IDEA patent vs the recent USPTO memorandum

vedaal at vedaal at
Thu Sep 17 16:29:56 CEST 2009

>Message: 2
>Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 16:40:02 -0400
>From: David Shaw <dshaw at>

>If the "some people" still want this, I haven't seen it in a good 
>long while.  Possibly they gave up asking.  

as an old-time pgp 2.x user,
have often put the question to some of the die-hard remailer 2.6 

'why don't you just switch to gnupg?'

this is the reason i got in response:

"i'm very concerned about my privacy, which is why i bother to use 
a remailer in the first place

i carefully went over every line in the pgp 2.6 sourcecode,
and i'm happy with it

if only there were a gnupg mini-version with a shorter source-code,
(or at least one that's readable by someone looking at it from 
scratch, not just reading the updates and patches as they go along)
then i'd gladly switch

to be fair, 
several of them 'have' switched to Disastry's version, and can use 
any algo or hash in open pgp (except those that came after Disastry 
;-(  )
specifically because his source code is short enough to be readable


not by me,
am not at that semi-paranoid level yet,

and at the medium compromise level of:

the stuff i want to encrypt and/or sign, isn't that important 
and i'm willing to trust experts in the field who have vetted the 
code ;-) )


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