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(Network World)   Folding@Home recruited over one million volunteers to look for ways to block Covid-19 from spreading. They found more than 50   (networkworld.com) divider line
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2020-10-28 6:08:38 PM  
I've been doing my part. It's still churning away on the other machine.
 
2020-10-28 8:55:13 PM  

bloobeary: I've been doing my part. It's still churning away on the other machine.


Same. I'm not running any special hardware but I'll do what I can.

I actually have FAH and Rosetta@home running simultaneously. One uses the CPU, the other uses the GPU.
 
2020-10-28 10:18:06 PM  
World Community Grid also has a Covid-19 project running if anyone's interested.

/been doing grid computing on the home computers for a decade+
//should hit 84 years this weekend
 
2020-10-28 10:48:42 PM  
Damn, F@h is still around? I remember running that in... 2001?
 
2020-10-28 11:28:07 PM  
I'm doing my part. It's been almost always on in the background since the Spring.
 
2020-10-29 12:13:10 AM  
They want people to join but their application sucks balls. The installer fails unless your account is admin even if you provide permissions, configuration is like coding in assembly, and the community is as hostile as a linux support group. On top of that their scoring system is designed to only reward those who run the application exclusively rather than in the background. The entire system from top to bottom is anti-user and needs a major overhaul.
 
2020-10-29 12:23:30 AM  
I've been running the related Rosetta@home on multiple computers since March. Gonna go give my servers a skritch.

Good... uhhhhh... silicons! Good silicons! Now fetch me them protein designs!
 
2020-10-29 12:31:13 AM  
Install it in netflix. As younwatch, you fold
 
2020-10-29 12:55:58 AM  
DuctTapeBoxen closing in on me on Team 2233

Just wait'll I get my RTX 3070 heheheh
 
2020-10-29 1:38:10 AM  
I love f@h.  Been running it for a decade, easy.
 
2020-10-29 2:58:07 AM  
Woohoo! I'm saying goodbye to my VGA card! Will this new card work in my AGP slot?
 
2020-10-29 6:43:03 AM  

SoupGuru: Damn, F@h is still around?


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2020-10-29 8:07:14 AM  
"Thanks for the free data, guys!!!" -- Big Pharma


My point being: now what? Oh yeah; for-profit corporations
 
2020-10-29 8:11:24 AM  

Russ1642: They want people to join but their application sucks balls. The installer fails unless your account is admin even if you provide permissions, configuration is like coding in assembly, and the community is as hostile as a linux support group. On top of that their scoring system is designed to only reward those who run the application exclusively rather than in the background. The entire system from top to bottom is anti-user and needs a major overhaul.


They changed the scoring system so it rewards GPU more than anything.

No idea about the community though, never had to engage.
 
2020-10-29 8:23:51 AM  
I've been running Folding @ Home for years and it still hasn't figured out what to do with fitted bed sheets.
 
2020-10-29 10:12:58 AM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: "Thanks for the free data, guys!!!" -- Big Pharma


My point being: now what? Oh yeah; for-profit corporations


The programs are run by universities.

But even so, is it better to NOT assist in research, since since pharma co will no doubt benefit?
 
2020-10-29 10:37:27 AM  

NateAsbestos: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: "Thanks for the free data, guys!!!" -- Big Pharma


My point being: now what? Oh yeah; for-profit corporations

The programs are run by universities.

But even so, is it better to NOT assist in research, since since pharma co will no doubt benefit?


Yes, it just vaguely bothers me. What should absolutely be a world wide effort will, if successful, morph into great quarterly earnings.

I did try running it again for Covid-19 but it doesn't really seem to run for me on either Windows 10 nor LMDE.
 
2020-10-29 2:11:30 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: NateAsbestos: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: "Thanks for the free data, guys!!!" -- Big Pharma


My point being: now what? Oh yeah; for-profit corporations

The programs are run by universities.

But even so, is it better to NOT assist in research, since since pharma co will no doubt benefit?

Yes, it just vaguely bothers me. What should absolutely be a world wide effort will, if successful, morph into great quarterly earnings.

I did try running it again for Covid-19 but it doesn't really seem to run for me on either Windows 10 nor LMDE.


If you're interested in contributing and having trouble with Folding@home, maybe give Rosetta@home a try. I have Rosetta@home running on 4 PC's, using 3 different OS's: Unraid, Win 10 Home, and Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition. No problems installing or running it on any of them. Should be plenty of Youtube videos out there walking you through how to install and get started no matter which OS you're running.

Big business in the US pretty much always comes out ahead (or, more accurately, our oligarch class who control those businesses always come out ahead). Our systems are structured to achieve that goal. But that doesn't change the fact that ending the threat of COVID-19 would benefit everyone. Hopefully we'll have a Democratic party run government by the time vaccines and new drugs/treatments derived from this work are ready for distribution so the public won't get fleeced too much - but the pharma companies are doing a ton of work themselves too, and I think they should see some reasonable amount of profit from whatever safe and effective pharmaceutical countermeasures they're able to deploy. Regardless of how that shakes out, ending the threat of COVID-19 is an international priority, and I'm glad to do my tiny part.
 
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