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[11:21 AM]
New SETI@home Mac Client Released
The SETI@home project has released the new Mac client again, this time with the moniker of version 1.06. If you need more information on the SETI@home project, check out our About page. Performance with the new client is greatly improved, in the Windows and Mac version, and we strongly encourage everyone to upgrade their machines to this new version.

The new version is also supposed to protect against work units being reported as only taking a few processor cycles to complete. However, the project still seems to include some faulty data in the individuals, Teams, and Top 100 Club Teams section.

On that note, Team Mac Observer has risen to #30 in the Top 100 Club Teams as we approach the 4,600 work units mark. The Team is up to 206 units and has officially turned in 4,599 work units! According to the SETI@home web site, we are averaging on 17 hr 19 min 33.9 sec per work unit, but this seems to include the faulty data. Still, the Team is averaging a little more than 200 work units per day which means that we will continue to advance up the Top 100 Clubs! Congrats to all members!

We still need your help in this project and invite everyone to join SETI@home and become a part of Team Mac Observer! Companies too are invited to join and we will put your logo with a link to your web site on the Team Mac Observer home page.

Head to the Mac download page now and download the new client!

The Mac Observer Spin: This project is about exploring the universe. At the same time, the spirit of competition fuels the desires of many people, including the staff of The Mac Observer, to show that they can analyze more data than any other group. With that said, it is frustrating to see erroneous data being counted as it seems to be with many of the Mac groups. Team Mac Observer wants to excel legitimately, by the strengths of our own efforts, and not from the inclusion of data that has been accidentally reported. The project leaders originally pulled that data out, but individual totals seem not to have been effected. According to the project's Technical News page:

We recalculated the scores for each group, so each group now has the credit of all its current members. We did this to fix the problem created by the Mac bug that processed work units in 10 seconds. We corrected the scores of the users that were affected by this bug, but because people can switch from one group to another there is no record of which group they were currently on when the bug was inflating their scores. So, we just started over. This is a one-time event, however. From now on, group scores will be calculated as they were before.

In reality, it would seem that re-totaling the data only seemed to have reintroduced the erroneous data into Team totals. Hopefully this will be corrected during the next few weeks.

With all of that said, we do not want to seem as if we are shorting the efforts of our Team! Team Mac Observer has grown at a remarkable rate, and this faulty data is a small percentage of our totals. We have one of the fasted Mac Teams in the project and many, many members have written in with Tips, questions, information, observations, and other great comments. We are building a real community of Mac users interested in helping to explore the Universe and show the power of the Mac in the process. Team Mac Observer will probably be in the Top 10 within the next 2-4 weeks and that is great!

SETI@home - Team Mac Observer



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