posted on Dec, 1 2009 @ 02:16 PM
SETI@HOME is perhaps the most popular form of Public-Resource Computing (which is a Wide Area Distributed Compter System using the Internet to connect
multiple computers into one large Super Computer). It has been around for over a decade. You can find out more about the SETI@HOME project at
That said, this particular person should have followed the #1 Rule of I.T. and followed the C.Y.A.W.P. principle. He should have gotten authorization
before he installed this software system-wide.
It's not a hard-sell either. I maintained two substantial Server Farms for a large Natural Foods Cooperative. As their Server Farms ran 24/7 but were
only in use from 9am-9pm I suggested we utilize their 12 hours of idle time to help in Distributed Computing projects that benefit humanity
(How to Join Distributed Computing Projects That Benefit Humanity
). Management loved the idea and after
proposing it to the Board of Directors got the official Green-Light.
Apparently, this person did not do that. He skipped the approval process and clandestinely installed this software system-wide.
I think his employer's argument that it wore out the computers prematurely and increased their power consumption bill is absolutely ridiculous,
however, they were justified in firing him because he basically installed something that was unauthorized. It doesn't matter if it was unlicensed
Software, a Trojan, a Backdoor, Spyware, or a legitimate Public-Resource Computing program. If it is unauthorized, then he had no right installing it
without approval from Upper Management.
Hopefully though, this will at least bring more awareness to the SETI@HOME project nevertheless.
[edit on 1-12-2009 by fraterormus]