posted on Jan, 6 2004 @ 06:36 AM
Originally posted by DarkHelmet
I just downloaded Seti@home and about 2 hours in my chart started goping haywire... Is it normal?
Without seeing the sort of display you saw, it is impossible to say whether it is "normal" or not - the thing to do is to occasionally look at the
display and compare what you saw then with what you see "now" so as to get a "feel" of how SETI@home analyses data. One thing *not* to "worry"
about is whether you "miss" something - SETI@home functions automatically, so *if* the signal *was* significant ie contained a radio burst from ET,
then it would be "reported" as anomalous when the WU was returned to SETI@home. That is what the program does, of course - it works without our
intervention and the need to "stare at the screen" or listen, as Jodie Foster did, in "Contact" !! I don't think any of us expect to "hear"
broadcasts from ET - rather a complex mix of radio emissions which, by the sheer quantity, make a "place in space" appear to be very "bright" in
the radio spectrum.
So, let your computer run SETI@home and watch the VDU occasionally so you have an of what is "normal" - and what just *might* be an elusive - but
sought after - signal from ET!!