Bob Dillon (
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 12:01:17 +0000

Hmmmm... now who out there would pay serious money for a solution to X? You
all have to have had a passing thot at least. A drug co? Who? How much is
identifying the next prime number worth other than fame? I'm up for fortune.
A lot of my former IBM colleagues (programmer types), retired and not, have
banded together and "bid" on jobs over the net. When sucessful, the job is
broken up and distributed amongst them and when completed they split the
$$$. There must be some big ticket items that 5 or 10K or more of us could
link up on and really suplement our incomes. Perfectly legal. Any thoughts?
And yes, providing idle cycles for the projects underway now is great till
one is found that is potentially profitable for all.
I'm still crankin out DES for the additional pieces.
Bob Dillon

> From: "Seth D. Schoen" <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: WAS THIS LEGAL?
> Date: Fri, 20 Jun 1997 12:51:06 -0400
>First of all, human cloning isn't illegal; Federal U.S. government funds
>human cloning research aren't illegal.
>Second, I agree with others about "consideration". Idle cycles, by
>definition, have a value of $0.00.
>Third, the distribution wasn't really "random", although in effect for
>who participated it was. It was given to a person who met a certain
>criterion of knowledge, much like contests where you can receive prizes
>for knowing trivia -- except here the question is not "What's the diameter
>of Jupiter?" but "What key will decrypt this?"
>Fourth, if any states try to tax distributed computing efforts which are
>trying to win prizes, it will be yet another reason to move the keyservers
>to a less restrictive jurisdiction. :-)
>Nothing is more dangerous for man's private morality than the habit of
>commanding. The best man, the most intelligent, disinterested, generous,
>pure, will infallibly and always be spoiled at this trade.
> -- Mikhail A. Bakunin (thanks to Rabbi Albert Axelrad)