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Old October 30, 2009, 06:30 AM
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Hey guys,

I have to do an oral presentation for my 'globalization' class in Cegep and I choose as my subject to talk about programs such as Folding @ Home, Rosetta @ Home, World Community Grid and BOINC.

After showing my preparation plan to my teacher, he said the technical aspect was quite nice, tho there's some little things that could be add such has;

1- Why peoples participate in such projects?

2- How many peoples participate in such projects?

3- When the WUs we've been working on are used by the scientific community, do we get any sort of credit on these researches?

4- Is there such projects that doesnt operate for the greater good of humanity (to destroy humanity)?

5- Where it all begin? What was the first project to see the day? Who had the idea?

No need to answer all these, tho I'd really like if all of you folders could answer the first one!

As for myself, when I heard there were such things existing to fight against cancer, I totally wanted to participate knowing my mother had to fight 2 of those nasty illness. She's fine now tho, no more cancer, but she's stuck with another rare kind of illness for the rest of her life that I don't remember the name tho...permanant pain in bones and muscles, short term memory loss, and some other effects that I'd have to ask her about, makes her feel like a 70+ years old when she's only 46. So I do it for my mother mostly.

What are your reasons?

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Old October 30, 2009, 06:47 AM
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1. What happened to him? & Starting May 14th , HWC's Tribute to Pete_Scout.
2. Not people, but CPUs: Folding@home - Stats. And Folding@home - Maps.
3. See Folding@home - FAQ-Diseases.
4. Hope not.
5. SoulTribunal may help you with this one. PM him. And Folding@home - FAQ.
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Old October 30, 2009, 07:29 AM
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Folding was originally done in the 70s with scanned pictures of proteins , put side by side, and a special set of Occular devices designed to 'fold' the protiens into each other when you looked through them.
One of the Chemists here at my work was one of the first in Canada to Fold Protiens this way.

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I am not utterly knowledgeable about all this concept, but I can at least say why I fold. Nobody I know died from Cancer or from a known disease, nobody I know is afflicted by it nor has been.

I just fold because I want to do the right thing for the good of humanity, to help prevent or cure those illness. I also hope that folding will help someone I know who might get such disease in the future.
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pete scout rings a bell..hmm...
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Old October 30, 2009, 10:34 AM
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I am not utterly knowledgeable about all this concept, but I can at least say why I fold. Nobody I know died from Cancer or from a known disease, nobody I know is afflicted by it nor has been.

I just fold because I want to do the right thing for the good of humanity, to help prevent or cure those illness. I also hope that folding will help someone I know who might get such disease in the future.
That is at least as good of a reason as any I've heard, or even experienced first hand. I've lost a foot, gallbladder, one kidney, and a spleen, all due to preventable things. Well, things that are preventable and/or treatable now, but weren't many years ago when they first struck me and others like me. That's just one more reason why I fold, to advance that early detection and prevention phase.
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I feel better knowing my $2k gaming machine is actually doing something useful and helpful for the rest of humanity.
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1- Why peoples participate in such projects?

2- How many peoples participate in such projects?

3- When the WUs we've been working on are used by the scientific community, do we get any sort of credit on these researches?

4- Is there such projects that doesnt operate for the greater good of humanity (to destroy humanity)?

5- Where it all begin? What was the first project to see the day? Who had the idea?
1. Help find a cure to cancer and other serious diseases. I also donate, participate in walks, etc. so this is one aspect of my support. I also enjoy using my hardware for something strenuous as I don't play games anymore. There is also a community aspect to it as you join a team, help folks, etc.

2. I don't know. Thousands/Tens of thousands.

3. As far as I can see, the community gets credit.

4. I doubt it.

5. I don't know.
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1- Why peoples participate in such projects?

People fold for a variety of reasons. As for myself, I'm in the "might as well put my spare PC power into use", although the competitive nature of FAH does help a fair bit as well.

3- When the WUs we've been working on are used by the scientific community, do we get any sort of credit on these researches?

From what I've seen, the scientific community releases papers based solely on data drawn from Folding.

4- Is there such projects that doesnt operate for the greater good of humanity (to destroy humanity)?

Not generally thought of as such, but I suppose botnets used by hackers could be considered a form of distributed computing.

5- Where it all begin? What was the first project to see the day? Who had the idea?

The first mainstream Distributed Computing client I can remember hitting the street would be SETI@Home.
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Thanks alot guys, all of this will be of great help
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