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noahmason
Fri Aug 31 2012, 06:44PM
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Whether you like the new goblin point policy or hate it, I highly encourage everyone to run folding@home and to join the Nero International folding team.

Folding@home is a program that utilizes your unused processor cycles to perform protein folding simulations. It uses "distributed computing" to accomplish for free what would otherwise require top-of-the-line, industrial grade supercomputers. They use this as a basis for research to cure Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many cancers.

For more information on folding@home, go to http://folding.stanford.edu/English/HomePage. Once you have installed the application, join the Nero International folding team by entering team number 221485.

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psychie
Fri Aug 31 2012, 06:51PM
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will they be able to do anything else on my computer when I'm not using it?
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noahmason
Fri Aug 31 2012, 07:20PM
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No, there is a FAQ and additional information about what the application actually does to your computer on the main site. It's perfectly safe.
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thejoshgray
Fri Aug 31 2012, 07:33PM
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Do you know if there's a way to use my PS3 with folding@home to contribute to the group?
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noahmason
Fri Aug 31 2012, 07:48PM
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I don't own a PS3 so I haven't tested this myself, but they say that you can: http://folding.stanford.edu/English/PS3Guide
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jasonmote
Fri Aug 31 2012, 09:31PM
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I can get behind this. See, we can agree ;)
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thejoshgray
Fri Aug 31 2012, 09:37PM
thejoshgray
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Update: it does work with PS3, it had just been so long since I've run it I forgot you could join groups.
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Martin
Wed Sep 26 2012, 03:07PM
Lord Martin William Redawn
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So...if we sign up for Folding@home, how do we claim those goblin points? Do we just report it to our local logistics on the honor system, or is there a way for this reward to be reported down from Nero International to our local chapters?

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jasonmote
Wed Sep 26 2012, 05:26PM
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Since the Folding@ Home project is a National "pet project" (as Noah has said), even one that is for a good cause, I would prefer that someone on a National level give out the Goblin points in the DB. I don't want to have to do it, nor do I want to have it affect my chapter Goblin Point numbers each month. Since National is now "tracking" goblin behavior, I'd rather give goblin points to the players that are doing stuff for my game directly. So who on National is going to update the DB each month so I can tell my players to contact them each month to get these goblin points?
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malfean
Wed Sep 26 2012, 06:01PM
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Seems like it would make more sense to have it as a toggle option for each account on the national db, and have the joining verified by a member of National staff and then turn that toggle on for the account.
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