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Citizen Science

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In the context of modern computing, Citizen Science is the pooling of computer resources in order to divide the workload required to perform scientific calculations and research, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional computer enthusiasts.


BOINC Manager application running some Primegrid taks

The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Networked Computing is a framework for combining multiple computers together to perform work. A central server divides up the work into small tasks and passes it out to clients in it's network, which then compute the work and send back the results. What kind of work?

BOINC is cross-platform, but each project has it's own platform requirements. Most have at least a Windows and Linux client.

Your GPU can be used instead of your CPU to compute results faster. Some projects support an Nvidia OpenCL client and a few support AMD GPUs.

Once installed and attached to projects, BOINC takes care of itself. It will pause computation if it detects significant cpu/gpu usage so you shouldn't notice any slowdown when you're doing something intensive.

Depending on the project, tasks can take anywhere from a few minutes, to many days. When you complete tasks you are awarded points. You can track these points on several different websites. You can also join teams and share your points with them.

[email protected]

E-Hentai Galleries (the guys that give us sadpanda) run a service called [email protected] that allows users to distribute the load of hentai porn in their database over P2P, thus reducing the load on their main servers. In return, you get rewards on E-Hentai.

The [email protected] client runs on any platform that supports Java 6, and supports a graphical or command-line interface.

E-Hentai pays out rewards in Hath points, which can be exchanged for Credits or Gallery Points, all of which unlock features or allow you to download full-size archives of individual galleries. The [email protected] algorithm is weighted to reward clients for connection quality or "Trust" instead of total data volume. Static IPs are a plus, as the service correlates Trust with the amount of static IP ranges associated with your client. You must be able to sustain at least 3.00Mb/s or 375 KB/s upload speeds.


Since E-Hentai hosts all manner of lolicon, shotacon and bestiality content, running a [email protected] node may violate local laws depending on your jurisdiction. As of writing, there is no way to prevent your [email protected] client from caching and serving this content. In addition, cached files are served over unencrypted HTTP and are stored in an unencrypted format. Proceed with caution.

Do NOT run a [email protected] node if you live in the a jurisdiction where lolicon, shotacon, and bestiality content is illegal, such as the United Kingdom.


Galaxy Zoo is an interactive project where, after a brief tutorial and test, you help identify galaxies and other objects in space through your browser.

Archive Team

ArchiveTeam Warrior user interface

The Archive Team Warrior Virtual Machine downloads web pages to assist Archive Team in keeping a copy of websites which are being taken down.

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