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The SETI@Home screensaver is a computer geek's dream -- download eye-catching software and donate excess computer cycles to analyze cosmic radio signals for signs of intelligent life. SETI@Home even tracks affiliated users and tallies who has crunched the most numbers. Ironically, the winning teams also get the prize for the greatest amount of unproductive computer downtime. Current top groups include NASA, Microsoft, The Ministry of Silly Walks, the US Navy, and overall leader SGI, weighing in with 1300 years of CPU time dedicated to SETI. Doesn't anybody do any actual work anymore?