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Help fight cancer

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:52 am



Everyone hates cancer. Just about everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer.

But unless you're a molecular biologist, what we can do to "fight cancer" is pretty limited to fundraising and raising awareness.

Here's something you can do, directly, to help find a cure for cancer.

If you have a computer, you can help. Visit the World Community Grid (WCG) web site to create an account:

http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/reg/v ... rId=355991

After you've created an account, download the software and install it on your computer.

This will make your computer part of a massive "grid" computer, made up of thousands of computers all over the world. Whenever you are not using your computer and it is sitting idle, instead of just sitting there wasting electricity, it will be working hard to help find cures for cancer, AIDS and other diseases (cancer and AIDS are the two they have concentrated on for years).

Once you've joined, log into your WCG account and join my team, "Team F Cancer" at https://secure.worldcommunitygrid.org/t ... V8L3CX2352

I've had my various computers running this software since 2007, I've clocked many machine-years of processing to help this cause. You can too. It's free and easy, so help do it today!



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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby Iaustin » Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:32 pm

So easy to help my computers sit on stand by lots especially in the summer months

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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby trkr75 » Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:07 am

I am already using BAM! as a account manager, can I just add the WCG as a project and join your team or does it have to go through their web site?

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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:58 am

trkr75 wrote:I am already using BAM! as a account manager, can I just add the WCG as a project and join your team or does it have to go through their web site?

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I'm not sure. I know you can add it as a project, whether or not it lets you join teams or not I can't say. Try it and see! :)

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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby trkr75 » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:05 am

Joined, I currently have around 20 computers running through the BAM! account manager. I am adding my 20+ computers with several running virtual machines with in them and also will have 4 servers running over the next few weeks. They say it is addicting.... yes it is. This should add some numbers to the team pretty quick.
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Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:09 am

trkr75 wrote:Joined, I currently have around 20 computers running through the BAM! account manager. I am adding my 20+ computers with several running virtual machines with in them and also will have 4 servers running over the next few weeks. They say it is addicting.... yes it is. This should add some numbers to the team pretty quick.


I used to have some very high horsepower servers at work (that spent most of their lives idling) running this, but when everything switched to virtual servers with shared CPU, you can't really have all of them maxing out their CPU all the time, as it kills all the other VM's, so I had to remove it. But sounds great!

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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby redial » Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:16 pm

I have loaded the software, and it is working. However, there does not seem an easy way to affiliate with your account. I think I need further instructions.
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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby trkr75 » Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:49 am

I loaded it on one so far, was hoping to push it out through the BAM! account manager but it doesn't seem to like or play nice with that one so it will probably be a manual install for all client machines. To join the team just follow the link and select the "Join team" button. You will have to make a account first I think.
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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby trkr75 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:59 am

Ok, so last time I was on I was asking about syncing WCG up with the BAM! account manager. After a few hours over several days I figured it out and thought I would pass along the information here in case anyone else is using BAM!. In my case I had different passwords between WCG and BAM! once I made sure they were both the same I re-added the project to my list and from that point on all the computers I add will get WCG along with the rest of my projects. No just going back through and adding it to the computers all ready running SETI@Home. I think I am up to around twenty computers running WGC so fay and have around another ten or so to add.
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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:48 am

trkr75 wrote:Ok, so last time I was on I was asking about syncing WCG up with the BAM! account manager. After a few hours over several days I figured it out and thought I would pass along the information here in case anyone else is using BAM!. In my case I had different passwords between WCG and BAM! once I made sure they were both the same I re-added the project to my list and from that point on all the computers I add will get WCG along with the rest of my projects. No just going back through and adding it to the computers all ready running SETI@Home. I think I am up to around twenty computers running WGC so fay and have around another ten or so to add.


That's fantastic! Our numbers will get way up there now...

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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby AZgl1800 » Mon May 11, 2015 9:15 pm

I added mine to the Cancer fighting team last night, I am amazed that it has already report 268 projects have been completed.

I knew when I bought my desktop, that I had bought the Best of the Crop at the time...
I am addicted to having the absolute fastest response time I can get while using the internet, or working in Excel, or Word, or whatever I am doing.

I use a lot of keyboard macros, and I want "instant response", .....

now, when I am not clicking on keys, I can see it working in between web pages as I sit there reading the news, or catching up on a m/c forum. really neato.
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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby bill55 » Wed May 13, 2015 11:08 am

Ok, I'm all for finding a cure for cancer, my wife, mother and father all had cancer and beat it. I do not understand how linking computers will help find the cure. Believe me, I'm not putting this down, just want to understand how it helps. As far as awareness, the software, once put on my computer, what does it do?
I have done a very small part for cancer awareness by making magnetic signs saying "CANCER SUCKS", i made one for several members of my family to put on the back of their cars.

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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 13, 2015 11:32 am

bill55 wrote:Ok, I'm all for finding a cure for cancer, my wife, mother and father all had cancer and beat it. I do not understand how linking computers will help find the cure. Believe me, I'm not putting this down, just want to understand how it helps. As far as awareness, the software, once put on my computer, what does it do?


There are quite a few different cancer-related projects that they run. Some of them are investigating certain drugs and treatments, figuring out on a molecular level which drugs would fit into the proteins present on cancer cells, to possibly disable them. These processes involve a massive number of combinations and permutations, which is why dividing up these tests into smaller slices that peoples' computers can run makes it something that is possible to actually do. Without the huge number of people offering their computers to run these tests, it just wouldn't be feasible.

The current project being run is a cancer marker mapping project:




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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby bill55 » Wed May 13, 2015 2:13 pm

Thanks for that explanation. So do they have access to my computers hard drive space? If so, that scares me. If they do have access to my hard drive, a hacker could hack into their system and have access to hundreds or thousands of computer systems.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this is a shady organization, not at all. just seems to me it would be a hackers paradise.

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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 13, 2015 3:07 pm

bill55 wrote:Thanks for that explanation. So do they have access to my computers hard drive space? If so, that scares me. If they do have access to my hard drive, a hacker could hack into their system and have access to hundreds or thousands of computer systems.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this is a shady organization, not at all. just seems to me it would be a hackers paradise.


The application reserves some space on your hard drive for storage of test data and results, but doesn't require or access anything outside that area.

That said, the application is hard-wired to only be able to communicate with the command and control servers that administrate it.

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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby redial » Thu May 14, 2015 2:36 am

I have already earned a Gold Star for participating. It is not only cancer, but it is also looking at AIDS, Ebola, and some other items.

My big push back with this project is that even when it does not appear to be working, it is. As soon as you start doing something, the screen swaps out of the BOINC screens, and shows what you were working on. However, when running task manager, it shows that it is still active, not only just resident, but active in using up processor cycles. On my i5 processor, 64-bit, with 4 meg of memory, it shows that it is using 10 to 16 % for each of 4 programs that are resident. That amounts to about 60% average, even while I do not have it active! This may be causing some issues with my email going to 'sleep' awaiting responses while I am typing (and I am not that slow at typing).

It has well credentialed institutes utilising the computing power, and is backed by IBM, so it looks like it is above board, and not a phishing organisation. These are my thoughts and experiences, so make up your own mind.
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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby AZgl1800 » Thu May 14, 2015 7:43 am

I have the Win7 CPU clock cycle Gadget on my desktop screen stuffed into the lower right corner.

That BOINC is running full steam ahead in between every keystroke you make and keeps the CPU running at 65-75 percent all the time....m

However, it does not seem to interfere with my surfing or forum usage EXCEPT occasionally when it must be transferring data back/forth to the servers? At those times, a browser request to load a new webpage will expire and timeout.

I have decided to put it in Suspend Mode while I am working with forums, then when I am done, turn it back ON when I turn off my monitor screen.
Suspending it, drops my CPU down to 2% to 3%, but at least when I click on a weblink, I am the one who gets priority on the CPU.

That to me, is the most efficient way to co-exist with that thing.... it IS very intrusive of your CPU regardless of what they say about it.
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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby AZgl1800 » Thu May 14, 2015 7:47 am

One other thought on having that installed.

How long has it been since you opened up your Desktop PC and vacuumed the dust out of it???

With the CPU running at full clock speeds, it is going to generate a LOT of heat....

if you don't want it to fail on you, better open up the computer and vacuum the dirt out of it...
I was plugging in some USB cables yesterday and looked down at the fan opening, it is clogged up big time.
Got to get the vacuum cleaner out, take the side panels off, and clean it up.
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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 14, 2015 8:41 am

I have mine set up so that it will NEVER attempt to do work while I am using my computer. I configured it so that my computer has to be idle for three minutes before it starts work again - this way it NEVER interferes with what I am doing:

Configuration screen
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Re: Help fight cancer

Postby AZgl1800 » Fri May 15, 2015 4:34 am

That is good to know, I just never bothered to look at their settings menu, I will fix that right now.....
I have mine on Suspend, and just noticed it has been that way all night.

got a problem, my installed version does not have that menu.... yes, it does, just not under Options....
Mine does not have the 6 minutes option, it has 5, but that is fine, it will allow me to move around w/o interference to my work.


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