[RC5] Problem with University computers for client

Robert L. Barry umbarryr at cc.UManitoba.CA
Fri Sep 10 16:29:45 EDT 1999


A third option would be to donate the prize money to the university itself.  Try stroking their ego a bit by suggesting that the money could be put towards upgrading the computer labs.  From what I understand, the RC5 client is running on quite a few computers at the University of Manitoba, and that the prize money will be donated to the university if our team wins.

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Robert L. Barry II
Computer Engineering IV
University of Manitoba
umbarryr at cc.umanitoba.ca
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: Alex Bischoff <abischof at vt.edu>
To: <rc5 at lists.distributed.net>
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 1999 6:18 PM
Subject: [RC5] Problem with University computers for client


> 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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