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Really? As in not just say you care about the situation in Darfour when you can't even point out where it is on a map? Yes, i am judging your first-world ass.
Go to these websites. They explain themselves.
"Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope."
What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
FreePoverty. Play darts with the World.
You get asked to pinpoint a city on the planet, and depending on your accuracy, anywhere between 0 and 10 cups of water are donated.
Designed to improve short-term memory by showing you a sequence of numbers and asking you to repeat them. Great if you think you have ADD. One cup per correct answer. It also helps improve your short-term memory.
Rice is great when you're hungry and want 2000 of something.
- Mitch Hedberg
Hoongle. Google with a cause. <- No longer active.
It's just like regular Google, only it sends part of it's advertising revenue to the World Food Programme, enough to buy 20 grains of rice per search. Set it as your home page, or install the plugin to IE7 or Firefox.
I didn't find this one, Tancrisism did.
Free Rice. Feed people while you learn something.
Ansquer questions to feed people in need, one click = 10 grains of rice. Improve your knowledge of the following subjects in the process:
# Languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian);
There are people so hungry that God only appears to them in the form of bread.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Free Flour. Get enough flour to make buns or even loaves.
This one seems a bit newer than Free Rice and doesn't allow for choosing specific subjects. However, it's a lot more difficult than Free Rice, and a lot more ad intensive.
Thank you to seridon for posting this one.
Scientific Research: Cure Diseases, Discover Cold Fusion, etc
We don't devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.
- Bill Watterson
BOINC (teehee i said "boinc")
Berkeley's Open Infrastructure for Network Computing. The general idea is that you'd rather fight a single great white than two hundred pirañas; the same applies to supercomputers. A single supercomputer is weaker than a network of hundreds or thousands of personal computers, for a variety of reasons. Your computer spends most of its time doing nothing, even if you think you give it a pretty hard work-out. BOINC uses your computer's "free time" to help scientific research in areas like:
# Computer Science
(Example: There's one project dedicated to decoding an ENIGMA transmission from 1942 that was never cracked.)
The magic of BOINC is that you can choose from any sub-project listed, or join a "unified" project (these are most successful, as when research in a sub-project ends, the project managers move on to the next sub-project)
(I did have an entry for Stanford's folding@home here, but BOINC trumps f@h in that f@h only does protein folding research for Stanford where BOINC is used worldwide for everything that can use distributed computing.)