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Friday, February 23, 2007

SETI@Home Finally Finds... Something?

First, if you don't know what SETI@Home is, here's a quick recap from Wikipedia:

SETI@home is a distributed computing project using Internet-connected computers, hosted by the Space Sciences Laboratory, at the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States. SETI is an acronym for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

Now that you know what this program is all about, here's a little bit of funny news. Since the inauguration of the project back in 1999, SETI@Home has never discovered a single piece of evidence that extraterrestrial life exists anywhere in our universe. It never discovered anything at all... until now!

It seems that one of the volunteers who is participating in the program recently got his wife's laptop stolen. After noticing the theft, the guy tracked the laptop back to the thief's home using the IP address that his SETI@home client was reporting back to the main SETI server.

I always knew that a geek would make a great husband," she said. "He always backed up all my data, but this topped it all. It became like `Mission: Impossible' for him, looking for hard evidence for the cops to use. ... He's a genius - my hero.

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