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Dude hits the nail on the head.

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Folding @ Home

I have been hearing about this thing for some time now and recently saw it on my PS3 so it really got my attention.

I decided to do a little research on this program.
Turns out its legit and its very helpful and takes damn near no effort from people. It puts your computer to work for a good cause and I think EVERYONE should take part in this.

This is from the Sanford University Website

Our goal: to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases

What is protein folding and how is folding linked to disease? Proteins are biology’s workhorses — its “nanomachines.” Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or “fold.” The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.

Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. “misfold”), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.

You can help by simply running a piece of software. Folding@Home is a distributed computing project — people from through out the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer makes the project closer to our goals.

Folding@Home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems thousands to millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.

What have we done so far? We have had several successes. You can read about them on our Science page, Results section, or go directly to our press and papers page.

Want to learn more? Click on the links on the left for downloads or more information. You can also download our Executive Summary, which is a PDF suitable for distribution. Also, you can learn more by watching recent seminars (Stanford BMI ; Xerox PARC). One can also help by donating funds to the project, via Stanford University.

Basically what you do is this.

Download the program: Folding @ Home Program
(Find your operating system. Most likely Microsoft XP)

Run the Program and install it.

“Next” your way through everything.

After the installation you will see this screen:

In the User Name area put your name or whatever name you’d like to put.

And under Team number put 45435

That is the team number that was created on another forum.

After you press okay, it’ll look like the screen disappears. Just go to your taskbar, and you’ll see a red flower thingy. Double click that, and a really cool screen will come up. That’s the proteins being downloaded and processed.

You’re on your way to helping solve diseases!

Its for a good cause. And wont effect your computers speed in anyway. It runs on the absolute minimum priority setting in your CPU memory. And other programs that need more memory to run are not effected.

I am running Adobe Photoshop – Excel – Fire Fox – Windowws Media Player – Outlook and an accounting program and everything is running just as before. No difference.

What this program BASICALLY does is take protein and FOLD it. It creates it into another combination that Sanford students then use for studying and finding diseases.

Further explanation can be found here: http://folding.stanford.edu/science.html

Please join up.

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Palestinian TV is showing a music video in which a four-year-old girl sings the praises of her suicide bomber mother and vows to follow in her footsteps.

The little girl grasps a stick of dynamite from a drawer in her mother’s dressing-table and says: “I will follow Mummy”.

The shocking footage is being aired repeatedly on Al-Aqsa TV, the official station of the new Palestinian unity government headed by prime minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, which seeks the destruction of Israel.

The video is shown between programmes without any accompanying commentary.

It shows a child actress playing four-year-old Duha Riyashi singing to her mother, Reem, as she prepares for a suicide bombing.

Reem Riyashi, a 22-year-old mother of two from Gaza, blew herself up at the entrance to a joint Israeli-Palestinian industrial zone in January 2004, killing four Israelis.

She was the first mother to join the grim death-roll of suicide bombers and the first woman despatched on such a mission by Hamas.

In the two minute video the young child sings as her mother prepares the bomb next to her dressing-table in the bedroom.

She sings: “Mommy, what are you carrying in your arms instead of me? A toy or a present for me?”

Later, she sees the news of her mother’s suicide on television and realizes her mother was carrying a bomb.

At first, the child cries for her mummy, begging her to come and put her and her brother to bed.

But then she sings: “Instead of me you carried a bomb in your hands / Only now, I know what was more precious than us / May your steps be blessed”.

At the end of the video, Duha opens the dressing-table drawer to find a stick of explosives like the ones used in suicide bomb belts.

Grasping the deadly material, she vows to copy her mother:

“My love will not be words / I will follow Mummy in her steps,” she sings.

Days before her death, Riyashi posed for the camera holding an AK-47 assault rifle in one arm and in the other her year-old son whose tiny fingers are grasping a bomb.

Her two young children were interviewed on Al-Aqsa TV earlier this month Duha was encouraged to recite a poem called “Mama Reem”. “Reem, you are a fire bomb, Your children and submachine gun are your motto,” chanted the little girl.

Now they are training children with Music video’s.
Parents used to just have to worry about bad lyrics and curse words.
But this! Is an all new low.

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Iraq insurgents used children in car bombing: general

Insurgents in Iraq detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle with two children in the back seat after US soldiers let it through a Baghdad checkpoint over the weekend, a senior US military official said Tuesday.

The vehicle was stopped at the checkpoint but was allowed through when soldiers saw the children in the back, said Major General Michael Barbero of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

“Children in the back seat lowered suspicion. We let it move through. They parked the vehicle, and the adults ran out and detonated it with the children in the back,” Barbero said.

The general said it was the first time he had seen a report of insurgents using children in suicide bombings. But he said Al-Qaeda in Iraq is changing tactics in response to the tighter controls around the city.

A US defense official said the incident occurred on Sunday in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district, a mixed neighborhood adjacent to Sadr City, which is predominantly Shiite.

After going through the checkpoint, the vehicle parked next to a market across the street from a school, said the official, who asked not to be identified.

“And the two adults were seen to get out of the vehicle, and run from the vehicle, and then followed by the detonation of the vehicle,” the official said.

“It killed the two children inside as well as three other civilians in the vicinity. So, a total of five killed, seven injured,” the official said.

Officials here said they did not know who the children were or their relationship to the two adults who fled the scene. They had no information about their ages or genders.

“The brutality and the ruthlessness of this enemy hasn’t changed,” said Barbero, deputy director of regional operations of the Joint Staff. “They are just interested in slaughtering Iraqi civilians, to be very honest.”

WTF? These children were part of the Jihad?
Part of the insurgency how? MY GOD! Children!

And here I am having arguments with people on the tactics used to interrogate these bastards, when they don’t even value the lives of the most innocent of them all. CHILDREN!

We should just tickle them instead!
Dick Durbin Style!

That will show’em.

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A key House panel Wednesday began debating a Democratic budget plan to boost spending for domestic programs while assuming that a variety of popular tax cuts expire at the end of the decade.

The House Budget Committee took up the $2.9 trillion plan, which envisions big increases for homeland security, veterans health care and aid to local schools. A late-night vote was expected.

The House budget plan, like a companion version before the full Senate, promises a federal surplus in five years — if President Bush’s tax cuts indeed disappear and, as a result, more revenue flows into the federal treasury.

So now democrats want to increase pork spending. Something they stated they wanted to correct as part of their campaigns.

Here we are not what 5 months later following their win and BAM. Pork spending.

But that is not the only hypocrisy in all of this.

Republicans blasted the Democratic budget for its hefty spending increases and its assumption that lower taxes on income, married couples, inheritances and investments will expire at the end of 2010 as current law states.

“The best way to balance the budget is to control spending, not raise taxes,” said top panel Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

I don’t know what Mr. Ryan is on or what planet he was on the last 6 years. But Republicans were spending like drunken sailors. Now they want to somehow reign it all in? WHERE WAS THE LEADERSHIP ON PORK SPENDING WHEN YOU HAD CONTROL.

Please Mr Ryan. Spare me the BULLSHIT.
And that goes for all republicans. Don’t go off now making it seem like spending is a Democrat problem. When there was plenty of opportunities when you all were in power to correct things. But you failed. And were removed.

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Not Clinton; Gates.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, said on Tuesday the United States should reform its immigration laws and give more flexibility to higher-skilled foreign workers.

Speaking at a conference in Mexico, the birthplace of millions of immigrants to the United States, Gates said reforms “would be helpful so we are predictable, so we are clear.”

Its not high skilled workers coming into the country illegally. Its low skilled workers with no skills at all. What does he somehow think that adding more low skilled workers will make legal citizens more highly skilled?

I think Bill Gates is upset he needs to pay his programmers six figures when he can bring in an Indian for 1/3 that cost.

Either that or his 10,000 Acre Land needs more workers to do landscaping. I don’t know which is his top priority yet.

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That is it?

Chief Family Court Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah Jr. sentenced Rebecca Arnold of Woonsocket, and her boyfriend, David Prata, to probation and a three-year suspended sentence after they pleaded no contest to a felony child neglect charge.

The judge said he wanted to spare the young girl, now 11, from testifying, according to Michael Healey, a spokesman for Attorney General Patrick Lynch.

During an investigation by the state child welfare authorities, Prata, 33, said he and Arnold, 36, had sex “all the time” in front of the child and that “we don’t believe in hiding anything.” He told an investigator that they did not force the girl to watch.

The allegations surfaced in December 2004 after the girl went to live with her father in North Adams, Massachusetts, after spending the summer with her mother in Woonsocket.

A teacher called a child abuse hotline to report that the girl said her mother and her boyfriend had sex in front of her. Woonsocket police arrested the couple February 2005.

Probation?
Why the HELL are they not a Sex offenders list?
What the hell is wrong with this judge. The pleaded guilty. Hit them with the book. Both sides if possible.

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