Re: seti@home WILL NOT WORK
Thu, 8 Jul 1999 05:38:43 -0700 (PDT) wrote:
>I can't believe this. I looked and there are 35 people that
>have been hoodwinked into this effort (not that RC5 seems
>that much more justifiable), but at least RC5 is guaranteed
>to produce a result (if it gets enough computers/time), while
>SETI@HOME never will.

Indeed. As an almost complete non-believer in extraterrestrial intelligence, I have little doubt that seti@home will find absolutely no signals from them. However, until we look we can't be sure; perhaps we've been lucky (or unlucky!) enough to reach this level within a few decades of a similar society a few tens of light years away and will find them, but if not we'll at least know that there's no-one at that level out there at this time. That is, of itself, a worthwhile justification for running the software on one of my PCs rather than yet another crypto-crack.