Weekly Folding update


— 2:32 PM on December 21, 2004

Welcome back to the Folding update. This week, a look at Team Egg Roll (AKA Leor's obsession). But first, the weekly stats and links. Information is power.

In past updates, we've taken in-depth looks at Team Mac OS X, the SA Goons, Team Maximum PC Magazine and Team Rage3D. This week, we're turning our attention to an occasional visitor to our conquests list, Ars Technica Team Egg Roll. Egg rolls. Yummy.

Ars Technica is closely linked to The Tech Report. Ars was started in part by TR co-founders Damage and Dr. Evil. Damage and Dr. Evil eventually left Ars to start The Tech Report and we're all better for it.

Team Egg Roll has more than twice as many Folders as Team TR and 63% more active members. However, Ars' active folders boast a mere 10% more processors than Team TR. Ars has the numbers, but pound-for-pound, we pack more processing power.

Even with their greater numbers, the Egg Rolls have only a slight lead in points per day production. At times, we've even appeared on Ars's threats list.

Ars has more a balanced attack than some of the other teams we've looked at, although their top producer (Troglodytes) is head and shoulders above the top producers on Team TR. It never hurts to have the #7 ranked Folder in the world on the roster. After Troglodytes, the balance swings back to TR. None Ars' other top producers are substantially above their TR counterparts, and starting with slots 10-12, the balance swings strongly in our favor.

There isn't much to report on the Frankenbot front this week, although some recent surges by other members have pushed Frank out of the Top 20. Several processors have been donated in the past few weeks and one of our existing bots was just upgraded from Duron 800 to an Athlon XP 2400+. After the holidays, we will be getting a few more 'bots up and running, so look for Frank back in the Top 20 after the new year. Check here for details on our 'bots and here for parts we're looking for.

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