Re: Windows to block unwanted messages

Eugene Leitl (
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 17:10:40 -0700 (PDT)

Ralph Lewis writes:
> Eugene, you are right if cripto is legal. BUT in the United State there is
> currently a real battle going on to push for laws that would give the
> government the escrow keys to any electronic media.

Guess what? The Dark Side is losing!

> >How do you supposed to find this out if the traffic is crypted at IP
> >level and multiple transparently forwarding proxies are used? What's
> >the point of pushing an unenforcible legislation.
> >
> I wish you were correct here, unfortunately this has never stopped any
> stupid legislation in the US.

The good point about unenforcible legislation is that you can safely ignore it. While hardware can be controlled it is significantly more difficult with OpenSource sofware.

from sys import*;from string import*;a=argv;[s,p,q]=filter(lambda x:x[:1]!= '-',a);d='-d'in a;e,n=atol(p,16),atol(q,16);l=(len(q)+1)/2;o,inb=l-d,l-1+d while;s and map(stdout.write,map(lambda i,b=pow(reduce( lambda x,y:(x<<8L)+y,map(ord,s)),e,n):chr(b>>8*i&255),range(o-1,-1,-1)))

There. Now I've done it. Violated strong crypto export law. Many times, in fact, since the majordomo of (my accomplice) has distributed this mail to several subscribers outside of the U.S. See? Ridiculous legislation. Four lines of Python a tactical nuke are not.

> Which is why I have basically given up on the two parties and will vote
> libertarian unless one of the candidates from the main parties gives me
> something to vote for.

Oh, unvotability of the political mainstream is a global trend.