Originally posted by Aussie Bob I'd say both CPU and bandwidth usage would apply.
Yes, as others said already, it only uses your computer when its idle to calculate a few things, so you wont even notice it, it sends the results back over the web (how else can it report?) but the bandwidth usage is quite tiny.
in short if you install it, you wont even know its there, and in time you might even forget about it, but you would be helping in the search.
go for it.
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Both CPU and bandwidth usage would apply. They want you to do it because they did not get enough grants from the govt to set it up themselves.
CPU and Bandwidht usage for such a program will cost you money also in minute amounts. Either you or your parents will eventually pay for such charges. And you have to earn more to pay up extra for such charges and you will also pay more income tax as a consequence. And then the govt has to enhance power suppy and bandwidth infrastructures to accomodate such usages. So the govt will have to tax the people more so that such improvements can be made.
Maybe it wont hurt the individual's pocket but if say 10 million people hook it up then you can imagine the total resources consumed.
So just turn off the computer monitor when you system is idle to save power and write to your govt leaders to sanction more grants to the research people to do their own research