Are there any Distributed Computing Programs where you get paid?

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  1. Ferrari353

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    I've been Folding@Home for about a month now, and it got me thinking, are there any Distributed Computing Programs that pay you or offer some sort of incentive for your computer's hard work?
    Thanks!
     
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    No I already use that. It's not distributed computing. It uses your internet connection for something. I think it just gathers data and analyzes your internet use, but it doesn't use your GPU or CPU

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    Ferrari353: How much do you earn per month, an how many computers do you use?
     
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    I think this month I got a little over $6. It's not much but it's better than nothing and I leave my laptop on anyway for F@H.
    I only use one computer.
    If you used 5 computers that were all on, I guess you'd make like $30 a month.

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    Ouch....unless you own a windmill or solar panels, I imagine the electric bill would nullify the money made.
     
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    I would have said Bitcoin 8-10 months ago :D
     
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    I leave my computer on anyway for Folding@Home so it doesn't make a difference to me. You don't have to leave it on all the time though. It can just run in the background while you do other things.

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    There aren't any such systems where you get paid more than the cost of energy required to run the computer. If you aren't paying for your electricity, you might be able to find something.

    I'm not sure about the state of bitcoins, presumably you could do this but it would require you to not be paying for your electricity.

    Even if you were already running Folding@home on the CPU and wanted to do bitcoin/other distributed computing on the GPU, I think the difference in electricity costs would still make this cost-prohibitive.

    The gomez thing still seems like it's cost-prohibitive because of electrical costs, and just because it's so marginal in the first place. If you're only making $6/month, you don't have much room to consider costs before it's completely pointless. They're basically paying you 1cent/hour of leaving that application running. Even though you're already running F@home, gomez is using your network full time. If you're on wifi, that means your wifi radio, router radio, and modem are now drawing full power full time. They would only be very occasionally active if you were running folding by itself. You should subtract that power cost from your $6/month gross income.

    This might be interesting: List of distributed computing projects - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    According to notebookcheck, your notebook (m17xR3) has a idle of 26w and 165w at full throttle.

    Running it full throttle for a month straight would cost you $11.09 or $144.14/year in electricity bills. (Assuming the Kilowatt hour cost is 0.10c)
     
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