[RC5] d.net / seti

Filipe Joel Almeida fja at mail.nbporto.novabase.pt
Mon Dec 6 09:12:37 EST 1999

> I'm sure it's true that a lot of SETIists are attracted to
> the graphics, but
> I am also sure that another major reason why so many are
> attracted to the
> project is because it is SETI ... ooo, finding alien signals from
> outerspace!  Not many people get off on cracking encryption
> algorithms by
> brute force ... this is an entirely different thing, and I
> think you have to
> have some fondness for mathematics/CS to get into it.  Most
> people probably
> would still have no idea what these d.net projects are all about after
> reading every word on the website.  How many would be doing
> d.net if there
> was no cash prize? ... maybe 1/10 as many, graphics or not,
> probably less
> than that.  Think about it.

Well, I can only speak for miself, but most of the people that I know that
are working on SETI couldn't care the less about aliens. Believe me... they
are the first ones that are saying that they do it just because they think
the client is cute!

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