I have no idea about "IDEA."

none none throw_away_2002@yahoo.com
Wed Mar 19 23:51:01 2003

--- Johan Wevers <johanw@vulcan.xs4all.nl> wrote:
> Yeah, well, the chance of getting into trouble with that
> is negligible. I don't care when I break some stupid patents.

As an individual, I don't care much either, but corporations
have a duty to their shareholders and employees to stay out
of trouble (including simply avoiding bad publicity for the
theft of intellectual property - even if some guarantee of no
additional consequences existed).

> They are not as long on the market as IDEA, with the
> exception of 3DES

Xuejia Lai and James Massey developed IDEA in 1991 (only two
years before Bruce Schneier designed Blowfish).

> Anyway, I choose my prefered algorithms purely for
> cryptographical reasons and ignore any other reasons.

So do I. Given the superior speed of Blowfish, and its far
more pervasive use (including the Linux kernel as of 2.5.47),
IDEA will eventually become irrelevant.

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