Why do we get credit?

Eventual
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It may sound a little silly to some but why do we get credit? I signed up for Einstein@Home just because I had the spare processing time and I thought this was a worthwhile use. I can find a lot of posts about how much credit everyone is getting but I don't really mind because I didn't expect to get anything at all. So what do we use this credit for once we've got it?

Jord
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Why do we get credit?

Nothing but gloat with. Show others how good you are. Credits are just a measurement for doing well on crunching, much alike getting marks for a written paper in school.

Jim Baize
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Purely for the competitive

Purely for the competitive nature of the beast. Just like in any game, some people play just to have fun, regardless of the score. Some people play just to keep healthy and stay in shape, while others play just to win.

In BOINC, you chose the game you want to play (ie what projects you run) and to what level of participation you want to maintain.

Jim

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It may sound a little silly to some but why do we get credit? I signed up for Einstein@Home just because I had the spare processing time and I thought this was a worthwhile use. I can find a lot of posts about how much credit everyone is getting but I don't really mind because I didn't expect to get anything at all. So what do we use this credit for once we've got it?


Jim

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Credit is a way to slow the

Credit is a way to slow the server down so we can keep up with it lolol

gravywavy
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RE: So what do we use this

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So what do we use this credit for once we've got it?

Sadly you cannot redeem the credit for a luxury holiday in the Caribbean!

On SETI@h you can get a certificate to hang on your wall (but you have to print it yourself). Maybe someone will get round to designing one here...

~~gravywavy

Paul D. Buck
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I use it in part to validate

I use it in part to validate that I am doing something more than turning seed into sewage ...

I look at my scores and dream of hitting the next big one ... look at how the various machines work ... I capture the work I have done, put it into a table and ask and get answers to questions, which project is the "best" to be in credit wise (cobblestones per second) ...

Though they cannot compare, *I* know that I did 60,000 SETI@Home classic work units. No cheating, no gimmics, just pure more computers ...

In the BOINC world we measure differently. But, I can point to the signature line and say, yes, I *DID* something for the world. I have to admit, I have a little trouble with the rabidness of many of the SETI@Home folks that only want to do that and how irate they get if there is the slightest interruption ...

I grant you that this is an exploration that needs to be started or I would not be there, but it is hardly life or death... there we goto Predictor@Home which has the potential to make a SERIOUS inroad on some diseases. CPDN, maybe we can prove we have global warming to the point that we get serious about it ... LHC@Home and Einstein@Home, likewise are slightly "useless" except for the fact that non-directed research has ALWAYS had a bigger payoff than directed research ...

When Orbit@Home comes on-line I think that is another one I am going to be REAL interested in ... again ... from a practical stand point ...

j2satx
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RE: I use it in part to

Message 14069 in response to message 14068

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I use it in part to validate that I am doing something more than turning seed into sewage ...

I look at my scores and dream of hitting the next big one ... look at how the various machines work ... I capture the work I have done, put it into a table and ask and get answers to questions, which project is the "best" to be in credit wise (cobblestones per second) ...

Though they cannot compare, *I* know that I did 60,000 SETI@Home classic work units. No cheating, no gimmics, just pure more computers ...

In the BOINC world we measure differently. But, I can point to the signature line and say, yes, I *DID* something for the world. I have to admit, I have a little trouble with the rabidness of many of the SETI@Home folks that only want to do that and how irate they get if there is the slightest interruption ...

I grant you that this is an exploration that needs to be started or I would not be there, but it is hardly life or death... there we goto Predictor@Home which has the potential to make a SERIOUS inroad on some diseases. CPDN, maybe we can prove we have global warming to the point that we get serious about it ... LHC@Home and Einstein@Home, likewise are slightly "useless" except for the fact that non-directed research has ALWAYS had a bigger payoff than directed research ...

When Orbit@Home comes on-line I think that is another one I am going to be REAL interested in ... again ... from a practical stand point ...

Do you include SETI with the "slightly useless"?

Paul D. Buck
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Hmm, well, being a little bit

Hmm, well, being a little bit of a heretic ... yes ...

SETI@Home on the face of it is about as useless of a project as I could imagine ...

except we have to start somewhere ... and this project is doing that ...

Even though the expectation of success is negligible ...

So, as there is not even the chance of a "discovery" like you have with LHC@Home and Einstein@Home, on the practicality meter it pegs down ...

I know people will snarl at this ... but, in reality, it is insane ...

With all THAT said ... I do SETI@Home work too ... you can look and see it in my scores ... but, believe in it ... no ...

j2satx
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RE: Hmm, well, being a

Message 14071 in response to message 14070

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Hmm, well, being a little bit of a heretic ... yes ...

SETI@Home on the face of it is about as useless of a project as I could imagine ...

except we have to start somewhere ... and this project is doing that ...

Even though the expectation of success is negligible ...

So, as there is not even the chance of a "discovery" like you have with LHC@Home and Einstein@Home, on the practicality meter it pegs down ...

I know people will snarl at this ... but, in reality, it is insane ...

With all THAT said ... I do SETI@Home work too ... you can look and see it in my scores ... but, believe in it ... no ...

I agree...........Predictor and Einstein get 90-95% of my computers.

Eventual
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Thank you for your input

Thank you for your input guys. I must admit I have been working my PC hard on the off chance that I would get a free set of stake knives after the first 1000 points but I guess I'll just have to settle for being a little more smug and self-satisfied this week instead!
I appreciate your prompt and thorough responses to my question. And Gravywavy, you will be happy to know I have bought some crayons and glitter and I am well on my way to making my own Einstein@Home certificate. -- Eventual

hih_tv-Greg
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RE: Hmm, well, being a

Message 14073 in response to message 14070

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Hmm, well, being a little bit of a heretic ... yes ...

SETI@Home on the face of it is about as useless of a project as I could imagine ...

except we have to start somewhere ... and this project is doing that ...

Even though the expectation of success is negligible ...

So, as there is not even the chance of a "discovery" like you have with LHC@Home and Einstein@Home, on the practicality meter it pegs down ...

I know people will snarl at this ... but, in reality, it is insane ...

With all THAT said ... I do SETI@Home work too ... you can look and see it in my scores ... but, believe in it ... no ...

Well said Paul.

Greg

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