It seems like such a waste of resources. OK, so let's say Berkeley finds whatever it is they're looking for. Then what? They investigate it further. Every one so far has been nothing. But what if it's the real thing? So what. So there's something else out there - conspiracy theorists and X-Files fanatics are vindicated, job well done. Another application is for serious computer users and overclockers to benchmark their system and compete against each other to see who can crunch the most numbers. Fine. But use that computing power for something useful - like finding a cure for a disease. I just don't get it - so what's the appeal?