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Re: Java power

> I'm trying to mentally compare this scenario with the use of a
> cryptographically-outfitted mailer operated through an encrypted telnet 
> session. 
> First of all, I suppose the browser has groovy bells and whistles to spice
> up reading email. Maybe you could run a snazzy GUI standalone mailer in some
> windowing protocol through the encrypted telnet link as an alternative. This 
> is largely irrelevant to me personally, but could make a huge difference to 
> the hoi polloi.
> Ignoring such interface concerns, what kinds of situations would be conducive
> to the JavaMail approach but not, say, ssh+Elm+PGP ? Perhaps I'm visiting
> someone where there's no local POP for my ISP. The friend I'm visiting has 
> e.g. an AOL account. I would like to read mail on my remote account via her
> AOL browser. Am I wrong in assuming that I couldn't execute a telnet: URL
> with the AOL browser ?

The difference is the ubiquity of the infrastructure. Indeed, nothing
in my scenario differs on a technical basis from encrypted telnet +
PGP. However, in my scenario, anybody with a Java-capable Web browser
would be able to access the service, just by clicking on a link.