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A network systems administrator in Arizona has lost his job after downloading alien-hunting software.
Brad Niesluchowski downloaded free University of California software that uses idle computers to search for extra-terrestrial life by examining information collected by radio telescopes.
His employer, Higley Unified School District’s technology department, estimated losses between $1.2m and $1.6m through extra energy use and accelerated depreciation to hardware.
But on the plus side, Niesluchowski reportedly became one of the most admired and respected alien hunters – Downtime hopes he can take solace in that while looking for another job.