Ever wanted to do something good for the world, but would rather sit on your computer chair all day than go out and volunteer or donate money to charities (who end up taking large percentages anyways)? Well, now you can: With the BOINC Manager and the World Community Grid, you can download and install the program, and (at a low priority) it will utilize unused CPU cycles to perform processing and calculations that assist scientists in doing their work to cure diseases such as muscular dystrophy, cancer, and AIDS.
Large distributed network grids such as these are more effective and less costly than using large super computers, by spreading out the processing to be done among thousands, or millions, of computers.
I've been using it so far, and it's pretty good. Since it runs at a low priority, it doesn't hamper any of my activities (though if I needed to, I could suspend processing, or change max CPU usage while the computer is in use or idle).
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If you want to support gaming for a good cause, PM me to donate to Sandbox Gaming's 9th bi-annual 80-hour marathon! More information about the event here.
uh, i'm too lazy to remove any of the above but the marathon's over. it went pretty well
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I took a closer look at the statistics, and noticed that I have performed a disproportional 12 days of processing out of the total 16 days that SMWC has. Looking further, I see that only 5 members have been counted as having done processing. So this either means that computation is either turned off, either due to a bug, manual selection, not running at start-up, or a laptop on batteries, or the statistics have been failed to be reported, due to long term internet disconnection starting as soon as the client was installed, which I doubt.