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- From: "Caldwell, Stan" <scaldwell(--nospam--at)halff.com>
- Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 10:19:20 -0500
There is a great new free screensaver that you should be aware of, SETI@home. More than 876,000 people in 223 countries are currently using it in an organized effort to search for signs of extraterrestrial life. This is being sponsored by the Planetary Society, and is coordinated by UC-Berkeley. When your computer is idle, the screensaver automatically downloads a small (700K) packet of space noise data from a server at Berkeley. It then takes this time-domain data and processes it in the frequency domain with fast fourier transforms to look for sounds emitted by intelligent life. When the analysis is finished (every couple of days), the results are automatically sent to Berkeley and a new data packet is downloaded. You will be notified by email if your computer is the one that finds ET. While the screensaver runs, the results are displayed both in text and in colorful graphs. Pretty cool! You can get SETI@home at http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu. Best Regards, Stan Caldwell, P.E., F.ASCE Still searching for signs of intelligent life!
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