Seti Farming
January 19, 2005 8:28 AM   Subscribe

Seti farming for those who just can't "crunch" enough. Including photos of his farm, past and present and resources for building your own.
posted by ThePrawn (23 comments total)
This guy really needs a woman in his life.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:04 AM on January 19, 2005

I think he's hoping to find one with this farm of his.
posted by bondcliff at 9:13 AM on January 19, 2005

Why does he need a woman? He's got dozens and dozens of computers. And they're all naked!

Crunching gigaflops of SETI@home data is a fine way to attract geeky girls. There's just something about all that exposed circuitry, the whirring fans, the cozy-warm server room in winter.

Oh, dear. *smokes cigarette feverishly*
posted by loquacious at 9:17 AM on January 19, 2005

Nothing says assmagnet like a bunch of caseless computers stacked on top of each other and wires going everywhere and a fucking kilo of pringles crumbs all over everything, he's gonna find the aliens and they're going to come here and kill us all because this guy is the biggest nerd ever.

Everyone knows aliens are nerd hating fratboys.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:29 AM on January 19, 2005

I've always just crunched the numbers on my one laptop. Been doing it since 1999, slowly gaining on Sun Microsystems. One day...

That is, if I can ever figure out this BOINC thing they have going on.
posted by Captaintripps at 9:33 AM on January 19, 2005

You forgot an "s" in your last sentence. Everyone knows aliens are nerds hating fratboys.

Why do you think it's always the jocks and hicks getting anally probed?
posted by loquacious at 9:33 AM on January 19, 2005

Hmm. We had a spare-machine giveaway at work, so my home network jumped from 6 machines, to 10, with 5 more still in my office that I haven't had time to take home yet. Who needs a fireplace in winter, when you can whitenoise out the city AND heat your home, while doing something. I spend my cycles on distribute net; nothing like the chance of getting a slice of some cash to self-justify the electric expense.
posted by nomisxid at 9:39 AM on January 19, 2005

My wife can never again get angered by my cruft pile. All I have to do is show her this guy's pile of random shit on wooden plank shelving and she'll be thrilled that I have the decency to keep it all turned off, in the basement, with case covers still in place, and do my best to regularly rehabilitate the more useful cruft to give to the computerless in my family.

Even my geekiest "I built my own TiVo and once spent a full week online downloading a photoshop disk image over dial-up" friend has never approached this level of computer obsession.
posted by caution live frogs at 9:40 AM on January 19, 2005

You've proved my point, everyone knows jocks like to play with each others butts and put their dicks on each others faces whilst asleep/passed out. ALIENS ARE FRATBOYS! QE- Mofuckin-D!
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:44 AM on January 19, 2005

Divine_Wino: You've obviously never been to any parties in Rickett's House at CalTech.

Aliens don't have genitals. They have highly complex and devious probing devices.

And I don't think you should be putting that Q, E, and D anywhere near your mother - it looks a bit squalid.
posted by loquacious at 9:50 AM on January 19, 2005

I still think I'm on to something here and I'm all about squalor. I'm just going to nip off and see if I can't pull the face off a fratboy.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:59 AM on January 19, 2005

It's not really farming, is it? More like a combo of hoarding and camel spotting.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:31 AM on January 19, 2005

What? A Yeti farm?
posted by loquacious at 10:35 AM on January 19, 2005

Nerd alert!
posted by jimmythefish at 11:00 AM on January 19, 2005

This looks like perfectly normal and functional interior design to me, except that he obviously doesn't have a cat.
posted by QIbHom at 11:27 AM on January 19, 2005

Holeeeeeee shit.

Ya know, I like SETI @ Home. I love the whole idea of the project. But, my friends, if I had money like that to blow on a server farm, it wouldn't be running SETI @ Home. Sure, one or two of 'em could. But all of them? No damned way.
posted by GreatWesternDragon at 12:24 PM on January 19, 2005

Hillbilly Supercomputer!
posted by oaf at 2:51 PM on January 19, 2005

It amazes me that someone has enough components sitting around to build a supercomputer, yet not be able to do anything, you know, useful to do with it. At least run Folding@home or something.
posted by delmoi at 2:57 PM on January 19, 2005

People should avoid investing in their interests because it might not be attractive to a portion of the opposite sex.
posted by trey at 2:58 PM on January 19, 2005

delmoi I was thinking the same thing. It's funny that someone would go thru all that effort for SETI instead of Folding@home. Of course I'd like to belive in aliens, but I truly believe that protein folding is a much more worthwhile endeavor than searching for a signal in the noise.

and also...

Cases, we don't need no stinking cases!
posted by daHIFI at 5:08 PM on January 19, 2005

Holy crap! I'm full of admiration for the guy for building something like that but ...

If that isn't an accident waiting to happen, in terms of fire risks, tripping over ...
posted by kaemaril at 5:55 PM on January 19, 2005

delmoi and daHIFI, I was thinking that only newbies ran SETI, and of the inherent superiority of F@H, but decided that expounding on the geek rating scale of distributed computing projects was probably not useful. And it would bore everyone to the point of geekicide.

Still, someone with such talent will eventually move to a more concrete DC project.

(disclaimer - I ran SETI for years, and doubt we are alone. And hope that aliens have a better way of long distance communication than just spewing radiowaves.)
posted by QIbHom at 8:21 PM on January 19, 2005

Oh, he's just running seti@home. I thought it was gonna be a bunch of homebrew radio telescopes. Is there such a thing? You betcha. Check out The Seti League for amateur SETI, and The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers for general amateur radio astronomy.
posted by neuron at 9:51 PM on January 19, 2005

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