Originally Posted by t_ski
OK so check this out:
I'm going through my email and I see the one from 10-31 (right after I joined) saying I'm about 12 days away from my bronze badge. It says click here to see more and I do, then find this:
I say 'wait, that's not a bronze badge, and is it mine?' I go back to my email from 11-1 (yes, a day later) and it says I'm about 5 days away from bronze. So I go back to WCG and see the page thinks I've been running for 121 days!
when I've only been running for eight. WOW - the power of GPU WU's is amazing...
The way that it works is that each CPU thread can earn up to a day of runtime a day (usually it's a tad less due to other load on the computer). Regardless of whether it's a Pentium 3 or a Core i7, one thread still can get one day. So you've been running something like 15 threads--giving you 121 days of runtime in 8 days.
Similarly, I have 30+ years of runtime, although I've been crunching for about three years (and about a year and a half of that I was inactive). Having a bunch of cores/threads gives you a ton of runtime (and thus badges). You'll be at ruby soon!