[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.

Robert L. Barry II
Computer Engineering IV
University of Manitoba
umbarryr at cc.umanitoba.ca
ICQ # : 3973441

----- 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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