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article imageSETI@Home Finally Finds Something

By Mark Fleser     Feb 21, 2007 in Technology
SETI@home is a distributed processing client from UC Berkeley that installs on the vounteers' home computers and harnesses their processing power in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence."
It didn't find any extraterrestrial life, if found the stolen laptop of the wife of one of the volunteers that had the installed.
"After a subpoena to a local Internet provider, police determined the real-world address where the stolen laptop was logging on. Within days, officers seized the computer and returned it. No one had been arrested as of Wednesday and the case remains under investigation, said Lt. Amelia Huffman of the Minneapolis Police Department."
I don't really see the practicality of the SETI project in the first place, it seems like the sheer logistics of distributing the tasks to the individual computers would take more computing power than to just do it all in one big supercomputer on top of that there's the slowness of transferring data over the internet.
You may get free security out of it though. It may just help you to find a stolen laptop, but I wouldn't trust it.
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