[LINK] Military cipher broken
cas at taz.net.au
Mon May 22 11:26:32 EST 2006
On Mon, May 22, 2006 at 10:41:28AM +1000, Alan Hargreaves wrote:
> The question that appears to have been glossed over is:
that's because it's not an interesting or useful question, any more than
asking why it was on a hard disk or a tape or hard copy would be.
> "If this was a document under development (as implied by the
> term draft), what was it doing on a CD?"
why not? CDs are convenient, they store about 500 times as much as a
floppy, unlike magnetic media there's not even a miniscule chance they
might be erased by airport xray etc scanners, and CD-ROM drives are
standard in computers these days (and have been for the last decade)
the first point is probably the most significant - you can't fit even a
2MB document onto a 1.44MB floppy...but CD blanks are so cheap that even
if you waste the remaining approx 700MB, it doesn't matter.
of course, a USB flash drive is even better than CD, but support for
them is still not even close to being ubiquitous - perhaps 70% or 80% of
computers rather than 99+%.
craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au> (part time cyborg)
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