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Space alien search costs AZ school worker his job

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posted on Dec, 2 2009 @ 03:40 PM
Source: East Valley Tribune

A longtime Higley Unified School District information technology director has lost his job and is under police investigation for taking computers home, downloading pornography and installing computer software throughout the district that searches for extraterrestrial intelligence.

It will take about a year and more than $1 million in estimated costs to fix the various problems caused by Brad Niesluchowski, who had worked in the Higley district since January 2000, said Superintendent Denise Birdwell.

The software he downloaded onto district computers, known as SETI@home, is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers to analyze radio telescope data in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The software, which is typically downloaded on a home computer, uses part of the computer's central processing unit power, disk space and network bandwidth.

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posted on Dec, 2 2009 @ 03:42 PM
Granted there was some more stuff that he is being accused of such as porn and taking personal computers to his home... but I thought it was interesting that he downloaded the SETI software to all the computers... That's what threw up a flag causing the investigation.

posted on Dec, 2 2009 @ 03:57 PM
The searching for extraterrestrial intelligence is just an add on for the article to get attention. You download porn at work and you happen to be a teacher, there's a serious issue there. To hell with your interest in ET, you are downloading porn at work and to top it off you are a teacher.

posted on Dec, 6 2009 @ 09:37 PM
Even if he didn't download porn, the other stuff he did is more than enough to be fired. What an idiot.

posted on Dec, 6 2009 @ 09:52 PM
where the heck do people get these numbers from ,
how many computers are we talking about a couple of hundred or 10k ?

im just baffled at U.S tech costs

Ill do it for 200.000 and free food and drink + descent accomodation during the time

posted on Dec, 7 2009 @ 12:06 PM
Oh man... Couldn't he have just used his home computer to look at porn like the rest of us? That part I don't like and he should be fired for, what if a kid saw that? But, the part about him installing the SETI software? Fantastic, I wish more people did that. The more people show the world's "leaders" how much they really want to know, the better. Sure, SETI is more or less a sham in my opinion. But the principal of the matter is what is of import.

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