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Some time ago, in fact many years ago SETI ( Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence ) had a great idea. Seti searches with sensitive telescopes the universe for signals that could be coming from extraterrestrial intelligence. With this search al lot of data is gathered. I mean an lot of data. And that all has to be checked. Of course that can be checked by computers but still, that takes so much time. So the idea was to let it be checked by more computers, by many more computers. A simple and briljant idea. So they asked the public to help. With personal computers all over the world data could be checked. I loved the idea so I volunteerd and received the needed software and could download the data files. My personal computer checked the data at night when I was sleeping and I installed an alarm sound for when something interesting was found. After a few days or should I say nights I turned that off for obvious reasons. This way I and many others around the world participated in the SETI search. 
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