BIRMINGHAM, ENG. - At 5.08pm GMT, spoofer Inhopeless has found alien life using his home computer.
"Well," he said, "I just downloaded the screensaver. I went to get my memory stick from my coat, and that took some time. My computer screensaver kicked in, and then when I came back, bamf! My computer had the 'packet detected' sign on it!"
The packet of data that his computer was sent to analyse contained a transcript of an Forlofian sitcom entitled the Steady State Theory, about a bunch of physicists/geeks.
The BOINC program for Windows, which works with many organisations, such as SETI@Home and others to analyse chunks of raw data. The program uses the spare capacity of your PC's GPU and CPU to computate the likelihood of the data being useful or not.
"We here at SETI," said a Prof., "have finally tackled the question of 'are we alone'. Thank you to all the hundreds and thousands of computers, PlayStation 3s, Macs, etc., and the hundreds of thousands of people who work night and day to advance humanity. And the hundreds who have died in the name of Science. May we uncover many more truths of the universe."
After achieving 'First Contact', the Forlofians were happy that they too are not alone in the universe.
"We know that there are two races of beings in this galaxy," their leader said, "let us venture together, to find more."
Inhopeless has been bestowed with £100 for his contribution to Science.
However, say scientists, there are 'many more' species to find. You, reader, can help by downloading the BOINC application for PC, Mac, and Linux here http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/
As of press time, the two planets have managed to terraform Mars for habitation for both species.