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Old 11-16-04, 08:38 PM
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ADMIN'S NOTE: WE HAVE CREATED AN ADD FORUMS TEAM AT THE SITE LISTED BELOW, TO HELP FIND THE CURE FOR CANCER AND OTHER DISEASES!

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Original Article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11..._op_computing/

By Lucy Sherriff
Published Tuesday 16th November 2004 17:30 GMT

Computer users are being asked to donate their unused processor power to help solve social and environmental research problems. The IBM-backed project, called World Community Grid, aims to put the untapped processing power of millions of unused computers into use; crunching numbers for scientists working to understand diseases like HIV, Alzheimer's and cancer, to improve forecasting of natural disasters and to support environmental studies.

The first project that will benefit is the Human Proteome Folding Project. This is working to identify the components of the Human Proteome, a key step in developing cures for diseases like malaria and tuberculosis.

Like the Seti@Home project which inspired it, volunteers on the World Community Grid will download software to their computer to tackle these computationally intensive research problems. According to reports, IBM has lent the project its backing to provide a measure of respectability, and allay corporate concerns about the security of downloading such software.

Linda Sanford, an IBM executive vice president, told Reuters: "We are looking for the individual, not the institution, per se, to contribute. (Companies) will let their employees know when they can participate." She said that the project gave people an opportunity to contribute to a good cause without having to fork over hard-earned cash, adding: "Not everyone can contribute with dollars."

The project has been designed to handle around 10m volunteer machines. IBM has donated hardware, software, and tech support services to the project. For details of how to sign up, go here.

ADMIN'S NOTE: This project to cure cancer, uses your computer's idle time (when you're not using it) to help with the mathematical calculations needed to identify a cure for cancer. For more information, please go to http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/te...Id=C55XNJBR9N1 Once you've downloaded the software, run it, and create an account for yourself. All it does is run in the background. Its that simple!
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Old 11-16-04, 09:17 PM
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I've already downloaded the software and have 3 computers running it as we speak Looking forward to seeing all of you participate (it costs you nothing) in this worthy cause!
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Old 11-17-04, 12:20 AM
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Awesome, Bigster.......am going there now!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-17-04, 12:32 AM
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Hehe I am online all the time.....should have cure by end of the week
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Old 11-17-04, 01:59 AM
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I would, but I'm already participating in folding@home... a similar project run by Stanford University, which also has a Linux client.
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count me in - i just installed the program and joined our team!
(shouldn't those of us who're on the team have a ribbon - "gots to have them ribbons!"?) to promote the project?

*please*, *please* can i have a pink ribbon next to my name at the forums?!
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That's an EXCELLENT idea Not sure it will be pink...but I'll get right on that
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I go to the website link, click on join now........then download right??

This program will not mess with any other programs running, will it?
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Nope, program will not mess with anything else. You download the program and double-click on it. It will ask yo to pick a user ID and a password.....that's it You even get a neat looking screensaver showing your progress/contribution).
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okay, thanks Big. I just downloaded it
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Can my computer get sick thru the website? And I'll have to ask Doug if I can download anything last time I did without permmission I downloaded something that fried our computer. Though, I find it hard to believe he could resist me and my charms *giggles* and we have been thru this scare twice already praying the third is not the charm.
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I can only speak from my experience...all 3 computers are humming along without a hitch
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