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Roger . . . 

It does sound fantastic, but . . . 

It is not as farfetched as it appears.  I know of one organization that does
this already with thousands of home computers.  I believe that NASA has a
network of private/home based micro-computers doing some number crunching
for them of deep-space radio signals.  Check with your local planetarium,
and ask the curator about "Project SETI".  This project has been in
existence for at least two years.  You receive a free copy of the software
from NASA, which works as a screen saver on your computer.  In a background
operation, it scans a data file for specific signal patterns.  Once scanning
is finished it returns the results via the InterNET, and receives a new data
file to process.  Maybe someone who knows more about "Project SETI" can
provide some other insights on this subject.

Now to get back to the subject of this newsgroup . . . I wonder if someone
can come up with some Finite Element Analysis shareware/freeware that could
utilize the power of InterNET networked microcomputers in a similar fashion
to Project SETI or Juno . . . Hint . . . Hint . . . Hint . . . 

Sorry for this.  But my company, specifically the Information Technology
Department, does not think that engineers need any design or analysis
software to do their job.  Go figure - an engineering company which is not
allowed (by ISG/IT staff) to use engineering software.  By the way, our IT
staff are very paranoid about any software which is outside their "standard"
issued configuration.  Under these rules, for example AutoCAD is not
permitted for general use.  You need approval signatures all the way up to
the Chairman of the Board, and only then they may allow you to use AutoCAD
LT.  That's why I am always looking for engineering shareware/freeware,
specifically simple structural (R.C., etc.) software, such as ultimate
bending capacity of a single/double reinforced concrete member.  Just a
thought . . . 

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		From: Roger Turk <73527.1356(--nospam--at)
<mailto:73527.1356(--nospam--at)> >
		Subject: OT - Juno News Article
		To: SEAOC Listservice <seaint(--nospam--at)
<mailto:seaint(--nospam--at)> >

		In this morning's newspaper there was a story that Juno is
		subscribers to leave their computers on 24-hours a day so
that Juno can use 
		the computer when the subscriber isn't.  It was described as
		something similar to a screen saver.

		Is this a big Juno joke? Today is February 5, 2001, not
April 1st (April 
		Fool's Day) or did the paper run the story almost two months

		Any Juno subscribers:  Did you get a message from Juno
modifying your 
		subscriber agreement?

		Roger Turk
		Tucson, Arizona  USA