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Re: Taking crypto out of the U.S.
On Tue, 24 Sep 1996 07:01:51 -0700, Dale Thorn wrote:
>> Soon I am going to be going overseas to Japan, and I want to take
>> my notebook with me so I can keep up with everything, however, I have
>> encrypted my hard drive and usually encrypt my mail. Is this in
>> violation of the ITAR to keep everything the same when I go over?
>Bad enough now that many places require you to put your laptop computer
>through the big gray x-ray machine (no exceptions in some places,
>especially federal buildings in the U.S.), but if they start requiring
>you to list individual files (?????).
Very high potential for abuse here! <g>
Under HPFS (OS/2's file system) each file takes a minimum of 512 bytes. On
your average $200 2GB drive, that'd be around 4194304 files. I wonder if
they have that much printer paper? (Particularly to handle those fully
qualified filenames...) <g> Now, if you were some sort of
evil-cypherpunk-hacker, you might have a hacked copy of Linux that has some
really "creative" file systems (The fractal file system - 5 trillion files
and counting) and puts that to shame. Even better, have something
equivelent to a source-code shrouder that would go through and create a bunch
of random looking file names (Was PGP 0e3ahjw2.exe or 052a6v62.obj?)
In other words, I have a feeling this would fly about as far as a V-22.