tell me they'll put my software on their primary PC with no questions asked. I worry about the latter type, but it's not my place to judge their decisions as long as my processing is getting done.

Even those who are willing to run the risk of installing my software have another hurdle to overcome. Everybody wants to know exactly what it is that I am up to before they devote their GPU cycles to it, but I am extremely paranoid about somebody stealing my ideas, so all I say is that it is related to cryptography, and it is not password cracking or anything illegal. Then they have to decide if they are willing to take my word for that.

I do want to correct the original title of this thread. After 8 months the 5770 or 5870 are "free" (electricity costs make it not really free unless you have free electricity), but at $45/month you'd only have $360 towards a $600 5970. If my project keeps going after that point, you might eventually get the full $600, but I'm not making any promises about running for that long.

I did consider buying PCs and video cards for this project (I did buy some, in fact), but I figured why should I buy PCs and pay for electricity when there are college kids in dorm rooms who pay a flat rate for room and board (and electricity), and who already have a PC that they want to get a new video card for? I can cut out the cost of the PC, cut out some or all of the electricity cost, and I can pay for the video card over several months rather than putting up a ton of cash upfront.

My other option was to rent Amazon GPU clusters. If my processing only went for a few hours or days, that would be the obvious choice. However, I need months of processing, and the final cost of renting from Amazon would have been at least an order of magnitude higher.

Obviously I have some hope that my project will eventually be worth some money, or I wouldn't be investing so heavily in the processing. I guess we'll see.

I'm happy to answer any questions you have on this thread, or at my gmail address: jr.willett

Thanks.
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Nice, I didnt expect this to get so big, just a few comments, but since it did I guess it makes it infinitely more helpful that not only do we have our input on it, but the cardholder himself. Nice job Mobius for doing the leg work +rep.
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