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Message 14122 - Posted: 19 Apr 2006, 18:39:34 UTC

The rest of my BOINC projects presently say "no new work"... here's some reasons,

Why Rosetta gets my crunch time:

10) Runs on Mac and Linux too. Everyone can help.

9) Winning CASP team, I like being a part of a winning team.

8) If your in to credits and on a team, the project is new enough it's not as hard to climb to the top spots.

7) Work always ready for download from top notch servers, no lost crunch time waiting for work.

6) Helpful message board community

5) Dr. Baker gives science updates personally.

4) Active and responsive project team.

3) Graphics help you understand how it works.

2) *I* control how long I want each work unit to run.

1) Compelling mission, technology that could basically wipe out disease as we know it!

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Running Microsoft's "System Idle Process" will never help cure cancer, AIDS nor Alzheimer's. But running Rosetta@home just might!
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Message 14882 - Posted: 28 Apr 2006, 15:51:10 UTC
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Why Rosetta gets my crunch time:

1. Cutting edge research!
2. Potential live saving long-term-goals and concrete short-term-goals!
3. Competition in CASP7 with the winning team!
4. Detailed science updates and transparency what's done!
5. Nice and responsive project team!
6. User setable length of Work units!
7. Nice and active community!
8. No outages - work always available!
9. Scientifically renowned project leader!
10. Nice screensaver!

Perhaps we can make a page with serveral such 10 reasons why...
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Message 14965 - Posted: 29 Apr 2006, 5:28:41 UTC

Humm i dont have a top 10 but here is a thouhgt. My main reason for doing this is to help increase our understanding of protiens and how they can be used to make the human condistion better for all of us. Would be super to see a cure or a drug that would help the suffering that is going on throught the world. But thna agian even if we never find any of those great things just the work that we do here will help out some where else in the future
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Message 15411 - Posted: 3 May 2006, 14:54:29 UTC
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There are a lot of very good reasons for anyone to install BOINC and run Rosetta@home. Besides simply being the best project in the current group of BOINC distributed computing projects, My list would include (in no particular order)-

    1) Possibility of understanding how and why proteins can cause disease
    2) The possibility of discovering new ways to treat serious illness
    3) Advance the general level of human knowledge
    4) Assist in the development of distributed computing and new computing tools applicable to a broad range of research
    5) Increase my own personal knowledge and understanding of biological science
    6) The communication and information flow between the project team and the user community is better at Rosetta than any other project
    7) The project is "alive", and new information is posted all the time to keep people informed about how their computers are being used and where the project is going.
    8) The projects willingness to incorporate user ideas into the project and their responsiveness to users requesting help in the forums
    9) The opportunity to participate in creating the next version of the software by running RALPH@home along side of Rosetta@home.
    10) The project site and Forums are not so different form other BOINC projects that users can't find what they need

This project stands out among other BOINC projects because of the information flow from the project to the users. Many other projects provide no information updates of any kind, but at Rosetta it is actually difficult to keep up with all the new information updates.

On many BOINC projects pleas for help from users are actually ignored. That never happens at Rosetta. When users ask for help on the Forums, it is rarely longer than 30 minutes before a project team member, Moderator, or System Administrator responds to help.

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Message 15895 - Posted: 11 May 2006, 6:33:22 UTC

10 Reasons, I only need ONE

I am a long term sufferer of ME/CFS

Anything that can help lead to a cure is a necessity for millions wordwide.

Keep on crunching Rosetta :)

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Message 16147 - Posted: 13 May 2006, 8:55:50 UTC

My top 10 reasons:

10) Rosetta is a cool name for the project and it has a nice logo too!

9) Credit allocated immediately
8) Work Units always available
7) Can set WU time to match your preferences

6) Responsive and helpful forum community
5) Knowledgeable forum moderators
4) Regular updates direct from the Science team

3) Ability to help in development via RALPH
2) Top notch scientific project
1) Contribution to a worthwhile cause: disease research

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Message 16205 - Posted: 14 May 2006, 1:12:30 UTC

#10. Malaria is spreading and we have to have an answer.
#09. Anthrax may be used on someone you care about.
#08. I've lost too many friends to HIV
#07. My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's and so does my brother-in-law's father
#06. My husband is a melanoma survivor, daughter has 50/50 chance of developing
#05. My brother-in-law has Prostate Cancer
#04. My Step-father-in-law has Prostate Cancer and just lost a cancerous kidney
#03. My Uncle died from Prostate Cancer. He also had Alzheimer's
#02. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis and other immune system problems
#01. It makes me feel like I'm contributing
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Message 16247 - Posted: 14 May 2006, 12:22:30 UTC

My 10 reasons for number crunchin' for R@H, in no particular order...

10) It can help with finding cures for various health issues (ie. AIDS,
Alzheimers, etc.).
9) It's a full time job.
8) The computer does all the work for you.
7) You can compete for the highest score (if that's your thing. If not,
then you can see where you stand with the rest of the world).
6) Deadlines are easy to meet.
5) There are no bosses looking over your shoulder.
4) There is potential for expansion (ie. could look for four or five
specific things).
3) The graphics are spiffy.
2) Encourages for an individual to learn (got me curious as to how proteins
actually works).
1) If your a Biologist, it'll look good on a resume.

Unfortunately, I could go on and on for another 10345724590237456234 bazzilion reasons for Rosetta, but that would take forever. That, and it only calls for ten.
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Message 16260 - Posted: 14 May 2006, 15:58:48 UTC

1) Protein structure prediction, as well as protein design and docking, offer potential for breakthroughs in medicine and treatments for myriad diseases
2) The Rosetta approach seems very promising, as shown in previous biannual CASP experiments it's one of the most successful prediction pipelines available today
3) International (scientists from all over the world) project team
4) The research, i.e. the Rosetta software itself, is being made freely available to the academic community. And it's already used by others (like HPF/WCG) so there is a multiplier effect.
5) Project team is very transparent and responsive, with very little effort one can monitor daily progress and actually understand what it's all about, what his own PC is doing and benchmark results in Top Prediction.
6) No wasting of crunchers' CPU time (initial replication=1, quorum=1), even if it affects accurate crediting for the time being
7) Variable run-time work-units, allowing one to drastically reduce Internet traffic
8) Friendly and active community
9) Nice graphics screensaver
10) Gave me incentive to learn more about computational biology
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Message 16364 - Posted: 16 May 2006, 4:38:55 UTC

The 10 reasons I crunch Rosetta@Home:

1. You can help the scientists to find out the structures of proteins.
2. You can help the scientists to find out and cure human's diseases.
3. The computer can contribute CPU time on running Rosetta@Home when it is in idle.
4. You can get some credits when your computer finishes a workunit.
5. You can arrange when your computer runs Rosetta@Home by using BONIC.
6. You can see how your computer progresses in a workunit when running Rosetta@Home.
7. The program of Rosetta@Home updates more frequently then other BONIC projects.
8. I like to research biology.
9. You can join your favorite project team of Rosetta@Home.
10. You can predict the structures and energy of proteins with your computer.

And so more....

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Message 16383 - Posted: 16 May 2006, 13:11:10 UTC

10. Friendly community
9. Ability to control how long you crunch each WU
8. Awesome admin feedback
7. I love biology
6. Credits granted immediately
5. Cool graphics
4. No wasted CPU cycles
3. Constantly changing approach to the science
2. Did I mention the awesome community and feedback?
1. Help change the future of medicine

PS: I did Imention the great community and admin????


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Message 16748 - Posted: 21 May 2006, 12:04:57 UTC

Here's a top 5....

5. It's the most cutting edge science ever seen that ordinary people can contribute to.

4. It will ultimately help those in my own family.

3. The Scientists communicate and respond to the entire group of volunteers.

2. Good natured contributors come together and form their own communities...

1. Well, 'Gosh, darnit!'....It just makes you feel good....
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Message 17634 - Posted: 5 Jun 2006, 3:02:32 UTC

My dad has just suffered a bout of cancer. And as my profile says my computer is on so if it can be used to advance medicine and help people then that absolutely fantastic
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Message 17734 - Posted: 6 Jun 2006, 3:40:26 UTC

Here are some reasons why I am contributing.

1. My Dad recently sufferred a bout with cancer. He was lucky and got over it. My grandfather, on the other hand, lost. That was over 5 years ago. In a way, I do it to honor his memory as I was never particular close with him.

2. I am an engineer and always too screamish of blood to have become a doctor to help others. This is my way of helping.
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Message 17791 - Posted: 6 Jun 2006, 14:26:42 UTC

1. My grandmother and some friends had cancer
2. Looking to help humanity do some good
3. Put my computer(s) to work when they are idle
4. Easy to be involved
5. Screen Saver looks cool and runs good
6. Genious Idea
7. Friendly Community
8. It's a screen saver
9. Help to start the revolution of communal computing power.
10. To offer help when I am not physically doing anything - My computer is! ;)
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Message 18051 - Posted: 8 Jun 2006, 3:22:10 UTC

BASICLY: to do something good!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message 18255 - Posted: 9 Jun 2006, 11:15:43 UTC
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1. A friend of mine died of cancer at 37. He was a former NIH scholarship holder in the research on cures and vaccines for HIV and was a brilliant scientist (which is why he got that sholarship). So I partly do it for him, he would have loved the project.

2. I am a chemist who has himself been in a very mathematical part of science (crystal structure determination). In the neighbouring lab, there were two guys which most of us thought to be a little odd and cracked up. They were trying to predict the structures of short metal complexes that were designed to look like the active centers of enzymes and wanted to emulate those enzymes' functionality. Weird with that PC power we had back then (486s) and often it took weeks just to do one calculation and just to find out something had gone "ploink". Looks like these things are not so weird anymore, and maybe I'd like to work off a little of the time I'll spend in purgatory by already now acknowledging that, maybe, those guys weren't so weird at all.

Further reasons are more or less equal to everybody elses.
"I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." R.M. Nixon
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Message 18837 - Posted: 17 Jun 2006, 4:00:20 UTC

ok reasons

1 - it costs NOTHING and helps
2 - a good freind of mine recently died of bowel cancer i mourn the loss
3 - one pc at least is on 24/7 why not have them do something usefull
4 - do i need more reasons
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Message 19043 - Posted: 21 Jun 2006, 8:11:30 UTC

Apart from all the other (obvious) reasons stated above (cure for human diseases, benefit for humanity, etc), I have to confess to a rather deep green, anti-waste streak to my thinking. Crunching Rosetta saves wasting idle computer time.
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Message 19048 - Posted: 21 Jun 2006, 11:44:04 UTC - in response to Message 19043.  
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It really costs nothing to participate, just a little donation of CPU time, and we all can do that.
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