Seems to me like we gotta stop folding 5 months before the competition in order to get a really low points required for a chimp point and then turn all folding machines back on during the competition itself!
What is interesting to see is that the two big point producers (OCN & EVGA) are so far apart in chimp points. Also, even with the handicap, we are in 2nd. place (as of this posting) regardless. In total folding points we are second. In total points per update we just edged out EVGA. Seems to me like we are doing good. Period.
Do the small guys have an advantage? Seems so. No denying that. BUT... that is due to a rule (not controlled by us) and we are STILL holding our own! Don't loose sight of that. I am sure that if we were winning everyone else would be complaining out of their teeth to no end. So, is the system perfect? Nope. But I think this challenge will serve a good purpose in looking for a better method of balancing things out somehow for future challenges.
All I can say is hey... give it your all. Not one step backwards. No retreat. No surrender. Forget the Chimp Points. Look at the real work being done which IMHO is the total folding points and the points per update being done. Those do not lie about our capability to fold and produce huge numbers.
Sorry if I sound like I am ranting or something. I am really not... just throwing my point of view out there. I was taught one very important lesson once. "In order to enjoy victory, you need to know the taste defeat." - Funny thing is, I think we've won when it come to looking at the actual work being done.