0.042 kW? I pay like 6.5 cents for delivery charges, that doesn't include the electrical cost itself (also about 6.5 cents).
But at times computers are left on, used or not, that does not represent the true cost of FAH. It's cost is the power use at 100% cpu minus power use at idle.
Well there are a number of people here that have stopped folding simply because they feel they are helping greedy corporations, so I doubt they will send money to anyone. The thing about folding yourself is you know how the money is being spent.
Ultimately though if Alzheimers is not resolved before most of the Baby Boomer generation reaches the typical age the problem set in it's going to be very expensive for everbody, whether or not the disease directly affects you. IE for this particular subject and time the "Greed is good" theory may indeed benefit mankind.
Most utility companies have excess power during off peak hours and some offer multiple rates (peak and off peak) for electricity. So I'd like to see several hundred PCs at several thousand universities spend midnight to 6:00 am folding at a reduced cost. Not that other businesses couldn't do the same thing, but universities, as education centers, should lead the way.
I'm gunning for you Mr Poopyhead -