1996-07-21 - Re: A Snake-Oil FAQ

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From: Steven L Baur <steve@miranova.com>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1996-07-21 20:51:38 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 04:51:38 +0800

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From: Steven L Baur <steve@miranova.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 04:51:38 +0800
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: A Snake-Oil FAQ
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>>>>> "Deviant" == The Deviant <deviant@pooh-corner.com> writes:

> On Sat, 20 Jul 1996, Deranged Mutant wrote:

>> Subject: A Snake-Oil FAQ
>> Be wary of marketing gimmicks related to "if you can crack our
>> software" contests.  

Deviant> I think that this one really is just a bit too broad.

Not really.  What about the `unbreakable OTP' system challenge that
went through this list a couple of months ago?  ``Break our algorithm,
and we sell you the company for $1''.  The algorithm was broken, and
the vendor slithered away never to be heard from again (but did not
sell the worthless company).

It's a good metric.
steve@miranova.com baur
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