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Old 2015-07-19, 11:52   #1
Jul 2015

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Unhappy I'm losing faith in my influence...

I'm a truck driver and from time to time I have the ability to plug my laptop to the wall and use a working wifi for free.
When it happens (mostly) I'm using this opportunity to help the mankind and calculate some primes.

My question is: Is my 'work' even worth it?

I have Samsung RF-510 laptop.
4 cores that are calculating Sierpinski Problem ESP/PSP/SoB(Sieve)1.07.
I'm doing one task in approximately 1 hour 3 minutes and 9 seconds.
That means I'm completing four tasks every 1 hour.
I'm usually 45-48 hours at this place (with wifi and a plug) every week or so.
That should give 180-192 tasks done for the time being there.

So is 4 tasks/hour helping the mankind?
How long does it take for other computers to do such job?
Sometimes I think that my 1 hour of computing power is done in like 10-20 minutes by other computers.
Plus my CPU temp is almost all the time 83'C at full fan speed while computing

(While posting any replies please don't take into consideration that I have a free electricity. I would do the same thing at my household so it doesn't matter if I pay for it or not it's only 90W)
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Old 2015-07-20, 02:47   #2
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As long as you are completing the tasks, you are contributing. Every drop in the ocean counts.

Thank you for contributing.
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Old 2015-07-22, 23:46   #3
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Someone around here once told me that 100.1 km/h is strictly faster than 100.0 km/h.

I don't know as much about the Sierpinski project as I do about the Mersenne Prime project, but around there, the ten guys who do the most work are still significantly slower than the rest of the project combined.

Your extra 0.1 km/h on its own doesn't really matter, but EVERYONE's 0.1 km/h added up makes a hell of a difference.
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