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MTB Babe
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Icon 14 posted November 12, 2008 15:06      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
After several years, I have finally bought a computer of my own. It's a really cheap Dell (I would prefer a Mac but can't afford it). It's green (my favorite color). Of course, just as with my old Mac Powerbook from ages ago, one of the first things I wanted to install was SETI @ Home. However, I discovered that SETI is available these days through an entity called BOINC, and there is an array of projects to choose from. So instead of searching for aliens, I'm analyzing lil protein thingies via [email protected] for the betterment of humanity [Razz]
Does anyone else here run a BOINC project on their computer? Which project have you chosen and why?

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Cap'n Vic

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Icon 1 posted November 12, 2008 16:36      Profile for Cap'n Vic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hey MTB! Good to see you(r) back(end) [Applause]

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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted November 12, 2008 18:25      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
No BOINC projects runninghere though I sort of feeling irresponsible for not running Rosetta.

But...a couple years ago someone came to give us a seminar and she showed us some of the Rosetta @ home results (yes, people ARE looking). Imagine a protein as a single wire with stuff jutting out the sides and the wire's all twisted. If you just look at the protein backbones their predicted structures matched up very nicely with the reality. Add in the side chains and something like 7 out of 5,000 solutions were correct. So the wire is right but the extra crap isn't. They've tweaked the algorithm since but I'm not sure if their luck's improved. I'm not waiting for it to improve either. As long as the modelers can't make a prediction worth a damn I have a job. [Razz]

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The real Stealth
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Icon 1 posted November 17, 2008 11:39      Profile for The real Stealth   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was running Rosetta, SETI, LHC, and a couple of others but due to a current crappy setup I have had to put that on hold.

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MTB Babe
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Icon 1 posted November 18, 2008 18:10      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hmm.. I'm wondering what the real benefits are to running it. After Xanthine's post and other reviews I've seen online, I'm not sure if it's worth the dedication on my lil laptop [ohwell]

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