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john galbraith

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[email protected] needs your help. But before we tell you why - and how you can
help - Dan and I would like to thank you for your role in the [email protected]
success story.

We would first like to thank you for your participation in [email protected]
(http://setiathome.berkeley.edu). During the first [email protected] project you
personally assisted us by searching for extraterrestrial signals in 1653
data chunks and providing 1.476 years of computing time. We want you to
know we appreciate your efforts and the efforts of the other 5.4 million
volunteers who have donated over 2.4 million years of processing time.
When we started, people thought our projection of 100,000 users to be
overly optimistic! You helped us prove that public participation in
scientific computing could work. You also helped us to see that this type
of community effort deserved to be more common. That's why we developed
the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing or BOINC. BOINC has
the benefit of allowing our volunteers the option of sharing their
processing power with other worthy projects in addition to [email protected]
These projects range from looking for gravitational waves to searching for
cures to diseases.

But all these successes are just a beginning. If you have not visited the
[email protected] website recently, we have successfully transitioned to operating
under BOINC. Because of this, new searches are on the horizon for
[email protected] We are releasing a new version of our processing software that
increases the sensitivity of our search by a factor of two or more. We are
building and installing a new data recorder at Arecibo. This data recorder
operates in conjunction with a newly installed receiver that has the
capability to observe seven places on the sky simultaneously. It also
increases our sensitivity by another factor of five. These increases in
sensitivity mean that [email protected] will have capability of detecting signals
that are three times more distant than we could before. The region of
space we can search will expand by a factor of thirty. That's thirty times
the chance that your computer will detect that faint signal from another
star.

This increase in capability isn't without cost. Following the "dot com"
bust, the commercial support that kept [email protected] running has largely
disappeared. Because of this loss of support, we can no longer count on
matching funds from the University of California. We are rapidly
approaching the end of what funds we do have. We we will need to raise
about $750,000 to pay for these new capabilities and to keep [email protected]
operating for the next year. Without this support [email protected] may be forced
to shut down (http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/sah_budget.php).

We hope that you will consider making a donation to [email protected]
(http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/donate.php). You can make a secure
donation by credit card by clicking this link. Instructions for donation
by check or money order are there as well. Unless you specify otherwise,
your donation will be noted by a star icon next to your username on the
[email protected] pages and your username will appear on our list of donors. If
you do not wish to have this recognition you may indicate that as well.
Please be assured that regardless of whether or not you choose to have
your donation be anonymous, [email protected] will not share your address with
other organizations.

You can check on our fundraising progress by visiting our main site at
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu

Thank You,

  Sir Arthur C. Clarke (Author and Futurist)
  Dan Werthimer (Chief Scientist, [email protected])

For more information about how to donate:
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/donate.php
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Things must be tough if they have to get A.C. Clarke to shill for them.
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Things must be tough if they have to get A.C. Clarke to shill for them.

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i think vaio mentioned receiving something like that at his team forum, too...
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phicks

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I got one a few days ago.  Tongue
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jan649

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I got the same thing last month - after NOT crunching there for over 3 years. seems strange to me that they are able to send a email to ALL their old members - but that the uder place cant(wont). I posted a copy of the letter in 'udder nonsense' and orbi deleted it and sent me a pm saying solicitation is not allowed Shock sent a reply saying that i didnt even think of that - just thought it strange that i received it after 3 years.

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TLD

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Yep got 1 a couple weeks ago haven't crunched there for years.
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I crunched SETI Classic right up till the end.

I never got one. Guess they don't like me.  Cry
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Got another email from SETI today.  They're trying to raise $540K from members for the new years operating budget.  They claim that member donations are their sole source of funding.  Wonder what happened to the corporate sponsors.  A strong dose of reality, perhaps? Thinking  lol
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Tracked the aliens to a mosque in Helmand province and don't need SETI anymore Devil
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John I got one this morning as well.   Huh?
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jan649

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I got mine this morning Thumbs Up  rofl
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Begging smap!  Sad
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 Dear TLD:

We'd like to invite you to reconnect with [email protected] Our records show that you've been with [email protected] since 30 May 1999, but it's been 421 days since you last returned a work unit. We want you back, and here's why:

These are exciting times for [email protected] Last year we implemented a new [email protected] data recorder at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. This recorder is attached to a state-of-the-art multibeam receiver, so we can now measure signals from 7 positions on the sky at once, with greater sensitivity to weak signals compared to the data from the flat feed antenna we've used since 1999. We've greatly increased the sensitivity of our data analysis, and the likelihood that we'll find the first signs of extraterrestrial life. We're also close to releasing a second application, Astropulse, which will look for extremely short pulses of astronomical (and possibly intelligent) origin.

With these new developments comes an increase in required computing power, for which we depend on people like you. We hope you will consider signing back on with [email protected], and help in this wonderful scientific venture.

If you experienced problems running [email protected], please try any of the resources listed at: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/sah_help.php including the new BOINC Online Help System which lets you talk live, over the Internet, with a help volunteer: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/help.php

We thank you for your involvement in [email protected], and hope that you rejoin us in our search for signals from other worlds.

-- The [email protected] team 


Things must be tough at Seti..
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And we still wont see ET till he drops in for beer and BBQ..

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 rofl yep..
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 Doh
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john galbraith

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Got the same one the other day.  I wasn't moved. Grin
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Ghost Plane

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Guess my e-mail changed in the intervening years Thinking
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Let's see....  I think my email addy has changed like 4 times since I did anything for SETI..

Guess I won't be receiving a copy of that there letter..  rofl
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john galbraith

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So it would be easier for them to find ET than you I s'pose. lol
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Most likely.    rofl
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 Shocked
I have not received one yet (last 2 I did get)
I feel very dejected and left out  Sad
 Thinking think I will go sit in the corner and pout
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Probably more productive than rejoining rofl
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Let's see....  I think my email addy has changed like 4 times since I did anything for SETI..

Guess I won't be receiving a copy of that there letter..  rofl

i'm  Fing and boring , still have the same Email addy as always for forums and DC projects. ISP Email addy has only changed once in 19 years
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19 years is a long time... Thinking


i tried to keep up with my first primary email address....it was a hotmail address that liked to attract every piece of spam in the world.  i gave up on it when i ran out of room on my "blocked address" list. lol
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I ran outta space on my block list more than once...  Usually was safe to clear the oldest 50 or so on the list as by then they were either dead, or blocked at the ISP level and didn't need to be on my list.  lol
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19 years is a long time... Thinking


typo, 13 years
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I've changed ISP twice since I was there last, so I don't think I'll be getting a letter either, gosh darn it.  Whistle
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