[RC5] Problem with University computers for client

Victor A. Wagner, Jr. vawjr at rudbek.com
Thu Sep 9 23:01:28 EDT 1999


I have difficulty believeing the state which claims Thomas Jefferson would
be that obstinate.  I guess things are worse than I thought.

btw, does this mean that professors are prohibited from doing research on
computers? or accepting a Nobel prize??
----- Original Message -----
From: Alex Bischoff <abischof at vt.edu>
To: <rc5 at lists.distributed.net>
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 1999 17:18
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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> 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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