[RC5] Problem with University computers for client

Bryan Talbot btalbot at ucsd.edu
Thu Sep 9 22:28:57 EDT 1999

Well if you gave the money to either the school or the state of Virginia 
then it would technically not be a profit right?  After all, they're the 
one's who paid for the computers and everything else (support, etc.) that 
goes with that.  Any prize money would be far less than what they had spent 
on the computer time.

The University I work for certainly doesn't have a problem making a profit 
from their employees (I, like everyone else, had to sign over patent 
rights, etc.) so why would they have a problem earning a little green from 
their computer time?  Do they lease out supercomputer time to 
corporations?  We do!


At 04:18 PM 9/9/99 , you wrote:
>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.
>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?

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