[CrackMonkey] TOWERS OF HANOI, SOLVED.
carton at Ivy.NET
Sun Feb 17 19:47:26 PST 2002
>>>>> "rm" == Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> writes:
I see that, since you are unable to prevail against my tight argument
or refute any of my Findings of Fact, you have descended into merely
repeating yourself, thus wasting everyone's time and making a mockery
of our forum's standards of integrity.
rm> Let's see: We have
rm> o DH-only versions of PGP that can't read RSA keys at all.
rm> o Versions built with RSAREF that can't read RSA keys larger
rm> than 2048 bits.
rm> o 5.x versions that can't read DH keys bigger than 4096 bits,
rm> and DSS keys larger than 1024 bits.
rm> o PGP 2.6.x being unable to read any RSA keys that have DH/DSS
rm> signatures attached, or that are in anything better than
rm> RSA v. 3 format, or where the message was signed using SHA1
rm> or RIPEMD-160 hashing instead of MD5.
rm> o none of which matters in the slightest to people who were
rm> smart enough to recognize that PGP 5.x was not free,
rm> contained no relevant new features, and was controlled by
rm> parties with questionable motivations and standards.
oh, good for you, in pointing out a problem I've never experienced and
stacking it next to an INABILITY TO BOTH SIGN AND ENCRYPT A MESSAGE!
rm> ...2.6.x is to be regarded as the One True PGP, [even though
rm> it is not legally a practical alternative for Corporate
Note the major jump in version numbers, skipping 3.x and 4.x. Note
the change in architecture and file formats. Note the rewrite of the
source code. Note Zimmerman's selling the company, changing in
rm> to which everything else must be unconditionally compatible at
rm> any price. [The price of dropping compatibility with non-free
rm> corporate-cashout 5.x is too great a sacrifice to make for the
rm> ends of maintaining even the most basic, reduced functionality
rm> with free 2.6.x. This is because I was one of the last people
rm> to discover PGP, and my first key was built with Verisign's
rm> PGP product, 5.0. GPG must accomodate my continued lee-gul
rm> use of this corporate software, and allow me to make a gradual
rm> transition to free software without risking the slightest
rm> offence to The Man.]
rm> Right on top of your patent-rights violation, in fact.
the same thing happened to cryptographers as happened to accountants.
``Growing social need,'' my ass.
after you've walked past a line of shotgun-packing
shoulder-to-shoulder Indonesian Sardaukar, you could give a chicken's
left eyeball when the Idea patent expires.
I stand by my well-researched expert statements of fact.
So arbitrary and so foolish. I can only say you are incurable. I feel
sad for you, feel sad for your poor judging ability.
-- LYWANG on Salon's ``Table Talk''
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