Re: Brin on Privacy

Eugene Leitl (
Thu, 19 Dec 1996 15:29:07 +0100 (MET)

On Wed, 18 Dec 1996, The Low Willow wrote:

> On Dec 18, 2:46pm, Lyle Burkhead wrote:
> } (I have no interest in Ayn Rand, either.) Encrypting messages is like
> } painting your windows black: it just attracts attention. Encrypting

This is the reason why PGP advocates suggest to encrypt the entire email
traffic (I would even suggest making some speedy, unsafe encryption (e.g.
XORing plain with CAM-generated pseudorandom stream) a part of TCP/IP
protocol suite): so that high-entropy pieces (compressed stuff causes this
anyway) won't cause scanner chips raise their virtual eyebrows whence
flowing thru NSA (heard the interrupt pling?) nodes.

Apropos PGP, several implementation of sendmail software can do PGP (PEM
is considered inferior to PGP) transpartently, so you never have to mess
around with PGP cogs and levers. Convenient.

Imo, cryptography is here to stay, as is privacy.


> How about using curtains or Venetian blinds? Or using envelopes for
> letters? "Encryption is an envelope for your e-mail" may sound trite,
> but as far as I can tell is true.
> Merry part,
> -xx- Damien R. Sullivan X-)