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Re: Encryption

On Tue, Oct 31, 2000 at 08:51:52PM +0900, Frank BENNETT wrote:
> Last week, I posted a query about the encryption system behind Adobe Acrobat
> "encrypted PDF" files.  I was working on a little piece of writing for a
> general-circulation Japanese law journal, and in the end I said very little
> about encryption (safer, in any case, because I do NOT understand how that
> stuff works!).
> I promised to post a link to the text when it was finished.  There's nothing
> in the piece of technical interest.  The main point of it is to whinge about
> the use of "unprintable", "uncopyable" encrypted PDF files as the medium for
> "publishing" Japanese law on the Web, a simple issue about which I have very
> strong feelings.
> A colleague has kindly translated the article into Japanese, and it will
> appear in a column 「詳細の窓」, in the journal ジュリスト in the beginning
> of January.  (Any expressions of surprise that I am actually publishing
> something should be sent by PRIVATE mail, please :-)

Some people I work with *will* express surprise that a lawyer would know
enough about computers to admit that they don't know enough about encryption!
If I could count the number of hours I've wasted because the f*cking lawyers
we've had the displeasure of being abused by know nothing about computer
systems [1]....

Just venting,

[1] This job is heavily NDA'ed, so I can't say very much about it. Let's just
say I didn't know APL [2] was still in active duty in some parts of the
planet that dealt with a terabyte of data before Microsoft ever dreamt of
the Terraserver.

[2] For those of you who don't know what APL is, see
Looks like you can run the free version on Linux! I'm not sure why you would
want to, though, unless you collect languages as a hobby.

Shimpei Yamashita                     

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