[RC5] Problem with University computers for client

Bob Bobber mailbob at flashmail.com
Thu Sep 9 23:19:25 EDT 1999


Could you ask d.net to fake it and say the key was turned in by someone unknown?
This would be lying, but it would avoid all those nasty problems.

> I'm running into some problems in getting permission to run the Bovine
> client on my university's computers (labs, etc). The chief problem is a
> Virginia law prohibiting making profit from state-owned computers. Since
> Virginia Tech is a state-sponsored university, this applies.
>
> As you may have guessed, as "they" see it, if we (the Virginia Tech team)
> won the prize money, that'd be profit... Does anyone have any ideas as to
> what we could do?
>
> One possible solution would be to come to an agreement with
> distributed.net, saying that if we won the prize money, that d.net would
> refuse to accept the money from RSA. Even though we're ranked #89, the
> chances that our team wins are still so low that this might just work ;).
>
> Before you suggest "solutions", I'd like to present two that I don't think
> will work. One suggestion could be that we simply donate the money to a
> charity if we win. While I think this a fine idea, and I'd like to
> implement it if I could, in the eyes of the university, I think they would
> still see it as *someone* making profit.
>
> Another possible suggestion could be that we simply refuse any prize money
> from d.net, if we win. This has the same basic problem as the first
> suggestion -- namely, that someone would still be profiting form VA state
> computers (d.net and the chosen charity, in this case).
>
> Any ideas?
>
>
>   Alex Bischoff, KB3BZG
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>  mailto:abischof at vt.edu             http://www.vt.edu:10021/A/abischof/
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> export-a-crypto-system-sig RSA-2-lines-PERL
> print pack"C*",split/\D+/,`echo "16iII*o\U@{$/=$z;[(pop,pop,unpack"H*",<>
> )]}\EsMsKsN0[lN*1lK[d2%Sa2/d0<X+d*lMLa^*lN%0]dsXx++lMlN/dsM0<J]dsJxp"|dc`
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