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Re: [vox] Fwd: New Bill attempts to regulate hardware, softwaredevelopment

On Tue, 26 Mar 2002, Joel Baumert wrote:

> Some large government standard for encryption of digital content
> is probably doomed to failure.  It becomes too large a target
> for people to screw with it and one or two weak links unravel
> everything.  

I wish I were so optimistic.

> The idea that they will be able to place some hardware in a 
> general purpose computer that will somehow recognize that the
> song file that I'm copying to a backup tape is being illegally
> copied is ludicrous.  Ignoring the fair use problems, I don't
> think that it is a tractable problem... In fact it may be 
> undecidable.  I know we should have the halting law saying
> that all programs be run through a program that verifies the
> program halts...  doh... that is undecidable, but it is the 
> law so we had better do it...

Tomatoes are legally defined as vegetables.

http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/comm/staff/zakour/faq/faq_search.cgi (search
for "defined").

Pi was defined as 3.2 by the Indiana state House of Representatives.


The conformance of law with scientific or mathematically accepted views is
optional.  We only hope that they do... and with appropriate messages to
the legislators, they may yet.

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