posted on Dec, 3 2009 @ 10:42 PM
A computer administrator with the Higley Unified School District in Gilbert, Arizona has resigned during an investigation into suspicious
He's accused of wasting district resources, totaling more than a million dollars to search for UFOs.
The IT administrator is accused of installing a program on every one of the district's 5,000 computers.
The school district was unknowingly the largest contributor to the "SETI" program, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.
I read a great deal more on this site than post to it; however, I found this little news blurb to be extremely fascinating and felt it might be of
interest to other members. I have not seen it yet mentioned here and a search turned up nothing.
It seems that SETI's largest contributor has been a school administrator using resources neither belonging to him nor approved for such use by the
The short, minute-long, video accompanying this story indicates this action was ongoing over a 9-year period and claims time, equipment, and resource
loss of approximately 1.6 million dollars.
I have no direct knowledge of the SETI Home Program, and suppose it is possible that it might be run in a completely hidden, background mode, but do
have a bit of trouble seeing it operate for 9 years without anyone's knowledge. An IT administrator might have some advantage with that, but surely
5000 computers requires some assistants somewhere.
Still, it is difficult to feel any sympathy for the school district's 'loss.' While I may have become disgustingly jaded, I find the story as
humorous as I find it fascinating.
Without going into politics, it is my opinion that an effort such as that purported by SETI is an admirable one and wonder how much, if any, dent this
will make in search resources.