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The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research is the latest to borrow the name of the Terminator antagonist with theSkyNet, a project to crowd-source spare CPU cycles to process astronomy data. It uses Nereus software from UK company eMedia Track to farm out the processing to a local user’s Java sandbox. The data will …

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Seti@home

How will this be truly different than seti@home? A rose by any other name..

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Not sure but

I'd say that they're looking through similar data but for completely different things

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FAIL

2 prizes

"And yes, there are prizes on offer: a trip to the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory in Western Australia."

First prize: A week's stay at the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory, Western Australia.

Second prize: A two week stay at the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory, Western Australia.

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Devil

Buddy, can you spare some cycles?

For computations in Java? Java vs. C/C++?!? Java?

Naught for you if you're just gonna waste it on more drugging...

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Headmaster

it all depends

The worst performance drag for Java programs is GC ; well written programs can avoid it thus achieving quite good performance. For example look for "lmax distruptor", it puts to shame many "high performance" C++ programs. Admittedly, there are even fewer Java programmers who know how to do this stuff than competent C++ programmers. I for one much prefer C++, it's just so much simpler to write predictably performing code (once you know how to write it well, in the first place).

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Terminator

this is optional!!

I'm confused.. where are the ROTM jokes?

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Happy

as they say on Blue Peter...

Here's one I made earlier...

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1171303

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inb4anyoneelsedoesanxkcdlink

http://xkcd.com/534/

Am I thinking along the wroing lines here?

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FAIL

It wont work for me!

I downloaded the app and as part of its install the latest version of Java (v6.??) was downloaded. Then the app refused to run as I didn't have at Java v1.6 installed! WTF?

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