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Re: Java applets for font protection (was: pixel fonts)

From: Andrew C. Bulhak <acb@cs.monash.edu.au>
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 1996 15:48:01 +1000 (EST)
Message-Id: <199608110548.PAA20876@silas.cc.monash.edu.au>
To: gtn@ebt.com (Gavin Nicol)
Cc: lee@sq.com, acb@cs.monash.edu.au, www-font@w3.org
[Gavin Nicol]
> Java applets should really be encrypted, so only users with a valid
> public keys could use them. They should also have fields saying
> whether they can be saved unencrypted or not.
> This requires VM changes (or perhaps just class loader).

The problem is, for the protection to be effective, the specification
has to be kept secret, otherwise there's nothing stopping someone from
hacking their browser to save them unencrypted.  And if the specification
is kept a secret, that discriminates against free software, by not allowing
free browsers (such as lynx and xmosaic) to have this functionality.
Until someone cracks it, of course.

And don't even mention US and other cryptography laws.

  http://www.zikzak.net/~acb/       "`HAVE A NICE DAY' died for your sins."
           <acb@dev.null.org>                                  -- Mumbles
Received on Sunday, 11 August 1996 01:48:41 UTC

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