As a biochemist who works on this type of stuff you can't understand how valuable this resource is.
Granted, all this CPU time is helping ONE scientist's research. And he does TECHNICALLY get money from it...the more papers he publishes on results from the FAH project, the more grant money he can reel in from private and public sources. With every grant comes some salary AND helps him ensure lucrative job offers from other institutions which Stanford will counter-offer since THEY TOO get a cut of the grant money he pulls in.
Nonetheless, it's still a useful project and at least SOMEBODY is benefitting.
By default, Folding@Home doesn't run automated, unless you press the triangle button on the icon and hit "auto-start after xx minutes". See, the problem was, like me, I didn't know about that until just a few days ago. I kept leaving the machine on, and forgetting to start the program.
By the way, PS3 users: Folding@Home has been updated to v1.31.