September 2010 archive
The NY Times, quoting an FBI lawyer:
"No one should be promising their customers that they will thumb their nose at a U.S. court order," Ms. Caproni said. "They can promise strong encryption. They just need to figure out how they can provide us plain text."In other words, they can pretend to promise strong encryption.
And from an op-ed piece last month (added blue words mine):
But in the end, it is governments, not private industry, that want to rule the airwaves and the Internet.Phil Zimmermann said that a bill (introduced by Joe Biden in 1994) that included these words
It is the sense of Congress that providers of electronic communications services and manufacturers of electronic communications service equipment shall ensure that communications systems permit the government to obtain the plain text contents of voice, data, and other communications when appropriately authorized by law.spurred him to make PGP available--where PGP is, of course, encryption for the masses (strong, not make-believe).
For a while, PGP included an algorithm which, Wikipedia tells us,
... derives much of its security by interleaving operations from different groups ... which are algebraically "incompatible" in some sense.where "in some sense" is handwaving, and where the groups in question are
Happy (September) nineteenth, everyone.I suspect that the appeal of The American would defy characterization by latent semantic analysis
(see the Napoleon Dynamite problem).
Me? I liked it.
At Jaguar, the typical customer is referred to as the fictional "Mrs. Schwartz on Long Island" (at least, so says the NY Times). This amuses me because I'm from Long Island.
A German brewery won an appeal* at the Trade Marks and Design Registration Office of the European Union, allowing them to use the trademark Fucking hell for their brand of pale ale (and associated clothing, ...). The name derives, of course, from Fucking, Austria and from hell being German for "pale".
* Under Article 7(1)(f) CTMR, signs may not be registered if they are disparaging, discriminatory, blasphemous or derogatory, incite criminal offences or insurrection.