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Re: British Ministers Adopt Unbreakable Crypto
At 7:53 PM -0800 1/19/98, Lucky Green wrote:
>This reminds me of a conversation I had at a recent biometrics exhibition.
>One company exhibited hand shape scanners, such as those installed at San
>Francisco International Airport to control access to "sensitive" parts of
>the airport. [Do not pass security, go straight the "clean" area].
>I asked the exhibitor if the scanner would grant access to a hand not
>attached to the body. At first, the exhibitor paled and replied that if a
>severed hand was part of my thread model (not using these terms), then my
>"facility had larger problems than could be solved by access control". The
>booth staff, visibly shaken by my insinuation that there are people that
>might severe somebody's had to gain access to an environment, kept
>following me with their eyes as I walked away from the exhibit.
>Seems these amateurs hadn't considered that somebody getting ready to blow
>up an airplane with 250 passengers on board just might have relatively few
>qualms about detaching the hand of one Filipino airport janitor on his way
Well, the droids they hire to man their booths are Happy People.
No wonder they missed the point of Oklahoma City.
>To their credit, the EyeDentify booth staff (the world's sole manufacturer
>of retinal scanners), knew what they were doing. Their system checks for
>blood flow, etc. A removed eye or a cadaver won't do. Now there is a
>company that understands security.
Biometric on removed eyeballs was old hat in "Thunderball," as I was
approaching adulthood. That the Disneyfied world fails to understand
realitities is hardly surprising.
The Feds have shown their hand: they want a ban on domestic cryptography
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