Profile: River~~

Your personal background.
I\'m in my early 60\'s, and changed my name to River in 1998, so it\'s my real name now.

I\'m a peace activist, green politics.

Peace activist - I am not one who thinks that all we need to do to bring peace is sit back and think nice thoughts and feel gentle feelings. We need
to develop peaceful but effective responses to the violence of others - as a global society we need to put at least as much time energey and money into that as we currently do into developing military tech and other technologies of violence.

People say we had no alternative other than war (WW2, Falklands, Iraq, etc...). The reason we had military options was because we spent billions preparing them in advance. The reason we had no peaceful but powerful responses was we didn\'t spend anything preparing them. Obvious really!

Green politics - I am not a luddite - I am all for the appropriate use of technology but feel that much of our current tech is driven by money rather than genuine human need. We need technology that is closer to local control, has options for local involvment, and above all considers the impact on the planet of its activities.

If we are going to have ridiculously powerful computers at home, it feels appropriate to me that we use them for something more than just typing a few letters and playing a few games. My BOINC boxes help to heat my home - so in winter the energy they use crunching is all \'free\' energy. All year round the electricity comes from wind power so is as planet-friendly as we can make it.
Your opinions about Rosetta@home
My background is in Physics (especially Relativity, Cosmology, Particle Physics) so Einstein and LHC projects are of great interest to me. I\'m also fond of Computing (Fortran, Algol, Oracle, Assembler, Pascal, C, Perl, Python...) so it\'s the IT aspect of Rosetta that attracts me more than the biochem -- tho like most people I\'d love to see a cure for diabetes (which affects me directly} cancer (which got my Dad) and Dementia (Mum). Understanding how proteins fold up is the basic science that may one day be part of the road to curing all of those.

And I have a particular fondness for Rosetta, (I\'m going to be most unhumble here) because I contributed a tiny piece of systems analysis years ago, which was accepted and coded by Ralph of the project team. I am really delighted to see that my design is still active - every time you select your preference for how long the WUs run for, you are using my IT contribution to this project.
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