Is it possible to view the images at a faster rate say 5 frames per second instead of 1 every 3 seconds? Then if someone had 6 tabs up and monitored them for an hour they could cover over 100,000 images. 5fps * 60seconds * 60minutes * 6 tabs = 108,000 images
Then we could coordinate our efforts. For example first guy would sign up for the first million images for a 2 week commitment of roughly 1 hr * 5 days a week. Second guy gets next million. This way we don’t overlap, or start at 3.75e700 whatever it doesn’t matter, just don’t overlap and let it be recorded in the forums that nothing was found in the range you covered.
At such a rate, a dedicated team of say 12 people committed to an hour a day 5 days a week for a year could cover 336,960,000 images! I understand this is largely futile and would hardly be a drop in the ocean, but surely somebody might find something! The picture that has never yet been seen!
“For four centuries, men have been scouring the hexagons…. there are official searchers, the ‘Inquisitors'”
To answer your first question, yes it’s entirely possible if Jonathan provided the code so that we may all run it locally. Right now, I’m not sure if the 3-second delay is due to it being the fastest the web server can deliver it, or if it’s on purpose to cut down on CPU time/bandwidth costs. If we were able to run the code ourselves, we wouldn’t have those limitations.
PS: If you’re reading this Jonathan, I hear Library of Babel source code is a popular Christmas gift this year! 😉