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    TerraForums has a Folding@Home team, come help us fight diseases!

    Hello everyone!
    I'm not going to try and explain in depth what folding@home is, but basically it uses your computer's processing power in combination with others around the world to use combined computing to run protein fold simulations which helps find cures/treatments for diseases like Alzheimer's, cancer, Huntington's, Parkinson's and yes ever Covid-19.
    The program is installed and quietly works in the background. You can have it run always and manually pause it when you need the extra power for yourself (like playing Warframe) but remember to unpause it, or tell it to only fold when your computer is idle and it will only do work when you're not actively using the computer.
    Basically a job is sent to your computer, and your computer does the calculations. When done, that info is sent back in for them to work with and you're given your next job. Each job is called a work unit.

    More info (their website): https://foldingathome.org/
    To create a passkey safeguarding your username: https://apps.foldingathome.org/getpasskey (or you can run with your email without a passkey)
    Make sure to join the TerraForums team by putting 137547 as your team number
    If you already run as Team 0 Default (No team specified) add our team into your identity under configure in your advanced control. (The team stuff is all for fun, really... It's about the work we're doing but I think we all find it more fun to be a part of a team. So come join me! I'm lonely )
    I hope to see you there!
    Andrew


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    I'm on team TF now too!

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    Yay, very cool! Were you already folding or did you join today?
    I started a long time ago on my Playstation... Since the remote was blue tooth anytime we bumped it, the thing would turn on. So, I turned on folding because I could set it to do one work unit and shut down. I think at the same time I loaded it onto a computer, and created the group. PS got an update and no longer allowed the service, I don't remember why I stopped on my computer. Probably had to reload windows or built a new rig and just spaced it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    Yay, very cool! Were you already folding or did you join today?
    I started a long time ago on my Playstation... Since the remote was blue tooth anytime we bumped it, the thing would turn on. So, I turned on folding because I could set it to do one work unit and shut down. I think at the same time I loaded it onto a computer, and created the group. PS got an update and no longer allowed the service, I don't remember why I stopped on my computer. Probably had to reload windows or built a new rig and just spaced it.
    A long time ago in a galaxy far away when I was doing astro research I joined the hivemind of SETI, and hadn't reloaded my machine with this folding yet but had planned on it in the past week. Your post helped me remember to do it so I'm grinding away now

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    Too funny, I did seti as well! With them shutting the project down, and Covid-19 there has been a huge influx of folders lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    Too funny, I did seti as well! With them shutting the project down, and Covid-19 there has been a huge influx of folders lately.

    Just sitting at home is helping by not increasing the 'disease-able surface area' so to speak, but it still doesn't give me the warm fuzzies that I'm doing anything. Seeing the numbers go up is a quantifiable action that makes me feel like I'm not just 'not doing harm' but also positively impacting something. I guess I could be making some masks but going outside to mail them seems counterproductive to the STAY AT HOME movement.

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    You can create a usps account, print labels from home and leave it in the mailbox for pickup! I'm still shipping orders and thats how I get it done (same as before this new situation).
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    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    You can create a usps account, print labels from home and leave it in the mailbox for pickup! I'm still shipping orders and thats how I get it done (same as before this new situation).
    Oh, I guess I did get myself a kitchen scale so I can actually do it now... but just protein folding simulations for now.

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