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(The Register)   Running a distributed computing program on your work PC? You could get up to 120 years in the slammer.   ( divider line
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2001-12-21 08:20:18 PM  
Forgive all the typos, by the way. Drunk.
2001-12-21 08:59:19 PM  
Props to everyone who has pointed out the general suckiness of the DeKalb Institute. Mankind would be better off if the whole place was incarcerated for 120 years.

For the record, the Atlanta Constitution-Journal has yet to do a story on the case.
2001-12-21 09:02:30 PM  
This may be obvious, but I should point it out: if any of those computers cracked the code, the money would have gone to DeKalb, not the guy who installed it. Stupid school.
2001-12-21 09:29:18 PM  
I'm doing my part by running the client on my 20MHz 386sx.
2001-12-21 09:59:47 PM  
This just goes to show that stupid people are the people who make decisions.

Warned? Yes.. Written up, probably.. Fired, that's harsh unless he's been talked to before about doing stuff like this, prosecuted? Now, that's retarded.

It may not have been the brightest thing to start installing software on a bunch of computers, but that doesn't make him a criminal, IMHO.
2001-12-21 10:25:36 PM  
I'm embarassed to say that I live in the state of the supposed "crime". That just shows their ignorance. I'm just glad is was Dekalb Tech (SE of Atlanta) and not Georgia Tech (a real school). ;)
2001-12-21 11:12:58 PM  
Dont worry about stealing, as long as 'open source' is involved, these idiots can justify any type of theft.
2001-12-21 11:18:02 PM  
I did the Seti@Home thing on a few Solaris boxes from work, for about six months. But I removed all traces just before the machines were moved into production.
2001-12-21 11:32:22 PM  
Let's start by asking what kind of idiot tells a system administrator that he needs to get written permission for any software he wants to install. Next they'll ask him to file in triplicate for permission to press the 'escape' key.

One state's computer crime law makes "destruction of computer equipment" a crime. So what do you do with obsolete computers?

Unfortunately, the people who make these laws have little understanding of the things they're regulating.
2001-12-22 01:52:14 AM  
Oh agreed... prison at all for this is farking insane. I just think he should've at least picked a better project. But it was probably just the $$$ he was after.
2001-12-22 03:51:23 AM  
These laws were really intended to make sure that people who broke into computers or damaged data maliciously couldn't escape prosecution because there were no laws against what they did. But obviously the pendulum has swung too far the other way.

In my opinion, if your access to the computer was authorized (that is, no cracking involved), then malicious intent should be required for it to be criminal. If you're just clumsy or stupid, we have civil laws for that (and besides, they can fire/expel you). That would have avoided this particular insanity immediately.

The stickier issue is if you had no explicit permission to access the computer. Saying that if you have no permission and you consume resources it's a crime would mean that going to would be a crime, which makes no sense at all.
2001-12-23 12:58:54 AM  
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